A Guide To Planting Roses In England

Roses are one of the most popular flowers in the world, but they are rather difficult to grow in England. The, shall we say, unique (i.e. cold) weather of the country turns growing roses into a major challenge. However, it is still possible to encourage great rose growth if you follow these simple guidelines.

First of all, you need to know when to plant them. We suggest in late autumn when the leafs start to fall. Why? This lets your buds settle in and get some water to survive the harshness of winter. During the spring melt, your roses should get more than enough water to start growing.

Here’s a few tips on planting to help streamline the process:

Dig a hole at least twice the width of the roots to give them enough room to grow

Put the rose bud directly in the center of the hole

Carefully fill the hole back in with soil, removing large rocks to the roots safe from damage

Push a small stick into the soil above each bud to note where they are located

Pour at least 20-30 centimeters of organic matter on top of the oil after planting to help encourage your roses to grow.

Spacing between the roses doesn’t matter a whole lot, but I suggest at least five or six inches to keep them from getting too stuck together

Wait through the winter and spring and check in the middle of the melting season to see your flowers start to break through the soil surface. Once they start growing, carefully water them whenever the soil is dry to make sure they are healthy. The soil should be pretty damp, but without pools of water on the surface.

Trim your roses as necessary to promote even better growth and a wider spread. In this way, you should create healthy and full rose bushes that will last for decades.

A Look At My Favorite Gardening Poem

Gardening has inspired a wide range of people to write gorgeous poetry. There’s just something about this art that attracts the mind and brings words to the lips of our wittiest bards. A lot of it has to do with the “growing” nature of gardening and how you must “nurture” a garden for it to succeed. That creates a wide range of possible metaphors, which I think are explored perfectly in Robert Seymour Bridges’s poem “The Growth of Love.”

This is a fairly long poem, so I’m only going to share one stanza with you:

Beneath the crisp and wintry carpet hid

A million buds but stay their blossoming;

And trustful birds have built their nests amid

The shuddering boughs, and only wait to sing

Till one soft shower from the south shall bid,

And hither tempt the pilgrim steps of spring.

What do I like about this poem and this stanza in particular? I love the way it starts: with the buds of the flowers hiding below the “carpet” of winter. Here, they wait to blossom, excited to finally break out and join the world. Above them, birds are buildings nests and trees are growing, but the flowers hide beneath the surface of the world, waiting to live.

Beyond the major themes of the poem, I love this sense of anticipation. As a gardener, you know how exciting it is to sit and wait for your buds to finally blossom and to experience the joy of tending to your plants and flowers.

However, the best part is when “one soft shower from the south” breaks through the soil and gives the buds the strength they need to grow. This poem says so much about life in general, and gardening specifically, they I can’t help but read it over and over again. What do you think about it?

“Plantasia” Or The Weird World Of Growing Music

I’ve heard a lot about “growing music” for plants and I’ve often played a bit of Beethoven to encourage mine to grow. However, I broke open a whole new world of growing music the other day when I found a record that was designed specifically for that purpose.

This revelation occurred the other day when I ran across a vinyl copy of “Mother Earth’s Plantasia,” a record by a man named Mort Garson. Intrigued, I read the back of the label to learn more. What I discovered was amazing: this was an album that was designed to help increase the speed of growing plants and to make them more healthy. Even more amazing, it was played entirely on a synthesizer! Oh the weird things they did in the late 70s!

Research on Mort Garson was illuminating. This was a man who arranged pop hits in the 60s and released an album called “Black Mass” which was, allegedly, a Satanic ritual! He also released a 12 album cycle dedicated to zodiac signs. Quirky, I believe, is the English word for this man.

So I put on the record and started playing it. It was played entirely on an old synthesizer and was pretty quaint. It was upbeat and somewhat classical, not bad listening, but not the kind of thing I go crazy for most of the time. Figuring I had nothing to lose, I played it for some indoor plants I had just potted and decided to see if there was any noticeable difference in their growth speed.

And call me crazy, but I…don’t think that it really changed much of anything. Oh the plants didn’t stop growing or react in a negative way. They just seemed pretty indifferent to the experiment. I swear I’ve seen them swaying to the beat when I play the Ninth Symphony. This synthesizer weirdness didn’t do much for them, it seemed.

Sad, but hey, I only paid a few pounds for it. And it’s not a bad record to just listen to from time to time. Maybe somebody here is interested in a copy or in learning more? Contact me and we can talk about it. It’s truly a weird and wonderful album, in many ways.

Growing A Cactus Indoors

Indoor gardening can be just as fun as the outdoor variety and can be just as big of a challenge. Mastering the delicate art of placing your plants in the sun and properly watering them takes a lot of dedication. That’s why I often suggest cacti as the first indoor plant for many people. Though it might seem strange, they are actually a joy to grow.

What makes cacti such a fun plant to grow indoors? For one thing, I think they simply look cool. You don’t see a lot of cacti in England, and when you do, it’s always exciting. I also think they’re fairly easy to grow and maintain, as long as you’re willing to repot them every three to four years: they grow very quickly.

How often do they need to be watered? I have found that watering a cactus every two days is more than enough. Remember they have evolved to withstand extended droughts and too much water can actually drown them. Keep the soil damp without excessive water lurking on the surface.

The soil in the pot should be at a pH of about 4 to 5.5. They don’t mind a little acidity, but too much will hurt them. They also like a little gravel around the surface to help water drain quickly into the soil.

As for light, they like a lot of it. Place them on a window sill on the east side of your home to make sure they get the most possible light. Also: try to put them on a sill that a curious child or cat can’t reach. The last thing you want is to pull spines out of their hands or paws.

By now, you should know enough to get started on growing your own indoor cactus. I’ve found that they actually quite like having growing partners nearby. Not sure why, but they seem to do better that way. Or maybe I’m just crazy! Hehe. Well, until next time, my friends, au revoir!

The Best Plants And Trees For A “Fedge”

If you are interested in planting a hedgerow to create a great natural fence in your yard, why not consider a “fedge” instead? These are hedgerows made out of edible species of plants and trees. There are a few reasons fedges are so nice. The first is that you may be able to get fresh fruit off of many of them. Secondly, many edible plants will attract animals to your yard and create a nice wildlife effect.

What plants and trees create a great fedge? Tall trees, such as alder, black locust, and poplar make a great windbreaker. Hackberry, oaks, and walnut trees also have edible portions that animals in your yard will love.

If you want a fedge that will reduce noise, create privacy, and attract wildlife, mahonia, junipers, holly bushes, and boxwoods are your best bet. Any kind of evergreen will work (as they will stay fully bloomed in the winter), but the ones I mentioned are gorgeous in just about any yard.

However, if you’re really interested in attracting wildlife and adding food to your yard, you should try fruit trees, such as cherry, crabapple, and apple. You can also include the American hawthorn, hazelnut, mulberry, and the paw paw. While it might be trickier to grow them, peach, pear, and plum trees are also a great pick.

Those who are interested in more bush-oriented fedges, blueberry, currant, goumi, and serviceberry work like a charm. They’ll be less comprehensive in their coverage, but will still be great to look at. They are also a lot of fun to pick during the early spring and summer months and will attract cool animals to your yard.

Do you have any more questions about fedges? Then please drop a line in the comment section! Make sure to pin-point exactly what you want to talk about. And until we meet again, au revoir!

Tips On Growing The Freesia

The biggest change between Paris and London I noted was the vastly different types of flowers in each city. The colder climates of England make growing here tough, but there are still some beautiful flowers available if you are willing to work for them. One of my favorites and, indeed, one of the most popular in England is the freesia.

This gorgeous flower takes a little work to get right, and I’m here to help you maximize your success. The first step is to plant it where it will get full sunlight. This is particularly important in the morning, as this is when they’ll get most of their sun. Try the east side of your home for the most success.

Now dig into the soil at least eight inches and plant the bulbs two inches deep and about four inches apart. I’ve found that they look best when they are planted close together like this, as they create a gorgeous mass bloom. I also like to plant bulbs about a week apart to create a staggered blooming effect.

Watering should be done daily, but not an excessive amount. Just try to keep the soil damp, without being heavily wet. Fertilizing should occur in the spring, as this will maximize their growth. Applying it later will only smother them, especially if you do it in the fall.

If you are interested in trimming or picking them, try to do it in the days before heavy heat hits. If you wait too long, the buds will dry out and look awful in a vase. Trim them about an inch from the soil to give them the chance to regrow later.

That’s about it! As you can see, there aren’t a lot of really strict guidelines here, but just a few basic steps. Do you have any great pictures of successful freesia you’d like to share? Add them in the comments below!

Who Am I And What Is Le Web Fleuri?

Bonjour and welcome to Le Web Fleuri! This blog is designed to be a one-stop shop for information about gardening in England and the joys of growing beautiful flowers. Over the years, these two topics have become “la passion” for me, especially since I moved to London 15 years ago and made my name in the online casino world with my online casino and free slots websites.

Let’s slow down a little to get a better grasp on the situation. Who am I and why am I speaking so much French? My name is Bernard Blier and I was born in beautiful Paris about 37 years ago. My passions for gardening was matched only by my love of programming and trying to make my name in the online world.

So I move to London and designed a popular website which, as the French say, “excite le public.” My site got so popular so quickly, that I was basically a millionaire over night. And after the owners of Mr green casino and bgo casino caught wind of my site, they offered me even more money to sell it to them. Thought it was hard to see my baby go after so much hard work, the kind of money they offered made it possible for me to dedicate myself full time to my true passion: gardening and flowers.

Future posts will talk offer a wide range of topics for the gardening fan. I will give you my best tips for growing great flowers in England, as well as share stories about my latest gardening successes (and, sadly, my failures). I look forward to hearing from you all and helping you master gardening.

I’m even more excited to learn more from experts who love my blog. The idea is to create a community of flower lovers that can help everyone involved become better gardeners and flower growers. So until next time, au revoir!