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Rose in pot

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 23:04

You should always leave a good inch or two between the rim of the pot and the level of compost to allow for watering generously as it's better to give one good, long drink every few days than a  wee dribble every day.    Wee dribbles encourage shallow, surface rooting which then gets baked to death in hot weather or frozen to death in winter so I would settle for just a mulch now and pot it deeper next time.    

Last edited: 16 May 2016 23:04:51

Rose in pot

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 22:39

I think the rose looks healthy but planting advice is generally that the graft union where your rose is joined to the root stock should be buried 1 or 2 inches below soil level as this increases vigour and reduces suckering from the root stock.

You may want to bear this in mind when the time comes to pot it on.

In the meantime, keep it well watered but not drowning.   Feed it generously up until late June - no later as this encourages sappy growth that won't have time to harden off before winter frosts damage it.   Consider a mulch of expanded clay pellets, slate chippings, chipped bark or some such to help retain moisture and prevent weeds.

Forum notifications - update

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 20:21

Hello Nora - Unwanted email notifications now gone, thanks, but Followed Threads not working any more.   I now get taken back to early April instead of the more recent threads.

Can you fix it?  Or know a  man who can?

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 17:03

Not so much gardening as maintenance.  Yesterday I got out the new Karcher and blasted the terrace to clean up all the slabs and granite pavers then left it to dry out.   OH swept away all the crud this morning and we brought out our teak table which I have also now spent ages Blasting with the Karcher. 

I've sprayed the table, terrace and front access path and old cobbled road with anti algae - an experiment - and now need to oil the table while dinner's cooking.  Bank holiday here so a roast chuck with baked beetroot and other goodies.  Possum is threatening to make chocolate fondants.

Forum notifications - update

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 16:56

Thanks Nora.

Forum notifications - update

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 16:49

I looked Nora but it won't let me change things.  Gives me a 503 service error.

Forum notifications - update

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 16:43

I am now getting email notifications I haven't asked for and don't want.  Too disruptive.   

Can I switch them off centrally in my profile or do I have to click a box every time I post something.  If it's the latter I'm going to find it all too tedious..............

Bare earth or ground cover?

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 15:53

While I agree about forget-me-nots - they are after all biennial so done once they've flowered - I just cut back the pulmonaria once it has finished flowering so it grows fresh foliage.  Same with hardy geraniums and geums and potentillas and so on.   I also use carex buchananii as ground cover and primulas which then get smothered by hostas as they emerge and get big.  It's all about following on.

Bare earth or ground cover?

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 14:13

To me bare earth is just asking for weed invasions and I spend enough time weedinga s it is without having more to hoe.   Well planned plantings with understorey ground cover and then taller plants coming through are far better and you can play with colours, forms and textures of foliage and flower.

Staking bearded iris

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 13:45

My aerial bird feeders are all on hooks on a bar which is built over a huge stone slab so the ground feeders and crumb scavengers can peck away with no damage to plants and I can periodically sweep up old stuff and clean the area.

If your bearded iris have decent roots they shouldn't be falling over.   The rhizomes are supposed to be on the surface so they can get baked - in cooler UK gardens anyway.   When I split mine I pot the new plants up and keep them in a quiet nursery area so they can grow new roots before I plant them out.

If that's not possible for you, try using some U shaped metal thingies over the rhizomes.   They sell them for pegging down weed membrane and I use it for jobs like holding stems down when I'm propagating by layering.   Should work for iris till they get their roots down.     

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