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How are my roses?

Thank you to Diana from Elephants Eye for reminding me to take lots of photos of my roses!!! I am waiting for them to give me a splendid display! I should be able to post it tomorrow too! I have been nipping some the new shoots to encourage growth and using my home-made bug spray on the aphids who think they can stay …..!

Just read a really nice article on Roses in one of my favourite gardening mags:

Rose grooming and growing

  • Roses are queen of the October garden
  • They need at least 6 hours of sunshine a day
  • Roses can flower up to 10 months in a year
  • They need 10 litres of water a week
  • Fertilize monthly during summer
  • August to April use organic pesticides for thrips, red spider mite, aphids and beetles
  • Dead head regularly to encourage new floweing
  • Winter prune at the end of July (this is only for our Southern Hemisphere gardening friends)
  • Groom in January!
Happy Gardening xxxx
PS: I miss Christine too xx


By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

9 replies on “How are my roses?”

You pruned hard, and are having to wait a little for the flowers? Or are you just enticing us with a bud, till later?? I leave the aphids as food for the ladybirds and the white eyes.

Yes – I did, remember? I’ll have to post a before and after photo story! πŸ™‚
Oh, that is a good idea – the witoogies are quite busy! So I’ll leave some for them πŸ™‚

Is it safe to say that summer is your longest season, or is spring nice and long too? It’s so nice to see fresh green as your garden awakes while ours is winding down. I hope you’re making sure you have time this summer to post lots and lots of photos to help us northern gardeners get through the winter.

Hi Alan! So good to hear from you πŸ™‚ . Spring blends into Summer to make it a long warm season – yes! Things are so beautiful and green now. When summer comes, things do get a bit stark here in the bread basket of the Cape. I will make sure to keep you entertained with lots of photos πŸ™‚

I’ll wait with great anticipation to see your beautiful roses. Our roses like to be watered deep at the base of the plant… no water on the foliage unless of course to spray off those pesky aphids.

I can’t wait. I was hoping today was the day, but the buds are still holding back. You will be the first to see the photos! πŸ™‚
Yes – I really enjoy watering my garden – a ritual I use to zen out!

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