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Roses in France

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 08:58

πŸ™‹πŸΌ Hello, can anyone please help with advice in what to do about some rose bushes.  I am in France, near Limoges (inland) visiting my brother for 2 weeks.  He lost his wife last September, and she was the keen "gardener". Almost a year on I find the garden neglected, as my brother (an academic) prefers to collect wine & antique furniture (the house here is now bursting with both!). The large house is 1786, the driveway my sister in law lined with Cypress Trees one side and rose bushes the other (see pics Attached). The Cypress are ok but sadly the roses were neglected during her illness. They  were planted 12 years ago, & always in abundant summer-flower whilst she was tending them. I wondered if they are heavily pruned, watered & fed, can they be saved?  Many are perfumed roses & they will all die & the driveway view will suffer greatly if they are lost! I always feel old roses are especially worth trying to save!  Could they, for eg: be heavily pruned (& when?) given some rose feed, and regularly watered - would they survive?  I could try giving my brother the correct advice - he might follow it (to restore & save the view down the driveway to the property) that's why I would dearly love to know what to do?   (or perhaps you may advise the damage is too far gone already?). thankyou for reading my plea for help!  Tads

(will post pice separately, sori)

Topiary ba

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 09:31

nice 😊 - well I have a brother there, hich is lucky, isn't it?  

i am an interior designer, & have some apartments I am doing in Cascais, Lisbon, so I'll be in Portugal in October !

Have a wonderful holiday in France x


Topiary ba

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 09:14

thanx Lady Bird, I thought so!  Many thanx, have a lovely day x

Topiary ba

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 07:44

Sori forgot to attach photo , Tads 


Posted: 06/08/2016 at 07:42

i bought one of these wire box shapers for the first time yesterday. 

Can someone help me ?   Does one fix this cage onto the topiary ball merely to cut around the shape, then remove the cage?  Or is the cage mean to remain on so the box remains in shape?    My daughter says the box looks like it's being asfixiated, & wants me to remove the wire cage? πŸ˜›   I've said it's an experiment with the first of our 4 box plants.  But am leaving for France on holiday today - & my daughter wants me to remove the wire cage?

advice please ?  thankyouπŸ˜ƒ  Tads 


Posted: 05/08/2016 at 17:33

can you help?

red marks, sort of "rosetted" in shape (see attached photo) have appeared on our 8 year old fabulous jasminoides in a pot in our garden in Guildford.  I am concerned.  I have removed every one of them & destroyed them just this afternoon.

but, I am worried this may be related to the "red spots" which appeared in my rhodendron (see previous post 10 minutes ago).  I am asking for help with the rhododendron problem too, as I am frightened that may be ""phytothera" (spelling) which is a bad disease I believe. I removed the offending leaves from the rhodie Tow weeks ago & am watching it carefully.

but can anyone help me with the jasminoides red marks?

do you think this is related to the rhodie problem.  

Both plants are in the back garden in close proximity.

i am hoping I can treat them, and save them?

what do you think & suggest ?  Thankyou 


Posted: 05/08/2016 at 17:13

see attached photograph of my 7 month old rhododendron in a pot, with red spots which appeared on 8 of its leaves two weeks ago.  I am frightened it might be "phytothera" - I have removed the leaves & destroyed them.  All this happened two weeks ago.   I dont want to lose this otherwise healthy plant, it gave us a wonderful floral display for a month, Is budding up well for next season, & looks otherwise very healthy, lovely dark green leaves.

i need advice please on what I can do to save it ?  I am watching it carefully.  Can anyone help ? 

thankyou. 😒 Tads 

can you please identify

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 19:13

"Thankyou" Liriodendron - I bought some this afternoon  Thankyou for responding,


can you please identify

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 15:44

oh, "thankyou" for such kind info - understand   

"Thankyou" everyone.... 

can you please identify

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 14:38

oh! why ? 

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