Hello dear rose friends … finally some very welcome rain has dumped on our garden – now I’ll have to add “mow lawns” to my agenda of things to do before the bus groups visit this coming weekend.
We are expecting around 150 keen gardeners over the two days and if you would like to ‘tag along’ for WALK AND TALK IN THE GARDEN WITH GRAHAM, please do join us on this coming Saturday and Sunday between 10-11am and 2-3pm.
Because the Rotary Art Expo is on in Kilmore this weekend, I suggest you take a visit into Kilmore also – there is a beaut ‘Expo Café’ at the Memorial Hall where you can partake of a truly ‘home-made’ lunch served by a volunteer brigade of workers and International School students – all proceeds to Rotary projects!
GRA’S GARBLE …
Q. What’s the biggest mouse in the world? A. A HIPPOpotamouse!
I’ve caught a few big ones this past week – since we live along the Sunday Creek, have mulched gardens and chooks, we expect vermin problems so have bait stations at strategic locations OUTSIDE the buildings and house!
The logic here is that you don’t want vermin in any building so if you bait externally, the ‘hippopotamouses’ don’t usually become a problem INSIDE where they cause the greatest grief – especially if they die in wall cavities, etc. after taking a bait that you had inside!
We are maintaining the roses in good condition despite the cold and now wet weather – every 10 days we are applying the organic rose management program and I recommend you do the same now if you want blooms right up into winter –
To 10 litres of water add:
Seaweed solution or powder (follow pack directions)
¼ cup ECO ROSE and ¼ cup ECO OIL
It is beneficial to add liquid fertilizer to this concoction to stimulate more flowering and keep the foliage healthy – more healthy foliage means more beautiful roses!
Q. Why don’t you take your little brother to the zoo? A. If they want him, they can COME and GET HIM!
Only a few more days of school holidays – bring the kids with you when you come to visit us here at the Rose Farm – there are chickens to watch romping around … good fun! Gra
SOME ‘OLDIES’ THAT YOU SHOULD PLANT
If you don’t already have them! We all get seduced by catalogues and advertising brochures that show the new release roses every season – here are some enduring ‘favourites’ which you really should consider planting if you don’t already have them:
As a special ‘nearly end of season’ promotion, this weekend ONLY, all the DELBARD and DAVID AUSTIN roses will be reduced to $21.50 each – that’s their winter price but you’ll get them potted and flowering NOW! If you have a garden bed ready, PLANT NOW!
You will have beautifully established roses for next season’s flowering. Consider these couple of our favourites:
IN CLOSING …
Don’t be deterred from visiting a very busy Rose Farm this weekend when there will be loads of action and lovely assistants to help you select some more beautiful roses for your garden …
If authors wrote of roses all the livelong day,
And painted them in words to match their sweetness,
They would never tell one half of the glory of the queen of flowers.
– Helen Crofton
Cheers from Diana, Graham and Mooi at Silkies Rose Farm, Clonbinane
– remember, if you can’t get to visit us here then come and meet us at
TESSELAAR’S GARDEN AND PLANT EXPO
at Silvan next weekend 18th and 19th April