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Posted: 03/07/2013 at 18:25

They take up a lot of room and need a fair bit of attention what with tying the new canes down to a support and cutting the old canes out in winter. Some types are HUGE - Himalayan Giant and Bedford Giant are 20 feet across when mature! Clearly thorny ones are more of a pain, literally, than non-thorny. They don't mind what soil as long as it is fertile and moisture retentive. If you live in the south and have mild springs then early types like Waldo, Adrienne  or Fantasia are good. Also thornless Oregon Thornless.

There are also hybrids like Tayberries, Loganberries and Boysenberries which are less vigorous and thorny so better for small gardens.

I don' t think you get a lot of choice as to the age of plant you can buy. They take a couple of years to get going but are worth it in the end.

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.

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