The photo below gives a little clue about the main topic at Friday Group this week.
The group were joined by, amongst others, Charles, Gertrude, Cecile, Paul, Geoff and Albertine. All very exciting. We need to go straight to the Plant Ident.
For the Plant Ident., there were posies of rosies to consider:
Rosa ‘Dublin Bay’
A beautiful, velvety, deep red modern climbing rose. Repeat flowering. Vigorous. Keeps its colour well, even in full sun. Sadly, no fragrance, but it’s a stunner. (h. 2.4m x w.1.5m)
Rosa ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’
This, on the other hand, has SCENT in abundance! A vigorous rambler, some might say rampant, with delightful little double flowers, soft pink fading to white. A Moschata rose (h.7.5m x w.3.5m)
Rosa ‘Blush Noisette’
A climbing Noisette rose. Clusters of very pretty, small, scented, blush-pink roses. Long flowering season. (h.2.1 m x w.1.2 m )
Rosa ‘Warm Welcome’
A patio rose with small semi-double flowers. Does well in a pot. On the patio. Bright orange isn’t for everyone, but its light scent with dark foliage makes it an attractive proposition. (h.2.7m x w.1.8m)
Rosa ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’
This hybrid modern climber was apparently bred for use in tropical gardens – so it tolerates strong light and heat. Semi-single red/crimson flowers grow in clusters. Good autumn hips – and, with support, can be grown as shrub. (3m x 2.4m)
Rosa ‘Charles de Mills’
This Gallica rose is a beauty. It can get mildew as it grows very densely, so clever pruning is key. Prune it in layers, so that it grows at different heights. This will allow more air to circulate and will result in the quartered blooms growing all over the bush. Sounds terribly technical, but really it isn’t. Fabulous scent. (1.2m x 0.9m)
Rosa ‘Cecile Brunner’
This China rose is on the trellis at the far end of the garden next to the wisteria. A true delight, this soft pink climbing polyantha rose is just perfect at the moment. (7.5 x 6 m)
A Wichurana rambling rose. Double flowers of golden-apricot/pink grow on a very vigorous plant. (4.5m x 2.4m)
You can tell from the name that this one has real pedigree (introduced by Peter Beales Roses for Somebody’s private garden in Gloucestershire). A prolific, repeat-flowering modern climber – and, in the right place, it can be grown as a large shrub. Sumptuous, deep garnet-red with glossy green leaves. Subtle fragrance. (2.4m x 1.5m)
Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’
A stunning shrub rose, bred by David Austin, and named after the famous garden designer. Old Rose scent. Could this be Britain’s favourite? (1.5m x 1m)
Modern Climber. Repeat flowering. Well scented. (3m x 2.4m)
Rosa moyesii ‘Geranium’
This is a wild rose cultivar, as should be apparent from the leaves. A tall shrub rose with orange-red single flowers and pronounced anthers. Come the autumn, it produces the most fabulous flagon-shaped hips – provided it hasn’t been dead-headed by an overly-enthusiastic gardener. Lovely amongst informal plantings. (2.4m x 1.5m)
Rosa ‘Geoff Hamilton’
A warm, soft pink in colour, the flowers change from cupped to rosette-shaped. Strong- growing and disease resistant, it has a light Old Rose scent. Repeat flowering. Another David Austin introduction, named for the much-loved former presenter of Gardeners’ World. (1.5m x 1m)
And here are some of the above having a lovely time out in their natural habitat. Can you name them all? Answers on a postcard please….
As far as roses are concerned: 1. Know your rose, so you know when to prune it. 2. Plant the graft 2.5cms below the surface of the soil. 3. Feed 4. Weed 5. Water, water, water.
Jobs for the week:
Cut back the chrysanthemums
Tall plants can be reduced by up to 50%; cut back to above a node. Cuttings can be taken from the plant material. Where cuttings have flower buds, pinch them out to encourage growth. By the way, chrysanths are one of the top favourites on the menu for slugs and snails. Just saying.
Cuttings going into the greenhouse
Continue to plant and stake the dahlias
Dahlias need air and light to grow effectively, so pinch out their central growing stems, or they will get long and leggy. This will promote the growth of side shoots. Cut out all stems to the base, except for five strong growing stems. Counter-intuitive it may be, but you will be glad later on.
Now that’s what I call a stake-out
Remove leaf axils on bush tomato plants
An axil is the point between the upper side of a leaf and the stem from which it grows. . Buds develop in the axils of leaves, removing them stops side shoots and encourages the plant to grow straight up and the trusses of flowers to develop into bigger fruits. Start feeding the tomatoes from now. (We use Maxicrop organic liquid feed.) The tomatoes need plenty of space to grow, so make sure they are in a big pot.
Have these two straightened up at all since last week?
Prune Ribes speciosum
Also known as fuchsia flowering gooseberry. Who knew? A near-evergreen shrub with fuchsia-like flowers and ruby-red fruits later on. Take out any dead wood and quite a lot of the old growth from the base. Clip back recently flowered branches – but, because it grows with a loose, upright habit, endeavour to maintain a relaxed shape. The shrub, not you.
We’ve certainly cut that one down to size!
Make wigwams and plant with Rhodochiton atrosanguineus and Thunbergia alata
Add white ammi and cornflowers.
Re-plant the alpine roof garden
A very gritty compost mix is necessary to avoid all likelihood of the dreaded Soggy Bottom Syndrome. Cold they can do; damp they cannot do.
No yodelling allowed.
Oh dear. That doesn’t look great, does it?
Ready to re-plant
Descend from the mountainous region with crampons and care.
Plant a ‘display in a tray’
Once again, horticultural grit mixed with compost will ensure good drainage. And, as in the Great British Bake-Off, watch out for S.B.S. (cf. alpine roof, above)
Success! Succulent succulents
Work on the cut flower bed
Cut flowers and dead head plants as necessary. Replace anything that has gone to plant heaven. Check the string support system. Weed. Water, water, water.
These will look nice in the studio
And stake cornflowers in the adjacent bed. Use a figure of eight string tie to attach them gently but securely to the stake
Pot pelargoniums on into terracotta pots
Weed, feed and water
Never fear. We are in complete control
Oooh! Finished with grit too!
And back in the studio, there were these……
Picotee sweet peas. In a jug.
The scent of summer round the corner