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Rose suggestions please

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 17:32

I've got a David Austen shortish climbing rose on my arbour called Claire Austen which is a heavenly white rose with a hint of lemon in the centre and is scented. Seems disease resistant so far. Another one I like is "Penelope" which is lovely blush apricoty-pink and is scented. I don't think its classed as a climber but I've got it against a wall and it has reached 4 ft so far.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 20:49

Potted on 5 delphiniums and 3 achilleas. Put some Slugbuggers stuff around vulnerable plants - doesn't it smell revolting! Dug up some crocosmia and put it on Freegle and then gave up and went in for a cuppa.

Does anybody know what plant nyjer seed comes from? I've got seedlings coming up under the bird feeder which I haven't had before.  They obviously don't like this brand as most of it gets chucked out.


Posted: 14/03/2015 at 17:18

Hello Shaz, I'd second Nutcutlet's advice, if you plant them now, there's every chance some of them might come up soon, depending on the weather and if not,  they might come up next year instead.

Supprot for Solanum glasnevin?

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 17:13

I'm a bit surprised at the previous comments - my solanum "Glasnevin" had been in about 5 years and is just supporting itself in front of the fence. I do prune it in spring each year so it doesn't get too tall. The courtyard is rather shady though and there is very tall birch tree only about 2/3 metres away on the other side of the fence (the Council's not mine and they won't cut it down - 40 ft, 35 yrs old and growing! I suspect that it probably takes a lot of moisture out of the soil which is clay which might be why my solanum isn't growing as well as some of yours. I love it anyway and grow a clematis "Blue Ice" through it.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 22:31

Been a grey, drizzly day here so no gardening, but good thinking time. I've read that a better variety of Oriental Poppy has been bred which flowers most of the summer, I was thinking of getting "Patty's Plum" (mine just died on me last year) but the new "Plum Pudding" might be better? Has anyone got any of the new kind of poppies and if so, what do you think of them?

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 18:09

I've potted on some white foxglove seedlings and then dug up a large clump of herbaceous geraniums which were taking over!  Have split the clump and will put on Freegle, I don't need any more geraniums! Also split and replanted a large clump of snowdrops. Lovely sunny day here today (Bath).

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 16:59

I've been busy shredding all the hedge branches I cut yesterday - had the fright of my life though, "my" blackbird and a robin were perched within 2ft of me in a narrow space by the side of 6ft hedge when a sparrow hawk swooped down on the blackbird and tried to carry him off. It wasn't a bit frightened of me and although I grabbed a broom and screamed at him, and chased it round the garden, it just did not want to let go of the blackbird who was screeching its head off. Eventually I cornered them both down by the garage but had to actually jab the hawk with the broom before he dropped the blackbird and flew off. I think the blackbird survived, it hopped into another hedge and had disappeared when I went back to check a few hours later. Haven't seen it today however.  

First time I've seen a sparrowhawk that close!


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 20:04

I finally got the courage to drastically prune back a very overgrown hedge - I think it's a viburnum but not totally convinced - gained some 2-3 ft of space and a huge pile of branches to be shredded. Unfortunately the hedge is half viburnum, half box which doesn't work well together but which I'm stuck with. I'm going to tackle the box bit (6-7 ft high, 3-4 ft wide and very old) tomorrow and I'm just praying it's going to regenerate.

What's in your potting shed?

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 18:49

Gosh, I'm very envious - you can hardly get in the door in our shed, even though we've got the tools hung on the walls like yours. Looks like I'd better have a good clearout.

in need of a garden shed

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 20:27

You could also ask around the other allotmenteers, one of them might be thinking of getting a new one. The other solution might be to buy a plastic garden storage box, which is probably long enough for spade/ fork etc and mine has a lock point on it.

Good luck with your new allotment!

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