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Planting a rose in the patio

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 17:25

Depends on where they live and how exposed they are.  In my experience, David Austin roses can be fussy.  I had to rescue several from the borders in my Belgian garden and grow them on in pots with winter protection for a few years before they thrived.   Worth it though for the perfume and flowers.

Last edited: 08 December 2016 17:27:53

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 17:15

I shall be making mango chutney tomorrow.  It takes 8 weeks to mature and we'll probably be running low on the commercial stuff by then.

Best check i've got all the fruits I need to make the Creole cake as it needs a week to soak in all the booze.

Just had an amusing interlude with Rasta and Cosmos.  Rasta loves kittens and crept upstairs quietly to see.  Cosmos had a dog in his first home and gradually crept closer and closer and ended up purring and sniffing and running between her legs.  Minstrel watched, agog, from the safety of the bed.  More play tomorrow and then it'll be Bonzo's turn to make friends.

Spag with bol from the freezer for dinner.  Easy peasy for dance nights.   Must get some proper liver as OH and I love it with sage and onions, Italian style.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 16:12


Planting a rose in the patio

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 16:04

You will have to decide which option you prefer but the quality of soil next to a house wall will not be good enough to feed a rose that is expected to grow strongly and repeat flower.   Nor will the amount of water it receives in the rain shadow of the house be enough.  In my experience, (25 yrs living over here) older French and Belgian country house and farm building didn't go in for deep foundations so the soil at the base is better.

Feeding after mid July leads to soft, sappy growth which doesn't have time to harden before the frosts come and damage it in autumn and winter in the UK climate  Chedigny is generally warmer and not frosty.

Last edited: 08 December 2016 16:09:07

Planting a rose in the patio

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 14:25

I agree.  Buy the biggest container you can or make one form timber lined with polythene to protect the wood.   Roses are hungry, thirsty plants which like a deep root run so give them 75 cms of depth if possible and use best John Innes 3 compost.   Mulch the soil with slate chippings or pebbles to help retain moisture.

Make sure you feed the plant generously every spring with slow release rose or tomato fertiliser and water regularly.  Occasional liquid feeds of rose or tomato fertiliser between March and end June will boost flowering capacity.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 14:19

It's a memorable year for many reasons Dove and not a  lot of them good.   So many of those leaving us are our generation of rockers and artists which I think makes it worse as we feel we grew up with them.

New allotment

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 14:17

I would think it best now to wait till the new year to plant but you can always mulch your beds with compost or well rotted manure if you have any.   In the new year you can maybe sow broad beans early and start chitting potatoes indoors and plan your crop rotations and beds for the coming season..

This almanack of what and when is by a chap who posts on A4A - http://www.thegardenersalmanac.co.uk/Indexes/index.htm  Click on month and then vegetables for advice on what to be doing.   He's in Yorkshire, near Huddersfield so adjust your own timings according to whether you are warmer or colder than his allotment..

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 13:43

SAD is seasonal affective disorder and affects people who respond to low sunlight levels in winter by becoming depressed.   The SAD lights replicate daylight wave lengths and improve mood in most sufferers.

Not a problem here at the mo as we have bright sunlight again today but UK and Belgian winters can be very long and grey and dull.

Loads of stars here at night too.  No street lights.   Wonderful.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 12:52

Thanks Lesley.  I'd tried ctrl and alt with up key but not all at once.  OH fixed it when he got in.

Haven't started on cards yet.  Only just giot OH's birthday done and dusted.  Now we can start on Xmas.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 12:11

I need a PC doctor.  Cosmos has bounced on my keyboard and the screen display is now upside down and the mouse is disoriented!   Can't see an easy fix and OH will be grumpy when I ask him to fix it.

Good luck with the onions Dove.  Don't like them myself - too vinegary - and I haven't yet found a recipe for pickling them the way the Italians do, sort of sweet and sour using small red onions.

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