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Does my rose need moving

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:26

Two things.  I know what I would do.  I know what you should do meomye.

I would move it....its risky right now.  Its an impulsive thing to do.  Its prob an irritating thing to see...?  All the reasons why I would, illogically, move it 

however, it is best to leave it until the autumn.  Meanwhile I would cut some of the soft leading shoots back to shoots lower down to encourage flowers there.  would not feed it because it is growing well and your other roses are fine.

still lots of time to of July and the whole of August and September.  See what happens.  If it flowers you can see if it looks good then


Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:19

gotten wet now....dampish humid week ahead.  Perfect for blight.....?

so far I have healthy plants with lots of tomatoes ready to ripen.  All but 3 plants are in the gh but blight can get there too. I have removed more lower leaves to help good ventilation and make sure foliage is kept dry.  Not a lot else to do in preparation if blight does I think it will 

is italophile about?  

Talkback: How to grow astrantias

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:14

Sounds a plan then Lou 

strange about astilbes not growing though.  I guess you soaked rootballs well before planting out! 

When to cut back Euphorbia × martini?

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:11

Oky doky 

Ideas for below lollipop privet

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:10

Go for nepeta Pheo.  Is it a yellow or plain green privet?

I would consider brunnera hadspen cream too.  It would be fine there.  Forgrt me not blue flowers for a few weeks in spring and nice variegated foliage.  

I would also plant blue generously as you well as blue anemone blanda.  

Dont make it too "busy".  dont cram it with different plants 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:04

Beginner gardener?  Brilliant.

When to cut back Euphorbia × martini?

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:02

Asap cut off flowered shoots to the ground. 

dopey dog (literally) eating lavender

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 14:45

Good advice Steve. 

Dogs have been seriously ill because of died down here recently.

My own dog loves runner beans and blatantly ate most of them at the bottom.


Carrot query

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 14:39

Told this story before but the very best carrots I grew were a few years back.  My "crowbar" carrots were HUGE.  

I made holes with a crowbar.....purely for fun.....and filled the soil with a mixture of sieved soil, compost and fish blood and bone.  Two seeds per hole prob 6" or so apart.  Weakest seedling removed

The carrots were DELICIOUS too.  

As a joke I went into the garden audience there, of course ....and pulled up a carrot.  "Oh, just a baby" (words something like that) I said out loud as I displayed the biggest carrot most will see.  (Not those long tapering inedible roots either; solid carrots)

Carrot query

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 14:32

Hey Lyn....we had this discussion....

its not the feed, the fertiliser, that forks carrots.  It is the manure, lumps of soil or compost or stones that does this.

carrots like all crops need nutritients.  However, for me, just a light scattering of fish blood and bone tickled into the surface.  Roots do not touch this anyway.

since your carrots are seeding (boxes should have been ticked when you said woody stems) I am now confident your bed dried out.  Most everything flowers when under stress, esp veg.  So dont allow them to get stressed 

My carrots are grown in 2 x 20' rows of 4 rows 3" apart.  First rows are half picked and wont now be watered.  They wil not split.  

the second rows are still watered but moderately because they wont be eaten for a few weeks yet. In my experience, carrots do not root very deeply.  I use a no dig system but cultivate the top 9" or so......a cultivator is perfect for this.  Ground mulched thickly.  (Ground initially trenched )

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