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Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 22:29

Hope your garden party went with a swing Rosie, weather here in Bath still very hot and sunny so hope you had the same (although I would like some rain tonight)


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 18:26

Thanks for all the advice folks. Will wait and see if the rose flowers later in the year.


Posted: 04/07/2014 at 20:39

Hi all,  I've got a 3 yr old Margaret Merrill rose which flowered beautifully the first year, didn't do much last year and this year although it's grown quite tall, has no flower buds on it at all. Has had the same treatment as my other two roses in the same bed, i.e. been pruned, mulched, fed & watered. Faces west, in clay soil,but is only 2 ft away from 6ft high box hedge behind it.

I did wonder if I pruned it too severely last year as this time it's shot up to over 5ft but looks very healthy.

Any ideas?

breeze block wall

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 20:26

Glad you liked it Thomas. It is sensible to screw narrow bits of batten to the wall first to allow climbers room to twine and air to circulate, and then screw the trellis to the battens.

Good luck, show us the after shots please when you've finished.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 12:48

Rosie, what lovely, lovely pictures - I'm so pleased we were able to bring some joy back to the people concerned and well done everyone who helped out. 

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 11:51

Very, I have to admit I have in the past cut grass in between paving slabs with nail scissors and this year I made floral curtains for the shed!!!!  (to stop people looking at the mess within....)

breeze block wall

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 11:46

Hi Jen, we've got a breeze block wall too and I did think of painting it, but decided against it because it's holey, you need an awful lot of paint to cover it well, which works out expensive and it's a lot of hard work.

We screwed diamond patterned trellis on battens and then planted various roses, star jasmine, escallonia,  and ceanthos on it, south-east facing, and clay soil. Initially expensive, but won't have to do it again hopefully.

 The wall is about 4 ft high (which has got the diamond trellis on it with another fence on top. (The neighbour's garden is at a higher level than ours).

Cats fouling our garden

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 11:34

Our lovely cat preferred to come back into the house and use his litter tray, rather than outside, but now he's gone, we do have one cat that insists on using the lawn. It's a minor nuisance, but we don't have young children so can cope with it.

By the way, I strongly suspect it's an urban myth that cats kill a huge number of wild birds, just how many corpses do you see lying around in an average week? We've only seen 2 or 3 in seven years and we have a large wild bird population in this garden with plenty of neighbourhood cats.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 11:22

Thanks Topbird & Artjak.  I have to admit we bought the scarecrow solely to "dress" the garden for the Open days and to amuse any children - it was £10 from a motorway service station of all places, last year.

Not sure if it works or not, we only put it up Sat morning - think the colours might run if it rained.

Any idea of Rose Variety?

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 20:44

My Roses Encyclopedia says New Dawn was introduced from the USA in 1930.

Mine has quite large pointy buds rather like a Hybrid Tea Rose when young and the stems are very stiff and strong - it's not very pliable or floppy, but the flowers when older do look like your picture.

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