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Hello dear rose friends … the last days of Spring, 2013 and it really doesn’t quite feel like we are ready for Summer – crazy weather but the roses are growing beautifully and producing lots of magnificent growth and blooms. On the glorious days when the air is still and the sun is shining on the potted roses in the nursery it is blissful to walk around and be intoxicated by the heady fragrance of the roses.
Pick a day like that to come to the Rose Farm … when you go through the ‘booze bus’ on the way home, you’ll register zero but might still be asked to “Please step out of the car and walk in a straight line” … they’ll know you’re high on something.
There are two really important tasks to be carried out right now in the rose garden – the hot weather WILL come:
Once you know the watering system is all ok and before you apply the thick layer of mulch around the roses, give each rose a good handful of complete organic fertilizer which will be spread over the entire root-zone of each rose bush – definitely not ‘dumped’ at the base of the rose!
When the fertilizer has been liberally distributed over the entire soil surface, apply a nice thick layer of quality mulch – in order of preference :
Remember last Summer when it suddenly got intensely hot and our plants were totally unprepared for the onslaught? Avoid this type of stress on the roses in your garden this year and be prepared for all weather variables – give regular doses of liquid seaweed which should avail your roses of between 3-5 degrees of greater heat stress tolerance.
Did you know that lemons are like roses? They need the same amount of food and an even amount of watering. Both LOVE liquid seaweed poured over their leaves and if you add 2 caps each of Eco-Oil and liquid seaweed, you’ll deal with most bugs too!
Rose petals and lemons are loaded with Vitamin C so squeeze half a lemon into a cup of warm water first thing in the morning – the acid tasting lemon alkalises your system.
Use rose petals in salads to give the dish some pizzazz.
While I’m talking about food, use lots of Turmeric in your chicken, beef or lamb dishes; add garlic and onions – said to be anti-inflammatory (ie reduce face wrinkles) and reduces swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis – also an antioxidant. Look out for the bulbs like mini ginger in green grocers now – it can be grown in the southern states from November through to May.
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Hope to see you at Werribee this Sunday …
Graham’s wish for his 70th birthday was to spend the whole day in the State Rose Garden at Werribee … he’ll be there for two whole days because we are celebrating with our children and grandchildren at the Werribee Zoo Slumber Safari on Saturday and then, (by sheer coincidence), we have a site at the State Rose and Garden Show on Sunday (Vasili will be there too! Gra and Vasili in the same place will be a hoot so you must come!)
See you soon …
~ Diana, Graham and Mooi (say: MOY … not MOOEY – silly me for not thinking!)
The roses are flowering at Clonbinane … jump in the car and come for a drive – just one hour from Melbourne CBD and 500metres from the Hume Highway at the CLONBINANE interchage where you can enter and exit the Hume Freeway from the north and south!
Here are a few pictures I took this morning …
This is BURGUNDY ICEBERG showing the fact that it is actually a ‘sport’ of the popular white Iceberg rose … one whole white petal and the petal beneath is as though a line is drawn in perfection right through the petal with one side pure white, the other deep burgundy – Mother Nature at her best!
Hello dear rose friends … Did you have an adventurous and creative time in the rose garden this past week … sure hope so! I planted my bean seeds – just to be pedantic, I did it on the no planting days and then came along, in the same soil zone, and planting in between those seeds on the moon planting days. Yes, of course, I marked them accordingly!!!
Your feedback this past week has been amazing … thank you! Here we go with what to do according to the moon planting for this week:
Best sowing and planting days: tomorrow 11th and then best sowing/pruning days from 7.10am on 15th, all day 16th to 11.20am on 17th. No sowing on 12th!
As an extension to this, do some of your own research into when to have your hair cut – I know for 100% that there are times when, after a hair cut, my hair grows faster and there are times when it grows more slowly – I’m sure it’s relative to the same principles as when to remove weeds or prune according to the Moon phases.
I’m too busy mowing lawns and pulling weeds to do the research – maybe if you’re sitting at the computer and curious, you might do the research for all of us and I will pass the information on!
STATE ROSE & GARDEN SHOW … Yes, of course you’re all right … I got the date wrong and it is definitely SUNDAY, 1ST DECEMBER – we’ll attach the poster to remind yourself to take a day out and visit the State Rose Garden at Werribee … we’ll be there!
GRA’S RAMBLE (another new name and one day, just for the fun of it, I’ll type it exactly as it is written for me – you can try and decipher it … the funniest joke you’ll ever read!!! But meantime, I’ll correct it and make it legible for you to enjoy and take heed of … Diana)
Thinking of using manure in your compost or as a mulch for the rose garden? Horse manure is readily available in country areas and if you’re taking a drive out here, go along some of the minor roads and you will see gate signs ‘HORSE POO $2.00 A BAG’ (sounds a bit like Mary Poppins!). Q. What do you call a pony with a sore throat? A. A little horse (hoarse).
Back to the compost … add all sorts of manures – horse, cow, poultry, pigeon, etc. to a mix of lawn clippings/straw/lucerne/leaf litter and leave for 4 weeks; water every 3rd day to get the microbes and worms working!
This rapid time of Spring growth needs feed, feed, feed but in small amounts, often! Liquid fertilizing is great and you can make your own ‘green manure brew’ by placing weeds and herbs in a hessian bag and plunging in a drum of water – dunk the bag up and down every day and within 4 weeks you can water this brew at the rate of one part to ten parts water over all plants – parsley is great to add because it adds calcium which plants need! Add liquid seaweed to the mix and you’ll apply up to 70 minerals as well!
One of my favourite roses: OKLAHOMA – what a perfume, big darkest red flowers, strong bush and great in a vase … everybody loves this rose and it will be featured on our new catalogue which will be available soon … Enjoy brewing – Graham
A QUEENSLAND BEAUTY … We are so lucky here in the southern states with regular rainfall since the end of the long drought … spare a thought for our northern rose gardening buddies who grow the most glorious roses in the toughest of conditions! Laurel sent me this photo of the magnificent Maurice Utrillo
N CLOSING … Finger prune all the blind shoots caused by the cold nights and if you’re planning for a special occasion at your house in the coming months, remember to prune at least 45 days prior to the event and you will have a spectacular display of roses to show off! Enjoy this week in the rose garden …
Diana & Graham at Clonbinane
to get back to something that was under discussion a while ago, I’ve found a way to stop possums getting onto my climbing rose support and stripping the rose of all new growth and many leaves. This rose has been absolutely crippled and able to make very little headway for a year. Now, in just a month, it’s grown more than in all the previous 11 months combined, and even has some blooms. it involves that black plastic mesh on a little roll you get at bunnings, for covering gutters so that leaves can’t fall in and clog them. my rose support is a made of 4×2 timber with two uprights. I had put around this some of that anti-possum spiky black plastic that also comes on a roll. it’s about 30cm broad and super-expensive for what it is, and it does nothing. the possums just walked across it on their way up to the food supply. So I’ve got some of the gutter cover, placed it up flat vertical against the timber of the support and stapled along the bottom. then, when i let it go, it flops over to roughly horizontal, forming a flexible barrier 15or 20cm wide and hardly conspicuous at all. The possums could easily cross it if they were willing to risk the floppy, unstable structure that it is, but they do not trust it. so far, so good.
I hope that helps someone
ROSE RAMBLER 26.9.2013
Hello dear rose friends … Well into this magnificent Spring season and in some parts of Australia, you will be enjoying flowers on the roses … we’ve got buds on all the potted roses even here at cold Clonbinane and the garden is delightfully poised in readiness for the rose blooming … got my camera charged and ready so that I can take all the ‘missing’ photos for the rosesalesonline.com.au website.
It is imperative that I take the photos myself for this website – there are so many ‘doctored’ pictures on the internet … our integrity will not allow us to show you anything other than the exquisite true beauty of each rose.
In my experience of taking pictures of the roses, I bring the camera to the computer, download all the photos and name them. I have gone back to those photos months later and would swear that I got the name incorrect! Not so … every rose has a time when it looks very different – it’s not always ‘perfect’ and so my intention is to present a gallery where you can enjoy the variables of each rose – I’ve never set small tasks for myself and this is a huge one!
TESTIMONIAL … Got this lovely email the other day:
Diana, Thankyou so much for all your courteous assistance. What an asset you must be to your employer!!! I have contacted greenroses, I will let you know how we get on. Kindest regards, Donna
So excited I was, that I went and spoke to the boss/upper-level management, Graham and suggested I might be worthy of a rise ??? He told me to ‘get in the shed’ …? I was laughing too hard to go there!
GRA’S GARDEN … DID YOU KNOW ??? (Different heading this week … must be stuff worth knowing … ! Ed.)
SPECTACULAR ROSE EVENT … Many avid rose gardeners have never afforded the opportunity to visit the State Rose Garden at Werribee – a rose garden renowned as being one of the BEST PUBLIC ROSE GARDENS IN THE WORLD!
You MUST plan to visit the State Rose Garden and an ideal time will be on
SUNDAY, 1st DECEMBER
11.00am – 4.00pm
when a host of rose growers/nurseries and horticultural exhibitors will be there – the roses will be at their absolute peak of flowering for the STATE ROSE GARDEN SHOW.
In a rather extraordinary turn of events, I booked for our family to attend a Slumber Safari at the Werribee Zoo to celebrate Graham’s 70th birthday on Saturday, 30th November – within hours of confirming the booking, I received an email about this Show which, obviously, we will definitely be taking part in!
See you at Werribee to celebrate with us!!!
SQUISHING APHIDS … As of last night, I won’t be doing it anymore because I have learned that when I squish the aphids, I’m probably killing a host of predators as well – it all makes sense really because when I pulled a leaf that was hosting an amazing number of aphids, on checking the underside, sure enough, I saw the predator and a few minutes later, I had a tiny ladybird crawling on my jumper!
We did our regular spray maintenance program this morning – we know that we’re not harming any of the predators by using the Eco products … we’re just giving Mother Nature a gentle hand in controlling the aphids which are feeding on all the lush new rose foliage!
CHECK THE TIES … If you haven’t already done so, please go and check all the ties on the standard roses – see that the weeping roses are well supported too! We use and recommend the Velcro double-sided tape – can send it in the post if you’re frustrated trying to find a suitable tie material for your roses – $18.50 per 3 metre and $24.50 per 5 metre with pack and post a minimal extra.
IN CLOSING … Please continue to send your beautiful pictures of the roses at your place – I think it would be fun to organise a special ‘art show’ of Roses Only … will get something sorted and let you know when … meantime, enjoy the roses at your place and be happy!
Cheer from Diana & Graham Sargeant at Clonbinane
If you are inclined to grow your roses in pots rather than in the soil, it is IMPERATIVE that you use a very high quality potting mix in order to preserve moisture and supply adequate nutrients to enable you to enjoy the absolute beauty of the rose for the couple of years that it will be in the potting mix.
A recent email enquiry has led me to promote the use of coir fibre … interesting reading: