rosa rugosa

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Why Miss Bateman?

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 21:42

thanks for all the tips!  i think one of my clematis has wilt - again.  Monty Don mentioned that the late-flowering types are more robust.  does anyone have a view on this?  i've lost two hagley hybrids, which i'm sad about as i especially love the dusty pink colour.  would there be a late-flowering one, that's robust, in a similar colour?  

another clematis question:  a neighbour keeps giving me dire wanrings not to fertilise the clematis.  she says hers died when she did.  i do fertilise mine, but she's made me nervous, so i've held back a bit.  i think they're looking a bit pale.  i have three early-flowering ones left (one of which may have the wilt, although i see no blackening of leaves and stems yet), and one healthy-looking late flowering one (rouge cardinal).  and an evergreen one.  i've used a bit of general purpose fertiliser, and a good rich compost, but just as a mulch so as not to disturb the roots.  


Posted: 10/05/2012 at 21:28

i just bought a magnolia stellata, and now i'm wondering why!   for what it's worth, the local garden centre plant "doctor" told me that magnolias which are subjected to cold winds, even in early winter, suffer damage to the buds which are not yet properly formed, and this can result in no flowers.  he was very definite that it must be planted against a wall facing west, or south, but never where the morning sun can cause the buds to suffer frost burn.  all the surviving mag. stellatas that i know, were well wrapped this winter.  it sounds as though we had very similar conditions to yours (i'm in switzerland).  

Clematis for Breakfast

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 21:11

vine weevil?  i had the problem too, last year.  i did have a lot of earwigs, come to think of it.  but i also had a lot of vine weevil.  there does not (yet) seem to be a problem with it this spring, since i treated everywhere with the nematode in the autumn.  good tip about the earwigs.

Potted Bay Tree

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:40


i'd concur with Alina, that bay trees like to be fed.  i also find with mine, that it does not do so well in the full midday sun.  it's happier now that i've moved it to an east-facing wall where it only gets morning sun, even though that is the cooler side of the house.  it needs a lot of water too.  and apparently, vine weevils especially love bay trees!   check for the tell-tale chunks taken out of the leaf margins.  haven't the grubs pupated by now?  

getting rid of slugs

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 13:40

i use every possible method:  the beer one seems to work only once in the season, even when putting fresh beer out.  neither coffee nor eggshells seems to be very effective, but i use them anyway.  copper is supposed to keep slugs away.  a copper band around pots, or edging the vege beds with copper slats.  for me, the most effective killer is the ferrous-based slug pellet, which is not harmful to other birds and beasts.  there is a very good article on slug and snail deterrents on the gardener's world site, so have a look at that.  

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 13:40

my garden centre warned that overuse of the insecticide will result in build up of tolerance in the bug, and kills all the other insects too.  last autumn i used nematodes, ordered via the internet.  they had to be applied in the evening, to damp soil, and the soil had to be kept damp for 10 days thereafter, so that the nematodes could move around in the soil.  it was recommended to use the nematodes only in warm soil, in the spring and autumn.  it seems to have helped, but then perhaps our weather has been too cold for the vine weavils to hatch yet.  the garden centre advised that nematodes are not really effective unless under perfect conditions - warm, moist and friable soil.  

White broom/cytisus albus dying

Posted: 06/04/2012 at 10:07

this is the 2nd young shrub that is dying in my border.  it may be a bit too exposed to wind (we had a very cold winter, although it came through the previous winter well).  it takes a long time to die back, starting from the outer parts, and i was wondering if there is anything i can do to save it?  is is a good idea to cut off all the dead branches, back to living living branches?  or is it just going to die anyway?  the same question applies to roses - a couple of them seem to by dying slowly from the outer tips.  i feel so sad to see them go.  

rose arch dilemma

Posted: 29/03/2012 at 19:46

I'm still confused about the difference between climbing and rambling roses, and when to prune them.  there was something recently on Gardener's World, but mine does nto really fit either category.  It's a prolific red rose climbing over a pergola, and it flowers at least twice, so in theory it's a climber?  it's very vigorous, and is hard to train over the rather delicate pergola frame.  but it flowers for so long that i don't want to be without it.  when shoudl i prune it?  and how hard?

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