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Posted: 12/07/2015 at 10:28

I too don't see the point of scentless roses with the possible exception of Hot Chocolate which is a glorious colour.

Roses are like any other plant we use - grow them in the right conditions and they will grow strong and healthy and perform well and be a delight.   Grow them in poor soils or too hot or too cold or too wet or too dry and they will suffer and need constant attention or just look awful.   Cram them in packed beds of roses and they will attract all sorts of pests and diseases. 

I have mine grown in mixed borders with other perennials including lavenders and alliums which help deter pests.   I give them a generous feed of pelleted chicken manure every spring and potash too when I find it and I prune them according to type.    They get a mulch of garden compost in autumn if I have some to spare from the veggie beds.    This year they've been glorious and I don't mind the dead heading as it encourages new flowers to form and gives you the chance to check they'e doing OK.  I never spray them.

I need your help

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 10:07

Good luck with your diet Pauline.   Cutting out all processed food will deal with hidden sugars and fats, especially the dreaded trans fats.   Cook your food from scratch using fresh ingredients except maybe tinned beans (not baked in sauce) and canned fish in brine for convenience.

Lots of good recipes with counted calories, proteins, fats and sugars on the BBC Good Food website.

Rambling roses

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 18:43

Go for something like Kiftsgate or Rambling Rector and you should be fine - as long as you prepare the planting hole well with plenaty of well rotted manure and/or garden compost and water it regularly in its first year and feed it generously every spring.   Both have clusters of creamy white flowers and will look gorgeous against dark green conifers.

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter fire'

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 21:04

In the end I've decided the vibrant red of alba sibirica with it's strong growth and good foliage is far more beautiful than the Midwinter form which needs coddling and is wussy about being pruned so can easily get too big.

I am now layering the sibirica to make new plants for me and a couple of friends but will continue to pot up Midwinter Fire babies for the annual charity plant sale cos people still like it.    

Slug pellet removal...

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 15:49

Or just hoe them in to the top soil so they're invisible.

Forgive me Father, for I have sinned!

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 10:41

Better than letting them get strong enough to set seed or send out runners though, especially now that weedkiller chemicals are being severely limited for amateur gardeners.

I can cope with digging them out in the borders where I don't want to nuke treasures but I'd love a flame thrower for my cobbles and gravel paths.

Designing a garden while keeping it classy and natural

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 22:43

I think a garden needs structure and flow to work and the structure can be formal or informal according to your taste and budget.   Planting should be as full as possible and definitely not in neat straight rows except in the veggie plot or any hedging.

I think that article is a load of hooey.   In a small garden, where you need to maximise every bit of space, hanging baskets can add interest and height and changing colour and form through the seasons.   A greenhouse is a boon for anyone raising their own plants from seed or growing tomatoes, cucumbers and so on.  There shouldn't be bare soil but it will inevitably be there after a good weeding session or when new planting is done and until the plants grow to size to cover the soil.

The only things that snob got right are the dreaded patio word and decking, although if you're lucky enough to have a pond big enough, a wooden deck over part of it can be a great place to sit and watch the wildlife.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:56

Colourful baskets Yvie.  Lovely.

Here is my garden today - 

I had nearly 3 years out for surgeries and recovery so it went wild but it's now starting to look loved again - except for the pond area which I haven't yet got to.

Plant id for Obxx

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:53

Outside all winter for 4 years now.  Started in a semi shady spot but was crowded out and struggling so last spring (14) I moved it to full sun where it's very happy and full of bees too.

Plant id for Obxx

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:15

Here's a photo with the background covered

 and a close up of the leaves

 I don't think it is a penstemon as it's flowers don't hang down and it survives my winters.   The only one that's ever done that is Ruby Glow which has narrower leaves and is in a sheltered spot.

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