Hello dear rose friends … this interesting email discussion is very worth sharing:
Hello Diana … Thank you so much for your weekly news sheets – they are most helpful. On the 12th September you referred to the organic spray to prevent black spot, etc. After looking up recipes on the web, I found a carb soda and soap recipe which I used before the foliage had started showing. The roses are looking really lush now. But I cannot find whether this should be continued once the foliage is out, or is it ineffective now?It is the first time I have used it and I have to say that I was terrified of what may happen. I decided that if I killed every rose, I would make a trip to Silkie Rose Garden and replace them all! Fortunately, I didn’t kill any
I would so appreciate your advice.
Best regards Thea
Hi Thea …
In the ‘old’ days when we first started our journey into sustainable/organic management practice, we also used all these recipes and it was a lot of mucking around – treat yourself to the AUSTRALIAN well-researched, economical and very effective OCP products – eco-oil and eco fungicide/eco rose (same product!!!) and you won’t have that immense worry about whether you’ll harm your roses or not!!! It’s like fertilizer – yes, you can buy a bit of this and a bit of that and maybe somewhere in there, get it right – why not just buy quality fertilizer which has all the nutrients … easy and the science is done by professionals! We are very lucky now that we have access to such brilliant Australian products and I recommend you use them! Hope this is helpful …
Thank you so much Diana. I hadn’t realised that ‘eco …’ is a brand name. Have checked out Bunnings and Masters websites and found it. So am all set! Shame I don’t cook – I think that’s what carb soda is used for mostly. But I am certainly not going to start.
Best wishes, Thea
GRA’S GARBLE …
Please, please support your local PLANT NURSERY!!! Yes, the ‘big guys’ have it all but if you take a moment to wander through your local nursery, have a chat with the (usually) qualified person who gets up each and every morning (usually) at least 6 days a week, they will be the people who will offer you back-up support, great information, quality plants with (usually) a guarantee!
Think about what your kids/grandkids might be doing in years to come – hopefully working in a profession that makes them extremely happy and this great country of ours is the best place to be! Yes, we sell our Australian products on the internet to Australian gardeners – consider where you buy and what you buy in the interest of the future for ALL of us!
Q. What did the alien say to the garden? A. Take me to your weeder.
Then he follows up with this one:
Q. What did the alien say to the cat? A. Take me to your litter.
(Editor, Diana: Gawd, I’ll let you figure all that out ‘cause I haven’t got a clue where he’s going with any of this. He needs a holiday so I’m thinking of sending him to the moon – any takers for a co-driver?)
HELP US PLEASE …
You’ve heard me talk about constructing a toilet facility for you when you come to visit. Is there anybody out there who knows something about composting toilets, camping toilets – anything simple that is legal?
No, we don’t want to give you a shovel, no the ‘long-drop’ won’t work because we live on the Sunday Creek – boys can pee behind a tree but we would like to offer our lady visitors the comforts they expect without them coming into our home.
If you have experience with a toilet which might be used say, high out, 10 times a week, can you please send us an email with your ideas … thanks.
ROSE OF THE WEEK …
this magnificent Hybrid Tea rose has won awards for the most exquisite fragrance and beautiful, perfectly formed blooms on long, strong stems. JARDINS DE BAGATELLE is a significantly important rose for me – when we demolished the gardens at Kilmore, Graham took particular time to carefully remove three bushes and replant them here at Clonbinane just below the veranda where I sit with my morning coffee – it’s one of my most favourite Hybrid Tea roses.
When customers purchase this rose, I know they’re in for a treat and Yoda sent this glorious photo of one of the first roses to flower in his garden this season:
Please do check the ties and structures where your roses are planted. Last week I was raving about how magnificent MRS. B.R. CANT was flowering over the (33 year old) swing frame. In the horrific winds of this past few days, the frame lifted out of the ground and massive canes shattered – Gra and I spent 3 hours pruning the rose today – hopefully she will be flowering again at Christmas unlike a few customers who have called to say their weeping/standard roses were ripped from their canes and there is no other option than replacement! Not good!!!
Here’s another date to log into your diary –
ROSE SOCIETY OF VICTORIA Spring Rose Show
on the 8th – 9th November
at Mount Waverley
Details from the Society’s website on www.rosesocietyvic.org.au
Have a beaut week in your rose garden contemplating these words …
ALL THAT WE ARE IS THE RESULT OF WHAT WE HAVE THOUGHT.
THE MIND IS EVERYTHING.
~ Diana, Graham & Mooi