Roses

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Stephanie

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Hi,Please can someone tell me how much space to leave between rose bushes when planting.My sister is planting a new rose bed,I'm not too sure,I thought about 12"-18"
Thank you in anticipation.
Stephanie

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sandra

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Lovely idea but fraught with angst !

You don't state the varieties but I would advise your sister to think again unless she has a huge area to plant up. A metre at least between plants in my opinion. The roots go deep before they become really established and have the "Wow" factor flower wise. They are much happier not competing with each other.

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Stephanie

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Thank you Sandra,I have passed that on.
Kind Regards,
Stephanie

Another roses question...

What's the difference between a rambler and a climber?

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violet eyes

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a rambler can get very big and climb over/up everywhere.What have you got?

Climbers v ramblers

Neither at the moment, but I want to get some planted in our garden this year. I like the idea of them being a bit wild, and wondered what the difference was, would you say you would use a rambler to cover, say a hedge, and a climber to go up a tree?

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violet eyes

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The rambler would grow up the tree, there are lots of lovely ones for that purpose, Rambling Rector, Pauls Himalayan Musk,Felicite Perpetue, and Seagull are just a few. Climbers will climb up house walls,fences,arches and over a shed, do you have a hedge that you want to cover, or do you want to grow a rose hedge?

Roses

I am trying to add colour to a very large, very mature garden, trouble with it is everything is green!

Last year I planted a row of wild geraniums which I am hoping will put on a good show this year, and two Lilac trees which have taken really well.

I thought it would be nice to have roses. I have been looking at a Rambling Rector to put against a black shed at the bottom of the garden, and a Deleri climber to plant against an old apple tree alongside an Etoile Violette clematis so that they both grow up it together.

What do you think?

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sandra

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Unless you have a large , very large garden forget ramblers ! Pain in the arse unless you are a totally dedicated gardener or enjoy peering up at the blooms whilst seeing thorns at eye level.

Climbers much easier but even then the coffee table books do not paint the full story ! Has taken me 6 years to cover my rose arch adequately i.e blooms from bottom to top. It's work. In my case my heavenly scented old rose Gertrude J. attacks me the moment it sees a pair of secateurs. Which it has to see often I may add.

I would advise calling David Austin Roses, explain exactly want you want,your level of expertise and go from there.

Should add the arch now looks stunning from late May and again in July so then I forgive it and the scent is sublime !!

Best time to plant roses is late Autumn and bare rooted.

Have a feeling this is not exactly what you wished to hear !

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sam from worthing

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just wondering Sandra, as your sort of from my neck of the woods - so to speak.

do you have trouble with black spot on your roses where you are?

In the last 4 gardens I have had, I have never been able to save my bushes from black spot.

my current ones look gorgeous at the moment, brilliant dark green and shiny leaves with loads of red new growth. In about a month, i will, get the first sighting of black spot, then no sooner than turn my back all the leaves are infected, they drop off - but i do still get roses, beautiful full scented pink ones - i didn;t plant these ones here already, so have no idea what they are.

when we moved here the bushes where at least 8foot high and about 3 foot wide. I cut them right back down to about a foot high (i did that in April of the year we moved here 7 years ago) and they are now a constant 5 foot high and about 2foot wide, each september i cut them right down to around 6 inches high.

every spring i blood and bonemeal around the base of the roses, and in the summer i put farm manure around the base too. on the first sighting now of black spot i use the blue spray for roses (can;t think of name at the moment - but am sure you know the one i mean) and i spray both bushes.

Any hints or tips? cos i have actually been thinking of digging them out all together, but i do like roses.

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sandra

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Hi Sam !
B. nightmare isn't it. Live in a city with pollution and no problem, out in the sticks and what do you do ? It's sooooo annoying !

Although I hate to spray chemicals all my roses get a fast and furious blast in Spring then nothing. But I am meticulous at collecting the infected leaves and burning them. Never totally eradicate it but has cut down the infestation measurably. The pre Winter clean up has OH laughing as I ferret out fallen leaves and bag them up with a smile on my face. That fungus will not over Winter in my garden ! Of course it always does !!

All my roses are the old fashioned varieties so far more likely to be covered in the stuff.

What the hell - an English garden without roses is akin to a roast without gravy - just not done darling !

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sam from worthing

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Thank you so much Sandra, so sorry for delay in replying, been away from puter for a while and not had chance to before now.

What you have described is actually what i do, i would have sprayed my roses already - but no sign of anything yet - fingers crossed XXXX, and like you i pick of any infected looking leaves, i don;t burn them though - i put in the green wheelie bin - oops maybe i shouldn't????

But thanks so much for advise.

sammy

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Expat Badger

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yikes sounds like i'm in for some fun - we planted a climber at the weekend

it's called Blaze and has red flowers - or at least it will, i hope.

looked like a stick in a pot so keeping an eye on it....hopefully it will cover up some of the fence

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sandra

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Did not expect an answer to be honest so thank you !
Will say now is THE time while all foliage is young and healthy to give a real dousing of Rose Clear or whatever you are prepared to use. It really does make a difference before the fungus takes hold.Pain to do I know but if you can bear it get that sprayer out !

Green bin is fine Sam - we just burn stuff as use a small incinerator. That said the amount of stuff we take to the green site at local tip never ceases to amaze. Where does it all come from ???

 
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