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Best evergreen rambling or climbing rose?

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 17:15

I got a Madame Gregoire Staechelin (what a name - it's also called Spanish Beauty!) from David Austin last year. It's settled in well and produced three strong shoots from the ground this year. Nice red new growth, not too thorny which is always a plus in my book, and about ten flowers so far. The flowers are about 5inches across, quite waxy in texture, pure pink and strongly scented. Because they are large they hang down fron the plant - nice for a pergola. Ultimate height allegedly 20 feet. It does have a little blackspot but it's done nothing but rain here for months and I never spray my plants with anything so I reckon it's good natured in that respect.

Expensive Monkey Tree going brown at the edges...

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 15:51

Do you own a male dog? A cat? You know what I mean.....

Mystery bug

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 14:31

Do you mean the blue cranesbill type of geranium? Have you seen any pretty little butterflies that are dark brown  with an orange border on the "right" side and a mottled fawn and orange on the "wrong" side? Do the caterpillars have black heads and green/purple stripes? If so, they are Argus butterflies and they also eat rock roses. Enjoy them and forgive their taste in plants - they're just trying to get by! 

I Found Bees!

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 14:22

P.S. there should be a local beekeeping association nearby. They Weill be happy to help you and may even get you hooked on "proper" beekeeping.

I Found Bees!

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 14:20

If they are honey bees you should be able to see some honeycomb. They will  live there as long as the queen lives or, if they like the site, a new colony may develop. They will also swarm when the weather turns hot(!) and start a second colony, maybe in a neighbour's garden.

if they are bumblebees they are "annuals" and will all die in the winter, except for the queen who will hibernate and next spring find a new home.

Wasps are also "annuals" so killing their nests is stupid as they will all be dead in a few months and they are fantastic at eating all kinds of caterpillars and greenfly While they live.

when do I sow primrose seeds

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 14:08

They sow themselves in abundance in my garden which suggests, as they are small seeds, that the most successful method will be just pick them now, scatter them where you want them to grow, sit back and wait! They do like limey and quite conditions.

Gold finches

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 23:02

Your Stokesia is over!? Mine isn't even in bud yet. Must watch to see if the goldfinches go for it. Yes, Niger seeds - they love 'em!

apple tree

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 22:57

Jonathan, maybe? But Pink Lady was bred for Australian weather. At 600 feet above sea level and with long spells of wet and/or cold weather I have had success with Gala, Blenheim Orange and James Grieve.

Plum Tree disease

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 20:27

Can you see any black or brown wiry rooty things in the soil around the tree? or anything similar round any other shrub or tree in your garden? You may be unlucky enough to have honey fungus. If so, you have no option but to dig it up and burn it.

Stupid question!

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 19:59

It really depends on the size of your plot and how much free time you have. A smallish garden can be kept adequately moist with the drip system. Watering by hose or can takes an amazingly long time and unless you are retired you will probably want to be doing other things, such as earning a living. If you have kids you can pay them by the canful, though they will need to be guided. Early morning and late evening are best as the sun doesn't dry up your efforts.

You obviously live somewhere sunny - no need for watering round our way!

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