ROSE RAMBLER 11.07.2019

ROSE RAMBLER 11TH JULY

Hello dear Rose Friends as we already near the middle of winter. It’s been gloriously cold here at Clonbinane … this photo of STANWELL PERPETUAL after minus four degrees overnight recently …

Rug up all you in the north of our beautiful country – this lovely cold weather just might reach you too so you’ll experience the last roses of this past season and have to get down and start pruning as we are here in the south!

ISSUES WITH INTERNET SERVICE AND EMAIL

My reputation is shot – after years and years of responding to your emails within less than 24 hours in most instances, I’ve not responded to a single email to info@rosesalesonline.com.au which came through our Big Commerce server since July 1st – they switched us OFF and it took me days to realise that I was spending almost no time at the computer – all your emails are there and as soon as my IT (on holidays in Canada, mind you!) fixes the issue, you’ll be hearing from me again.

Meantime, if there is anything urgent, please don’t hesitate writing to me on this old email address:silkiegardens@bigpond.com which is still active.

I apologise for this interruption to our business and especially, our connection with you!

GRA’S GARBLE

Thankfully, I don’t have anything to do with the internet side of our business but I did feel badly for Diana when things went pair-shaped recently! She does a top job responding to emails, getting this Rose Rambler out to you weekly and organising the online store with beautiful photos, etc.

When I told her this joke, she had her usual smile back on.

Q. Why did the computer squeak?

A. Because someone stepped on its mouse!

FINALLY, A LOT OF STANDARD ROSES ARE HERE

So you can expect notification of orders being posted / ready for collection – however, there are still some in the ground due to variable weather conditions – please wait for us to phone call/text message and know that we are responding to missed calls and messages left on phones as promptly as we can!

Phone numbers: 0418 33 77 65 or 5787 1123.

Meantime, continue to order bare-rooted roses because we will start potting very soon and prices will incrementally increase accordingly – here are a few which I highly recommend:

PER-F-YOOM PERFUME – this rose absolutely urges you to take a sniff of the romantically swirling petals on such a robust, healthy plant which oozes fragrance to die for! A must-have rose for sure!

NEPTUNE – magnificently formed, perfect HT blooms with a mass of thick petals with substance to endure hot conditions when this rose excels. Mid-green, very large foliage is healthy – remember: more healthy foliage, more flowers! This is a beauty!

THE POET’S WIFE – is a new release David Austin rose and was a stand-out in the field! A yellow rose which holds colour throughout all weather is a definite must-have; add a beautiful fruity fragrance on a nicely rounded shrub and you have a winner!

See you this SATURDAY FOR ROSE PRUNING AT 1.30

Gra and the team at Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane

ROSE RAMBLER 04.07.2019

ROSE RAMBLER 4TH JULY, 2019 … Hello dear Rose Friends – we hope you’re enjoying stints in your garden during this winter! It’s so extremely good for you to walk around your garden, do a bit of trimming, pull a few weeds or even to quietly sit for a short time in the fresh air and winter sunshine.

GRA’S GARBLE … warming up with a joke this week …

Q. What do you call a cold dog sitting on a bunny? 

A. A chilli dog on a bun!

Some of you who haven’t pruned yet will be biting at the bit to get out and try your new Lowe secateurs and besides, it’s such a joy to see the roses all neat and tidy in their winter state so go do it!

If you’re not sure about how to prune your roses, then come along to my next pruning demonstration here at CLONBINANE – SATURDAY, 13TH JULY – 1.30PM or, set this date in your calendar for a great family day at our local park where hundreds of roses were planted surrounding the memorial of the Black Saturday Bushfires:

WANDONG MEMORIAL PARK SUNDAY, 21ST JULY 10.00AM

THIS EVENT CONCLUDES WITH A SAUSAGE SIZZLE SO, FOR CATERING PURPOSES, PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND THIS ROSE PRUNING DEMONSTRATION.

TYPICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS DURING JULY … To make rose gardening less complicated for you, here are a few typical Q & A’s we get …

Q. I’m going away for six weeks, should I prune before I go or leave it till I get home?

A. Do what works for you and what you have time for – in a really cold zone you might leave the roses until late August but otherwise, a tidy, well-kept looking garden is a good deterrent for potential burglars so worth considering!

Q. I want to get more roses this season while they’re bare-rooted and cheaper but I haven’t got the garden beds ready – what should I do?

A. We suggest you get digging and dunging the garden beds as soon as possible because we prefer the soil is prepared and left for about six weeks prior to planting (especially if you’re adding manure/compost). So, you can either purchase now and heel the roses into some damp, friable soil for a few weeks or wait and purchase the roses when they’re developed in pots, later in the season. A tad more expensive but guaranteed to survive and be successful!

Q. When do I fertilize my new roses?

A. As soon as the roses have good foliage cover – meantime, we highly recommend seaweed solution at least once a fortnight! Definitely fertilize with quality product like our Complete Organic Fertilizer (COF) or Sudden Impact for Roses in spring and then every 8-12 weeks throughout the flowering season.

Q. Should I mulch the new roses when I plant them?

A. Yes, definitely put a light layer of straw or chip mulch around the roses at planting to reduce weed infestation, keep soil temperature even and feed the worms who are breeding now until October – that army of workers you look after NOW will reward you with all their castings to enrich the soil so your roses flourish when conditions get tough during summer!

Q. The organic rose management spray program – when do I start spraying?

A. If you do the first spray soon after pruning – spray all around the mulch too – then at least once a month as ‘maintenance’ you will retain healthy foliage and thus reduce the need for weekly spraying in spring when insects and inclement/humid weather can affect roses.

This is just a short rendition of the type of questions we get from gardeners and we always say, “ … there’s no such thing as a silly question” … IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER, THE QUESTION IS DEFINITELY NOT SILLY!

You are more than welcome to submit questions through our website where Zac has made it easy for you by the click of a button at: www.rosesalesonline.com.au

Here are a few roses which I think you definitely MUST HAVE …

COEUR DE NEIGE

FEARLESS

FORGET ME NOT

Rug up and come for a visit to Clonbinane any Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday – it’s beautiful here and we’re always happy to do a one-on-one pruning demo if you cannot attend one of our scheduled events.

Cheers from the team at Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane

ROSE RAMBLER 27.06.2019

ROSE RAMBLER 27TH JUNE, 2019 … Hello dear rose friends as we are already past the shortest day – amazing how quickly time flies and another beautiful winter is here which heralds time for rose pruning.

ROSE PRUNING DEMONSTRATIONS

Graham invites you to come and visit us here at Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane for …

SUNDAY, 30th JUNE at 11AM
(If you’re early, we’ll put the billy on and have a cuppa!)
SATURDAY, 13TH JULY at 1:30PM
(Bring the family and pets – on a lead please)

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SPECIAL ROSE PRUNING DEMONSTRATION + SAUSAGE SIZZLE

On SUNDAY, 21ST JULY between 10am and 2pm, we would love you all to come along to a really special community event where Graham and Diana will be at the Wandong Memorial Park for pruning and a real country sausage sizzle after you’ve practiced pruning the magnificent rose garden which was planted after the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires!

There is a playground and skate-park in the gardens so please bring the kids for a really great family day and let our local community offer you a lovely country experience while you learn about rose pruning.  Bring your own tools with you!  We’ll sharpen them if necessary and have our entire range of pruning equipment there for you to experience.

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GRA’S GARBLE …

Q.  What is the difference between a cat and a comma?  A.  A cat has claws at the end of paws; a comma is a pause at the end of a clause.  

It was a real pleasure to attend the RHSV event at Deakin University recently where we met lots of very keen gardeners – here is just one of the emails we received:

Hi Diana, my husband and I were at the GARDENERS DAY OUT (hosted by Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria at Deakin Uni on 15th June) and learned lots from your presentation. We own a JIM’S MOWING franchise and today we had a rose pruning job that took us over an hour to do. We bought two pairs of the secateurs you recommended and they were fantastic – there was no soreness or fatigue in my hands at all. We were also more confident in what we were doing. Thanks – Mary-Ann 

All of us here at Silkies use LOWE secateurs and highly recommend them because they do such precision pruning with absolute ease.  Treat yourself to new secateurs for just $67.50 (plus pack/post) before you start this pruning season – very highly recommended and guaranteed to offer you the pruning joy that Mary-Ann and every other customer who uses them experiences!
You can purchase online www.rosesalesonline.com.au or give us a call on 03 57 821 123 during open hours:  Fri – Sat – Sun – Mon from 9am until 4pm

There were three men in a boat – it capsized but only two fellows got their hair wet!  Why?  A. The third man was bald … like me!

Gotta have a giggle – and remember to rug up with a woolen beanie and jacket for at least half an hour outside in the garden EVERY DAY during winter – preferably when the sun is poking through the clouds to ensure you get adequate Vitamin D intake.  Let your garden be your Doctor!!!

BLACK CAVIAR & WINX

Two of Australia’s most recently famous race horses have been immortalized by two magnificent roses named in their honour and we have them at the Rose Farm NOW.
Don’t delay, order these beauties as bare-rooted specimens for winter planting:

WINX – like the legendary mare, is the epitome of class!  This beautiful rose is the product of exquisite breeding to capture the same qualities in flowers as those that define a magnificent horse named WINX – elegance, longevity and brilliance.

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BLACK CAVIAR – has the most intoxicating perfume and the blooms are very full and quartered in the shape of old-fashioned roses.  Continually free-flowering over a long season, BLACK CAVIAR will always be in the winner’s circle and will definitely be a magnificently beautiful rose in your garden!

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Enjoy all that winter has to offer … warm hugs from all of us here at Clonbinane …

ROSE RAMBLER 20.06.2019

ROSE RAMBLER 20TH JUNE, 2019 … Hello dear rose friends.  We’ve worked in the rain to finally make it possible to invite you to Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane where you can easily select magnificent quality, alphabetically sorted, two-year-old bare-rooted roses for planting in your garden this winter.

GRA’S GARBLE …

I’m always being asked “What is the best manure to use when planting roses?”  and my response is:
Any animal manure is great in the soil but it MUST BE COMPOSTED prior to using at the planting hole of roses – or, in fact, any other plant!  Raw animal manure has the potential of being highly acidic with the risk of burning new roots which the roses will produce as soon as they settle into the soil!  Exactly the reason for not placing fertilizer in the planting hole unless it’s way deep down in the hole, covered completely with soil and available when the rose is nicely established with a solid root system.
If you have access to fresh manure, spread it over a compost heap for at least six weeks, water weekly with seaweed solution and turn it fortnightly – you’ll see steam coming from the heap which means it’s not ready to be applied in planting holes!  Wait until it is more like the consistency of soil – at this point, place it around the base of your roses and cover with a light layer of mulch to protect all the microbes and worms.

Q. Why does a chicken coop have two doors?  A.  If it had four doors, it would be a chicken sedan. 

Here’s a pic of my gorgeous LANGSHAN roosters admiring themselves in a mirror …

RADIOTHON – THIS SUNDAY ON 3CR GARDEN SHOW

Graham will be part of the panel this Sunday – 855 on the AM Band where you can call in, donate and be rewarded with garden products, books, professional garden consultations or gift vouchers from many nurseries to the value of every dollar you donate to this magnificent Community Radio program which regular radio listeners say is the most informed, interesting and BEST garden talk-back radio which airs in Melbourne every Sunday from 7.30 – 9.15am.

Lay in bed with your cuppa and toast, pick up the phone: (03) 9419 8377 or (03) 9419 0155 and treat yourself by purchasing lots of goodies to indulge your garden, gifts for friends or simply to know you’re donating $’s to keep a wonderful garden show on the air so you can pick up the phone on any Sunday and get FREE ADVICE from a panel of professional horticulturists.

There are 5 x $30.00 SILKIES ROSE FARM GIFT VOUCHERS available during the program!


Stay warm and well … cheers from us all at Clonbinane – Graham, Diana, Mooi & the TEAM!

ROSE RAMBLER 13.06.2019 …

ROSE RAMBLER 13TH JUNE, 2019 – Hello dear rose friends … there’s hardly time to stop and write to you – every spare moment is consumed by sorting and labelling beautiful quality two-year old bare-rooted roses.  Once again, our grower has excelled by producing magnificent plants which we are very proud to distribute and offer our 100% guarantee that these fabulous roses will grow and flourish in your garden for many, many years!.

“The minute you settle for less than you deserve,
You get even less than you settled for.”

– Maureen Dowd


GRA’S GARBLE …

As the roses ‘shut down’ for winter dormancy you’ll see lots of yellow foliage; perhaps black-spots on the foliage too.  Did you know this is the ONLY way for roses to defoliate!  Your rose is still 100% healthy but doing its natural thing at this time of year.  Just leave the roses to get on and do their thing while you go find something else to do around the garden.
By mid-late July all the foliage will have dropped and the roses will start shooting – they’re sending you a sign of where to prune!  Honestly, if you just leave the bushes for about six to eight weeks to have their ‘quiet time’, they’ll get going again in no time and the shoots they start producing will make your pruning exercise that much easier!

Q.  What’s red, white and black and taps on the window?  A.  Santa Claus in the microwave!


CLIMBING ROSES …

There are lots of great reasons for planting climbing roses – if you’re looking for an impenetrable barrier to stop intruders entering your property, here are a few varieties which have ghastly thorns that no person would entertain clambering through

ALBERTINE – one of the most beautiful sights in spring/summer – a huge rose which can easily cover 5 metres of fence line!

BANTRY BAY – spectacular with continual flushes of flowers throughout the entire season – great on an arch or spanned along the fence with mesh support.

NEW DAWN – flowering continually on branches thick with vicious thorns, this magnificent rose requires little attention once established – chain-saw pruning for sure!


Of course, there are other varieties and lots of different coloured roses which also have significant thorns but these three varieties in variable shades of pink, also have very dense, healthy foliage and are all spectacular when flowering.

Consider planting any of these roses to protect your property but ensure their support structure is durable – timber lattice rots quickly, timber fences require repair or painting perhaps so we recommend steel mesh and posts to support climbing roses for many years.


Enjoy your garden this week … cheers from the team at Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane.

ROSE RAMBLER 06.06.19

ROSE RAMBLER 6TH JUNE, 2019 – Hello dear rose friends as we welcome the first week of winter and the heel-in beds are finally brimming with magnificent quality bare-rooted rose plants – we’ve got a few extra pairs of hands working every day as fast as we can to label and sort the roses as quickly as possible.

PLEASE NOTE – STANDARD ROSES ARE NOT DUG YET – EXPECT JULY DELIVERY.  We promise to get your roses posted as soon as we are able – we will call or email YOU if your roses are ready for collection from the Rose Farm.

If you’re out and about this coming QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY WEEKEND, do call in – the CLONBINANE interchange has north and south entry/exit and the Rose Farm is within one kilometre of the Hume Freeway – SLOW DOWN and you definitely won’t get lost because we have good signage in place!

GRA’S GARBLE … With recent good rainfall here at Clonbinane we are seeing significant weed infestation – mostly cape-weed which is a real nuisance when mowing starts again in September/October so I’ve been busy applying DOLOMITE which sweetens the soil – the cape-weed doesn’t like it!

Though it’s a bit messy, throw DOLOMITE around the rose garden while it’s raining to save you hosing it in!

Managing weeds is always an issue – even in a pocket-sized suburban garden I’m told … a dear lady mentioned this week that she’s 100% sure she never uttered a swear word before she became a gardener and became frustrated with weeds … how funny!  I still believe that getting ‘down and dirty’ on my hands and knees for a really great session of weeding makes my heart sing and clears my head.

This leads me to share some stats from recent global research:

  • Gardening could help you live to 100
  • A good plant-based Mediterranean diet, daily exercise and social interaction are extremely important to reduce stress and increase positive mental health
  • An hour of planting and weeding in a garden EVERY day, achieves the required amount of cardio work and stretching to remain physically fit
  • Disease tolerance seems to be improved by wielding a spade and rake

Some gardening chores do become physically exhausting as we get older and it would seem easier to give up.  I urge you to measure time in your garden; don’t overdo it and try to inject some funny ideas to a repetitive job … count how many steps it took to walk to the compost heap then count how many shovels it took to fill the barrow; listen to music whilst gardening and meantime, remember this silly joke and share it with as many as you can

Q: What banks never run out of money? A. River banks.

Below is a copy of our latest ROSE PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS which will be sent in all rose packs but you might like to print a copy to have on hand …

DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY

Enjoy the long weekend … stay warm!  Graham and the team …

ROSE RAMBLER 30.5.2019

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ROSE RAMBLER 30.05.2019 …

ROSE RAMBLER 30TH MAY, 2019 – Hello dear Rose Friends as excitement builds here at Silkies Rose Farm in anticipation of a great bare-rooted rose season when these heel-in beds will be filled with supreme quality roses once the plants have been graded, labelled and sorted.

GRA’S GARBLE …

GARDEN ACTIVITY AT THE BEGINNING OF WINTER

If your garden hasn’t had a new layer of mulch for a while, there’s still plenty of time to place a layer over the garden beds so soil temperature stays a bit warmer for longer. NOTE: all the deciduous trees are providing mulch NOW so please do not put those leaves in your waste bin – use them around your garden or if you find them untidy, take them to someone who will use them. You’re more than welcome to bring them here!

Recent rain means the soil is moist so start preparing holes ready for bare-rooted roses … using a garden fork you’ll be less likely to slice the worms who are breeding NOW, lift soil into a wheelbarrow to create a hole approximately 50 x 50 cms. To this soil, blend a few decent shovels full of compost/well-rotted manure and once you’ve forked holes into the base and side wall of the hole, (if your soil is heavy clay, apply gypsum at this point), return all the soil to the hole and water over with seaweed solution and a light straw or leaves mulch over the top. Yes, there will be a mound – it will settle with fortnightly applications of seaweed solution.

Remove spent rose blooms – they’re puff-balls of mould and don’t look so great so removing them will make the plants look neat. We don’t recommend pruning yet! Wait until all the foliage is gone – makes pruning so very much easier!

If you’re planning to pot-up your new roses this winter rather than plant them in a garden bed, organise pots at least 35-40cms diameter, quality potting mix, seaweed, fertilizer and the eco-products for organic rose management (eco-oil, eco-rose/fungicide) so you’ve got everything ready for when your roses arrive. NEVER LET THE ROOTS DRY OUT – leave them in a bucket of water rather than in the packaging we send them in and plant as soon as possible.

Q. Why did the fish blush? A. Because it saw the ocean’s bottom!

MY FAVOURITE RED ROSES …

I am seriously biased and LOVE red roses – especially when they’re fragrant! Add one of these beauties to your winter order …

Mr. Lincoln

Tatjana (See the white stripe on the petal!)

Kardinal

and you’ll save lots of $$$’s because these favourites of mine will very soon become your favourites too because they continually produce buckets of flowers suitable for vases inside your home!

Q. Why are A’s like flowers? A. Because bees come after them … have a giggle! GRA

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ROSE RAMBLER 30.05.2019 …

ROSE RAMBLER 30TH MAY, 2019 – Hello dear Rose Friends as excitement builds here at Silkies Rose Farm in anticipation of a great bare-rooted rose season when these heel-in beds will be filled with supreme quality roses once the plants have been graded, labelled and sorted.

GRA’S GARBLE …

GARDEN ACTIVITY AT THE BEGINNING OF WINTER

If your garden hasn’t had a new layer of mulch for a while, there’s still plenty of time to place a layer over the garden beds so soil temperature stays a bit warmer for longer. NOTE: all the deciduous trees are providing mulch NOW so please do not put those leaves in your waste bin – use them around your garden or if you find them untidy, take them to someone who will use them. You’re more than welcome to bring them here!

Recent rain means the soil is moist so start preparing holes ready for bare-rooted roses … using a garden fork you’ll be less likely to slice the worms who are breeding NOW, lift soil into a wheelbarrow to create a hole approximately 50 x 50 cms. To this soil, blend a few decent shovels full of compost/well-rotted manure and once you’ve forked holes into the base and side wall of the hole, (if your soil is heavy clay, apply gypsum at this point), return all the soil to the hole and water over with seaweed solution and a light straw or leaves mulch over the top. Yes, there will be a mound – it will settle with fortnightly applications of seaweed solution.

Remove spent rose blooms – they’re puff-balls of mould and don’t look so great so removing them will make the plants look neat. We don’t recommend pruning yet! Wait until all the foliage is gone – makes pruning so very much easier!

If you’re planning to pot-up your new roses this winter rather than plant them in a garden bed, organise pots at least 35-40cms diameter, quality potting mix, seaweed, fertilizer and the eco-products for organic rose management (eco-oil, eco-rose/fungicide) so you’ve got everything ready for when your roses arrive. NEVER LET THE ROOTS DRY OUT – leave them in a bucket of water rather than in the packaging we send them in and plant as soon as possible.

Q. Why did the fish blush? A. Because it saw the ocean’s bottom!

MY FAVOURITE RED ROSES …

I am seriously biased and LOVE red roses – especially when they’re fragrant! Add one of these beauties to your winter order …

Mr. Lincoln

Tatjana (See the white stripe on the petal!)

Kardinal

and you’ll save lots of $$$’s because these favourites of mine will very soon become your favourites too because they continually produce buckets of flowers suitable for vases inside your home!

Q. Why are A’s like flowers? A. Because bees come after them … have a giggle! GRA

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ROSE RAMBLER 30.05.2019 …

ROSE RAMBLER 30TH MAY, 2019 – Hello dear Rose Friends as excitement builds here at Silkies Rose Farm in anticipation of a great bare-rooted rose season when these heel-in beds will be filled with supreme quality roses once the plants have been graded, labelled and sorted.

GRA’S GARBLE …

GARDEN ACTIVITY AT THE BEGINNING OF WINTER

If your garden hasn’t had a new layer of mulch for a while, there’s still plenty of time to place a layer over the garden beds so soil temperature stays a bit warmer for longer. NOTE: all the deciduous trees are providing mulch NOW so please do not put those leaves in your waste bin – use them around your garden or if you find them untidy, take them to someone who will use them. You’re more than welcome to bring them here!

Recent rain means the soil is moist so start preparing holes ready for bare-rooted roses … using a garden fork you’ll be less likely to slice the worms who are breeding NOW, lift soil into a wheelbarrow to create a hole approximately 50 x 50 cms. To this soil, blend a few decent shovels full of compost/well-rotted manure and once you’ve forked holes into the base and side wall of the hole, (if your soil is heavy clay, apply gypsum at this point), return all the soil to the hole and water over with seaweed solution and a light straw or leaves mulch over the top. Yes, there will be a mound – it will settle with fortnightly applications of seaweed solution.

Remove spent rose blooms – they’re puff-balls of mould and don’t look so great so removing them will make the plants look neat. We don’t recommend pruning yet! Wait until all the foliage is gone – makes pruning so very much easier!

If you’re planning to pot-up your new roses this winter rather than plant them in a garden bed, organise pots at least 35-40cms diameter, quality potting mix, seaweed, fertilizer and the eco-products for organic rose management (eco-oil, eco-rose/fungicide) so you’ve got everything ready for when your roses arrive. NEVER LET THE ROOTS DRY OUT – leave them in a bucket of water rather than in the packaging we send them in and plant as soon as possible.

Q. Why did the fish blush? A. Because it saw the ocean’s bottom!

MY FAVOURITE RED ROSES …

I am seriously biased and LOVE red roses – especially when they’re fragrant! Add one of these beauties to your winter order …

Mr. Lincoln

Tatjana (See the white stripe on the petal!)

Kardinal

and you’ll save lots of $$$’s because these favourites of mine will very soon become your favourites too because they continually produce buckets of flowers suitable for vases inside your home!

Q. Why are A’s like flowers? A. Because bees come after them … have a giggle! GRA

In closing … a picture of our Supervisor, Guard Dog Supreme, toy poodle MOOI perched high up on top of the mound of eucy-mulch which we were barrowing around the gardens for paths … no doubt about it, there’s happiness when you’re working in your garden so rug up and pull some weeds or trim spent roses – you’ll feel great when you come back into your warm house … enjoy the winter months ahead!!

Until next week, we wish you happiness in your garden …
The team at Silkies Rose Farm,

In closing … a picture of our Supervisor, Guard Dog Supreme, toy poodle MOOI perched high up on top of the mound of eucy-mulch which we were barrowing around the gardens for paths … no doubt about it, there’s happiness when you’re working in your garden so rug up and pull some weeds or trim spent roses – you’ll feel great when you come back into your warm house … enjoy the winter months ahead!!

Until next week, we wish you happiness in your garden …
The team at Silkies Rose Farm,

In closing … a picture of our Supervisor, Guard Dog Supreme, toy poodle MOOI perched high up on top of the mound of eucy-mulch which we were barrowing around the gardens for paths … no doubt about it, there’s happiness when you’re working in your garden so rug up and pull some weeds or trim spent roses – you’ll feel great when you come back into your warm house … enjoy the winter months ahead!!

Until next week, we wish you happiness in your garden …
The team at Silkies Rose Farm,

Rose Rambler 9.5.2019

ROSE RAMBLER 9th MAY, 2018 …
Hello dear rose friends as we celebrate with you – the rain finally arrived just when you thought it might NEVER rain again! We hope the rain continues so that farmers can sow their crops – the soil was parched this past summer and we know feeding stock became financially unviable for many … may that all change now!

I read this yesterday and I think we can all action this statement by Peter Guber:

“The great majority of that which gives you angst never happens,
so you must evict it. Don’t let it live rent-free in your brain.”

May all you beautiful MUMS, GRANDMOTHERS and GREAT-GRANDMOTHERS enjoy special treats from your loved ones this Mother’s Day … remember I told you this when you get brekky in bed .

WORRIES ARE LIKE BREADCRUMBS IN THE BED …
THE MORE YOU WRIGGLE, THE MORE THEY SCRATCH!

ROSES IN MAY … it’s that time of year when the roses are ready to have a break – their one means of losing foliage to become hardened up for winter pruning, is to potentially incur yellow leaves with black spot so the foliage cannot photosynthesise. The foliage drops, the plant becomes bare, you prune it, it rests for winter and the next minute, it is sprouting foliage again and then very soon after, it’s flowering!

This is a cycle with a whole lot of ‘stuff’ in between – most awesomely, beautiful flowers pretty consistently for around 7-9 months depending on the climate where you live. All very, very special SO, ENJOY THE LAST BLOOMS BEFORE WINTER!

GRA’S GARBLE …

Perth had significant rainfalls weeks prior to our arrival so we saw great expanses of GREEN when it’s been a long time since we saw that anywhere in our locality despite the patches of green which the kangaroos enjoyed. We loved riding bikes all about the area where we stayed and we also visited rose nurseries – so very, very interesting how different WA is to our eastern states.
WA gardens are mostly grown on straight sand – to get a rose established requires almost daily deep-soaking watering; in hot weather, twice a day is best. We saw roses in nearly every garden on several kilometres of the road where we walked each day … we felt quite at home and could have stayed for weeks but, the Rose Farm will become a very, very busy place in a few short weeks and there are tasks requiring our input … darn!

Here are pics of a few glorious roses which are flowering beautifully despite severe
frost last week:

HOMMAGE A BARBARA

Delbard Couture Collection Shrub Rose which produces one of the most durable flowers of any rose we stock.
Raised by Delbard, France, this extraordinary double rose has intense deep blood-red blooms with the most striking fluted and outward curved petals which age to almost black and then fall cleanly from the bush.

THANKYOU

produces masses of lightly fragrant deep mauve blooms in clusters all over a very healthy, well rounded shrub continually throughout the season – a lovely rose to gift when you want to say a significant “Thank You” to somebody special!
THANK YOU has been dedicated to TRANSPLANT AUSTRALIA.

MOLINEUX

is a David Austin Rose of immense charm because it’s variety of colours in yellow, gold and cream – a beautifully rounded shrub with complimentary mid-green, very health foliage makes this a stand-out rose on a border of the rose garden.

MOLINEUX is particularly happy in a very HOT SPOT in your garden where it will produce masses of blooms continually throughout the flowering season.

We wish you pleasure in your beautiful autumn garden – be sure to rake the leaves and pop them all over your compost heap!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to you all … I’ll be at Melbourne radio 3CR from 7.30 am until 9.15 am this Sunday morning while Diana slumbers on her special day! You will find 3CR at 855 on the AM band – call in with a question … talk to you then … GRA

Best wishes from all of us here at Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane .

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
and open every FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY and MONDAY
9 – 4 PM – PH. 03 5787 1123 …

ROSE RAMBLER – 2ND MAY, 2019

Hello dear rose friends as we recover from a lovely holiday in Perth … we walked along the Canning River, rode bikes for kilometres around the area of Shelley and generally had a beautiful time together along with family and friends! It will only be a couple of weeks before we have this seasons bare-rooted roses arriving at the Rose Farm so perhaps this timely Rose Rambler will incite you to place your winter rose order sooner rather than later as some varieties are already SOLD OUT!

Seriously consider these NEW RELEASE, 2019 beauties…

LOVE SONG

Mauve – Loads of big beautiful blooms can nearly cover this bush of rosiness. The profusion is only matched by the surprising duration of the display. Those lovely lavender old-fashioned flowers just seem to last and last.

Underneath all that beauty is a bushy rounded plant clothed with great rich green leaves. Go ahead…bury your face in those beautiful clusters and burst into song. It’ll be love at first sight.


OLIVIA ROSE AUSTIN

Pink – Regarded by David Austin himself as “a rather special rose; in fact, it is possibly the best rose that we have introduced to date.”

Named for David Austin’s granddaughter, it commences flowering very early in the season and continues well into autumn. Medium to large fully cupped roses of an even mid pink which have a good fruity fragrance and sit on a very healthy, well balanced bush.


MADAME DELBARD

Pink – an absolutely stunning rose, with flowers that hold well in a lovely pale pink shade and a sweet seducing fragrance. Its foliage is very disease resistant and lime in colour which adds to the showpiece that is MADAME DELBARD. Great for pots or in the garden.


RECENT RELEASE FROM 2018

Perhaps you missed out on one of these beauties from last season so treat yourself NOW as many customers who’ve planted these roses are so very, very impressed with their performance and health – VIEW PICTURES AND DESCRIPTIONS OF THESE GORGEOUS ROSES AT: https://www.rosesalesonline.com.au/

 

The stunning rich pink colour of these double blooms will adorn this free flowering bush from October through to May, coupled with a strong sweet rose perfume. DREAM CHASER is ideal as a cut flower or simply enjoyed in your garden for mass display.
Fragrance: Strong – Height: to 100cm

 


PER-FYOOM PERFUME

This international, multi-award winning bush rose has cupped shape blooms in a beautiful fairy floss pink, and a gloriously intense fragrance of myrrh and apple blossom. With bushy dense healthy growth patterns, it will perform extremely well in most soil and weather conditions. Fragrance: Intense – Height: to 140cm HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


 

THE LADY GARDENER (David Austin)

The large, full petalled blooms display an attractive rich apricot colour then fading to clotted cream with a strong, delicious tea scent. A repeat flowering rose which is very healthy and has excellent disease resistance. Fragrance: Strong – Height: to 120cm

REINTRODUCING THESE BEAUTIES

Roses come and go – some should never be forgotten and deserve a place in every rose garden for their spectacular qualities and display so we’ve decided to whet your appetite with these beauties …

PERFUME PERFECTION

This lovely floribunda/modern shrub is one of the parents of GRA’S BLUE so we want you to be able to grow this gorgeous rose in your garden too. Easy to understand why GRA’S BLUE won such accolades for fragrance – a gorgeous rose!


SUMMER OF LOVE

Such continual perfection is hard to find in roses – throughout the flowering season this beautiful roses continues to produce glorious single-stemmed blooms which are magnificent in a vase – truly lovely rose!


WARM WISHES

Was one of my Mother’s most favourite rose in her front garden at Kilmore – we planted the garden with her 25 years ago – she was watering pots at the Rose Nursery one day and commented on how much she loved the blooms of WARM WISHES so
I went and slipped one into her garden about 15 years ago! It is a real beauty!!!


GRA’S GARBLE

I’ve enjoyed this past few weeks as I planted hundreds of daffodils – some in tubs and pots, lots in the ground and I cannot wait for the glorious display we’ll see again this spring. In the next few weeks when the soil gets cold, I’ll plant tulips … this year they’ll have special meaning for my dear Mother-in-Law, Miep.

Q. Why was the piano on the front verandah? A. Because he forgot the keys!

My compost heaps are all built and ready to host the plethora of worms who will enjoy my heaps as their breeding ground over the next few months – as long as we don’t get rain, I’ll continue watering for at least one hour once a week with a sprinkler. I tested the compost recently and it’s heating up after I applied a few bales of green lucerne since there were no lawn clippings to add … it’s imperative to have raw materials!

We hope you enjoy trawling through our online store www.rosesalesonline.com.au to select some more beautiful roses to add to your garden this winter … notice how prolifically the roses bloomed despite the fact that we’ve had very little rain? Yes, indeed, roses are most definitely one of the most drought-hardy plants for your garden – they’re extremely water-wise and require just 10 litres of water per rose per week as long as it’s delivered at one watering session!

Enjoy your roses as they start to produce the last beautiful blooms for this flowering season and we’ll talk with you again next week …


Graham, Diana and Mooi from Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane

 

ROSE RAMBLER 11TH APRIL, 2019

Hello dear rose friends as we prepare for the Art & Roses Tours this weekend when busloads come to visit for a Walk ‘n’ Talk in the garden with Graham as part of the Kilmore Art Expo and Busking Competition (Saturday only). Kilmore will be literally buzzing this weekend so do come for a visit!

As people stepped from their cars these past weeks they’ve been very vocal about how beautiful our place looks and how many roses there are on show; the pots look amazing but the gardens are beautiful too!

Remember that autumn is a great time to write your wish list and order roses for bare- rooted season which starts mid-May to early-June
.
Let us assist with designing your rose garden so that you get it right first time! Bring your ideas, pictures and sketch drawings so that we can work on the garden design together!


GRA’S GARBLE

Q. What can you catch but never throw? A. A cold! It’s that time of year when you need to line up for a flu shot to be sure you stay well this winter!

Hello Graham – I was interested to see your plug for those fabulous secateurs.  Since you advised my son Lucas to purchase a pair for me I have recommended them to people who have since purchased them and are equally delighted, as I am.

A query  –  what do you use to keep them so clean? Cheers –Helen

My response: Thanks Helen – following this email and other similar requests I will attach the following to each pair we sell in future – it’s very important to care for your precious garden tools!


CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BEST SECATEURS YOU’LL EVER OWN!

Once a week during frequent use, open and spray secateurs blade and shaft with surface spray, leave a few seconds and whilst still wet, scrub all surfaces with steel wool then dunk in warm soapy water to soak. Scrub again if necessary. Using a fine wire remove all grit from shaft area, rinse and turn upwards to air-dry completely. Run sharpener two or three times evenly along both sides of anvil blade; lightly spray both sides of blade with olive oil.

P.S. Highly recommend you purchase a clip-on holster to avoid leaving secateurs in the garden!

With a bit of spare holiday time up your sleeve, you might consider doing some of these garden chores soon

  • CHECK ALL TIES ON STANDARD ROSES – REPLACE / REPAIR AS NECESSARY
  • REMOVE ANY ROSES YOU DON’T LIKE OR ARE PAST THEIR ‘USE-BY’ DATE – REPLACE SOME SOIL/COMPOST READY FOR A NEW ROSE TO BE PLANTED THIS WINTER
  • REAPPLY MULCH (WHILE THE SOIL IS STILL WARM) TO AREAS WHERE PREVIOUS MULCH TURNED TO HUMUS – PROTECT THE HUMUS AND WORMS FROM FROST – REMEMBER, WORMS START BREEDING SOON!
  • PLANT WINTER BULBS WHICH WILL FLOWER WHEN THE ROSES ARE FINISHED
  • IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY, YOU MUST APPLY FERTILIZER NOW!
  • HIDE EASTER EGGS IN THE GARDEN – KIDS JUST LOVE IT!

Q. Where do you learn to make banana splits? A. At Sundae School.


EASTER HOLIDAYS TRADING…

Unless there is anything really pressing to share with you next week on Thursday, 18th April, the day before GOOD FRIDAY, this is the last Rose Rambler for a few weeks. Please note WE WILL BE CLOSED ON GOOD FRIDAY but otherwise open during the Easter weekend on our normal days Saturday, Sunday and Easter Monday.

You will receive your NEXT ROSE RAMBLER ON 2ND MAY as we, in respect of ANZAC DAYon Thursday, 25 th April, won’t be posting a Rose Rambler that day. ONLINE STORE AND WINTER ORDERING – DO IT NOW! Diana and Ben have been very busy loading lots of new photos to our online store: www.rosesalesonline.com.au ready for you all to indulge in selecting new roses from our bare-rooted selection of roses for this winter and ask you, please, if you see faults or issues whilst purchasing in our online store, kindly take a moment to email us at: info@rosesalesonline.com.au so that we can correct those mistakes – we’ll honour your email to us by posting a free rose this winter as thanks for your effort!


A few new pics we’ve loaded of some of our gorgeous beauties which are still available as POTTED ROSES to plant NOW …

THE OPPORTUNITY ROSE

THE OPPORTUNITY ROSE is a profuse bloomer, the habit is compact and a little over knee high. The medium sized buds have attractive form, the rich variable copper shades are not prone to premature fading. It has very high resistance to blackspot when compared to neighbouring varieties and a distinct light fragrance.


CAMP DAVID

CAMP DAVID … Hybrid Tea dark red rose and one of the most stunning!  This rose is one of the most abundant Hybrid Teas, producing the darkest red, red roses – no purple in this beauty as I refer to it as ‘brown red’ … it stays dark red all the way through to petal drop and it has the most glorious fragrance.

CAMP DAVID is definitely one of our most highly recommended dark red roses – the profusion of long-lasting blooms puts this beautiful rose ahead of some of the other most frequently purchased roses!

 


MY HERO

Modern Shrub Rose of extraordinary health and vigour as a pleasant reminder of the hero in your life!

Released by Swane’s Nursery this rose is exclusively grown in Australia and our conditions are perfectly suited to this exceptionally healthy, free flowering rose.

My Hero produces an abundance of classic, shining rose pink blooms which clothe the shrub over a very long flowering season. The petals are massed and have a rather old-fashioned look when the bloom is fully opened.


All stunning plants ready to be planted in your garden and keep flowering right into winter then lightly pruned so they are a glorious, established rose in your garden this spring and next flowering season!


Enjoy these coming weeks of time off with friends and family – take care of yourselves and each other during this very busy Easter holiday time – enjoy moments in nature together when you can – hopefully, you’ll jump in the car to visit our Rose Farm during this holiday time when we will be open during our normal business hours of Fri – Sat – Sun – Mon 9am – 4pm EXCLUDING GOOD FRIDAY when we will be spending time with our family.

Please remember to ask for a MEAL VOUCHER so that you can enjoy a scrumptious lunch at our local MAGPIE STUMP HOTEL in Wandong – lovely venue, delicious food!


HAPPY EASTER … from all of us here at Clonbinane – Graham, Diana, Mooi, and the team