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Post by Chocolatescorpio on 1st April 2013, 10:51

Hi, I am Lindsey and I live in Brisbane in Ferny Hills. Consequently our garden is full of ferns and 'natives'. We live on the side of a hill on a fairly large block. The garden has no soil to speak of just shale and any serious attempts at digging a hole renders one exhausted and needing a shady tree and a glass of wine. So....my rose (I only have one at the moment) is in a large pot (very large). It is L.D Braithwaite a David Austin rose and a beautiful velvety red. I am having a little problem with it which I will post later. I went to sleep last night after talking to David planning various spots where I can incorporate roses (in pots). I have had a rose obsession for many years, having grown up in Sussex and Kent with an aunt who had a cottage garden with climbing roses etc. We also spent time in NZ and a lady I worked with Gytha had the most amazing rose garden....to die for!
I should finish there I think, I can ramble! My exercise companion reckons I am the only person he has met who can exercise and talk at the same time....ahhhhh. Razz

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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 1st April 2013, 11:03

A part of Lindsey is below, I believe she will fit in wonderfully with us here,
renders one exhausted and needing a shady tree and a glass of wine. So....
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Post by Carole on 1st April 2013, 11:42

A very warm welcome Lindsey.
I hope you enjoy yourself here and make lots of new friends
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Post by silkyfizz on 1st April 2013, 13:04

Hi Lindsey, welcome! Looking forward to chatting with you. It's a great place to get advice and make some rosy friends.
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Post by betsyw on 1st April 2013, 13:24

Hello Lindsey! Welcome to a terrific site where "virtual" shade and "virtual" wine are always at the ready!
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Post by jordan71 on 1st April 2013, 13:47

hey Lindsey welcome to RTA
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Post by Barbara B on 1st April 2013, 14:32

Welcome to RoseTalk. You don't need to own a hundred roses - just need to love 'em.
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Post by maree on 1st April 2013, 19:19

Hi Lindsey , welcome , if you have a rose obsession , you a certainly in the right place , lots of like minded people here ...
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Post by rosemeadow on 6th April 2013, 15:09

Hello Lindsey, I look forward to talking you !

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Post by Balinbear on 6th April 2013, 20:06

"Consequently our garden is full of ferns and 'natives'"

What no palm trees and Budda statues? And you call yourself a Queenslander!

Seriously though I know what you ground is like. When we lived in Caloundra we had an inch of top soil on top of 6 inches of clay and then sold sandstone.

We are out in the Sunshine coast hinterland now and we have soil that is quite a bit better though a bit acidic but it does not worry the roses that we grow (Teas, Chinas and Noisettes and Hybrid Musks mainly).
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Post by Chocolatescorpio on 7th April 2013, 08:41

Sadly we have 3 palms, one of which lost it's top during Oswald so I guess it's 2.5 of a palm now and no, no budda's! The shale is very close to the surface so only a light 'dusting' of soil. Any holes that need to be dug have to be 'jack hammered'. Since there is quite a lot of quartz I am hoping to find gold one day!

Consequently our garden contains lots of pot's. But I am determined to have a few roses. Do you grow roses specifically bred for humid conditions. My L D Braithwaite was sold as being OK for our climate and we have not had any mould etc problems.

I have to ask.....do you have problems with possums????? If so how do you deal with them? I have just lost all my buds, all nipped off - he/she didn't even nip it 'long stemmed' so I have these sad little stems. I had alyssium planted around the edge which hid the rim and now that has died I wonder whether it is easier. Anyway any ideas will help.

Anyway pleased to meet you.
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Post by betsyw on 7th April 2013, 09:14

Over at my place, the possums leave most of the roses alone - except for Perfume Passion, the pink possum caviar they can't resist ;-) I suspect possum foul play in the overnight disappearance of a few other blooms from otehr roses, but PP is the house special.

Next year, I will try a deterrent called "Poss Off!", if only for its fabulous name. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


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Post by silkyfizz on 7th April 2013, 10:23

After a disastrous start last year when possums nearly demolished all my new roses, I was advised to try sprinkling black pepper on the young shoots, by people on this forum. It works well but you have to keep applying it every few days. Be generous! Now that the young roses have grown taller possums aren't interested, except for Graham Thomas, they just love his tender young shoots. Betsy, can you let us know when you use PossOff how well it works? Thanks.
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Post by Chocolatescorpio on 7th April 2013, 11:31

I did some searching on the web re. possums and roses, here are a few of the ideas:

Spray with Charlie Carp, roses love it, possum's don't - a strong smell

Napthalene flakes, enough to make a golf ball lump, put into the toe of a pair of pantyhose and hang in or near the plant. Possums don't like strong smells. This one is interesting because when our air conditioner packed up the guy showed me the inside of the outside (?) unit. He showed me gecko eggs and said to put moth balls into the unit to rid it of the gecko's as they can short the boards out (which cost about $1,000 to replace). The ones I bought from Coles were in little plastic boxes with hangers.

Along the strong smell line, blood and bone is a contender.

Rubber snakes moved around every so often.

A final approach is to get a big glass of brandy (wine) and a big slice of Black Forest Cake. Eat the cake, drink the wine and forget about the damn possum! Sounds good although I think I'd use that advice on discovering the sad little stems minus a rose on the end. Drown my sorrows!('')
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Post by Carole on 7th April 2013, 11:42

Lindsey,
Hopefully the first ideas will solve your problems.
We dont have Possums or Gecko's BUT
I will join you in the final approach
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Post by Chocolatescorpio on 7th April 2013, 13:19

Great Carole, I'll find a bottle, you can bring the cake! The worst garden problem I have had was in Canberra - frosts, usually after I had planted my tomato plants! I think possums are worst though they are so cute especially when they bring baby possum to meet you!
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Post by Carole on 7th April 2013, 13:49

Sounds good to me, trouble is you are about a 12 hour drive from us roflmao You could move down here to Mudgee and we could spend many an afternoon drinking wine, eating cake and watching the weeds grow.
We get very heavy frosts Tantrum but looking on the bright side, it is only for about 5 months a year.
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Post by Chocolatescorpio on 7th April 2013, 15:16

Ahhhh Mudgee, I remember Mudgee, our first wedding anniversary in 75, we went for the long weekend in June to the wineries, ahhhhh. went home to canberra with a boot load. How come you don't have possums with all those grapes?
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Post by Carole on 7th April 2013, 15:20

They all died of alcoholic poisoning lol!
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Post by Chocolatescorpio on 7th April 2013, 16:49

We very nearly did too, drinking the fruits of that long weekend!

We have another 'pest' here called bush turkey's. They can move an entire rose garden next door in just an afternoon. They don't eat the roses but move them.
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Post by betsyw on 7th April 2013, 17:33

LOLOL! Love the Bush turkeys! Do they take online orders?
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Post by neptune on 7th April 2013, 18:39

do they move the weeds as well...... Digger
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Post by maree on 7th April 2013, 19:17

LOL HA HA !!! , possums , bush turkeys , sounds like they are winning the war ....
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Post by Chocolatescorpio on 7th April 2013, 19:33

Yep, they move weeds, plants, soil, ground cover, mulch, small trees, large rocks you name it they move it. They build a huge nest like a mound, the female lays the eggs in the hollow at the top then disappears. The male turkey tends the nest keeping the temperature a just the right level - scraping a bit off to make it cooler and bit on for warmer - get the drift..... Meanwhile he is still moving anything that is not tied down... just in case he needs a bit more. Ahhhhhhhh sub tropical is ok just without the wildlife, rain and cyclones. Oh, how do I know so much about turkeys? We had one next door and we lost a whole garden of mulch, plants etc etc. Doesn't do a lot for neighborly relations I can tell you especially when they think it's cute and feed it! Do NOT feed the Trol
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