Jess is in the Garden


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Rejuvenating Overgrown/Gangly Roses (8'+)

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 17:47

You could try supporting the roses for now, to protect from wind rock and pruning them hard back in the Spring perhaps. Give them a good mulch for now. I wouldn't prune them hard now as it's risky with night frosts closing in. Give them a mulch now and again in Spring (I use manure for mine). It's great that you've done some maintenance work to your new garden already, which mean you'll have less of that to do in Spring and more time to concentrate on the plants themselves 

I can't see what type of rose you have from your photos, but by the Spring you'll soon find out - it's very exciting to inherit unknowns!

Wildlife blues

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 17:43

oh Happygirl, that is very sad 

people with no sense of perspective and no love for nature...unlike you, it seems 

Madame Alfred Carriere

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 17:39

I have a Mme Carriere on a north wall as well. Mine's a year old and hasn't flowered yet. I was told by someone who knows more about roses than me, that it may not flower in its first year at all. Like yours, it sent up loads of vertical shoots, which I've tried to train horizontally as much as possible. I didn't prune it back, only tidied it up a little, as I've heard it's best to leave climbers alone to establish for a couple of years before cutting them hard back.

Help Overwintering Geraniums - rotting??

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 17:35

Agree with fidget - they're best cut back and kept inside a sheltered porch or somewhere bright but where it won't freeze.

I leave mine in the garden (no sun in Winter, so can go down to -5 some days) but I cover them lightly with white carrier bags and chuck all the fallen leaves around the base. They are right next to a brick wall, planted in open soil, not pots. They overwinter fine. I tend to leave all the leaves on, as I find that as soon as they are cut, the water-filled stems will freeze very easily.

It may be too cold where you aren to do this though.

what is this bush, anyone?

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 17:29


 Saw loads of them being used as backdrops down the Jubilee Walk in Regent's Park today. About 6 ft high roughly, with dainty little clusters of white flowers that had a touch of pink to the centres (sorry, my phone didn't pick that up too well).

So beautiful when very little else is doing much!

Just curious what they may be...

No idea if scented, as there were too many deep beds in front for me to get up close (though was tempted).

Summer Jasmine

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 17:24

thyme pruning

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 19:30

Thanks Susan - I shall wait and see! I suppose that unless it is south-facing, it will never have loads of flowers anyway. I shall keep you posted!

Summer Jasmine

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 11:45

 ogster and Verdun : my username used to be ilovemontydon - sad, I know...

thyme pruning

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 11:43

Thanks Verdun and everyone else too - whilst I'm not a fan of the chopped-within-an-inch-of-its-life look, I will prune back hard if someone more expert than me tells me it does the plant the world of good. That said, I have ;eft said potentilla alone one year and it still barely flowered...then chopped it a lot the year before and it barely flowered., so I'm at a loss to understand what suits it best.

Maybe at 3 years old it should just be left in peace to do it's own thing, with minimal interferences from me, and only if necessary to remove any dead bits!

Re thyme - I am waiting 'til spring. It can't come soon enough for me

 

Summer Jasmine

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 19:32
Thank you

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