Wednesday, July 18, 2018

14 Feb

Roses Aren’t Just for Valentines Day!

Patio Rose Pink

Roses are an ancient symbol of love and beauty so it is no surprise that they are a favourite flower on Valentine’s day and in our gardens. Roses, of course, are also the national flower of England and depict traditional British gardens perfectly. Roses bring both scent and beauty into gardens and their varieties are so diverse that there is a perfect Rose for every garden.You can use roses in so many situations – from climbing up walls, tripods and trees to planting in the vegetable garden as a way to attract polinators. Roses also work well in containers and as ground cover. If you’re looking to create an informal cottage garden there is no better place to start than roses.

Roses love light and a reasonable amount of space around them. They prefer soil with well rotted compost dug in and added grit will help drainage.

This year we are offering our customers a stunning selection of  Hybrid Tea Roses, Climbing Roses and Patio Roses. These Roses will flower from June right through to October and will be despatched in March.

Hybrid Tea Roses are the most popular of all rose groups. Known as the aristocrat of roses, their flower stems are long and their blooms are shapely, making them one of the most attractive types.  These roses are supplied as bare root plants ready for immediate planting.

Our Hybrid Tea Roses include…

Climbing Rose Libretto

Climbing roses are extremely versatile and great value for money. They can climb into trees, over unsightly buildings, along fences or against walls, pillars or pergolas. Climbing Roses are supplied as a Bare Root Plants or in 3 Litre Pots and are ready for immediate planting.

Our Climbing Roses include…


Patio Roses are ideal for tubs, window boxes or your garden borders.  They are compact in habit and will flower throughout the summer. Despite their smaller size, Patio Roses are as hardy as larger roses.

Our Patio Roses include…

Hybrid Tea Rose Ena Harkness

Our feature writer Christine Walkden has provided some advice for when your roses arrive -On  arrival remove the plants from the packaging and soak the roots for a  couple  of hours before planting.  Dig a deep enough hole so that the bud  union  (where the branches start) is covered by at least 2” of soil.  By  the  time the soil settles naturally the rose will be at the right  planting  depth.

Do  not place the mulch right up to the stem of the plants as this can  cause  the stem to rot or the graft to root, encouraging sucker  production.  Mature compost, well rotted manure, old grow bags or leaf  mould and  even rotted grass clippings may all be used to advantage.

Feeding roses is very simple if you use a good quality rose fertilizer.  This   should ideally be applied in February and then again in July.

Regular  deadheading of the flowers will ensure a long season of display. This  is best done  by snapping off the faded flowers just below the swollen  part under  the flower head.  You will find the roses come back into  flower quickly  and will produce more blooms than when using secateurs to  remove the  blooms and a small section of the stem.





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