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Roses – pre-pruning tips

June 17, 2012 | Filed under Soul food

If you are fond of your roses, now is a good time to give them their first haircut before the serious prune in July. Cut back your standard and bush roses by half, getting rid of dead and thin branches and tidy your climbing roses too. Then spray with lime sulphur which will get rid of the remaining leaves and reduce the disease and pest problems for the coming summer. (Make sure you clear away all the prunings and be careful not to spray evergreen plants in the vicinity of your roses.)





Contributed by Ann Davis of Reikorangi at Annies Gardens

Rose growing notes – May

April 27, 2012 | Filed under Soul food

May should be a relaxed time in the rose calendar. The odd spray to keep them clean of disease and cutting the odd bloom that may appear. Do not dead head the bushes now. Leave that to pruning time. If you dead head the plant will try to produce new buds and that energy is best stored in the bush to give it a start in the spring. …Read more

Reikorangi ramblings – dahlias in the garden

April 2, 2012 | Filed under Soul food

Yes, this is real . This dahlia from my garden is 20cm across.

Spring is the time to plant dahlia tubers, but of course they are flowering now and are marvelous for providing colour for the late summer/autumn garden. …Read more

Flowering baskets

March 2, 2012 | Filed under Soul food

I love my flowering, hanging baskets. I have them outside my house and they welcome me home with their bright cheeriness.

If you want to do the same, buy a 350mm wire basket, some best-quality potting mix, a bag of sphagnum moss and 24 seedlings in punnets (6 per punnet).

I do 3 rounds of 6 plants in the sides and 6 plants in the top.

I prefer to use one or two flower varieties so that the baskets look quite even when the plants grow.

Water them well, every other day.

Ann's hanging basket

The accompanying photo is of a basket 5 weeks old.

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