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Discussion id : 92-103
most recent 14 APR 16 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 14 APR 16 by Give me caffeine
Although in general the Gardening Australia magazine is a good publication, I just received the latest issue (May 2016) and noticed some rather odd inclusions.

In one of their usual rose articles for this time of year they claimed that Mutabilis is a "modern shrub rose". I thought they really should know better than that, so made sure of it.

They were also claiming that Crépuscule is a "modern shrub rose", so I set them straight on that too.

Then they recommended Mermaid as a docile and easy to train climber that was ideal for screening a garage. I pointed out that although wonderful in the right spot, Mermaid was not only likely to eat the garage and then start on the house, but is possibly one of the least trainable roses ever invented and is notorious for being equipped with teeth that would terrify a great white shark, and that perhaps they should mention this before recommending it to beginners.

Will be interesting to see how they respond.
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Reply #1 of 2 posted 14 APR 16 by Margaret Furness
Re Mermaid: what masterly understatement!
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Reply #2 of 2 posted 14 APR 16 by Give me caffeine
In my own personal notes on Mermaid (when I was making notes on lotsa roses) I wrote "Leaps tall buildings in a single bound. Descended from Godzilla crossed with a triffid on methedrine".
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Discussion id : 64-650
most recent 28 MAY 12 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 28 MAY 12 by Grntrz5
A good bee story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18194778
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Discussion id : 64-548
most recent 25 MAY 12 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 25 MAY 12 by Grntrz5
It doesn't take much, researchers gave bees a low dose of imidacloprid, the amount found in nectar.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120524092926.htm
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Discussion id : 53-881
most recent 1 MAY 11 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 1 MAY 11 by Jay-Jay
On last friday I saw on the BBC a garden tour in Italy (monty Don's Italian Gardens). What struck me was the Garden of Ninfa, a medieval place between Naples and Rome that was abandoned. Its now restaured, with a lot of t.l.c. into a beautifull landscape garden with lots of monumental roses. An awesome sight!
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