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Great gardening weather

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 18:27

Grey here but not too cold so I finished the bubble wrap in the greenhouse and stashed all my big pots and troughs of bulbs and went to get some replacement panes for the three I found cracked or broken.   Rolled up and stashed the hose pipes too.

Radio forecast says to expect freezing temps and snow overnight which is a bit of a change of plan so I've got it done just in time.

Has Anybody Got This Rose?

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 18:25

Mine did sulk a bit when first planted out but she's fine now.  Just hope winter doesn't throw too much at her.


Posted: 26/12/2014 at 10:49

Check very carefully with the supplier.  Most Indian sandstone is quarried using bonded child labour.   I wouldn't want that in my garden.   There's a reason it's cheap, like Primark clothing............

Feeding birds Yes or No

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 10:46

I have built a simple square arch over 2 metres high - two fence posts with a bar screwed across the top with hooks for hanging feeders.   The rats never climb up and the cats can't pounce.   There's a twisted hazel nearby for cover when the sparrow hawk flies in.

However I also put loose seed down on a slab below for the ground feeders and rats do visit that from their burrows along the edge of the field behind.   When they get too cheeky I put down sachets of poison in the entrances to their burrow, especially now as they're thinking of going into breeding mode.

Has Anybody Got This Rose?

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 10:36

I bought Jacqueline Du Pré last year and have been very pleased - 

It is simple and elegant and the open flower attracts beneficial insects so triple pleasure as it has a pleasing perfume too.   The buds are palest pink but the flower opens white.

Where to put arch?

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 10:29

I think it will get lost all the way down the bottom so it should go at the start of the lawned area.  You'll also be able to grow a repeat flowering rambler such as Malvern Hills there and enjoy the flowers and perfume as you pass.   However, if your soil is light and sandy you'll need to did in an awful lot of well rotted manure and garden compost to give it the richness roses need.


Posted: 25/12/2014 at 01:43

We've never had a hailstorm that late either and certainly not one in tornado form. It was devastating.   Flattened my rhubarb, scalped and shredded my hostas and clems and so many other plants, wiped out most of my pumpkin, chilli and tomato babies and left pitted scars on roses' and other shrubs' stems and leaves.

Now to see what this winter throws at us.   




Posted: 24/12/2014 at 12:27

I have Limelight, Vanille Fraise, Pinky Winky, Rouge Diamant and another creamy one whose label has gone.  They are all in full sun on rich, alkaline loam on a clay subsoil.   This year they were hammered by a hailstone tornado in May but have recovered so I'm expecting reat things next year.

I get them froma  specialist grower at a plant fair here and the advice is to prune hard in mid February to early March and feed them a general fertiliser with some added rose food for flower power once growth starts.

I like these plants because they flower despite what winter throws at them and I like the cone shaped flower heads an dthe way the colour fades.  I did try the mophead/lacecaps but they were always frozen solid in winter and, whilsts they produced new stems every year they never survived to flower the following spring.


Posted: 23/12/2014 at 10:01

Mophead and lace cap hydrangeas flower on old wood so pruning them now or in spring will remove all the flowering wood.  If this is the kind you have and thay are too large, take out every other stem in early spring so you at least keep half the flowering wood.   Once they have flowered, you can cut back the rest to encourage new flowering wood to form.

If you have the paniculata kind you can prune them back quite hard in Feb or March and they will produce new wood that will flower in summer.   They thrive on being pruned as it makes them bushier and more sturdy.

Whichever kind you have, give them a generous feed of pelleted chicken manure and a liquid tonic of rose or tomato fertiliser in mid to late March as this will help with both stronggrowth and flowering.

Waterproof Garden Shoes

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 13:43

Or you could do this with your old wellies



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