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Posted: 03/07/2013 at 08:23

Hi. That Rose with the red and white flrs.



Posted: 03/07/2013 at 08:03

Hi Salino - all. Ref the growing roses from seed. You are looking at going about it as by the book and probably that is more the way to go - in my case the Haws were picked, opened and the seeds as they were sown straight into a pot of compost and out into the coldest part of the garden all winter - cannot for sure remember now if they stood one or two, going by what you said probably two. I suppose mine was the Ma way of doing it -  only the natural elements to take the process along but when they showed up there they were there aplenty.  The bushes size etc I agree with you but I mentioned that "woodsy" bit of land I can use to garden and mine grow there with as much space as they want.. Interestingly the red only shows red flowers but the other has both red and white seemingly on the same bush - can only assume that when I originally potted on the small ex seedlings I managed to get one of each together somehow - whatever whatever the result is good.


Posted: 03/07/2013 at 07:46

Hi Salino - all. Thank you for your prompt responses - as I said nice to natter. Ref the Hostas . Being a foliage nut I am madly keen on them  and have quite a number of all sizes. and variations of single and variegated leaves in the garden. These include the species and the named varieties of which there is now a mass of  in  the garden centres, all  beauts to me, believe a lot come from US. All of my differents combos will almost for sure t contain one . I have always found them completely troublefree to grow other than the dreaded slug and snail problem though having lived in dryish to very dry areas always their numbers (and also by other means) were much reduced - first sign of attack anywhere and I hunt them out - very sadly nothing like the same number of Thrushes around now, where I am now rarely see them and apart from their pest control do so miss their song. As well as in the ground I grow several in large containers and here the S&S are easily controlled. I have others in pots as well and shift them here and there to provide a"something" when a plant has finished and died back. I also always leave them to flower but do make a point of cutting off the stems when they have finished before the seeds form.  As for a favourite well difficult that, I also love sieboldiana and elegans as you do but I suppose of all its Frances Williams with its blue yellow edged leaves. I have a plant I bought years ago from Mrs. Fish  called elata  with large plain green only leaves. I have found also that its not all that unusual for a Hosta to grow a "sport" and I acquired a nice plain yellow from a variegated one that way. - marked it with wool and dug it/root off in autumn- it came back the same. I do not know if my posts are too long and also if I am in order sending pics contnuously - I would like to send pics of my Hostas as they are at their best right now and just beginning to flower. Can you tell me pse?.Regards. .


Posted: 02/07/2013 at 17:33

Hi. Ref that post I referred to in last comment. Gardening is for sure a challenge all round because to a large extent we are going against nature (Ma) and trying to manipulate it all to our way of thinking rather than going along with hers. This will particularly apply to us "been at it for years" types and my thoughts are of those plants that we would dearly love to have grown but which in spite of trying our best to give them exactly the conditions they require( ref experts) they just  did not want to know about us and after a time walked out. They did not need to be anything exotic or grand exactly, they varied from quite humble plants ( as with me) right up to the "you can't grow them" types. Ok but even so we did give them a go. How about telling of your own special little successes and failures - I will tell you of mine and theres been quite a number. Give it a go please and help keep this thread going since there is interest.


Posted: 02/07/2013 at 17:13

Hi Salino. Much enjoy your company and your comments - feel we have much in common - lets please keep nattering. Ref the Roses I do feel and am sure that they are a speciality of yours whereas with myself they are just another lovely but also just running member of my garden taking second place to my own preferred plants etc. - to each their own for sure. A little in thin air ref your last comments here re pasties, saffron cake and clotted cream ( a ref to Cornwall?) - care to explain but if not totally understood.  Have another post re plants which will follow and hopefully it will keep this ( to me for sure) interesting topic going. Your name Salino interests me and would without prying love to know what it represents, an actual name perthaps?.




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Posted: 02/07/2013 at 14:08

Hi. Agreed with Woodgreen - getting a bit heavy and off track - back to the hands on (plants) stuff.     Salino.   Ref the Roses certainly look like  as you said rugosas. I did mention that I grew them and one more which is not yet flowering size from seeds from "aquired" Haws in hedges. This other one is a deeper red than that sent. The hedge was a mixed one round the garden of a large House and was growing road side of a steel 6 ft fence to hide it. I noted them when in flower, in Autumn took a couple of Haws, removed the seeds and sowed in pots of compost then put them in the very coldest part of the garden all winter to get a good frosting.  Came the Spring there they wuz. Grew the seedlings on, potted them individually and then into the garden. All other Roses here are climbers - along the garage pink, yellow,red and a duo coloured one ( Picotee?) with some Clematis growing through them and a white on the back corner of the bungalow. Ref that (Picotee?) you could pse tell me what they are called - this is pink with a deeper red striping in it and has a "crinkly" look to the foliage. Nice to natter for sure.


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Posted: 02/07/2013 at 10:27

Hi Salino. Agree with what you say. Ref the Knotweed that certainly was "Knot" Gertrudes best idea for sure, talk about Triffids. Also to be honest some of herher style of gardening seemed a little too rigid  to me. I did actually forget to mention Mrs. Sackville West. Ref the single Roses you asked me about heres a couple of pics - they have been flowering for some time now and that scent reaches when quite a way away.



Posted: 02/07/2013 at 10:15

Hi. Good comments. our gardens are our gardens and we all have our own ideas and methods of achieving what we want in them and how we use them, it all has to work in with the circumstancres which prevail in each. T'would never do if they were all the same. My plot in a pic does perhaps look fussy but it it is not really though it is very tidy - I can make a difference between the two.  Comment was made ref Montbretia and I mentioned the old (as was) Antholiza - here it is providing height and contrast with the plants around it though still


 a third to grow yet height.


Posted: 02/07/2013 at 08:35

Hi. A little mix here. Thanks for the kind comments ref my plot - my site name is very apt - have loved my gardens (3) for all these years and have done as much reading about it all as the actual work. Next ref the Fairygirl Verdun comments I am bearing in mind that I also will have to watch my step with all this "Wandwork" floating about - could not see myself as a Frog at all sitting on Lily Pads all day. Have an interesting story to tell some time of Frogs in my last garden, I saw it and was amazed.         Salino. Interesting your comments but I do not  think really that men make better gardeners than the lassies - perhaps they are more fussy but that would depend on their general over all  outlook I would guess - for myself I have been a soldier and the standards of fussiness (bull) which had to be observed there have stayed with me all my life in all things ( Fairygirls wand would have to be highly polished or whitewashed). Just think some of the best gardeners ever have been gals as we have been talking of two of them recently, Mrs. Fish ( you must read about her), Mrs Chatto and of course Gertrude Jekyll, think also of the lady presenters on TV etc etc - no overall I think it is very much "even stevens" and if you are a gardener you love it regardless.

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