a classic song and a classic rose.
David Austin's stunning rose "Jude The Obscure."
In our Humble Bungalow Garden of roses Jude stands out head and shoulders above the rest.
It is no secret that it remains my favourite.
There are so many wonderful roses on the market and by no means am I an expert...far from it.
I'm nothing but a passionate rosarian.
Our "Peace" Rose won Best Rose in Show
at The Gordon Head Garden Club Exhibition back in the early 2000's.
Our name was engraved on a Vintage Silver Rose Bowl and we had the extreme pleasure of having it reside in our Humble Bungalow for a year.
(I polished it regularly)
Things to consider when buying a rose...
the variety ~ shrub, rambler, climber
the growing habit ~ size at maturity
blooms ~ shape, size, colour
flower flush ~ once, twice or repeating
fragrance ~ mild, bold, myrrh, bourbon, citrus, sweet...
(you'll need a sunny spot in your garden as roses thrive on the warmth)
When you visit the garden centre go with an open mind...
don't compromise your basic preferences and get swayed by the first beautiful blooms that you see as there are many!
There are oodles of roses on the market today and a little research goes a long way.
Always buy hardy plant stock from a reputable grower.
The David Austin website is a fabulous place to start.
Once you've purchased your rose(s)
you'll need to dig a hole and pop in some organic compost before setting the rose into the hole.
Make sure that you like the way it is oriented before filling the hole with dirt.
Stamp your foot down all around the base of the plant to press the soil in.
Make a ridge of soil in a circle around the base that helps keep the moisture near the roots and water well.
Roses are greedy guzzlers and when they are getting established they like a drink every day!
They like lots of good nutrition and if they are well fed they are more resistant to bugs.
Some gardeners like chemical fertilizers I prefer to utilize natural aids.
Banana peels and Epsom salts once a month provide great results.
(an experienced rose grower told me that she feeds her roses rabbit food!)
Dig the peels into the soil and sprinkle the base with a handful of salts before watering.
If you water in the morning you can usually keep black spot at bay.
It loves to attack and take hold when the roses go to bed wet at night because the leaves don't dry out until the following morning.
We often water in the evening as we have water restrictions so just be prepared for it.
If the leaves are peppered with black spot pick them off and do not add them to your compost bin if you plan to use it in your beds in the future.
Aphids can be washed off with some soapy water in a spray bottle or buy some live lady bugs.
Make sure you prune your roses every year and remember the pruning rule ~ the 3 D's...
Dead, damaged and diseased.
Prune back the stem to a leaf formation of 5 leaves and cut using clean sharp secateurs.
Oh and when you prune your roses be sure to wear some decent rose warrior gloves so your arms do not fall prey to those prickly thorns!
To learn more about growing roses you can go online to the various rose societies.
Brentwood Bay Nursery is a great place to find roses and they have a helpful website with links to clubs, roses and gardens to visit when you are in Victoria.
As a rose lover I think that roses make a great gift.
What a lovely way to mark a special anniversary, wedding or a milestone birthday.
Climbing Royal Sunset is a lovely shade of apricot with a delicious rich perfume.
Ours climbs up the sundeck which faces west.
It blooms like mad and is incredibly hardy and disease resistant.
It would make a good rose for any novice grower...
a lovely housewarming gift!
"A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust."
~ Gertrude Jekyll ~
What is your favourite rose?