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Planting out pot grown roses

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 17:20

I have a Kiftsgate planted in the front to cover the dull brick of our front house wall.  It is very vigorous and has very spiky thorns.  It flowers once, in June and attracts loads of insects.  The flowers are perfumed and followed by red hips for autumn bird food so a good plant for wildlife.  It will grow to 10 metres if allowed and should be trainable along an old stock fence.

Mine has survived strong winds and very cold temperatures. I thought we'd lost it after nearly all the stems froze in Jan 2009 (-32C at its worst) but it has come back and is flowering again this year.

Prepare a good deep planting hole with lots of well rotted manure and garden compost. Plant it with the graft union about 3 to 5 cms below soil level and keep it well watered till mid autumn so it doesn't get stressed while trying to support top growth and produce new roots.    Make sure you soak the pot in a bucket until no more air bubbles form before planting it.   Tie in stems as horizontally as possible to encourage new flwoering shoots to form.  It flowers on the previous year's growth.


GW Presenters

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 17:05

I detest the Still to Come in all TV programmes.  I am not stupid, I do not have the attention span of a two year old and I like the all too short 30 minutes of GW to be full of gardening, not such inane time wasting.

New Garden

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 17:01

Patience is a virtue and worksout wheaper and less diappointing in the long run.

In fact, small trees will not only be chepaer but will establish and grow away far more quickly than mature treese.  Take some time to test your soil for alkalinity and fertility as wella s depth.  Then look at teh aspect of your garden as you don't want to be shading out the sun with tall trees.  Find out how cold your garden will get and also how wet or dry in an average year before choosing plants.

Consider also a hedge on stilts - as seen so well at Chelsea this year.  They give height without taking up sppace and so allow for planting underneath.  Trellis panels hung across tall posts will give a similar effect with climbers and will give privacy without blocking light. 

Tall trees sap enourmous amounts of water and nutrients from the soil so you will have problems planting at their feet.   Consider also the effect tall trees will have on your neighbours and their enjoyment of their gardens.  You don't want to start bad feeling.


Temporary pathways

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 16:53

You can mark out prospective pathways with hosepipes, as Geoff says, or with dry sand poured from a bottle as you walk.  You can then use them for a trial period and view them from all angles including upstairs windows before committing yourself.

If you want something more permanent initially you will have to bite the bullet and buy paving slabs or cirlces or stones of some sort and position them as you wish then set them permanently in concrete when you're happy you've got it right.  I can't see that a loose path made from stone cippings or chipped bark will be compatible with hens as they will constantly rearrange the material.

An invitation to View June 2012

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 15:40

Thank you Berghill.  Lots of variety of form and colour and I love all those alliums.  Beautiful.

An invitation to View June 2012

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 11:23

All I get on any of the links above is a red tomato splat.

Aquilegias and the Chelsea chop

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 13:41

Aquilegias are already in flower or have even finished by Chelsea so are too early for the chop to work.

The purpose of the chop is to delay flowering completely or in part to spread the season of flowering.  It also encourages plants such as sedums to produce shorter, stockier growth which doesn't flop and straggle.   Works on phlox, lysimachia and other later flowering plants.



Posted: 20/06/2012 at 18:37

Mine get fed as part of the spring scattering of pelleted chicken manure over the borders.  No special treatment or feed.


Posted: 20/06/2012 at 18:35

I would repot too into a slightly bigger pot, not more than 2 " wider.  I wouldn't bother dividing the two plants as their roots will be so intertwined it would only damage them and set them back.  

Next spring, water them with liquid rose or tomato food to encourage flower buds.

do I cut back hellebores, if so when?

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 13:11

You should cut off all the old foliage in late winter or early spring as the new foliage and flwoer stems appear.   This helps you see the flowers better and removes old growth which is prone to disease so keeps your plants healthy..

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