ROSE RAMBLER 27.11.2014

Hello dear rose friends – we’re on the home-run to Christmas – all the family festivities and fun; kids school holidays for six weeks and for lots, annual leave and some blissful free time … yeah!

To help you get gifts organised, here are a few ideas:

A signed copy of Diana’s book which includes 30 years of rose-growing experience in a magnificently presented publication filled with hints and tips, glorious photographs and a very practical guide to growing roses using organic methods.  $29.95 – plus pack and post $44.95
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The most preferred secateurs we have ever used which suit young and old, small and large hands.  $49.50 – plus pack and post $64.50

Magnificently presented flowering rose of your choice can be sent direct to the recipient’s home with your own personal message transcribed in a beautiful card in time for Christmas.
$69.90 all inclusive

Cut-off date for parcel posting is – MONDAY, 15TH DECEMBER, 2014

Gift Vouchers an be posted until FRIDAY, 19TH DECEMBER, and we will add $10 to the redeem value of all gift vouchers purchased during December.
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The dog run fence is now a spectacle with Clematis scrambling through the climbing roses and I highly recommend you consider planting them together with your climbing roses – no, they’re not hard to grow and they have exactly the same cultural requirements as roses.  They’re tough plants when you plant them deeper than the pot, place them so that the climbing rose shades their roots and cover them annually with loads of compost and mulch.

We have the most spectacular range of Clematis at the Rose Farm NOW.

Q.  Did you hear about the messy soccer player?  A.  He dribbled a lot!

With the recent rainy weather, I’ve been diligent with snail baiting – my potato crop was being decimated.  Because Mooi (our toy poodle) is always in the garden with us, I did some research and have found a product developed by Australian scientist called ERADICATE which is of low-toxicity to non-target animals such as dogs, cats, birds and earthworms because the active ingredient is an iron EDTA complex.  ERADICATE is toxic to snails, slugs and woodlice and while there is some evidence that excessive consumption of Iron EDTA complex baits leads to vomiting and diarrhoea, these effects are probably due to the alkaline nature of the product.

Do your pets and the earthworms a favour – purchase ERADICATE next time you buy snail bait!

Q.  Why did the bacon laugh?  A.  Because the egg cracked a yolk.


SUNDANCE – a spectacular Hybrid Tea rose which produces masses of intense, unfading yellow blooms with a hint of orange around the tips of the petals and is beautifully enduring in a vase.  Healthy dark green foliage compliments the long stemmed, very quick repeating blooms.  Great rose for a hot-spot in your rose garden.

With the Christmas rush impending, take quiet moments to relax and unwind in your rose garden … see you soon at Clonbinane.

~ Diana, Graham & Mooi

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