ROSE RAMBLER 22.9.2016

ROSE RAMBLER 22.9.2016 …

Hello dear rose friends from a still wet and soggy Clonbinane where there’s a promise of sunny days ahead.  In between showers we’ve been pulling wheat straw weeds from the bales Gra mulched with last spring – great piles of green weeds everywhere so he’ll have compost like never before.  As usual with Gra’s gardening, there seems, retrospectively, to be method in his madness!

 

GRA’S GARBLE …

I’ve got a few hessian bags filled with above mentioned weeds now submerged in 40 litre drums of water and seaweed powder.  In four weeks, I’ll add about one litre of this ‘weed wee’ to a 9 litre watering can and pour it over all plants in my garden!  I’ll be able to see the plants smiling and I’ll get way more flowers too … I will think about sharing some for Diana to use on HER gardens since I was clever enough to create them, all she had to do was remove them!

Q.  What belongs to you but is used more by others?  A. Your name!

If you haven’t already done so, now is a great time to mulch the garden – LUCERNE is without doubt the most supreme mulch

  • as it breaks down, nitrogen and beneficial nutrients are added to the soil
  • it is expensive but seems to go further than other mulches
  • lucerne stimulates biological activity and improves soil structure
  • highly recommend placing around the base of plants then use cheaper mulch product over entire garden bed

PEA STRAW is also a very high-quality mulch

  • is nitrogen-rich straw which breaks down to condition soil around roses
  • is easy to pull apart and spread around garden beds
  • pea seeds may germinate but are easy to pull out
  • place a ‘biscuit’ of straw along garden border to hinder birds flicking mulch off the garden beds

ALL OTHER STRAW is good to use as mulch – certainly better than no mulch and the benefits are:

  • provide feed and protection for earthworms
  • feed soil microbes which in turn feeds plants
  • conserves valuable moisture for worms and microbes
  • prevents top-soil erosion
  • cools the garden
  • stops soil compaction – always walk on ‘biscuits’ of straw when walking in the garden!

Mulching soil is very environmentally friendly and in Diana’s book ALL ABOUT ROSES, she lists 30 reasons to mulch your garden and explains all types of mulch products and what results you can expect from using any of them – highly recommended reading!

It is worth noting that YOU DO NOT HAVE TO REMOVE MULCH WHEN FERTILIZING THE GARDEN – whether using pelletised fertilizer or liquids, the fertilizer will move through the mulch either when it rains or when the garden is watered!

 

BEE-ATTRACTING ROSES …

There is no doubt that all flowers attract bees to your garden but these ‘single-petalled’ varieties of roses are particular favourites because bees can forage easily in the pollen-laden stamens …

EYE OF THE TIGER
Branches of stunning bright yellow blooms with
crimson ‘eye’ enmasse throughout the flowering season.

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
Unusual rusty pink petals with crimson ‘eye’ clothe
this bush continually; sweet fragrance is a bonus.

BRIGHT AS A BUTTON
Striking medium-pink with crimson ‘eye’
on a superbly healthy, glossy-foliaged plant.

ALL the above varieties were bred by WARNER, UK, are AVAILABLE AS 90CM STANDARD ROSES, are EXTREMELY HIGH HEALTH and would make a spectacular display in your garden!

Q. Where does a bee sit?  A. On its bee-hind of course!

 

SHARING EMAILS …

Love this one …

“Hi Diana, Thanks very much for your help with this it’s been terrific. Can’t wait to receive them. We purchased a half dozen last year and were really pleased with the quality. They were great plants and had some beautiful and fragrant blooms last summer. So looking forward to this year’s flowers on our thriving plants.

I do look forward to your newsletters as well. I must admit that I occasionally text the jokes to my son in law. They are so funny but also pathetic, chuckle. Great grandfather fodder. Regards – John”

And I’m so pleased that Del sent this email because it hadn’t occurred to me to remind you all that yes, our organic management recipe has indeed changed since we now use ECO-SEAWEED POWDER rather than liquid which really means we’re not buying WATER but adding our own!

“Hi Diana, I just read in your newsletter, the organic treatment was using 1 teaspoon of seaweed.  I have been using this treatment for a few years, but your original recipe was using a quarter cup of each.  Have you changed this for any reason? Thanking you, Del“

My response:  Hi Del … yes, we are now using ECO-SEAWEED which is POWDER so only a TEASPOON is required per 10 litres of spray solution.  When we used LIQUID SEAWEED we needed a 1/4 CUP for 10 litres of spray solution.
This is a HUGE DIFFERENCE!  Obviously, the ECO-SEAWEED POWDER is very, very economical which is why I’m happy to send it to customers through the post – 1 x 600g pack makes up to 6,000 litres of seaweed solution.  Hope your local garden centre stocks these great ECO products or add it to your next rose order where it fits snugly into the pack and there is no extra postage cost … best wishes – Diana

Feel free to email us at info@rosesalesonline.com.au if you have a query about your roses or to share something with other gardeners through this network …

Have a great week in your spring garden and hope you jump in the car to visit Graham at Yea Garden Expo or Diana at the Rose Farm this coming weekend … it will be a beaut day out as part of the school holiday entertainment program!

ROSE RAMBLER 16.9.2016

ROSE RAMBLER 15.9.2016 …

HELLO DEAR ROSE FRIENDS … rain, rain and more rain which is magnificent for filling the underground streams, dams and water tanks.  For those who have installed water tanks so that you have good water supplies for your garden, please don’t resort to being a WALLY WITH WATER because your tanks are full … preserve what we can while we have it!

GRA’S GARBLE …

I’ll be implementing the organic spray management program as soon as there is a ray of sunshine and clear weather because within a blink, it will become very humid and our roses will show immediate signs of mildew and black spot.  The foliage is very soft and lush which makes it susceptible to disease and insects will also take advantage of these conditions … see the aphid cycle on this magnificent photo Diana took and which Steve at www.ocp.com.au  (Organic Crop Protectants) has labelled so you now know more about aphids and their cycle …

  • White stuff – these are the shells of the aphids which they’ve shed when moulting
  • Winged insect – these are winged adult aphids and not lacewings.  When aphids enter their final moulting stage they can emerge as either winged or wingless adults.  They produce wings if the area they’re in is already heavily populated with aphids so it allow them to emerge with wings and fly off to find a new feeding ground which is less crowded.  Clever trick really.
  • Brown blobs – these are aphids which have had a parasitoid wasp inject an egg into them.  When the juvenile wasp hatches it feeds on the insides of the aphid before pupating and then cutting a tiny hold in the shell of the aphid and emerging as an adult wasp.  During the whole process the aphid swells up, turns brown and dies.

Both the potted and garden roses look magnificent right now but it won’t take much to ‘tip them over’ because of these exceptionally wet conditions.  We ‘southerners’ will now have a taste of what it’s like to grow roses in northern Australia where humidity is a constant battle for rose lovers!

Q.  How do fish go into business?  A.  They start small-scale.

ORGANIC SPRAY PROGRAM

TO 10 LITRES WATER ADD

  • ¼ CUP ECO ROSE (FUNGICIDE)
  • 1 TSP ECO SEAWEED
  • ¼ CUP ECO OIL

Dissolve the powders and add the oil last – shake the contents well in your spray container and wet foliage to run-off.  Suggest spraying at least fortnightly while these very humid conditions are prevalent – remember to NEVER SPRAY IF THE TEMPERATURE IS EXPECTED TO BE OVER 30 DEGREES!

Q.  What does Willy Wonka use to clean his teeth?  A.  Candyfloss.

An email exchange which is very topical …

I have now seen THE CHILDREN’S ROSE looking beautiful twice in your newsletters.  I have one given to my wife as a ‘must have’ from a friend but I would rip it out as the blooms are hopeless despite it being the healthiest bush in my garden. Nothing I do prevents the dull moth eaten blooms from disappointing us for years. Any tips before it happens again? Roger

My response after Roger told me he was using the hose to blast the insects … “Hey Roger … blasting aphids with the hose is not a really great idea at all – while you’re blasting them off the stems, you’re most definitely blasting all their predators off as well … all those wonderful ladybirds and lacewings, even spiders which will be working overtime to eat the aphids!  The predator insects will get robustly healthy, breed profusely and be garden guardians at your place!

May I suggest that you do NOTHING but quietly observe by looking really closely at the insects on your roses … do it daily, several times a day even – aphids and ladybirds are fascinating to watch and small birds will start to be active in your garden because you’re not spraying lethal chemicals but using ECO-OIL and maybe ECO-NEEM to keep a balance happening in your garden … please be ECO-FRIENDLY and work with MOTHER NATURE!

You will be fascinated and truly enjoy watching this whole process unfold in your garden …!”

Oh, and one other reason why Roger’s blooms on THE CHILDREN’S ROSE are always “….dull moth eaten looking …” is because he’s spraying water on the flowers!  When hand-watering roses, always position the hose as close to the ground as possible – avoid wetting the foliage (thus reducing mildew/black spot because foliage stays damp) and flowers (water stays in the petals and they’ll go mushy for sure!).   Gra …

IN THE NURSERY …

As long as we continue to get positive responses about the roses we are posting as bare-rooted specimens …

Hi there Just wanted to say a quick THANK YOU from my son and I. We LOVE the roses ❤️❤️❤️  They are super healthy and doing great   P.S next year I want to order 4 dark desire standard roses. How early should I order them to ensure availability?  Thank you, Carmen

We will continue to offer them in the online store at www.rosesalesonline.com.au but if you’re visiting us here at the nursery, we recommend you purchase the roses as potted specimens for minimal extra cost.

Remember next weekend 24th & 25th Graham will be at Yea Garden Expo – if you want to hear his presentation, he will be speaking at 2.00pm on SATURDAY, 24th SEPTEMBER.

See you at Clonbinane soon … Diana, Graham, Mooi & Tova

ROSE RAMBLER 8.9.2016

ROSE RAMBLER 08.9.2016…

Hello dear rose friends where we’ve got the mower bogged because the ground is so wet but the sun is shining and there is a definite hint of spring happening … thanks to the local Shire team who hauled the mower out … just gotta love living in a country location where Aussies helping Aussies works!

GIFT ROSES …

There are all sorts of reasons and occasions which deserve a magnificent potted rose – just last week I received an order from Elaine in UK and I want to share with you how significant our GIFT ROSE is in people’s lives ….

Thank you Diana … Kylie and I have been friends for 40 years this year. I opened my first ‘pen friend’ letter from her on my birthday 40 years ago. A special year for lots of reasons. She is a florist so will love the idea of a rose bush and David Austin Roses is based a few miles from where we live and somewhere we visit often. MOLINEUX is a lovely rose but also chosen because it is the name of our local soccer club grounds and as it happens, Kylie is a big fan of Robert Plant – a board member at the club!!! Fingers crossed she loves it.  Elaine

My response:  Gosh but I’m so, so lucky to be part of these beautiful events in people’s lives … here’s a whole history of two people who met as pen-friends and now 40 years later I step in and provide a magnificent rose to celebrate that!  I’m respectful and feel privileged to be part of the celebration … thank you!  Enjoy the phone call when Kylie calls to thank you too … best wishes

When you have an occasion in your life that deserves a really beautiful rose which will be planted in the recipient’s garden to be enjoyed for many years, please let me send them one of our gorgeous GIFT ROSES for $73.90* which includes postage along with a 20cm potted rose with colour-matched gift wrapping, a lovely rose card with your personal message and packed in a beautiful, sturdy gift box.

*You can select any variety of rose from www.rosesalesonline.com.au to be presented as a GIFT ROSE or go to www.giftroses.com.au for ideas as to which rose suits the occasion.

GRA’S GARBLE …

It’s that time of year when pesky insects like aphids start to invade but we urge you not to be too concerned and let nature take its course as it most surely will and the roses will ‘tough it out’.   While aphids are evident earlier than ladybirds, the organic spray program will keep things in order as the Eco-oil will suffocate larval stage insects … read more here

Is the spray program supposed to kill the sucking bugs or mainly to strengthen the roses to cope with the bugs?  Please help, Thanks, Jo

Hi Jo … if you have an infestation, the eco-oil will suffocate SOME of the adults, definitely the larval stage babies and some of the ‘in between’ so you repeat the spray according to all the directions until the breeding cycle is reduced … whatever you do, DON’T go and buy a chemical spray – not even PYRETHRUM as it will start the cycle all over again because you’ll have killed ALL THE PREDATORS!

If you have flowers in your garden (any flowers, daffodils for example) you’ll soon start to see ladybirds – let them help with the clean-up of aphids … they’ll love them!

It’s about a balance – hope you have the patience to continue … your garden will eventually be an ecologically balanced space where everything works together … cheers

Q.  Why are adults always complaining?  A.  Because they are ‘groan ups’ … with school holidays around the corner when lots of Grandparents step up to the plate and entertain their grandchildren at this time, use this as an opportunity to share your garden knowledge with the gardeners of the future.

Do you know, most frequently, when people ask for a heritage/old-fashioned rose, they want it because it was grown in their grandparents’ garden and has significant memories which they want to replicate in their own garden today!  True!!!  One of the most popular heritage roses this past winter is:  R. CHINENSIS ‘mutabilis’ … unbelievably awesome rose which we are pleased to see back in fashion …

Last week I talked about our STANDARD ROSES … here are a few more which you are most unlikely to find anywhere but at Silkies Rose Farm, rosesalesonline.com.au and they’re still listed online as bare-rooted plants for $42.50 each.

FRANCE LIBRE
A Delbard rose of immense beauty and bright colour –
lovely, lovely cut flower and beautiful shape on a standard stem …

SUMMER MEMORIES
What a spectacularly healthy, robust and free-flowering this
glorious modern shrub rose is as a standard specimen …

BRIGHT AS A BUTTON
Stunningly free-flowering and healthy,
awesomely eye-catching mass of blooms
and bee-attracting fragrance… highly recommended rose

Q.  Why were the strawberries always late?  A.  Because they kept getting stuck in a jam!


YEA GARDEN EXPO …

24th and 25th SEPTEMBER … and I will be there hosting a site as well as presenting on the speaker program at 2.00pm SATURDAY 24TH … will keep you posted on this time slot!

I suggest you make your way to Yea for this weekend event – Yea is one of my favourite destinations when I have a free day – the local Café’s serve magnificent coffee and food; the ambiance within the lovely country town atmosphere is relaxing and special – hope to see you at Yea later this month.  Gra.

BIT OF HOUSEKEEPING …

Please note that the nursery is open every FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY and MONDAY when we are ALWAYS here and you don’t need to phone us to let us know you are visiting!

EVERY TUESDAY IS OUR ABSOLUTELY FREE DAY ALWAYS – phones will not be answered on any TUESDAY.

If you leave a message on our phones, I will respond but please when you record your message/phone number SPEAK SLOWLY so that I can transcribe it.  Please be sure that if you leave an email at info@rosesalesonlines.com.au your email will be responded to within 24 hours.

BARE-ROOTED ROSES WILL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL END SEPTEMBER

Continue to order roses NOW and I guarantee you will be delighted with how the roses transit so well with their roots nestled in moist coir-fibre, wrapped in damp newspaper and sealed in plastic bags.

When you receive your roses, plant them asap and they will be flowering from October / November onwards – remember, our roses are 100% GUARANTEED to give you pleasure for many years to come.

Be happy in your garden this spring …
Diana, Graham, Mooi & Tova at Clonbinane

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ROSE RAMBLER 1.9.2016

WELCOME TO SPRING 2016
dear rose friends!
Just in time, the sun is shining and the garden is green, soooooo green.  Camelias and daffodils are flowering – the pansy border so pretty; roses bursting forth.

Spring is such a spectacularly special time for we gardeners – the soil is moist so digging a hole for planting something new is not a chore but a gleeful, happy experience.  Weeding is also not so bad – get it done sooner rather than later though as once the ground is dry, the weeds are way harder to remove!

There are always emails requesting advice … here are a couple of conversations from this past week … hope you learn from this information sharing …

Hi Di – A moment of your time please…I desperately need some advice.  Most of our roses are upside down…drooping.  The bushes seem quite healthy, the flowers are beautiful, but are all facing towards the ground.  I think they’ve got the right amount of water and I use Seasol.  Suggestions please?  Many thanks, Jen from Port

My response:
Hello Jen … I think you’ve been putting way, way too much NITROGEN FERTILIZER on the roses!!!  What have you been using and how frequently have you applied ANY PRODUCT to your plants?  I need to know EVERYTHING so that we can get to the bottom of this!

It is almost certain that with all the heavy rain we’ve had recently, previously applied fertilizer is now being released so apply very light application of low nitrogen, high phosphorous and potassium fertilizer – definitely no animal manures!  Talk soon – Diana

Hi Diana, recently we purchased some David Austin roses from you & have planted them in the past week – they are looking fantastic!  On your website, you have an organic fertiliser product in 25kg bags.  


As we are in Adelaide it wouldn’t be practical to post, so can you please suggest an alternative that we can source locally?  Many thanks, kind regards, Ruth

My response:  (which applies to all of you who are looking for quality fertilizer)… Lots of customers cannot drive to the nursery to collect this complete organic fertilizer … many seem happy with SUDDEN IMPACT FOR ROSES.  Otherwise, go to your trusty local garden centre and see what ‘local’ product might be as good as or perhaps better than that!  I don’t like the smelly fertilizers and recommend an all-purpose type so that you can use it freely around the whole garden.  Also, select a fertilizer which has minerals and trace elements!  Good luck with that and glad your roses are great!  Cheers – Diana

We love to receive emails about your gardening experiences – I do all the typing but believe me, Graham is the brains behind a lot of the responses as he is our ‘plant manager’ and is a font of information about soil, fertilizer, organic spray management, composting, etc. etc. and is always good for a joke too …

GRA’S GARBLE …

Do you remember the days when milk and bread were delivered to your doorstep every day?  Here are a few funny notes which were left in empty bottles for the milkman …

  • Dear milkman:  I’ve just had a baby, please leave another one.
  • When you leave my milk please knock on my bedroom window and wake me because I want you to give me a hand to turn the mattress. 
  • My back door is open.  Please put milk in fridge, get money from cup in drawer and leave change on kitchen table in pence because we want to play bingo tonight.
  • Pease leave no milk today.  When I say today, I mean tomorrow, for I wrote this note yesterday.

The list goes on and on and you would laugh till you cried – these are actual ‘real-life’ stories!  Getting back to roses, I wanted to tell you about our fabulous range of TREE ROSES … I hear you ask?  What are they?  Lots of people refer to STANDARD ROSES as in some countries, they are actually called TREE ROSES … the joys of internet!

Because the rose bush is actually growing on a stem 90cms (3 foot) above the ground, they are very easy to prune and care for … yes, to smell the flowers, you don’t have to bend too far so they’re great for old blokes like me!

Some of the unusual varieties we have are:

WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL
Purest white David Austin rose with delicious fragrance.

FIRE-FIGHTER
Exceedingly highly fragrant, darkest red, almost thornless
flowering stems are outstanding features of this lovely rose …

THE CHILDREN’S ROSE
Stunningly fragrant, free-flowering, very robust bush … delightful!

One last joke … Q.  Why does your Dad jump up and down before taking his medicine?  A. Because on the label it said “shake well before using” …


HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all the wonderful Dad’s
– we’ll see you at Clonbinane soon …
Graham, Diana, Mooi and Tova

ROSE RAMBLER – WELCOME TO SPRING 2016

WELCOME TO SPRING 2016 dear rose friends!
Just in time, the sun is shining and the garden is green, soooooo green.  Camelias and daffodils are flowering – the pansy border so pretty; roses bursting forth.

Spring is such a spectacularly special time for we gardeners – the soil is moist so digging a hole for planting something new is not a chore but a gleeful, happy experience.  Weeding is also not so bad – get it done sooner rather than later though as once the ground is dry, the weeds are way harder to remove!

There are always emails requesting advice … here are a couple of conversations from this past week … hope you learn from this information sharing …

Hi Di – A moment of your time please…I desperately need some advice.  Most of our roses are upside down…drooping.  The bushes seem quite healthy, the flowers are beautiful, but are all facing towards the ground.  I think they’ve got the right amount of water and I use Seasol.  Suggestions please?  Many thanks, Jen from Port

My response:
Hello Jen … I think you’ve been putting way, way too much NITROGEN FERTILIZER on the roses!!!  What have you been using and how frequently have you applied ANY PRODUCT to your plants?  I need to know EVERYTHING so that we can get to the bottom of this!

It is almost certain that with all the heavy rain we’ve had recently, previously applied fertilizer is now being released so apply very light application of low nitrogen, high phosphorous and potassium fertilizer – definitely no animal manures!  Talk soon – Diana

Hi Diana, recently we purchased some David Austin roses from you & have planted them in the past week – they are looking fantastic!  On your website, you have an organic fertiliser product in 25kg bags.  


As we are in Adelaide it wouldn’t be practical to post, so can you please suggest an alternative that we can source locally?  Many thanks, kind regards, Ruth

My response:  (which applies to all of you who are looking for quality fertilizer)… Lots of customers cannot drive to the nursery to collect this complete organic fertilizer … many seem happy with SUDDEN IMPACT FOR ROSES.  Otherwise, go to your trusty local garden centre and see what ‘local’ product might be as good as or perhaps better than that!  I don’t like the smelly fertilizers and recommend an all-purpose type so that you can use it freely around the whole garden.  Also, select a fertilizer which has minerals and trace elements!  Good luck with that and glad your roses are great!  Cheers – Diana

We love to receive emails about your gardening experiences – I do all the typing but believe me, Graham is the brains behind a lot of the responses as he is our ‘plant manager’ and is a font of information about soil, fertilizer, organic spray management, composting, etc. etc. and is always good for a joke too …

GRA’S GARBLE …

Do you remember the days when milk and bread were delivered to your doorstep every day?  Here are a few funny notes which were left in empty bottles for the milkman …

  • Dear milkman:  I’ve just had a baby, please leave another one.
  • When you leave my milk please knock on my bedroom window and wake me because I want you to give me a hand to turn the mattress. 
  • My back door is open.  Please put milk in fridge, get money from cup in drawer and leave change on kitchen table in pence because we want to play bingo tonight.
  • Pease leave no milk today.  When I say today, I mean tomorrow, for I wrote this note yesterday.

The list goes on and on and you would laugh till you cried – these are actual ‘real-life’ stories!  Getting back to roses, I wanted to tell you about our fabulous range of TREE ROSES … I hear you ask?  What are they?  Lots of people refer to STANDARD ROSES as in some countries, they are actually called TREE ROSES … the joys of internet!

Because the rose bush is actually growing on a stem 90cms (3 foot) above the ground, they are very easy to prune and care for … yes, to smell the flowers, you don’t have to bend too far so they’re great for old blokes like me!

Some of the unusual varieties we have are:

WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL
Purest white David Austin rose with delicious fragrance.

FIRE-FIGHTER
Exceedingly highly fragrant, darkest red, almost thornless
flowering stems are outstanding features of this lovely rose …

THE CHILDREN’S ROSE
Stunningly fragrant, free-flowering, very robust bush … delightful!

One last joke … Q.  Why does your Dad jump up and down before taking his medicine?  A. Because on the label it said “shake well before using” …


HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all the wonderful Dad’s
– we’ll see you at Clonbinane soon …
Graham, Diana, Mooi and Tova

ROSE RAMBLER 25.8.2016

ROSE RAMBLER 25.8.2016 …

Hello dear rose friends as we farewell a cold, wet, bleak winter which reminded me of when I was a kid walking to school breaking ice on puddles.  Of course, because of the great rains experienced around Australia, we’ll enjoy a bumper season of spring gardening!

CLEMATIS PRUNING …

Although I’ve successfully grown clematis for more than 25 years and wouldn’t consider my garden ‘complete’ without their magnificence, I was shocked when I started pulling weeds in the front garden yesterday to note that all the clematis are loaded with lovely foliage … I HAVEN’T HAD TIME TO PRUNE THEM! 

Normally, I prune every branch down to around 30cms and remove the spent foliage but I’ve spent all my time up in the nursery these past months and totally neglected my front garden so I had to resort to assistance from our clematis guru for advice as to what I should do … just in case you’ve not pruned your clematis this winter, here’s some helpful advice:

Hi Diana, You can prune now or leave them and prune after flowering.  Just give them a good feed with rose food.  Regards, Judy

I definitely WON’T be pruning the clematis now but WILL definitely be placing a heap of compost and Complete Organic Fertilizer then pea-straw mulch around the base of every one of those magnificent plants – I’ll do the same for my asparagus while I’m down there.

And, I suppose, while I’m pulling all the weeds which I told you about last week, I will make an effort to prune the roses too … maybe they will wait for summer pruning …???  I’m quite sure they’ll forgive me – let’s wait and see how they perform this spring/summer.

GRA’S GARBLE …

Q. Did you hear about the magician who sawed people in half?  A.  He had lots of half-brothers and sisters. 

As of tomorrow and until the end of August, we move into a very favourable moon phase for weeding … if you weed any time during the next week, you will experience the weeds pull from the soil a lot easier.

It is important to always look after your back and knees while weeding so take your time, do half-hour stints!  Extensive research has proven that gardens and gardening reduce stress, moderate anxiety/depression and assist those with post-traumatic stress.   Being in your garden – whether you’re weeding, pruning, fertilizing or even sitting on a chair contemplating which task you might do next – its ALL GOOD FOR YOU!

There has been increased interest in CLIMBING ROSES … we guess it’s because people have smaller gardens, they still want colourful, fragrant flowers for at least 8 – 9 months of the year so they’re going ‘upwards’ … here are a few of my favourite climbing roses which are sure to delight you in your garden …

DUBLIN BAY
Grows to around 3 metres in a beautiful fan shape against a wall with pure, bright red, moderately fragrant blooms continually throughout the season.

NAHEMA
Light pink, full-petalled blooms with the most amazing fragrance.  This rose is the most-used flower in bridal arrangements in Europe … awesome rose!

LAGUNA
Strong pink/magenta intensely fragrant blooms cover the vigorous branches of this supremely healthy, disease resistant climber.

This week Diana received an on-line order from MR. LAJOIE … and responded:

Hi  .. thank you for your order.  I saw your name first and thought “oh, I hope he’s getting JEANNE LA JOIE” and sure enough you are!!!  So pleased as you will be thrilled with it in your garden.  Your roses will be posted today … enjoy!

His response:  Cheers!! Not a common name here. We’ve planted one in every home we’ve had. Many thanks … K Lajoie

We both absolutely love this miniature climbing rose and highly recommend it where you want prolific cover and masses of blooms continually – ideal to espalier.

My dear mate Barry (Bawwy) has a rabbit (wabbit) that’s always getting tired so a friend suggested that he place the rabbit in the refrigerator.  Why?  Because it’s a Westinghouse.  Read it again and you’ll get it … Enjoy the last days of winter – Gra

ORDERING ROSES ONLINE …

Got space for another couple of roses this season?  You’ll notice in the online store that we are now posting POTTED ROSES but unless you absolutely have to have the roses in pots, please continue ordering BARE-ROOTED ROSES because I pack them so well, they continue to grow in transit!  Yes, they do because there is coir-fibre potting medium at their root-zone, they’re moist and travel extremely well!

When you get your roses, I suggest you plant them as soon as possible – not necessarily as urgently as Jenny did …

Good evening, Diana.  My lovely new rose arrived in the mail yesterday in perfect condition. I planted it last night in the dark when I arrived home from work. I am very happy with my new purchase and am looking forward to springtime. Many thanks. Regards Jenny

By mid-late September I will cancel the BARE-ROOTED ROSES option in the online store so please, if you need more roses this season, take advantage of acquiring magnificent quality bare-rooted roses NOW!

See you at Clonbinane soon … Graham, Diana, Tova and Mooi

ROSE RAMBLER 18.8.2016

ROSE RAMBLER 18.8.16 …

Hello dear rose friends in another week of brighter weather alluding to spring around the corner … we still haven’t done the rose garden pruning but feel the weather is definitely on our side now so it will happen in the next week or so.

Once we’ve pruned the roses, we’ll have to weed the garden beds … unfortunately, Graham mulched with wheat-straw which was ‘left over’ from the hay bales we used for seating our guests during the Art & Roses Expo.

Any field-grown mulch products – lucerne / pea straw will probably contain some weed seeds which are generally very easy to pull out but you can guarantee significant weed production if you use wheat/barley/oat straw mulch or in fact, manure from animals who have eaten these straws!

With wonderful wet conditions, we’ve watched the weeds grow in this mulch so they’ll be pulled and placed over the existing mulch as a ‘green manure crop’ of mulch!

I’ve already saved my dollars for a bulk load of pea straw to be delivered.  Once the beds are weeded, we will fertilize with Complete Organic Fertilizer and throw rock dust over the beds before we place layers of pea straw.

Oh my word, it will be a huge task but the gardens will look sensational afterwards and the results will be immense throughout this coming flowering season.

Heads down, bums up and into it!

GRA’S GARBLE …

Now is a great time to re-pot roses that you’ve had growing in tubs for more than 12 months – here’s a simple guide to follow to ensure your roses continue to flourish in pots:

  1. Select a pot which suits the type of rose you’re growing – the larger the pot for a climbing rose, the greater growth the rose will produce; miniature/patio roses will be happy for a whole season in a 400mm pot while any shrub/HT rose will perform exceptionally well in a 500mm pot – try the self-watering pots!
  2. Use a quality potting mix which is guaranteed to contain a blend of nutrients to sustain healthy growth for months
  3. Select a sunny location with no less than 5 hours of direct sunshine per day
  4. When you lift the rose, cut roots back by about half after removing all the old potting mix from around the roots – take advantage of severely pruning the rose while you have it ‘bare-rooted’ – remove all old branches and dead wood
  5. Once re-potted, soak and re-soak the new medium to expel all air around the roots and water when necessary
  6. Pour seaweed solution OVER THE ENTIRE PLANT at least fortnightly to maintain healthy foliage

Q.  Why did the little cookie cry?  A.  Because his mum was a wafer so long.

If you happen to have potted plants which are impossible to remove from the pots because of their size, I suggest you gently fork out as much of the old potting mix as you can reach, deep down into the base of the pot and refill the pot with high-quality potting mix then top up with compost, a sprinkling of rock-dust and soak with seaweed solution – plants which have been flowering in pots for several seasons deserve rejuvenating!

When you are watering pots throughout this coming season remember to WATER OVER THE ENTIRE SURFACE OF THE POT and FILL THE POT AT EACH WATERING to almost overflowing – this ensures that ALL THE ROOTS of the potted plant are receiving necessary water to sustain healthy growth.

If you water just to the middle of the pot, you can guarantee that roots which have reached the side of the pot will perish, the potting medium will become dry and the plant will not flourish – watering pots is not as ‘mindless’ a task as it might seem!

Q.  How do you catch a squirrel?  A. Climb a tree and act like a nut! 

Here are a few beautiful rose pics in the GIFT ROSE series available at www.giftroses.com.au and www.rosesalesonline.com.au which now have lovely foliage and will soon set flower buds in the recipient’s garden to remind them of your loving thoughts when they needed them …

Enjoy the last days of winter in your garden …
Graham, Diana, Tova & Mooi at Clonbinane

ROSE RAMBLER 11.8.2016

ROSE RAMBLER … 11.8.2016

Hello dear rose friends from a rather more sunny, warm Clonbinane where the birds a chirping loudly, the morning light is welcoming and lots of our garden roses haven’t been pruned yet!  Nice though, the new-season roses are ALL POTTED into high-quality coir potting mix where the black plastic pot acts as a ‘humid-crib’ so they’ll set roots very quickly to be beautiful plants for those of you who are late with purchasing roses to plant this season.

Don’t panic – our magnificent quality roses are available and can be planted at ANY TIME OF THE YEAR and most especially important – WHENEVER YOUR GARDEN BEDS ARE READY FOR PLANTING … this is such a vital part of gardening which is overlooked as we view TV programs which promote ‘instant gardening’.  There’s really no such thing!

Take time to prepare your garden beds and you will reap the rewards of magnificently flowering roses for many, many years – if you need advice, don’t hesitate sending an email to info@rosesalesonline.com.au and we will give you all the common-sense guidance to make your garden a special place!  Remember too, all back-issues of this ROSE RAMBLER NEWSLETTER are available at www.allaboutroses.com.au so you can always find helpful information when you’ve got spare moments.

ALL ABOUT ROSES

MY BOOK is now being reprinted!  Wow!  If you don’t already have a copy and would like a signed copy of the FIRST EDITION, we have the last 28 available which you can purchase at www.rosesalesonline.com.au or call in at the Rose Farm.  Here is a review published recently:

“Thanks Diana, I settled in to read your wonderful book and enjoyed it right to the end. I looked at the last page and thought I saw a familiar photo and realised that I did! Thank you for remembering this old rose-lady in your superb book. I was so thrilled!  Love Laurel”


GRA’S GARBLE …

Since we’re early riser’s, it’s so nice to see daylight happening earlier so I can get out into the yard, feed the chooks, turn the compost heap and weed and prune the gardens – get set for a bumper spring!

Q.  Did you hear about the two silkworms who had a race?  A.  It ended in a tie. 

Now, I don’t know anything much about silkworms but I do know that if you don’t start the organic management rose spray program NOW, you might have to contend with insect infestation on your roses in early spring!

I urge you to start spraying as soon as the roses are pruned to be effective in controlling aphid/mite/scale and other bugs in the LARVAL STAGE … that’s when they first start breeding – if you reduce the incidence of their numbers NOW, you’ll be more than a step ahead – believe me, when we know we’re going to have a bumper spring because of all the lovely winter rains, the insects are definitely thinking the same thing!

PROTECT YOUR SOIL FROM COMPACTION …

When you’re out in the rose garden either pruning, planting or walking on garden beds, please take biscuits of straw to step on.  If you think your roses have ‘sunk’ due to the wet conditions, fork around them and gently lift them by placing some soil/compost under the upper-level roots so the bud-union is above soil level to ensure the rose can produce lovely fresh water-shoots at the crown.

Birds will often fling mulch over the bud-union which is ok because it’s usually a friable medium and water shoots can push their way through.

Q.  Did you hear about the Frenchman who hated snails?  A.  He liked fast food!

Talking of snails – with recent rains, conditions are PERFECT FOR SNAILS to proliferate in your garden – you can place small trays of beer around the garden for slugs and other pesky insects to drown in but I prefer to use ‘pet-friendly’ snail baits to protect my veggies, bulbs and perennials.  Be vigilant NOW.

STANDARD ROSES

I said to Diana today, “when I plant any rose now, I want to be sure it’s a standard” because I find them just so easy to maintain.  Pruning standard roses is an absolute pleasure because I don’t have to crouch to the ground – I know there’s lots of air-flow around my standards which means I can plant herbs and veggies underneath and standard roses add a lovely high profile in my garden.

The extraordinary quality of our standard roses this year is such a pleasure and I recommend you take a look at the varieties we have to offer – a few UNUSUAL varieties which I recommend are:

ORIGAMI
Such strikingly beautiful form and a strong grower

DARCEY BUSSEL
Most free-flowering, healthy David Austin rose

THE CHILDREN’S ROSE
Beautifully, highly fragrant, perfectly formed blooms on a strong, healthy bush

All the above varieties are pretty rare to find and they would all make a lovely statement in your garden for years to come – I remember visiting gardens in Alexandra years ago whilst researching my family – there are roses in the Church garden there that must be more than 50 years old!  If you’re getting a bit ‘long in the tooth’ like I am, plant standards and enjoy having roses at eye-level and so you don’t have to crawl around the ground when you want to pick a bunch of roses for a vase in your home!

Here’s a pic of our darling little Mooi who loves to be with us up in the nursery – she chose a sunny spot one cold morning this past week … we laughed and want to share the joy.

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Have a beaut week in your garden…
Graham, Diana, Mooi & Tova at Clonbinane

ROSE RAMBLER 4.8.2016

4.8.2016 …
It’s another whole new month and we start to see new foliage emerging on our roses – be sure to protect all that development with the implementation of the organic rose management program which you should continue at least monthly to ensure prolific healthy foliage which in turn will offer magnificent blooms soon!

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face – Victor Hugo

 

IN THE NURSERY …

Most of you will now have your roses planted – there was a bit of doubt about what Graham mentioned last week – “prune 1/3 of the new bushes back” … yes, DO IT as this will promote creation of WATER SHOOTS – these are the thick stems which shoot from the ‘crown’ (the point where the rose was budded).  Roses which are now being posted to you or collected in their pots here at the nursery are all VERY PRUNED and producing magnificent new growth!

See these ‘trimmed’ PAPA MEILLAND which are now potted in the nursery – your roses will do exactly the same if you give them a good prune NOW …

When roses produce lots of water shoots you can be guaranteed there is great root development which means the rose will continue to produce magnificent blooms throughout this flowering season – on new roses, these sturdy water shoots are an indication that the bush will be extremely well established for many seasons to come!

 

A TESTIMONIAL TO SHARE …

“I received your latest newsletter yesterday, & I accidentally deleted it, while attempting to get used to a new tablet I had just purchased. I meant to press save, buy somehow pressed delete.  I wonder if it’s possible for you to send it to me again, as I get very good information from your newsletters.

By the way I brought some bare rooted roses from you a few months back. I have followed the advice in your newsletters about spraying with the “ECO” products, & I just wanted to say it’s worked a treat & they are thriving.  In fact, if you want a recommendation for the Eco products here’s my experience.

I had an older rose that had really suffered during last summers drought & very hot weather (despite my best efforts to look after it). When I received the bare rooted roses, you had also included information about using the Eco products, so I purchased some (as recommended), & began spraying that sick rose every fortnight. When I began the rose was just sticks, with no leaf at all & I thought I would lose it. In fact it looked so crook I never even gave it a winter pruning.

That rose responded like nothing I have ever seen.  It went from bare sticks to producing foliage quite quickly. Then quite remarkable, given the fact that it was quite cold, the rose formed petals & next thing it was in full bloom.  That rose right now has mass foliage & has rose flowers all over it. That’s remarkable considering we have had quite a number of heavy frosts, & it has been cold & windy.

My neighbours can’t believe it, nor can I. That’s so much for the advice about the sprays they are brilliant. Hope you are able to re-send me the latest newsletter.  Mervyn”

Truly, really, if you want to have beautiful, healthy-foliaged roses throughout this season, roses which produce masses of blooms continually and give you the greatest pleasure, please use the ECO-PRODUCTS which we have used for more than 25 years of rose-growing – safe for us and our family who have grown up around roses, safe for our visitors and customers who purchase our fabulous quality roses!

If you cannot find the OCP (Organic Crop Protectants) products in your local garden centre, please go to our online store www.rosesalesonline.com.au and we will send the products to you via Australia Post.  ALL PRODUCTS MADE IN AUSTRALIA – ALL REGISTERED ORGANIC!

 

GRA’S GARBLE …

I had another lovely group of people for rose pruning demonstration last Saturday and if I am about when you come to visit us at the Rose Farm, please don’t hesitate asking for a special demonstration – always happy to oblige!

Q.  Why did the bees go on strike? 
A.  Because they wanted more honey and shorter working flowers.

In MY garden I have a couple of lovely hedges of DAVID AUSTIN ROSESMUNSTEAD WOOD and MOLINEUX – here are a couple of varieties which I’m definitely going to plant as hedges in coming months … they’re so much like peony flowers …

BROTHER CADFAEL
Large globular clear pink flowers with strong rich, old-rose myrrh fragrance.  The blooms are held on strong, thornless stems of a very healthy, robust bush of 1.2 x 1 metre – very highly recommended rose!

GOLDEN CELEBRATION
One of the largest blooms in the DA selection and has an exceptionally strong tea-rose perfume.  Can be used as a short climber or nicely rounded, slightly arching shrub to 1.5 x 1.5 metres – awesomely beautiful rose!

JUDE THE OBSCURE
Magnificently fragrant blooms of clotted cream on a sturdy rounded shrub to delight ALL your senses continually throughout the flowering season – stunning

We are constantly asked about PEONY ROSES (they’re not ROSES AT ALL) – but rather, an herbaceous plant which flowers in spring/early summer and unless you live in a very cold zone or are prepared to place ice over their corms whilst they are developing flowers in late winter, we suggest you grow some of these David Austin roses which will afford you huge, frilled-petalled blooms from spring through to winter and have all the glory of PEONIES!

Q.  What is black and white and dangerous?  A.  A magpie with a machine gun. 

With spring fast approaching we can see the magpies starting to pair-up, the kookaburras keeping an eye on them and yesterday morning, I’m sure I heard a thrush … all signs of the birds around us starting to build nests when their bubs herald the new season.

It’s been pretty wet EVERYWHERE so do take care while trouncing around the rose garden, whether you’re pruning or weeding … be sure to take a couple of ‘biscuits’ of straw, maybe thick wads of newspaper or pieces of carpet to stand on because your weight will compact the soil and could cause long-term damage and drainage issues in the garden!

Once you’ve pruned all the roses be sure and fertilize with quality all-purpose organic fertilizer – pick up a bag of COF (complete organic fertilizer) when you visit or get the best quality you can buy at your local garden centre.  DON’T FERTILIZE NEWLY PLANTED ROSES just yet – seaweed applications weekly for the ‘new roses’ then fertilizer for ALL THE ROSES again in 8 weeks …

See you soon at the Silkies Rose Farm at Clonbinane … Graham, Diana, Mooi & Tova

ROSE RAMBLER 28.7.2016

ROSE RAMBLER … 28.7.2016

Hello dear rose friends as we head into the last month of winter and our roses are shooting madly … soon they’ll be in full-leaf and if you haven’t pruned, the coming weeks will be ideal as the new shoots will guide you exactly where to cut!   If you didn’t prune at least one-third from each stem of this seasons newly planted roses which came from Silkies Rose Farm, please do that now too!!!

GRA’S GARBLE …

After one of the coldest, bleakest winter weeks I can remember, let me start with a bit of humour:

Q.  Why couldn’t the butterfly go to the dance?  A.  Because it was a moth ball.

With more favourable weather conditions on the horizon, the coming weeks would be ideal  to enjoy some gardening time … upon completion of pruning it is wise to treat plants and their roots for fungus spores and insects which can ‘over-winter’ on the remaining branches and in mulch/soil.

Here at Silkies Rose Farm we use and recommend spraying with Eco-oil (botanical insecticide), Eco-rose (fungicide) combined with Eco-seaweed which acts as a stimulant for healthy foliage and prolific root development – we have used this organic spray management program on ALL our roses for MORE THAN 28 YEARS!

By definition, let me once again explain each of the products we use to retain consistently healthy foliage which is generally free of insect attack – remember too (don’t mean to harp on it) HEALTHY FOLIAGE MEANS A HEALTHY PLANT WHICH PRODUCES MASSES OF BLOOOMS CONSISTENTLY THROUGHOUT THE FLOWERING SEASON!!!

ECO-OIL is made from 100% plant oils (eucalyptus, melaleuca and canola) which effectively controls a broad range of insects including scale, mites, aphids, white fly and others most efficiently at the larval stage – ie, when the insect is tiny and not able to breed rampantly!

There is less risk of burning foliage using plant oils compared to white oil and other mineral based oils – care should always be taken to apply ANY oils and they should be used in the morning when the day temperature is not expected to exceed 30 degrees!

ECO-ROSE (also marketed as ECO-FUNGICIDE – same product, different packaging!) is made from food-grade ingredients and will effectively control powdery mildew, black spot and rust because it alters the pH on the foliage so these fungus cannot survive.  Can be used to treat existing fungus infections and prevent mildew problems occurring.

ALWAYS combine with Eco-Oil which makes the Eco-Rose ‘stick’ to the foliage and add seaweed to strengthen foliage.

ECO-SEAWEED – is 100% seaweed POWDER– you add water which means this product is extremely concentrated, very economical and environmentally sustainable … one small scoop to a watering can dissolves readily and you don’t use more product than is necessary for complete plant health.

 

Pour seaweed solution over ALL plants, especially pots, at least once a month!
I recommend you start the organic rose management program NOW –
To 10 litres water add:
¼ cup ECO – ROSE fungicide
¼ cup ECO – OIL insecticide

ALWAYS add ECO-SEAWEED (or whichever seaweed product you prefer) to the above mix and if you like foliage fertilizer, add ECO-AMINOGRO or other liquid fertilizer to the spray container – saves time, will encourage healthy foliage and prevent fungus and insect attack all in one application – do this at least monthly from here on.

Q.  How many rotten eggs does it take to make a stink bomb?  A.  A phew!

For those who still haven’t pruned, come along to the Rose Farm this Saturday, 30th July and I’ll conduct a ROSE PRUNING DEMONSTRATION at 10.30am – we’ll also talk about how to construct a compost heap and how to control weeds leading into spring … see you soon – Gra

IN THE ROSE NURSERY

We are now busy potting all the roses into coir-fibre potting mix – they’re professionally pruned to ensure they create a nicely structured bush in your garden from here onwards.

Although we will continue to pack and post bare-rooted roses throughout August / September, there’s no rush with ordering however, there will be a price increase on MONDAY, 1ST AUGUST and you can now order POTTED ROSES if that is your preferred method of having the roses sent.

CLIMBING ROSES …

As space becomes a premium in lots of backyards, here are a few of the most popular nearly thornless roses which are easily maintained and appropriate to plant on walls, up pergola posts or in pillar/obelisk frames:

CREPUSCULE
One of the most popular climbing roses for a continual show of apricot/cream blooms – lush, healthy foliage – very highly recommended rose for almost any situation

PINKIE
Flowering almost all year, this robust, healthy climbing rose can be trained in any situation – thornless wood with a burr at the back of the foliage – stunning, stunning rose

RENAE
Most highly fragrant bunches of pale pink flowers in massive clusters continually on completely thornless wood, very healthy, robust and spectacular

Have a great week in your garden – see you at Silkies soon … cheers from Graham, Diana and Mooi (rugged up while she sits with us waiting for visitors to have a hug from!)