ROSE RAMBLER 18.2.2016

ROSE RAMBLER 18.2.2016 …

Hello dear rose friends!  Due to the very many emails we’ve received with queries about summer pruning, there will be …



SATURDAY, 20TH FEBRUARY – 10.30 AM AND 2.00 PM$20.00 PER PERSON – kids and dogs on leads very welcome!
Bring your secateurs for a clean/check/sharpen
– Booking would be good but not essential



Seems I caused a bit of confusion about reference to moon-phase pruning which starts today and ends on Sunday so come on up to Clonbinane this Saturday and we’ll go through it together – stick around for a cuppa and chat with fellow rose enthusiasts too!

For those who are unable to attend this weekend, the general rule for SUMMER ROSE PRUNING is to remove ONE-THIRD of the bush WHILST RETAINING AS MUCH FOLIAGE AS POSSIBLE!  This is very important as healthy foliage cover protects stems from sun-burn and foliage is the ‘store-house’ of energy and nutrients for the entire plant.

If you’ve been trimming 1/3 off your bushes since they started flowering this season, a good tidy-up over the coming days will ensure you have lots and lots of roses through one of the loveliest flowering seasons, autumn.  Continue trimming as flowers finish and the bushes will produce lovely blooms right up to winter.

Q.  What has a neck but no head?  A.  A bottle   

If you have pics of your garden, problem foliage or a rose variety which you would like to identify, please bring with you on Saturday.  Pics like this are great to share:

Hi Graham, Diana and Mooi, attached is a photo of the climbing rose that we purchased a couple of years ago. I think it is called Dublin Bay. The two branches growing out of the main trunk, should they be cut off? Regards and thank you, Dawn and Noel.
Here is my response … NO WAY!!!  when you are pruning next time, you might remove that oldest branch – the two large green stems are WATER SHOOTS which carry the flowers, renew the bush/climber – they are definitely not SUCKERS!  There’s another smaller branch there – leave it!  If you don’t ‘get it’ … please let me have more pics to give you more information!  This is great photography too … I can see exactly what you’re talking about and hope my advice makes sense!  Talk soon … Gra

Hope to see you on Saturday; meantime, because of the damp weather, continue with the organic rose management spray program at least monthly as healthy foliage ensures masses of roses … Gra

Q.  What is a complete waste of time?  A.  Telling a hair-raising story to a bald man – believe me, it’s true, I do it all the time!  (Diana)


Every single person who purchases the LOWE SECATEURS just raves about how brilliant they are – you can order online at or do what Caitlin did,  she came to the Rose Farm on Valentine’s Day and conned her husband into buying her a pair after we’d designed a plan and opened her order for winter roses!

Thanks Diana! The secateurs are brilliant! I used them as soon as I got home and couldn’t find enough to prune!  Thanks again, I really appreciate all your help and am much more comfortable purchasing from you rather than the larger companies. It’s all the little touches that you provide. I recommend you to all my garden admirers.  Will be in touch!  Caitlin


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I know we don’t get it right all the time but we extend ourselves 100% of the time and I think new customers would feel more confident purchasing our roses online if they could read all the testimonials I have in a folder where they can’t see them!

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In the next few weeks, I’ll be seducing you with pics and descriptions of some of the new release roses we are listing for 2016 – we’ve seen all these roses growing in the field and they are sensational …

Is a beautifully proportioned rose with large Hybrid Tea shaped blooms of deep velvety red with silver/white reverse and blooms are either borne singly or in clusters.  This lovely new rose for 2016 is a charity fund-raising rose for the “Charles Gardiner Hospital Leukaemia Fund” supporting research into leukaemia.There is a delicate and sweet fragrance on a healthy, rounded bush to 1.5mts tall

Leathery foliage that withstands fiery summer temperatures and acts as the perfect foil for the FEARLESS blooms of brilliant, intense orange. On a tidy even bush multiple flushes of bloom are produced almost year round. This multi-award winner has what it takes to be an all-time favourite.  Flowers are large, with 35 petals, and the fragrance is sweet and light. Height : 150cm. Bronze Medal Australian Rose Trial Garden Awards 2009. Growers Notes: Handles all the heat you can give it. A compact and even bush for planting long lines. For fast repeat blooming deadhead often!

Is a wonderful new climbing rose for 2016.  Bred by Kordes, Germany, this grand climbing rose is guaranteed to excite you as it will behold the most magnificently healthy, glossy foliage, is very robust and extremely floriferous.

Covering an area 2.2 x 1.8 metres, the beautifully formed, old-fashioned style blooms of brilliant red will create a most show-stopping display on a wall or fence – could also be trained up a post or held within an obelisk where it will flower from the ground up continually throughout the flowering season.


Our website will be open for purchasing your winter roses by the end of February – start creating your wish-list NOW … see you on Saturday for the pruning demo …

~ Graham, Diana & Mooi at Clonbinane


ROSE RAMBLER 11.2.2016


Hello dear rose friends … with Graham safely home after a jaunt into New South Wales Southern Highlands to visit gardens and ‘chook mates’ and me settled in my ‘new’ office!  Before he was out the gate, I had the first piece of furniture shifted and it’s taken a week of cleaning everything in my path while I changed the whole house around.  Interestingly, Gra is happy with the changes – now I sit here at my computer looking out on the garden and can see when you drive in the gate … really nice!


Get your secateurs sharpened because according to the moon planting guide, the best time for pruning our roses for robust autumn flowering is on the waxing moon – the dates are February 18-20 which are ‘fertile’ dates when plant wounds heal.  If you want to test the value of working to the lunar calendar, prune a few of your bushes on the suggested dates and leave some till a bit later – I know you’ll be amazed!

Q.  What happens when ducks fly upside down?  A. They quack up.

Now is the time to organise pruning to ensure you’ve got a plethora of flowers through autumn.  Because we need to have our potted roses looking spectacular for…

Tesselaar’s Garden Expo
2nd and 3rd Apriland our gardens flowering for
Art & Roses Tours
on 9th and 10th AprilWe’ll be head down, bum up, pruning during February.

The gardens will be regularly watered, the pots will be managed with our organic rose management spray program to ensure premium foliage cover which will guarantee beautiful flowers throughout this last month of summer.

Q.  What did the bee say to the flower?  A.  Hi, honey!

Here are a few pics we’d like to share with you to inspire loving moments this Valentines Day
A quiet cuppa with the one you love
– how a red rose will add romance !!
A vase of NAHEMA ..
a most spectacularly fragrant climbing rose – so romantic!
roses with bubbly at the end of your day …
Enjoy the love on Valentine’s Day with your special person …
Graham, Diana & Mooi



ROSE RAMBLER …  4.2.2016

Hello dear rose friends as time speeds up again with only 10 days to VALENTINE’S DAY … when I send a gift rose to your loved one this year, it will have love-heart chocolates in the box to make your gift even more special!  Please get your orders to us AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and definitely by next Monday, 8th February!

Here are a few roses varieties which I highly recommend …

Masses of bright golden blooms continually throughout the season with ruffled petals and stunning glossy foliage – yellow symbolises FRIENDSHIP in roses – this glorious rose is an easy-care, nicely rounded shrub which would also be suitable to grow in a large tub …

Perfectly formed pale-pink buds open to exude a most delightfully sweet fragrance.  Dark healthy foliage compliments the continually free-flowering attribute of this highly recommended rose …

If Valentine’s Day means long-stemmed, darkest red, most highly fragrant roses, this, our Best Selling Rose again this year, is the one you should gift …


To test for fragrance in a rose, pick a semi-open bloom and keep it in your pocket or under your cap for half an hour – you will soon know whether or not it’s a fragrant variety!  (Yes, Gra does just this – I get rose petals through the washing if I forget to check his pockets and yes, he wears a cap ALWAYS but I thought it was to keep his bald head warm … there’s always something funny going on here!  Diana)

Blooms picked when the outer petals have fully reflected will exude perfume for days in a vase at evenly warm room temperatures!

Q.  How do you start a flea race?  A.  One, two, flea, GO!


Last week I fertilized the whole garden and incorporated rock-dust in the blend – we had good rain within hours!  This will guarantee healthy foliage and masses of blooms throughout autumn when I will do another application of Complete Organic Fertilizer to ensure flowers right into winter.

In between this fertilizing, I highly recommend regular applications (fortnightly is great!) of seaweed solution with some Eco-aminogro or other liquid fertilizer added.

When watering, ensure deep, deep soaking – I cannot stress this enough as most customers who have issues with their roses under-performing, the cause is generally lack of adequate water!  Yes, roses are very ‘water-wise’ but they are such prolific blooming plants when they have good, healthy foliage cover and to maintain this, they MUST HAVE water deep into the root-zone of the plant!  You’ll see the rewards … Gra

Q.  Why are mosquitoes religious?  A.  Because they sing over you before they prey on you!


It’s that time of year again when we start to round up bus groups for the Art & Roses Tours … please insert flyer here … I couldn’t do it!!

Due to overwhelming interest in this day tour of our beautiful region we needed to find another suitable destination for our visitors to have lunch as our Expo Café has limited space.

We are very excited to announce that the FIRST FOUR BUS GROUPS who book will enjoy a gourmet barbeque luncheon with Kevin and Rhonda Butler in their shearing shed where BLAZE-AID was conceived.  Volunteers from around Australia came to assist in recovery after the 2009 Black Saturday fires and the shearing shed became their ‘meet and eat’ destination.

Come and listen to Kevin and Rhonda share their story of BLAZE-AID; how it started, how it works and how it continues to assist Australians wherever disaster strikes!  Members of the Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell will host the lunch (cost $12.00).

Have a beaut week in your garden
– don’t forget to organise your VALENTINE’S DAY ROSE BUSHES … DO IT NOW!Cheers from Diana, Graham and Mooi at Clonbinane