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Pruning roses this year

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 10:12

Thank you Busy-Lizzie, that is a very clear explanation - I don't have any hybrid teas so will go lightly on the shrub roses

Pruning roses this year

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 09:58

Thanks for that Pansyface - will get the secateurs out shortly

Pruning roses this year

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 16:15

I have a large number of roses of various varieties and types and normally prune fairly hard in early March ( I live in North Yorks). This year due to the mild winter, the plants have never really been fully dormant.  Some shrub type roses have now put on vigorous new growth, others have never shed all their leaves.  Should I go ahead and prune as usual ?.  One of my climbers 'Albertine' has not shed any leaves and is forming new growth, I would not prune hard but re-shape, should I do that as well ?

Help ! All advice gratefully recieved - Louise

Devon Pinks

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 18:46

Oh dear - though t I'd got it wrong !

Thanks for the advice tho' will try some late cuttings - anyway all a learning curve


Devon Pinks

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 17:54

Living in north Yorks, the soil will be cold overwinter

I have some quite big clumps now in the wrong places in my small borders - they seem to like it here !  I know I should be taking cuttings, but have nowhere to overwinter.

Can I split the original clumps successfully ?  Then plant direct or pot up ? But when to do ? I first thought spring would be right - any advice most welcomed


Dahlia tubers (again !)

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 10:54

Thank you everyone for your response and good advice from all. I have found for storage kindling wood or log nets are good, or newspaper. Unfortunately my tubers have to be brought into the house over winter  and usually end up in the bottom of a wardrobe or spare drawer.  As advised will split in spring

Alstroemeria overwintering

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 10:47

Thank you Paul, so far the weather is mild for the time of year, but will put in the greenhouse soon

Dahlia tubers (again !)

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 17:42

Having dug up my tubers they are now very clumped. I am letting them dry out a bit on a tray in the greenhouse, will store them in net bags at home.  However, they will need splitting before next year so - when dried, split before storage, or after ? The original type is 'Roxy' but some have already started to revert, I don't mind this, as one threw up an absolute showstopper in lilac - unfortunately I was unable to enlighten anyone as to the variety !

Any advice much appreciated - Louise 


Posted: 13/10/2015 at 16:37

Thank you, Zoomer, will wait a little to plant my cloves - it would be interesting to know how you get on with your early planting, I think N.Lancs is a little warmer than here and probably kinder to early 'garlic sprouts'.

Thank you for your trouble in replying


Posted: 12/10/2015 at 19:14

Thank you Philippa - will go for the cloves from the bulbs from last year

We did have our first real frost last night - here we go again for winter - thanks again, Loiuise

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