ROSE RAMBLER 20.6.2013

ROSE RAMBLER 20.6.2013
Hello dear rose friends … Whoever would have thought two silly (‘poppy’) jokes could provoke such fun responses from you lovely gardeners? Alex from Macedon was the first email opened and so, is ‘stoked’ to receive the two free roses. Surely google doesn’t know the answer to EVERY joke?

Here’s an original from Lisa – a 4.00am email: Q. How was the banana skin returned to Mother Nature? 
Only Lisa and I know the answer so the first correct answer will receive a free Winter STANDARD rose … bring on the answer!

IN THE ROSE GARDEN THIS WEEK … The Winter rose season is now in full swing – I am down at Kalangadoo with my grower, Brian, sorting and packing all the orders we received at Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show – handling exemplary quality bare-rooted rose plants. Thankfully, I have my sharp Lowe secateurs along with my Pellenc battery powered pruners because my Lixion secateurs make pruning the strong canes and roots of the beautiful two-year old rose plants so much more ergonomically efficient … forever glad I chose this equipment instead of the diamond ring when we celebrated 25 years of marriage some years ago!!!

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU RECEIVE YOUR ROSES THIS WINTER … Because it was such a wonderful growing season, your new roses from Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane, will be HUGE plants which were trimmed in the field and I have trimmed again to make it possible to post them to you! You MUST
– Unpack and soak the roses in a liquid seaweed solution prior to planting – not more than 24 hours!
– Plant the roses as soon as you receive them – or heel them in big pots or friable soil ready for later planting
– Trim the roses again by at least a third before you plant in a sunny location with no less than 5 hours sun per day
– Soak the new roses immediately after planting – water over with liquid seaweed fortnightly
– Apply a light mulch around the roses – lucerne or pea straw highly recommended

There are lots of useful tips on the website – you can always email me if you need further advice.

COMMUNITY RADIO – MELBOURNE 3CR – 855 ON AM BAND … This Sunday, 23rd June, I will be doing my annual stint on the 3CR Radiothon and it’s a brilliant opportunity for you to tune in, offer a donation in return for the most amazing plethora of gardening products, books, tools, garden consultancies, magazine subscriptions, rose vouchers, etc. etc.
You are able to select goods to the value of every dollar you donate so please tune into 855 on the AM Band this Sunday morning from 7.30am – 9.30am and listen to me go hoarse while I reel off the amazing products available.
If you would like me to bring your products back to Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane so that you can collect them from here, please ask the telephonist you speak to at 3CR – take advantage of this brilliant offer .. PHONE: 03 9419 8377 or 03 9419 0155 THIS SUNDAY!

SUNDAY, 30th JUNE – 11.00 am
SATURDAY, 6th JULY – 11.00 am
SUNDAY, 14th JULY – 1.00 pm (note time change from 11.00am … sleep in morning!)

IN CLOSING … Stay warm and cuddly while you listen to some beautiful music ….

“When the night has been too lonely, and the road has been too long;
And you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun’s love, in the spring becomes the rose….”

BETTE MIDLER’S song reminds us to plant roses to give us pleasure … plant a few new roses in your garden this Winter so that when the roses flower again this coming Spring, you can enjoy the romance of your own roses!

Cheers from Diana, Graham and Dingo, Bonnie – celebrating her 14th birthday!

ROSE RAMBLER 13.6.2013

ROSE RAMBLER – 13.6.2013
Hello dear rose friends … I was re-inducted to the Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell earlier this week! The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is very special to me and I’m thrilled to once again be able to commit time to this very worthwhile organisation which does such an immensely fabulous job of working in humanitarian projects around the World.

NEW SEASON’S ROSES … I have the greatest admiration for our rose-grower, Brian and you will too when you see the magnificent roses he has produced again this year. The first boxes of roses have arrived so the orders will be processed in the coming weeks – as soon as your rose order is ready to be collected/posted, I will notify you. NOT ALL THE ROSES ARE IN YET so if you don’t hear from me immediately, do not panic – it is a very late season because of the warm Autumn weather and it is important for the roses to ‘harden’ and naturally defoliate. Remember, we work WITH Nature – the result is a far superior rose for your garden!!!

ROSE PRUNING DEMONSTRATIONS … There are still a few places left in the following demonstrations – NOTE the NEW dates which are now available up to mid-July …

SUNDAY, 16th JUNE – 11.00 am – FULLY BOOKED
SATURDAY, 22nd JUNE – 1.00pm
SUNDAY, 30th JUNE – 11.00am
SATURDAY, 6th JULY – 11.00 am
SUNDAY, 14th JULY – 11.00am

Graham will be taking the “Show on the Road” by doing demonstrations in the Wellington Square Shopping Centre in Wallan on Thursday, 11th, Friday, 12th and Saturday, 13th July between 11.00am and 3.00pm. These demos were very successful last year so do drop in if you live in the area and give him something to talk about! There will also be demonstrations at the Whittlesea Court House on a Saturday in July … date to be advised next week.

ROSE OF THE WEEK … There are almost no roses flowering now, however, this little ripper still is and needs considering when you are purchasing your Winter roses because it’s a delight every single week of the flowering season and is only just finishing flowering … ‘Tintern’ is a fragrant ground-covering rose – we have it planted as a border along the entrance drive-way to the Silkies Rose Farm where, despite being planted within two metres of the huge Eucalyptus tree, it flowers and flowers in a stunning array of golden-yellow, orange and bright red – one of the ‘easy-peasy’ beauties which is so useful anywhere in the rose garden …

HAVE A LAUGH … Here are two of Graham’s jokes … the first person to email the correct answers to both jokes will receive two bare-rooted Winter bush roses of your choice, posted to your door – I will publish all the answers and announce the winner with your first name ONLY … do, please have a go at this! I’ve been living with these jokes for years and still get stumped but I know there are lots of very clever gardeners out there!!!
JOKE NO. 1 Why was the sand wet?
JOKE NO. 2 Why did the tomato blush?
Think like a child, think funny and think gardening and you’re sure to come up with the correct answer – share the fun with family over dinner or with colleagues at work … send the answers in an email! Don’t be shy …

QUOTATION FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION … EHRENFRIED PFEIFFER, 1981 … One of the most important scientists of the 20th Century … “The whole problem is primarily a moral one. Our future depends upon our choice between death forces and life forces; upon whether or not we will return in humility to the soil. The great questions are: Will we return to a philosophy of life which lays stress upon growth? Will our youth be educated in the spirit of growing things, and of service to life? Will they learn that it means more than money to plant our seeds and harvest crops? If the right inner attitude towards the soil penetrates the human race again, a renaissance of rural life will begin, and not only will new resources be created for our population, but spiritually we will be ‘safe’ …” Re-read the quotation and it makes so much sense!

IN CLOSING … Please take time within the space of your family and your back-yard to get down and dirty this weekend, plant some seedling colour, maybe some Winter veggies … definitely leave space for a beautiful, fragrant rose which is now available at the Rose Farm, CLONBINANE … see you soon ..


We all want / expect QUALITY when we purchase a new item and purchasing new roses for your garden should be no exception! When you want to purchase new roses for your garden then a visit to the SILKIES ROSE FARM AT CLONBINANE is an absolute MUST because you will be able to purchase the most beautiful quality two-year old roses … RIGHT NOW!

At SILKIES ROSE FARM, CLONBINANE, you don’t just get great roses, you get the back-up service to ensure that …

1. You select the right roses – roses which you will want to love and care for!
2. Roses which suit the location you are planting into – do it once, do it right!
3. The most recent-release and ‘high-health’ roses available in Australia
4. All the products you need to make your rose growing experience easy and rewarding

Today there were people at the Rose Farm who drove quite some distance to collect a few roses which they had previously ordered … they told me how glad they were to personally collect the roses because I was able to advise them how to manage their roses in the future! Their past experience was that their standard roses kept blowing off in the wind and the stakes kept breaking … easy-peasy to purchase the great tie-material we use and recommend and WOW, take a look at how to properly stake a standard rose!

Soon I will do a video and show you how to stake and tie your standard roses … meantime, if you live within driving distance, a visit to the SILKIES ROSE FARM AT CLONBINANE for your total rose experience is a MUST … see you soon!


Hello dear rose friends … today it’s my immediately younger sister’s birthday – we’ve always enjoyed joshing with people about her being older than me … as sisters do! My sister Veronica has an interesting birthday because when we were kids, we celebrated her special day on the 7th of June. When she went to get a passport, her birth certificate stated 6th June as her birth date – relatives in Holland have shown me telegrams dated 1st June?

She’s lucky really because I applied for a passport when I was nearly 18 and wanted to travel overseas … I didn’t even exist! Many statutory declarations later, together with a letter from the Hospital where I’ve been told I was born in Leeton, NSW stating that my mother had “a living female child on …” were evidence enough to get my passport.

In this glorious Winter, I’m happy to be alive and so thankful that I live in this wonderful country where we grow the finest wool … there is nothing quite like being out in the rose garden rugged up in Australian woollen clothing … highly recommend that you treat yourself to at least one Australian woollen garment to keep you snug and warm in the Winter rose garden!

YES, IT’S OK TO START PRUNING YOUR ROSES … IT’S JUNE! … I know you’ve been waiting for me to give the ‘go ahead’ for you to get stuck into the rose pruning. Remember, however, what I mentioned last week … treat yourself to the opportunity of becoming skilled at pruning and come along to one of the PRUNING DEMONSTRATIONS – still vacancies in the following AND A QUICK PHONE CALL TO : 5787 1123 OR 0418 33 77 65 WILL RESERVE YOUR PLACE:
TOMORROW … FRIDAY, 7th – 1.00pm
SUNDAY, 16th JUNE – 11.00 am
SATURDAY, 22nd JUNE – 1.00pm
Please bring your pruning equipment with you so that we can go through the sharpening and maintenance of your gear to make the pruning experience so much more ergonomic and safe for you and your plants! Please also bring your children along so that they can be pruning our roses while we’re teaching you how to prune yours!

‘GREEN CLEANING’ WITH TRI-NATURE … It is important to let you all know that we are still distributors of the fabulous Tri-Nature range of cleaning and skin-care products! Just the other day, I was cleaning the glass on our fire-place and I had the most amazing experience … the laundry is closer than the kitchen and rather than traipse up to the kitchen I grabbed the ENHANCE PRE-WASH SPRAY – as the name suggests, usually used on dirty clothes prior to washing them. I couldn’t believe how well the cooled glass was sparkling clean so easily! For the glass on the fire-place and the stove, I usually use BLITZ OVEN CLEANER. Another one of the wonderful Tri-Nature products which is ‘multi-use’ and so economical too!!! It has taken me 8 years to use 1 litre of SPHAGNUM MOSS DISINFECTANT … diluted to hospital-grade at 5ml : 500ml water!

If you have a septic system or sewerage treatment unit at your place, can I recommend that you swap over to using these great AUSTRALIAN products – treat yourself, your family and our environment – the products may seem expensive when you first purchase them but over the long-term you will see they are extremely economical and they, above all, make cleaning easy and very pleasant with natural, lasting odours. You’ll also enjoy skipping the dreadful smell of the ‘cleaning products’ aisle at your supermarket … a treat in itself!! I would be happy to send a catalogue and price list – if you are interested please phone 03 5787 1123.

THE ROSES ARE DUG … Yeah! The report from Brian, our rose grower is that the two-year old roses are magnificent plants and are now ready for grading, sorting and despatch. We will have roses here at the Silkies Rose Farm within the next week and then we have to sort, label, heel-in and contact you all once your order is ready for collection/despatch!

Because the standard roses are still flowering, digging them will be a bit longer yet. If your order contains standard roses, those orders will be processed late June/early July … the Winter rose season is exciting and well under way!

PROPOSITION LIKE NO OTHER … The new Langshan chooks are different to what we’re used to … they fly around the pen, sit up on high perches and poop everywhere! The Silkie fowls always nest in a huddle on the ground and they don’t fly wildly around the pen. In an effort to ‘train’ these new chooks, Graham found an old fishing net so he got busy stitching one of his old singlets around the edge of it, knotted the shoulder straps and so had invented a way of being able to gently catch the Langshan’s … anyway, he got the thing together, was trying it out on a pair of boots on the lounge-room floor and then nicely asked me to “get down on the floor, make like a chook and I’ll see if I can catch you” – we laughed till we cried!
The following morning I asked him how his ‘chook catcher’ worked; he smugly told me “the three roosters are up in the training cages” … jeez, I’m really pleased I didn’t get down on the floor and make like a chook … ! Here’s Graham stitching …



Have a happy long weekend – hope the weather is fine enough for a spell in the rose garden … enjoy the moments!

Diana, Graham and dingo, Bonnie

9.00 am – 4.30 pm or AND JUNE, 2013


Last Monday I had a machine dig and level the area for my new rose garden … 20 x 20 metres square. Because it is a large area and has never been planted before, it is my intention to plant a green manure crop of oats and vetch, turn that back into the soil to energize and aerate the soil ready to plant the rose bushes in the late Spring.

I spread the seed and raked it into the soil. Since the seed was sown, we have had 30 mls of rain but today I re-seeded because I don’t know how they know about it, but I now have cockatoos and galahs eating the seed! After the first seed was sown, within 24 hours there were about eight galahs and by this past weekend, there were at least 20 of them and more than 30 cockatoos having a grand feed!

Can anybody tell me how these birds know that I planted the seed? I have NEVER had them in the rose gardens before in such numbers – they fly over all the time, they are in this area but suddenly they are in my rose garden …?

Today I re-seeded and raked. On one part I have placed some bird netting and it will be interesting to see how long it takes for the seed under the netting to emerge – I will keep you posted … hopefully with good news!!!



USING THE AUTUMN LEAVES … If you like to rake the Autumn leaves please don’t pile them up and burn them! Run the mower (with catcher on) over the fallen leaves and mulch your rose garden with them – the lawn clippings that come with the leaves will add nitrogen to the rose garden too.

From: Joanne
Sent: Thursday, May 30, 2013 4:30 PM


Just a query. I thought lawn clippings depleted the garden of nitrogen, do you mean old clippings
or fresh one mixed with the leaves. I agree with demonstrating pruning. I had a technician here today
showing me how to do the Avery jam labels – it makes sense after a month of trying!

Last night we had a speaker from SGA on selecting, placement, preparation, pruning and harvesting of fruit trees
mainly apples and pears and, like you mentioned, not to think of pruning until after leaf fall (Manningham Council puts
this on last Wednesday in the month). Last month it was Helen Tuton (soil scientist) on soils. Never can learn enough.



On 30/05/2013, at 7:00 PM, Diana Sargeant wrote:

Hey Joanne … when I wrote that, I thought about it and yes, there is the theory that lawn clippings in heaps deplete the soil of nitrogen (and other nutrients!!!) however, because the lawns aren’t too long right now, to collect the leaves with some lawn clippings and then throw over the garden is a really good idea …. certainly way, way better than burning them. I have to be creative and address ALL the gardeners, young, old, experienced, inexperienced, etc. etc. – on issues such as this one, it’s difficult and like I said, better to give everybody a way of clearing the autumn leaves rather than burning them!!! Thanks for your ongoing interest in Silkies Rose Farm … cheers …

Diana Sargeant

From Joanne, 31.5.2013

Thanks Diana, I see the point. I was confused because like I said last night the speaker addressed
this issue as someone asked if it was OK to pile up the lawn clippings under the citrus trees!
Thanks for clearing that up


ROSE RAMBLER 30.5.2013

Hello dear rose friends … yes, a gloriously stunning Autumn is now ended and Winter is with us for the next three months … time to wrap yourself up and provided your roses have finished flowering and you don’t live in the cold zones, you can sharpen your secateurs and get into the garden for rose pruning. Remember, there is no race with the pruning – you might consider doing a ROSE PRUNING DEMONSTRATION with us before you start hacking away at your roses.

Here are a few facts about learning … if I was to tell you in this Rose Rambler how to prune your roses, by the time you get out into the garden tomorrow, you will only remember 10% of what I have written about rose pruning. If you read my information and then start chatting with somebody about pruning, how to do it, when to do it and all the equipment you need, your memory will jump to 50% – you’ll be ‘half an expert pruner’ … that’s OK and your roses will bloom again in Spring.

However, if you join a discussion group, practise by doing and immediately use what you are learning, you will retain 90% of the information you have received – it all makes sense to me that you should BOOK NOW to come along to one of our pruning demonstrations … treat yourself and your roses by learning how to be a 90% expert pruner! It is IMPERATIVE that you bring your rose pruning equipment with you to the rose pruning demonstrations … we will show you how to sharpen and maintain your tools and you can use your clean and sharpened secateurs under our watchful guidance.

Each ROSE PRUNING DEMONSTRATION is limited to 10 attendees per session so that you can gain the maximum experience – allow at least two hours per session and then stick around for morning/afternoon tea. The dates are as follows:
SATURDAY, 1st JUNE – 2.00 pm
SUNDAY, 2nd JUNE – 10.00 am
SUNDAY, 16th JUNE – 11.00 am
SATURDAY, 22nd JUNE – 1.00pm
The cost is $25.00 per person and you are welcome to bring your children free of charge – they can run and play while you learn or we will offer them a sharp pair of secateurs and they can prune our roses and be occupied while you are learning … giggle! We promise you a great day out!!

If you belong to a Garden/Probus Club and you can organise a group of between 4-8 (one or two comfortable car loads), we will conduct a special ROSE PRUNING DEMONSTRATION on a day which suits your group – booking is absolutely essential and can be on any day other than the designated dates listed above.

NEW SEASON / WINTER / BARE-ROOTED ROSES … Yes, they’re nearly here and let me give a brief explanation of why we don’t have our new season / Winter / bare-rooted roses as early as you see them in all the chain stores … it’s been a very mild Autumn and in rose gardens which haven’t been affected by frost, the roses are blooming incessantly … the same is happening in the paddock where the roses are grown!

To pull those flowering roses out of the ground would cause them immense grief … they MUST have time to defoliate naturally and harden before lifting – that is now happening! Within the next few weeks, the roses will be here at the Silkies Rose Farm and we will be contacting you as soon as your order is processed and ready for collection or posting! We believe in letting Nature take her course – as with all aspects of gardening, every season is different and patience is a virtue!!!

USING THE AUTUMN LEAVES … If you like to rake the Autumn leaves please don’t pile them up and burn them! Run the mower (with catcher on) over the fallen leaves and mulch your rose garden with them – the lawn clippings that come with the leaves will add nitrogen to the rose garden too.
Cheers from Diana, Graham, Dingo Bonnie and chooks at SILKIES ROSE FARM, CLONBINANE

9.00 am – 4.30 pm


Sent: Monday, May 27, 2013 2:50 PM
To: ‘Diana Sargeant’
Subject: RE: standard roses inquirey

Hi Diana,
Thanks so much for your honest opinion and sound advise as it has given me a lot to consider (reconsider). I should have mentioned that I wasn’t going to plant the Princess De Monaco and the Abracadabra side by side, but taking on board what you have said and thinking how the driveway is a mixture of plain coloured roses and bi-coloured, I would be happy to choose something different than the Abracadabra. (Princess De Monaco would be a keeper though as I have had this in a bush at our previous house and fell in love with it, and planning to place it next to our Mr. Lincoln standard where it was placed in our last garden)

RE: the ‘weeping’ Burgundy Iceberg…not sure where I saw it, but yes it was advertised as a small, 4ft weeper…I have time to choose one though as the bed Iam planning for it would not be ready for aprox. another 12mths as we have a pine stump to contend with first. This will give me some time to make a trip out and have a look at your wonderful roses.

Will keep in touch,
Thanks again

Thanks Rachael … sometimes my honesty gets me into strife! Obviously not so this time!!! Excellent choice to stay with Princess de Mon … gorgeous rose and next to Mr. Lincoln it will be perfect!

The Burgundy Iceberg can be purchased as a 4 ft STANDARD rose and should not be advertised as a WEEPING rose. I don’t even really recommend it as a 4 foot standard because if you can imagine a 4 foot rose stick …. (1.2metres) with 4 ft (1.2mts) of growth above that, tell me, how do you prune it or enjoy the flowers? Yes, with a step-ladder! My sons who are over 6 ft tall might be okay with pruning a standard of that height but most of us couldn’t possibly see the flowers on a rose so tall. The 4ft standard roses are okay in certain locations but care needs to be taken with selecting them for ordinary garden beds!

I would be more than happy to assist you in re-designing and planning your new garden! Great to hear that you know not to plant the weeping rose until the stump and residue from a pine tree is well and truly taken care of … many times in gardening, patience is an absolute virtue!

See you soon … cheers …

Diana Sargeant
PH: 03 5787 1123
MOBILE: 0418 337765


From: Ds@Kilmore
Sent: Sunday, May 26, 2013 5:04 PM
Subject: standard roses inquirey

We are replanting the driveway of a house we have bought in Kilmore and are looking for some specific varieties of 3ft standard roses. We are after Princess De Monaco and Abracadabra and wondering if you stock these? In the future we would also like to purchase a weeping Burgundy Iceberg and wondering if you stock these as well? Could you also give as an idea of prices for these plants if you are able to help us out.
Thanking you in advance,
Rachael and Jeremy

Hi Rachael and Jeremy … thank you for your enquiry! Firstly, let me say that you would “have my neck” if I sold you those two varieties to plant up the driveway! Secondly, you would really ‘neck’ me if I sold you a ‘weeping’ Burgundy Iceberg … I seriously hope that there is nobody in the industry selling Burgundy Iceberg as a weeping rose because it will NEVER weep!

Now for some explanations! Princess de Monaco is a wonderful, wonderful rose and I would be more than happy to supply it as a standard rose on your driveway. Abracadabra needs a very warm to hot location to perform and I don’t know that it is in production/sold as a standard rose … I can hardy bare it that I sell this rose as a bush – it is such a woeful performer in most situations and when I do sell it, it is sold without our 100% guarantee … despite being told this, some people want to have it! The striped rose which I can highly recommend is ‘Maurice Utrillo’ … awesome!!!

Most importantly, Princess de Monaco and Abracadabra are so opposingly different that they would look shocking planted together! If you asked me to supply standard roses of ‘Maurice Utrillo’ and Princess de Monaco for your driveway, I would suggest something (anything!!!) different too!

My recommendation to you might be P de M and say, a highly fragrant pink in the same shade as the P de M border … ie. The Children’s Rose or if you would rather have a striped rose like Maurice Utrillo, then have a great, highly fragrant red like ‘Tatjana’ or maybe a yellow like, say, ‘Gold Bunny’. All colours can go together most of the time – just NOT a bi-colour and a striped!!!

Now to the weeping rose … if it is a red rose you want as the weeper, the one I highly recommend is ‘Summer’s Evening’ … however, it is not a burgundy red – it’s bright, pillar box red but it is always in flower and will weep beautifully! If the colour is not the issue here, there are many, many wonderful weeping roses which will create a magnificent spectacle in your garden … let’s get together some time and sort out the colour theme for your garden. Please don’t waste your money on roses which are sure to cause you grief … come out to the Silkies Rose Farm at Clonbinane and although it is very late in the season to be able to show you actual rose blooms, I can certainly assist you in creating a beautiful, spectacular rose garden at your new house … one that I know you will love and be proud of for many, many years!

I hope that you are not offended by my response to your request … I really, really care that people have a beautiful rose garden and in many ways, I am glad that you have approached me for advice!

Cheers …

Diana Sargeant




PH: 03 5787 1123

MOBILE: 0418 337765



From: Angela
Sent: Sunday, May 26, 2013 4:18 PM
Subject: RE: Roses have thrip..

Hi Diana,

I hope that you can help me with the following. I bought roses from you awhile ago. However, I have just been told that my roses have developed – ‘thrip’. How do I get rid of it?
Would the liquid seaweed (I bought this from you) get rid of thrip or do I need to use something else?

Looking forward to your response on the above real soon.


Hello Angela … the only way the roses can have ‘thrip’ is they come in on hot winds from the north … since we haven’t had that, I suspect that whoever told you that you have thrip does not quite know what thrip are … it can be very confusing and lots of people call ‘aphids’ … ‘thrip’ … aphids are little sucking insects – usually green or light brown. Then there are ‘mites’ which are on the underside of the foliage although the insect might be difficult to see without a magnifying glass, you can usually identify the mites by the webbing they produce.

So, to analyse what insect it is that you have on your roses, check the underside of the leaves … any webbing? No! Good, we know that you don’t have mite!

It is almost impossible that you would have thrip at this time of the year … it is also a very small insect and very visible on pale blooms … tiny little devils which are always moving and when you pull the rose bloom apart, especially if you do it on a white plate, you’ll see the thrip very easily. When I was a young Mum, I would proudly hang my lovely white cloth nappies on the washing line and sometimes after strong hot northerly winds, the nappies would look dirty because they had thrip on them! That’s how I know to open the flower on a white plate for identification … can’t imagine you have cloth nappies hanging on your washing line??? giggle!!!

Then next area to check – are there small green/brown insects at the buds? Bingo, you have ‘aphids’ and NO, the liquid seaweed will not do anything to them … it will make your rose feel and look great which is probably what the aphids are thinking too!

Aphids can be a nuisance, not only on roses but on a host of other plants and vegetables as well – we use and recommend Eco-oil rose maintenance program because it is very friendly to all the other beneficial insects which are in your garden! If you only have a few plants, the watering can method is easy – to a 9-10 litre watering can, add 1/4 cup Eco-oil and pour over the plants, preferably in the morning. Do this a couple of times at 3-5 day intervals and you will have upset the breeding program of the adult aphids to adequately keep the insects at bay. Monthly application of the rose maintenance program with the added Eco-Rose fungicide and liquid seaweed are highly recommended for ongoing health of your roses. Using a spray unit is more economical!

Hope this is helpful and please let me know what insect it is you have! If it isn’t one of the above, back to the drawing board! Talk soon … cheers …

Diana Sargeant




PH: 03 5787 1123

MOBILE: 0418 337765