Lyn Plant-Wells

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Too soon to Prune Roses?

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 00:09

Thank you all so much for the advice. I will make a start as I have quite a lot of roses.  Anyone have any thoughts on my horse manure query?  

Too soon to Prune Roses?

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 20:02

I was going to ask the same question. It was around 16deg today in Bournemouth and my daffs, crocuses, grape hyacinths are all coming out. The roses are all in bud, some with quite a few small leaves. If I wait to prune until frosts aren't likely, that could be May!  I was also led to believe that roses are very tough but I suppose they will just produce less flowers if not treated properly?  

One more query - one of my neighbours keeps horses on the heath behind my house. When can I put horse manure on the borders? Some has been lying on the heathland for quite some time (maybe the nutrients have washed out with rain?)  I have a compost bin but only started filling it with leaves in Autumn and have gradually added veg waste. Should horse manure be added to that?

what base is best for a compost bin

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 21:44

That's Alice my Cavalier - yes she's a little treasure.

Thanks very much for your suggestions. If I get problems later on when the compost bin contents are under way, I will call on the wise folk on this excellent site. 

what base is best for a compost bin

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 21:10

The borders/raised beds aren't big enough for the compost bin plus it would look a bit like an enormous carbuncle! There are no gaps - just roses, small shrubs and flowers. See photo. I could put chicken wire underneath the bin and clear the gravel?  When I move my pots and containers there are often worms underneath so I suppose the worms will find their way into the bin - with a bit of help if I add a few!

As there is just me, I don't have a vast amount of kitchen waste but my neighbour will contribute. I have sacks of leaves, some lawn mowings from a neighbour and there will be plant waste and prunings. I understand that newspaper is a good addition?  A friend had a terrible problem with swarms of flies in his compost bin. Not sure what contributed to this?


what base is best for a compost bin

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 10:32

I know this is an old post - wondered if anyone would like to add any comments?  My garden is just gravel and flower borders and I have just acquired my first 'dalek' compost bin. I wondered what to stand it on. The gravel is on top of concrete where it's sited. Should I put bricks or some sort of base underneath? I have thick black plastic but presume this isn't a good idea?  I don't want gunge out of the compost to leach out and make the gravel all messy. I have lots of fallen leaves in bags ready to start it off.  I could clear an area under the bin so it sits on concrete?


Posted: 23/10/2016 at 23:08

Yes GD - not keen on the huge spiky ones - awfully common!  . I might get some red ones with the very dark foliage. Will check online for names. I have also seen some with similar flower heads to pink Japanese Anemones.  


Posted: 23/10/2016 at 22:47

The dahlia tubers I have been given are awfully pretty single yelow ones. Not in the slightest bit brash - actually, they look frightfully posh and rather jolly - don't cha know! 



Posted: 22/10/2016 at 11:24

Thanks folks. Also for kind comment re shed! (originally outside loo/coal store in the 50s/60s.)

It's just had a new roof (black corrugated fibrous material) and the plastic corrugated removed. It used to get like an oven in summer - much colder now so bang goes drying washing!  It's not attached to house and only single skin brick so gets a bit damp. Seeds kept in there went mouldy last year. New roof prompted me to have a mega clearout/tidy - old door made good worktop! 

The other alternative to keeping the tubers in there (re mice - think there are various 'entry' holes) would be my understairs cupboard. It's on an outside wall so quite cool. I'm too mean to have heating on very high!

Presumably the tubers will be easier to separate when they have dried out a bit? Clump is quite tight.


Posted: 21/10/2016 at 23:23


No Verdun,  they are not potted - they are a bunch of tubers about double the size of a large cauliflower* - dug straight out of the ground today, with only a small amount of foliage attached. They were in full flower so seemed a shame to cut the stalks off but apparently the clump was quite large & floppy so not practical to dig them up intact.  

The clump has lots of tubers packed together. Can they be divided, if so, when?  I have never grown Dahlias but always wanted them.

I don't have a GH - just my brick shed (see photos.) I live on the edge of Bournemouth so not usually very hard Winters. Saying that - frost got my container of Pelargoniums last year - my brother's (in his garden border under a tree) survived ok.  

Bit mindful of mice as some seed packets in the shed were nibbled last Winter by something!

I do intend to make a cold frame but haven't done it yet!

* peculiar comparison, I know, but couldn't think of anything more appropriate to give example of size!


Posted: 21/10/2016 at 15:59

I have been given a clump of Dahlia tubers (?)  which were in flower. The stems have been mostly removed (from a friend moving to a flat.)

What is the best course of action?  They had single yellow flowers and very dark purplish green leaves. Thanks - your help is always invaluable! 

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