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I had an old rose next to a viburnum & it was leaning on it. I also noticed winter jasmine had entangled it so I cut it all away. The rose is free & leans in a new position. I have now cut away dead wood. The rose is probably 40 yrs old & south facing by our bay window.
Its a red/yellow bicolour tea rose & gets a lot of sun & the soil is very dry. It is about 4 ft 6. Flowers all year long so not sure about pruning.
Another rose is nearby next to a fuchsia this one is fragrant deep red & very thorny. Now 6 ft high in part but impossible to get to. No dead wood & all year fragrant flowers, Also great from the window. East facing on the border.
There is now a bare patch of soil in the border between the roses. Previous plants have jumped ship into the gravel. I had siberian iris growing there but after I split them & gave some away they died. The soil is very dry & poor about 3ft x 3ft. osteospermum & marjoram have vacated into the gravel & a single astailbe & purple Japanese anenomies grow the other side.
Any plant ideas for the gap welcome. Rose tips on these 2 old warriors too. Thanks



Ive grown bearded irises in poor soil and even seen them coming up through gravel as the rhizomes like baking in the sun (although the ones I've got now are shaded by low growing plants).

22 May, 2020


I thought they like draining good soil. I had some by mail order & they arrived mouldy. I had another batch FOC & then a refund. I rescued a hand full but the colour is a red/brown....odd. I do like them tho...

23 May, 2020

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