🌹 admiring Autumn roses in March ’19

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“It is the time you have spent on your rose that makes her so important.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

In the Rose Garden with Ludwig

The pattern and changes in the weather continue to affect gardens, and especially so when it comes to roses.

The modern, repeat flowering varieties adjust to the environment within days. When it is overcast with occasional drenching rain, the roses respond with longer stems, larger leaves, and intensely coloured blooms. Fresh new shoots burst within the bushes.

The down-side of this is that the leaf tissue and petals become softer and are more susceptible to fungus diseases and insects.

The reverse happens when it is hot and dry with not enough water getting to the roots. Then, the leaves become smaller and tougher, with reduced sprouting and few flowers.

As gardeners we need to be aware of these challenges; fertilise during rainy periods and spray more frequently to keep fungus diseases and goggas away.

With the magnitude of mother plants on our farm growing under a variety of conditions; next to palm trees, alongside pathways, in test fields and in well prepared beds I have a chance to note all these aspects and learn from them.

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This bush was denuded by black spot infection,
and is now re-sprouting with new leaves.

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These rose plants seriously lack a dose of fertiliser.
The light green indicates Nitrogen deficiency.

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In autumn quite a few varieties make fruit that are in them self beautiful. Rose fruit is called a hip. This variety is called ‘Lord Penzance’. Did you know that roses are closely related to apples, peaches, raspberries, cherries and strawberries?

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Rosa Brunonii’s hips turn black as they ripen.

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These ‘Just Joey’s’ are 20 years old.
They carry on flowering profusely year after year.

The plants that we grow in containers get a little more attention, as they are like our babies who cannot fend for themselves. If the water is used up within the soil in the plant bag there is no other water supply for the roots and the same applies to nutrients. During the heat of summer, we overhead irrigate twice a day and make sure that each gets a teaspoon of VIGOROSA once a month. Regular grooming or rather dead heading is just as important. This allows light to fall on the remaining leaves, as the plants are densely packed together in the nursery beds. The same applies to your roses that are grown in pots. 
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Roses in containers need to be watered regularly
as the bag or pot should not dry out.

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‘Pink Spectacle’ grown in 5 l containers flowering beautifully.

I travelled to Bedford in the Eastern Cape, a region well known for the beautiful rose gardens in the magnificent countryside of woody hills and green meadows.

However, three years of drought has taken its toll on many gardens and some of the roses have suffered, having to compete for water with the trees and large shrubs.

In quite a few gardens the roses were not pruned down to knee-height in winter as is normally recommended. I could not believe my eyes seeing ‘Duftwolke’, ‘Irish Luck’, ‘Frohsinn 82’, ‘Little Pink Hedge’ and of course ‘Iceberg’ standing 2 to 3m high.

The roots of such bushes have the strength and stamina to compete for the limited available water. It gave me a good opportunity to promote our GrandiRosa and Spire range that have this very ability of growing tall and maintaining a canopy of black spot resistant leaves, during my lecture to 130 keen local gardeners

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‘Frohsinn ’82’ growing tall in Bedford.

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‘Duftwolke’ normally grows hip high.
In Bedford, with light pruning
it has reached 2.5m.

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A giant ‘Litlle Pink Hedge’!

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‘Iceberg’ lightly pruned in Bedford.

The roses on our farm have prepared themselves and will provide a super show on our Autumn Rose Festival on the 21st of March which is also our 48th Anniversary.

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‘Bewitched’, ‘Double Delight’ and ‘Gold Reef’ in the background.

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A row of ‘Bles Bridges’ with its perfect shape.

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Magnificent ‘Blue Ribbon’.

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‘Duet’ with its flower power!

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‘Elize Cawood’s’ immaculate blooms!

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‘Jack Dayson’ growing in our museum is startlingly beautiful.

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The ‘Granny’s’ flower non-stop!

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And the rose fields…

Amongst our extensive trials of novel varieties there are some that are already showing off. They will soon be ready to be named and released.
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A yet to be named variety that is performing outstandingly!

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This beauty has a Panarosa type growth habit and will also be released soon!

We recently had the privilege of attending the law firm, Savage, Jooste and Adams’ Centenary celebration. The celebrations were crowned with each attendee receiving a plant of the Savage & Jooste Centenary rose to take home.     
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Tina Kartoudes, partner at Savage Jooste & Adams
and Ludwig in front of their beautiful rose.

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‘Savage Jooste Centenary’


Autumn Rose Festival on the 21st of March

…submerge your senses in the biggest, most beautiful rose blooms of the season at our Autumn Rose Festival this Thursday, 21 March (Human Rights Day) on the farm North of Pretoria.

Come and enjoy the spectacle of thousands of roses in bloom on the farm.

For refreshments head to our Rose Kitchen restaurant and hop onto the tractor-train for a ride through the rose fields. Entrance is free.

48 years of The Rose That Grows 

On the 21st of March this year we as a company are turning 48 years old. In celebration we are offering a -20% discount on all rose plants purchased at any of our branches country wide on the day!

We look forward to welcoming you. There is no better treat than taking the Queen of Flowers home to your garden…

The Autumn Garden Show – Midrand

The gardens at this garden show are most certainly worth visiting.

We will have a stand selling rose plants and all our shop goodies at this event, so see you there!

5 – 7 April 2019
The Herb Farm, 264 Summit rd, Midrand

Step by Step Rose Care for March

As stated above, especially at this time of year, one can “read” the requirements of the rose bushes and climbers. If they are not in peak flowering condition, there is still time (in most regions) to get them to flourish again.  

Roses which have lost their leaves due to black spot and maybe not enough water are likely to be re-sprouting with lush reddish stems after the rain many regions experienced. Such bushes may be groomed by cutting out obvious thin twigs inside or shortening very tall stems. It is important to spray in order to avoid re-infection of black spot and keep on watering if the rains have stopped.

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If your roses had lost their leaves and have re-sprouted with soft new growth, it is important to spray them with the cocktail containing Chronos.

Other bushes, especially of our Eco-chic varieties, that have maintained their foliage, but did not receive enough water and nutrients may have gone into a semi dormancy. A nutrient deficiency (mostly nitrogen) is clearly shown in the light green tough leaves. It would show on plants that did not receive the monthly recommended dose of VIGOROSA. Scatter maybe three of the 25ml cups of Vigorosa around such bushes and water well. Within two weeks they will have re-sprouted and will be flowering soon thereafter.
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A strong dose of fertiliser will force these roses to re-spout and flower profusely.

The regular spraying with our cocktail that contains the fungicide CHRONOS has certainly proved that black spot defoliation can be kept at bay.

The sprouting of new sappy flowering stems is a sure signal for insects to have a feast, especially the aphids. Their larvae hatches, matures and can breed within three to four weeks. In autumn aphids can be particularly tenacious.

Plant Care should be most effective and can be mixed in with the cocktail. If that does not work, you can alternate with Cyper.

In some instances thrips are also sucking on the new growth and if you see damage as in the pictures below, you can also add either Plant Care or Cyper to the cocktail which  should sort them out.

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These type of curled leaves and damaged buds
and blooms are caused by thrips.

Cutting blooms and grooming tells the bush to keep on re-sprouting and making flowers. As always it is a case of maintaining a nice leaf canopy. Not too dense, because the light must be able to fall into the bush, but not so denuded that the sun causes sunburn on stems because there is no shade from the leaves.

For continued flowering the watering regimen needs to be kept up. A drench once a week is better than the daily dribble.

Rose of the Month: ‘FOREVER DELIGHT’ POTendless(P)

‘Forever Delight’ is a floribunda version of one of the world’s most popular roses, ‘Double Delight’. It is an Eco-chic rose, and the blooms also have a cream base, with a scarlet blush over the petal edges that intensifies as the blooms unfold. Although it is not fragrant, it produces blooms almost non-stop; with new buds developing as old blooms fade. Plant the roses as a group to make a statement, or in a container, or with other fragrant roses.

The rose of the month is available from our rose centres at a special promotional price.

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‘Forever Delight’ planted on an embankment and making a sure statement.

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‘Forever Delight’ in its different stages.

Easter on the Rose Farm
Our well loved Easter Egg Hunt takes place amongst the roses on the farm on Easter Sunday, the 21st of April at 9:00am. The cost is R 180 per child.

This year the hunt will span over a much larger area and be more fun than ever before.

Additional activities for the kids: jumping castle, face painting, sand art and a bunny photo booth. Parents are treated to a complementary mimosa.

The Rose Kitchen has prepared a scrumptious Easter and Rose inspired buffet brunch to thrill the whole family! R 195 for adults and R 85 for children.

Booking to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt and / or for the buffet breakfast brunch is essential.

Please click here for further details and the booking form.

The buffet brunch menu is here.

Thank you for making it possible for us to share the roses’ beauty with you for 48 years and counting!

We look forward to welcoming you to any one of our rose centres this month.

Rose greetings,

Ludwig & Halmar