Latest posts by Wintersong

Climbing roses

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 21:39

Every plant, bulb or seed I buy, I try to obtain a label and bundle these together into planting schemes for the different parts of my garden. It all sounds a little OCD and it probably is, but it works for me. Knowing the cultivar can make all the difference when looking after it,  in the case of a rose is a rose, is not a rose. Some like different aspects others have different pruning requirements, as with climbers and ramblers. 

This year is the first chance I've ever been able to train my roses correctly, (long story very dull). Not suggesting I'm an expert but they ain't half bad, so what I did was tie in the new shoots late last summer, removing any awkward growth or what gets in the way.

Horizontal of course, fed and mulched in the spring, I tweaked any tying in also at this time, there's no law that says you can't, again removing any forward facing branches that would snag or look unsightly. I was very strict about keeping the climbers flush against the fencing.

I've never used wire for roses or clematis, but trellis for roses and chicken wire or strong mesh for clematis. 

All roses will be shown in full bloom on garden picture thread very soon 


Posted: 02/06/2015 at 21:17

I envy you those runner ducks Katherine!  We get foxes here so I darn't keep any domesticated animals other than the under-gardener, who gets the foot of the bed 

If I lived in a manor house I'd be slightly worried about that confession 

Enjoy your hols SGL, your tan is looking great already

Poor Yvie, what a horrid day,  might be worth checking out that recurring earache


Anyone have damage from last night's tulmultous weather?

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 16:49

Still howling in Kent and not too bl**dy warm either 


Posted: 02/06/2015 at 14:53

Wow jackdaw on my bird feeders 

First one I've ever seen in the flesh 

I don't get out much 


Posted: 02/06/2015 at 14:15

Thanks guys 

Had to take a time out to recover my sensibilities after all the stress and nervousness 

I hope poorly peeps get well soon and no one suffers any weather damage or delays if travelling.

Garden is still standing here but weather no good for anything more than feeding hungry birds. Think a film is due to chillax 

plant id please

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 14:08

The difference is that the punctata lacks a red margin on its calyx and it's inflorescence tends to be denser...that means it's bushier 

Google is my friend. 


Posted: 02/06/2015 at 12:51

Thanks for all the good lucks guys, got blown all the way to the test centre and blown all the way home again 

In the between bit I PASSED 

I only got one question wrong 

I'll read back now...


Posted: 02/06/2015 at 06:44

Oh my... now I feel ready 

Brain food is de-lish, thanks Dove 


Posted: 02/06/2015 at 06:21

Yes Dove 

Visit The Old Vicarage Gardens East Ruston - Friday 5th June

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 05:45

I would if I could but can't 

Have a splendiferous day! 

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