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Disease resistant roses

Posted: Today at 12:03

It seems a particularly bad year for blackspot, I've got a mixture of about 15 roses, many of them DA's and most have been affected. This year for the first time I started spraying with Roseclear early in the season every 2 weeks, but it's not always possible to keep strictly to this routine due to rain, being away etc. and I don't like using too much spray anyway. I do try picking up the dead leaves underneath - not always easy in the middle of a mixed border! and I mulched every rose this year with a thick layer of manure/compost thinking that would do the trick, but not, it seems. I have quite a windy garden in the south west here which you'd think would help.

I've decided just to live with it, although I might try David's suggestions, the roses have been in for 7 years and none have died of it yet, they all flower very well - apart from my Margaret Merrill- which is supposed to be just 3ft tall, mine is reaching 6 ft, lanky with no flowers - don't know why.

Garden and Gardeners World back issues

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 20:44

I keep mine for a year, then either I cut out in-depth articles on plants I have already or would like and file these in folders for easy reference, or I pass them on to friends, the local GP, dentist or our local hospital.Possibly the care homes might also be grateful for back copies for their residents.

You could try putting them on Freecycle to see if anybody will take them away!

Road building anyone?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 21:26

Sorry Joe, got my metric/imperial mixed up, I think it must have been 40ft x 40ft,not metres. As you say, it sounds rather cheap!

Road building anyone?

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 22:23

I would ask the farmer first what he advises as they must be used to making tracks.

If it's only going to be used 1 or 2 times a year, you might as well just grass it over and see what happens - you could always reseed if if necessary and it's probably the cheapest option. The other cheapish option is coarse bark mulch, if you can get it by the lorry load and just replenish it as and when.  

To go for the "proper job" (although desirable) is probably going to be too expensive - our 40m x 40m hardstanding 7 years ago was about £900 from memory.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 21:41

That's lovely Rosie -so nice to know our efforts were appreciated 

A big hi-five to everyone involved I think!

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. 

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