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When is the best time to cut back roses?

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 11:49

It depends on their type.   It is usual to reduce tall whippy stems on shrub roses in autumn to reduce the likelihood of wind rock loosening the roots and damaging the plant.     Autumn is also the time to tie in and tidy up new long stems on climbers and rablers and remove any that are broken or growing in the wrong direction and can't be tied in.

Shrub roses are then pruned back in late Feb or March depending on how harsh a winter we're having.  Do not prune when it's freezing or a frost is expected as this can damage new cuts.    Take out all broken, twiggy or dead stems back to the base.   When you can see the structure more clearly you then cut the remaining stems back to an outward facing bud and remove any stems that cross each other to leave an open goblet shape.

Give the plants a good dollop of slow release general purpose food such as pelleted chicken manure or blood, fish and bone and a liquid tonic or rose or tomato food.





Badly explained help!

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 11:41

They're different.  A bract is a leaf like structure found just below a flower.  Usually the flower is insignificant in form and size but essential for reproduction so the bract is brightly coloured to advertise it.  

Leaves are for transpiration and photosynthesis.

Sports personality

Posted: 18/12/2013 at 14:55

Not remotely interested in who won Sports personality as I don't care but I expect they had all the candidates lined up for a possible presentation wherever they were.     I do watch Strictly and am keen that Susannah gets to the final as she does have personality which she puts in to every dance as opposed to Sophie whose performances seem very reserved - except for her Charleston early on - and Nathalie who seems cold and clinical.

I'd like to see Abby win as she has made excellent progress from the first show and has turned out to be a very talented dancer and equal to every challenge.

I'd also like a revamp of Strictly itself as it's current format is getting ever more farcical and the direction of the camera work is appalling and the fancy new lighting effects often mask the dancing even when they do focus on it.   There are an awful lot of keen social and amateur dancers like OH and me out there who want to see the dancing from footwork to hold and topline and not how clever the techies are.

Talkback: How to protect plants in winter

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 14:00

Wrapping plants with bubble wrap reduces ventilation and encourages rotting.  better to insulate the pots with bubble warp and the plants with fleece which breathes.

Talkback: How to protect plants in winter

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 12:05

If it's an aluminium greenhouse you can buy special clips that slot into the framework through the bubble wrap and hold it up.  If it's wooden then you can staple or pin it it to the frame.

Clematis identificationn and pruning group ?

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 22:35

Can you remember which months it flowered?  If so, you could use this site to identify your clematis - enter colour and flowering period and see what you get -

It will then give you the pruning group which you can then look up on the same site.

Fox gloves

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 22:27

Not if it's the biennial kind.  The aim of any plant is to reproduce itself.  Annuals grow, flower, set seed and die in one year.  Biennials do it over 2 years.  Perennials can last anything from 3 to many years and will usually flower form their second year on.

Some foxgloves are perennial but are short lived and tend to last only 3 or 4 years but they set seed and self sow quite liberally so, as the original response said, keep an eye out for seedlings next spring and transplant them to where you want them to grow.


Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 09:50

Me too.  I suspected it was case of cruelty to plants and somewhat naive of the person who came up withteh idea and stupid of Joe S to go along with it.

People who like them enough to take care of them usually already have some.  

Wooden Raised Beds

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 19:20

Thank you.   It was, but I've had some disastrously cold winters since I took those photos and lost a lot of those plants.   I've also lost a year in the garden thanks to needing remodelling of both feet and having surgery in January and April so the weeds have been having a field day.   However, I'm starting to get back on top of things and am adjusting my plantings to suit the colder winters.

It will be much better again by spring and better still the following year - optimistic folk we gardeners.


Madame Alfred Carriere

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 13:50

Have you the space to put up training wires to tie it in horizontally?   Climbing roses and ramblers flower best on spurs coming from horizontally or diagonally trained main stems as this aids the flow of nutrients along the stem.

If not, I suggest you find a good home for Mme AC and consider replacing it with something like a City of York rose which won't grow quite so long and has repeat flowers.  

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