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Posted: 04/07/2016 at 08:32

Gonna be a hot one folks 

Office this morning, then SM, then 'a little bit of Roger' 

See yous all later


Posted: 03/07/2016 at 23:54

Thanks for the heads up about Roger's match Joyce - I've just set the recorder in case I don't get home till later. Might have to see if I can sneak away early 'cos I need to go to the SM too.

It's very late now - need to get some shut eye. Night all 


Posted: 03/07/2016 at 21:28

Got a lot done in the garden today but it was quite hot this afternoon so am feeling it now. Lots of big gaps in the borders now the spring / early summer stuff has been hoiked out or cut back - honesty, hesperis and aquilegia are really quite large plants and leave a big hole when they've gone. Still, there's a nursery bed full of plants so no doubt it will be stuffed to the gunwales again in a few weeks.

Didn't see any tennis today - was it good? Hoping to watch some when I get home from the office tomorrow - hoping Federer and Murray will be playing. A little bit of Roger always makes my day

Nice cake Fairy - could do with a bit right now with a nice cup of tea.


Posted: 03/07/2016 at 21:14

Hi Angela

Roses are hungry, thirsty plants and they can be a bit funny about competing with other plants.  I wouldn't have thought they would like being underneath a conifer hedge unless you have super enriched soil. They often need a few hours of sun each day as well - would they get that there?

Also - how large are the roses expected to grow? - would they have enough room to spread their wings in front of the hedge assuming the soil was good enough?

Roses which are in poor, dry soil and / or cramped conditions will not flourish and will be very prone to disease such as black spot.

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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 21:06

Chateau de Gateau ??  


Posted: 03/07/2016 at 10:34

Welcome PP 

I usually pinch mine back several times to keep them at about 6" until around mid June by which time there should be several sturdy stems. Then they are allowed to start doing their own thing. They nearly always make over 3' by the end of August and the latest I've picked flowers off them was in November! Getting a bit straggly by then but they are lovely plants in autumnal light.

If a plant particularly likes a situation it can easily become the size of a small shrub. I quite often end up cutting plants back again towards the end of August (not all over just some carefully selected stems) to keep them at a sensible size.

Important to keep on top of dead heading to keep the plants flowering until the frosts.


Posted: 03/07/2016 at 09:42

If you have lots of cosmos I would pinch back half of them very hard (down to about 6") immediately. They will flower very late but they should be bushier, sturdier plants. Meanwhile the other half will give you some earlier flowers - albeit on tall and leggy plants which might need to be supported. You can pull these out when the bushier plants are about to flower.

It is a bit late to be doing this now and there is a risk the pinched back plants won't flower at all if we have a cold summer or you live in a cold area.

I usually sow seeds at the beginning or April and pinch back regularly until the beginning of June. I have lots of other plants in flower through June & July but the later sowing and pinching back means the cosmos flower when I need them in August / late summer / autumn until the frosts. 


Posted: 03/07/2016 at 09:14


Sunshine so I think some gardening might get done. If I can finish hacking back and get the lawn cut I can do a bit of planting next week to fill the gaps.

Have a good one everybody 

So sad

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 17:35

Loved her writing and the characters she created - a real loss.


Posted: 02/07/2016 at 17:06


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