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Posted: 08/08/2013 at 17:26

strangely enough I was Googling this just yesterday - I found the following info:

Maintain the flowering performance of the beauty bush by pruning each year immediately after flowering. Cut back flowered stems to a sideshoot that hasn’t produced flowers or to a plump bud. Congested plants can have one-in-three stems removed, starting with the oldest. Old and neglected plants can be rejuvenated in the same way. Established plants tend to sucker and these may need to be removed.

This info was on the "July pruning" page of   Now I haven't done ours yet even though it says July as it is still flowering so I will probably tackle it in the next week or two, as even if it's still flowering then I want it to have enough time to grow bewfore the winter.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 17:15

In case anyone is wondering, yes, thecatsmothersmum, who joined the forum yesterday, is my actual mum .

Not sure if she realises I've already posted about her, on this thread -

Any other family/related/partners on this forum? (I mean to each other, not to me and my mum )

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 07/08/2013 at 21:31

FG are you on any other horsey forums? I'm near Exeter. but know horsey people from other forums I'm on who live very near the shooting too.


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 15:06

No SwissSue - *I* am thecatsmother


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 20:02

Plum Royale is one of the ones which in theory should be OK in sun (see ) I've had great success with heucheras in full sun - see this sheltered south-facing border in our old house, 1st pic in 2003 and 2nd/3rd in 2005) - these all started from 1-2 litre pots.


I'd keep taking the brown crispy leaves off and do as Verdun suggests re checking for vine weevil/reinvigorating if no sign of vine weevil.

Fingers crossed, but if your current one doesn't thrive I'd recommend contacting Plantagogo (see my link higher up in this post, they have a facebook page as well as a website) and asking which ones are likely to thrive on your balcony. Good luck!



This forum is a bit of a joke!

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 19:41

Plus, she lives on the city limits, and you should see her nutbush!

stoopid question time

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 12:06

LOL  of course friends PeterE17  (presuming you live in Walthamstow as opposed to being a pop start from the 90's?) . To be fair the "normal" roses' leaves do look quite different, but the ones which have gone feral seem to start to go a bit more back to brambly I think? I will certainly look closely at thorn attachment (and their extent up leaf spines) as well as stem profiles when tacking my thorny problems . Thanks

Forum up the creek

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 11:00

Yes we all pay a lot to use this forum and they must spend time sorting out this for us.


Oh, sorry, it's free and they get nothing out of it (except certainly costs of hosting/storage etc and perhaps even a negative effect as we all get answers from each other instead of subscribing to the magazine....)


I pay for most of my other fora...................

stoopid question time

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 10:55
PeterE17 wrote (see)

stoopid answer time ... many rose thorns  have an oval base so the thorn looks like it is 'floating' on the stem and will break away easily. Bramble thorns are more integrated into the stem. Rose stems are round mostly, some bramble stems are squarish with flat or even concave sides.

Brambles and roses have different growth habits and patterns, but I would imagine that won't help you at the moment.

Then there are the leaves, which are utterly different. The ol' net has some pictures no doubt


Thanks for the info re stems and thorns. Re leaves looking utterly different, you mean like this?


 Not that different really? (not surprising seeing as they're part of the same family...)

Just worried about throwing the baby out with the bathwater when clearing thorny areas.

Also found this on a website : Bramble can also be confused with rose (Rosa spp.), which like bramble has five petals, compound leaves, and thorns, but bramble lacks the distinctive stipules at the base of the rose leaf. " so am now on the lookout for stipules

Fidgetbones, the moving emoticons are from - just cliock on the one you like then copy and paste the text from the box at the bottom of the page

stoopid question time

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 21:04

Bearing in mind my recent discovery of a gooseberry poking out of a corner of brambly stuff, very close to my also-recent discovery of a tayberry amongst brambly stuff. And also bearing in mind that there seem to be various roses (inc climbing and rambling) scattered around. If a spiky stem has neither forming blackberries nor flowers on it, exactly how does one tell if a spiky stem is a bramble or a rose?

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