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What did you learn from your garden this year?

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 09:07

I've learnt that I know about 1% of what I 'NEED' to know and also that I am the kiss of death to vegetables ( except tomatoes)

For the third year running I tried cucumbers in the greenhouse. One plant promptly died so replaced it and that one died too. The other one grew two cucumbers in total with many little ones growing to an inch or so then shrivelling up.

Tried potatoes in bags...not a great success because the bags had to stand in a passageway and we couldnt get past when the leaves were at their peak.

Likewise Runner beans...one meal for two and the risk of strangulation when passing!

BUT...it was fun and thats the main thing :)

Need a solution please

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 21:54

Thankyou both for the links.

Planting  a smaller rose might be a possibility.

I'll re read the RHS pruning instructions a few times before touching anything! :}  

We do have a good stepladder, it's just that the top struts go all the way to the wall so actually getting 'in' is a problem :)

Need a solution please

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 19:46

This Rose (name unknown) has a mass of beautiful blooms in June and again in August but as the first two photos show, it grows way above the top of the pergola by two or more feet. This makes it impossible to dead head some of it. We always mean to pull the stems inside but rarely remember until its too late so as a solution we put netting over the top thinking that the flowers would be above us but we could see them.i.e. they would grow inside the netting.

That didnt happen :(  Only a few appeared so the solution was a failure. Sunshine/rain/air were not restricted.

The 4th photo shows what we now look at. Its not pretty.

So, question is, what would you do to keep the roses in view and dead headable?

The last photo shows another Rose which blooms in June/July. Its never been cut back. Is it possibly to do it at this stage do you think?

What to do with these

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 17:40

Thanks for all the advice. :)

Ive taken some cuttings Verdun..they are on the kitchen windowsill in a pot inside and upside down freezer bag. Fingers crossed :)

What to do with these

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 08:16

That's a good idea Ceres, thankyou. I have never had much success with cuttings though but yes, worth a shot.

What to do with these

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 22:56

Perhaps he looks on you as a challenge 

What to do with these

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 15:07

oops about the part root digging herbaceous 

What to do with these

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 15:05

I'll leave it until Springtime then Ladybird4, thankyou. 

(Do you think we might get 'old money' back after Brexit?  )

What to do with these

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 12:18

Thankyou, yes it's lovely :) Its quite old...10 years+

What to do with these

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 12:05

Hi, I have a small bed of Fuchias. It has been neglected but now that I have more time than of late, I'd like to get it as it should be.

The bed gets sunshine early to mid morning. After that it is shaded by Roses and Honeysuckle growing opposite and above it.

The Fuchsias seem happy enough and grow lovely flowers.They stay in position all year long.

The 'red' one ( name unknown) is 8 ft tall with flowers from base to top. The 'blue' one is Delta Sarah and as you see, although having beautiful flowers, is very 'woody' There are also a couple of others in there in the same state.

My questions are..could or should I cut them back and if so, by how much and when?

Although I can replace them, I'd hate to kill them through hacking at them :}

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