This past year has seen our rose gardens take on a dramatic transformation as we have worked hard to completely redevelop them. The old gardens contained roses which were 15-25 years old and past their best, supported by old wooden … Continue reading →
Although we are a rose specialist, with probably the widest range of roses, we also offer so much more. We believe that roses can be complemented by companion plants and we therefore stock a large range of shrub plants, perennials, … Continue reading →
For us nothing else signals the approaching onset of Autumn quite like hips do and although there are still many roses in our gardens in full flower and looking beautiful, it is almost impossible to miss the many hips starting … Continue reading →
Planting of the Peter Beales garden has now been started at the end of the dramatic St Albans walkway from Classic Garden Elements that was installed earlier in the year. The garden promises to be a worthy and colourful tribute … Continue reading →
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the highest honor of a Large Gold at Sandringham Flower Show 2014 for a display of Roses. Congratulations to staff members Ian Limmer, Vaughn Limmer, Pat Limmer, Tina Limmer and … Continue reading →
We are just settling back in to normality looking at the rose gardens after a Christmas of turkey and roast potatos thinking ‘what next?’……
Sir John Mills at the Chelsea Flower Show 2012
So OK… January may not be the most colourful time of the gardening year but there are a few things you can (and should!) be doing out in the garden to take advantage of the lengthening days while waiting for the bulbs then the first rose shoots to appear.
You will have probably given your roses a gentle prune in October to help reduce the risks of wind rock over the winter but now is the time to finish the prune ready for the new growing season. Of course pruning does depend on the variety of rose.
Shrub and bush roses should normally be pruned fairly hard perhaps back as far as 6″ to 8″ and should be prune into a goblet (cup) shape. You should prune back to ourward facing bud shoots so that new growth does not grow in and rub.
Climbing roses and repeat flowering rambling roses should be pruned back to the main structure that they are growing on. That is to say that if a rose is growing over an arch you should take off the growth back to the big branches that are holding the rose to the arch.
Once flowering rambling roses should NOT be pruned at this time of year, but in July/August when the rose has finished its flush; this is because the flowers appear on the previous years wood.
Now is a great to time give your garden a good winter wash. Back in the day it would have been with Jeyes Fluid but these days there is a great much more nature friendly product called Armillitox soap based outdoor cleaner which is great for killing nasty spores like blackspot which can overwinter in the soil. You should make sure that all the leaves and pruned wood has been removed and burnt then make up a watering can of armillitox following the instructions on the bottle and liberally wash the rose plants and areas around the plants with the mixture. If you have had bad blackspot problems you should also sprinkle a sulphur based compound like Sulphur Rose around the rose plants. Done yearly this will drastically reduce the occurance of blackspot in your rose garden.
When you have finished in the garden then there is still 12 weeks in which to order your new bare root roses for planting this season. Why not try one of the new Peter Beales Modern Classic roses – all the health of modern roses with all the charm of the original old garden and classic roses.
Chelsea 2005 we saw the launch of a new rose named after the late Sir John Mills. We were accompanied by his two daughters, Hayley Mills and Juliett Mills. Unfortunately Sir John himself passed away two weeks before the launch, … Continue reading →