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Sick roses

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 20:35

hi there, potassium deficiency can sometimes cause such problems, but rose viruses can also cause yellowing. A picture would be good, if possible and are the roses in the same vicintiy or in different places around your garden?


Scorching Roses

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 20:22

Hi, I have noticed apparent scorching on some oak trees too, I don't know if this is the same thing. I was wondering whether, as the season has been so late this year, that when the rose has put out it's young leaves (at last) whether it has been scorched by wind before the leaves have fully hardened up? We've had quite a few bouts of drying winds in the midlands and like I say some trees have had some leaf damage like this.

Plus the sun is stronger than it would have been if the growing season had started on time. Do you get my meaning?Is it just part scorching or whole leaf damage? And are your shrub roses ok? I assume they are somewhat lower than the standard and may not be in the firing line.


Blind shoots on Ispahan rose

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 20:14

Hi guys, hope you don't mind my joining in but so lovely to hear fans of the 'old roses'. Just to add if Ispahan is getting too large for the space, then Leda is supposed to stay smaller and more compact. Apparently there are two forms of this the'painted' Damask ad the pink form.

Obviously Ispahan is enjoying where it is if your plant is doing so well, always a shame when things just get too big however.

The thing with old roses is that they do have particlular habits and have to be given room to do their thing. I would just add, that Beales would be good to contact for advice on classic roses as they are experts in that particlular line of roses.

Good luck Fairlea with whatever you do with your rose

How to attract butterflies

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 13:43

Butterflies are struggling somewhat after the wash out last year, although just yesterday saw freshly hatched red admirals. Saw peacocks earlier in the year, large whites around at the mo and holly and common blues. Do you get many moths at night too, not even seen large yellow underwings this year!

Also anyone seeing many ladybirds this year? Can count on one hand the number I've seen in mine and my customers gardens this year!


Posted: 28/06/2013 at 13:33

Hi, hard to say without a picture, but there is Rhododendron leaf spot. Spots are brownish/purple with clearly defined edge and this is caused by fungus which can be treated with a fungicide. But also need to take steps to improve plant vigour, new compost would help or fresh top dressing if it has had new compost fairly recently and regular feeding and water at base.

evergreen flowering wall climber

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 13:25

Hi there, there are some lovely different forms of ivy, 'Green Ripple' and 'Pedata' have lovely textures or 'Goldheart' is more vigorous but has splash of bright yellow at centre of each leaf. Ivies are very good for wildlife too you get insects and have had wrens and robins in ours.

Or what about Trachelospermun jasminoides evergreen,white scented flowers in summer. Is a twining climber so does need support of some kind to twine around.

What's eaten my rose?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 13:02

Ps. please remember roses in pots need to be looked after, a bit like bedding plants, they're v hungry and need watering at base regularly. Sorry if this is obvious but you know ...

What's eaten my rose?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 13:00

Hi there, would normally say sawfly larvae as they can strip their hosts leaves in the blink of an eye, but if stems are going .... I'd suggest surveillance cameras, barbed wire and a security guard!! sorry just kidding.

What might be a suggestion, would be to remove rose if poss and put it in as large a pot as is appropriate and feed with slow release feed and a liquid feed to boost immediate growth so leaves can develop and it can photosynthesise. Also could you keep the pot over night in somewhere secure? Intensive care for a bit until it's back on it's feet?

All the best - what rose is it by the way?

Dead conifers?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 11:06

Hi, if I can join the throng .. I'd dig out too. Only because if you get rid of most of the root you can plant something else instead. Why not dig out a wider border, put loads of organic matter.Vitalearth do a good peatfree organic soil improver and or compost to improve the soil and plant something that would look really good and be wildlife friendly too.


Plant ID what are these plants?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 10:45

Hi, yes the first plant is Campanula poscharskyana it originates from Croatia and that area. Is vigorous and can smother smaller surrounding plants if you're not careful, very pretty when grown against a small wall though.

The creeper is Parthenocissus tricuspidata, quite right the Boston vine and can grow up to 70ft!! Fabulous reds and purples in autumn.

The weed, I think there could be a couple of varieties in there, looking at the leaves, but I would remove them, the crocosmia would look better without.

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