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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...

http://www.ashwoodnurseries.com/shop/plants/rose-floribunda-bewitched.html

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... 

...you can see here on the Soilscape site, what type of soil yours is likely to be...

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

http://www.landis.org.uk/soilscapes/index.cfm

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:-

http://www.madrona.co.uk/about.html

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 this...in 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.

http://www.greatparkfarm.co.uk/

..it 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

http://www.merriments.co.uk/

...another great range of plants and cafe... combined, probably one of the best in the area...

...as 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....

Overgrown shrub- can I cut back safely?

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 21:48

...I would leave it until May, after it's flowered.... that is one of the reasons for growing Pittosporum to delight in the wonderful evening scent from its flowers, late April/May time....  it would be such a shame to miss out on that... and if it was mine, I would think it a bit pointless to do it right now, quite honestly...

Climber for an Arch

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 13:39

..in your situation, I would choose from...

Lonicera japonica 'Halls prolific'

Lonicera jap... 'Halliana'

Lonicera jap. 'var. repens'..(deciduous)

these can be contained on an arch with suitable pruning..

..try growing Clematis 'purpurea plena elegans' on the other side....

Which Bamboo

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 20:29

...a wise move I think...more selectively would be my choice.... 

...perhaps mix with a Pittosporum Tobira, which is fairly hardy, for a sub tropical look if you want...evergreen, large leaves and scented flowers...hardy for me here in the east with shelter....there's now a dwarf version too...

...something like that.... be good to see what you've made of this in a year or so...

Are you brave enough?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 15:08

...when I took over my last garden I got a tree surgeon in straight away to remove a huge Birch, Alder and goodness knows what else... a whole hedge of this and that...usual things like old Forsythia etc... the whole garden was cleared with nothing left, ready for replanting....  I felt bad for a time, like a guilt complex, but soon moved on and got my own things put in...

..done more or less the same here, between the two of us... apart from a single Azalea which was in flower when we looked at the place...I thought..that's got to stay...and it has...

...otherwise, nothing lasts forever...

Which Bamboo

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 00:18

...you can trim and shape them if they get too arching.... just cut out the canes that you don't want at the base, and cut back the tops that are arching over, if they're not to your liking.... they easily take this kind of treatment...

...I've grown these mureliae's... Jumbo or Super Jumbo is the tallest, but again these are not too quick to grow.... about the same as Rufa....

..ignore anything about them not taking full sun....they do.... also extremely hardy in containers, at least in our climate, and will take full exposure, but yours will have fence protection so that will make a difference....otherwise, they could partially defoliate in severe winter weather, I mean -10C for days... and look quite frozen, but recover in Spring..

..don't get Simba...I've had it for years and it's barely 3 foot...

.happy choosing...

Which Bamboo

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 23:23

..Rufa will grow to 2 metres and more, but will take around 5 years to get to 6 foot or so... I've grown it like that... it is on the slow side during the early years... and perhaps not for the impatient...but I liked watching it grow and not be overwhelmed by it... it's very bushy....but the canes are thin....not everyone likes that... it tolerates full sun and gales... it's grown as a high hedge around 7-8 foot tall at Alnwick Gardens in Northumberland...

...the other one is much taller, and has the ability to run.... but in your container it should be alright for some time, but it will run, and in the open ground a root barrier is advised...so possibly it might cause you problems within a few years...  I've not grown it...so cannot vouch for that... only what I've read... this site below will tell you more about it...

...Fargesia robusta is taller and grows quicker than Rufa, if you want to look at that one... at £20 per plant, you can get one already as tall as this young man here... it's also cheaper than Rufa... and both these are easier to live with ultimately....

http://www.bigplantnursery.co.uk/Fargesia_robusta.html

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