Posted: 28/02/2017 at 16:56
Bloomin' 'eck it's freezing out there today.
Had a quick hour trying to retrain a rose which I bought thinking it was a shrub and turned out to be a climber. Lots of long, whippy growth last summer. Decided to try pegging it into a dome shape like they do at Sissinghurst - only problem is mine is all laterals 'cos I've cut the leaders during shrub rose style pruning in previous years.
Looks more like a wonky crab now rather than a carefully trained mound Still, it wasn't working as it was before so nothing lost. If this doesn't work I'll cut it down to the ground and start again.
I'd love to have a bee hive in the garden. Have thought about having one of those top bar ones and just leaving it for the bees to do their own thing. ie just providing them with shelter and not really bothering with harvesting honey (don't like it that much).
I discussed doing that once on the Forum and was positively rounded on as being irresponsible. I was told I would be responsible for causing bee swarms and the spread of various viruses which kill the bee population. But bees have been making hives and sorting themselves out naturally for centuries...
Glad you enjoyed the exhibition Dove. Might have to join you for a nap...