ROSE RAMBLER 24.5.2018

ROSE RAMBLER 24TH MAY, 2018 …

Hello dear rose friends as we welcome the new season’s roses which are being sorted, labelled and very importantly, kept moist AT ALL TIMES during this processing!
You’ll be hearing from us soon if you have ordered bare-rooted roses –  please be patient and wait for us to contact you as some varieties are still in the ground … remember too, standard roses will ALWAYS BE DUG LATER … it will be July before we call you to advise posting or collection of orders which contain STANDARD ROSES!

GRA’S GARBLE… 

Its time to be planting bare-rooted winter roses.  GIVE ROSES A BOOST TO START THEIR NEW LIFE in your garden by following these planting tips:

  • Dig a hole at least 50cms x 50cms and at least that deep so that the graft is just above the existing soil level;
  • Blend 30% of quality compost with the existing soil;
  • Scientific research has shown that mycorrhiza (good soil bugs) can be obtained from mulch/soil material around other plants in your garden so add a bucket full of this to the planting hole;
  • ALWAYS soak the newly planted rose with at least two buckets (20 litres) of water;
  • Add seaweed solution to the final bucket of water and continue seaweed applications at least every two weeks.

Q.  How can you tell a Martian would be a good gardener? A. They all have green thumbs. 

AWESOME CLIMBING ROSES … here are a few highly recommend ones which would nicely cover a stark fence and require very little in the way of support …

DUBLIN BAY
TWILIGHT GLOW
PIERRE DE RONSARD

Q.  Which bird can never be trusted?   A. A lyre-bird. 

May the last days of autumn afford you the joy of stunning fragrant roses and amazing colour from the trees around you!  We’re revelling in the last blooms and the most gloriously colourful garden we’ve ever experienced here at Clonbinane!

Talk to you next week… meantime, enjoy the autumn colours all around you… Graham, Diana and the crew at Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane… 
Cheers from us all here at SILKIES ROSE FARM, Clonbinane

ROSE RAMBLER

ROSE RAMBLER 17TH MAY, 2018

Hello dear rose friends as we return home from a very special reunion at Mt Tamborine, QLD with Graham’s mates from his days in the Rover Scouts – a catch-up with many memories and laughs!

GRA’S GARBLE… 

I hope all you Mums had a beautiful day last Sunday when your family celebrated your specialness!

Q.  What kind of sharks NEVER eat women? A. Man-eating sharks 

Diana likes to throw me an impossible task sometimes; this is one of them:  If I was only allowed to buy three roses this winter, which would I choose?

After much deliberation and writing down more than twelve varieties in a very short time, I ended up with these three:

UNCONVENTIONAL LADY – is one of the most exciting new climbing roses because not only does it flower very, very continually but it holds a lot of healthy foliage throughout winter – a really important aspect of covering an area which would enjoy winter foliage!  A very highly recommended rose!!!
MUNSTEAD WOOD Because I just LOVE this glorious rose which grows on a short hedge-row in my garden … it stops me EVERY time I walk past because I have to take a sniff and its flowering all the time!  My favourite David Austin Rose without a doubt!
KARDINAL I just have to have the most perfectly formed red rose in my garden so that I can pick bunches of long-stemmed blooms to fill vases for the kitchen bench throughout the flowering season and KARDINAL is so PERFECT!  It’s so long-lasting and if you get it at the right moment, yes, it does indeed have a fragrance too!

Be sure and write down your lists of preferred roses, make ‘wish lists’ and do your research so that when you plant, you hopefully get the planting right FIRST TIME.  It doesn’t always quite go to plan – read on:
Hi Diana, I was given ‘Perfume Passion’ two years ago. 

The label said it grew to 1.5 metres. After a year in the ground it just took off!  I’ve never seen such vigorous growth (apart from maybe ‘Best Friend’). 

Even with a good winter prune I’m finding it’s growing closer to 1.8 metres which is a bit too tall for its current position.
I can always move it but what I’m wondering is, how is the height of a rose determined? Regards – Jon

MY RESPONSE …

Sometimes, the height is determined by the fact that it just LOVES it at your place.  Seems that’s the case in this instance – see, I would say to another customer, yep, 1.2 – 1.5 for BEST FRIEND but I know for a fact that there are locations where the rose is growing to the eaves of the house and beyond, simply because it loves the position its planted in and, it was a quality rose from the start!

If your PERFUME PASSION is too large for the current location (it is flowering well I imagine?  ie. It’s not understock?) I recommend you move it to a place where it can do its thing!  Cheers – Graham

FREE GARDEN DESIGN / CONSULTANCY … 

Send your plans, wish-lists and specifications to us at info@rosesalesonline.com.au and we’ll be more than pleased to assist with organising your new or refurbished rose garden from design to soil preparation, rose selection and planting information.

There’s lots of information at www.rosesalesonline.com.au but you’re welcome to call us on 03 5787 1123 any Fri Sat Sun or Mon 9.00am – 4.00pm if you would like to have a chat about anything to do with roses in your garden.

Talk to you next week… meantime, enjoy the autumn colours all around you… Graham, Diana and the crew at Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane… 
Cheers from us all here at SILKIES ROSE FARM, Clonbinane

ROSE RAMBLER 10th MAY, 2018 …

ROSE RAMBLER 10th MAY, 2018 … 

Hello dear rose friends.  And … drumroll … the WINNER IS: LISA MUNNS from LAVINGTON IN NSW

Sincere thanks to you all for your AMAZING support of this competition by emailing your answer and details accordingly … most of you got it right!  Steph takes the prize for the most creative response:

Q. WHAT’S WORSE THAN FINDING A WORM IN YOUR APPLE?

A. FINDING HALF A WORM IN YOUR APPLE! Why?  — because: (1) you have ingested some unexpected extra protein; and (2) you’ve lost the opportunity to put the apple and a lovely wriggling lively worm in your compost where the apple will break down, the worm will thrive and create lovely compost to PUT ON YOUR ROSES! 🙂  Kind regards …Stefanie 

Along with this beautifully creative contribution from Sonia’s little girl:  “Finding half a worm or a family of baby spiders, earwigs or a human eyeball … ewhh – yuk”

We were overwhelmed by the incredible number of email responses and we’re so pleased to be able to continue presenting this weekly Rose Rambler for your learning and gardening pleasure knowing so many of you actually continue to read it!

The reason we did such a low-key Rose Rambler last week was that I had had a rather serious car accident on MY dirt road into Kilmore and wrote-off Graham’s vehicle!  I am 100% OK and a walking – talking miracle really!  There was a lot to organise and the accident was a signal for me to slow down and take time out to ‘smell the roses’!
Graham and I will be taking time out in these next few weeks before the busy bare-rooted season starts.   Ben and Tova are more than capable of holding the fort so continue to place your winter orders for bare-rooted roses!


NOW IS THE TIME TO ORDER YOUR ROSES FOR WINTER …

Here are a few highly recommended varieties which you MUST consider:

 

ALI BABA – is one of the most exciting new climbing roses because not only does it flower very, very continually but it holds a lot of healthy foliage throughout winter – a really important aspect of covering an area which would enjoy winter foliage! A very highly recommended rose!!!

DREAM CHASER – was one of the outstanding roses in the field this past summer – it’s got everything you want in a rose … highly fragrant, very easy care, extremely high-health and a lovely rounded shrub which just ‘fits in’ … you MUST have this beauty in your garden!

MY YELLOW – is absolutely stunning and again, extremely high-health, fragrant and it just doesn’t seem to EVER BE WITHOUT FLOWERS … we’ve been trialling this beauty in our gardens here at Clonbinane and it is EVERYTHING we never expected to enjoy in a yellow rose – an Australian-bred beauty by Bruce Brundrett and if you love YELLOW roses, then this is the rose you MUST grow – a real beauty!

If you don’t like online ordering then call us at the Rose Farm every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday when we are open – otherwise, order at www.rosesalesonline.com.auwhere you can see a plethora of beautiful photos of the roses available for ordering NOW.


GRA’S GARBLE …

Since you obviously all love a good joke, here’s my contribution for this week:

Q. What do you get if you cross a worm with a baby goat?  A. A dirty kid!  

Many of you will still have beautiful blooms for weeks to come in your rose garden so be sure to apply the organic management spray program regularly as it will retain healthy foliage for longer as the nights get cooler/damper – to 10 litres of water add:

  • 1/4 cup ECO-ROSE / FUNGICIDE (these products are one and the SAME!!!  Eco-Rose has a red coloured label and Eco-Fungicide has an aqua coloured label)
  • 1 small scoop ECO-SEAWEED (the 600g pack is still on special because we forgot to change the price several weeks ago – you’ll make 120 x 9 litre watering cans of seaweed solution from each 600g pack!  Real value at full price of $32.50 but currently just $25.00
  • 1/4 cup ECO-OIL – although it is an insecticide, ECO-OIL also acts as a ‘sticker’ so it’s a very important component in the organic rose management spray.

Thoroughly mix all the products into a spray unit or watering can and cover rose foliage fortnightly during this cool/damp weather to keep foliage healthy right up to winter when all rose leaves will start to show signs of black-spot and yellowing.

Remember that this decline in healthy rose foliage is a NATURAL MECHANISM for roses to LOSE their FOLIAGE and go into winter dormancy.  When they’ve completely defoliated it will be time to prune – more on that topic later.

Here’s an email exchange with Jodie in Queensland:  “Hi Gra … my roses are all flowering and looking great – the only challenge I have is black spot.  I have started to spray them with the special eco powder for black spot that I purchased from you, but I suppose it will take a number of more sprays before it starts to work?”

My response:  The organic spray management program works very efficiently, effectively and economically when applied regularly and in line with prevalent weather conditions … so rather than wait for damp weather to affect rose foliage by staying damp overnight and increasing the possibility of black spot or mildew affecting the leaves, SPRAY BEFORE such weather is expected – if and when possible!

Just another thought … do you have the ECO OIL as well???  Always add that to the spray because it also acts as a ‘sticker’ … makes the fungicide and seaweed solution ‘stick’ to the foliage because it is oil based!  If you don’t have ECO OIL you should at least add a dash of detergent – the soap will make the spray solution stick to the rose foliage … 

Since I started with a joke, I’ll end with one also:

Q. Why did the singer climb a ladder?  A. To reach the high notes!   … cheers


TESTIMONIALS …

Thank you for continuing to send emails commending the quality of our roses, our helpful assistance with all manner of rose issues and your general approval of how we conduct our business.

In order to voice your opinion more widely, can you please submit your testimonial on here, so that potential customers will confidently allow us at Silkies Rose Farm and www.rosesalesonline.com.au to encourage them the pleasure of growing beautiful roses in their gardens!

Be sure to ‘smell the roses’ while they are still flowering in your garden and a very HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the wonderful Mum’s / Grandmother’s and Women in general who make this country a loving place for all of us!

Graham, Diana, Mooi and the crew of helpers:  Ben, Tova and Leigh.

ROSE RAMBLER 3RD MAY, 2018 …

Hello dear rose friends as we enter the last weeks of autumn and the cold weather is starting to shut down our rose flowering for this season – we’ve already had some below zero frosts here at Clonbinane!

This is a very brief Rose Rambler offering you a chance to go into a draw for a spectacular MOTHER’S DAY GIFT PACK which includes the following:

* Chair not included

DE WIT (Made in Holland) 4 Tine Garden Fork ($75.00), ALL ABOUT ROSES book ($30.00), LOWE SECATEURS ($62.50) along with our favourite rose gardener’s glovesorganic rose management pack and a ROSE BUSH of your choice – TOTAL VALUE $300(includes pack/post if necessary!)

ALL CORRECT ANSWERS to Graham’s joke will be placed in a draw for this great MOTHER’S DAY GIFT PACK to be drawn at the Rose Farm on MONDAY, 7TH MAY at 9.30am (so that it can be posted in time for Mother’s Day gifting).

When answering the joke via email to:  info@rosesalesonline.com.au please don’t forget to include your name, phone number and postal address!

Here’s the joke Graham chose:

Q.  WHAT’S WORSE THAN FINDING A WORM IN YOUR APPLE?  

Have a great week in your garden and we’ll be back with lots of rose garden talk next week … cheers from Graham, Diana and the team at Clonbinane.

ROSE RAMBLER 26TH APRIL, 2018 …

ROSE RAMBLER 26TH APRIL, 2018 …

Hello dear rose friends as we bask in the glory of autumn and our rose garden looks its most majestic best and we enjoy planting a new area of garden with all the potted roses we ‘snavelled’ from stock throughout this past season!


GRA’S GARBLE …

I haven’t been able to help myself – madly planting lots of kale and silver beet, the pansy border is done and I’ll definitely get the team to assist with planting more roses in MY GARDEN BED!  The last few bulbs will go in this week too and I expect a truly magnificent display coming spring.

Q.  What do you call a cow with no legs?  A.  Ground beef!

We all have a different style and approach to gardening – mine is random and without order, Diana is orderly and tidy – she weeds and mulches in timely fashion and usually according to moon phases so HER gardens usually look neat and well-tended. Neither of us ‘over think’ colour blending because we know from experience that all the colours work together … I guess we complement each other in our different styles of gardening yet we definitely appreciate OUR OWN GARDEN while we work the entire property very much as a team!

Q.  Why did the Math book look so sad?  A.  Because it had so many problems!

If you need a hand with selecting rose varieties or planning a rose garden this winter, please don’t hesitate to send your wish-list and some pictures, perhaps a rough mud-map with dimensions so that we can assist you to plant the rose garden of your dreams!
I hope you’re planting your garden in readiness for a mass of winter veggies and colourful display with annuals such as pansies –

Be sure to plant some more roses in your garden during this most ideal season for rose planting!

While the soil is warm, the roses will settle well before a light winter pruning and perform as well-established roses when they flower this coming spring.  Perhaps my spontaneous SPECIAL OFFER will prompt you to come and do WALK ‘N’ TALK IN THE GARDEN WITH GRAHAM THIS COMING SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT 1.00 PM EACH DAY – BRING KIDS AND PETS ON A LEAD Here’s my SPECIAL OFFER …

FROM:  FRIDAY 27TH APRIL – MONDAY 30TH APRIL INCL. MASSIVE 40% OFF ALL POTTED ROSES
IN THE NURSERY
JUST IN TIME TO PURCHASE SOME BEAUTIFUL ROSES FOR MOTHER’S DAY

Here are a few suggestions of roses which are performing at their absolute autumn BEST in the nursery NOW

MAGGIE

HOT COCOA

SPIRIT OF RURAL WOMEN

LA SEVILLANA


EMAIL FROM JUDY: PERFUME PASSION is my new favourite! …

Hi Diana …Hope you are well!  The perfume is to die for…gorgeous form…red new growth…healthy, no bugs…what more could you want? 😊

People often ask us which rose is our favourite – both of us genuinely love roses for their enduring beauty, continual flowering, amazing fragrances and simply because they afford us such enormous pleasure in our gardens!  We each have lots of favourites … you’re welcome to share your favourite with us and other RR subscribers – send a pic!

Just for an extra giggle to overlook the RR mess last week:  Q.  What did Mozart get when he ate baked beans? A.  Classical gas!

Enjoy this last week of April and hope we see you at the Rose Farm this weekend …
Graham, Diana, Mooi and the team …

 

 

ROSE RAMBLER 19TH APRIL, 2018 …

ROSE RAMBLER 19TH APRIL, 2018 …

Hello dear rose friends as we now recover from a very busy time! Unfortunately, the weather this past weekend was woeful and it surprised us enormously that so many of you ventured to Silvan for the Tesselaar Plant Expo – it was so cold and the wind blew unmercifully so management there decided we should set our magnificent vases of roses in a dark but sheltered walkway with just one spotlight!

We consider ourselves very lucky because we have exhibited at many outdoor events over the past 32 years and we haven’t had such miserable weather EVER! There had to be a first time and we’re sorry it was this event because the roses were SPECTACULAR in the extreme! Here are a few photos …

Heidi’s Wedding Rose
Twilight Zone
Belle Parfume
Coconut Ice

 


GRA’S GARBLE …

Diana and her friend Marilyn did an amazing job with our magnificent display of roses in vases despite the howling wind and icy rain! We enjoyed the weekend together with delightful breakfast at Sassafras Bakery, dinner at The Cuckoo and hanging out at a lovely B&B – thanks to Ben, Leigh and Tova for manning the Rose Farm!

However I have just received my BBG Committee email and it was noted that I had to contact you re the Art and Flower (March) Show. But  it  was too late when the subject was addressed  and consequently  that date was already filled. But hoping that you will be staging another one next year we will be delighted to attend that one.  Would appreciate the date and details for the next one so that we can plan for it in the next 2019 calendar.

Kindest regards from Noeline Gilmour

It was very opportune for me that the huge marquee provided refuge from inclement weather so lots of gardeners attended my presentation so they will now manage their roses with greater knowledge, use our organic rose management program and enjoy pruning their roses with confidence this winter!

Q.  What do you call a cow that eats your grass?  A.  A lawn mooer!


GRA’S GARBLE …

Hello Diana. Nice to see you and Graham briefly last Saturday amidst the shocking weather. Good on you both for staging your roses and giving the talk Graham. Very interesting. You can’t always depend on the weather but that was ridiculous. I just felt so sorry for all the stall holders and food people. We were still there when almost everyone had left trying to keep ourselves warm and dry in the Marque. A nice warm car awaiting us and a pleasant drive back to our B&B

Diana and her friend Marilyn did an amazing job with our magnificent display of roses in vases despite the howling wind and icy rain!  We enjoyed the weekend together with delightful breakfast at Sassafras Bakery, dinner at The Cuckoo and hanging out at a lovely B&B – thanks to Ben, Leigh and Tova for manning the Rose Farm!atHealesville . Was tempted to go back on Sunday but believe the weather was much the same. 

However I have just received my BBG Committee email and it was noted that I had to contact you re the Art and Flower (March) Show. But  it  was too late when the subject was addressed  and consequently  that date was already filled. But hoping that you will be staging another one next year we will be delighted to attend that one.  Would appreciate the date and details for the next one so that we can plan for it in the next 2019 calendar.

Kindest regards from Noeline Gilmour 

It was very opportune for me that the huge marquee provided refuge from inclement weather so lots of gardeners attended my presentation so they will now manage their roses with greater knowledge, use our organic rose management program and enjoy pruning their roses with confidence this winter!

Q.  What do you call a cow that eats your grass?  A.  A lawn mooer!


IDENTIFICATION OF A ROSE …

We get lots of emails about this topic and here is how it goes…

EMAIL:  Subject: Can you identify this Rose?  

Hello Diana, Could you or Gra possibly identify this rose for me? Also I need two Nahema roses plus 1 soul sister. Do I call you or order on line? Many thanks Virginia.  NSW 

What is it … ?  A climber, a bush ???  Does it have an amazing fragrance ?  A bit more information is very important if we are to have a go at id … talk soon

On this occasion, we probably got it right – PAPA MEILLAND.  However, if you have a rose you would like to know the name of, please, send us as much information as you can – along with pictures of course.  Close up is great, foliage is important and any information you provide will assist!

Dear Diana – Could you help us with some questions on our potted roses. We have large terracotta pots with straight sides. They don’t make trays to go underneath them. Should we raise them off the ground a little as they seem to send roots out if we don’t (does this matter if they do send their roots out) afnd, do potted roses need manure placed in the pots. Thanks so much – Kim

My response to this query is as follows:  Every potted rose should be repotted every 2 years … if they send roots out and settle in soil then you might remove some potting mix above and around the root ball, trim those roots back and replace soil with new potting mix – I do it here very successfully with climbing roses which are planted over arches in a centre walkway of the nursery … I’ll talk about this is r/r in coming weeks …Yes, you MUST FERTILISE potted roses very frequently – at least every four weeks with quality fertilizer and eco=seaweed applications regularly just to keep potting media actively stimulated to keep the plant producing healthy foliage!  Graham

Q.  What do you call a pony with a cough?  A.  A little hoarse!

It’s now very spectacular here in the gardens with the autumn trees putting on their most spectacular display so if it’s sunny any Friday – Monday soon, do jump in the car and come for a visit.  Remember, you are ALWAYS WELCOME to walk around the gardens when you come here!

Enjoy autumn in your garden – sniff every bloom because yesterday we had our first frost! Cheers from us all at Clonbinane …


 

ROSE RAMBLER 12TH APRIL, 2018 …

ROSE RAMBLER 12TH APRIL, 2018 …

Hello dear rose friends after a most amazing experience at the inaugural Upper North Shore Rose Show at Galston last weekend – thank you so much to my hosts Celia and Ian for a truly wonderful weekend in Sydney!  The Rose Show was amazing with their onsite Café well stocked with scones baked by … yep, Diana up at the crack of dawn with a smile

 
Naturally, when I leave the Rose Farm, others have to step up and manage the nursery so thank goodness, Cooper was happy to assist his Dad, Ben and Poppy, Gra …

 

 

GRA’S GARBLE …

Let’s start with a joke…

Q.  Why can’t you borrow money from a leprechaun?  A.  Because he’s always a little short!

We enjoy your email enquiries as they inspire us to share our knowledge through this Rose Rambler – this week we’ll cover some interesting facets of growing roses in pots …

Rosemary asks:  “SHOULD I REPOT MY ROSES WHICH HAVE BEEN IN THE POTS FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS?”

Hi Rosemary … you would do well to re-pot the roses any time NOW … if there are any in really large pots, remove soil around the border (sides) of the pot, cut roots out as well and place fresh soil in the space, water in with seaweed solution and the roses will literally jump out of their pots!  They’ll flower super well this season.  Hope this is helpful … cheers

“HOW MUCH BIGGER SHOULD THE POTS BE?”

If you’re going to completely re-pot, why not just use the same pots?  You’ll bare-root the roses, trim the roots and the tops and then plant them back into the same pots I would think???  However, if you want to get larger pots, you might increase the size by at least 20cms I guess ???

“ALSO CAN WEEPING STANDARD BE GROWN IN A POT?”

Ofcourse you CAN grow a weeper in a pot but I would only recommend such a situation if you were using the weeper to cover say, a pergola / veranda / or some other structure that the understock cane of the weeper can be well supported by such a structure.  Remember, a weeping rose could easily grow a ‘head’ which is up to 2 metres diameter so unless you have a pot which is 2 metres in diameter, the head will require substantial support!

“KIM’S ROSES GROW WELL IN POTS – NOT SO WELL IN THE GROUND – WHY???”

Hi Kim … Pots work well provided you water them adequately … since you’ve been so successful, I guess there might be just a bit of an issue with those two varieties?  If a rose doesn’t perform, take a look OUTSIDE THE SQUARE … is it the rose at the end of the row – on the high side (it might be dry or maybe getting more shade than it likes), perhaps the lowest point (is it too wet or not getting adequate air circulation)?

RULES TO APPLY FOR POTTED ROSES …

When roses are being kept in pots I suggest you use QUALITY POTTING MIX and don’t muck with it by adding bits and pieces … always pour ECO-SEAWEED over the entire plant at least once a fortnight and feed regularly once the rose has foliage.  The bigger the pot, the bigger the plant!  For roses especially, more roots and foliage, MORE FLOWERS!

“SEAWEED APPLICATION … EASY OR NOT?”

An email from Judy makes me think we glibly offer you this recommendation … “apply ECO-SEAWEED to encourage health, vigour and continual flowering …” 
JUST A SILLY QUESTION…IF YOU WANT TO GIVE THE ENTIRE GARDEN A BIT OF SEAWEED, HOW DO YOU DISTRIBUTE IT?  WATERING CAN (EXHAUSTING!)…SPRAY IT ON – DOES EACH PLANT GET ENOUGH THAT WAY?”

My response Hi Judy .. I would think that your entire rose garden would be ‘seaweeded’ with oooh, 5 watering cans???  It’s a sprinkling over the roses and yes, as the bushes grow it might be exhausting with watering cans but then load up a spray unit … there are lots of small garden units available so you can get 25 – 50litres of spray distributed very economically .. worth investing in a unit similar to what we use at the Rose Farm! 

Q.  What did one candle say to the other candle?  A.  Are you going out tonight?

 

KABLOOM and TESSELAAR’S PLANT EXPO

This weekend we are exhibiting at this magnificent destination so do come along and see and smell our awesome display of field-grown roses – lots of new-release varieties – over 40 vases of fragrant roses will be displayed!

There is a SPECIAL OFFER during the EXPO ONLY – order any 5 BARE-ROOTED ROSES for this winter and receive one rose FREE*

 

(*select one of our highly recommended roses as your FREE ROSE)

Graham will be doing a presentation on stage at 10.30am on SATURDAY MORNING.

 

ALSO THIS WEEKEND – KILMORE ART EXPO

 If you can organise a group of 8 or more, you will enjoy the following

FREE entry to Art Expo
FREE catalogue and guided walk through Art Expo
FREE entry to one of Kilmore’s finest gardens
FREE walk ‘n’ talk around Silkies Rose Farm and gardens

Here are a few pics of roses in the gardens and pots this past week …

 
(Top Left: MAGGIE Top Right: JEANNE LA JOIE  Bottom Left: HONEY DIJON Bottom Right:  APRICOT NECTAR)
Hope we catch up with you at one of these destinations this weekend – cheers from Graham, Diana, Mooi, Tova, Ben and Leigh – this weekend we’ve got our friend Marilyn helping us as well!

ROSE RAMBLER, 5TH APRIL, 2018 …

ROSE RAMBLER, 5TH APRIL, 2018 …

Hello dear rose friends in the peak of one of the most magnificent seasons for roses and gardens generally!  Our gardens and the potted roses look sensational so do make an effort to attend

ART & ROSES – WALK AND TALK IN THE GARDEN WITH BEN ON SATURDAY, 14TH and with GRAHAM ON SUNDAY, 15TH

CLARIFICATION ABOUT CLIMBING ROSES …

I received this email after an article presented in Rose Rambler last week:

“Hi Diana, I bought a fragrant dark red climbing rose from you called DON JUAN.  It is probably in too exposed a position to have grown to its best potential, but it is slowly filling a wire obelisk I gave it for support.  I didn’t realise it was a climber when I bought it and I would have chosen a different location if I had noticed it was a climber on the tag before I planted it, but I didn’t want to move it once it was in.  It is on the end of a row of red roses.

Eventually, I hope it is a spectacular pillar.  The scent is gorgeous.  Just thought I would remind you of it since you didn’t mention it as an alternative to MR LINCOLN, CLB.  Kind Regards,  Sarah”

MY RESPONSE:  “Hi Sarah … how lovely to read this email … you know, DON JUAN is still one of Graham’s most favourite CLIMBING RED roses and I’m almost 100% sure that he sent budwoodso that we will have DON JUAN plants later this winter … confirming:  WE WILL HAVE 20 plants available in July this year and you MUST CALL THE NURSERY on 03 5787  1123 if you wish to order!

Yes, it is a climber … sometimes, when a rose is ONLY grown as a climber, we name the rose exactly as is … for example, DON JUAN – RENAE – CREPUSCULE – ALTISSIMO – lots more climbing roses which are ONLY CLIMBING ROSES!  When a rose such as BLUE MOON orICEBERG (and lots of others) have a CLIMBING derivative (called a ‘sport’ usually) then we refer to the rose by its name and add the word CLIMBING on the plant tag.

Sorry for the confusion and I’m so glad you are pleased with DON JUAN in your garden!  Best wishes and Happy Easter … DIANA”

GRA’S GARBLE …

Since we’re talking about climbing roses, let me show you a few more amazing climbing roses which give EVERYTHING you want in a rose garden:

  • PERFUME
  • FLOWERING FOR 9 MONTHS OF THE YEAR
  • STAND-OUT OR BLEND-IN COLOURS
  • EASY TO PRUNE – JUST EASY CARE ALL-ROUND
  • GIVE YOU OOOH … AAAH IN YOUR GARDEN
  • MAKE A STATEMENT
BLOSSOMTIME:  what a gorgeous spice and apple fragrance!  Perfectly formed mid-pink inner petals with dark pink shades outside make this such a particularly pretty specimen rose suitable for a vase and definitely a strikingly healthy specimen to scramble over a 2 x 2 metre lattice or fence … highly recommended climbing rose!

Pause for a joke:  Q. Why did the man run around his bed?  A. Because he was trying to catch up on his sleep!

DUBLIN BAY:  is one of the very BEST pillar-box-red climbing roses … always in flower, always healthy and neatly fits in a fan shape against even the most hot location; a brilliant climbing/pillar rose which, for me, exudes a subtle but distinct rose fragrance.
ALOHA:  such a unique colour and flower shape – I cannot get over how truly lovely this rose is and it is destined to be planted in a very prominent location in our gardens this autumn – I simply love this rose and highly recommend it for a climber in your garden!

Have a great week in your autumn rose garden … keep trimming and grooming spent flowers to encourage more growth and flowers right up into winter … close with a joke:

Q.  Can a kangaroo jump higher than the Empire State Building?  A. Of course! The Empire State Building can’t jump!!!

Remember, children and grandchildren are watching you when you garden – that’s how they learn about Mother Nature so take them into the garden with you!

If you’re in Sydney this weekend, pop into the Galston Community Centre on Sunday, 8th April and visit with me, Diana at the Upper North Shore Rose Show – I would LOVE to see lots of our customers and friends at this inaugural rose show.

Enjoy all the moments in your garden during this awesome season – Diana & Graham

ROSE RAMBLER, 29TH MARCH, 2018

ROSE RAMBLER, 29TH MARCH, 2018 …

Hello dear rose friends as we now enter a very busy time here at the Rose Farm and away at different events …

EASTER TRADING HOURS CLOSED GOOD FRIDAY – OPEN SAT SUN MON AS USUAL – 9AM – 4PM

UNSH Rose Regional shared Rose Sales Online’s post: “Diana Sargeant from Rose Sales Online is flying up from Victoria to be with UNSH on Sunday 8th April 2018 11am -5.30 pm Galston Community Centre, 37 Arcadia Rd, Galston. Meet Diana, have a chat, see the beautiful Rose Display. Her book “All About Roses” will be for sale, she will autograph it. Enjoy the teas and other stalls.”

Then, I also hope you’ve booked to come to Art & Roses or Tesselaar’s Plant Expo on either Saturday or Sunday of the following weekend!

Please call me on 03 5787 1123 for more information about the above events.

GRA’S GARBLE …

Firstly, thanks for your messages when the rose I bred, GRA’S BLUE, was awarded:  Rose of the Month, March, 2018, an initiative of AusRose Promotions. Now, GRA’S BLUE is also in the running for AUSTRALIAN BRED ROSE OF THE YEAR, 2018 and we’ll let you know when you can vote accordingly.

MULCHING YOUR GARDEN …

It is said that mulching is the first essential for any Australian garden.  Mulch provides food for worms (who will start breeding soon) and also provides organic matter for a well-balanced and vital soil.

Mulch prevents run-off of top soil thus reducing erosion.  We use all types of mulch on our gardens –

LUCERNE – acts as food for worms, provides green manure and encourages soil microbes to proliferate as it leaches nutrients into the soil;

PEA STRAW – good open mulch to allow moisture penetration and natural nitrogen for plant leaf growth;

WHEAT/OAT STRAW – supplies silica nutrient for stem growth and is very easy to apply.  (Editor – Diana: this straw also grows the most amazing weeds you ever did see which Gra calls GREEN MANURE and which I call A MESS.)

EUCY MULCH – we use thick layers of this product on garden borders and paths rather than around our roses.

To retain warmth and moisture in your soil right up until winter, it is important to top-up the mulch NOW to provide ideal conditions for worms to breed – remember, they’re the army of workers you want in your garden as they aerate and fertilize the soil naturally!

CLIMBING ROSES … CHALLENGING?

Yes, they can be and it is especially important to get advice when selecting the right variety for your location and you are welcome to send pictures and dimensions via email:  info@rosesalesonline.com.au so that we can give you the best advice for successful climbing rose growing.  If you nominate the colour and any other specific requirements, we’ll suggest the variety to best suit your garden.

Here’s an email from Alison:  “I’m a bit disappointed in Mr Lincoln (climber) who has barely flowered but has put out huge long canes that I don’t know what to do with. I’m guessing the care advice will  be the same as your last reply but how do I manage these canes? The wire for them runs under the fascia on the verandah.”

 
( Left: MR LINCOLN RIGHT:MR. LINCOLN CLIMBING )
MY RESPONSE:  I don’t like MR. LINCOLN CLIMBING for that reason … great arching canes which carry the most ferocious thorns!  There isn’t a red climbing rose with just a few thorns so there’s a HUGE gap in the rose market for a highly fragrant dark red CLIMBING rose!  I’ll ask Graham to do breeding with … NAHEMA X FIREFIGHTER which might result in a less thorny, highly fragrant, dark red climbing rose …  Ha Ha! 
 

(BOTTOM: NAHEMA TOP: FIREFIGHTER

Meantime, I think GUINEA (not as highly fragrant) or PAPA MEILLAND, CLB. are more gentle dark red, climbing roses.   MR. LINCOLN, CLB. needs to be strapped to a wall or fence – definitely NOT near where there is human traffic!
  
( TOP: GUINEA  MIDDLE:  PAPA MEILLAND BOTTOM: MR. LINCOLN CLIMBING)
For a situation where you have wires under the fascia of the verandah, I would more highly recommend RENAECREPUSCULEPINKIE or others which are more well-foliaged and way less thorny!
 
TOP: RENAE MIDDLE: CREPUSCULE BOTTOM: PINKIE
HOT CHOCOLATE or HOT COCOA … What better way to avoid weight increase this Easter … buy either one of these beauties which are flowering now …

(BOTTOM: HOT CHOCOLATE  TOP: HOT COCOA)

Have a HAPPY EASTER with family and friends … see you real soon here at the Rose Farm in Clonbinane or at one of our events …

Diana, Graham and Mooi

ROSE RAMBLER 22.3.2018

 

ROSE RAMBLER: 22nd March 2018

Hello dear rose friends and a HUGE THANK YOU for placing orders for winter in the first few days of our online store opening for bare-rooted orders; a special thank you to those who found a few ‘glitches’ and emailed to let us and our IT team know what was happening!

If you have concerns or issues with ordering roses for this winter, please don’t hesitate to email:  info@rosesalesonline.com.au and remember, you can still order POTTED ROSES to be posted anytime NOW.  Here’s a picture of SOUL MATE which was posted last week as a GIFT ROSE 

The roses look sensational and are flowering beautifully so if you prefer to plant your roses in autumn while the soil is still warm and conditions prevail to ensure the roses settle well, you’ll give them a light winter prune and have magnificent established plants flowering in Spring this year.

We always recommend:  DO NOT COMPROMISE!  If a certain variety isn’t available NOW, don’t buy just any rose because you adamantly wish to plant NOW!  Please wait until the varieties you’ve researched and pined for are available in winter … it’s not that long before you’ll be planting – just 8 – 12 weeks away, depending on variety!

Worth waiting for, I assure you!

PREPARING BEDS FOR NEW ROSES THIS WINTER …

When an order comes in, I ALWAYS respond immediately even thought the computer generates an automated response!

Here’s typical dialogue with our customers:

Hello Lyndell … thank you for your order.  What a beaut selection of varieties!!!  I’ll contact you prior to posting the roses so you know to expect them … meantime, get digging and dunging!  CheersLyndell responded:  Ha ha  ….  every intension of digging and dunging.   What do you recommend?   Cow, sheep, horse?   We are making a whole new rose bed so glad we have a few months to get it all ready to plant – can’t wait.

So I responded:   EVERY LITTLE BIT OF ANY KIND because you’ve got lots of time to have it all rot down into a PERFECT blend for roses!  Be sure to water over the entire garden bed with seaweed solution every say, week or two and keep the entire area nice and moist so the worms come up and do all the back-breaking work of aerating the soil!!!  They’re the army you want onside but you have to make it irresistible enough for worms to come and work for YOU!  Enjoy the preparation because I just know you will DEFINITELY enjoy the rewards of magnificent roses for many years – especially since you’re doing all this beaut preparation!!!  Cheers … Diana

GRA’S GARBLE …

With the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show on this week, I hope you stop in and take a look at the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria hanging basket competition – Silkies Rose Farm are represented with a magnificent basket of PURPLE RAIN

and do stop in and say hello to Steve and the crew at Organic Crop Protectants stand B23 – they have great show specials on all the organic rose-management products so you can pick up a bargain!

Q.  What do you call a flying policeman?  A. A heli-copper.

Hi Diana and Graham  – You didn’t mention what time of day the “Eco-Organic Management Program” should be applied – in the morning at watering time (seems sensible but maybe not advised because of the oil) or in the evening?  Please let us know! Thanks and Regards – Sue 

MY RESPONSE … Sorry … sometimes I forget that there are ‘new subscribers’ every day and I should repeat myself constantly – most especially on this VERY IMPORTANT aspect of rose management – yes preferred in the morning when the stomata (pores) is open and NEVER when temperatures expected to exceed 28-30 degrees.  If it suits you best to do the program in the evening because of work commitments, it’s better than not doing it but you do run a risk of having damp foliage overnight!  Hope this is helpful … cheers  … GRAHAM 

Q.  Did you hear about the two antennas that got married?  A. The wedding ceremony wasn’t too good, but the reception was great!  

FRAGRANCE OR SCENT IN ROSES …

It is the fragrance of the rose that above all, has been responsible for its enduring popularity throughout the Ages.

Rose scent, which is carried largely in the petals (though sometimes in the stamens) of the flower, is emitted into the air most strongly when the growth of the flower and the atmospheric conditions are perfectly aligned.

Often, on warm days, it’s a good idea to smell a rose then come back to it an hour or so later to give that ‘double-whammy’ effect.  Rose perfume goes straight to your brain!

Customers in the nursery yesterday … she said:  “He can never smell a rose when I know it has an amazing fragrance” … he said:  “She cannot smell any of the roses which I like”.  Very challenging so I picked up the jar of instant coffee and asked him to take a sniff of the coffee and then stick his nose into the rose which she thought was so lovely.

You won’t believe me I guess but he turned around, AMAZED that YES, he could indeed smell the most beautiful fragrance.  Obviously, to reinforce and prove my point, I asked her to take a whiff of the instant coffee then smell the rose which HE thought had magnificent perfume … You’re right, she was stunned that she could smell exactly what he could!!!

YOU MUST CLEAR THE OLFACTORY GLAND CONSTANTLY WHEN TESTING FOR FRAGRANCE and coffee beans/grounds or a tea bag are handy accompaniments when next visiting a rose garden to experience the true fragrance of roses!

It is my experience that people remember the perfume of a particular rose from 30 to 40 years ago – such is the power of our senses and for a truly sensational experience of rose fragrance, stick your nose into

All the above roses are available for planting in your garden NOW …

We might bump into you wandering down the aisles at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show … enjoy Melbourne and wherever you are during this magnificent autumn!