? talking roses in June ’17 ?

  • In the rose garden with Ludwig
  • Celebrate Father’s day on the Rose Farm
  • Rose Care for June
  • Rose of the Month
  • News from our Rose centres

I do not envy the owners of very large gardens.

The garden should fit its owner or his or her tastes,

just as one’s clothes do; it should be neither too large nor too small,

but just comfortable.

Gertrude Jekyll

In the Rose Garden with Ludwig

Our roses once again proved to be amazing performers this past month. Suddenly, just before Mother’s Day we experienced a thunder storm with a bit of hail and a few days of miserable cold moist weather. A number of buds and open blooms were bruised and the softer petalled varieties became mottled with grey mould (botrytis).

Just as quickly, the weather cleared, resulting in sunny days of around 27°C with fresh night temperatures of 5°C. The closed, green buds were not affected by the cold snap. They expanded slowly and we are looking at the most beautiful huge blooms right now at the beginning of June. Some varieties have however gone through a complete change of colour. They become so intense that one sometimes has to look twice.

Moon Adventure

‘Moon Adventure’

Warm Wishes

‘Warm Wishes’

Ashley Callie turned into formidable hybrid tea size

‘Ashley Callie’, a top performing Floribunda, produces formidable Hybrid Tea sized blooms in autumn.

 Ice Sunsation + STD SA in background

‘Ice Sunsation’ is the perfect white ground cover.

One of my tasks at this time of year is to eliminate bushes in our trial gardens that are prone to Black Spot or simply grow too tall and put all their energy into producing leaves and not flowers.

We take the fact that modern roses should all be fungus disease resistant very seriously! I carry a big lopper with me and cut them off at ground level to be dug out later.

If I do not cut them down now in autumn when the susceptibility shows, they would be pruned in July and look superb in October, which then makes it all the more difficult to take a final decision.

Surprise, surprise, some are re-sprouting in this nice cool weather. So much for no harsh pruning in April / May.

Having cut down many roses, the remaining ones now have more space and light and indeed some of them are showing off proudly. The winners are in full leaf and flower at the start of winter with no spraying.

cutting off the non-performers

Cutting back the non-performers.

sprouting after cutting off in April

Sprouting after having cut the plant back completely in April.

still fully foliated - ear marked for release in 2018

Still fully foliated, this fragrant cultivar is ear marked for release in 2018.

A promising red Hybrid Tea with eco-chic qualities!

A promising red Hybrid Tea with eco-chic qualities!

Another charming impeccable candidate.

Another charming, impeccable candidate.

The sun, the roses and a delightful buffet greeted the families that came to the rose farm on Mother’s Day.

Mother's day lunch.

Mother’s day lunch.

Clarence Cenetnary

‘Clarens Centenary’ makes for the perfect cut rose for table arrangements.

Celebrate Father’s day with us on the Rose Farm

Father's day

Sunday, 18 June 2017

The Rose Kitchen invites you to come and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere amongst the roses with the family on Father’s day.

Breakfast Buffet 08:30 –11:00

R155.00 per person and R75.00 for children.

Gourmet Braai Lunch Buffet 12:00 –15:00

R285.00 per person and R185.00 for children.

Click here for the full menu and booking form.

Contact Hernes on 012 544014 or events@ludwigsroses.co.za.

Booking is essential.

Step by Step Rose Care for June

For rose gardeners June is the month to relax and build up strength for pruning in July.

It is not a problem for the rose if it is not watered at all until pruning time in July. It simply goes dormant and most insects, bacteria and fungus disappear.

However, if the roses are planted in mixed beds or with winter flowering annuals and there is automatic irrigation it is also not a problem for the rose to receive more regular watering.

Obviously in the warm regions of the Lowveld and Coastal KZN, the roses might just provide you with the most exquisite blooms during the cooler temperatures if they are watered and sprayed.

In the Western Cape we are praying for the good winter rains to finally start.The roses will become a little confused after the drought, but they will cherish the deep, drenching moisture.

The weather in May was unpredictable inland with a little rain, overcast days, cold nights and lots of dew in the early morning. After the months of drought many gardeners were caught out and did not spray in time to prevent black spot which caused defoliation.

The loss of leaves at this time in the season is not detrimental, however denuded bushes do not look so good nor are they able to re-produce flowering stems so late in the season as they would have lost a lot of the energy that should have been stored beneath the bark.

But, there is always a however; in gardening, maybe more so than in all other aspects of life. If you are looking at your roses and they do not look neat and nice, they have lost leaves some leaves, but they are still sprouting… and you have the urge to do something about it, go ahead and groom – cut away dead ends, spent blooms, twigs that are in the way, leave the new shoots often with a flower bud on. It immediately looks cared for. In some instances, use a hedge clipper and give the bushes a neat trim.

before grooming

Before grooming.

After grooming.

After grooming. All the spent blooms have been cut back and only stems with blooms or stems that will produce blooms have been kept.

Before trimming.

The before trimming…

...and the after trimming.

…and the after trimming.

Before the groom...

Before the groom…

... and after the groom.

… and after the grooming.

The varieties that stand out at this time of year are those that are willing to produce a flower bud on a very short stem. It would seldom be a classical picking rose that needs to grow a firm stem to carry its bloom, but rather the more graceful types.

Obviously ‘Iceberg’ cannot be over looked flowering fully at this time of year.

Closely following are ‘Duet’ and ‘Myra Stegman’, ‘The Lady’, the tall stately ‘Cordwalles Centenary Rose’, ‘Duftwolke’, ‘Red Ayoba’ and the ‘Granny’s’, ‘Deloitte & Touche’, ‘Peach and Ice Sunsation’, ‘Not Simply Pink’, ‘Kinders van die Wind’ and ‘Johannesburg Garden Club’.

Red Ayoba

‘Red Ayoba’ just shouts red blooms.


‘Duet’ is simply amazing!

Cordwalles Centenary

‘Cordwalles Centenary’ flowers profusely.

Kinders van die Wind

‘Kinders van die Wind’ is the perfect winter rose. Unbelievably beautiful.


The roses are good pollen providers for the bees in autumn.

Fiery Sunsation

‘Fiery Sunsation’ – a ground cover that spreads like fire!

a natural candelabra cluster of Coral Spire

‘Coral Spire’ spikes natural candelabras that make you want to cry.

Lady of Shallot

‘Lady of Shallot’ – a David Austin English rose that loves autumn.

I visited gardens recently where the roses were looked after by a rose care service; twice monthly spraying, dead heading and fertilising the roses.

They looked impeccable – not a black spot to be seen and flowering well, including varieties I know to be prone to black spot infection.

Many other roses that can be seen on the pavement and entrances, including ‘Iceberg’, were partially or completely denuded. Yet another confirmation that spraying with CHRONOS is, well, miraculous.

Transplanting roses from one position to the other is best done this month. Prune back by about half, cut a ring through the soil around each bush with a spade, severing roots that have stretched too far and then lever up the bush.

Inspect the roots and root neck between graft and top growth, cut out any obvious dead roots. If the new site is not ready, such uplifted bushes can be kept for a week with the roots submerged in a bucket of water or in a shady place covered with sacking or long grass keeping it moist underneath before settling it into a new position.

Even if only a few main roots remain intact, when replanted in a new position in well aerated soil, it is amazing how quickly lots of new roots will develop and bring a stunted rose to life.

Watch this video to see how easy transplanting is:

transplanting roses

Spaying and fertilising is only sensible in frost free regions with the roses still in full bloom.

Although the best time to prune is between mid-July to mid-August, if it does not fit into your schedule because you are away from home at this period, you can prune in mid-June. Specially if the garden is being watered occasionally in the follow up weeks. Pruning on return after the 10th of August is also not a problem, but it will result in a slight delay in flowering in October.

We invite you to attend one of our pruning demonstrations! The dates and times are listed below.

Roses of the Month: ‘Happy Bithday’ DELstriberg (N)

Happy Birthday

It is especially now in late autumn that the growth pattern of ‘Happy Birthday’ that is similar to ‘Iceberg’ (flowering from the older wood) shows off. A super performer as an individual bush or when planted as beds or even in pots. The frolicsome colour invites one to inspect the individuality of each bloom.

Available from all our rose centres at a promotional rose of the month price.

Happy Birthday

‘Happy Birthday’

News from our Rose Centres

Ludwig’s Rose Farm

Father’s day breakfast buffet or gourmet braai lunch – Sunday 18 June.

Pruning demonstrations on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July at 10h30.

Ludwig’s Pretoria East

Pruning Demonstration on Sunday 2 July at 14h00.

Ludwig’s Roses EGOLI

Pruning Demonstrations on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July at 10h30.

Ludwig’s Roses Winelands

Pruning Demonstrations Saturday 15 at 10h00 and Sunday 16 July at 10h30.

Ludwig’s Roses Cape Town

Saturday 15 July at 14h00.

Ludwig’s STAR Roses

Pruning Demonstration on Saturday 24 June at 14h00 and on Sunday 25 June at 10h30.

May all the dad’s have a relaxed, rosy father’s day!

Rose greetings,