ROSE RAMBLER 14TH FEBRUARY, 2019

Hello dear rose friends as we celebrate ST. VALENTINE’S DAY when the most red roses IN ANY ONE DAY are sold throughout Australia! We hope you received a beautiful GIFT ROSE which means you’ll be able to pick roses from the same bush over and over to be reminded of the love in your life!


GRA’S GARBLE …

On days like today I feel so happy to be a rose grower – I can pick an armful of red roses for my girl since I have MY garden filled with red roses and I dream one day, I’ll breed an absolutely beautiful red rose which will be stunningly fragrant, filled with strong dark petals and grow the healthiest foliage … you’ve gotta have a dream!

Q. How do you fix a pizza?  A. With tomato paste!


THREE ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT ROSES IN THE NURSERY NOW …

TROPICAL SUNSET

Perfectly formed Hybrid Tea blooms striped with yellow/orange/pink and salmon – stunningly pretty with a spicy fragrance. Award winning in trial grounds around the world for extreme disease resistance. The foliage is dense enough for this magnificent rose to be used to create a colourful hedge to 1.8 metres tall. A highly recommended rose which is sure to make visitors to your garden gasp with awe!

Is mid-cherry red and flowers non-stop for no less than nine months of the year. The flowers are medium sized and open with a tight bud which slowly opens to reveal a boss of yellow stamens; this is very attractive to bees so a hedge of this rose around the veggie garden or orchard would enhance pollination of veggies and fruit. This series of roses are the most disease resistant roses we have ever grown!

 


Is frequently used as a GIFT ROSE and I’m pleased to tell you, it’s one of the most reliable and easy to grow! The copper/orange petals are tipped with crimson red; perfectly formed, medium-sized blooms are produced continually and the glossy lighter- green foliage is extremely lush and healthy … a great rose to be reminded of a loved one!


Q. What is out of bounds?  A. An exhausted kangaroo.

TALKING ABOUT KANGAROOS …

we still have areas of green grass so our property is residence to more than thirty kangaroos each night – the bigger, taller bucks easily jump our fences so graze in the gardens while mums and bubs graze on the perimeter. Luckily, kangaroos don’t like roses and the fences are too high for wallabies, wombats and rabbits!

I served a customer on Sunday who came to purchase another 600g pack of ECO-SEAWEEDand she was telling me of the success she had when she shifted roses from her Mother’s garden recently when the house was being sold.

Jen cut the roses by two-thirds and lifted about half a metre round and deep root-base – at no point in the shift were the roses let to dry out!!! She covered them with damp hessian sacks and loaded them into a ute then planted them in her garden and poured ECO-SEAWEED over them once they were soaked to a slurry in their new location.

Weekly applications of ECO-SEAWEED as per our directions meant that Jen now has her Mother’s roses flowering in her own garden – they were almost sure to be destroyed when the house was sold so Jen’s extremely happy we recommended she remove the roses despite the fact it was summer and we have experienced the hottest summer on record here in Victoria!

 


Hope you’re enjoying your summer rose garden and preparing garden beds for autumn planting … best wishes from us all at Clonbinane …

ROSE RAMBLER 7TH FEBRUARY, 2019

Hello dear rose friends as we spare a quiet moment in memory of what devastation occurred during the Black Saturday Bushfires in Victoria ten years ago today!
We hope all our customers are safe as we swelter and the rain continues to fall in Queensland – please know that your garden will recover from all these harsh weather events – our garden now is testament to that, as it was ravaged by fire 10 years ago and is a beautiful space filled with glorious trees and rose gardens for us to enjoy today!


Our garden immediately after the fires.


And the garden today!


GRA’S GARBLE …

ST. VALENTINE’S DAY NEXT THURSDAY …

Yes, time flies and you need to get onto this quickly if you want a glorious, living, flowering, fragrant rose of your loved-ones choice posted in time for gifting … perhaps you need to choose?  If so, let us make it easy for you …

You SELECT THE COLOUR and let us select the most beautiful rose in that colour range to be posted along with your romantic message – all VALENTINE’S DAY ROSES will be posted TOMORROW or MONDAY so please do get online NOW and order a GIFT ROSE!

All you have to do is print your message which Diana will hand-write into a beautiful card and then in the COMMENTS section of the order, tell us which COLOUR rose you would like us to send.

There are so many beautiful roses in the nursery NOW … make your gift-giving this Valentine’s Day very simple by letting us select the most beautiful rose in the nursery on the day you present your order!

Q. Why did the song do well in school?  A. Because it took a lot of notes!


MY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR VARIETIES OF ROSES FOR VALENTINE’S DAY …

MR LINCOLN

MR. LINCOLN continues to be the MOST POPULAR Hybrid Tea Rose and is the most commonly requested dark red rose because it has a HUGE fragrance, is tall and tough in all conditions throughout Australia.

LOVING MEMORY produces a continual display of perfectly formed medium-dark red blooms on a very sturdy and healthy bush.

This magnificent rose is highly recommended for gifting to the ‘least garden friendly’ person when you want to offer a lasting LOVING MEMORY in the event of a death – it is such a resilient and hardy rose!


CAMP DAVID … Hybrid Tea dark red rose and one of the most stunning!  This rose is one of the most abundant Hybrid Teas, producing the darkest red, red roses – no purple in this beauty as I refer to it as ‘brown red’ … it stays dark red all the way through to petal drop and it has the most glorious fragrance.

and lots of others of different colours ..


Have a happy week in your garden and take care …
Graham, Diana, Mooi and the team at Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane

 

Q. How do you fix a pizza? A. With tomato paste!

 

ROSE RAMBLER 31ST JANUARY, 2019

As we acknowledge with heartfelt thanks the beautiful messages we received from you, our dear Rose Friends … your words of comfort helped ease our pain and we are sincerely grateful! As Maree wrote: “… it’s strange but I feel, like many of your customers must feel, that you are more like our friends than our rose suppliers. This is the joy of roses, they bring people closer together.”

We can all breathe a sigh of relief that this very hot month of summer is beyond us! Here’s some timely advice from Graham to get us through February which is usually the hottest month of the year in most regions …


GRA’S GARBLE …

Q. What’s the laziest mountain in the world?  A. Mount Ever-Rest.

Since you’ve probably had a good rest over the Christmas break, as of tomorrow, Friday, 1st Feb and all days until late on Tuesday, 4th Feb are perfect days on the Lunar Calendar for WEEDING YOUR GARDEN – be it by hand-weeding or spraying.

If you cut the lawn this weekend it will be slower growing – this is also the best time for dethatching or coring lawns – fertilize also!

During the next four days, you can Summer prune your roses – you can remove around 1/3 of the bush but remember to leave as much foliage on the plants as possible to protect them just in case we get more severely hot weather!!!

It’s a great time to fertilize all established plants – water in well afterwards!

Make a compost heap – there are lots of fallen leaves already due to extremely hot weather conditions so make use of those leaves.

Prepare soil and fertilize garden beds for autumn/winter planting.

Take advantage of the phases of the moon to make your gardening chores really effective – yes, it’s all true and does work!


EFFECTS OF INCREDIBLE HEAT ON ROSES…

During extreme heat, your whole garden will be affected and show signs of stress however, you might notice the following on your roses:

  • SMALLER BLOOMS – ENJOY THEM OR TRIM THEM OFF
  • ODD COLOURS – SOMETIMES MUCH PALER BUT CAN ALSO BE MORE INTENSE
  • YELLOW / SCORCHED LEAVES – DEEP-SOAK WATERING MORE FREQUENTLY
  • DIFFERENT FRAGRANCE – INTENSE HEAT CAN ELIMINATE THE PERFUME
  • NO FUNGUS ISSUES – HEAT WILL BURN-OFF FUNGUS

In all weather events there are positives and negatives – a good deep-soaking watering of the garden will make all the difference so bring on the rain! Please do pour ECO-SEAWEED solution over ALL roses – it’s a tonic for them in this hot conditions!

Here are a few roses which look absolutely stunning in the nursery right now …

PEACE is known all around the world and there is a beautiful book by Antonia Ridge FOR LOVE OF A ROSE which tells the story about the creation and the families involved in it’s creation – a story of love, dedication and life during war-torn Europe.  PEACE is a most magnificent rose – delightful large blooms of creamy yellow with a hint of pink at the edge of each petal and a lovely sweet fragrance.

PEACE makes a wonderful specimen as a 90cm STANDARD ROSE.


JUST JOEY – Hybrid Tea rose with charming waved petals of creamy-buff-copper, very free flowering habit – a true delight!

  • Huge highly fragrant flowers with waved petals
  • Sensational standard rose specimen
  • Healthy foliage


LA SEVILLANA – Floribunda rose bright, vermillion-red with every single quality a grand rose should have.

  • Bullet-proof bright red landscape rose
  • Exceedingly free flowering in all conditions
  • Low maintenance rose
  • Ideal for long driveways and landscape planting


FRIESIA is a refreshingly bright canary yellow flowered Floribunda rose.  This rose will definitely lift your spirits and so will it’s fragrance.  Nice dark green foliage, free blooming, and compact growth.  If you want a yellow this is one we highly recommended.

  • Bright canary yellow blooms
  • Beautiful fragrance
  • Free blooming
  • Nice dark green foliage and compact growth


Double Delight is a bushy plant and can grow to 1.5mts – particularly loves the hot weather when the cerise border becomes very defined and the fragrance supreme. In humid, wet weather, Double Delight sulks and the blooms refuse to open; the foliage is very susceptible to black-spot so this rose should be planted with lots of air circulation and few or no other plants around it.

  • Extremely distinct coloured cream with carmine border
  • Very highly fragrant blooms
  • Bushy growth


All the above varieties are price-reduced because they look so sensational and we want you to buy them NOW …
ONLY $27.50 – save $5.00 per plant until
4.00pm MONDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY
– this offer is valid for our online customers too!

We trust you’re pleased the kids are back at school – they’re probably relieved and happyto start the new school year adventure! Best wishes to you all …

Graham, Diana, Mooi and the team at Clonbinane

ROSE RAMBLER 24TH JANUARY, 2019

Hello dear rose friends – yesterday we buried my darling Mother who died ‘on my watch’ at 7.00 am last Friday at the Kilmore Hospital.

As a tribute to her, we are sharing some precious memories of our lives with her.

Mum worked alongside me every winter potting bare-rooted roses since the very start of the Rose Nursery at Kilmore in 1986 and it was fabulous when she purchased a house just down the road from us some years later.

Many of our staff and customers will remember Mum, head-down-bum-up over the wheel-barrow and yelling out “MORE POTS” and by golly, everybody ran to be sure she had more pots to keep potting and potting. She loved it immensely.

For many years, she would walk to the Rose Nursery in the morning to do her ‘shift’ of watering the pots – she was 100% reliable and she’d always leave me with a list of roses which needed special care or attention! In other words, she was right on the ball all the time and cared about the roses – she truly loved them as much as we did and planted a magnificent rose garden which she has tended all these years; it is a ‘stand-out’ in the main street of Kilmore!

When we created the Rose Café in 1996 she was right there too! Only thing she refused to do was serve at tables and when her first great-grandson Logan was born in 2007 and the business got busier, she would drop what she was doing and take him and her dog Prinny walking – Logan was usually sleeping when she got back to the nursery. Later, those three were quite a regular sight walking the streets of Kilmore!

Last Sunday when we had open-house at Mum’s home in Kilmore for all generations of hers to come along and take something precious, Logan called me at 8.15am “Oma, just in case I’m not there in time, can you please get me the photo of Grandmere with me and Prinny; also the Unicorn puzzle (there were literally 100’s of magnificent puzzles) and one of her blankies” … (5 cm knitted squares in every colour which were stitched into blankets for Kilmore Hospital).

The plastic cookie barrel was already taken but Logan scored the jelly bean jar – to the envy of all of us who weren’t quick enough! Mum was so generous and nurturing! At a Palliative Care Team meeting at Northern Hospital, Epping on 10 th January, she was more interested in having an audience to tell how proud she was of her four beautiful children, 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren and that I was a Rosarian and had written a book about roses!

My last kindness for my darling Mother was to see that specific rules will be broken to ensure her ashes can be interred with ‘her boys’ – my Dad, Bill and her second husband, Jim – in a communal plot at Fawkner Crematorium and to provide long-stemmed red and white roses for her funeral; then to decorate tables at her ‘party’ … yes, my Mother partied to the end!


GRA’S GARBLE …

I was the Health Surveyor at Kilmore Shire Council when I first met Miep in 1974 – she didn’t like me because nobody ever liked the Health Surveyor checking on their business and Miep owned the Kilmore Bakery!

Lots of water has travelled under the bridge since then and on my last birthday card, she wrote: DEAR GRAHAM, THANK YOU FOR BEING MY FRIEND!

When I went to visit her last Thursday afternoon I said: “I’ve been married to that daughter of yours for 35 years and you did a great job on her – she’s a gem” then my darling Mother-in-Law rolled over and smiled at me: “Thank you for the flowers” she said! It has been my privilege to keep her well-supplied with bunches of flowers during my years of visiting her to share a joke and although I know her favourite roses were highly fragrant reds like MR. LINCOLN and CAMP DAVID, I planted the hedge-row of NAHEMA because I knew she loved that rose too… Farewell my dear friend Miep!

MR. LINCOLN

Hybrid Tea Rose which hardly needs any introduction as it is the most commonly requested dark red rose

  • Most popular dark red rose
  • Exquisitely huge fragrance
  • Tough, reliable and very tall bush
  • Ideal cut rose for flower arrangement

Hybrid Tea dark red rose and one of the most stunning!  This rose is one of the most abundant Hybrid Teas, producing the darkest red, red roses – no purple in this beauty as I refer to it as ‘brown red’ … it stays dark red all the way through to petal drop and it has the most stunning fragrance.

  • Perfectly formed dark red blooms continually
  • Exceptional fragrance
  • Ideal cut flower for the vase
  • Extremely free flowering – highly recommended dark red rose

NAHEMA is awarded ‘THE MOST POPULAR ROSE’ SOLD IN 2016-17 and is definitely the “most photographed” rose!

  • Awesome fragrant climbing rose
  • Pale pink, cupped blooms with last in a vase
  • Distinct and disease resistant leaves
  • Almost thornless so can be used on verandah posts


 Best wishes from all of us here at Clonbinane where the Rose Farm will be open as usual due to the fabulous support of our team! Graham & Diana … and Mooi

ROSE RAMBLER 17TH JANUARY, 2019

Hello dear Rose Friends  …

… our roses are enjoying this hot dry weather and look stunning!  Of course, daily watering the pots each morning then with overhead watering from the sprinkler system to cool them later in the day means the roses aren’t stressed.

Our gardens are sensational too – well worth a visit anytime soon …


GRA’S GARBLE …

You have to retain your sense of humour during this hot weather so I’ll start with a joke I found …

Q. What did the balloon say to the pin?  A. Hi, Buster! 

At this time of year you must get up early in order to get things done around the garden, rest during the hottest time of the day and then do a bit after dinner when it starts to get cooler – that way, you ensure you stay active and fit!  Here are a few emails we’ve received recently and we’ll all learn from the information exchange …

Dear rose rambler. I purchased some lovely yellow roses from you about 18 months ago. Unfortunately they are not thriving – I think they are in the wrong spot so I want to move them (4 plants).

When is the best time to replant and how is it done for best results?  Many thanks, Pamela

Hello Pamela … if a rose isn’t thriving then I would shift it no matter what time of year – head and heart working together!!!  Trim the roses, lift them, make sure they stay wet during the entire process – have the new garden bed prepared, holes soaked and also use some seaweed solution for soil conditioning.  Take the roses to their new location and soak the absolute living tripe out of them – like make the soil a slurry around them.

When that water has disappeared, cover the muddy hole with a bit of compost/soil, water over with seaweed solution from a watering can, place a light layer of straw mulch around the entire surface – at least 1 metre square and let the rose get on with settling in and growing.

DO NOT WATER EVERY DAY – if it’s hot and you think you should water then ONLY WATER ONCE A WEEK – DEEP SOAK TO A SLURRY AGAIN!  I prefer NOT to rewater a newly planted rose but let it settle and get organised for at least two weeks before rewetting – remember head and heart!!!  Every soil and situation is different – get in touch with your soil and conditions in your garden and I’m almost 100% sure the rose will survive!

Best wishes … let us know how this goes for you?  Cheers …

Hi Diana and Graham – Happy New Year! I do hope you managed to get a good break over Christmas and feel somewhat refreshed now!

I got up early this morning to dead head and water roses…and sadly cut back some of the gorgeous boughs loaded with buds that we lost in high winds over the weekend. One of my maples also split in half in the wind…despite that there are still tons of rose blooms.

Quick question…Doug Hayne (Facebook link Australian Bred Roses) says that on very hot days, you should mist cool water over the top of the roses (to protect the flowers from getting scorched). Do you do that? I must admit when we lived in Perth, people always said you should not do that as it would “cook” the flowers. Any thoughts?

Still battling black spot but difficult to spray in this heat! Love,  love, love BROTHER CADFAEL! 😊
Take care and stay cool!  Judy

My response:  Thanks Judy … you wouldn’t believe it but I ate the last morsel of your magnificent Christmas cake just yesterday evening!!!  It was in the fridge in wrap and foil – I checked with Diana whether it was still ok to eat … of course!  Yum!

The roses here are loving the hot / dry conditions – they flower and flower in this weather, especially when they’re well irrigated – as they are!  The wind is a totally different scenario and I can imagine your sadness when you have to go around and collect great boughs of prospective beauty … not nice!

As far as watering over the roses in the middle of the hottest part of the day … DO IT, YES – BUT ONLY IF YOU LEAVE THE WATER FLOWING FOR AT LEAST TEN MINUTES SO THAT IT TOTALLY COOLS THE PLANT – a swish over with a hose will most definitely burn the blooms.

I’m not suggesting that the rose flowers will look pretty the next day – some tolerate it extremely well – MEMOIRE is one of those.

However, because the entire plant has been cooled, prospective buds will be protected from the intensive heat and when things cool down, those buds will open perfectly!  Cheers – Gra

Enjoy all the moments in your summer rose garden – know that we are here to assist if you run into any issues: info@rosesalesonline.com.au

VISITING CLONBINANE THIS SUMMER …

For a great day out, jump in the car and come for a visit to Silkies Rose Farm, CLONBINANEduring January knowing that you can request a MEAL VOUCHER for lunch at the MAGPIE AND STUMP HOTEL, WANDONG – each voucher is valued at $10.00 and since we regularly eat at this local venue, we assure you of a great dining experience at our local pub!

ONE $10.00 MEAL VOUCHER
PER COUPLE DURING JANUARY, 2019.

RE-OPENING SPECIAL
SUMMER PROMOTION

FOR VISITORS TO SILKIES ROSE FARM, CLONBINANE

BUY ANY FOUR ROSES – GET ONE FREE – VALUE up to $39.50

FOR ONLINE CUSTOMERS

BUY ANY SIX ROSES – GET FREE PACK/POST – VALUE $56.50
(when ordering please request FREE SHIPPING FOR GIFT ROSE or
PICK UP AT ROSESALESONLINE to get this offer)

BE QUICK! Offer available till 24TH JANUARY

 … best wishes from Graham, Diana and the team at Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane

ROSE RAMBLER 10TH JANUARY, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR to our beautiful ROSE FRIENDS …

even though we tagged an extra week of holidays this Christmas break, it doesn’t seem long enough but we’ve enjoyed all the moments shared with family and friends! Hope you’re still enjoying time off …


GRA’S GARBLE …

DEATH OF DAVID AUSTIN – ROSE GROWER/BREEDER EXTRAORDINAIRE …

It is with great sadness that the Austin family announces the passing of David C. H. Austin Snr., OBE, VMH, rosarian and founder of David Austin Roses. David Snr died peacefully at his home in Shropshire on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was 92.

When we commenced our business in 1996 some of the first David Austin roses we sold were MARY ROSE, HERITAGE and GRAHAM THOMAS which are still readily available and very popular today.

MARY ROSE

MARY ROSE is a very popular David Austin rose and for good reasons.  It is prolific, bushy and has a great fragrance. Masses of  loose petalled, double rose pink blooms appear throughout the season – you will not be disappointed.  It is a reliable bushy shrub, great health and fantastic for filling an empty space in the garden – this is not a leggy rose by any means and can be trimmed mechanically if planted ‘en masse’.

David Austin Shrub Rose – one of the earliest and original English Musk roses.

Bred by David Austin, UK, introduced in 1984 this beautiful rose already graces many Australian gardens as an extremely useful rose hedge.

Heritage produces masses and masses of soft blush-pink medium sized blooms which are distinctly cupped in shape. The flowers are freely produced which is just as well because they do not last long – not on the bush and certainly not in a vase.

GRAHAM THOMAS is a magnificent David Austin rose of creamy yellow blooms continually on a very large, healthy shrub which is suitable to grow as a hedge-row 1.5 x 1.5 metres.  This quick-to-repeat shrub is always flowering and very showy.

David Austin’s legacy will most definitely continue as his more recently released roses are so magnificently healthy, superbly fragrant whilst retaining the delightfully old-fashioned charm we all so much appreciate in the English roses.


ROSE BREEDING …

Now is a great time to be out in the garden cross-pollinating your favourite roses – there is lots of information in Dr. Google but I’ll follow my grandson, Logan’s advice which was to lick his finger and take the pollen from one rose and place it on the fresh stamens of another – “so what Poppy, if a bee comes along and adds something to this pollen, it could only make it more interesting and exciting when the new rose blooms for the first time” … have a go yourself!

Mark the pollinated stem with a tag of some sort so that you don’t dead-head that stem!!!

Q. Why did the fish jump out of the water? A. Because the sea weed!

When you nurture the cross-pollinated rose plants with regular seaweed solution and fertilizer applications, seeds will set late summer/early autumn. Then you remove the seeds and plant them – there’s a little bit of David Austin’s rose-breeding success dormant in all rose lovers! Have a go!

VISITING CLONBINANE THIS SUMMER …

For a great day out, jump in the car and come for a visit to Silkies Rose Farm, CLONBINANE during January knowing that you can request a MEAL VOUCHER for lunch at the MAGPIE AND STUMP HOTEL, WANDONG – each voucher is valued at $10.00 and since we regularly eat at this local venue, we assure you of a great dining experience at our local pub!

ONE $10.00 MEAL VOUCHER
PER COUPLE DURING JANUARY, 2019.

Q. What do you get if you cross a worm and an elephant?  
A. Very big wormholes in your garden!

RE-OPENING SPECIAL
SUMMER PROMOTION

FOR VISITORS TO SILKIES ROSE FARM, CLONBINANEBUY ANY FOUR ROSES – GET ONE FREE – VALUE up to $39.50

FOR ONLINE CUSTOMERS

BUY ANY SIX ROSES – GET FREE PACK/POST – VALUE $56.50
(when ordering please request FREE SHIPPING FOR GIFT ROSE or
PICK UP AT ROSESALESONLINE to get this offer)

BE QUICK! Offer available till 24TH JANUARY

May your roses enjoy a deep-soaking during these extreme weather conditions and may you enjoy the rest of this holiday season … best wishes from Graham, Diana and the team at Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane

ROSE RAMBLER 20th DECEMBER, 2018

Hello dear rose friends as we countdown the last few days till Christmas and we end this year of ramblings with you by sending our love and best wishes to you and yours.

If you need a last-minute gift rose, we’ll be open until 4.00pm SUNDAY, 23 RD DECEMBER.

NOTE: CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS EVE, MONDAY, 24TH DECEMBER, 2018

We’ll be OPEN again at SILKIES ROSE FARM, CLONBINANE from FRIDAY, 11 TH JANUARYwith normal trading hours: FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY and MONDAY from 9.00am till 4.00pm – any other times strictly by appointment only.

During the holiday period you might trawl the internet creating wish-lists of roses you cannot live without so www.rosesalesonline.com.au is open 24/7 to keep you entertained with lots of beautiful rose pictures and descriptions. You can, of course, order roses which will be posted when Australia Post are guaranteed to be fully functional after the crazy Christmas rush.

ON MONDAY, 14TH JANUARY, 2019 THE FIRST POTTED/FLOWERING AND GIFT ROSES WILL BE POSTED.

 


GRA’S GARBLE …

HEDGE-ROW OF ROSES …

You might consider planting a hedge of roses where you otherwise might be installing a fence. Consider any of these hedge roses for a 1 metre wide x 1-2 metre tall hedge which would be considerably cheaper to install than a conventional timber or steel fence and require very low maintenance during its more than 50 years life span! I highly recommend:

KNOCKOUT

all the KNOCKOUT roses are 100% high-health and can be maintained by machine-pruning using a chain-saw or hedge-trimmer two or three times a year for a dense, impenetrable hedge of continual flowers – KNOCKOUT, BLUSHING KNOCKOUT, PINK KNOCKOUTDOUBLE KNOCKOUT and SUNNY KNOCKOUT are all very highly recommended!
A customer told me last week she planted a row of MR. LINCOLN which now stands 1.6 – 1.8 metres upright and tall producing arms full of long-stemmed, highly fragrant blooms for vases throughout her home. (My mission this holidays is to see if Diana will share part of her new garden area for me to plant 7 x MR. LINCOLN on a row at 75cms spacing so that I can ensure a vase of this magnificent rose on our kitchen bench throughout the flowering season. I’ll let you know how I fare!)
Q. How do you make a fruit punch?  A. Give it boxing lessons.

ALI BABA

Is a climbing rose which, using minimal support of perhaps steel mesh secured to star posts every 2.5 – 3 metres spacing and with initial horizontal training of the stems, a very dense hedge with amazingly healthy foliage and masses of apricot/salmon blooms continually throughout a very long flowering season is guaranteed! One of the most unusual and extremely beneficial attributes of this fabulous rose is that it holds lovely, fresh, healthy foliage throughout even the coldest of winters – remember, there will always be lots and lots of flowers when a rose has lots and lots of beautiful healthy foliage!

Q. Which of Santa’s reindeer has bad manners? A. Rude-olph!


TIPS FOR HOLIDAY ROSE CARE …

  • Soak, like really soak the garden beds before you go and make soaking them one of the first chores when you get home;
  • Potted roses can be left with a deep saucer of water under them but will need attention at least every second day;
  • If your whole-garden mulching hasn’t been done yet, place a thick layer about one-metre square around each rose bush;
  • Dose each rose with liquid seaweed which ensures 3-5 degrees greater heat tolerance!

Generally tidy up the garden before you go to make your place look ‘lived-in’ and less attractive to intruders! Have a really lovely holiday season – a break in sending the Rose Rambler will give me time to research more information and find some great jokes for 2019 … see you then – Gra

May 2019 be a lovely year with good health and happiness and may your garden thrive and offer you a special place to uplift your spirit, energise your soul and be your health guardian!

 

Thank you most sincerely for your continued loyal support of our business!
Graham, Diana, and our poodle Mooi; our great assistants: Ben, Tova and Shelley

ROSE RAMBLER 13th DECEMBER, 2018

Hello dear rose friends as we pack the last roses for posting to you for this Christmas … yes, TOMORROW, FRIDAY, 14TH DECEMBER will be the last opportunity to purchase roses in our online store:  www.rosesalesonline.com.au for Christmas gifting.

Gosh but how lots of sunshine and heat turned our garden into a magnificently special place.   If you live within driving distance, do make an effort to come and walk in our garden soon – if you want to visit with a group, please contact us :

03 5787 1123 every FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY and MONDAY … 

we are happy to host a group on days other than our designated open days but YOU MUST BOOK AN APPOINTMENT!

Q. What did the fishing pole say to the fish?   A. Catch you later!


GRA’S GARBLE …

With more drenching rain on the way today, it would be most opportune to spray your roses with the organic rose management program at any opportunity after the foliage is dry – please don’t wait until it’s very hot again!

Because the spray liquid is a dirty colour due to seaweed solution, I find myself avoiding spraying the rose flowers and it has made a significant difference – we used to go around after spraying to trim the affected rose blooms.

It is really quite easy to have a good cover of spray without spraying the flowers – if you think about it, good foliage cover is the principle aim of the program!

REMEMBER NOT TO USE THE ECO SPRAY PROGRAM WHEN THE WEATHER IS FORECAST TO BE MORE THAN 30 DEGREES AND ALWAYS SPRAY BEFORE 10.00AM.

Q. Why are kindergarten teachers so good?  A. They can make little things count.

So, can you spray in the evening after a hot day?  Well yes, you can, however, during hot weather the plant shuts down which means that the stomata (likes pores in our skin) close to protect the hydration of the plant.  Since we are spraying the foliage and we cannot see whether the stomata is open or not, we suggest that your rose spray program be done first thing in the morning before 10.00am to ensure maximum benefit to the roses.

THE SPRAY PROGRAM …

Apply at least monthly. To 10  litres of water add:

Mix all the products together and stir well.  You can add Eco-aminogro (fish based fertilizer or say, Charlie Carp or some other product) which will act as a foliage fertilizer.

This spray program is suitable for most plants and should DEFINITELY BE USED IN YOUR ORCHARD AND IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN!  You can spray edibles in the morning and harvest them to eat for dinner!

Isn’t it great that we have such brilliant products to assist Mother Nature in managing possible pests and disease in our gardens – leads to this beautiful quotation:

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world” …

Anna Frank quote from her diary written during the invasion of Holland in World War 2 and very much necessary for us to remember every day in these last days of another year – be happy and positive while the roses bloom so delightfully!

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR HAPPINESS IN A ROSE GARDEN* …

GRA’S BLUE ROSE

Highly awarded rose which is hugely fragrant, extremely healthy and ideal for tubs on balconies or on borders in the rose garden – a very versatile, and hugely popular rose –

SECATEURS

When only the very best, most practical, easiest to handle and super economically priced secateurs are needed for the rose gardener you want to impress.

GIFT VOUCHERS

Spend $100 on a GIFT VOUCHER for the rose gardener in your life and we’ll add $20.00* when voucher is redeemed before July, 2019.

*ONLY ONE GIFT VOUCHER PER ONLINE ORDER – PROMOTION ENDS 23.12.2018


Meantime, we’ll talk with you next week in the Rose Rambler – take time out in all the busyness to stop and smell the roses … cheers from the team at Silkies

HOLIDAY TRADING HOURS

Please note, SILKIES ROSE FARM will close from…
MONDAY, 24TH DECEMBER – 14TH JANUARY, 2019

ROSE RAMBLER 6th DECEMBER, 2018

Hello dear rose friends after celebrating Sinterklaas yesterday with some of my Dutch family… how privileged I feel to have connections with such lovely traditions which are still celebrated more than 60 years after my parents migrated to Australia from Holland.


GRA’S GARBLE …

Thank you to you all for your beautiful, thoughtful and kind messages to celebrate my birthday last week. Here’s a joke about my age …

When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, “I’m not sure.” “Look in your underwear, Poppy,” he advised. “Mine says I’m 6 – 8.”

I promised to give you some tips for managing your roses through summer and I guess one of the most important tasks is to dead-head the roses regularly – take secateurs and a bucket of water with you EVERY TIME you go to the rose garden.

Removing spent blooms will encourage a new flush of blooms more quickly and keep the rose bushes looking tidy – the new growth is sure to be healthy too!

Because you’re regularly dead-heading the bushes, you MUST fertilize them to be sure healthy foliage remains prolific and disease resistant – remember, more healthy foliage, more flowers! We use and recommend Complete Organic Fertilizer which is available from our Rose Farm at Clonbinane – source a quality product in your locality!

By regularly feeding the soil, you’re sure to be rewarded with continual flowering!

Mulching is imperative now that summer and hot weather is imminent! We’re using pea-straw again this year – I prefer a few peas rather than the hay/straw weeds which tend to dominate and I think might rob the soil of nutrients rather than enhance the soil!

Watering your garden is NOT difficult but it is one of the most misunderstood areas of maintaining a healthy, robust and free-flowering rose garden!

Please water DEEPLY and LESS FREQUENTLY! Once a week in most weather conditions is more than adequate – give each rose bush at least 20 litres of water delivered at the same time – that’s just two buckets of water once a week. In extremely hot weather, do this twice a week.

Check what amount of water is delivered by your drippers/shrubblers or stand at the tap with a 10 litre bucket and time how long it takes to fill the bucket … if you hand water, you’ll know how many seconds to stand and water each rose. This is SO IMPORTANT!!!

Please don’t waste our precious water but make it work to the advantage of a beautiful, free-flowering garden at your place! BE WATER-WISE! Inspired by this email you’ll now read about why I take a bucket of water out to the garden when I’m dead-heading …

Hi – I have ‘A Shropshire Lad’, a ‘Jude The Obscure’ and ‘The Alnwick Rose’  David Austin roses.  They are quite young and have not yet grown into substantial rose bushes.  I notice that if I put the flowers from these roses into a vase, the petals often fall off, the flowers don’t stand up very well and overall they don’t last long.  Will this change when these roses mature?  Some of my other bushes are lovely and strong as are the flowers that grow on them.  Would be very appreciative of your advice. Regards, Lorraine

My response: Lovely to hear from you Lorraine … In the case of your roses which you are wanting to place in a vase, DA’s are especially short-lived most of the time.  However, I’m very successful at bringing them indoors and placing in an open bowl – they do last a bit longer that way!  Of the varieties you mention, THE ALNWICK ROSE

is the most beautiful and long-lasting in a vase as a long-stemmed rose.  (Please note THE ALNWICK ROSE is SOLD OUT for this season – we grow it as a short border and it always produces lots of lovely long- stemmed bunches of roses for a vase!) The others will fall and shatter within 48 hours – even when picked at bud stage!

Most important that you take a bucket to the garden – pick the stems and dunk them immediately.  If you can, take them to the house and place in a cool, dark place – water level high up to their neck!  After a few hours of ‘drinking’ the flowers are more conditioned and ready to vase.  Of course, if you add flower preservative to the initial water and then to each vase, there is a chance the roses will last way longer indoors. Hope this is helpful …

Q:  What did the cat say when he lost all his money?  A: I’m paw!


THREE SPECTACULAR ROSES THIS WEEK – WOULD BE NICE CHRISTMAS GIFTS TOO!

Hybrid Tea rose with a delightful confection of colours including burnt orange, amber and beige with burnt red edges.

MY HERO

Modern Shrub Rose of extraordinary health and vigour as a pleasant reminder of the hero in your life!


FIREFIGHTER

This glorious specimen with tall single stems of the most highly fragrant dark red rose will be a joy to all rose gardeners

Yes, a gentle reminder that Christmas is looming – last roses will be posted from Clonbinane on FRIDAY, 14TH DECEMBER; posting will resume on MONDAY, 14TH JANUARY 2019.

HOLIDAY TRADING HOURS

Please note, SILKIES ROSE FARM will close from…
MONDAY, 24TH DECEMBER – 14TH JANUARY, 2019

Enjoy the peace and quiet in your garden … until next week, best wishes from the team at Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane.

ROSE RAMBLER 29th NOVEMBER 2018

Hello dear rose friends … How lucky are we gardeners? Taking time to ‘switch-off’ from all the busyness to get down and dirty pulling a few weeds, trimming some roses for a vase and yes, mowing the lawn – ah, the smell of a fresh-cut lawn.


GRA’S GARBLE …

We’ve had a week of extreme winter weather with ample rain to water gardens however, with the rain, rose foliage might be affected by blackspot/mildew. You’ll continue to enjoy beautiful roses if you stay on top of this problem with the organic rose management spray:

TO 10 LITRES OF WATER add:

    • ¼ CUP ECO-ROSE / FUNGICIDE
    • ¼ CUP ECO-OIL – INSECTIDICE / WETTER
    • 1 SCOOP (5g) ECO-SEAWEED – or other seaweed product

Mix the products together well and pour or spray over foliage to run-off. When spraying, you can try and avoid spraying the flowers as the products will mark the lighter coloured blooms.

During these humid conditions, it would be effective to spray every 10-14 days then as soon as we get some hot, sunny weather, it will burn fungus spores and you can continue the once-a-month regime of spray management!

Remember: NEVER SPRAY WHEN TEMPERATURE IS EXPECTED TO EXCEED 30 DEGREES!

Because of the rain, blooms might be affected – some end up mushy balls of mould and these MUST be removed! I don’t even like them being left to rot at the base of the rose plant as I believe they are a haven for mildew/mould spores so rake them up and get rid of them in general garbage waste.

When you’re out trimming the spent flowers – don’t be shy – cut stems at least 20 – 30 cms in length so that the re-growth is lovely and strong, carries lots of flower heads and you maintain lovely rounded bushes rather than leggy / untidy bushes.

Q:If 2’s company and 3’s a crowd, what are 4 and 5?A:9!


THREE AWESOME ROSES IN THE NURSERY THIS WEEK…

UNCONVENTIONAL LADY

Brilliant brightest dark pink, long-stemmed blooms with slight fragrance are produced on a sturdy, vigorous bush of immense disease resistance – this beautiful rose will impress you by the length of time it lasts in a vase.  Just one bush will provide an immense number of long-stemmed blooms each time you want to fill a vase!


RHAPSODY IN BLUE

RHAPSODY IN BLUE is an extremely vigorous, high-health rose to adorn a wall, place in a pillar frame or position at the back of the rose border as a hedge – this magnificently fragrant rose with the most dark purple petals and a showy mass of yellow stamens as a foil for the brilliant glossy mid-green foliage is very highly recommended.


SOEUR EMMANUELLE

SOEUR EMMANUELLE produces an abundance of lilac pink, highly fragrant blooms which are massed with petals and make a beautiful display in a vase.  The high-health bush is tall and upright, the foliage dark and healthy – very highly recommended rose!


CHRISTMAS SHOPPING AT SILKIES ROSE FARM / ROSESALESONLINE

Please don’t leave your shopping until the last minute – our last roses to be posted will be FRIDAY 14TH DECEMBER but please also remember that lots of people leave home at Christmas to go camping/holidaying so why not send them your gift rose NOW so they can tuck it into their garden where it will be safe and survive with a deep-soaking watering of just 20 litres ONCE A WEEK!

You can purchase a GIFT VOUCHER at www.rosesalesonline.com.au – for every $50.00 you spend, I’ll gift the recipient an extra $5.00 to spend on their next transaction.


INTRODUCING SHELLEY

When you call in at Silkies Rose Farm you’ll likely meet our dear friend Shelley (and foxy Nelson) who has come to give us a hand – she’s a wizard with roses and loves a chat!


Take time to smell the roses during this amazing rose season and if you get a moment, please send a HAPPY 75 TH BIRTHDAY GRAHAM which he celebrates tomorrow … thank you all for being such beautiful customers!