ROSE RAMBLER 18.5.2017

ROSE RAMBLER 18.05.2017 …

Hello dear rose friends as the cold weather starts to kick in with winter just around the corner now; the lovely sunny afternoons are such a delight with the autumn tree colours enhanced by sun – it’s a beautiful, beautiful time of year in our garden!

Not much time to squander enjoying the view though … we are head-down-bum-up heeling in this seasons bare-rooted roses … 5,000 of which arrived this morning!

We sure hope you have your rose order organised for this year – there seems to be a reinvented interest in roses and yes, we think it’s because they are more and more easy-care, free-flowering and there’s a huge amount of fragrance in the newly released roses!

Place your order during the next 5 days and enjoy selecting one of our FREE ROSES as a special treat for all orders over $100.

GRA’S GARBLE …

Today we removed the outer layer of hay bales from the compost heap which was started on November 16th, 2016 because we wanted to use those straw bales (filled with breeding worms) to create a new compost heap over a load of steaming, fresh horse stable manure and bags of oak leaves from a Melbourne property which were delivered here this past weekend.

Rotten little opportunists we are – absolutely! and most especially when it comes to gathering such glorious products to create more compost which enhances our gardens!

You might think “it’s all right for them, they’ve got lots of space” … but hang on, just a very small amount of space would be required in your back yard where you can compost all the ‘stuff’ you need to put some goodness back into your garden … I hope this information triggers action at your place:

Alarming Facts - we can all help to reduce – Approximately 50% of the rubbish Australians put in the everyday mixed-waste ‘garbage bin’ could be put to better use in the garden as compost and mulch or could be returned to agricultural land to improve soil quality. Based on 25 Council audits conducted by EC Sustainable in 2011, around 33% of the rubbish is food organics (including peelings) and about 10% is garden vegetation.

Alarmingly, such a huge amount of organically-active material buried ‘anaerobically’ (without air) in landfills causes over 3% of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions annually through the production of methane gas (which has 25 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide).

Please click on the link to read more: http://www.compostweek.com.au/core/about-composting/

Q.  Why did the jelly-bean go to school?  A. Because it wanted to be a smartie!

It was such joy to make a ball of humus exactly 6 months to the date after Diana created the hay-bale-compost-heap when she became frustrated at the amount of weeds I had caused by putting oat straw on garden beds last winter … we turned a negative situation into a huge positive for our gardens.

 

This new compost heap has very different composition with a similar concept from its creation – lovely customers in Melbourne load their garbage bin with leaves every week and since they enjoy raking them, we suggested they might like to bag them and bring them here on their next visit – 19 bags of leaves over a load of stable manure from our neighbours!  I’m in heaven … whistle, whistle!  In 6 months, I’ll show you another series of photos and truly, very little input for an immensely pleasing reward!

PLEASE DO NOT PUT AUTUMN LEAVES IN GARBAGE – USE THEM AS MULCH AROUND YOUR GARDEN OR BAG THEM; TAKE THEM WHERE SOMEONE WILL USE THEM FOR COMPOST – MOST SUBURBS HAVE A COMMUNITY GARDEN – TAKE THE BAGGED LEAVES THERE.

NEVER BURN AUTUMN LEAVES – PLEASE COMPOST THEM OR BRING THEM HERE!

Q.  Why were the baby strawberries upset?  A.  Because their parents were in a jam.


STANDARD ROSES VERSUS BUSH ROSE …

Many roses should NEVER be budded onto a standard understock/stem because of their upright shape and despite me constantly telling our customers to ‘be the boss and make the rose grow as you wish it to grow’, I encourage you to be careful when selecting standard roses for your garden!

Here are a few of my most favourite standard roses because they are so beautifully shaped when grown on a 90cm standard understock/stem …

ASHRAM
Hybrid Tea Rose with a very strong growth habit
and free-flowering throughout the season.

TATJANA
Hybrid Tea rose which produces masses of vase-quality blooms continually throughout the flowering season on lush, healthy, dark green foliage
– HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

POPE JOHN PAUL II
Healthy and produces and abundent supply of the most perfectly shaped rose blooms which last well in the vase – looks stunning when planted as a Standard Rose.

FORGET ME NOT
Is one of my most highly recommended roses for fragrance, health, vigour, stunning foliage, exquisite fruity fragrance from a Hybrid Tea shaped bud which opens to a cupped mass of swirling petals in shades of mauve/warm pink

ST. PATRICK
Is a Hybrid Tea rose with unusual green buds which, depending on the weather, turn golden yellow in the summer or retain a chartreuse green in cooler weather.

Our standard roses will become available at the end of June/early July – remember, always buy quality and consider durable stakes like 13-16mm rio-rod and use reliable ties – we use and highly recommend VELCRO ONE-WRAP 19mm.

If you need assistance creating the rose garden of your dreams design, let me give you a hand – send as many pics, dimensions, ideas and your own wishes so together we can make it work … my motto:  DO IT ONCE, DO IT WELL …

Talk to you again next week … from us at beautiful CLONBINANE …
Diana, Graham, Mooi & Tova


Can you spot our supervisor Mooi in our newly resurfaced nursery?!

5 thoughts on “ROSE RAMBLER 18.5.2017

  1. I enjoyed your seminar at Castlemaine recently, and found it most interesting.
    I have since heard that you have kindly offered to return and identify the roses at Budapest and the Botanic gardens.
    I wondered if you would also be able to look at some in the Aged Care home, Penhall, which is closely ? There is one resident particularly who is really anxious to have them identified
    Regards
    Penny Garnett

    • Thank you Penny – it was delightful to sit and chat with you! I am meeting Jill from Buda here on Friday and we’ll make arrangements for me to come to Castlemaine when the roses are flowering – yes, I will do my absolute best to identify as many of the old roses as possible whilst I’m there … I’m sure Jill will be able to show me where Penhall is – let’s stay in touch. See you again soon … best wishes – Diana

  2. I enjoyed your seminar at Castlemaine recently, and found it most interesting.
    I have since heard that you have kindly offered to return and identify the roses at Budapest and the Botanic gardens.
    I wondered if you would also be able to look at some in the Aged Care home, Penhall, which is close by ? There is one resident particularly who is really anxious to have them identified
    Regards
    Penny Garnett

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