Hard Winter

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sandra

Hard Winter

Seems to have given my garden a real tonic ! Almost as if the plants said "Oh yes, the seasons are back".
Didn't protect anything and not one plant lost.Now a glorious show.

Anyone else found the same ?

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violet eyes

Hard winter

Yes I think the weather we had has done a lot of good for many plants, shrubs and trees. Have you noticed the flowers on the Photinias "Red Robin" I have never seen so many flowers, you can hardly see the leaves.We had a large one of those and it never flowered. Lilacs have also been good this year, so it must be down to the "old fashioned winter" Lets hope our summer is like they used to be in the old days, always sunny.Or is that like looking through rose tinted glasses.I have planted lots of new roses in my garden, they are all highly perfumed, so hopefully it will be a good year for them too.

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Koala Bear

Hard winter

I have noticed the same this year everything in the garden seems to have been larger and prolific, I have some tulips that stay in the soil all year round and are quite old. This year the display was spectacular the blooms were the biggest I can remember them ever being. Just looking around the countryside everything seems to be so much better this year. It's made that cold winter worth having.

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Expat Badger

Hard winter

we get a hard winter every year - and we're talking -30 at times!!
although this was our first experience of it, it's the norm in Calgary.

I can't believe anything survived! Garden looked dead as a doornail in Feb (OH actually dug up some plants in March thinking they were dead, to discover life under the surface) and in the last 3 weeks it's all gone mad - never seen things grow so fast - apparently the warmer soil brings everything out of dormancy.

we have a lilac tree that's just bloomed and it's lovely - amazing what plants can survive!!!

now all we need is some rain...it's like the Gobi

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sandra

Hard Winter

Good to know it's not just me !

Garden at the mo. is all I could wish for and more.

VE
Which roses have you planted ? Would love to know - nosey woman !

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violet eyes

Roses for Sandra

Hi again, among the many roses I have these are some of the new ones I have planted...
Gertude Jekyll, I read you have that one
Jacques Cartier
Bloomfield Abundance
Comte de Chambord
Eglantyne
St Ethelburga
Felicia

I am looking out for one more, do you have any you could recommend, must be any shade of pink and perfumed. I was wondering about Falstaff.

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sandra

Roses

Super choice VE - green with envy as no room for more !
Very old fashioned and not much in vogue these days but still think Constance Spry is a real performer.
Also love Scepter'd Isle but gosh, there are so many !

A word of warning your GJ is a beast, will attack at any opportunity - proceed with caution !!

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Biggles !

Roses

"I am looking out for one more, do you have any you could recommend, must be any shade of pink and perfumed. I was wondering about Falstaff.
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Hi VE, may I suggest Colchester Beauty, a lovely pink with a beautiful perfume. The colour changes in the differing light. We bought one over from the UK with us and I'm delighted to say it is flourishing. We bought it from Cant's nursery, Colchester.

PS I'm trying to think of a more modern rhyme for Tinker, Taylor, for the prune stones :0)

Oh, and yesterday I was introduced to prune tart, it was delicious; must track down a recipe :0)

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violet eyes

Roses again

Sandra, I will look out for both of those roses, they sound nice.There's always room for another rose. And I took a look at the thorns on my G/J and they do look evil, I will have to watch myself.

Biggles, I also looked on the cants website, that rose also looks good, I really should buy that one too shouldn't I, I do have the rose named Essex but it's not doing all that well, perhaps I should give it a double dose of food. Talking about food your prune tart sounds different, if you find a recipe, don't forget to save a slice for me :o)

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Chazza

Hard Winter

Now you mention it, it really does seem that everything in the garden's cheered up a bit.

Re pink scented roses, have you had a look at'Peace"?

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violet eyes

Peace roses

I think I may have to move to a bigger garden at this rate,or turn the front into a rose garden, thanks for that Chazza :o)

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SonyaK

Peace roses

Chazza
Peace roses have a lovely story to them, but I thought they were white or cream color, not pink?? and not very perfumed!

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sandra

Peace

Lovely rose and does have some pink in it but I didn't suggest as it isn't known fo it's perfume.

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Chazza

Peace for now

"Chazza Peace roses have a lovely story to them, but I thought they were white or cream color, not pink?? and not very perfumed!"

"Lovely rose and does have some pink in it but I didn't suggest as it isn't known fo it's perfume."

Perhaps we were sold some cheap oriental imitations, but ours are distinctly pink and scented, not strikingly so but stronger then many hybrids. I'm no expert though, just following on in a family tradition started by great grandfather Sidney (and Grandad Sidney too, though he was more a chrysanth and tomato man).

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SonyaK

Peace for now

Hi Chazza
I must have been thinking of another rose. Peace is more creamy/yellow with pink around the edges of the petals - I'm sure there are variations - so it does look a pink! and it is a lovely rose.

 
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