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Roses – Black Spot

I was very disappointed with the Roses this year as all but two were blighted with Black Spot. I was aware of this fungal disease and have removed infected leaves as I saw them but I didn’t use any spray at all. Some of my bare root roses didn’t flourish at all and I put this down to the very cold wet winter. I also decided that I had made a mistake by mixing spring bulbs in the pots with the roses. Death by Tulip. I intend to try and tackle the problem early next year.

Rose Blackspot is best prevented with an anti fungal spray early in the season before the foliage starts to show through. To be extra cautious spray the ground around the bush too. Most garden roses are prone to this disease and much depends on cleanliness for successful control. With roses that are susceptible to blackspot spraying every two weeks may be necessary. Hard pruning in the spring and burning all pruning material is best with any rose plant that regularly get blackspot. A feed with a high potash content will also help to allay the disease. This should be carried out early in spring in order that the rose plant may take the potash in as a preventative.

Make your own anti fungal spray with baking powder and washing up liquid mixed  with water and put into a spray bottle. Spray both sides of leaves. Add one box of baking powder to water and add baby shampoo. Mix well before spraying. Spray every two weeks. This mixture changes the ph to kill and prevent fungal growth. Shampoo acts as a coating agent to maintain alkaline ph.  Respray after rain.

Rose Arthur Bell

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I planted another of the bare root roses from Aldi in a large pot today. It is Rosa Arthur Bell, a beautiful fragrant yellow rose. I planted some yellow tulip bulbs around it. Tulip Yokohama and a few small bulbs of Brodiaea. Update: I lost this rose. I’m not sure if it was because of the weather or that I put too many bulbs in the pot with it.

Rosa Ernest H Morse

This beautiful Rose has deep red flowers with a powerful fragrance that are produced through Summer and Autumn. Excellent for bedding and cutting. I have planted this in a large square planter and added a few spring bulbs too. This morning, 3rd February, I had to do a rescue job on this pot as it had become waterlogged. I pushed a few holes around the pot so I hope I was in time.

Information and picture from Parkside Nursery.

Rosa Doris Tysterman

I have planted this Rose this morning, Monday 10th October. It is in a large pot with some Tulip bulbs. It’s one chosen by Kelly and looks a beautiful colour. I am looking forward to June next year and living in the hope of some lovely Roses.

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Large flowering Hybrid Tea rose. Slightly fragrant, well-shaped blooms of a lovely blend of tangerine and copper are produced throughout the summer and autumn. Foliage is a glossy green with hints of bronze. Ideal as a cut flower. Hardy. Information and picture from Rumwood Nurseries.

Rosa Queen Elizabeth

 

Another tall one for the back of a border. I think I shall plant this one in the new side garden where the two big trees have been removed. I have heard that it’s indestructible . We shall see. Friday 21st October, I changed my mind and put this one in a large pot for now. The side garden is still not ready for planting after the water problems we had last month. Had to rescue this plant from a waterlogged pot this morning, 3rd Feb. Fingers crossed.

Rosa Blessings

I have planted this Rose today, Thursday 13th October 2016, in a large pot. I put a few white Narcissi around it. The plant looks really healthy and already has plenty of new shoots.

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Highly scented salmon pink flowers are produced through the summer on this compact rose. Best in full sun at the front of a border where the scent can be appreciated. This classic Hybrid Tea rose was introduced in 1967 and bred by Walter Gregory.

Rosa Paul’s Scarlet

Another bargain Rose from Aldi. This brilliant red climber will be in a pot against a  trellis between the side fence and the small shed. It looks really healthy so far so I am hoping for good results come June next year.

Paul’s Scarlet is a very free flowering old climbing rose, producing large clusters of brilliant, unfading scarlet double flowers, with dark green leaves. A friendly climber as the near- thorn less stems are easily trained. (Information from Ashridge Nurseries)

Call Ducks For Sale

 

I have finally had to put some of the Call Ducks out for sale. They are lovely but to be fair to them I don’t have enough room for them. Ideally they need plenty of grass and moving water. I am letting them go for ten pounds each so a bargain for someone.

 

 

 

I have bought two more roses for the side garden. They were an impulse buy at two for three pounds from Lidl. They are both Hybrid Tea. One of them is Rosa Pascali which I have bought before and am very pleased with. It is white with a lovely fragrance. The other one is new to me. Rosa Dame de Coeur has deep green leaves and large, rich, red flowers and as it was sold as a fragrant rose I am hoping for a strong perfume too.

Rosa Susan Daniel

I was doing my usual jobs out in the garden this morning, feeding the ducks and the chickens and cleaning up after them. I was feeling a bit downhearted about a few things when I spotted a few late autumn roses blooming away even though it is late October. The perfume  of the Susan Daniel was beautiful and made me realise how lucky I am to be well enough to be working in the garden at all. The Rose Susan Daniel is named after an opera singer.  The most striking quality of this rose is its peachy transluscent colour. The ivory outer petals of the buds have lemon at the base opening to coral and finally changing through pale bronze to gold in late Summer. Disease resistant this rose has an amazing perfume. I bought this rose amongst a group of bare root roses from Harkness Roses.

Spring Pruning Roses

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Pruning a bush Rose – I am a relative new comer to the ups and downs of growing roses. Although we already had a rambling rose, Wedding Day, a climber, Dublin Bay, and a Hybrid Tea, Margaret Merrill in the garden they had more or less been left to their own devices. This year however I have taken a more keen interest in roses and have recently bought another climber, Compassion, a hybrid tea, Helen Robinson, and a few floribunda so I need to read up a bit about care. The first lesson I learned involved Spring pruning. The first four new plants are already in and the last three should be in before the end of this weekend. I have already hard pruned the existing three and found out that one negative aspect is that roses can rip you to pieces if you don’t treat them with care. I hope that future skillful pruning will reduce the risks. The following is an excerpt from Gardeners World Magazine.

“Any old stems showing signs of dieback can be pruned away, and badly positioned and congested shoots can be cut out to shape the bush. Last year’s stems need shortening to prevent new growth developing higher up the bush which may result in flowers with leggy stems. You should prune just above a bud, but remember that the developing shoot will grow out in the direction that that bud points. In most cases you want this to be outwards, keeping the centre of the bush light and open. Prune to an inward pointing bud and the shoot will grow inwards, crossing other stems to create a congested bush.” 

A good link http://www.gardenseeker.com/roses/pruning_rose_bushes.htm