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Rose pruning

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 16:12

Difficult to explain in words, but you need to try and train some of the shoots horizontally, then the shoots that come of those horizontal branches should be pruned to 2 or 3 buds; these are the shoots that will flower.

If you leave the branches semi vertical you will only get flowers at the tips.

Once you have a framework the pruning becomes easier in subsequent years.

I hope that makes sense. In practice it is easier than my attempts to explain it.


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 10:18

Morning all.

Congratulations to everyone. This thread has now reached 10,000 posts.

Cold and damp here, I am feeling under the weather, but there is so much to do in the garden that I am going to have to get something done.

Sowing Poppy Seeds

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 16:03

Hi Lizzie. I grow black opium poppies and I always start them in modules and then plant them out when they fill the module. They seem to do ok, but I do lose a few on planting out.

Cosmos seedlings

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 13:11

As they cannot go out until after the last frost, you could easily wait til April to sow, especially in Scotland.

shrub ID please

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 10:22

1. Elaeagnus either ebbingei, or pungens

2. Pieris


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 09:51

Morning all, I regularly drive through Glagow on the M8, on the way to the Northwest. Once through Glasgow and onto the Erskine bridge I feel the holiday has started.

Cold and grey here, done the supermarket. Might sow some seeds later.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 08:11

Just done supermarket and was feeling very grumpy, so had some good head banging music on, Nevermind by Nirvana.

Cosmos seedlings

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 22:53

I think that you have sown too early and with not enough light. If I were you I would start again in a few weeks time and start them off on a windowsill. They need lots of light.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 17:58

Todays weather has had me singing Four Seasons in one Day, by Crowded House. I have a horrible feeling tomorrow might be Frosty the Snowman !

Another plant id

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 17:52

Agree with KEF, second one is an oriental poppy. Could be nice they come in a variety of colours.

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