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Rose questions now I've sorted the begonias :)

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 08:25

Teasing Georgia is another good rich yellow rose which will also climb to 2 metres depending on how you prune it.  Malvern Hills is  a short climber with paler yellow roses.

Gertrude Jekyll has amazing perfume.   I also have William Shakespeare, Sceptr'd Isle, Geoff Hamilton, Queen of Sweden, Tess of the D'Urbevilles, Falstaff, Crocus Rose, Generous Gardener (climber) and Benjamin Britten - all David Austin roses.   I have Jaqueline Duprée on order and will probably order Harlow Carr too - all David Austin roses but I also have a Kiftsgate which is a huge rambler.  

As I live in Belgium I get mine ready potted from a nursery in the Ardennes who delivers them to me at a local plant fair in May so I don't have to gamble on bare root roses surviving my winters. 

I wouldn't buy roses from supermarkets - labelling, quality and disease resistance are generally poor.  I'd rather pay more and get a good plant that does what it says on the label.  Make sure you check out the planting and pruning advice on the DA website too to ensure success with your new roses.


If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 20:34

Not a lot you can do about that  really so cultivate your Zen and just use a trowel to scoop and bin.  

It's nowhere near as bed as great canine dumps. 

new roses and other new planting

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 12:28

The problem with willow canes is that they either sprout roots and take hold and become a pain or they rot and look unattatractive after quite a short time.   I'd go for roses that support themselves and are less labour intensive.

I suggest you have another look at the section on roses for mixed borders on the David Austin site.  Harlow Carr looks good - floriferous, perfumed and very disease resistant.   Might get that one myself.   

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 18:59

Grew them once.  Never again.  

I stick to proper peas now and sometimes mangetouts or sugar snaps.

Cats in Gardens

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 10:57

Definitely pet owners that need training.  I have dogs and a cat.  We clean up after the dogs during walkies and when they mess in the garden and the cat is litter trained.

For anyone having problems with visiting ctas or, worse still, foxes I believe a device called a water scarecrow is very effective as long as you regularly change the location of the sensors that trigger the spray so they don't learn to avoid them.

unwanted leaflet

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 22:38

You can either quietly put up with having all those leaflets and just recycle them or risk having to pay more for your magazine.  Those advertising fees subsidise its production.

unwanted leaflet

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 22:35

You can either put up with having al those leaflets and just quietly bin them or risk having to pay more for your magazine.  Those advertising fees subsidise its production.

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 22:12

Not cold.   Last week we had temps up to 14C.   Usually in January we are down to -10C or -15C which is almost a 30 degree difference.

Today has been cooler at about 4 to 6C and we may get a frost tonight but not for long and not more than -1C.    It's about time winter came and got on with it.  I don't want to be frozen in April.

Vanilla is an Orchid!!

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 12:50

I agree, Bookertoo.  I always do a raid on M&S for fair trade t-shirts when I'm in the UK.   I like cotton sheets and quilt covers too but steer clear of US grown.  

Vanilla is an Orchid!!

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 21:29

It is indeed an orchid and a native of Mexico and central America where it is pollinated by a particular species of bee which made it impossible to cultivate commercially but then a slave boy on Réunion island discovered how to hand pollinate it and now it is grown globally.   Still very expensive though but so much tastier than the chemical essence versions.

Think I learned this on the A to Z of gardening or some such.

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