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June in Your Garden!

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 18:14

 I too have black-spot on every damn rose, especially my climbers although the shrub roses are slightly more resistant and suffer much less disfiguring foliage.

I've given up even trying to eradicate this problem after my newly bought climbing rose last year promptly got the disease and it was not even in the ground a fortnight!

My remedy is simple, I plant other climbers that will screen out the ugliness of bare stems on the uprights and stick to shrub roses for the borders. It's not entirely disguising the issue, but I can't live without some roses. 

Garden gaffes

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 18:07

@figrat, lol

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 12:55

Sunny, showers and windy in Kent. Typical summer's day really

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 12:53

@figrat, j'aime! 

Planting scheme....

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 23:42

My piece of advice, should you wish to take it, is to plant larger groups of the same plant than you might imagine needed. If there's one thing I've learnt this year is to be bold and do it in snake shapes or waves rather than fat clumps. It looks way more pro.

Good luck

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 23:36

@david spikes, you never fail.


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Posted: 05/06/2012 at 20:34

Love to see the bees  This planet needs them!

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 19:05

@Dean Lovett, I did the same thing a couple of weeks ago after gardening at my parents' house, only I was too keen to wait until after flowering and cut a bit off anyhow, my mother ensuring me they were the lovely blue ones.

Well, despite the droop, the Iris flowered in my garden last week although it is BRIGHT YELLOW and now have a plant I didn't want  .

Just my luck for taking my dotty old mom at her word!


Posted: 05/06/2012 at 18:55

@Abby2, Okay, I have two Laurels of different sizes, the first being shop brought mature shrub/tree of approx. 14ft high.

I left this one to grow for many years before hacking it back some and discovering that I rather liked its dark limbs, so its not a true standard, more my version of a tree. I prune off new shoots up to about five foot at which point it bushes out and is shaped rather like a large lolly-pop.

It works for me, I gain space underneath and I also like the dark branches that act as a good backdrop for planting in my borders.

The second is a seedling of the mature plant and more standard in that I decided from an early age to keep it to a single stem. Basically, most plants would be single stem except that they are pruned at the nursery to encourage bushy growth. This Laurel is about four foot high and I rub off the lower shoots as I see them and lolly-pop the head same as the other one  like a mini-me. The shoots are much easier to rub off the small one since the thickness of its limb is only about the same as an adult arm, the mature one is an elephant in comparison so its a proper job of loppers and the saw.

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