ROSE RAMBLER … 3.3.2016 …
Hello dear rose friends and welcome to autumn which we consider to be the most beautiful season in our garden because the colour in the roses is intense and true; the season when all our deciduous trees turn magnificent colours and we start preparing new rose garden beds for winter planting. It’s also the season when we get cooler nights and can snuggle-down under the doona again … lovely all-round.
NOW OPEN for
bare-rooted winter roses!
Which will be posted/available for pick up from early June
with a very special offer of one of the following roses available
FREE with every purchase over $100
– this equates to BUY 4 GET 1 FREE!
It’s been easy to select the FREE varieties because every one of these roses is highly worthy of planting in your garden! You’ll see them growing beautifully in gardens all around Australia and have proven to give enormous pleasure to rose gardeners year in and year out!
We’ve chosen varieties from the colour spectrum of roses which are sure to please; importantly all these varieties are very hardy, easy-care and will give you years of abundant blooms!
Now, which one will you choose??? Enjoy this gift from us to you …
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW …
MIFGS starts on Wednesday, 16th March when I will be giving a presentation ALL ABOUT ROSES at STAND 41B (close to front entrance gate – SCOTT’S AUSTRALIA PTY. LTD.) commencing at 10.30 – 11.30 so get there early!
Graham’s beautiful, Multi-Award Winning rose: GRA’S BLUE will be featured in Kerri Heron’s garden on the AVENUE OF ACHIEVABLE GARDENS. Kerri is a horticultural student at Melbourne Polytechnic and when she won the honour of presenting her garden design, she wanted a highly fragrant rose for her ‘picking garden’ and selected GRA’S BLUE as it met all her criteria!
As a very special tribute to this fabulous rose,
during March we are offering…
BUY ONE GRA’S BLUE
– GET ONE FREE!
This is a wonderful opportunity to create a garden border of continually flowering, highly fragrant blooms of the most easy-care healthy rose which grows to around 50cms tall. GRA’S BLUE is also ideal to grow in large tubs on a sunny balcony/patio where the fragrance can be enjoyed!
Q. What do you call an angry chocolate bar? A. A Violet Crumble.
EASTER IS AROUND THE CORNER …
Here are a few appropriately named roses which you can gift instead of chocolate –
A highly recommended rose for health, vigour and truly amazing change of colours from deep chocolate brown paling to mauve as the flowers finish. Stunningly glossy foliage clothes the bush which grows to a height of 1.2 metres –
Stunning orange blooms which, as they age, change to rich chocolate-brown. The foliage is glossy, dark green and the bush grows quite tall to 1.5 metres and is very eye-catching and interesting amongst other coloured roses –
Q. How do you say “Richard and Robert have a Rabbit” without using the ‘R’ sound? A. Dick and Bob have a bunny!
VERY IMPORTANT SUMMER ROSE CARE …
We’ve had several customers email pictures of their poorly roses this past week – an infestation of RED SPIDER MITE will rapidly spread on the underside of rose foliage in areas where there is poor air circulation and very dry conditions. The tiny insects will be visible using a magnifying glass – there is usually signs of webbing on the foliage as well.
To control RED SPIDER MITE we recommend immediate action by spraying ECO-OIL with NEEM OIL added (if available). NEVER SPRAY plants when temperature is expected to be 30 degrees or more – as has been the case this past week!
To minimise the spread of RED SPIDER MITE while the weather is still too warm for spraying, wash affected bushes with the hose – particularly the underside of leaves – MITE hate being wet! This kind of watering will protect the rose until you can commence spraying with ECO OIL (which suffocates them) and ECO NEEM (tells them to stop eating).
Clear around the base of each rose to improve air circulation and deep-soak the affected roses – this is most important to stop reinfestation!
IT’S BEEN DRY … most issues with roses are due to lack of adequate, deep soaking moisture so give the roses a light prune, turn the hose on and you’ll have a spectacular show of blooms throughout autumn and into winter.
See you at Clonbinane soon – Diana, Graham & Mooi