Seven Winter Wonderful Plants

This blog is in connection to the YouTube tutorial Seven Winter Wonderful Plants’. Attached below are  the pictures and names of the plants that were discussed during the video.

Carex buchananii

Skimmia japonica 

Calluna vulgaris

Heuchera ‘Fire Chief’

Cornus alba 

Viburnum tinus

Ilex alquifolium ‘Golden King’
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Seven Winter Wonderful Plants

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Propagation: Division

My latest YouTube tutorial Propagation: Divison’ is a demonstration on how to divide herbaceous perennials and grasses to gain further plants.

Propagation: This is a method of producing more plants either by seed, cuttings or division. These categories can be further split up to methods such as layering, semi ripe cuttings, etc.

Division is a simple and effective way to propagate plants especially as named above grasses and perennials as the more woody varieties of shrubs tend not to produce off shoots or form in clumps.

Lupin 'Blue Gallery'
Lupin ‘Blue Gallery’

It is also recommend that after a number of years herbaceous perennials and grasses should be divided to prevent their clumps getting too large and becoming too competitive.

This can lead to a dense growth which can cause too much shading for flowers to be produced or putting all their energy into producing shoots.

By splitting up these clumps you are allowing the plant to receive more light and reducing the likelihood of competition therefore creating a more suitable environment for flowering.

By watching the tutorial you can develop an understanding of how the process of how division is carried out. It is simply by cutting your plant apart either by a sharp knife or a good spade.

Depending on the size and variety of the plant, quite a number of individual plants can be successfully propagated, providing that a good root run is kept.

The finished product
The finished product

The growing medium is of particular importance as you want something with plenty of pore space to allow the roots to develop and that is also free draining.

I recommend either using perlite or a fine grit but vermiculite is also another option although it won’t offer as much pore space but rather more heat.

After potting on your plants it is important also to provide them with enough heat over the winter months i.e don’t allow them to be exposed to frost.

Kniphofia 'Bee Lemon'
Kniphofia ‘Bee Lemon’

A window sill or porch is ideally suited or indeed if you have the access to a polytunnel or glasshouse is also suitable. Just be careful with the amount of sun light they are exposed to as this can lead the young shoots being scorched.

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Check out also an earlier YouTube tutorial I did on ‘How to Pot up Liner Plants‘ and the blog ‘A Blog on a Vlog: Potting on Liner Perennials‘ for when your plants have developed enough in a small pot and need to be potted on.

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5 Tips to Maintain Roses

This time of year sees the spectacular return of the rose in flower. Nothing compares to this outstanding show that the rose  puts on and mostly definitely be a centre piece in any garden..

Here are five tips to get that spectacular show and to make it last so you get the most out of it.

With the unfavorable weather conditions over the last number of week’s roses need that little bit more attention.

1) Pruning

Summer pruning is important aspect not only to encourage a good growth habit or to restrict from getting to big but also to encourage a second flush of flowers.

So not only dead heading the roses but also pruning back after they have finished flowering will encourage repeat flowering.

It is important to note that only a light pruning is required and that winter pruning of roses is done for a different reason.

2) Dead Heading

If you check my two YouTube videos ‘Dead Heading Rhododendrons’ and ‘How to Maintain Window Boxes and Hanging Baskets’ will give you some idea on how to carry out the dead heading of roses as it is similar.

To ensure a longer lasting flowering time frame dead heading should be regularly carried out on the roses, if not the rose will put its time and energy into producing and developing seeds instead of flowers.

It is important to make sure that time and effort is put in and it is done right, that the seed capsules are removed and that you are not just pulling off the petals.

Finished flowers
Finished flowers

3) Disease Control

The two most common diseases associated with roses are black spot (Diplocarpon rosae) and powdery mildew (Podosphaera pannosa).

Rose black spot is a fungus disease and is easily recognised with black markings on the leaves. It can cause an unsightly appearance on the roses and become quite serious if not treated.

Powdery mildew is another fungus disease that occurs on roses. Like the black spot it needs favorably weather conditions (humid) for it to develop.

For the treatment of mildew and black spot there are many different treatments available both chemical and non-chemical and greatly depends on how seriously effected the roses are and your preferred method.

If you would like to share your remedies post a comment or send a message on my Facebook page (A Horticulturist’s View) and I could put together a list of all the different tricks and tips.

To maximise your roses it is important to minimise the amount of diseases impacting on it.

First signs of black spot
First signs of black spot

4) Pest Control

The most common of all pests to attack the roses are the aphids (greenfly). It is quite easily recognised as a bright green insect like and tend to gather in large colonies on the rose

The aphid can have devastating effect on the roses causing a number of afflictions. From viruses, appearance, sap damage, heavy infestations can lead to shoot damage and damage to the flower.

Again there is a number of treatments available to treating aphid attacks on roses both chemical and non-chemical.

Natural predators such as ladybirds should be encouraged into your garden as both at the larvae adult stage attack the aphid therefore reducing their impact.

Another remedy I recently found out about is the use of garlic spray to prevent and control aphids as well as many other garden pests such as slugs having an impact on your plants and roses.

5) Feeding

As you can imagine it takes a lot of energy to put on that show of flowers so it is important to give them a feed.

Not only whenever they are in flower but also when the roses are preparing to produce flowers.

A simply liquid feed will provide a quick boost to the roses but it is also important to provide a longer lasting fertiliser at least once a year if not twice.

Mulching will provide another source of feed and this should be carried out after flowering in autumn.

Keep an out for my YouTube tutorial on ‘Maintaining Roses’ in the next few days as well

Just about to flower
Just about to flower

As I mentioned above, I would love to hear about your different tips and tricks when it comes to controlling diseases and pests on the roses and all things roses.

I would appreciate some feedback and any ideas of blogs you would like to see me write in the future. Thanks once again for reading and I hope you enjoyed my latest piece.

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Standard roses in flower
Standard roses in flower