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Posted: 08/05/2013 at 17:27

I planted 6 autumn fruiting raspberries for the first time late last autumn.  They showed no signs of life until about 3 weeks ago.  The last of the 6 finally produced a very small shoot last week.  None of them have made much growth yet but they are all alive and I hope will begin to grow better once the weather  warms up.  My rhubarb crowns on the other hand, also planted last autumn have only had a 50% survival rate.  Only 4 out of 8 have actually turned into growing plants and even a couple of those seem pretty poor.

Zéphirine Drouhin

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 20:30

Thank you all for the advice and comments.  I have dug out the soil where the previous rose has been growing and will now replace it with new soil along with new rose which I have now  decided will definitely be Zéphirine Drouhin.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 19:18

Thanks for the advice David I will try that and hope for some cold weather.

Zéphirine Drouhin

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 19:12


I've been reading the Diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, she was a keen gardner as well as an author.  Among a number of roses in her garden she mentions one called 'Zéphirine Drouhin'.  I confess I'm very taken with the name, (a ridiculous reason to lead one to consider a plant I know, but I'm quite shallow) and she mentions it is very fragrant, (a good reason to consider a plant!)  I've read a little about it by doing an internet search but I was wondering does anyone have any experience of growing it?  Particularly I would like to know if it is prone to disease as the rose I want it to replace has suffered quite badly with blackspot and greenfly and I would like to have something more disease resistant.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 18:51

How I wish I had read this forum before I sowed my autumn sweet pea.  I seem to have done most of the wrong things as a result of which I have leggy plants which I probably sowed too early and didn't appreciate they didn't need extra warmth to  germinate in the autumn.  My only excuse is that I've never tried autumn sweet pea before and I that only joined the Gardner's World site last week.  I hope to do better next year!

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