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creating a rose bed

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 17:18

Roses are hungry so make sure you prepare the soil well by adding in plenty of well rotted manure and garden compost to add nutrients and improve texture.   Before you plant your climbing or rambling roses, make sure you screw in supports such as vine eyes to hold tensioned wires horizontally between them at 15 inch intervals.  You then tie in the stems - loosely for growth - as horizontally as possible to get as many flowers as possible.

Snow Goose will only grow to 8' so you'll need 4 to cover that wall.

Gertrude Jekyll is a gorgeous rose with strong perfume but she also has vicious thorns so you may want to re-think having her either side of an arch that people walk through.

Planting distances depend on the eventual width of your chosen roses - eg 4' wide means 4' apart so each rose can achieve its circumference without being pushed for space.   The David Austin website offers plenty of info on colours, perfume and sizes of its roses.   Have a look also at Harkness and Peter Beale's altho ordering from just one site is more likely to get you a discount for bulk or special off

Does someone know what this is please?

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 17:05

The flowers open in winter and spring so you did well to wait.  Here's some more info to help you - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/96126/i-viburnum-tinus-i-eve-price/details

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 16:45

Sounds good Busy.  When in Belgium last week I looked for my favourite Nobilo NZ wine but they've stopped stocking it.   However, I found another NZ Sauvignon Blanc called Mud House.   Couldn't resist.  Still trying to identify the best French version.  Hard life sometimes.

Well done Joyce too.

Minstrel has got the hump.  Came chirrupping in with a mouse offering which she dropped on the rug.  Rasta dived in and ate it!   Pussy not amused.

Allotment diary.

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 16:37

Yes, a good plan and yes, check acidity for blueberries.  You can always grow them in raised beds or pots filled with ericaceous compost if needed but remember you'll need to collect rainwater for watering if your tap water is hard.

New hedge after conifer removal

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 13:12

Maybe a couple of weeks for levels to settle in case you need more.

When you do plant, make sure the soil is neither frozen nor water-logged and that the roots have been soaked in water to rehydrate them - an hour or overnight in a bucket for bare root or, if in pots, dunk the whole thing in water until no more air bubbles appear and then, when you remove from the pot, tease out the roots with your fingers to encourage them to grow out into the soil.

Water the whole row well after planting.

Allotment diary.

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 13:07

You can hire turf cutters but they do only lift turf and some roots so won't deal with nettle roots altho these aren't deep and are easy enough to pull or fork up when the soil is damp.  The good thing is that you can stack the turves in a quiet corner - alternating grass to grass and soil to soil - and they will rot down to make wonderful friable soil for you new beds or for potting on seedlings.

I suggest you start by measuring the space and noting the orientation so that you can play with plans on paper on cold wet nights.   Then cover as much as you can with cardboard to cut the light to any weeds and seeds and cover that with a good thick layer of well-rotted manure.   Leave it all to rot down over winter and be worked in by the worms while you get on with layouts and structures which should include compost heaps fro recycling waste and feeding your soil.

Come spring, it'll be ready for a light forking or hoeing and your first plants.

simple Questions

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 12:52

The simplest answer it to make a list of the plants on sale and then look them up online if the labels aren't informative.

Google "plant name+cultivation" and you should get answers on colour, height, flowering times, need for sun or shade etc..

Well done for wanting to know what you're selling and be able to give helpful advice.

Using Roundup; Remove dead roots?

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 12:48

Sieve!  The teeniest bit of live bindweed root will sprout and grow and invade.   The alternative is to leave the sprayed patches alone a few weeks, or better still until spring when new growth starts, and then spray new growth as soon as it's big enough to absorb enough glyphosate to kill the surviving roots.  In my experience, bindweed doesn't give in after just one spray.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 12:10

NOt usually keen on Michaelmas daisies but those are rather good.  Love the orange glow in the blues.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 12:00

Well, I must have had the wrong specs on.  Sorry RG.

Liri - that hedge became the shortest, fattest holly hedge ever because the neighbours ate the soft juicy tops every spring.  We ended up installing builders' mesh cut at 1m50 to stop them leaning over.  It then grew taller very quickly.

They never touched the tree on the right though - a toothache tree with fierce thorns.

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