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David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 22:56

I bought a Lady EH on Monday and ave just potted her up to grow  strong set of roots while we get the new rose bed sorted out for planting.  I also have Summer Song from a spring order which included Fighting Temeraire, The Lark Ascending,, William Shakespeare plus The Pilgrim, Malvern Hills and Lady of the Lake.  I brought with me Geoff Hamilton, Munstead Wood, Scarborough Fair and Jacqueline Du Pré which I had in pots.   I also brought a Breathless Charm which has Graham Thomas as a parent.

Just before we left our Belgian garden I took some last minute cuttings and most have taken so today I potted on 2 Teasing Georgias, 3 Queen of Sweden, 1 Graham Thomas and 3 more whose name had washed off their pot. One pot failed completely and its name was washed off too so I shall just have to wait and see what I have. 

I love David Austin roses for their perfume, their flower form, whether singles or complex, and their disease resistance.

Advice please on bare root roses

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 21:17

The roots shouldn't be too squished and bent.

When you buy them in pots from rose nurseries they generally come in square pots at least 10"/25cms deep and 6"/15cms wide.   Try and find something that deep and wider if necessary.   Make sure the garft union - where the rose is grafted to the rootstock - is between one and two inches below soil level.

Mossy lawn and weedy planting beds

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 19:32

That looks like a mess of ivy and crocosmia/montbretia which some consider a good garden plant and others a pest as it can be invasive.    

Buying trees online

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 19:28

Grow them on in pots and look after them as they are tiny.   Given good care they should grow away well.  I would also keep them sheltered over winter in a quiet corner away from deep frosts and strong winds and then either pot them on again next spring or plant them out depending on their size..

Advice please on bare root roses

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 19:25

I always pot new roses in good, loam based compost - John Innes no 2 or 3 - so they can develop a good strong root system before they have to face life in the hurly burly of my borders.  As long as they are watered regularly and fed in spring and early summer, they can very happily live in a decent pot for a whole year or more.

I suggest you do the same and that will give you time to do something about that soil.  It needs a through forking over to loosen it and clear away stones, rubble and any other crud and weeds.  Then you can condition the soil with some bought in multi-purpose compost, well rotted manure and any other soil conditioners you can find to improve the structure and nutrient content.

Yours look like they've had no light at all and need to be introduced gently to the great outdoors or the wind and sun and cold will be too much of a shock.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 19:17

I have just been up a tree to fetch a frightened Minstrel.  We'd been looking for an hour or so after realising we hadn't seen her for several hours.   She's really good at trees and roofs so we reckon she must have run up the tree to escape from Aiko, the greyhound/retriever dog next door with  strong prey instincts and then not been able to get down because, Crikey!, there' s a horse down there too and a pony and a mare!

Had to get our neighbour to turn off his electric fence and then climb a very dodgy ladder and then come down one handed clutching a wriggly kit.  Not good at 27!   She has now had a good feed and is curled up close on the back of the sofa.    Cosmos has slept all day despite our best efforts.

Got 5 roses potted on to their next containers and a wee clem and the latest rhubarb and the bisexual kiwi plus 11 rose cuttings I took at the last minute before we left Belgium - 2 Teasing Georgias, 3 Queen of Sweden, 1 Will Shakespeare, 1 Graham Thomas and 4 unidentified cos the writing's faded on their pots.

Sounds like a good day for you Busy.  I take it this chap is your usual reliable house-sitter. 

Dove - those buns look good.  Must have a go at some.

Yvie - great looking cake and GD too.

Time to cook dinner.

Plant ID

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 16:45

Iris foetidissima?  Purple/lilac flowers in late spring and then red berries in autumn and winter.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 14:27

DD - Take along a copy of Living magazine to show them there are enough Brits in the area to fund a magazine financed purely by ads and given away free. http://www.livingmagazine.fr/ in case you haven't got one so you can show them online.    French people also like tea and cakes and so do the Dutch who make up great numbers of visitors to that area.   Good luck.

Hailstones can be painful and also damaging to plants.   Not good.

OH is out there rotavating my new beds again.  We fetched Cosmos out to play but he just flopped in the sun.  That boy needs a rocket up his behind!

I am working on a list of my roses so I can note size and spread for my new planting plan.

best way to identify native blue and white bells

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 13:14

Yes, on a serious note, it's all about habitat.

Plant ID please

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 13:12

Check and see how big pomegranates get and what they need in terms of nutrients and moisture and then decide.  I would pot up both and grow them on or put them in a nursery bed away from a wall to give them space and light to grow.  Then you can pick the better one and offer t'other or bin it.

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