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Disease resistant roses

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 11:00

Hi, my heavily pruned roses ( about 6/7 weeks ago) are responding well, some shoots uo to 8in. in length. First rose has appeared ...and the foliage is glossy and clean, so far, without spraying. So far so good.


Posted: 07/08/2014 at 08:03

Good morning all, a little cloudy so the welcome rain we had recently will be better able to slake the thirst of my garden.

Hi Bill, in particular, I know exactly how you feel , having been there myself this year. I have a garden which is quite large and maintenance heavy. Some of my beds are getting away from me and the longer I stood staring at them the worse they got. My solution is a bit radical in that I have dug out 3 of them completely. One I have turned into a terrace ( my name for a posh patio!) . It was getting more weedy as the flowers were losing their flower power. 2 other beds I will now replant with a new colour scheme. I lacked the necessary motivation to spend hours on my knees trying to clear out the rubbish only to be left with old flowers that probably had had their day. Faced with a new "clean sheet" I am up and at it again, enjoying myself. And I enjoy a day's digging. Very satisfying as you can see the benefit. Then the trip to the GC to choose some new babies.. I did have some help with some of this, I admit but I have done much of it myself. The end result is a newly motivated and happy gardener with some beds which will be easier to look after from here on.... I hope!

Also as I now don't grow lilies any longer I don't see any beetles. Not difficult as they don't do that well for me anyway.


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 20:55

My last word on Irises tonight... don't forget to smell them... wonderful heady perfume... every bit as good as most roses if not better... the brown/orange colours smell of chocolate... no, seriously.


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 10:52

I once visited Kelways during Chelsea week and bought irises which had been grown for Chelsea but were a bit early or late. Turned out brilliantly in my garden for first few years altho' I have fallen out of love a bit, now that I am trying to reduce my workload. Short flowering season and weedy problems. Have to be lifted and replanted every 3/4 years. Mine were all dug up to make way for the Terrace, repotted for giving away and selling at next year's plant sale. I must have 30 or 40 babies. So overall a very happy result.


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 10:46

If you are lucky 2 years after you lift them  or probably 3. But they will then add more flowers every year. I now have some that are too congested and need some work. Will try heavy feeding, or if that fails , I will try to split them up.


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 10:13

Every year I can collect quite a lot of Agapanthus seedlings, mainly from my gravel drive to pot up and grow on. I give most away. The village will soon be Agapanthus Alley. . Also they can look good with their seed heads on. Only drawback for me is do they lose strength?

 So if you want to cut them off why not leave them on a couple of plants to collect seed/seedlings?

Disease resistant roses

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 07:28

I pruned some roses very hard in early July. Wrong timing I know but they were stopping me get into the bed to dig out all the other plants and change the overall design. Big feed, loads of watering and a good mulch and they are growing strongly. Will report on whether they flower again this year. My guess is yes and that I will have a good flush later than usual. Also will they still be healthy? Not sure if I will spray or leave them to see what happens.

Talkback: Bulb layering in a pot

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 07:11

I always plant my tulips in pots in a jam-packed double layer... fantastic show for one year, but don't expect same show following year, so I bin them and start again.


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 06:54

Good morning all. Still mizzly here, but dry day expected. Will help settle in yesterday's plantings.


Posted: 05/08/2014 at 22:59

Should mostly be tonight.

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