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New rose wilting extremely fast?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 10:22

Don't put manure in its pot.  It will be too concentrated and may burn the roots.  Save that for mixing into the soil when you do plant it out.  

For potting, use good quality John Innes no 3 with maybe a top dressing of specialist rose fertiliser while it's in a pot.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 10:19



Posted: 24/06/2016 at 09:50

Seriously depressing news.    Speechless - well not really but can't say anything polite about the people who voted out last night and am so very sorry for those who have to live with the consequences which will affect so many levels of life and opportunity for generations to come and not just in the UK.


What is your weather like?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 09:35

We're not flooded Liri but very soggy.  The centre of town was a river last night - homes and cars flooded and parts of the railway line from here to Brussels flooded and damaged too.  

Grey day here but dry so far.

New flowerbed ideas

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 01:42

You don't need a greenhouse to sow seeds.  You can buy seed trays with or without modules and with or without a plastic lid to keep in moisture and add a bit of shelter.  Put them on a table on your terrace so they're sheltered by the house.

Prick out into more trays or small pots and grow on till big enough for the borders.   A cold frame will be useful for next year and earlier sowings but is not needed at this time of year.

If your soil is sandy and drains quickly it will leach nutrients so beef it up with plenty of garden compost if you have it or else cheap potting compost with added pelleted manure so the soil retains moisture a bit better and has some minerals to feed your treasures.

Last edited: 24 June 2016 01:43:25

New rose wilting extremely fast?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 00:43

It's actually a lot to ask of a small young rose to produce and hang on to its flowers at the same time as it is growing a new root system to support future growth.

I would advise you to remove the remaining flower buds and keep removing them this summer so it can grow a stronger root system.   I would also keep it in its pot or move it to a lightly bigger one for the rest of the summer and plant it out in autumn.   Patience is a virtue in gardening and your rose will be stronger for waiting.


Posted: 24/06/2016 at 00:38

Lots of people posting Pat, just not all on this thread.   Some people only do plants chat and there is a separate weather thread and garden visits and so on.

I can't cope with much more of the election coverage so I'm off to bed.   Following the earlier storms there's a very bright moon backlighting an angry looking sky.   May not be a peaceful night.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 23:31

We have had a mega storm with wall to wall lightening overhead and along the horizon for a good 30 miles.   More rain than the drains and ground could cope with so heres's the centre of our town tonight - https://www.facebook.com/maya.remy/videos/10154380614313489/ 

Never seen anything like it here before.

Plant identity

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 17:53

It's a red boronia heterophylla and Liri is right.  It is tender, needs shelter and can be a bit fussy but, if well cared for, makes an attractive plant with perfumed flowers.

See here for cultivation info - http://www.gardeningwithangus.com.au/boronias-for-beginners-2/ 

New flowerbed ideas

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 17:05

Try to have a plan so you have contrasts of plant and leaf size, form and shape and then think about flower colours.   Plant in 3s, 5s or 7s for impact so that each plant is clearly visible and doesn't get lost in a polka dot effect.  

As for choices, it depends on your soil - what will grow - and your taste - what you want to grow - and your budget eg finds lurking in the bargain corner or fine specimens in a specialist nursery.  

Try growing from seed - it's cheaper and you can get more interesting varieties than those offered by big chains.   Ditto divisions and cuttings swapped with gardening friends.

Don't forget bulbs for spring.   They'll be in the shops form late August.........

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