Dead Heading Roses

30 May

Everyone loves a rose; a dozen, two dozen, red, yellow, white, standard, climber, ballerina. There’s so many to chose from, it’s kind of impossible to not have a few that take your breath away.

 

One slight downside to roses…they don’t last long. The gorgeous flowers are only on display for a few days before they drop their petals on your beds like sprinkles onto ice-cream. Then you’re just left with an odd looking browning mess where a vibrant flower once stood. This is the beauty of repeat flowering roses though: Once they’ve gone over, you can come along with a sharp pair of secateurs, snip off the dead flowers, and hey presto! A few weeks later there’s a nice fresh looking flower again.

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Pest and Disease control.

24 May

So along with lovely sun and blue skies, spring and summer bring yet more “joys”, pests and diseases! Aphids, Black Fly, Powdery Mildew, Black Spot…the list goes on and for too long to be honest. Those aren’t a new problem thankfully (unlike Box Tree Caterpillar), so gardeners have discovered quite a few ways you can fight back against these uninvited guests. 

 

My 3 favourites are…

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