Hello dear rose friends … more sharing as a result of last week’s Rambler. It’s amazing how ‘toilet stories’ attract this kind of sharing … giggling still … but sad that nobody offered to take Graham on his long-worked-for holiday???
Hi Di – those eco products I got from you via phone call last week arrived next day by post (fantastic), and it saved me going to Bunnings etc, plus I was able to talk to you to learn a lot more about the product (not an option at the big chains).
Plus the products did a very good job, and not just on the roses – Paul
Yes, for a minimal postage fee, I can post our organic rose management products direct to your door – call me on 03 5787 1123 if this works for you!
VERY EXCITING NEW RELEASE ROSE NOW AVAILABLE…
We had to wait for this rose to be ‘baptised’ so that we could attach labels – we now have the labels and some stunning plants ready to be sold.
Every family has one, every child thinks they are the one, every parent knows that each child is one … so which rose am I referring to? Of course, THE GOLDEN CHILD.
An amazingly sturdy, bright yellow floribunda rose, THE GOLDEN CHILD was awarded ROSE OF THE YEAR in 2013 for extremely healthy, glossy dark foliage which is a brilliant foil for the stunning mass of fragrant, non-fading, waved-petal, yellow blooms produced continually from season start to end.
This highly recommended rose is ONLY available on our website as a GIFT ROSE bush which means it will be gift-wrapped and a card with your personal message attached then posted to THE GOLDEN CHILD in your life. Please send one to each of your children to alleviate sibling rivalry – I know which of her children my Mum would send the rose to; she has one son and three daughters … giggle!!!
Standard specimens of the rose are available FOR PICK-UP ONLY at Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane – limited numbers available this season.
GRA’S GARBLE …
To stop pots from drying out use glazed or plastic pots that lose less moisture from evaporation. Paint the inside of terracotta pots with a sealer or plant the rose into a plastic pot, place it in the larger decorator pot and disguise the edges with mulch or a trailing ground-covering plant like ALYSSUM or other seedlings.
ALWAYS use top quality potting mix which you can be sure has a blend of quality ingredients including water-saving crystals and nutrients.
EVERY rose can be grown in a pot and since there is a good range of sizes available in the self-watering decorator pots, we recommend you purchase one of those so that you can guarantee your rose will always have water and nutrients available – pour seaweed solution into the water well.
The size of pot you select will determine the eventual size of the rose; climbing roses and large-growing hybrid tea roses, old-fashioned and modern-shrub roses perform beautifully in large tubs. Use smaller pots for miniatures and some of the smaller growing floribundas. Group your pots together so that you’re not walking all over the yard with the hose running – it’s easy to forget ‘that one over there’!!!
EARWIGS IN THE ROSES …
Since they don’t fly, there’s only one way they can get to the flowers … crawl … soooo, if you have creepy-crawlies in your roses, try smearing petroleum jelly around the base stems. Yes, it’s tedious but we know they won’t walk over it and if you end up with glorious roses to bring into the house that aren’t spilling earwigs over the kitchen bench, it’s worth it!
Q. What happens if you pour a bucket of hot water down a rabbit hole?
A. You get hot cross bunnies!
Let us know what results you have with this method of deterring crawling insects in your flowering roses. Clean up around the garden where the earwigs are camping … have a beaut week in your garden …. Graham
DATES TO LOCK-IN …
ROSE SOCIETY ROSE SHOW
MT. WAVERLEY, VIC
SUNDAY, 16TH NOVEMBER
STATE ROSE GARDEN SHOW
AT WERRIBEE, STATE ROSE GARDENS
We will be there with a display site – definitely make this a ‘must do’ on your calendar – bring the whole family for a great day out!!!
The roses are almost flowering here at Clonbinane so do call in soon – when you come, please feel free to wander through the gardens …
~ Cheers from Diana, Graham & Mooi