?talking magnificent roses in June ’18

  • In the rose garden with Ludwig
  • Rose Care for June
  • Father’s Day
  • Step by Step Rose care for June
  • Rose of the Month
  • News from our Rose centres
 “He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer,
will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.”

John Burroughs
In the Rose Garden with Ludwig

The cold spell in the first week of May did not affect the flowering and we were able to cut buckets and buckets of blooms for Mother’s Day.

This year it almost feels like the roses are producing bigger and more beautiful blooms right into winter. The weather has been favourable, but perhaps it is simply the advantage of not remembering properly how stunning they were last year. Whatever the case may be, the blooms are breathtakingly magnificent right now! 

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One candelabra stem of ‘Egoli’ carrying 26 blooms!

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‘Bles Bridges’ the shape of one bloom more prefect than the next!

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‘McHardy’ standing proudly.

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‘Moon Adventure’ shining.

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‘Muzi-Lucia’ charming with its special, intricate colouring.

In some instances, especially the older bushes are starting to go dormant. It is as if they reckon they have flowered enough for the season! It is simply nature’s way of preparing them for winter, which in South Africa really is very short.

The youngsters (more recently planted roses) and of course our nursery stock are enjoying the cold nights and bright sunny days and keep on flowering.

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‘Blue Ribbon’ should have been dead headed much sooner
so that it could have re-sprouted.

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When these huge ‘Bugatti’ buds open – bliss!

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‘Knock Out’ is simply forming hips (fruit) and won’t flower much anymore.

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Providing so many hips (fruit) is so exhausting,
there are almost no leaves left on the plant.
The hips can be harvested and used for jam making.

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‘Red Success’ still showing colour on top but no new sprouting.

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This bush has reached the end of season…

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Energetic as always, ‘Lisa’ is re-sprouting after black spot infection
and will still provide some blooms before pruning time.

I always have fun chasing backwards and forwards on my golf cart, taking photos of the participants of the roses parkrun every Saturday at 8:00. If you enjoy the outdoors and want to do something fun on a Saturday, please join us for the 5km.
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parkrun amongst the roses…

We agreed to join the Orchid show that was to be staged in the Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria in April.

When it was moved to late May we crossed fingers and gave the OK. As it happens we had lots of blooms and they were immaculate. It was an interesting experience to watch and talk to the public, seeing what colours and flower shapes drew the most attention.

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The wafts of fragrance carried throughout the Brooklyn mall.

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Our hanging bottles created the ideal selfie surroundings.

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The huge rose blooms in and amongst the orchids created a show!

Rose bushes that had lost most of their foliage to black spot in April/May due to extended rainy days, were not able to produce any blooms at all.

Without leaves, they did not have enough time to convert food and store it beneath the bark for the spring sprouting. Therefor they have now urgently made new leaves on short stems, but they are all blind – no flower bud in the tip.

That just goes to show how far a little bit of spraying with our Cocktail which contains Chronos or Rose Protector goes.

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These short new sprouts are blind and will not flower.

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The tips of these shoots do not contain any buds.

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Here you can see the first new leaves becoming green,
so that they can produce food to store over winter.

Our recently planted mother stock on our rose mile gives me much pleasure. The 15 to 20 year old stock was dug up. The soil loosened and mixed with organics mostly peanut shells, disinfected with Basamid and then topped up with a half meter thick layer of “fresh” soil, mixed again and brought alive with our Planting Mix. Within 4 months, many have passed the height of some of the not yet replaced pants.
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Planted a month ago, just look how nicely basals are sprouting.

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These bushes were planted in March.
By October they will have reached maturity and be in full bloom.

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These roses were planted out in December.

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Just look at how nicely they are sprouting and flowering.

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The newly planted roses out perform the old ones by far.

Sci-fi rose growing
It has been our aim over the past few decades to make rose growing as easy and uncomplicated as possible.

We do this by offering workshops, talks and printing articles, as well as by recommending combination rose care products such as Vigorosa, Vigo-longer and Ludwig’s spray cocktail.

In a perhaps not too distant future this might all change. Solar powered, artificially intelligent robots might become the expert rose growers that will autonomously and gently scan your roses for aphids, red spider, beetles, thrips or fungus diseases and then carry out precision spraying with the most suitable product. They would probably also take care of irrigating, fertilsing and even pruning…

Maybe they will even be able to pick the roses and arrange them in a vase for you. Who knows?

Read an interesting article on what is starting to happen in agriculture by clicking here… and watch the video by clicking on the image above.

Mother’s day competition winner!

Congratulations to Carinne Downard and her mom, who are the lucky winners of the #myMom competition. They won a R100 000 rose garden make over from Ludwig’s Roses, a year’s worth of Warwick Wines, R20 000 of UCOOK vouchers, 2 bespoke diamonds from Black Betty and a stay for 2 guests at the award-winning Dongwe Ocean View Hotel in Zanzibar from TravelStart.

Pruning Demonstrations

July is pruning time! Yippeee!

Join us at one of our branches around the country for a fun and informative demo on how to prune without experiencing any stress at all.

STAR | Sat 23 14h00 & Sun 24 June 10h30
FARM | Sat 30 June & Sun 1 July 10h30
PRETORIA EAST | Sun 1 July 14h00
EGOLI | Sat 7 & Sun 8 July 10h30
WINELANDS | Sat 14 10h00 & Sun 15 July 10h30
CAPE TOWN | Sat 14 July 14h00
BIG RED BARN | Sat 21 July 10h00

If you find irregular growth or disease on the leaves or flowers or need to identify a variety, please bring samples along. Very recently someone brought a standard rose that had died a few weeks after planting. From the earlier telephone conversation, we could not identify the problem. But when we saw the rose, it was clear that far too much fertiliser had been added when planting it.


We have just imported these pig skin pruning gloves.They are ideal for pruning!
The extra length gives your arms proper protection.
Don’t let the thorns get you!

Step by Step in the rose garden

Although June is the one month when one can relax and enjoy the last blooms without any effort, in gardening it is never quite as simple.

In the very cold regions that are already experiencing frosty nights the roses would have gone into natural dormancy and one does not need to fuss around them until pruning time in early August. However, without rain or snow it is safest to water deeply every three to four weeks.

In Gauteng, Limpopo, North West and the Highveld generally, and especially in protected areas in the gardens, the roses are still showing off with beautiful, long lasting blooms and clusters. They may be cut for the vase or just left on the bush. If they are not watered at all this month or are in mixed flower beds with automatic irrigation, it makes hardly any difference to the spring performance.

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‘Red Ayoba’ and ‘Ice Sunsation’ in full bloom.
Reduce watering to once every 3 to 4 weeks.
Prune mid July.

In warm coastal districts, it is best to keep on watering and spraying to enjoy colourful roses for so much longer.

In the Western Cape the roses are recovering fast from the water withdrawal symptoms and are sprouting as if it was spring time. Due to the short days however, one must expect these new shoots to be blind, not making a flower bud in their tips. It is advisable to spray fortnightly to protect these new leaves from fungus diseases. Black Spot, Rose Rust, Downy Mildew emerge during cool moist weather.

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‘Just Joey’s at the Paarl Mall that hadn’t received any water for months
have resprouted and are flowering!

Winter pruning of roses is best carried out from mid-July towards early August. However, if you are away in July you can consider either pruning in June or late August. Pruning encourages sprouting and for this they need to be irrigated. If watering is not assured during your absence in July rather delay the pruning.

Climbing roses are not actually cut back but rather espaliered and since it is time consuming it may be done now.

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Before I cut back and espaliered this climber ‘Pink Cloud’

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‘Pink Cloud’ neatened up and thinned out.

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Then I spaced and espaliered the stems by tying them down with string.
This will enable maximum flowering on short stems
all across each branch of the entire plant in October.

Transplanting older roses from one spot to another is best carried out in June.

As regularly stated in this news letter, root competition from even far away trees is often the cause of poor growth and performance of the roses. If you dig next to a struggling rose and you find lots of roots – they do not belong to the rose.

Uplifting such plants and re-planting them in a large plastic pot or plant bag and settling them into the soil solves this problem.

During the short-day period the bush concentrates on root formation. By end July, with spring approaching, a newly transplanted bush will want to sprout immediately using up all the stored reserves.

Click here to see a short video on how to transplant…

It is still a good time to plant flowering bedding plants like alyssum, pansies, violas, compact snapdragons and others on the edges of the rose beds.

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Flowering bedding plants give pruned rose beds a dash of colour.

The container roses available at our branches and at garden centres still have some blooms on, which makes the decision easier when thinking of replacements or planning a new rose bed.

Winter is a very good time to plant. By spring they are then nicely settled and flower in abundance. That being said, roses can be planted anytime of the year.

Roses of the Month: Garden & Home DELanac(N)
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This dream rose was named for the 50th Anniversary of the popular gardening magazine South African GARDEN AND HOME. It delivers an outstanding performance in the garden as well as provides cut flowers to decorate the home.
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The ‘Garden and Home’ rose is one of the few roses with the informal growth habit and flower shape of the old rose while possessing the flower power and vigor expected of a modern variety. The flowers are borne in clusters on upright growing stems, which are pickable.
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Round buds open slowly to the classical cup shape of the old roses until the blooms open fully displaying each of the numerous petals and stamens.  The colour changes slightly with each opening stage from the distinctive pink of the bud and outside petals until the warmth of apricot and gold dominates the unfolding blooms.The fragrance is fruity and spicy.
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The plant is decorated with deep green, slightly frilly leaves and grows to chest height.  ‘Garden and Home’ may stand alone, be planted in groups, rows or mixed with medium to tall growing hybrid teas and floribundas.  It can also be grown in large containers.

The rose of the month is offered at a reduced, promotional price at all our branches.

Bare rooted roses in the post

During this time of year we are able to send rose plants by post. Please conatct charity@ludwigsroses.co.za for a quote on plants you might want us to send to you.

News from our Rose Centres

Ludwig’s Rose Farm

Come and enjoy some special family time on the rose farm on Father’s Day 17 June. The Rose Kitchen has prepared a special Buffet Breakfast or a delicious Braai Menu for lunch. For the full menu and booking sheet please click here… 

Cost breakfast: 175 pp / 85 children
Cost lunch: 285 pp / 185 children

Booking essential.

Contact: events@ludwigsroses.co.za / 012 544 0144

Ludwig’s Pretoria East

Danielle Badenhorst, a renowned artist born in Romania, is currently exhibiting a number of oil paintings. A Pottery exhibition is also on the go.

Join the Rose Café on 17 June for a delightful Sunday Buffet for Father’s Day.

Cost: 290 pp

We invite you to join us for a relaxed buffet lunch with chocolate ganache and light, live classical music on Sunday, 24 June.

Cost: 199 pp

Bookings Essential

Contact: Cheri at info@rose-cafe.co.za / 062 751 52 03

It remains for us to wish all the fathers that the 17th becomes a day to remember!

Enjoy the roses before they are pruned!

Rose greetings,