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new roses and other new planting

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 12:28

The problem with willow canes is that they either sprout roots and take hold and become a pain or they rot and look unattatractive after quite a short time.   I'd go for roses that support themselves and are less labour intensive.

I suggest you have another look at the section on roses for mixed borders on the David Austin site.  Harlow Carr looks good - floriferous, perfumed and very disease resistant.   Might get that one myself.   

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 18:59

Grew them once.  Never again.  

I stick to proper peas now and sometimes mangetouts or sugar snaps.

Cats in Gardens

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 10:57

Definitely pet owners that need training.  I have dogs and a cat.  We clean up after the dogs during walkies and when they mess in the garden and the cat is litter trained.

For anyone having problems with visiting ctas or, worse still, foxes I believe a device called a water scarecrow is very effective as long as you regularly change the location of the sensors that trigger the spray so they don't learn to avoid them.

unwanted leaflet

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 22:38

You can either quietly put up with having all those leaflets and just recycle them or risk having to pay more for your magazine.  Those advertising fees subsidise its production.

unwanted leaflet

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 22:35

You can either put up with having al those leaflets and just quietly bin them or risk having to pay more for your magazine.  Those advertising fees subsidise its production.

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 22:12

Not cold.   Last week we had temps up to 14C.   Usually in January we are down to -10C or -15C which is almost a 30 degree difference.

Today has been cooler at about 4 to 6C and we may get a frost tonight but not for long and not more than -1C.    It's about time winter came and got on with it.  I don't want to be frozen in April.

Vanilla is an Orchid!!

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 12:50

I agree, Bookertoo.  I always do a raid on M&S for fair trade t-shirts when I'm in the UK.   I like cotton sheets and quilt covers too but steer clear of US grown.  

Vanilla is an Orchid!!

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 21:29

It is indeed an orchid and a native of Mexico and central America where it is pollinated by a particular species of bee which made it impossible to cultivate commercially but then a slave boy on Réunion island discovered how to hand pollinate it and now it is grown globally.   Still very expensive though but so much tastier than the chemical essence versions.

Think I learned this on the A to Z of gardening or some such.

Clematis pruning and maintenance

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 16:11

Clematis are very hungry plants so, if you can't plant them in the ground,  give them the biggest pot you can.   It's a good idea to replenish some of the soil each year but not so much that you distrub their roots.   Scrape off a couple of inches and add fresh compost, preferably John Innes no 3.   Then give it a good watering to soak the whole pot and let it drain.   Clematis are thirsty plants too but don't like being water-logged.   Add a top dressing of clematis feed in early spring - available in good garden centres - and keep watered regularly with an occasional tonic of liquid rose or tomato food.

As yours bloom in mid to late summer, you can prune them back to the lowest buds on each stem in late Feb or early March depending on how cold your winters are and what the weather is doing.  Don't prune when it's freezing.

 

 

A Very particular rose

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 12:49

Try rambler Félicié Perpetue.  It will only flower once but has small white flowers with a pink flush and flowers quite late and maintains its leaves well into winter - http://www.davidaustinroses.com/english/showrose.asp?showr=353 .

Mlavern Hills is a lovely rose for but in my cold winters it loses all its leaves and can struggle to get going again in spring.

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