Plant roses for a stunning showJune 15, 2015
If you think its been cold this week then spare a thought for our poor plants who have to stay out in it. I hope your lemon trees and other frost sensitive plants are tucked up in their warmer little microclimate spots.
The good thing with Mediterranean climate plants is this is the weather they like; rain in winter and lots of it so they can enjoy the heat and sunshine in summer. Of all the Mediterranean plants the rose is the king.
Some of my mates in permaculture argue that roses are a waste of space, time and energy in a garden. They don’t know that roses have one of the highest vibrational energies of any in our gardens. I argue that they are essential in every garden because they bring that essential element that makes life worth living – Joy!
Whether it’s a beautiful bud or a fully open bloom roses are stunning and add so much life and colour to a garden. Who cares if you need to prune them once a year. We have to prune natives so they look their best and we have to plant and pick veggies. Roses are essential that’s my opinion.
Don’t prune your roses just yet. The cold we have been experiencing may give us some frosts later in the season which will damage tender new shoots if we prune too early. We’ll have a look at this in a week or two. It is straightforward once you know but there are a few tricks to be aware of. Meanwhile if you would like a Rose Care Calendar, drop me a line at The Courier.
If you are new to gardening don’t be put off by all the names and fuss. All you need to do is look through some catalogues or friends gardens and find some varieties you like.
Lately we have been designing some wonderful rose gardens complemented by pretty perennials. My favorites this week are the French bred Delbard roses but there are so many other roses to choose from you are sure to find a rose to fit any garden style even Japanese is you wish – there’s literally hundreds to choose from.
Roses can be used for hedges, as edges to a bed, as shrubs in a border, to climb over a pergola or arch, in courtyard containers, as rambling roses for windbreaks over tanks sheds and the like, or rambling through trees. Yes you can even get thornless varieties.
When you are planting roses don’t just plant one, plant three of the same one. Plant them about 0.5m apart in a sort of clump as you do with perennials. They will grow together and give the effect of a single large graceful shrub. Just remember to feed and water for three not one.
You can buy roses all year round but now is the best time to order them for winter delivery. Normally roses come in pots but in winter growers simply lift them from the nursery paddocks and wrap the roots up loosely just to keep the roots moist. These “bare root” roses can be mailed all over the country. “Bare root” roses are great value because the growers save on pots, pot mix, fertiliser as well as the labour required to pot them.
Winter is the best time to plant because the plants are dormant and there’s a good bit of moisture in the soil now too after all the rain. Roses planted now will have time to settle and get established before the flush of spring growth hits. Boost the soil with heaps of compost or manure.
We can save you lots of hassles and make sure you get roses that are more disease resistant and grow well in our conditions. Roses are only hard work when they are planted in the wrong place. The right roses grown in the right conditions are fun and easy and spectacularly beautiful when they flower.
Position your roses where they will get the maximum sun. Roses love sun and they need at least 6 hours each day, the more the better. Shade makes them grow straggly and weak
When your roses arrive, unwrap them and pop them straight into a bucket of water. Now ask yourself how long will it be before I can plant them? If it’s only one or two days you can leave them in the bucket, no worries. If it’s more than 2 days you need to “heel them in”.
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