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Good luck Andy in this weather!
We have had some monsters too this year! I let them seed where they are then see what germinates and move them in the spring when I am doing my daffodil deadheading. I find they transfer better then as the ground is warming and the frosts are not as hard. Never had much luck with growing them from seed they either shrivel or go mouldy
I remove brown leaves and spray every 2 weeks with rose fungal/ black spot spray . They are never pretty at the base so always planted at the back of the border. I dont think this can help the problem as air circulation is worse at the back of the border but it's the best I have come up with. The rust has not spread to my roses so I think it must be a different fungus
We used loads of mini roses for table centres at our wedding last July. Afterwards we planted a lot in the garden they have all come up this year much stronger than last year. They take a while to acclimatise but yours should be ok outside.
They work a bit but you will still need some circulation. Try not to put the bucket in full sun, the algae will thrive on lots of light.
The second generation one is also crap. My first one exploded after a few gos,. Took it back and paid more to upgrade to the second generation which also has exploded.
You need something to aerate the water . A small fountain or you can buy a air pump and air stone quite cheaply. Just water in a bucket with no movement will just go stagnant
Thanks Land girl
Any idea what soil jasmine likes, acid, ericaceous, neutral alkaline etc?
I'm in Wales too! It's raining here. My other have is building a pond and now the garden looks like a swamp! I got my recycled top soil from a quarry by Gelligaer if thats any where near you its good stuff!