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Latest posts by Wintersong

moving established roses

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 21:00

No, no, no.

Sorry to say so, but if you want to keep these bushes alive you need to treat them with respect. 

Roses don't have a large root ball.  Most of what you dig up are the roots that keep them in the ground, the main feeding roots are the size of a fist at the base of the main stem. If you moved them while they were still dormant,  they have a chance of surviving but not if you leave them standing in water.

. My suggestion would be to earth them up if you can't pot them. Make any hole in a spare bit of ground and keep them moist. That's emergency treatment with no guarantees of survival.I have some personal experience of moving well established roses and mine took three years to recover. Good luck


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 20:36

Was gold and white for half of the day then turned blue black, not that I'm a twitterer, followed same news articles.


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 19:18

I'm sure you'll wake up once it gets going Clari good luck with it

I ache a bit this evening but am really happy with what I've done and the weather today. Lets hope It stays dry enough or nicely windy to dry up the soil a bit, I am dreaming of that lovely crumbly silty stuff that my garden turns into when its fully spring. Very workable.

Son has arrived for a weekend stay and I'm doing my usual long shifts so I'll be about but not that much.

Have a lovely weekend forkers.


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 17:40

Bekkie, I certainty hope so but knowing me I'll be doing more improving

KEF, LOL. I didn't see what my typo suggested. trust you!

Panda come back! We wub you!


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 15:27

DD, I don't see any boundary, how big is your garden?? At least Charlie can have secret hideouts and lots of activity

 hope your washing machine isn't an expensive fix punkdoc

Well, busy day for me here. Was out in the garden at the crack of dawn -nearly- to wire in some pyracantha for training against the fence, but I didn't have the right tools so I got on with moving my Clematis I planted yesterday since I decided last night that it would be better off on the opposite side. That's what I get for remaining undecided about digging it up for a whole year and then doing it on the spur of the moment!

I ran out of compost and thought no more planting for me but I had to bag up my compost bins anyways so we can crack on with landscaping that area and I sneaked all the lovely stuff at the bottom.

Armed with my bucket of black gold, I decided to get another large clematis in the ground but when I dug down at the spot I have chosen, I hit a massive concrete slab because my garden is builder's rubble  . OH suggested a pot instead which is a good idea except my spending list just keeps growing 

Anyways, it will look lovely and we have no choice. Since, I didn't plant the clematis, I used the bucket to mulch two of my most desperate climbing roses. One sits in full sun and bakes whilst the other was planted in poor soil.

Whilst digging for the clematis, I also noticed another job that will have to be done with part of the inner fencing. The soil on our side is much higher than my neighbours which dips significantly so our soil is sitting about 10 inches above the post hole and covers the gravel boards, so I will have to dig out around two posts and the panel between, fit boards and back fill with gravel to keep the wet off.

After that, I planted a pittosporum successfully  then my dad turned up with a car full of compost bags and Flynn's brother so we let them play a bit while we had a cuppa

I pooped now but happy with progress in the garden, at least I'm not leaving it all until the middle of April like usual.



Posted: 27/02/2015 at 09:47

Gorgeous day here. Guess where I'll be all day


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 06:41

Get well soon to BL's grandson!

Morning forkers 

Light frost but looks like it will be a good day, getting light much earlier now

Composting in the tropics

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 19:08

Compost should be the same the world over, it's a biological process and has nothing to do with outdoor temps or plant types, just get your mix right, keep it moist and turn it regularly 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 13:02

Moved a huge Clematis to better spot; tied in some climbing roses; under-planted a climbing rose with Euonymus Emerald Gaiety and planted a shaped Box in a terracotta pot. Rain stopped play


Posted: 26/02/2015 at 12:58

Back in doors since rain stopped play

I did manage to dig and rake over where OH's feet had been in my border so it looks fluffy soil again and I planted a Euonymus under a climbing rose to fill a dead corner and used the big terracotta pot it was in to plant a Box roundy-pyramid that I got in the sale few weeks back for £4. Should have been £30

As you and I know folks, some things that look half dead are only pretending, its already shooting away new growth, unlike the dove from earlier

It was a beautiful thing although I'm not sure entirely if it isn't just a rink necked wood pigeon? It was pure white with a thin black or dark ring around its neck. In perfect condition when I found it, just very successfully dead

Early bath time!

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