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Talkback: How to maintain a garden pond

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 08:01

I know that this is a very old thread, but I am surprised that no-one has replied to dottiesue above. So if anyone passes by, looking for an answer to her question; yes. Yes yes and yes!

Pond water is perfect for the garden and pot plants.

Why I will never Use peat free compost

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 07:41

gardenjeannie (OT) write your responses in notepad, wordpad or in a word processor first. Then you can prune, hack, spell-check add subtract etc. Then you can cut and paste your immaculate and beautiful prose in to the web forum, (loike whot i have just done) without worries that you might lose it.

Rose buds not opening.

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 21:52

Thank you both...  I have a source of mature horse poo at the bottom of the road. I think the poor old things deserve a barrow-load sometime in the not too distant future. 

Rosebuds dropping off.

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 17:11

Interesting, IIRC, they are quite clean cuts. This only happens on one bush, but I possibly have not been paying as much attention to the others. I am going out in the rain now to gather evidence.


Rosebuds dropping off.

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 15:41

!! Do we know each other!! ???


(I guess not, but it did make me jump a little, as my my nickname is.. Sparrow!)

But to answer you.. there are some House Sparrows, but very few, I rarely see them. There are dunnocks, but rarely in the front garden (not enough cover, I guess)

There are wood pigeons and collared doves.

Rose buds not opening.

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 09:48

I have posted another question elsewhere in the forum, but this is a different plant, and a similar but different issue.

In the back garden, I have a very mature rosebush. Like its fellow in front garden it has been neglected for some years, in particular by being surrounded by holly, ivy and other shrubs, so that it has to get to about 2 metres high before it see the sun. However, it does do this. So far this year it has flowered quite nicely, despite some of the flowers being too high for easy dead-heading. In the past couple of months I have managed to clear most of the holly and surrounding shrubbery, and dead-headed and pruned back to leaf joins. Since doing this, it has put on strong new growth (very red, is this a good thing?) including many buds. But these new buds steadfastly refuse to open; two weeks or so. Is this normal? Could it be too late in the year for this particular specimin? No pictures at the moment, but I could take some if needed.

Rosebuds dropping off.

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 09:34

Hallo green-fingered people. I have a medium garden and am a very unenthusiastic gardener. I have joined the forum hoping to get some advice. For my first post:

In my front garden I have a mature rose. It has suffered from neglect, but struggles gamely on, especially since I have been pruning off any diseased looking bits, and dead-heading regularly, it has perked up considerably. However in the last few weeks, the buds have been dropping off just as they are about to open. They look as if they have been cut quite cleanly, just below the bud cover part (sepal?). Could this be disease? Mice/other rodents? Other pests? It is most unlikely that a neighbour has been sneaking out in the hours of darkness to snip them off. I have done nothing to upset them (I occasionally snip a sprig of rosemary for the lamb chops from across the wall!)

No photos yet, I can put some up later.


I have a different issue, with another rose, I shall post a seperate thread for that one...



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