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Plants to go with roses

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 14:17
Pete8 says:

It depends I suppose on the colour of your roses.

I have a group of deep red Falstaff roses underplanted with verbena rigida (which slowly creeps around) and looks very good

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 They're red, yellow, orange, and pink. All warm colours :)

Plants to go with roses

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 10:23

Trying to finish my rose bed but Its not a pretty sure staring at bare stems. Why can't they have leaves covering them like a shrub?

I need some suggestions to help my rose bed look better. Do I have ground covering plants? What would you suggest? :(

Gardening as a career

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 15:43
Obelixx says:

The only way you could sensibly garden for a living without transport for tools and equipment is to get a job in a large garden - private, NT, English Heritage etc - or else in the local parks department.   You would also get on the job training in all of those places which would lead to career progression.

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 Thats what I'm after. It makes more sense considering I can't drive to various locations and tbh I prefer working in a larger garden.

There is a course a local Botanical garden which I wanted to take. But I wanted to make absolutely sure it wouldn't be a waste of time. If it can lead to career progression then I will take it.

[quote]I suspect that some kind of formal qualification would be required these days to get into most of the areas Obelixx has outlined.  That would require time at horticultural college.  One possible alternative would be working at a garden centre, or preferably a plant nursery, where you would be more likely to learn from the ground up (excuse the pun).[/quote] (can't multiple quote grr)

The problem is garden centres aren't known for being near bus stops, otherwise I'd be up there frequently and would of applied long ago :)

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Gardening as a career

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 11:33

I don't drive and never want to (I really don't have the mindset for it). Is gardening as a  career still viable? I really really want to get into it but this one little thing is stopping me from moving forward.

Onion seeds

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 16:18

Brought some onion seeds and wanted to start them off in a heated propagator. Thing is I wanted to know if they can be transferred from a tray to a more permanent position in a bigger pot later on?


Posted: 22/01/2017 at 14:14
Onopordum says:

RubyLeaf says:

 It was there for roughly 20 minutes or so. Managed to get a few great snaps!

I guess the dragonfly is attracted to my garden because of the pond, but its a fish pond with moving water. (as far as I'm aware they prefer still water). But worry not, I'm inspired to make a small wildlife container pond. I hope that'll do..

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Southern Hawker is a very common species and will breed quite well in small garden ponds. It might well breed in a fish pond if there are enough plants for the larvae to hide in and escape being eaten.

The pair in Hortum-cretae's photo are Emperor Dragonfly, with a continuous stripe down the back rather than rings.

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 I never saw it inspect the plants in the pond (which provide good cover). Still, you never know..


Posted: 21/01/2017 at 16:52
Onopordum says:

Female Southern Hawker. Egg laying as you thought (or at least probing for a suitable site). These always lay their eggs above the water, typically in moss covered logs or stones.

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 It was there for roughly 20 minutes or so. Managed to get a few great snaps!

I guess the dragonfly is attracted to my garden because of the pond, but its a fish pond with moving water. (as far as I'm aware they prefer still water). But worry not, I'm inspired to make a small wildlife container pond. I hope that'll do..


Posted: 21/01/2017 at 01:04

^What dragonfly is this and whats it doing? Its come to our garden 2 years in a row. It kept doing this for a while. My first thought was egg laying but it was July, and its in a small port by the pond.

Green roof

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 22:58
Doghouse Riley says:

What  sort of covering has the roof?

Roofing felt isn't ideal to grow stuff on,  plant roots could penetrate it causing leaks, unless it's of the non-tear polymer variety.

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 Looks to be asphalt

@Beansmum Good idea about the trailing plants, but I could only put them on one side which is facing the house wall. I'm not too fussed about seeing them, so I don't mind sedums. :)

Green roof

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 21:16

For the past 3 years my compact 4x2 shed has stood with only a lick of brown paint to spruce it up. But now, I look at its gently sloping roof and think maybe I should do something with it..

Originally I was put off by the fact the roof leaned towards the fence which it sits right by, thinking whats the point if I can't see them. But then, I would see a bit of it and the flowers produced by sedums, plus butterflies adore the flowers.

Rambling aside, its 4x2, leaned against a fence with a pond right beside it, and the house wall the other end. Would that be a hindrance in installing a green roof? How do I tell if my mini shed can hold such weight?  

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