ROSE RAMBLER 17.03.2017 …
Hello dear rose friends as we experience glorious autumn weather! No sign of decent rain though so we’ve been deep-soaking all garden beds to be sure our gardens look fabulous when we expect lots of visitors during the rest of autumn.
In last week’s Rose Rambler there was a bit of a glitch – this story was placed AFTER closing greeting – some of you may have read it, definitely not all of you so I am repeating it this week …
AWESOME SERIES OF ROSES … I bang on about this series and I ask those of you who grow even one KNOCKOUT (doesn’t matter which variety) please do as Laurel from Sunshine Coast, QLD has done and tell us ALL how grand these roses are in your climate …
“It takes a bit for folk to warm to KNOCKOUT but once they see it in full bloom and see its use in a vase, they are hooked. In early spring there is very little more sensational than DOUBLE KNOCKOUT.
DOUBLE KNOCKOUT in Adelaide Park
I have been pruning rather severely between each flush and finding that the resultant flush is really a magnet.
People will wake up to realise what they could grow. I guess I can say that, with a huge space to be filled! KNOCKOUT cuts so easily too so I have plenty planted and the brides love them as they fill out an arrangement and last so well !
I am delighted to promote this useful garden rose in all its forms as I have never seen black spot on its shiny masses of foliage and its lovely hips are great at Christmas for ornaments and table arrangements. What a treasure!” Laurel
Please send me your opinion of any KNOCKOUT roses you’ve grown. Because Debi read the article last week, she forwarded this appraisal …
“Hi Guys – Just finished reading your latest email regarding readers opinions on ‘Knockout’. Well I just can’t say enough. I’m pretty new to roses – only started my ‘addiction’ about 2 1/2yrs ago & in that time I’ve planted 27 roses. I live in Coffs Harbour on the coastline of northern NSW & it gets very humid.
Out of all the roses I have I can honestly say that ‘both the Double & Pink Knockouts are by far the healthiest, most disease free, bushiest & ALWAYS IN FLOWER roses that I have in my garden without a doubt!!’ Growing & maintaining them is hassle-free with no need for any fussing & spraying… I JUST LOVE THEM!!!
They may not have the prettiest of ‘rose type flower’ but if you want bright colour NEARLY ALL YEAR ROUND on disease free roses, I don’t know of a better rose, & if you do, can you PLEASE tell me…
Also I do get a chuckle every time I read the little jokes… It is appreciated … Regards, Debi”
So there you go! I dream of seeing the highways and byways of Australia planted with KNOCKOUT roses – it will happen … one day! If you have a large unsightly space in your garden plant KNOCKOUT roses and you’ll be amazed how beautiful they really are! More testimonials about these fabulous roses will be posted as we receive them …
Knockout and clematis in our garden – MOOI loves it there too!
GRA’S GARBLE …
… I’m still summer pruning because I think we just might have an extended autumn so pruning now, we’ll have flowers well and truly into June and that will be fantastic because I’m not sure if you remember but we had a cold, late start to flowering so we might make up time by having a warm entry to winter and thus prolong the flowering season well into June.
THE MORE YOU DEAD-HEAD YOUR ROSES, THE MORE FLOWERS YOU CAN EXPECT!
Q. Why are sardines the silliest fish in the sea? A. Because they climb into tins, close the lid and leave the key outside!
When MOOI our poodle was trimmed last week, the breeder, Emily, suggested that because MOOI’S coat was dry, we feed her one sardine a couple of times per week – you might find this useful information for dry-coat conditions in your dogs.
Remember that now is a fabulous time to be planting ANYTHING in your garden – here’s my special offer to encourage you to plant a few roses …
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Finish with this quiz … What do you get when you cross a salmon, a birds leg and a hand? Of course, you get BIRDSTHIGH FISH FINGERS.
See you soon at Clonbinane … Graham, Diana, Mooi & our assistant, Tova