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Roses in pots?

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 14:25

I think it would be a dreadful shame to hack the wisteria and that pot is too small to be a permanent home for a rose.

That said, there are roses which are suitable for pots but not all of them.  I suggest you go on the David Austin website and send them a mail asking which ones are best suited to pots.  I've found them to be very helpful when i'e had questions about hardiness.

If you do get a bigger pot, make sure you put it on pot feet to help with drainage so the base never gets waterlogged and rots the roots, fill it with best John Innes no 3 compost and give it annual tops ups of specialist rose fertiliser in spring and a weekly feed of liquid tomato food in spring and early summer as well as the regular waterings.

Disappearing Anenomes

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 08:36

Buying cyclamen corms can be dodgy - questions of provenance and also care because many are still ripped from the wild rather than cultivated.   Best to do as Bob suggests and grow on your own babies or else buy them in flower as these are usually cultivated and clearly viable.  I buy mine for hanging baskets and window boxes and then plant them out and they are increasing well.

I soak all corms that I buy and also small bulbs such as fritillaria meleagris which dry out easily.   Dahlias too when I take them out of hibernation.

Garden shed for my LIttle balcony

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 16:05

I am having difficulty imagining how big a balcony must be to need a shed to store tools and equipment and how said shed is to be decorated to stop it being an eyesore as well as not blocking light into the windows that presumably sit between the windows and the balcony.


Wouldn't mind a trip to Canada though - as long as I can leave my garden behind PP.   The resident and visiting critters wouldn't be allowed in.

Disappearing Anenomes

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 11:39

I find these do better if soaked overnight in cold water to rehydrate them.  Then plant in a sunny spot or in a pot you can keep an eye on and protect from squirrels/slugs/snails as needed before transplanting to their final spot.

Which way up???

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 17:49

They'll need to rehydrate those roots by soaking them in a bucket of water for an hour or so before planting them the right way up.  They also need to put teh graft union an inch or so below soil level.

Connecting Horticultural speakers and gardening clubs

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 15:20

Good luck with this but I take it you know the RHS already publishes a list of garden speakers.

Gentle advice ... for an old newbie.

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 12:04

Hi.  I take it what you have is a newly cleared and simplified garen with some roses and bare soil that needs filling to keep down weeds and set off the roses and you want to keep it low maintenance.

I suggest you stick to growing dahlias in pots as specimens as they are fairly high maintenance plants - tender, so need lifting every autumn and starting again in a frost free place in spring before planting out after the frosts and they are slug magnets.

Good companions for roses are hardy geraniums which are available in many sizes and colours from white through pink to deep agenda and shades of blue with different leaf shapes and shades too.   Not slug fodder either.   If you want hot colours such as yellow, orange and red, have a look at geums.

Alliums are bulbs which will give height in late spring and early summer and are supposed to be good at deterring greenfly which might attack your roses.    Just plant them in autumn and leave them to do their thing.  Add daffodils, crocus, snowdrops and so on to give an extended season of interest.

You can use this facility on the RHS site to help you find plants that are low maintenance and will suit you soil, aspect and colour scheme - 

Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 18:20

Thanks Aster2.  I'll have a look in the January sales.

Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 16:37

I don't know most of these shops - one of the benefits of living in Belgium with no ITV on cable.   I like cotton, linen, wool and silk and am not shop shaped so usually make my clothes but have recently discovered Pepperberry which does tops and dresses sized for boobs.   The dresses are far too short for my height and age but there are a few good cotton tops hidden in there.   

Other than that, M&S T-shirts on my annual raid and jeans.   OH retires on Thursday and will no longer need formal shirts except for posher dance evenings so I'll be sewing him casual shirts too - once we've been to the sales and bought a new machine.  My last one was declared DOA when I sent it to the docs after it fell off its shelf.

The new one can be a late Xmas prezzie I will really treasure.

The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 13:52

I couldn't get to Harlow Carr but have photos as some of my good friends did.  I met up with them and others at Chelsea and Tatton shows and another at Malvern.  Still chat daily with 4 of them by email.

Many of the old posters moved to different boards or started their own boards or blogs when the Beeb announced impending closure but I like it here - good mix of experience and friendliness on the whole so easy to dip in and out.   

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