Turning the Winter Blues Rose-y

With all different varieties of new season roses coming into stock throughout June and July we are all about roses at the moment. For the roses already in our gardens, now is the time to give them a bit of a haircut. If you need some pointers, you’re in luck; this Sunday the 3rd of June at 10:00 am, Tony will be giving his annual Rose Pruning Demonstration.

Read on to find out Tony’s Tips on what else you can do in the garden this month.

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Tony’s Tips

June 2018

The first month of Winter heralds the cold-loving plants stepping into the limelight. We’ve had great rain and cooler temperatures, which stimulate flowering on Winter blooms such as Japonica Camellias, Primulas, Helleborus, Cymbidium Orchids, Correas and lots of Winter fragrance plants including Luculias, Wintersweet, Daphne and Osmanthus. Winter in the garden doesn’t have to be boring!

June is a great time to plant most plants as it allows them time to get established in time for a Spring flush of growth and then be ready for Summer.

Our new season roses will be coming in through June and July, being potted as they are lifted to ensure maximum viability. There are many new releases this year but only a couple worth recommending. We will have a large range of the best varieties of roses in bush, climbers and standards.

We will also have our full range of certified seed potatoes this month, as well as our famously large rhubarb crowns and asparagus crowns. We also have a broad range of both evergreen and deciduous fruit trees including citrus and multigrafted varieties.

  • It’s Rose pruning time! Modern Roses are meant to be pruned regularly as they flower on new growth and, here in Melbourne, June is when they are at their lowest ebb. I prune Bush Roses back by around 75%, David Austin and Climbing Roses back by 50-60% and Standard Roses back to a head the size of a basketball. The exceptions are once flowering roses such as Banksia, which should be pruned in Spring after flowering.
  • If you’re overwhelmed by the thought of pruning your roses or you need a bit of a refresher, come along to our free Rose Pruning Demonstration on Sunday, June 3rd at 10:00 am. We will discuss all rose types.
  • Check for white scale on the stems of your roses and spray any affected areas with Pest Oil. If you’ve had disease problems, spray over and around the pruned rose with Lime Sulphur, which is safe and effective. If you only do one disease preventative measure this year, make this the one!
  • Now is the time to get fruit trees, asparagus and rhubarb into the ground for a longterm reward.
  • Not planting winter veggies? Plant a green manure crop to improve soil for spring plantings.

Plant of the Month

David Austin Roses

This month we have two top picks for you, they’re both so good we just couldn’t choose! David Austin Roses has the best breeding program and we especially love two of their new releases.

The first is Thomas A’ Becket, on the left. It produces masses of crimson informal rosette flowers on a bushy shrub of 1 to 1.2m. It is a strong healthy plant with a strong old rose fragrance spliced with lemon zest.

Our other favourite is The Lady Gardener, on the right, a taller shrub or small climber which has gorgeous large fully-petalled apricot flowers and a lovely tea rose fragrance.