ROSE RAMBLER 16.3.2018

ROSE RAMBLER: 16th March 2018

Hello, dear rose friends … IT’S TIME TO GET ORGANISED FOR WINTER ROSE ORDERING … We invite you to peruse our online store which is now open for winter / bare-rooted rose ordering at www.rosesalesonline.com.au 

If you want to order a rose which is not listed in our online store, please contact us at Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane by phone:  (03) 5787 1123 or 0418 337 765.  We guarantee to return your email enquiry within 24 hours:  info@rosesalesonline.com.au and will do our absolute best to source ANY rose which might be available in Australia this winter!

It’s important to note that you can purchase JUST ONE ROSE from Silkies … there is no minimum purchase restriction!!!

GRA’S GARBLE …

Since I’m the ‘big boss’ in this business, let me offer this very special AUTUMN PROMOTION … naturally, it would be MY ROSE … GRA’S BLUE that I am offering UNTIL MARCH 31ST – BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE.

GRA’S BLUE was awarded BRONZE and MOST FRAGRANT ROSE in the National Rose Trial Grounds at Adelaide Royal Botanic Gardens in 2015 – you should definitely buy one – now you have an opportunity to have TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!

This offer is available until MARCH 31ST or UNTIL SOLD OUT of current stock.

Q.  What do you get when you cross a centipede with a parrot?  A.  A walkie-talkie.

TRANSPLANTING ROSES …

Yes, it’s time now to get your garden sorted for coming winter and if there’s a rose you absolutely MUST relocate, DO IT ANY TIME NOW … there are special considerations which apply to most old-fashioned roses
Hi Graham, I would like some advice on transplanting some roses.  I have three Mutabilis (R. Chinensis ‘Mutabilis’) bushes I want to move. They are each approximately 1m x 1m.  I have read more than once that Mutabilis resents hard pruning and have only everdead headed the 10 or so roses I have with good success.  My concern is how far back can I prune the roses for transplant. Obviously they are cut back by you when you dig them up and send them to me bare rooted, but I am still a bit spooked about killing them in the process!  I have never had a problem transferring other types of roses but would like some words of wisdom from you about Mutabilis in particular. Thank you for your help.

Kind Regards,  Sue

MY RESPONSE … At 1 x 1 metre I don’t think they’ve been in the ground for a long time so cut them to a MANAGEABLE size for transplanting … I don’t think you need to chop them back to bare-rooted size .. just what makes it easy for you … deep, deep soak them back into new location then seaweed three times a week for first three to four weeks … they’ll flourish.  You can do it any time now … cheers

I employ the HEAD AND HEART principle when transplanting roses!  Your intuitive powers (head) linked with care and concern for the rose (heart) connect; and if you take your time, rose transplanting can be conducted at ANY TIME of the year.

ECO-SEAWEED applications as recommended above:  three times a week for the first three to four weeks will, in most cases, ensure the rose gets over transplanting shock and goes on to be a thriving specimen in its new location.

I am applying ECO-SEAWEED every couple of days to newly potted cutting-grown roses and it’s been amazing to see the rapid development of these ‘baby’ roses!

As soon as I see lush new growth I will apply light applications of fertilizer pellets every couple of weeks until May when the plants will start to shut down due to our very cold weather here at Clonbinane.

ECO-ORGANIC MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR AUTUMN …

Because of cooler nights where damp conditions and dew prevail, I urge you to protect your roses by implementing this program every fortnight but most definitely, at least monthly:
To 10 litres of water add:

  •    ¼ cup ECO ROSE (FUNGICIDE)
  •    ¼ cup ECO OIL (INSECTICIDE / STICKER)
  •     Small scoop ECO-SEAWEED (or other seaweed product)

MIX THOROUGHLY and pour over roses or spray foliage to run-off – avoid spraying flowers as yes, the spray will mark rose petals.  You can add liquid FERTILIZER to this spray – it’s very important to fertilize your roses NOW in autumn.

DID YOU KNOW …

Best laugh at yourself!  Forget exercise, love and money – the key to happiness could be learning to laugh at yourself.  Psychologists and researchers studying different styles of humour and personality tests found that those who make self-deprecating jokes had better mental health and were more sociable – my best mate Bazza is a testament to this theory!
We now enjoy laughing as we challenge each other to who will live longest!

Q.  What do you find in an empty nose?  A.  FINGERPRINTS … oooh, yukky boys joke!

RE-INTRODUCING A FEW OLD BEAUTIES …

It’s been some years since we offered these varieties:

LOVELY LADY
Which has the most amazingly pretty waved-petal formation as the perfect Hybrid Tea bud opens and there is a lovely fruity fragrance also …

AVAILABLE BARE-ROOTED THIS WINTER 2018

DELICIOUS
Was bred by Eric Welsh who offered us an amazing opportunity more than 30 years ago to introduce his TRACEY WICKHAM rose here in Victoria – this transitioned into the creation of SILKIE GARDENS ROSE NURSERY which 25 years later became SILKIES ROSE FARM at CLONBINANE and www.rosesalesonline.com.au and now we are so very pleased to re-release one of Eric’s most beautiful miniature roses which is a prized possession with rose exhibitors … a truly magnificent miniature rose …

AVAILABLE POTTED NOW, and PRE-ORDER BARE-ROOTED FOR WINTER!

SONIA RYKIEL
Is a lovely rose planted with other GUILLOT roses in our garden – the fragrance, the form, the beauty … entirely awesome …AVAILABLE BARE-ROOTED WINTER 2018

SUMMER OF LOVE
Is very special and very highly recommended for perfection and magnificent beauty on a strong, upright, healthy bush …

AVAILABLE BARE-ROOTED WINTER 2018

SYDNEY 8TH APRIL, 2018 …

If you live around Sydney, you might plan a visit to the UPPER NORTH SHORE & HILLS REGION ROSE SHOW where I will be to sign copies of my book ALL ABOUT ROSES and hope to meet many customers who planted our roses in their gardens … if you have a special query such as a rose to id or an issue with any rose, bring specimens along and I will have a chat with you

Meantime, enjoy autumn in your rose garden …Diana, Graham and the crew at Clonbinane!

Within 500 metres of the CLONBINANE INTERCHANGE
on the Hume Freeway, 60 kms north of Melbourne
Open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday – 9am – 4pm
Phone 03 5787 1123

 

ROSE RAMBLER 8.03.2018 …

ROSE RAMBLER 8TH MARCH, 2018 …

Hello, dear rose friends … it’s been such glorious weather here which gives us brilliant opportunity to spend more time in the garden – I’ve been planting roses which I held over from last winter!!!  Tova was bursting with enthusiasm to have a ‘planting day’ to savour watering those potted roses which begged to be planted in my garden!  Graham’s turn next week!!!

Autumn is an ideal time for planting and since it’s another long weekend with a public holiday on Monday in most States, take the kids to your local garden centre to get punnets of veggies and flower seedlings – get down and dirty in the garden together which makes caring for your garden a whole family responsibility and pleasure!

PANSY BORDER PLANTED 5TH MARCH 2018, which will give enormous pleasure throughout the whole year – see this pic of how pretty the garden bed is when roses start flowering in October too …

GRA’S GARBLE …

… it’s autumn so here are some tips on HOW TO FERTILIZE YOUR ROSE GARDEN …  Fertilizing your roses in autumn is a very important task and your plants will reward you immensely when they are fed with high-quality products to ensure they flower right up into winter.

We are so lucky now that science has produced easy-to-use fertilizers with a complete package of nutrients so that we don’t have to purchase a little bag of this and another bag of that.  Just buy a quality ALL PURPOSE FERTILIZER and spread it over the entire root zone of the plants.  Remember, a rose which is growing in well fertilized, the humus-rich soil will naturally be far more able to resist any pest and disease problems!

We’ve only got one small space to put nutrients into our bodies – yes, our mouth.   The clever mechanism of our body distributes all the goodness from that food throughout our entire system.

Plants are similar in that they spread feeder roots below their entire growth canopy so if you only throw the fertilizer at the ‘neck’ of the plant, that fertilizer isn’t being distributed evenly for the plant to be able to utilise it.  Take some time to lightly distribute the fertilizer around the entire root-zone/growth canopy of your roses.  Fertilize every eight weeks and enjoy the rewards – greater quantity of bigger blooms on sturdy, healthy bushes.

To get up to 30% more flowers on your roses, water ECO-SEAWEED solution over the rose bushes at least twice a month – you can add the ‘protectors’ – ECO-ROSE/FUNGICIDE to prevent fungus and ECO-OIL to prevent insect attack or act as a ‘sticker’.  Your roses will be superbly protected, energised and flower prolifically through this magnificent autumn.

The profusion of flowers on MOLINEUX is not an accident but good management and we consider MOLINEUX one of the BEST yellow roses we stock!

A notice at a Dublin building site:  THE SHOVELS HAVEN’T ARRIVED YET AND UNTIL THEY DO, WE WILL HAVE TO LEAN ON EACH OTHER.

YOUR GARDEN CAN BE YOUR DOCTOR …

Research has shown that gardening for 30 to 45 minutes per day is the equivalent exercise to walking 3kms for 40 minutes or cycling 8kms in 30 minutes.
That’s not just out walking and smelling the roses!  However, just out walking and smelling the roses will add years and years of goodness to your life and change your mood, every time.

A recent ‘green space’ report has shown that 91% of people believe that parks and gardens have a positive effect on our quality of life, contributing more to our wellbeing than our jobs, our sex-life, money or religion.  Is it natural to want to be with Mother Nature?  The plants and flowers, of course, are essential to meet the needs of all our senses and roses are great because they flower for up to eight months of the year.

Q.  What do you get when you cross a computer programmer with an athlete?  A.  A floppy discus thrower!

NEXT WEEK

rosesalesonline.com.au will be open for ORDERING BARE-ROOTED ROSES for delivery this winter.  Of the 2018 NEW RELEASE ROSES which are so magnificent – here is one we’ve been watching closely which we urge you to store in your wish-list …

PER-FYOOM PERFUME is a most amazingly healthy and free-flowering variety with an interesting petal formation but most especially, a perfume to die for!  Yes, this is going to be our PREMIER ROSE FOR 2018 SEASON … I can’t wait for you all to grow this beauty and be as enamoured as we are!

PER-FYOOM PERFUME in our garden this week … ALSO PER-FYOOM PERFUME FOLIAGE

I’m busy loading pictures and descriptions so the website is ready to go live next week … meantime, you can always call me Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 03 5787 1123 or email info@rosesalesonline.com.au to discuss your order.

Enjoy this long weekend with family and friends … we’ll be open as usual so perhaps come for a visit to Clonbinane …

ROSE RAMBLER 1.03.2018 …

ROSE RAMBLER 01.03.2018 …

Hello, dear rose friends and welcome to autumn … phew, we got there after some truly amazing summer weather, our roses will now be at their most spectacular best throughout this most magnificent season!

We just LOVE autumn in our garden because of the spectacular ornamental trees – stunningly pretty for many weeks and we’ll let you know when they are at their best so that you can plan a visit during that time.

GRA’S GARBLE …

This joke was contributed by Judith …

Q.  Why did the butterfly flutter by? A.  Because it had helped the dragonfly drain the flagon dry.

MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – FOUR ESSENTIALS OF A GREAT ROSE:

1.    IS IT FRAGRANT?  Seriously necessary reason to plant a rose in the garden!
2.    IS IT HEALTHY?  A strong, vigorous rose will give pleasure for many years!
3.    IS IT LONG-LASTING IN A VASE?  Taking roses into your home is wonderful!
4.    IS THE LOCATION IN MY GARDEN OK?  Minimum 6 hours of sun is all it needs!

Since autumn is a great season for GARDENING, here are just FOUR ROSES which I highly recommend for PLANTING NOW … the nursery is abundant with beautiful potted roses; you can continue to order potted roses online at www.rosesalesonline.com.au and have them delivered to your door – if you plant now, during autumn, you’ll have the most amazing, fully established roses flowering this coming spring!

MR. LINCOLN is such a strong grower and has the most amazing fragrance of all the red roses – it’s a reliable rose in all climates, it produces masses of perfectly formed, long-stemmed blooms in abundance all season – our MOST POPULAR RED ROSE for years!
POPE JOHN PAUL II has awesome fragrance … like to die for PERFUME!  Magnificently sweet, fruity perfume that you wish you could bottle!  The purest white blooms are perfectly formed and make an ideal rose to cut for a vase to place indoors – just one bloom will give you incredible fragrance throughout your home.
TROPICAL SUNSET is one of the most beautiful striped roses you could EVER WISH TO PLANT IN YOUR GARDEN! It is such an immensely robust bush which freely produces masses of perfectly formed blooms with glorious slashes of apricot/creamy-yellow – a vase of this beautiful rose on your kitchen bench will ease any stress and awe you!
DOUBLE DELIGHT has been around FOREVER and prevails as one of the most highly fragrant and delightful (pardon the pun) roses you should grow in your garden as it produces lovely long-stemmed blooms of cream, tinged carmine at the edge of each petal … a seriously beautiful rose which has been a NO. 1 most popular rose forever!
I could go on and on with recommending roses which you should plant in your garden to guarantee pleasure and fragrance – stay posted to my ‘GARBLING’ and I’ll tell you which roses to place on your bare-rooted rose order this winter!!!

Q.  What did one eye say to the other eye?  A. Between you and me, something SMELLS!

AUTUMN SPECIAL …

because I know that you will harvest and enjoy more than 30% more blooms, fruits and vegetables if you apply ECO-SEAWEED at least ONCE EVERY TWO WEEKS, I am offering every 600g pack at a SPECIAL AUTUMN PRICE OF $25.00 – normal rrp $32.50 so stock up now and use this fabulous product on your garden as frequently as I do!

Whether you order online at www.rosesalesonline.com.au or come to the Rose Farm to purchase ECO-SEAWEED during March, you will receive a FREE PASS to the value of $50 to ‘KABLOOM’ Festival of Flowers from March 30 until the weekend when we present our own spectacular rose flowers during PLANT EXPO weekend Sat. 14th and Sun. 15th April.  Lock in the dates as I will be speaking on Saturday, 14th!

The results of using ECO-SEAWEED on all the plants in your garden will amaze you! Enjoy all the glory of autumn … Gra

DIANA’S BOOK – ALL ABOUT ROSES … globally recognised …

“Hi, My name is David and I live in the San Francisco bay area. I recently started reading All About Roses and decided to look up your website. I really love Diana’s story and this email is in hopes of asking for advice from her.

I recently realized my passion for roses and it’s my dream now to have a rose garden + farm. Other than the aesthetics, fragrance, and symbolism of roses, I’m passionate about growing them locally and contribute to the environment and economy. A little about me: I’m 41 and have been working in Silicon Valley as a UI designer. So, the world of roses (and farming) is brand new to me. But I started volunteering at a rose garden 2 months ago and have been doing research on roses, farming, soils, etc.

I’d like to ask Diana: What’s the best way for me to start and learn? What else should I think about before I venture further into roses as a business? My gut instinct says “Go work at a rose farm and learn on the job”, but at the same time, I could invest some time in education, some kind of certification, attend a farm school, etc. and make myself more valuable before working for a farm.

Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for sharing your knowledge about roses in your book.  Cheers,  David”

MY RESPONSE:  Hello David … I’m not sure whether I wrote it in the book, think I did … “I used to take rose catalogues and journals to read in bed!!!  I closed my eyes for years and years, dreaming of roses and knowing their names and being a part of who they are!”
You don’t need certification, you don’t need to attend school … you need a burning passion and love for the ROSE … the rest all comes naturally.  I also love animals and humans … I have a good, friendly attitude about life generally … I’m positive even when the weather is 48 degrees C and my roses are cooking, I can love them and know they’ll pull through and be beautiful in their own time!
You are welcome to email me – go to the local rose farm and get clues … I’ve had staff work with me in the past 32 years – one of them set up her own business but only lasted a few years … it takes stamina and passion of the ultimate … do it and love it and you will be eternally happy sharing your love of roses and caring for the environment. Talk soon perhaps … best wishes and thank you for telling me how much you enjoyed my book!  The world NEEDS more passionate gardeners!!!  Cheers … DIANA

ORDERING BARE-ROOTED ROSES FOR WINTER …

We are almost ready to open bare-rooted roses in our online store www.rosesalesonline.com.au where you can open a WISH LIST and start to select all the lovely new release roses for 2018 along with our regular list of more than 300 varieties which we confidently recommend you grow in your garden.

Remember, “Patience is a virtue”!

You’re welcome to call us at the Rose Farm any Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday to open an order for your bare-rooted roses which will be posted/available for pick-up from late May …

Meantime, enjoy the glory of your garden during the cooler months of autumn … best wishes from us all at Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane … Graham and Diana

ROSE RAMBLER 22.02.2018 …

ROSE RAMBLER 22.02.2018 …

Hello, dear rose friends … thank you all so very much for your lovely messages and best wishes for my 60th birthday yesterday!  I’ve had a most wonderful, fortunate life; blessed with a beautiful family and although I enjoyed my early working career in our family bakery at Kilmore, waitress at all three pubs in town, first real-job as Assistant to Shire Secretary at Kilmore Council and subsequently, great positions in my secretarial profession, I’m so glad that when I met Graham again in 1984, he didn’t promise me a rose garden … but rather, we created a business and became professional Rosarians together!

GRA’S GARBLE …

This is the last week of summer and despite all sorts of weather conditions, our roses have endured and look stunning – just as we expect roses to do!

Q. What has six eyes but cannot see? A. Three blind mice!

MORE LOVELY CLIMBING ROSES AS WEEPING ROSES …

Did I leave the best till last? No, not necessarily, it depends on what you really want to see; these are just beautiful in their own right and deserve a place in your garden!

(Top: LamarqueMiddle: Renae, Bottom: Summers Evening)
Q. What do you call BEARS with no EARS?  A. ‘B’
– it took a while for me to get this one too!

TIMING ROSES FLOWERING FOR AN EVENT IN YOUR GARDEN …

Question via email:

I wish to have my roses blooming for 16th March this year.  I did cut off all buds and many long stems too over one week ago but they all have thrived with some special rose feeding and mulch and look ready to bloom before my March date. So will I just remove all red leaves/buds in the hope they will stall and roses will bloom when I want them on date above?  Mainly David Austin roses grown.  Your advice welcome.  Bev

MY RESPONSE:  I would be surprised if you have lots of blooms for that date … it’s usually 45-60 days prior that you do the cut to guarantee flowering.  We cut the nursery yesterday so that we are ready for Art & Roses 2nd weekend April … gardens being done through this week – we might be a bit cooler but 60 days is good to work with.  Cheers

HERITAGE ROSES IN AUSTRALIA …

If you didn’t already know, I just adore heritage roses!  Here is an extract from the American Rose Annual, 1931 by F.E. Lester

“The discovery, protection and preservation of our old roses constitutes a challenge to all rose lovers.  No one person, no one committee can do justice to it.  It is a duty resting upon all who love the rose, its history, its romance, its usefulness as an agency of human happiness, to save our disappearing old roses for the benefit of present and future generations and to make known their manifold advantages to all who love gardens.”
STANWELL PERPETUAL as the name suggests is perpetually flowering magnificently!  Lovely fragrance, delightfully healthy grey-green foliage as a wonderful foil to the pretty blush-pink to pure white blooms throughout an amazingly long flowering season – in some climates, I guess STANWELL PERPETUAL will flower all year!

It is one of our most favourite old-fashioned roses … please don’t inundate us with requests for this gorgeous rose NOW but rest assured we will continue to stock this rose as long as we own a rose nursery!

So what defines a HERITAGE ROSE?  At the 2016 Heritage Rose National Conference, it was unanimously voted that any rose which was bred 75 years ago or more would qualify.  That is a ‘moving’ date which will eventually include the David Austin roses and since PEACE was bred in 1935, it is now also a HERITAGE / OLD-FASHIONED ROSE!  

If you’re interested in researching roses, always go directly to helpmefind.com/roses and don’t hesitate to leave them a donation for the considerable amount of information they collate which affords us easy access to roses around the world at the push of a button!

Overcoming weeks I will introduce you to some beautiful roses which I hope inspire you to grow at least ONE old-fashioned/heritage rose in order to preserve their glory in Australian gardens forever.

Yeyyh, Diana, Thanks for the Rambler and its news. Couldn’t agree more with being a joiner. A dear lady is giving all of her Rose Annuals to the QRS. They date from 1952. I have most of mine from 1967 except some I gave to an outback family who are still growing lovely roses. I am re-reading some great articles I remember well and wanted to find again. One by Dr A S Thomas on exhibiting in other states. It is surely the best thing ever written on the subject.  It is the 1984 Annual.  I grow a lovely rose called “That’s Life” that is said to be named for Dr Thomas. Can’t agree more with “Teasing Georgia” and “William Morris”. They are among my favourites but I grow them as shrubs. Delicious!  ….Laurel in QLD always sends us lovely emails with great information …

Ann took action … Hi there … Thanks for the Info on joining organisations etc. Years ago I did belong to the Heritage Rose Society and I loved their quarterly journal still have them all.  I let my membership lapse but will now renew. I have lots of species roses on my nature strip mixed with native plants;  there is plenty of room and they are so tough only water is the rain.  I planted there for all little creatures inc. possums and I love listening and watching the birds.  My favourite is Rosa Moyesii Geranium.  Cheers …Ann

(Top: ROSA MOYSEII GERANIUM 
Bottom: ROSA MOYSEII GERANIUM HIPS)
 

Enjoy this last week of summer in your garden …

ROSE RAMBLER 15.02.2018 …

ROSE RAMBLER 15.02.2018 …

Hello, dear rose friends … have you joined a Rose Society or perhaps your local Garden Club yet?  All these groups rely on interested gardeners to swell their ranks which in turn means the group can attract great speakers to their meetings and everybody benefits!
Whenever we receive an invitation to speak at such a group or Club we like to know that we’re not driving a distance to speak with 10 people but rather, fill your local hall with 40-50 or more and yes, we’ll happily come and share our expertise.

We are members of the Rose Society of NSW because we can access a most interesting and useful publication:  Rose Breeders’ Forum.  All groups produce a newsletter and there is a Rose Society in each State.  If you need assistance with finding your local group, please email me:  info@rosesalesonline.com.au and I will source information – I respond to email within 24 hours!

I am particularly fond of old-fashioned roses so maintain my membership of Heritage Roses in Australia – www.heritage.rose.org.au for more information – I have years of their journals and always take at least one away on holidays.

Recently, we joined the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria and I cannot wait to receive their next quarterly newsletter, GARDENERS’ GAZETTE which contains brilliant information!  Contact:  Secretary & Membership – Jennifer Rickerby email:  plantzia@bigpond.com

DO IT NOW!!!  Share your love of gardening with like-minded gardeners and enjoy the friendship and camaraderie which is a natural consequence of being in a Garden Club or Rose Society!

THE LANGUAGE OF THE ROSE

RED ROSEBUD ………. PURE AND LOVELY

WHITE ROSEBUD ………. TOO YOUNG TO LOVE

WHITE ROSE ………. I AM WORTHY OF YOU

WHITE AND RED ROSE TOGETHER ………. UNITY

The Rose Annual 1919, pp 70-76

 

GRA’S GARBLE …

hope you all enjoyed the romance of roses in your life yesterday?  I placed this vase ofKARDINAL on Diana’s desk.

Q.  What happened to the cat that swallowed a ball of wool?  A.  She had mittens.

We promised to show you MORE BEAUTIFUL CLIMBING ROSES which are ALSO AVAILABLE AS WEEPING ROSES … this group are all large-flowered / old-fashioned shaped blooms.  The branching canes will be heavy so the steel ring and pole kit are absolutely essential to enhance the spectacular beauty of these three varieties:

There will be more suggestions for great climbers/weepers next week …
Q.  How do you find where a flea has bitten you?  A. Start from scratch.

BIODYNAMIC GARDENING …

Several years ago I completed this course and urge you to consider undertaking participation so that you too learn how to, amongst other things, make great compost, learn alternative gardening practices to enhance our environment and connect with other gardeners who are inspired to make a difference!  Ernst and Rosie will definitely inspire you in these workshops …

GRA’S BLUE is finally available again!
There was such a demand for my AWARD WINNING, highly fragrant, mini-floribunda rose that we had to de-list it but I’m excited to tell you that we are once again offering magnificent plants of GRA’S BLUE … go to www.rosesalesonline.com.au tomorrowafternoon to see our special offer available until end February 2018.

In closing, HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR … as we enter the Year of the Dog – remember that your dog is always welcome here at the Rose Farm provided they are on a lead because there are usually chooks roaming and we don’t want any incidents!
Yes, we have GRA’S BLUE plants available NOW at Clonbinane … see you real soon …

Cheers from Diana, Graham and MOOI.

ROSE RAMBLER 08.02.2018 …

 

ROSE RAMBLER 08.02.2018 …

Hello, dear rose friends as we revel in this glorious summer weather with green lawns and lushly foliaged roses which are blooming magnificently – such an unprecedented season for us here at Clonbinane where just 9 years ago we endured 48-degree heat and the tragedy of Black Saturday bushfire which entirely destroyed our front garden.

Thankfully, Graham and Ben saved our home and many of the magnificent trees which form the backbone of our ‘paradijs’, which is now resurrected and an absolute delight to us and those who visit!

 

VALENTINE’S DAY …

I remind you that TODAY or TOMORROW at the latest you must organise a GIFT rose for the love in your life to be delivered next WEDNESDAY, ST. VALENTINE’S DAY … if you need EXPRESS POST for interstate delivery you will have to email Diana at:  info@rosesalesonline.com.au as this option is NOT AVAILABLE in the online store but I am more than pleased to be able to send your GIFT ROSE via EXPRESS POST.

My pick for the most incredibly glorious highly fragrant blooms which, when open, fade to rich cerise –  will be a winner so that even the least romantic person could present this rose to the one they love and the message is all said and done in the rose itself – simple!

So, let us here at rosesalesonline.com.au make your gift-giving this St. Valentine’s Day beautifully simple – all you have to do is select the colour of a rose and we’ll gift wrap a magnificent flowering potted specimen and post it to the recipient.  I’m happy to write your romantic message too!
MR. LINCOLN is another beauty which is sure to be an absolute heart-winning rose!
Rather than buy flowers this Valentine’s Day, buy the whole rose bush and enjoy the flowers throughout many years of flowering seasons to be reminded of the love in your life, over and over.
DEVOTED TO YOU … the name says it all on this special occasion … perfectly formed red, red roses!

 

GRA’S GARBLE …

Lots of our customers rely solely on tank water for their gardens.  Naturally, when we don’t get decent rain periods, keeping a constant supply of water happening can be seriously challenging gardening.  If your roses are stressed due to lack of water, lightly trim spent flowers and with as little as 10 litres of water per week, confidently know the bushes will survive until the rain comes.

Q.  What is the biggest ant?  A.  An elephant … of course!

If you haven’t done the Summer pruning, there is still time – it means that your roses will show off their most glorious blooms from mid-March onwards when the temperature is cooler and the flowers last so much longer on the bushes!

We’ll be pruning the potted roses again during the next couple of weeks – we need to time the flowering to ensure we have beautiful flowers for the:

ART & ROSES TOUR
APRIL 14TH & 15TH 

YELLOW LEAVES ON THE LOWER PARTS OF ROSE BUSHES …

is very natural at this time of year and should not cause concern or any need for spraying.  During very hot periods, the water rises from the roots first to the very top of the plant.  A vacuum created in the leaves due to transpiration needs to be filled first.  The lower leaves, which are not very active anymore, are neglected in the water supply, turn yellow and eventually drop off – the rose stems have thickened and the attachment of the leaves is gradually severed.  A bit like we lose hair and skin every day!

Enjoy the sun on your face and the wind in your hair while out gardening and remember to order a rose bush this week so that you’re prepared for the romance on St. Valentine’s Day next Wednesday. One last joke:

Q. What type of jam cannot be eaten?  A. Traffic jam!

 

Cheers from us all here at SILKIES ROSE FARM, Clonbinane

Within 500 metres of the CLONBINANE INTERCHANGE
on the Hume Freeway, 60 kms north of Melbourne
Open every FridaySaturdaySunday and Monday – 9am – 4pm
Phone 03 5787 1123

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ROSE RAMBLER 01.02.2018 …

 

ROSE RAMBLER 01.02.2018 …

Hello, dear rose friends as we start the last month of summer and our gardens look forward to some relief from the scorching heat.

GRA’S GARBLE …

Thanks to the brave souls who ventured here last Sunday for a Walk ‘n’ Talk in the gardens with me … it was great sharing and swapping ideas.

Here’s my funny bit for this week – hope you enjoyed the Australian Open Tennis …

“JOHNNY, why aren’t you playing tennis with Simon anymore?” his mother asked.
“Mum, would you play with someone who always lies about the score?”  Johnny responded.
“Absolutely not!” his mum said.
“Well, neither would Simon,” Johnny said.

“Oh Dear, What Is The Matter? Should I Panic ): !”

….was the heading of a few emails from Jenny before we finally got to the bottom of her issue:

”You’re not doing night watering, are you? The foliage is affected by black spot/fungus which is generally due to wet foliage overnight … it’s been weather like that down here too!!!    See ABRAHAM DARBY affected by night watering:

Perhaps add some eco-rose (fungicide) and eco oil to the eco-seaweed – you can pour it over from a watering can if you want!!!  Hope this helps … cheers

“You are a genius, no doubt about that. I have removed all affected leaves, fed them and yes guilty as charged, night watering – even though I water from below, the leaves are probably getting wet – derh!

You have warned us all countless times about this. Yes, they are growing like crazy, foliage, buds, flowers and I assume roots – no wonder they are hungry. First rose in full bloom – stunning – and lots of rosebuds forming!  I am SO HAPPY with my ABRAHAM DARBYS.

Thank you again for your kindness, your sensational knowledge and wisdom about roses (that you share so passionately with us all) and your perseverance with me. ”  -Jenny

Here is an extract from Diana’s book:  ALL ABOUT ROSES which you should most definitely have a copy of – not stored in a bookcase but on a shelf in the garden shed or really handy so you can refer to rose issues with assurance …

Hose watering

Watering the garden with a hand-held hose or sprinkler is fine if you only have a small garden.  The roses must be watered on a regular basis for them to perform to their maximum capacity.  Leaving them to dry out for weeks on end and then watering every day will cause chaos for the plants and you will start to see incidence of disease and a decreased number of flowers.

Also, giving the roses a light squirt whilst walking around the garden enjoying the splendid evening fragrance with a beverage in one hand and a hose in the other is a definite NO-NO for your roses.  The foliage will remain wet during the night and most certainly lead to the onset of fungus problems like black-spot and powdery mildew.

Q.  What do you call a sleepy bull?  A. A Bulldozer!

STUNNING RAMBLING CLIMBERS…

Stunning Rambling climbers which are also budded to 1.8 metre tall weeping roses:

CREPUSCULE 
Whether grown as a scrambling rose over an arch or structure, this is also our most popular weeping rose …
{PICS:  CREPUSCULE BEST and CREPUSCULE LUKE’S}
PINKIE
Never without flowers and holding a lot of foliage during winter this amazing rambling rose is the most popular pink weeper …
{pics:  PINKIE UP CLOSE and PINKIE WEEPING}
SEAFOAM 
The ‘do anything you like with me’ rose is absolutely brilliant as a weeping specimen rose … remember to feed it copiously, continually!  Glorious rose which may have a slight pink blush during cooler weather but otherwise purest white in massive profusion during more than 9 months of flowering.
{Pics: SEAFOAM WEEPING and SEAFOAM}
Yes, there are more varieties which we highly recommend so I’ll follow through next week with more recommendations.

Meantime, know that we have researched having weeping roses delivered to your door in other States by RANGEVIEW TRANSPORT and although it’s as expensive as the rose itself, you might consider such a spectacular show in your garden very worth the expense!

Please call us at the nursery on 03 5787 1123 during normal business hours – 9am – 4pm  EVERY FRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY and MONDAY if you’re interested.

http://www.rosesalesonline.com.au  IS MOVING FORWARD by adopting www.auspost.com.au eParcel which promises to make sending our beautiful roses more efficient and we’ll have greater support in the event of a parcel going astray.

I am told that because we hand-write our customer address on the box, their computers are way more likely to pass-over our parcels because they cannot read them as quickly as they can the e-Parcel sticker … yes, this definitely happened on several parcels in the lead-up to Christmas.

Let’s see what happens with this new system as we hope to continue to receive emails like this one …

“Hello, Diana …A note to say thank you for your prompt action on my last minute request, by phone, for ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ to be sent to my sister in Ringwood for her birthday. It arrived on time beautifully presented & in bloom she said…she was thrilled … So easy for me too! Thanks again, Lesley”

Enjoy this last month of summer in your rose garden …

ROSE RAMBLER 25.01.2018

ROSE RAMBLER 25.01.2018 …

Hello, dear rose friends … it’s been incredibly hot for all of us and our rose gardens have suffered too … if you have water, open the taps and flood the gardens prior to the next possible onslaught of extreme heat!

GRA’S GARBLE …

It’s NEVER too late to be watering over the roses with ECO-SEAWEED solution because it will afford the roses 3 – 5 degrees of heat tolerance and reduce heat stress.  Ashher would have done well to water her potted roses with Eco-Seaweed … here’s her story:

Hi, I have bought a couple of roses online earlier.  They started well but having some issues, I have attached the pictures appreciate if you can advise what seems to be the problem.  I have planted them with potting mix and recently watered them with Iron chelates. Regards, Asher

MY RESPONSE:  Hello … the pots have been allowed to dry out!!!!  You MUST DEEP SOAK POTTED ROSES EVERY DAY – in extremely hot weather like now, you MUST DO IT TWICE A DAY!!!  Your potting mix will need rewetting – to do this, lower it in a bucket of water and leave it there until ALL THE AIR BUBBLES dissipate.  Then soak it well later.  Add seaweed to the water to recover the plant.

The rose in this picture is NAHEMA ..

Nahmea

It naturally has droopy foliage so that is nothing to worry about – however, that isn’t just drooped foliage, some of those leaves are on CLIMBING BLUE MOON are SCORCHED and will never recover!
 Scorched Nahmea
It was great to hear this response from Ashher …
“Thanks, I have been watering them but with the recent hot weather in Sydney they were really bearing the brunt of the sun so I have to change the position of the pots and I can now see marked improvements.
 
I have given them rose food from Brunnings (I believe that is the brand) and I have fed them seaweed solution 3 times since the purchase ” – Ashher
Another customer was asking advice about watering pots and wondering why the foliage was scorched …
“There’s a bit of debate going on at home about how often to water. It gets up to 30+ where we live and very humid. We have been watering daily between 8-10am. Probably using half a 9L water can for 8 plants. How does this sound to you?” – Matt
MY RESPONSE:  Oh no, Matt … way, way, way NOT ENOUGH!!!  Here we open the hose fully with high pressure and stand there counting 1-2-3 … I was teaching my 10-year-old grandson how to do it this morning … flood the pots at each watering … in the troughs, you MUST do it because they’re terracotta and will leach because it’s porous – unless you treated the inside surface perhaps?

I understand that close to the fence might reflect super hot – well-hydrated plants might tolerate the location way better so you might be able to pop them back there once you get a good handle on watering!…

Take advice from an old guy who’s been managing potted roses for more than 35 years … you MUST SOAK THE POTTING MEDIUM EVERY SINGLE DAY – in seriously hot weather as we are experiencing now, you might do a second watering later in the day!!!

It’s my dream to have an automated shade-mesh pull up over the nursery pots on these really hot days!  How those 20cm pots continue to look so lovely in these extreme conditions is because they’re hand-watered daily and cooled by overhead sprinklers in the middle of the day – also, they’re fertilized with Complete Organic Fertilizer and regularly sprayed or drenched with eco-seaweed.

RETIREE’S LAST TRIP TO COLES…

Rather than tell a few jokes this week, let me share this bit of comedy – (beware, this could be Graham in your local supermarket – he does stuff like this all the time – Diana):

RETIREE’S LAST TRIP TO COLES  

Yesterday I was at my local Coles buying a large bag of Purina dog food for my loyal pet, Jake, the Wonder Dog and was in the check-out line when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog.  What did she think I had… an elephant?

So because I’m retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn’t have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn’t, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I’d lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a Perfect Diet and that the way that it works is, to load your pants pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with
my story.)

Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care, because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stopped to Pee on a Fire Hydrant and a car hit me.

I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard.

Coles won’t let me shop there anymore.  Better watch what you ask retired people. They have all the time in the World to think of crazy things to say. Forward this to all your retired friends…it will be their laugh for the day!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT…

“Dear Graham,  Thank you for your very informative blog. I love this Nursery after driving to collect roses last year. They are so healthy and the staff were very helpful. It is a no fuss or fanfare business but has all the support and quality products. While I am having difficulty finding space for more roses this year I am cultivating another area to do so. Just an excuse to do another drive to the Nursery. Thank you once again for your ongoing information and support.  – Heather

MY RESPONSE: We are most grateful to those who send an email of acknowledgement.  Please know that although I, Diana, manage all the computer ‘stuff’ I am sure to ask Gra to come and take a look whenever he’s mentioned or when there’s something he needs to action … we work together to bring you this Rose Ramber and will continue to produce it as long as you 4,000 subscribers are interested!

There is no doubt that a garden is a fabulous healer – you don’t need to be sick or have had incredible surgery to be healed by the garden!  A bad day in the office or a crazy time with family, sick pet, or any one of the ‘normal’ moments we’ve all come to expect in a day, can dissolve into insignificance after a walk in your rose garden.

But, the big BUT, is, you have to go there – steal the moments to go and pick a bunch of flowers, enjoy the fragrance, maybe pick a weed or two while you’re out there.  Do bring the flowers into the house and place them in a vase so that when you come home from work tomorrow night, there’s a greeting card on your kitchen bench.  The house will smell beautiful too!
Here’s a pic of our kitchen bench last weekend …

And a few more close up pics of roses in those vases …

Graham and a bench
Graham at the Kitchen Bench
ALOHA CLIMBING ROSE
ALOHA CLIMBING ROSE

MUNSTEAD WOOD
MUNSTEAD WOOD

OPEN AUSTRALIA DAY & THIS WEEKEND!

YES! We are open this Friday (Australia Day), Saturday, Sunday and Monday as usual!

Have a love Australia Day long weekend and perhaps pop out to CLONBINANE for the SUMMER ROSE CARE DEMONSTRATION this Sunday, at 11.00am … stay cool …

ROSE RAMBLER 18.1.2018

 

ROSE RAMBLER 18.01.2018 …

Hello dear rose friends – we’ll all cook today as local temperatures climb to 40 degrees so I hope you had an opportunity to deep soak your rose gardens during this past week?  I guess the roses will scorch but the great thing about them is that you can trim them this weekend and they’ll be glorious again within 45 – 60 days.

GRA’S GARBLE …

There are advantages to this hot dry weather – it ‘burns-off’ black-spot and mildew fungus spores which attack our roses during humid weather conditions and when foliage stays damp overnight – as it has most definitely been here during past weeks.

Q.  What lies at the bottom of the ocean and twitches?  A.  A nervous wreck.

Marianne emailed … “Hi and happy new year to your team ..  This summer with waves of high heat and then evening mists here in Braidwood, NSW, my roses have the worst black spot attack in years – l-ast week they had their monthly rose maintenance program as per your recipe but as the infection is so bad i think they would benefit from more frequent anti-fungal treatment.  In writing about black spot in your book you suggest that in humid conditions weekly application may be necessary – do you mean application of the full rose maintenance mixture or just the anti-fungal – I’m using eco-rose – and the eco-oil components mixed into 10 litres? I don’t want to make matters worse by over feeding them!!

My response:  “Yes, I was watering pots in the nursery this morning – we’re all in the same boat and I’m hoping tomorrow’s heat will burn-off the fungal attack … it’s such a difficult time when it’s ever so hot that you cannot apply the spray, then it’s damp/wet and you can’t apply the spray … I got lucky on Monday and sprayed but possibly too late because a lot of varieties have spotted foliage!

I will re-do the spray on Monday coming … perhaps you might use just the Eco-rose but always put in the Eco-oil (you can reduce the quantity of oil but you need it as a sticker/spreader/dispersant).

When I run a spray program I ALWAYS use the eco-seaweed – applied to the foliage it definitely aids in strengthening the foliage against disease … for the small amount you use, it’s worth adding I think!!!

Hope this is helpful.  Oh, and don’t be afraid to give them all a decent trim that retain as much foliage as possible … 1/3 off would be ok!  Cheers … GRAHAM

IN THE ONLINE STORE …

We have decided to hold off allowing bare-rooted roses to be purchased NOW but will reactivate the WISH LIST function to enable you to save the varieties you see when browsing.  Our reason for this delay is that it seems extreme to have you pay for roses which you won’t receive for at least 6 months!

In coming weeks we will show you pics of the 2018 New Release Roses which we have decided to offer this year – there are more than 60 available!  Since we have seen most of them in the field we promise to offer only varieties which we consider worthy of growing in your garden!

Posting roses has not slowed with lots of GIFT ROSES being sent when there is a family event to acknowledge – birth, death, marriage, anniversary or just to say:  “I care”.  Lots of customers are still buying roses for planting in their own garden – Jo was thrilled with the rose I posted recently:
“Hi Diana, The JUST JOEY rose arrived this morning and I have to say WOW! Thank you so much for such an awesome plant! It even had two flowers on it and the plant was much bigger than I had envisioned. Thank you so much for your prompt attention and the fantastic packaging!”

MY RESPONSE:  WOW back!   I love it when I get such great feedback from our customers and it all works so much better NOW than when Auspost were flooded in the Christmas lead-up and things went a bit pear-shaped and some customers get nasty … ooooh, I so hate that!  This is beautiful – just as it should be!  Thank you!  DIANA

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

WHERE ARE THE WORMS NOW??

Whenever I plant into the garden, there are usually worms.  This past weekend I was planting a border of plants (getting ready for the Art & Roses Tour and lots of visitors to the Rose Farm in April).  Surprisingly, I didn’t see a worm but in reflection, that makes sense because even though our garden beds are well mulched, those worms are not silly.

The worms are way, way down in the soil – probably starting to sort out which mate they’ll entertain in their upcoming mating season.  Know they’re there if your soil is moist way down and the nutrients and mulch are ready in the upper layers.  Worms are such a vital ingredient of humus-rich soil and they will dig and aerate your garden for you if you provide the perfect environment for them!

Q.  Did I tell you the joke about the ceiling?  Oh, forget it … its way over your head!

Here’s a few pics of the loveliest roses flowering in our gardens today –

 Mary Rose
MARY ROSE
Prolific, bushy and has a great fragrance. Masses of loose petalled, double rose pink blooms appear throughout the season – you will not be disappointed.
 
MAGGIE
Modern Shrub rose named for our very own Maggie Tabberer who is the patron of the Melanoma Foundation who receive the royalty payments from sales of this rose in Australia.

WALK AND TALK – SUMMER PRUNING

Don’t miss out! We’ll be hosting another Walk & Talk about the Rose Farm and tips and demonstrations about summer pruning over the next two weekends.

Come down and say hi!

Flowers and gloves

 

Saturday 20th of January, at 2.00pm
Sunday 28th of January, at 11.00am

Stay cool and we’ll talk to you again next week … If you have any queries, please email:  info@rosesalesonline.com.au and we’ll respond within 24 hours
Cheers from us all here at SILKIES ROSE FARM, Clonbinane

Within 500 metres of the CLONBINANE INTERCHANGE
on the Hume Freeway, 60 kms north of Melbourne
Open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday – 9am – 4pm
Phone 03 5787 1123

ROSE RAMBLER 21.12.2017

ROSE RAMBLER 21.12.2017 …

Hello, dear rose friends for the last Rose Rambler this year.  We enjoy compiling this newsletter and welcome your comments and information-sharing, ideas, your photos and emails – thank you so much for contributing – it makes the Rose Rambler a valued email when more than 3,500 interested rose gardeners receive it every Thursday morning around this time!

Being seasonally appropriate here’s GRA’S GARBLE starting with a joke:

 Q.  How do sheep greet each other at Christmas?  A.  A Merry Christmas to ewe!  (my question to this joke was:  so what do ‘boy’ sheep say? … “HO HO HO” – such a ‘boy’ response!)

Sally Holmes

 

 

Sally Holmes 

Rhapsody in Blue

 

 

 

 

Rhapsody In Blue

Gold Bunny

 

 

 

Gold Bunny

 

 

 

During our break, I’ll take a video of Diana doing summer pruning as she’s sure to have a different method to show you! We’ll keep everyone posted once this goes up!
There are some amazing roses in the nursery in case you’re thinking of dropping past for that last-minute Christmas present:–

We’ll be open this weekend as usual right up to 4pm on SUNDAY and Diana will pop a lovely gift-wrap on roses you’re purchasing for Christmas gifting.

Here’s my final funny one for this year …“Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.

‘In honour of this holy season,’ Saint Peter said, ‘To get into heaven you must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas.’

The man from England fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter; he flicked it on. ‘It represents a candle’, he said.

‘You may pass through the pearly gates’ Saint Peter said.

The man from New Zealand reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, ‘They’re bells.’

Saint Peter said ‘You may pass through the pearly gates’.
The Australian started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women’s panties.

St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, ‘And just what do those symbolize?’

The Aussie replied, ‘These are Carols.’ “Keep smiling and enjoy your garden these holidays – Gra

It was such a pleasure to receive this email earlier in the week:

“Hi Diana, Ross picked up the rose and was overwhelmed with tears by the sentiment. He loved that it was called “FATHER’S LOVE” – so appropriate to remember the passing of his youngest son.
Its gifts like these that really do lighten the burden for those suffering the loss of a loved one. Thankyou rosesalesonline, for offering a truly wonderful service.

We’ll start posting roses again on FRIDAY, 5TH JANUARY, 2018 when we can rely on Auspost to once again deliver our magnificent roses in a timely fashion.
Obviously, the website is open and you can continue placing orders throughout our holiday time. Meantime, from our family to you and yours, we wish you MERRY CHRISTMAS along with good health and happiness throughout 2018 …

Cheers from us all here at SILKIES ROSE FARM, Clonbinane
Within 500 metres of the CLONBINANE INTERCHANGE on the Hume Freeway, 60 kms north of Melbourne Open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday – 9am – 4pm Phone 03 5787 1123