- In the rose garden with Ludwig
- Rose Care for May
- Rose of the Month
- News from our Rose centres
‘Winter is an etching, spring a watercolour, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.’
In the Rose Garden with Ludwig
Just when we think the last rain has fallen, we receive another shower. It is all very welcome, and certainly helps to build up the moisture levels in the soil, giving all of us gardeners the impetus to plant again. The cooler weather brought by the rain was also the real start of autumn with the blooms becoming much larger and of course lasting so much longer on the bush.
‘King David’ in a deep intensive colouring.
‘Belinda’s Dream’ – a favourite in the USA, but not yet released in SA is showing off with us.
‘Saints’ Jubilee’ just loves autumn!
Can you smell the sweet fragrance? ‘Saints’ Jubilee’
This cooler weather and I suppose softer lush growth brought about an array of “wildlife” on the blooms in our trial gardens, where no spraying is done. The normal CMR and Fruit beetles are still busy even if not as swarms. I notice the guinea fowls are busy scratching up the soil, even turning over grass sods. I suppose they are finding the grubs (larvae of the beetles) and hopefully there will be no beetles next year.
Ten or more years ago, we planted Rosa bracteata (also known as the McCartney Rose) along a North South running fence and allowed a 3m space to plant a row of the David Austin Roses to the west side. The David Austin roses are just not performing, because they are not getting enough sunlight. I never expected the Bracteata to form a hedge 5m high and as wide! Cutting this thorny brute down is an impossible task. Fortunately there is sufficient space and we shall dig trenches and move the mature David Austin roses a few metres further west. See my notes below on transplanting roses.
‘Rosa Bracteata McCartney’ is far more effective than any palisade fencing can even ever dream of being.
The 1st of May is an ancient Northern Hemisphere Spring Festival with Mayflowers and Dog roses being the prominent flowers at that time of year. In 1886, it became the day of labour activity and it was agreed (between all interested parties) that a weekday should have 8 hours for work, 8 hours for recreation and 8 hours for rest.
The dog rose is Rosa canina, the common hedge rose in Europe. The five petals are its outstanding feature, the botanic fingerprint of the Rosacea family that includes apples, peaches and strawberries to name but a few.
Dog roses only have five petals.
Come and look at our special display of these roses on the farm during the weekend of the 29th and 30th of April and on the 1st of May.
They will be available at strongly discounted prices at all our branches in celebration of the 1st of May!
Mother’s Day on the Rose Farm
In celebration of our Mothers, let us share a meal, laughter and roses. The Rose Kitchen has prepared an exciting menu for the day and they look forward to hosting you…
Ludwig’s Breakfast, Farmer’s Breakfast or Salmon Scrambled @ 190.00 per person and 110.00 for kids.
A delectable feast that will express your appreciation to mom and be enjoyed by the entire family!
350.00 per person and 180.00 for kids.
The playground is FUN and not far from your seating, so you will be able to relax whilst the young ones play.
Step by Step Rose Care for May
This is the month to simply enjoy the roses. There aren’t really any rose care tasks waiting.
Blooms and buds on the rose bushes take much longer to open and fade and there is no need to dead head or groom.
With reduced active growth, the tough green leaves need far less water and watering can be vastly reduced and gradually spread out to once every two weeks. In June, watering can stop, until Pruning time.
If annual bedding plants have been planted in the rose bed for colour in winter, it is not a problem if you need to water regularly or even daily. The same applies to automatic irrigation systems.
Our best wishes for lots of winter rain goes to the gardeners in the Western Cape.
Your climatic zone and the condition of your roses determines what should still be done to them or not:
Roses in warmer climatic regions i.e. the KZN coast and the Lowveld that are still showy with lush growth and flowers, do require more regular irrigation and it will help to keep on spraying to maintain the show a bit longer. One more application of fertiliser cancels out nature’s natural move into dormancy and ensures flowers throughout winter.
Cooler weather, heavy dew on the rose leaves in the mornings, mist and drizzle rain is responsible for outbreaks of Fungus diseases. The often recommended CHRONOS takes care of black spot.
For rust one needs to alternate with ROSE PROTECTOR.
Downy Mildew can have a devastating effect since it moves from the leaves to under the bark and causes it to burst.
A combination of Propamocarb with Benomyl has a preventative and curative action.
We are experimenting with new Fungicides for control of Downy Mildew, and if we find them effective they will be on the shelves next season.
Downy Mildew infection is easily distinguishable from Black Spot. The spots are square.
The best annual flowers that can be planted in-between the roses and don’t compete with the roses detrimentally for attention are Iceland Poppies. The reason is that they keep their leaves low and the bare flowering stems do not take away space and light when the roses are sprouting after pruning.
For colour it mostly suffices to plant winter flowering pansies, violas, compact snapdragons or calendulas and alyssum in the warmer regions.
Plant them as a border at the front of the rose bed. For instant gardening all garden centres hold such flowering plants in stock.
This is a good time to check and label bushes that need transplanting. They might be too tall or too compact, planted too close together, or simply be in the wrong position.
Insufficient sunlight is often a problem when planted too close to an east or west facing wall. Light and root competition from nearby shrubs or trees is another common reason.
Trimming overgrown trees provides more light but root competition requires more problem solving.
A deep trench can be dug and kept open or the roses can be lifted and planted into large pots or plant bags and sunk back into the same position.
The best time to transplant is from mid-May until mid-July.
Roses of the Month: ‘SALMON SUNSATION®’ KORpapie
Imagine a large cushion embroidered with fluffy, double rose blooms of a deep salmon colouring and you will know that it is ‘Salmon Sunsation’. A maintenance-free ground cover that simply performs. Suitable for borders, slopes and containers.
Available from all our rose centres at a special price.
News from our Rose Centres
Ludwig’s Rose Farm
We look forward to welcoming you at all our rose centres across the country during the month of May!
May the beloved Mother’s be spoilt with the rosiest Mother’s day yet!