ROSE RAMBLER 27.10.2016 .. Hello dear rose friends as Gra and I are spending a week away from the Rose Farm but Tova is very capably manning the fort and will be here when you call in.
WWW.ROSESALESONLINE.COM.AU orders will continue to be posted this week so order with confidence!
I’m copying sections of the Rose Rambler from this week in past years to give you a trip down memory lane …
REWIND BACK TO… 31.10.2013
Hello dear rose friends… Already passed the middle days of Spring and things starting to ‘hot up’ … a taste of the fast advancing Summer and oh, the joy of the roses blooming and the magnificent fragrance makes all the dipping and dunging so worthwhile! No time to rest on your laurels though … plenty to do in the rose garden now.
RAMBLE ON WITH GRA …
Ever noticed all the perfumes we could buy – there are dozens. The perfume in roses is natural and the best time to smell a rose is when the sun is shining on the open flower. What ENERGY attracting the bees to create the beginning of another rose – the seeds! The rose fragrance also gives us lucky humans a lift. Try smelling some coffee first, then smell the rose; what a delight for our spirit … it takes us to a higher place.
By the way, what did Cinderella say when her photos didn’t show up?
“Some day my ‘prints’ will come.”
- POTTING ROSES: Potted roses can still be planted or re-potted from now on and throughout the flowering season. If potting, always use a good quality, certified potting mix with added nutrients and water saving granules. Mulch the top of the pots with compost about 50mm thick and then place milled lucerne or some straw over the compost. Place the pot on a tray filled with stones and water daily, use Natrakelp or Eco-cweed at least fortnightly.
- ROSE GARDENERS GLOVES: How good are your garden gloves? It is so important to use good quality, washable gloves that have material on the back that breathes but also protects your knuckles while moving around the thorny roses as you prune! Buy two pair so that you can change and wash them regularly – great Christmas present for the avid rose gardener and the one’s we stock here at the Rose Farm come in four different sizes – we’ve used them for years and highly recommend them!!
- MULCH IS CRITICAL: It is important to mulch the rose garden NOW to save moisture from Winter/Spring rains – plants are 96% water! Use Lucerne, straw, leaves and soaked newspaper at the edges of the garden beds will keep weeds away and be home to good soil critters and worms. Place the mulch on damp soil or water before and after mulching.
HELP THE ENVIRONMENT… MULCH THE SOIL! I’m told that 40% of grass is carbon so lawn clippings in light layers must be useful as a mulch too!
Enjoy the beautiful perfume of the roses while you wonder about the answer to this … what has a thumb and four fingers but is not alive … I’ll tell you next week ….
IN CLOSING …
Last week I was kneeling down while mulching the garden and got bitten – probably one of those big ants, maybe a spider …? Gentle reminder to me and I wish to pass on to you all that the burning welt on my leg lasted for over a week and I will now use one of the kneeling frames.
No I won’t, I’m not old enough to justify using a kneeling frame for it’s intended purpose ie. assist me in getting up from a kneeling position .. giggle .. so I’ll just use a piece of cardboard or layer of newspaper. I WILL NOT kneel and crawl around the garden unprotected and I urge you all to take care of the same insects lurking in your rose garden!
Enjoy the Melbourne Cup – a real celebration of roses
– Diana & Graham at Clonbinane
REWIND BACK TO… 30.10.2014
Hello dear rose friends … here’s a pinch and a punch for the LAST day of the month – another one gone and yep, our roses are blooming. They’re so healthy and robust – inviting you to come and take a look at how beautiful they are and the outstanding queen this week is FIONA’S WISH with her heavenly fragrance and stunning HUGE blooms demanding attention from the moment you step out of your car … gawd, what a rose …
Following on from last week’s Rose Rambler, the sharing continues and we are all benefiting from the input of readers – Noeline has this great contribution which will please those of you who are plagued by rosellas and other birds who strip your roses …
Ok, so what is the product Noeline is successful with? Here’s the information you need …
When exposed to sunlight the tape reflects multi-coloured light in a random chaotic manner and is available from:
Bird Gard Pty Ltd, PO Box 737, Cotton Tree QLD 4558
Tel: 07 5443 6344 firstname.lastname@example.org
It would be most interesting to know if this tape, when attached to roses where there is possibly some night light may deter possums … might be worth a try for those gardeners who despair at the destruction of the rose garden due to possums – let’s keep this conversation alive.
Here’s another tip: Yvonne has the snails stumped … “Even the snails (of which there were many) are few and far between as we now use coffee grounds around the plants, and snails and slugs do not like coffee grounds. The lemon tree was being attacked by snails and the fruit skins were snail marked. So, out came the coffee grounds. We sprinkled it around the tree and have not been bothered with snails on the lemon tree since that time.”
REWIND BACK TO… 29.10.2015
GRA’S GARBLE …
Q. Why can’t a ladybird ever hide? A. Because it is always spotted!
You’ll be thinking about which horse might be worth backing in the Melbourne Cup but I would highly recommend visiting FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE just to be up close and personal with the magnificent rose gardens there! If you get a chance, treat yourself to a spectacular day at the races during these weeks of horse racing and I hope you back a winner!
Q. Why couldn’t the pony talk? A. ‘cause he was a little horse.
Grasses are the essence of Nature! Researchers in Sydney found endorphins given off by lawn mowing keep us feeling good about ourselves! Aaah, the smell of a freshly cut lawn – you know the smell and feeling – no research necessary because we already know how good it feels and looks!!!
There’s more to it though – grasses are essential because, when they break-down in pastures and gardens, their dry matter and minerals wash into waterways and then into the ocean which then turns into a food source for fish. Our Oceans are the richest source of nutrients on our planet! Hence, the seaweed solution we use on our plants, which comes from the Ocean, is vital for balanced plant nutrition and remember, regular applications of seaweed solution will afford your roses up to 5 degrees heat tolerance so liberally pour over the foliage of roses at least monthly to ensure bushes retain lots of healthy foliage!!!
ROSE FLOWERS IN THE HOUSE – there is no greater pleasure than cutting a bucket full of rose blooms to fill vases in your home! Here are some rules which you MUST stick to which will ensure longevity of the roses you cut for a vase:
- Cut the roses early in the day (when possible) so they are well hydrated and cool;
- Take a bucket of cool, clean water to the garden with you;
- Trim the stems as long as possible and dunk them immediately into the bucket;
- Leave the bucket in the coolest room of your home for a few hours;
- Use only very clean vases to which you can add flower-preservative, if you prefer;
- Remove all the leaves which are below vase water level;
- Freshen water every couple of days – trim stems each time.
Diana devoted a chapter in her book ALL ABOUT ROSES to CUTTING ROSES FOR A VASE – there is an extensive lot of special hints and tips which are useful if you love to have vases of roses in your home during the flowering season … enjoy the beauty of your garden, inside too!
BACK TO… OCTOBER 2016!
If you’re venturing up this way on the second weekend in November, please take a slightly longer drive to visit these magnificent gardens which are about one hour further north than Clonbinane … it will be seriously worth driving the extra kilometres.
Hope you back a winner in the Melbourne Cup and enjoy the long weekend with festivities and most especially, roses …