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David Austin Roses

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 08:02

As P'doc says a smaller rose will be better. I have some DA roses which are large shrub size and too large for anything except huge pots which - I don't think is what you have in mind.

The DA website is very good for helping you select suitable plants or give them a ring and have a chat.

If you need to save pennies get yourself on the DA mailing list and they'll send you discount codes when they're available. I bought bare root roses with 20% off this spring - quite a saving over full price potted plants.

Babies nappies in compost

Posted: 05/06/2017 at 18:14

I assume we're talking about plants in pots here? 

I've always found the water retaining gel to be quite useful for reducing the frequency of watering and if I'm away for 4 or 5 days I tend to move pots onto the north facing patio (ie out of the sun) and give them a good watering. They will survive several days - maybe a week - if it's not baking and they're large enough pots, with this treatment. 

Other methods you could try include a reservoir of water and capillary matting in large trays and standing the pots in these. The matting will stay moist for as long as the reservoir is full - could be a long time if someone tops the reservoir up

I have found this sort of capillary action method doesn't work if you have used broken crocks in the bottom of the pots, because the soil isn't in contact with the wet material.

My preferred system (when I had a lot of pots) was a proper automated mini-irrigation system - never lost a plant even on 3 week holidays

Last edited: 05 June 2017 18:19:29

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Posted: 05/06/2017 at 15:46

I'm definitely doing my bit (and, therefore, having some of your share Lants). I've probably paid enough duty over the years to fund the building of an entire school or hospital

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Posted: 05/06/2017 at 13:55

I've removed more ticks from cats than ... well .. than... oh let's just say I done lots.

In recent years I've found Frontline to be a fairly reliable combined flea and tick treatment - and it doesn't make the cat freak out when applied (unlike some of the other spot-on treatments).

Is quite cold here now and blustery. No rain yet but I think it's on the way. Bacon sarnie needed for lunch then either planting or grass cutting.

Love the 'wee white dug' photos - he's a handsome boy - and he's been to some very pretty places lucky thing

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 05/06/2017 at 08:11

Morning all

Office this morning then planting out nicotiana and cosmos this afternoon. Heavy rain to water it all in this evening.

Watched the start of the concert - I quite like Take That and Robbie - although I am way old enough to know better. Nice little show of defiance after Saturday night.

Your art room sounds like my wardrobe Pat - I have shoes I can no longer wear because my feet have changed shape and clothes I'm too fat to get into. No idea why I'm keeping them. Kidding myself that one day I'll be sylph like again. 

Enjoy your day all.

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Posted: 05/06/2017 at 07:54

Morning LB, Dove and all those to come

Sunny at the moment but I'm away to the office for a few hours. Might plant out some cosmos & nicotiana this afternoon - heavy rain forecast for later which will water them in

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Posted: 04/06/2017 at 22:37

Choccie cake LB - yummie

I am watching the news - have been watching it through much the day. Sometimes wonder if instant / constant / rolling news is such a good thing. More is not necessarily better is it?

Let's hope tomorrow is a better day.

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Posted: 04/06/2017 at 22:08

Evening everyone - well those that are still awake that is...

Just wanted to say that I really do appreciate all the kind thoughts you ladies have been giving re Harry the cat. It's a big deal in my own little life right now - but I do appreciate that it isn't for everyone else - and I do know that many of you are going through much more traumatic experiences at the moment. I do, therefore, understand that not everyone has been following every last detail of what's been going on  .

LB - thank you so much for your kindness and caring - I really appreciate your concern

Hazel - no worries about your posting - I realised that you hadn't grasped that Harry wasn't just a bit off colour - but appreciated your kind wishes all the same. I really wasn't offended or upset.

Looking forward to planting out some cosmos tomorrow - they will grow large and fill some unexpectedly empty spaces - I know this because there is hope in the bottom of my wheelbarrow

PS - If there's any choc cake / pudding left Lants - there's a little hole needs filling in my tummy

What can I plant under my ash tree.

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 09:06

Hi Gabriel

Welcome to the forum

Most of the forum members are in the UK and our climate - whilst very variable from north to south and west to east - is generally temperate. 

I have Eleagnus Ebbingei 'Limelight' and Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki' growing under a mature ash tree. They are both evergreen, variegated shrubs and they help to light up a dark space. 

They were both planted when the tree was already mature so the soil had to be very well prepared with lots of added compost etc. and they needed copious watering for the first 2 seasons. They are currently doing well.

They don't mind the differing light levels through the year - but they do need to be kept well watered until they have established deep roots. I also feed them every year to compensate for the competition from surrounding trees and hedges

I have no idea whether they would be sufficiently hardy in Montreal.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 08:19


Several of our forumites live in or regularly visit London. Many of us (Hosta and myself included) have relatives or friends living there. I hope that nobody on here has been directly affected by last night's ghastly events.

Disturbing times.

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