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What are these two rockery plants called ?

Posted: Today at 00:04

I think your 2nd plant is Silene uniflora 'Druett's variegated'... it should produce white flowers very shortly.   Plant in full sun...

Birthday Wish

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 14:06

..I can give you two, a yellow and a pink...

'Golden Showers'.... this is upright and not too many thorns... It flowers continuously.

'Mortimer Sackler'.  likewise, and pretty in pink...'s best, if you can, to give a rose some support, even if only a pressure treated wooden pole concreted into the ground, so you can tie the rose to it... or an obelisk... otherwise you can prune off any wayward growing shoots that venture outwards too much... and train it that way.... however, with Golden Showers especially, I've grown it freestanding and it doesn't spread much beyond 5 foot by 8 or 10 foot tall.... it's a bit slow to start though.

'Mortimer Sackler' is quicker and mine is very upright although has an obelisk to help it....

best wishes,...

help me choose a rose. white blooms, climbing, partial shade

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 21:58


..for that size I would say you ought to be looking at larger growing shrub roses that can be used as short climbers, or the shorter climbers/ramblers... here are a few you might like to think about..

'Snow Goose' a white repeat flowering rambler.... supposedly slow to start but people seem to like it well enough when it gets going...

'Claire Austin'... one that's already been mentioned... this shrub can be used as a short climber...makes a good show from what I gather..

'climbing Sombreuil'.... a gorgeous old rose that repeats well... about 12 foot.

'Crème de la Creme'... a repeat flowering scented white climber to 10 foot or so..

..some of the hybrid musks would also suit your purposes, like 'Prosperity' 'Pax' or 'Moonlight'....

...another called 'Kew Gardens' is a single flowered white, which starts off lemon yellow but quickly fades to white.... 6 x 5 foot...continuous flowering and vigorous.... not far short of evergreen and totally thornless..

'Snowdon'... not one I've grown but it always sounds rather nice...although repeat flowering can be spasmodic apparently...

'climbing Iceberg'.... can be kept to the height you require although it does want to get a lot bigger... especially width wise...

...I know of one rose that fits your requirements exactly except for one thing..height..  if you can appreciate a rose that maybe grows no more than 5 foot with a 3 foot width, then 'Tranquillity' might be the one for you...  I grow mine on a support - a cheap obelisk... and it has drawn up to 4 foot from a planting last June... I expect at least 5 foot by this summer but I shall prune it then....  it might be too small for you but it grows in shade, not seeing the sun until mid summer late in the evergreen to minus 6 C at least... I suspect it might defoliate at -10... the foliage is disease free, dark and slightly leathery, not many thorns.... flowers are full, white with a yellowish centre to start off and has a pleasing scent of fresh apples... it flowers all summer into Autumn...  it would be worth having even if for some other position.... I think it's an extraordinary rose...

...see what you make of those.....happy choosing....

help me choose a rose. white blooms, climbing, partial shade

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 14:49

....don't concern yourself too much with the partial shade business.... many roses will happily grow in such conditions...

...I think you are looking at roses that are too big for your purposes.... just what height and width requirements do you have exactly...?

Has anyone grown water melon in the UK

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 23:35

..many years ago, I grew melons in my greenhouse in Cornall, in the soil border... can't remember the variety, might have been cantaloupe or galia type.... I must have grown from seed and they were easy to grow on and train up canes, but the fruits need support with special netting which you can buy... the fruits developed into a good size by late summer and were edible but not very sweet, and not very nice to be perfectly honest..... not enough sun and warmth to ripen fully....

Memory Lane Rose

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 22:36

..that's the same rose I linked to above, known as 'Bewitched' in this country and available here...

...the one Lady Sefton is talking about is apparently a florist rose, so she could get a bouquet from this site, and then try to grow it from cuttings, as suggested above...




Memory Lane Rose

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 21:35

..'Memory Lane' is how it's known in New Zealand.... in this country, it's called 'Bewitched'.... and you can find it here...

Mail Order Plants - Where from?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 15:51

...up to you but I wouldn't bother personally.... as you are in Scarborough, your soil is probably slightly acidic, loamy clay....and as you intend to develop a Cottage Garden, then most plants for this type of garden will do well for you, as far as soil is concerned....coping with NE climate conditions might be a different matter... can see here on the Soilscape site, what type of soil yours is likely to be...

just click on where it says 'Scarborough'...

Ideas of Nurseries and Garden Centres to Visit on my hols in the South East

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 22:43

...I used to live in the area and there are so many that I could recommend, although mainly west of Rye... however these 3 I would single out as being rare and unusual as far as nurseries go.... out of the way, and very much for the more discerning gardener.... but well worth the petrol money....

..between Folkestone and Rye, at Bethersden near Ashford, just inland is this:-

they may not open before mid March, so you would need to check that... it's a fascinating place to look around...and lots of unsual plants for the taking..

...if you happen to be near Battle, not far from the Battle of Hastings site, is a lovely countryside setting, and can be accessed through PowderMill Lane, which is the other side of Senlac Ridge, which is part of the Battle site... so you get a sense of history too. used to be my local and is just brilliant for plants, and I see they now have a tea room too... it's also great for fruit/veg and bread....they also had a really good freezer section - I always took a freezer bag just in case...

...the plant range was once again, outstanding...especially for unusual perennials and shrubs...

..and here at Hurst Green, East Sussex

...another great range of plants and cafe... combined, probably one of the best in the area... it's so early in the season, like most places, plant stock could be limited in all these, as it usually is before Easter, I find.... but hope you have a lovely time, regardless....

...I miss them very much, they were all on my 'frequent' list...

How/where to cut this rose bush please?

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 17:37

...there's no need to prune any more, you've done enough to it... you've got new shoots that are appearing on the green stem, and also on the brown woody stem right where a cut has been made previously, besides those lovely red ones at the base....  just feed in Spring and let it grow...

..if you make any more cuts now, at this time of year, it could let in bacterial canker.... there's just no need....

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