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Climbing Roses

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 01:08

Busy-Lizzie, those are spectacular.  Can I ask - what do you find is their annual rate of growth?  I've just bought climbing roses and put them in large pots but cannot place them for actual climbing until next year so they are having to be almost bush roses for this year.  I'm wondering how quickly they actually grow when placed to climb up your trellises there.  I've read that placing the shoots initially horizontally encourages shoot growth - but mine are way to small at the moment to spread out shoots.

Many thanks.

clematis purple spots

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 01:18

It's a 'Brigadoon' thing!

Hardy osteospermum

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 01:13

Steve I'm in Scotland and get a 'short' summer and never predictable weather.  Lots of rain and wind.  I can't remember which osteospermum I have but they are white with navy blue in the centre.  They've been in the garden for 4 years and have had harsh weather.  I leave the foliage until about March then cut them to a couple of inches above the soil and they absolutely bounce back every year - same size blooms from about mid-June and last until late autumn and often into winter.

My favourites were a bright stunning rusty colour but they didn't survive a year outside.  In fact they disappeared into the ground the first autumn and I never saw them again. 

I also have a mixed basket large square container which 4 years ago had really good compost and leafmould.  The oteos in there were a dark lilac and shiny dark yellow.  They have also lasted 4 years outside in what must now be mediocre compost.  I've never fed them - just watered when they come up and lots of leaves spring up.


clematis purple spots

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 00:37



 Hi Sanjy67.  I think I have something similar on a newly potted honeysuckle.   These dark marks came up a couple of days after potting it up.  I pulled the affected leaves off, gave the pot a good soak in a bucket of water for 20 minutes.   A week later - so far - no other leaves have the discolouration on them.  So I'm hoping for the best!

sweet peas

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 00:21

Hi jo17.  I lost a lot of mine a few years ago - pigeons and a couple of starling families pecked them off.  Took me a couple of weeks to spot them though.  First thing in the morning.

Ceanothus for bees/butterflies?

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 00:17

Like Matty I have ceanothus Concha and it attracts a lot of bees.  I rarely get butterflies at all other than common whites - Scottish weather, short summer the last couple of years and none appear until July for a few days.  Town garden as well though, lots of pollinator plants but the last few years the butterflies seem to have disappeared.

Various questions about a new hedgerow of plants

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 00:10

Are the first and third ones buddleia?  2 and 4th laurel - is one a rhod?  Last two look like ill pyracantha.  They are all very close together given that they really grow out.  The pyracantha seem to have flowers about ready - a couple of buckets of water might help?

If I were replacing them all (which I'm not suggesting is an option ) - I'd plant 4 bamboo Great Wall which can be bought for the height of that fence and would flutter nicely just over the top of it and they don't care what kind of soil they are in.  They can take any weather but the light green would really brighten up that area and look superb.

Plant (weed?) identification

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 23:44


Moving roses

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 09:15

LesleyK:  I've moved established roses a couple of times but whether I did it the right way or not I'm not sure.  They are doing well so it worked for me.

I had three growing close to a wall a couple of years ago.  They were the previous garden owners and had been there around 40 years!   The difficulty I had was not knowing how far and in which direction the very large roots had spread - and also how deep they were. 

Firstly, I drenched each one with a couple of buckets of water and left them for about an hour.  (Partly fear to proceed!)  I then started by forking a couple of foot away from them just so that if I hit roots I had some idea of the spread of them.  I did it very carefully getting right around each rose very very carefully.  It was really hard work and I did it slowly so as not to cut through what might have been the best roots.  A lot of the roots had gone right under the wall and I have to say it was a nightmare loosening all the other roots and then having to put my back into pulling out the remainder which were trapped under the wall. The thickest roots I have to say were at least 2 foot under the soil and the oldest centre roots were 2-3" thick in places.  I was sweating buckets all the time as it took so long and it was tiring.  Lots of bending and scraping away with a small fork and then using the big one to uplift when they came free.  Spent a couple of aching hours on one which was a brute!  However, the youngest one (20 years old) had very neat roots and came out very easily - I was surprised as it was a big bloomer and didn't have many roots at all.  It came up easily and was easy to replant as a result.

It really did take a long time as I was being so careful - but I suspect these roses had been in situ much longer than yours have?

I had prepared sites for all three prior to digging them up - and had a couple of buckets of water handy so that whilst I was repositioning one, the other two were in the buckets of water.  I also had bought a packet of mycorrhizal fungi and used that around the roots before replanting.  I'm not absolutely sure this was necessary but I'd seen it done on Gardener's World and read about it in books.  I put the roses in, gave each a drench with a bucket of water, tramped the soil in around them gently with my feet, a handful of rose feed watered in and that was it.  It was also late Spring when I moved them and they were all beginning to bud but I had to take the risk and move them.

There is bound to be a rose expert on here who is likely to give you a better idea how to approach removing yours.  I was a real 'novice' and like you, I had a reason to remove them from their original site. 

But - they all survived the move really really well and as a result I'm a bit more confident of having to do it again.

That's the extent of my experience I'm afraid.  I'm sure there will be others who might have some expert tips.

Climbers in pots?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 08:57

Hi.  I have a very small garden so I have to resort to putting most things in pots.  I use big pots and tall pots.  I have several clematis in pots - wide and deep so that I can have annuals in front of the clematis to keep the clematis roots cool and hidden by foliage.  I have a few honeysuckle in pots - tall and medium wide and they do brilliantly.  I also have very large and wide plastic pots with loads of sweet peas in - big enough to put a wigwam of supporting canes in the pots.  All cheap pots from B&Q by the way.  They do well enough in my garden.  And I can move them around at leisure when the weather changes.  For the first time I've put climbing roses in pots this year but they won't be growing enough to climb this year so they're just 'in preparation' for when I move them somewhere permanent with climbing support.  But you can buy some mature climbers - the folks on here could give you advice on growth rates for climbing roses and how they are likely to progress over one summer.

The trick I think is not to forget about them.  Water and feed and keep checking.  I get hellish winds in my garden so have to think carefully about where to place everything so they are settled to climb onto whatever structure is available for them.

Compost choice is worth thinking about if you're keeping anything in a pot long term.  I've had brilliant advice from the good folks on this forum on what compost is a wise choice.

Go for it.  Good luck.  I'm sure it will work out well.

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