Newsletters: 🌹 adoring autumn roses this May ’19

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• In the rose garden with Ludwig
• Rose Care for May
• Events in May
• Rose of the Month
• News from our Rose centres
“Mothers are flowers in the garden of life’ – Thomas Fuller
In the Rose Garden with Ludwig

We unfortunately missed out on last month’s heavy rain that would have filled our dams, but there was enough to entice our roses to produce lots and lots of superb blooms.

With the cool nights and day temperatures, the blooms last so much longer on the bushes without fading. ‘South Africa’ specifically is showing off with huge candelabras of a true golden colour. Incidentally, I counted in the annual listing of rose varieties in commerce worldwide and found that the name of 235 varieties starts with gold or golden. Most are actually more yellow than gold.

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‘South Africa’ becomes true golden in colour in autumn.

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Climbers bordered with ‘South Africa’ in front.

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20 year old ‘Mister Lincoln’ plants happily producing long stemmed fragrant blooms.

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These ‘Oyster Pearl’ rose bushes are also 20 years old.
They still faithfully produce highly fragrant cut roses.

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‘Esther Geldenhuys’ has also been performing for 20 years.

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These ‘Golden Monica’s’ have not been cut back and blooms have not been picked.
A mountain of colour is created.

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‘Intense’ shows its orange kissed edges at this time of the year.

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Strongly scented ‘Just Joey’, a world favourite. Can you see why?

Last month I touched on the differing of heights of the varieties and received a good response from gardeners who are finding the same in their gardens. I am always happy to receive such comments.
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‘Rhona Lya’ almost reaching the balcony in a JHB garden. 

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‘Rhona Lya’ – exquisite!

Our good friend, Sandra, from Farm Girl Flowers, Wartburg, KZN, posted on FaceBook about the many varieties that were creating botrytis bombs rather than blooms in her fields.

This has to do with the rain, mist and no sunshine. Moisture gets in-between the petals of the opening buds and they can’t dry out properly. It affects the very large and soft-petaled blooms more than others. Cut off such blooms and the new growth will be normal again.

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Botrytis affects softer petalled, big blooms. Cutting these blooms off, stimulates new growth.

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The first stages of Botrytis.
It is not a disease, simply the soft petals rotting from the moisture.

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Note the front blooms that were cut off in time, have re-flowered without Botrytis.
At the back, the many mummies are evident.

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Note how the buds that were tight during the rainy period are opening without being affected.

Over the years I’ve found that the Americans have a knack of coming up with the most apt expressions. 
Paul Zimmerman, the rose guru in the USA is now promoting “Everyday Roses” in the “American Rose magazine”.This combines the selection of inherently healthy varieties (which we market as eco-chic) and a growing method of ‘basic care’; not a “no-care” approach because all garden plants require some care.

Next is healthy soil. I checked on Wikipedia. Soil is a material composed of five ingredients – minerals, organic matter, gases, liquid and organisms. Soil minerals are clay, silt and sand.

The percentages of particles of these is called soil texture. Soil has four important functions: a medium for plant growth, a means of water storage and purification, a modifier of Earth’s atmosphere and as a habitat for organisms.

Other care methods include adding sustainable fertilisers to feed both the plant and soil and proper watering techniques.

Nothing new of course. We touch on these subjects in every issue of Talking Roses and rose growing advice in gardening magazines.

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A novelty eco-chic variety that we will be releasing in spring.

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A red “Everyday” rose that will also be named by this spring.

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One of our favourites that will be released this coming season!

Mother’s Day on the rose farm

Join our Rose Kitchen for a buffet breakfast or harvest table lunch this Mother’s day, Sunday the 12th of May.

For the complete info sheet pls click here.

For the booking sheet pls click here.

As mentioned, the autumn roses are looking spectacular. We look forward to welcoming you!


Enter this #ThankYou Mom competition and stand the chance to win prizes worth over R 200 000.

Step by Step Rose Care for May into June

Most regions have had exceptionally heavy rainfall filling the storage dams and drenching the soil deeply. Many roses that had gone into semi-retirement (dormancy) may be sprouting again. It is best to let them be. For a neat appearance they may be groomed and cut back a little to where new shoots have appeared.

In regions that are not expecting early frosts one application of Vigorosa would encourage even better quality blooms.

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‘Saints Jubilee’ before the groom.

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The same roses, after the light grooming.
We have cut older stems back to where new shoots have appeared.

With the approach of autumn, many varieties are forming seed hips and are not keen to re-flower. By dead heading or cutting off the hips, the bush will quickly want to produce blooms again. 
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By removing hips (fruit), new growth and new buds are stimulated.

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18 days later the same bush is covered in new shoots and will soon show colour.

Rose bushes that were in full leaf during the extended rainy period and were not sprayed with the cocktail or Rose Protector are likely to have suffered leaf drop due to black spot and downy mildew infections.
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After having suffered black spot infection and leaf drop, these roses are putting all their energy into fresh new shoots to recover.

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‘Bloemfontein’ is slowly recovering from black spot infection
and the leaf drop that goes with it.

In “winter warm” humid regions spraying regularly will extend the flowering period considerably. For more information on this click here for Growing Roses in Coastal KwaZulu Natal.

This is a good time to check out the roses in your garden, for their past performance and vibrancy. As stated above, non-performance would most likely be due to the soil texture, in other words, not being what roses and most other plants prefer.

Digging one or several inspection holes next to non-performing bushes will clearly show if all the ingredients of soil are available. To rectify, dig a trench around each bush a spade blade wide and as deep. Mix the soil that was dug out of the trench with organic ingredients such as in Ludwig’s Planting Mix (the black bags) or even just peanut shells, crushed Apricot or peach pips or your own compost. That will do wonders for the next season.

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Working in organics or compost around the bushes that aren’t performing will do wonders.

Rose bushes that are obviously growing in too much shade or are in an undesirable position may be dug up and re-planted in a sunnier position from now until mid June.

If dense roots are encountered these are likely from trees, shrubs or climbers. It would be best to move such roses or alternately dig them out, sink a large (35cm) pot or a 40-litre black plant bag into the same position and re-plant the rose into it.

It is still advisable to spray the roses that are flowering and have new shoots ready to bloom.

No more fertilising with the exception of gardeners at the Natal Coast.

With the roses still flowering at our nursery and branches it is a good time to select eco-chic varieties and plant them now. They will flower into winter and be well established by October.


Watch this short clip on how to transplant a rose by clicking here…

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‘Crimson Velvet Dress’ is an eco-chic rose that stands out!

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‘Fordyce’ has very healthy leaves and stamina!

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‘Granny Dearest’ and her sisters are tough as nails and are forever in flower.

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‘Nelson Mandela’ truly is a healthy and vigorous rose.

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‘Red Ayoba’ never even has a speckle of black spot!

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‘Remember Me’ is eco-chic and has stamina!

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‘Super Bowl’ is tough and has a tremendous fragrance!

Rose of the Month: ‘Espresso’ SPEKbrown(P)

This month we have chosen this remarkable variety and we hope you enjoy planting it.

A typical cluster flowering floribunda that grows to between hip and chest height. The stems are clothed with glossy bronze leaves in their young stage. They mature to a deep green as the flowering buds are formed. The semi double blooms are of a bright vermilion orange that takes on an interesting brown tone as they mature. The golden yellow stamens are prominently showed off as the petals of the opening blooms unfold.

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Fitness on the Rose Farm – myrun

We had a very successful launch of the Sunday myruns in April and we look forward to seeing you running or walking out amongst the roses some time soon.

You can register for myrun here…

or parkrun on a Saturday here…

All our branches accross the country stock super gifts and special vases that are perfect to surprise Mom with on Sunday. We look forward to welcoming you!

To all the moms – we hope you are spoilt extensively on your very special day! May it be filled with roses.

Rose greetings,

Ludwig & Halmar