London (change)
Today 25°C / 16°C
Tomorrow 24°C / 16°C


Latest posts by Salino


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 14:29

..that's ok.. we might be able to have a go with it... lots of yellow roses but some are more popular than others... it could be the Austin rose 'The Pilgrim'... it would fit the description... for now...


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 13:34

...that fact that it's a yellow flower with long straight stalks suggests to me that it's a more modern Floribunda or Hybrid Tea type, or possibly an 'English' rose....some of which can grow quite tall and lanky if left unpruned... cut off the dead flower stalks now and you should get a repeat flowering in September.... if this is the case you can cut it back a bit during the autumn/winter if you like... in case it suffers from 'windrock' in the winter gales... and then finish off pruning - back to half way down... next Feb... feed with rose fertilizer at that time...

...are you able to post a photo...?


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 13:09 an addition I would add a couple of unused tea bags to the tap water in a watering can, before resting it for 24 hours, as it is supposed to acidify it, suitable for Blueberries and suchlike...


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 11:02

...don't be afraid of your rose... most are quite resilient and can be pruned as hard as you like... however it does depend somewhat on what type of rose this is.. you don't tell us it's name or whether it flowers only at midsummer for a few weeks, or flowers again in the autumn...i.e. remontant...

..if it flowers only at midsummer... then I wouldn't prune at all now... too late... you will be cutting off next year's flowers... if it's a rose that also flowers into the autumn... then next Spring.. about late Feb... I would cut it back by about half.... don't be too fussy about pruning... if you can prune just above a bud - fine... if not...just shear it off... tests have shown that it doesn't matter....


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 20:07

..that's a seed pod from a Fremontodendron...


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 13:43

...can't you go into 'my settings' and 'edit' this?... I get that option on mine...

Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 07/08/2013 at 11:24

..I've not read all this thread so apologies if anything repeated here... but I take it you are looking to develop a garden incorporating suppressing membrane..? advice would be first of all - don't worry - you can have a lovely garden with this and virtually no also don't need much soil - hardly any - what is very important is drainage,.. and choosing the right plants... if your site is sunny then go for dry garden plants, mediterranean types, like lavenders, helianthemums.. small hebe's...grasses...halimiums..oh there are so many...and all these can be bought in small little pots - easy to plant, cheap to buy, and they soon the wild these plants grow on impoverished rocky ground... give you inspiration - I hope as that's what I'm trying to do... this is part of my 60 foot by 4 foot front garden... there is no soil here, except at least 2 foot down... what there is, is builders rubble.. hard core.. and builders sand... topped with membrane.... I just cut away a ring of membrane and planted the little plants in a mix of john innes no.2/and horticultural grit - lots of that.... and covered the lot with decorative chippings...  I never do any weeding here except right at the edges I get a few...   I get some nice seedlings popping up in the shingle... and plants love it because of the drainage. and it's a sunny site...

...hope you like it and think of taking something forward ....I'm always adding to it, and it's developed further since this was's not always easy gardening as digging a small hole in such hostile conditions can take a ittle time..removing stones and suchlike....but once they're in...forget about them....


Climber suggestions please

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 22:03

..the trouble with west facing fences is that some rampant climbers are liable to grow up to the top and attempt to flower on the other side, as it faces the rising sun... although you say it has 'full protection'' from behind...?

..otherwise there are so many to choose from...this Cornish garden and nursery will give you some nice ideas I think... from all manner of climbers.. roses...some not so hardy and quite a few I certainly hadn't heard of before... if you want to try out something different...just to give it a go...

..see what you think...



Posted: 06/08/2013 at 21:53

...for apples, I advise getting rootstock M9 which is semi-dwarfing keeping the bush at 6-8 foot...they will need permanent staking with wooden stakes and tying in with appropriate tree ties...which shouldn't be too much of a problem..... there is a dwarfer type..M27 but I prefer M9 personally.... self fertile or preferably 2 that will pollinate each other... you can also get 3 types of apple on 1 bush... don't be tempted to get Cox's... they're difficult... plenty of others to choose from...

...perhaps one of the older varieties might appeal.. you'll never see these in shops...

...I don't think these days you need wait too long for nice pears...should you decide to grow these too...

How to make an archway

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 21:22

...the 2nd one is a huge Griselinia littoralis... so at least they are both evergreen...

Discussions started by Salino


Replies: 1    Views: 136
Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 13:30

Windows 8.1 - a warning !

Replies: 19    Views: 986
Last Post: 23/10/2013 at 17:02

Photo test thread only...

Replies: 132    Views: 3787
Last Post: 21/06/2014 at 09:36

Home Baking

please show us your culinary delights... 
Replies: 25    Views: 1043
Last Post: 08/05/2013 at 03:41

Sweet Pea thread

Sweet and Everlasting peas... 
Replies: 12    Views: 1007
Last Post: 13/04/2014 at 20:07
5 threads returned