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Polly Bell

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A very leggy rambling rose

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 12:38

Thank you so much - great advice ))

A very leggy rambling rose

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 12:14


I have a very leggy rambling rose, its Felicite Perpetua (white). Due to a health problem I haven't been able to look after my plants very well.  I bought the rose from a very reputable garden centre , it was a very healthy plant . I planted it in a large ceramic pot , it was lovely for a time and flowered . But due to the fact that its rained almost continually and I live in mild Cornwall its gone leggy. There is foliage at the top but the bottom is devoid of foliage . Should I prune it and if so how?

I would really appreciate some advice please

Leggy sweet peas???

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 17:50

DOH !!! It didn't even cross my mind about the "everlasting " variety. I will pinch the tops out and gradually harden them off-oh! and perhaps buy some more seed.

Thank you so much for the replies-I won't make that mistake again

Leggy sweet peas???

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 22:54

Hi , I plants some "everlasting " sweet peas a couple of weeks ago, I didn't expect to see anything for a few weeks, blow me they germinated but now they're very leggy.

I always start sweet peas in toilet rolls. These are on the window sill, they get plenty of light and its warm but not overly so. They do have proper leaves on but the stems are so spindely-any advice would be great.

Ideas please -flowers for late Aug wedding

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 20:23


I would really appreciate some ideas please. As a family we try and be as eco freindly as possible and financially times are hard so........ my daughter-in-law to be has asked me to grow her flowers. She would like some very simple arrangements for the Church . She really likes Gypsophilia (phew thats one plant at least;-) They're getting married in late Aug, I have plenty of room. My soil as had alot of manure and leaf mould over the years, I have a South facing garden and I live in Cornwall. Can you help please .

Runner beans

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 19:50

I think it maybe the heat, you'd be surprises how quickly plants dry out and then they get stressed, don't fruit and have spindly stems. Not your fault, we're not used to this kind of heat I'm afraid they don't sound as though they're salvagable.

What is this please

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 19:25

To me it doesn't look like a flower but a bracht (probably misspelt). On first look I thought it was a Trillion-not so sure now though

What is it?

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 19:20

Most def Figetbones. Horrible, horrible plant, stinks like heck, I know I lived in a house in the country literally surrounded by the bloomin stuff-stinks Pull it out and bin it.

Talkback: Rose blackspot

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 19:17

I really love my roses and some of them have been given to me for special occassions, so I really take care of them.

Firstly, buy a quality plant, pick a plant with 4/5 stems and the plant itself should be below the surface if you see the crown-don't buy it. Look to see if its pot bound, I'm a big believer that plants will suffer from stress, maybe a lil out there but....

For plants in containers-Firstly a covering of crocs, then I us a mixure of garden compost and horse manure with a little blood, fish and bone meal and mix it. Plant making sure the crown isn't visable then (if you have them) put either big stones or whatever you have-so that the roots will be covered. Roses seem to prefer cool roots. Then mulch-gravel, wood chippings etc. Keep dead heading.

For pruning I keep it simple, I do mine in Spring, just look for a bud thats pointing outwards away from the plant, using your secs cut the stem so that it slants  away from you-thats so the water can run off. Mulch and a bit of BF&B-sit back and enjoy (hopefully). I hope thats of some help. Oh! stay way from the vintage gardening books-we do things alot differently now


Posted: 22/07/2013 at 18:56

 Good evening Sue.

Well, the one and only plant in my garden to have been eaten is my Acanthus. It actually looks like a very hungary person has chomped on it and its right at the back of the border, so like you any advice would be very welcome

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A very leggy rambling rose

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Leggy sweet peas???

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Ideas please -flowers for late Aug wedding

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