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Quote from: André on May 27, 2020, 03:16:06 PMI don't know where you live in the USA, but obviously it's to the south of here , so I guess it's too late indeed. My ramps are still up and started to sprout flowers (a single one) which means that the leaves should be falling soon, 1 or 2 weeks max. The bulbs have thickened and have a nice size .
Quote from: Mandryka on May 27, 2020, 01:46:44 PMAre the images working for you?
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on May 27, 2020, 03:05:16 PMAlas, I can't see your photos. Sounds like the variety Cecile Brünner is a tall climber? I have a climber but it's on the shorter side. I also prune it every year along with another variety--David Austin's Constance Spry which is great for pegging or for training to grow up something. Perhaps consult with a nursery? Or some rose association to see what they think? How tall is the rose bush at the moment? And how thickly is it covering your pear tree? I suspect that it might not be in the interests of the pear tree in terms of health. Are you able to get many pears from the tree and if so, how do you find them? Good I hope! PD
Quote from: Herman on May 27, 2020, 05:52:53 PMNo I'm sorry they don't.
QuoteThe Glory of the GardenOUR England is a garden that is full of stately views,Of borders, beds and shrubberies and lawns and avenues,With statues on the terraces and peacocks strutting by;But the Glory of the Garden lies in more than meets the eye.For where the old thick laurels grow, along the thin red wall,You'll find the tool- and potting-sheds which are the heart of allThe cold-frames and the hot-houses, the dung-pits and the tanks,The rollers, carts, and drain-pipes, with the barrows and the planks.And there you'll see the gardeners, the men and 'prentice boysTold off to do as they are bid and do it without noise ;For, except when seeds are planted and we shout to scare the birds,The Glory of the Garden it abideth not in words.And some can pot begonias and some can bud a rose,And some are hardly fit to trust with anything that grows ;But they can roll and trim the lawns and sift the sand and loam,For the Glory of the Garden occupieth all who come.Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not madeBy singing:-" Oh, how beautiful," and sitting in the shadeWhile better men than we go out and start their working livesAt grubbing weeds from gravel-paths with broken dinner-knives.There's not a pair of legs so thin, there's not a head so thick,There's not a hand so weak and white, nor yet a heart so sickBut it can find some needful job that's crying to be done,For the Glory of the Garden glorifieth every one.Then seek your job with thankfulness and work till further orders,If it's only netting strawberries or killing slugs on borders;And when your back stops aching and your hands begin to harden,You will find yourself a partner In the Glory of the Garden.Oh, Adam was a gardener, and God who made him seesThat half a proper gardener's work is done upon his knees,So when your work is finished, you can wash your hands and prayFor the Glory of the Garden that it may not pass away!And the Glory of the Garden it shall never pass away !
Quote from: Herman on May 27, 2020, 05:52:53 PMHowever, apart from an aesthetic notion that the pear tree should be 'apart', there's really not much against the rose climber growing up the tree. It doesn't feed or have those little roots some climbers have.
Quote from: Mandryka on May 27, 2020, 11:17:29 AMAs you will see Cecile Brünner is really thriving in my garden and she's started to invade the big pear tree. I like the effect but I'm wondering if I should nip it in the bud -- will she completely smother the tree?
Quote from: Mandryka on May 28, 2020, 01:01:22 AMI think I'm going to give it a long leash, see what it does. I like it!
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on May 28, 2020, 02:37:24 AMClearing her throat and warming up her singing voice:Whistle, whistle..."Oh, how beautiful!" Is Cecile B a one-time bloomer or a repeat? I'm guessing a one-timer. Truly lovely though. I would suggest bringing in a sample of that diseased plant into a nursery on the sooner rather than the later side to find out more about it and what you can do.Are you able to harvest pears from your tree Mandryka?Best,PD
Quote from: Herman on May 28, 2020, 03:37:12 AMIdeally you harvest the pears just in advance of ripe.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on May 28, 2020, 03:58:33 AMMandryka,What about making various preserves like chutney, etc. from them (besides eating them fresh of course)?
Quote from: Mandryka on May 28, 2020, 06:08:52 AMEasier said than done! House is in Wimbledon SW19 -- since the lockdown it feels a hell of a long way from London. In normal times its close enough.
Quote from: Baron Scarpia on May 28, 2020, 04:44:17 AMI have the opposite of a green thumb. I planted a native sage plant, essentially a weed. It died, while identical plants grew nearby from cracks in the sidewalk.
Quote from: Mandryka on May 28, 2020, 06:08:52 AMEasier said than done! House is in Wimbledon SW19 -- since the lockdown it feels a hell of a long way from London. In normal times its close enough. Have you been to The Championships before Mandryka?Perhaps hire someone with a tall ladder (and insurance) to help?
Quote from: Mandryka on May 28, 2020, 06:11:22 AMYou just get so tired of that stuff rapidly! There's only so many pears a man can eat, whether in the form of fruit or chutney or crumble or tarte tatin or whatever. I've got a similar problem with apples because I covered all the fences with espaliers. I've now learned to become ruthless about thinning them out in June -- if not there are more apples than you can shake a stick at. The garden smells like the old Covent Garden market at 5.00 p.m.It's a nice problem to have of course. Ich grolle nicht
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on May 28, 2020, 07:56:08 AMBack inside from planting a bunch of seeds: . . now praying that the birds, chipmunks, etc. will leave them alone!
Quote from: Herman on May 28, 2020, 09:32:12 AMOr move to a highrise.
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