ROSE RAMBLER 6.7.2017

ROSE RAMBLER 06.07.2017 …

Now Hello dear rose friends as we enter the middle of winter with very cold nights – down to minus 8 here on Sunday morning and miserably small amounts of rain – just 13mm in the past few days!

I haven’t had a great deal of time to prepare this Rose Rambler so let me just take some emails with very interesting information for sharing … even Gra has been head down, bum up and hasn’t got a joke this week … you actually need to send him a couple if your kids/grandchildren are into jokes – he did have this little ditty to share …

A REASSURING HUG THAT’S BETTER THAN ALL OTHERS;
THEY’RE THE BEST, MIRACULOUS MOTHERS!

POSTING PARCELS OF ROSES …

 

Dear Diana.  I have received the rose today and planted in the garden. Thank you very much, it was a surprise to receive so much information concerning roses and the sea weed sachet was a pleasant surprise.  I will look forward to the rose in bloom thanks so much – Christine


ROSE OF THE CENTURY … YES, IT IS …

 

Hi Diana,  I posted a message comment on your website a month or so ago, and have only just realised that you had emailed me a response. It went to my junk mail and I accidentally deleted it before I read it and now cannot retrieve it!  So my apologies for the poor communication; I will start again!

I am planning my wedding for Australia Day next year and would love potted white roses leading down the aisle. I have been given all sorts of advice on how to time their flowering, including that floribunda types would be the easiest to time the flowering.  After the wedding I plan to give some away, and keep some for myself which I intend to plant out within a few years.

Although I am an agronomist by day, I have not had much to do with roses at all! I’d would be very grateful for any advice you may be able to offer me. Are there any varieties that you would suggest? I am mainly aiming for ease of management, ability to time the flowering, and abundance and fragrance of flowers. Of course things like disease resistance and hardiness would be useful going forward, but I imagine you can’t have everything!  Also if there is a resource that answers my questions please feel free to send me in that direction instead. Thanks very much, Pamela

Hi Pamela … thank you for contacting me again… I think that to save a whole lot of bother / money / time and be guaranteed of success with this project, you need to source 30 or more ICEBERG bush roses – I can supply same for $16.50 each if you order over the phone very soon … roses are now being potted and have been increased to $19.50 online …

Why ICEBERG and not some other very fancy, highly fragrant hybrid-tea rose like say, POPE JOHN PAUL II … simply because ICEBERG is the variety which will most definitely be flowering at the time of your wedding with the least amount of stress – after the wedding, as gifts, the roses will offer immense joy in the home garden of your guests.

Yes, ICEBERG is common (Pamela actually stated that in one of her emails!!!) but so what?  It’s beautiful and will definitely give you an avenue of potted white colour down the aisle at your wedding – do what works for YOU not what others might say about this glorious rose!  Please let me know if I can assist to make this work for you … no, I cannot offer cheaper price than $16.50 per plant plus pack post … oh, $45.00 high out!  Talk soon perhaps … best wishes DIANA

Hi Diana,  Thank you so much for your detailed response. That is very helpful for me and I will certainly go with the Icebergs. Like most women planning a wedding I do however have a fairly tight budget, and even these roses are quite the extravagance. I’m not sure of the most diplomatic way to say this, but I was hoping you’d be able to offer lower costs for bulk and to be truthful they are down to around $10 with some of your competitors, which represents quite a difference in the total I’ll end up paying. I’m very sorry as I would love to purchase from you. Next time when I’m purchasing roses in smaller lots I will definitely order from you, and I hope that this is sooner rather than later. Thanks again for your help, sorry we can’t work something out this time. I’m looking forward to buying roses from you in the future.  No need to reply. Thanks, Pamela

In my usual form, I did respond to Pamela and wished her well with her wedding – you, know, it’s not always about the cost of something and no, roses purchased from Silkies Rose Farm / www.rosesalesonline.com.au aren’t the CHEAPEST but by golly, they come wrapped or potted with love and they’re 100% guaranteed to grow in your garden and give years and years of pleasure – something that good NEVER COMES CHEAP!

FAVOURITE OTHER WHITE/CREAM ROSES FOR MASSIVE DISPLAY …

MAGGIE
Maggie is delightfully feminine – the superb flowers are softly ruffled with masses of petals in rich, creamy white. During the cooler months, there is a distinct border of blush pink at the edge of the petals and there is a distinct soft, fruity fragrance which adds a romantic charm to this most beautiful rose.

LIONS ROSE
Modern Shrub/Floribunda rose of immense beauty, resistance to disease and ability to grow and flower in any sunny location. With flowers creamy-white, tinged apricot-pink deep in the swirled central petals, the blooms open to 15cms wide and reveal their dark stamens when opened.

POPE JOHN PAUL II
A magnificent pure white rose with the most amazing fragrance!  The healthy bush produces masses of long stemmed, large blooms continually throughout the season – a very highly recommended rose!

PRUNING ROSES

Graham will conduct regular pruning demonstrations here at the Rose Farm throughout July – here are the dates:

  • SATURDAY, 8TH JULY – 1.30PM – BRING THE KIDS AND SECATEURS
  • SUNDAY 16TH JULY – WHITTLESEA COURTHOUSE DEMO SAT, 15TH 10.00AM
  • SATURDAY 22ND JULY – 1.30PM – BRING THE FAMILY FOR A LOVELY WINTER OUTING

We promise to get it together and video Gra doing one of his garden WALK ‘N’ TALK demos so that all you lovely interstate followers can be part of what goes on down south!!!

Meantime, best wishes to all from the team here at Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane

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