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Moving roses.

Posted: 04/07/2016 at 19:18

I've been doing this for a while now but mostly to rescue roses not doing too well in crowded borders.


Make sure their root ball is well watered about an hour before you want to move it and then, as ladybird says, dig up as much as you can.  I then re-plant in decent sized pots - just large plastic ones about 50 to 60cms wide and deep and fill with good quality John Innes 3 type compost and water well.   Then I remove broken, sickly or spindly branches and take off all buds and flowers.    


Keep in a shady spot for a week or two while they get over the shock and then they can cope with partial sun as long as you water regularly.   I'm leaving mine in their pots at least a whole season so they redevelop a strong root system before being planted out in a well prepared bed.

Tips for new Gunnera plug

Posted: 04/07/2016 at 15:54

Absolutely Plant Pauper.   And lots of purple!


Possum already worries about what I get up to but then she is very firmly Capricorn in nature most of the time.  Can be distressing for her Sagittarian parents.  I did tell the ob/gynae he should wait till after midday so she'd be Aquarian instead..........  Knew she'd find us embarrassing. 

Tips for new Gunnera plug

Posted: 04/07/2016 at 15:02

Mine is currently in a 60cm wide pot.  Last year its bigger leaves go to about 2' across.  As it's in a pot I cut them off at about that size to let the smaller, newer ones grow through to keep it looking fresh.


Once planted out in its new home I fully expect it to get to the size of the glorious monsters I have seen at the water's edge at Keukenhof with giant leaves and flower spikes coming from a base that spreads wider each year.

Climbing roses..

Posted: 04/07/2016 at 14:00

I suggest you look it up on the David Austin website and if they don't have anything you fancy go see Peter Beale and Harkness who also breed their own roses and sell others.

Tips for new Gunnera plug

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 18:49

I am on my 3rd - and last - gunnera.  The last two have been frozen to death by surprise -8C frosts in October.  They had coped with much colder winters when, with advanced warning, I covered their crowns with old foliage and then buried them under a 3' heap pf garden compost.


This one has been grown on in a pot and re-potted each spring until this year.  The idea was that once the pot got too big to move to the greenhouse for winter the gunnera would be better suited to surviving in the pond edges.  However, we've decided  move so it's still in its pot and will come with us.   The trick is to keep it well watered.  They go limp if too dry and that's not a good look in a pot.  


For a similar look on a smaller scale you could go for the ornamental rhubarb.

Bio Dynamic Gardening

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 17:47

Moon gardening is part of it but it's more complicated than just using the waxing and waning phases.


French and Italian gardening magazines produce calendars for their readers.    


I have noticed an improvement in germination and cropping rates when I follow the lunar calendar but this year it has been so very cold and wet and grey for weeks that nothing is doing well except the rhubarb.   Veggies, salads and strawberries chewed by slugs and not enough sun to ripen red currants and other soft fruit and the courgettes and pumpkins are just sitting there.

Bio Dynamic Gardening

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 15:21

Biodynamic gardening is organic but with extras designed to improve soil fertility and food quality and taste.   It follows the cycle of the moon for activities such as sowing, planting, harvesting and uses a lot of natural preparations such as nettle and comfrey teas and other preparations.   It's a whole, holistic philosophy for gardening and food production.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 14:47

Not for French speakers.  They "papottent"  You could have Papothé.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 13:52

Spent my teen years in Cheshire and didn't meet a guttural R.   Possum, who is bi-lingual, can do it in French but not in English and has been like that ever since, aged nearly 3 and attending maternelle in the village, she realised she had to speak different ways to different people.  Before that she mixed it up using whichever word was best.  


Her poor dad couldn't keep up and nor, obviously, could her classmates and teacher.  I feel the same when speaking to older people here who throw in Walloon words and expressions.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 13:32

Not sure about waffle - they tend to come in two main forms and both and Belgian - Bruxelles which is light and often eaten with chocolate or fruit with cream and Liège which is heavier and eaten on its own as street food.   Possum's dream kitchen would have a waffle iron and a chocolate fountain.


I'd go for a punny name as the place needs to appeal to locals who will become regulars and not just be busy in the main tourist season.


 

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