Latest posts by Tootsietim

David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 00:14

Personally I'm not a huge fan of D A roses, though Gertrude Jekyll and Graham Thomas both do well for me. I'm not keen on the myrrh scent.

I'm lucky to have a small nursery nearby in Norfolk that stocks bare rooted roses from Trevor Whites ( oldroses ) for very competitive prices. I most recently bought La Rose De Molinard which smells divine.

David Austin Roses

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 00:00

Not a huge fan of David Austin roses and only grow three.

Gertrude Jekyll  for its fragrance. holds up well to the weather. Nice clear pink .

Graham Thomas  an excellent golden yellow rose, vigourous , not too keen about the scent, but does well in the rain. quite healthy.

The pilgrim, another yellow, only had it for 18 months and too early to tell if I'll keep it. Flowers too heavy when wet and scent weak. 

Any dahias which don't need to be lifted?

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 22:14

I grow Bishop of Llandaff, David Howard, Moonfire and Pooh. All of which are usually left in the garden and mulched. Admittedly we have not had a proper cold winter for several years but they all usually survive well. ( one Pooh rotted this year). 

But, I shall be lifting them all this year, Why?..  because this years late spring and cold weather made their regrowth very slow and by the time they came back up, the snails and slugs were waiting for them.

I lifted a plant of Moonfire (or rather dug in the gap where one had been last year) and found the tuber rooting well but the shoots all eaten off at ground level.  next year I shall start them off in pots in a slug free zone and plant them when large enough to look after themselves.

Tree Wysteria

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 09:06

Not personally, the one time I tried, the graft union broke down and I lost the plant. I may well try again.

Although not informative, there is a video on youtube showing the wisteria at St Giles Church in Norwich which is currently looking good.

Search for St Giles Church, Norwich wisteria tour.

Pruning is I think much the same as for wall trained, Establish a framework, reduce the long whippy growth in summer (July August) and cut back harder to 2 or 3 buds in Jan  Feb  for flowering. That at least is what I plan to do

Planting a large Wildlife Pond

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 21:23

Have used Honeysome Aquatics for my pond plants. Good value and good service. Small bare rooted plants that establish well.  They are, however closing this year so get in quick.


Posted: 02/05/2016 at 23:56

Last year was pretty dire for butterflies in much of the country apparently due to the weather.

My Buddleja which is usually a magnet for all sorts of butterflies attracted almost nothing. Even when the sun shone.

Most of the species that come to feed on Buddleja are strong flyers that roam considerable distances so a lack of larval foodplants in your own garden wouldn't make too much difference. That being said, it is good to provide some suitable foodplants if you have the space.


Pros and cons of using railway sleepers to create a retaining wall

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 23:05

Oak sleepers can rot, particularly if they are mostly sapwood rather than the harder and more resilient heartwood.

Treated softwood sleepers can also rot, usually due to the preservative not penetrating the wood very well. if treated wood is cut or drilled, then the exposed surfaces will allow rot to enter. Also large section timbers tend to split when exposed to the weather and this also allows rot to enter.  Redwood (pine) is more resilient than whitewood (spruce) so it would be worth checking with your supplier.


Engineering bricks or solid bricks for patio project

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 22:55

I father has used blue engineering bricks for various jobs in the garden and they lasted very well, I imagine a patio of them would look rather fine.

My only concern would be whether they might become too hot to walk on, always assuming that the sun decides to shine once more.

Yellow rose ID

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 22:42

total guess but from my rose selling days the earliest large flowered yellow rose was Arthur Bell which regularly bloomed from April onwards.  It is well scented too but rather prone to black spot. In a sheltered London garden it could well be in flower now.

Canary bird is a lovely small flowered shrub rose. Here in Norwich it is planted en masse at the Norwich City football ground.  unfortunately the flowers don't last for very long.

Bumble Bees

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 22:34

3 years ago I sowed my whole front garden with Phacelia tanacetifolia, (sold as a green manure) and more bumble bees than I ever thought possible.

I counted at least 7 species plus honeybees and at one point was counting over 100 bees per square yard. 

No need to buy bees.

Sow phacelia and they will come.

(  it does rather self seed though)

Discussions started by Tootsietim

cuttings from wallflowers

Does anyone have experience of taking cuttings from ordinary wallflowers? 
Replies: 4    Views: 1866
Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 17:44
1 returned