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Rose Bush repair

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 08:52

I would weed the base of the rose stems so they're completely free of competition from grass and weeds and then give a generous handful of fertiliser such as pelleted chicken manure just gently forked into the soil and then water well - at least a gallon - and then mulch it with some potting compost or soil enricher which you can buy at garden centres and DIY.

Then, as Hostas says, you need to train all the stems as horizontally as possible.  The simplest method is to attach vine eyes (screws with loops on the end) to the strongest parts of the fence at intervals of 123/30cms and then stretch wires between them to make a horizontal framework.   Then you gently tie in the stems as they grow.  Use garden twine and don't strangle them.  Leave room for growth and girth.  Make sure they're not strapped to the fence too tightly as they need air to circulate.

The trained stems will then push out short flowering stems.  You can encourage this with liquid feeds of tomato food used between now and mid July.  No later as the new growth won't have time to mature before the frosts.

See this site for general rose pruning info as well as climbing rose specifics - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=186

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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 08:42

Fingers crossed LP.  Maybe a summer visit?

Anybody out there like sewing?   Half price patterns offer this weekend - http://www.sewdirect.com/?mc_cid=b5a2803a5f&mc_eid=2c6581b1df 

An open letter to Daniel

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 08:26

The rules for using these boards are clear and available for all to read.  All forums, especially one like this which is run by a commercial magazine and which lets anyone and everyone sign up to chat, have to have admins to monitor any problems be they technical or general behaviour.  Being a commercial site, the owners are bound to run it as they see fit and finances permit.

Just be thankful it's here and free to use.   It's such a good community here with all sorts of levels of knowledge and expertise to offer and people willing to do so.  Lots of friendships have been made and lots of help given and some fun on the way.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 08:03

Cool here and a bit grey and not going to get warms and sunny like yesterday.   Set to be wet for the weekend but I've heard that before and it hasn't delivered.   We'll see.

Since when does London spend 3 days celebrating St Patrick?   All good fun I'm sure but will St George get even one?

Sorry Pat.  Not a tree expert by any means.

Garden design - blank canvas

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 23:13

You need to start with a list which identifies what you want in a garden.  eg seating area, eating area, grass, paving, plants for colour, perfume, ornamentals, veggies, herbs, fruit, pond, tree....

Then identify how much time you are willing or able to spend on building a garden and maintaining a garden and also how much money you have to spend on it now and in the future.

You also need to know what sort of soil you have as this will determine which plants can be expected to thrive and which will struggle - it can be clay, loam, sandy, a mix of these in different parts of the garden.  Also is it acid, neutral or alkaline.

Lastly, new build gardens tend to have lots of compacted sub soil and all sorts of rubble and gubbins below the surface.   Be prepared to do a lot of digging to improve the soil and remove crud and then working in lots of lovely compost and other organic matter to improve the soil.  

Get the initial preparation right and you'll have a lovely garden that will make you happy.  


Posted: 16/03/2017 at 23:02

Where can I get those mugs?   

Help with salix flamingo

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 22:19

Where have you planted it?  In the ground, in a pot?   A lot can depend on location and soil.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 22:16

We're back from dancing with clear skies and lots of sparkly stars up above.   Not to last tho.  Clouds and windy bits tomorrow.   We're having a day off gardening and going to a spring fair after I've done a coat in the middle annex.   Painting marathon here.

Lovely photo Liri.   I'm fine on boats but can get seasick doing a Viennese waltz...... or even a Paso Doble if there are too many turns, as I discovered this evening.

Pat - hope you feel rested soon.

Sweet dreams all.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 17:34

We've been to the SM and I found lamb's kidneys.  Haven't see those for over 2 decades!  Bought the remaining 2 packs.   The other end of the SM had a peach tree but I resisted cos I need to check varieties before taking the plunge.

I might have to start making my own crumpets.   I have the rings.........

23C as we left so OH went in shorts and a short sleeved shirt.  I asked him if he felt under dressed as we arrived at SM to find France still firmly in layers and layers of winter wear.    Cooler tomorrow so my legs are staying under cover for a while yet.

I've checked over my lily pots and seen no naughty creatures but we probably borught a few eggs with us so once the lilies grow I shall be checking regularly.

Lots and lots of lovely cowslips in the verges now.    Isn't it grand?

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 14:36

Had to have a little snoozle after lunch cos my shoulders were really tired.  Been out and top dressed the hostas which are pushing roots out of their pots and got some mint and found Fabienne stressing about their dog - a geryhound/retriever cross so a natural chaser - watching our two kittens on our side of the fence.   Had to tell her that the cats have to take their chances and run up a tree if they trespass next door and their dog may gradually become accustomed, like ours did.

Coffee and shower now for a raid on a supermarket and then staying clean for dancing later.

I love liatris but it didn't like the Belgian garden.

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