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Rose "cutting"

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 13:32

I'm hoping one of you can help out on this one please?

My cousin is in a hospice and when I visited the other week we wandered past the most beautiful rose. It's a climber and although I don't know the varity  it reminds me of one we had at our Grans house which was called Alexandra, what I would call old fashioned and with the most beautiful scent.

Anyway he very kindly liberated a cutting for me, working on the theory I would get in trouble but he wouldn't.

I took it home an stuck it in some water, which has worked previously for me, nothing fancy pants just in water and roots start sprouting.

Anyway, the cutting foxed me, it flopped over and looked very sorry for it's self. To try and save the day a bit I decided to stick it in some potting comport, this seem to work every time for his mum!

It's still a floppy plant! do I just need to be patient or it it nearly curtains for the cutting? at the moment it's clearly still alive, the leaves are still a healthy green it's just the stem which isn't too happy

Thanks for your help

Ants in a Herb Garden

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 22:19
Mint. I asked about companion planting and someone suggested mint. It seems to be working

Peony Pruning?

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 09:46

My Peonies are all pretty much done and dusted now. I have a large one in the front garden which we inherited when we moved back in March, it flowered beautifully. We also have 2 small ones in the back garden which I "liberated" from my Grans garden! The 2 in the back havent really done much but thats fair enough because I know they sulk so I've kind of given up on them for this year. However all 3 are looking very sulky and tierd now, I don't thing the rain has helped ( I'm in Lancs)

So the question is now do I cut back all 3 so they can concentrate on getting their roots big and strong for next year? do I just let them die back and tidy up when they are all brown and shrivelled?

Also the one in the front which flowered has gone to seed, can I collect them and try growing new plants for next year? I've only ever had plants we've split before and I've always kind of let them do their own thing, however I'm planning on being in this house a bit longer than the last 3 so want to make sure my plants are happy and healthy. I've had gardens before but never really had the time or the inclination to garden in a structured way and plan out what I would like where from season to season.

Thanks in advance for your help, you've never failed me so far and it is appreciated.

scaredy cat plant, does it work

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 09:25

The water pistols do work, the super soakers are best. I remember one day in my old house having a mexican stand off with one of next doors cats. I opened the door, we looked at each other and the music to high noon was playing in my head. as soon as I reached for the water pistol and tiddles caught sight he hot footed it back home. I then started leaving it out in the back garden on gaurd when we where at work, the only thing is you need to make sure it's always loaded so you dont have to faff and waste time.... spead is of the essence!

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 13:31

We have a rule.... all birds fed equally and whilst it's a bit upsetting when ours takes out a smaller bird as you say they've got to eat too. I find it totally acceptable for the sparrowhawk to use our garden as a pantry, and I live in the hope that one day she might end up scrapping with next doors cats who take the birds for fun and just play with them.

the much beloveds dad moves his feeders around quite a bit in the hope that the sparrowhawk he has visiting gets a bit confused and never can assume the same flight path through the garden. it doesn't work completely but it has reduced the casualties.

Can you help me identify this flowering shrub?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 17:04

Def Mock Orange, We had some down the back when I was little.... oddly both Mum and Gran where very superstisions about bringing it indoors...... I think grandad went along with it because he liked his flowers outside growing, but everytime I smell it I get a big grin on my face and I'm transported back to the age of 4!


Posted: 15/06/2012 at 21:51

I asked a similer question about ants and was looking for companion plants, I had a reply to say mint seemed to work, so I was working on the theory it couldn't do much harm, so far it seems to have worked.

A word of warning though if you do go down this route, mint goes ballistic if it's not kept in a pot, I had a friend who just left hers and it took over the whole garden.... it did smell fantastic when she cut the grass though!

Need a new garden

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 21:34

Hi Caron,

I inherited something similar when we moved. I also seem to spend more time with my workmates than with the much beloved. however, I know it seems like a daunting task but it can be done, I'd say we're at 25% of where I'd like to be but I have to keep pinching myself and reminding myself that it's not going to happen overnight, although the weeds do seem to happen overnight!  

The best thing I personally can advise is section it off, ours seems to naturally fall into 4 sections, front, back left and right! The house and hedges are covered in Ivy which might appeal to some people but it's taken over everything. The people before us just cut the grass and that was it, we've bushes and hedges running ferral!

So the 1st weekend we could we hacked back (and I mean right back to stumps) the bushes to the right and back of the house. We also took out the lower branches of a lydani (spelling?) which is bigger than the house. We didnt go any further than I could reach because it soon became obvious we had LOADS of bird nesting. We've decided to wait until after summer before we take out the trees we want to, to let in the light to let the chicks do their thing.

We also took a chunk out of the bases of the Ivies in the hope of slowing them down.... which it seems to have done.

What this has done has opened up the garden, it would seem we have 6ft boarders we didn't know where there... I kid you not! I've not done anything with them yet.

Once we can take out the big trees, there are 5 possibly 6 to come out and got the Ivies and Laurel under control a bit we can start on the boarders etc.

It's going to be a long haul but we aren't planning on moving for a long old time, if ever!

So I suggest the best and cheapest way would be to find a willing nephew or other child labour... sorry, willing volenteer who will help you out and let them loose with a strimmer to get the lawn under control.

After that you can maybe organise a bbq with friends and family where the all take a section and clear out their bit you can feed them for payment, we used to do it at my Grans, it was great to get everyone together for reasons other than wedding funeral or christening.

Once all the rubbish has gone you can see what you've got left. don't worry about hacking something thats a plant, if it's worthy of your garden it will come back again when it get some light through!

I also suggest once your clear you take some time to decide what you do want and where you want it. We had a poop corner for the Pooches at Grans so when any of us had our dogs with us they all went in the corner to leave any little parcels, easier to clear up and we didn't have to worry about the kids playing on the grass.

But the main thing is just remember you cant do it over night and if you take a section at a time you get there before you know it, maybe clear your reading area 1st so you can have at least one bit you can use?

Wow you can tell the footies on... I'll stop rambling now!


Posted: 08/06/2012 at 16:33

Sorry if I'm being a bit dim here! but it is all quite new and  shiney!

so I just drop the seedling right in the hole and not worry about covering the leaves right?

Also if this is the case do you think I'd get away with lifting the seedling already there and doing the dibber/ watering in thing now.... they are still only really small.....?

But thanks both Emma and Pam


Strawberries in hanging baskets

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 16:08

I did this a few years back, I just nicked off the plants at the end of the runners and popped them in pots of dirt..... to be fair I was a bit cavalier about the new plants. I was working on the theory that if they took it was a bonus and if they didn't then it's not like I'd spent a fortune on them!

More often than not they took....

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