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Hi,my first question for about three years when several of you were so nice to me when my tree got over-pruned and my dreams of a tree swing died.
Well, still here....this gardening business takes some time to get the hang of.
My question is a sort of comment too. Why do my climbing roses seem to have given up the ghost? They bloomed prolifically and seemed to be growing well, but when I dead-headed the blossom the stems seemed to die at the point of removal. I did prune them as directed but they haven't bloomed again.First time I 've grown roses so haven't seen this before. There name is Dancing Queen, and they're planted in the ground on either side of a trellis. Think I've watered, fed etc dilligently so at a loss to know what the problem is. Any ideas?
Also wondering what to do with my tubs with new lavender. They've grown well but are now leggy. Should I throw them out? I'd hopped they'd do me another season.
Hope you've all had a happy summer's gardening, despite the iffy weather.
Thanks in advance if you have any ideas for me.
Regards, Marion

On plant Hybrid rose, non-scented called Dancing Queen



Dancing Queen is a climbing hybrid tea and should be repeat flowering, albeit with short pauses between flowers. I'd like to know precisely how you're deadheading - are you clipping off the flowers, just behind them rather than taking a length of stem as well? If you did, that might have caused this problem. Deadheading is a bit of an art... but as there's a bit of an essay coming up, I won't go into that now, so respond if you don't know how to do it properly and want instruction!

Also, when and how did you prune them? They should be pruned fairly hard in early March (where you are), removing dead, diseased and crossing stems first, then shortening the main stems back to a healthy, outward facing bud. Have you fed them at all, or given them any composted manure as a mulch? If not, try that next year - you can add the manure now round the base (not piling up the stems, just spread out about an inch or two deep for a foot all round). Next year in April, use a specialist rose food such as Toprose, and again in May or June.

Did the roses suffer any infection or infestation? (Black spot, aphid infestation, powdery mildew for instance) If they did, how did you treat them?

As for the lavender, if you've had them more than 5 years, they will need replacing - if you've had them less time than that, they needed to be clipped over twice a year, but at least once every year, after the main flowering is done, taking about an inch of foliage at the same time. This helps to keep them from going woody too quickly - once the woodiness has developed, you can't cut them back because they don't grow off old wood.

5 Sep, 2015


the only thing I'd add to Bamboo's response is that you can still take cuttings from the lavender so you can make several plants from one original plant.

5 Sep, 2015

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