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Rose pruning question

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 20:28

Rose pruning question

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 19:40

Thanks Dove, all done this afternoon, cut and fed. I certainly will post some pic's when it flowers again, In the meantime here's a couple from last summer.


Rose pruning question

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 12:46

Hi, thanks for your responses. It confirms what I've been reading. So I'll lose all the new growth but get new growth on the existing canes?

BTW, Dave, it's at least 18" from the wall. The angle I took the photo' has foreshortened the background. It's also in a damp but free draining, east-facing border. You can see the moss on the wall.

Rose pruning question

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 11:07

Clicking on the image takes you to Photobucket, which hasn't happened with my pic's before.

You can enlarge the photo' in Photobucket by clicking on the magnifying glass icon and use the scroll button on your mouse to move up and down.

Rose pruning question

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 10:54

Hi, I have a floribunda rose (Korresia) that is now in it's 3rd year. I bought it as very small plant and it produced a few very large flowers in the first year, and then last year a profusion of large and smaller flowers.

As a novice rose grower I've been reading various advice on pruning these roses and the consensus appears to be to reduce by about a third, or to leave 4 new buds on the canes. I have removed some of the weaker, spindly canes.

However, as you can probably see from the picture, the plant, which is about waist high, has the majority of new growth at, or near, the tops of the canes. I'm concerned that if I prune I will lose this years' flowering, but that if I don't the plant will become top heavy.

Do the 'inactive' bud nodes lower down the canes get stimulated into growth by pruning? Any advice will be most welcome.


Iris reticulata not flowering

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 11:34

I have Iris reticulata in the garden and while they are in full flower in one part of the garden in another they're yet to produce flowers. Slugs and snails are a particular problem, particularly in the wet weather we've been having lately.

Some of my irises, including Dutch irises have snail damage and I caught one tiny snail halfway up a stem a couple of days ago. It's easy to spot the damage they cause; they particularly like feeding on the fresh tips of iris leaves, although damage can also be found lower down.

My solution to minimise the damage is slug pellets.

Cottage Garden - East Facing Border

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 18:39

Thanks a lot Chicky! The garden is only in its fifth year but it does me proud every year and is maturing well. I hope the OP sees my post so that he can see the possibilities of an East-facing garden.

Cottage Garden - East Facing Border

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 17:56

I have an East-facing garden, slightly South-East. It does depend what is to either side of the garden, particularly the South side. If there are no obstructions, houses et al, your garden should get plenty of Morning sun and a little early afternoon sun.

I grow a large variety of plants, some shrubs, but mostly flowering annuals. If your soil is good you should have no problem growing lots of different plants. The RHS 'Plant Finder is good because you search by aspect, or you can google east-facing plants.

But don't restrict yourself to just this because many plants can grow in several aspects. Here are some examples of plants that thrive in my garden:

Sunflowers, marigolds, calendula, tagetes, cosmos, phacelia, red clover, zinnias, asiatic lilies, irises, daffodils, crocuses, violas, honesuckle, roses, winter jasmine, anemones, cornflowers, snapdragons,alyssum, californian poppies, poppies, coreopsis, and many others.

Here's a couple of pictures of my garden that I hope will give you some inspiration.


Aromatic shrub ID, please

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 11:53

That was super quick and spot on, thanks Nutcutlet.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 11:43

Kim, please check your messages - I need your address.

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Rose pruning question

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Aromatic shrub ID, please

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Can someone help ID these 2 small flowers.

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3 flowering plants for ID, please.

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Lily beetles in October!

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Seed swap link wanted

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More ID's for plants in my wildflower border, please.

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Plants to keep or not?

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Back for some more small flower ID's, please.

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When to move philadelphus?

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Fungus on winter jasmine?

Also advice after pruning. 
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Anyone able to ID this plant for me, please.

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A new small flowering plant ID, please.

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Stumped by another small flower!

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