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David Austen Rose - white bobbles on some branches

Posted: 08/03/2012 at 19:00

I think roses are greedy plants, they say that 'Rose sickness' is caused by them leaching out all the nutrients from the soil thus leaving little goodness for a replacement. I've never managed to replace a rose without replacing ALL the soil.  I've got mixed views on 'Rose sickness' but I do believe that newly planted Roses need plenty of water especially in well drained soil. I've never had any problems with DA's roses but then I've not bought them direct. I hope your replacement does well Susan. I've not heard of The Ingenious Mr Fairchild' I must look it up.

David Austen Rose - white bobbles on some branches

Posted: 08/03/2012 at 07:29

I admire those who grow Roses 'organically' but I'm not brave enough as I have quite a lot and prefer to play safe. Jeyes Fluid is not what it used to be thanks to the EU so I use Armatillox as it rids the plant and soil of nasties. I also use different proprietary sprays but only spray my Roses.

Angie, I can smell my Gertrude G yards away, wonderful.

Grapes in the North

Posted: 08/03/2012 at 07:06

No problem with mildew etc.on Flame but no grapes because the severe frost kept cutting it back. The Boskoop Glory is supposed to be seedless but I only bought it last year but hopefully I'll find out this year.

Growing lettuce in the greenhouse

Posted: 07/03/2012 at 07:29

Some people look forward to Christmas but I look forward to my first Little Gem, they'll grow in anything so long as the soil/compost is ok.

David Austen Rose - white bobbles on some branches

Posted: 07/03/2012 at 07:17

About this time of year I drench my roses and  soil beneath with Armatilox.

Leylandi problems

Posted: 07/03/2012 at 07:11

I believe it's caused by an aphid which likes the dry closely clipped Laylandii hedge. I had the same problem and replaced it with a Yew hedge.

Vine Weevil grubs and wild primrose

Posted: 07/03/2012 at 07:04

A well known brand sells 'Vine Weevil killer' but it's quite expensive. I use Armatalox, also expensive but it goes further and is excellent for cleaning soil of blackspot around my roses.

Grapes in the North

Posted: 07/03/2012 at 06:55

Hello Julie, My first Grape vine was 'Flame' which I planted outside the greenhouse and fed the vines into the greenhouse. The first year it survived the winter but in both 2009/2010 the frost cut it back to the roots. Last year I re-planted it on a west facing wall along with Boscoop Glory and it looks like it's new position is better than the cold greenhouse. 2009/2010 were particularly bad winters though, good luck.

Spechley red and Purpurea are tough 'ornamental' vines and we've made some very good wine with them..lovely Autumn colour too.

rose arch dilemma

Posted: 05/03/2012 at 19:12

Hops would be too vigorous I feel, There's a saying in the Rose trade, Year 1 sleep, year 2 creep and year 3 leap so for a couple of year what about Sweet peas.  


Posted: 04/03/2012 at 08:54

I'm thinking of growing an Apricot up here  in the North west. I have a fairly well sheltered yet open spot but I'm concerned about pests. If anyone has experience in growing them I would appreciate any advice.

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