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An updated statement from Peter Beales Roses & Peter Beales Garden Centre

Coronavirus/COVID-19 - 02/07/2020

Mail Order Deliveries

Over the past few weeks we have been working hard to make sure that our staff are able to operate within a safe environment and that our customers’ orders can start to go out safely. We are currently working through the orders we have taken during the lockdown period, whilst adhering to the parcel limitations that have been imposed by our courier. Current estimated delivery times are around 3-4 weeks from time of order and deliveries will be sent out in strict order rotation. Please bear with us whilst we adapt to new ways of working and thank you once again for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.

Restaurant Re-opening 4th July

We are delighted to confirm that the Rosarium Restaurant will be re-opening on Saturday 4th July with a reduced menu and we look forward to welcoming you back!!

Before your visit please note that the following procedures have been put in place as per current Government guidelines.

-      The restaurant and outside eating areas will be open to first come first served.

-      All areas will be table service ONLY with all food to be placed on a designated table by staff for the customer to collect. All food and drink will be served in or on disposable crockery as per Breckland Environmental Health guidelines.

-     We will be asking for contact details before taking any food orders and only 2 households to dine together, including support bubbles.

-     Customers will be allowed to occupy their table for no more than 2 hours.

-     We kindly ask that all visitors please sanitise their hands on arrival and on leaving the restaurant.

-     Please note we have a new one-way system which we kindly ask you to follow, keeping aware of social distancing rules at all times.

-     Our furniture is purposely placed to follow social distancing rules and must not be moved.

-     A new dog friendly seating area is now available.

-     It is advisable to book where possible.

-     Only food purchased from the Rosarium Restaurant is permitted to be consumed within the restaurant, outside eating areas and gardens.

-     We will only be accepting card payments.

This will be strange to us all, so we kindly ask that you remain patient if you have to wait longer than normal.  This is not how we would normally run the restaurant but these are the rules we have to follow to keep us all safe. Please remember this is all new to our staff too, so your patience during this period of adjustment is much appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you soon! -  Chris Heywood, Head Chef / Restaurant Manager.

Garden Centre and Gardens

We are pleased to announce that the Garden Centre and Gardens re-opened on Wednesday 13th May following the Governments approval earlier that week. The Garden Centre has now returned to usual opening times, 9am - 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am - 4pm on Sundays. We would like to reassure our customers that the health and safety of our visitors and staff remains our highest priority. For this reason, upon visiting the Garden Centre you will notice that we have put a number of safety precautions in place to adhere to the Governments advice and to keep our visitors safe. We politely ask, for the health and safety of not only yourselves but that of others around you, that the Governments advice around social distancing and hand washing are adhered to at all times. Thank you.

The following procedures have now been put in place until further notice to make the Garden Centre as safe as possible.

-      If you feel unwell please do not visit us.

-      As per Government guidelines we encourage you to wear a face mask / scarf when visiting us.

-      All trolleys will be sanitised before and after each use.

-      In certain areas there will be a one way system in place to follow. Please follow the signed route. If you miss anything please do not go back, simply follow the one way system and go round again.

-      The Rose Gardens will be open for you to enjoy, all we ask is that you follow the social distancing rules inside and outside the garden centre.

-      Only a limited number of customers will be allowed in the store at any time, on a one in one out basis.

-      No large parties or groups currently permitted.

PLEASE NOTE

-      We will not be loading any customer’s vehicles. Please only purchase what you can safely carry and load yourself.

-      To reduce any prolonged contact with our team they will only be offering limited advice. Our team have been instructed not to be personal shoppers, but of course we are more than happy to point you in the right direction.

-      Please expect queuing during busy periods in order to gain access to the garden centre and also when paying for goods.

-      Strict procedures will be in place at the tills. Till screens have been fitted for the protection of all.

-      Please be aware that we will only be accepting card / contactless payments.

-      *UPDATE 16/06/20* Toilet facilities have now re-opened.

-      Please be patient kind, and respectful to our team, we are here to help you and make your visit as safe as possible.

-      Please note that all the above procedures are subject to amendments in accordance with government guidelines.

We look forward to welcoming you in the near future.

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Posted in News By The Marketing Team, Peter Beales Roses

The Chelsea Chop

05/06/2020 11:48

Normally by now the Roses would have returned from the RHS Chelsea flower show and if they hadn’t already had the Chelsea Chop, then they would be trimmed over the next few weeks.

“What is the Chelsea Chop?” I hear you all ask.

When we break our stand down at the end of the Chelsea Flower Show most of the shrubs and some climbers will be cut down very heavily for ease of transporting them home.

Although the big flower shows have been cancelled this year, I have still been doing something similar to invigorate the plants into new growth. This helps to form bushier and hopefully more compact shrub plants.

While we aim for more manageable shrubs, this hard prune should also encourage climbers and ramblers into producing lots of long straight stems. Some of the ramblers have already put on nearly 7 ft of new growth! 

 Roses after the Chelsea Chop

Due to lock-down the Garden Centre had lots of Dahlia tubers and trays of herbaceous plants and herbs that had become untidy. They arrived here in batches and were cut back and re-potted. With a good liquid feed they have come back into growth very quickly and some are even flowering again. Meanwhile I potted the Dahlia tubers and these have put on a lot of growth, although some produced just a single stem. I have cut the top off of these to encourage lots of side shoots and in turn flowers.

 Plants cut back and re-potted

The Banksia cuttings from earlier in the year are mainly growing as long single stems, so I have cut the tips off these also to boost side shoots low down and to later produce multi-stemmed plants.

While I am in full swing with pruning and tidying up, I have even offered to trim the wife and our girl’s hair at home. Sadly I cannot write the reply here, so I had better get back to the plants before they change their minds also.

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Posted in Articles about Roses By Michael Baldwin - Head of Hybridising

An updated statement from Peter Beales Roses & Peter Beales Garden Centre

Coronavirus/COVID-19 - 12/05/2020

Mail Order Deliveries

Over the past few weeks we have been working hard to make sure that our staff are able to operate within a safe environment and that our customers’ orders can start to go out safely. We are currently working through the orders we have taken during the lockdown period, whilst adhering to the parcel limitations that have been imposed by our courier. Current estimated delivery times are around 3-4 weeks from time of order and deliveries will be sent out in strict order rotation. Please bear with us whilst we adapt to new ways of working and thank you once again for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.

 

Garden Centre and Gardens

We are pleased to announce to our customers that the Garden Centre and Gardens will re-open tomorrow (Wednesday 13th May) following the Governments approval earlier this week. The Garden Centre will now return to being open 9am - 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am - 4pm on Sundays. We would like to reassure our customers that the health and safety of our visitors and staff remains our highest priority. For this reason, upon visiting the Garden Centre you will notice that we have put a number of safety precautions in place to adhere to the Governments advice and to keep our visitors safe. We politely ask, for the health and safety of not only yourselves but that of others around you, that the Governments advice around social distancing and hand washing are adhered to at all times. Thank you.

 

The following procedures have now been put in place until further notice to make the Garden Centre as safe as possible.

-      If you feel unwell please do not visit us.

-      As per Government guidelines we encourage you to wear a face mask / scarf when visiting us.

-      All trolleys will be sanitised before and after each use.

-      In certain areas there will be a one way system in place to follow. Please follow the signed route. If you miss anything please do not go back, simply follow the one way system and go round again.

-      The Rose Gardens will be open for you to enjoy, all we ask is that you follow the social distancing rules inside and outside the garden centre.

-      Only a limited number of customers will be allowed in the store at any time, on a one in one out basis.

-      No large parties or groups currently permitted.

PLEASE NOTE

-      We will not be loading any customers vehicles. Please only purchase what you can safely carry and load yourself.

-      To reduce any prolonged contact with our team they will only be offering limited advice. Our team have been instructed not to be personal shoppers, but of course we are more than happy to point you in the right direction.

-      Please expect queuing during busy periods in order to gain access to the garden centre and also when paying for goods.

-      Strict procedures will be in place at the tills. Till screens have been fitted for the protection of all.

-      Please be aware that we will only be accepting card / contactless payments.

-      *UPDATE 16/06/20* Toilet facilities have now re-opened.

-      Please be patient kind, and respectful to our team, we are here to help you and make your visit as safe as possible.

-      Please note that all the above procedures are subject to amendments in accordance with government guidelines.

-      The Restaurant will also remain temporarily closed until further notice

We look forward to welcoming you in the near future.

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Posted in News By The Marketing Team, Peter Beales Roses

Seedlings and hybridising

29/04/2020 15:27

On our show plant and hybridising nursery, which is separate and isolated from our main nursery, we are down to a skeleton crew.

Just me.

So without the major spring flower shows to look forward to it seems very quiet here at the moment, but the plants keep some kind of normality to life. The seedlings are now growing lovely and hybridising has started. Bringing us full circle.

Rose seedlings

Did you know some roses like Rosa banksiae can only be produced from cutting? These cuttings were moved from modular cells to small pots in late February and will shortly need repotting again.

Rose banksiae cuttings

Even with roses getting a dry feed over winter we weekly liquid feed for strong even growth and any plants looking off colour also get a folia feed with liquid sea weed or similar which can also help against diseases.

I like to think that the plants need their liquid feeds, like we need a cup of coffee for that little lift after a hard day.

Why do we feed weak and weekly and not full strength every other week? Well, the simple answer is I don’t have to remember which week it is. Something that can be a bit of a challenge for all of us at the moment during these crazy times.

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Posted in Articles about Roses By Michael Baldwin - Head of Hybridising

Yes with the warmer weather the rose seed from our hybridizing programme is germinating quickly and this is always a very thrilling period. Each group of seed created by crossing different rose varieties germinates at varying rates and some will not germinate at all.

Certain roses only produce sterile seed and once a pattern is noticeable those varieties will be withdrawn from the hybridizing programme. Although sometimes it is only a particular cross that is sterile and when these roses are crossed with a different variety the seed can have a great germination rate.

Currently I am also using an old seed bed to stand container roses on and even after 3 years there is still the odd seed germinating! Although these will normally turn out to be weak seedlings that never make a plant. This delayed germination is a survival technique used by most plants so not all their seed is dependent on one year.

You may have noticed my dog Ginny in a photo or 2 recently on Facebook and my Cat Lucy, who was desperate to out shine her during a video we did on pruning, but I also have 14 geese that I regularly talk to and call my lawn movers. Hopefully this is not a sign that I’m going mad!

The Geese are very good at multitasking and while cutting the grass they also keep away unwanted visitors away, as well as enchanting local school children on their way to school. The best thing about them though has to be soft boiled Goose eggs. Provided I find the eggs before Ginny!

Today the gander was standing guard over 2 of his ladies and that means the first goslings of the year.

Rose Seedlings

Geese 

 

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Posted in Articles about Roses By Michael Baldwin - Head of Hybridising

It’s a hard life being a pampered show plant with no show to go to.

It’s been a challenging couple of weeks, with things changing almost daily.

Things started off very relaxed as most of the roses were coming back into growth evenly and in good shape. Many were also showing very early signs of bud initiation.

This can vary and some years plants will come back into growth very unevenly and may have a large percentage of blind shoots that start to grow. Blind shoots are stems that produce no flowering buds, but instead end in a leaf. This is usually due to harsh winter weather, or the age of the plant.

Normally a light pruning will kick start the plant back into growth and isn’t an issue for our show roses, provided we get our timings right!

Well, it was nice to keep our heads buried in the sand for a little while, but sadly the news arrived that we were all dreading and expecting.

All early flower shows, including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show have been cancelled.

So from keeping plants warm and pampered, in order to speed up growth and flowering, to suddenly opening up the vents and doors as much as possible to slow growth down.

It feels completely wrong when walking the nursery last thing at night and seeing vents left open for show plants. This shouldn’t normally happen until at least late April!

The aim now is to adjust the growing conditions in order to ready the roses for the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, in the hope that this event may still go ahead. As it Hampton is held later in the season, this means adjusting the growth of the plants accordingly.

The plants with lots of growth are still in the glasshouses. To harden off before they can be put outside to join the rest of the roses. As I move the roses outside, I try to keep the thirstier one together near the taps. Keeping the plants spaced out in blocks means quicker watering, as well as forming a micro-climate around themselves so that they cope better with hot weather, whilst also cutting down on watering.

Specimen climbers in small pots have also been put onto capillary matting, which holds water for the plants.

The sudden drop in temperature recently put the plants under stress and within 12 hours powdery mildew started to show up all over the place. The plants had plenty of air movement though, as well as being healthy and had recently been given an overhead liquid feed, so the mildew failed to establish and died out.

On a more cheerful note I feel spring is really here now as the seed from the last years hybridizing are germinating and some have even got true leaves showing! Summer warblers are now singing in the hedge behind the nursery and my favourite signs of spring are about, including the odd butterfly and a bee fly, Britain’s answer to a Hummingbird. I’m just watching now for the swallows and their kin.

Well I’d better leave it here for now as I need to grease some vents and oil some doors, as the extra work they are now getting has made them start to complain and squeak.

Chelsea Blog 2020

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Posted in Articles about Roses By Michael Baldwin - Head of Hybridising

An updated statement from Peter Beales Roses & Peter Beales Garden Centre

Coronavirus/COVID-19 - 24/03/2020

In full support of the Government’s latest initiative to try to control the spread of this terrible disease we are taking further immediate steps to protect our customers and staff by the closure of our garden centre and gardens. The despatch of all mail-order stock will also be temporarily suspended.

We will, however, continue to offer the Peter Beales standards of service through our website, catalogue and mail order business.

As from tomorrow we will be entering into our new rose season. This will mean that customers will be able to order container roses to enjoy this summer, as well as being able to pre-order bare root roses for delivery from November. In addition, there will be many new and exciting roses added to our impressive collection. These new additions can also be found in our brand new catalogue for the 2020/21 season, which is available for pre-order from today!

We would like to re-assure our customers that we are endeavouring to despatch as many current season’s bare root orders as possible today. Any further orders placed at this time will, of course, be despatched as soon as it is safe for us to do so. We sincerely apologise for any delays and inconvenience but thank you for your patience and understanding during this global crisis.

We also greatly appreciate how much visitors will miss the opportunity to enjoy our rose gardens, but we must, more than ever, put the safety of our visitors, customers and staff first.

In a National situation which continues to evolve, we will continue to keep you up to date with what we are doing.

Although we have also had to cancel our activities at RHS shows, activity days, craft fairs and workshops, we will still offer our high standards of friendly advice and personal service in everything that we do.

Gardening is a wonderful hobby and interest and is so important for all of our mental health and spiritual well-being.

More than ever it is time to get out into the garden to discover and enjoy the beauty of nature and we at Peter Beales Roses will do our part.

This will be an extremely challenging time for us all, but we are determined to get through this and to continue to offer what you have come to expect from us as World Leaders in Classic Roses.

Thank you for your continued support and please take care.

Peter Beales Roses

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Posted in News By The Marketing Team, Peter Beales Roses

When growing show plants, hygiene and air movement are vitally important. Even at this time of year. So, before the roses are housed, all glasshouses and equipment are fully cleaned.

There are also some roses that never fully drop all their leaves and leaf stalks during the winter. As well as the odd hip and old flower stem which may still be left after the winter pruning. These are all places where pests and diseases could overwinter.

Therefore, since starting to house the roses, we have been checking each plant to remove any old leaves, hips and unwanted wood.

Good air movement is also very important, as damp stagnant air is the quickest way for fungal attacks to start.

Watering is kept to mornings, often using watering cans for spot watering rather than hoses, so less water is spilled on the floor. This helps to maintain a dryer atmosphere at night, when the vents are closed down. Also in the glasshouses we keep the plants well-spaced out and any types that may be slightly more prone to disease are positioned near doorways where the most air movement occurs. This may not fully stop problems but will help or delay them.

Similar practices are also advisable for the roses in your garden at home.

Simply by raking up any old leaves and clearing away all debris from pruning can help reduce the risk of disease. Any black spot should be removed and either thrown away or burnt. Never put these in your compost bin as the spores could later be reintroduced to your garden.

You may also consider pruning any dense areas of growth or crossing branches to improve air circulation.

Preparing for Chelsea - good hygiene

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Posted in Articles about Roses By Michael Baldwin - Head of Hybridising

It may be the start of metrological spring, but we have actually been fooling our show plants that it’s been spring for a while now. Currently we have around 2,000 roses under glass in preparation for the RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Shows.

At the beginning of the year we carefully bring the roses into the glasshouses in 4 large groups. The first batch is brought in during the first few days of January (some of this batch will be used at the Hampton Court Flower Show), followed by 2 batches in February and 1 in March, depending on the weather and how the plants are reacting to it.

Over the years we have learnt that each variety reacts differently to being forced on for shows, which is why we house them at different times. The objective is to try to force all the roses to flower at exactly the right moment for the shows and for the next few months the plants require a lot of attention, adapting to the weather and their individual growing habits in a bid to juggle things just right.

Preparing for Chelsea - spring 2020

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Posted in Articles about Roses By Michael Baldwin - Head of Hybridising

Plant Centre DevelopmentPlant Centre Development

Towards the end of last year works began to significantly improve the plant sales area and tea room at our Plant Centre in Attleborough, Norfolk. The improvements, which are part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, include a new restaurant that is considerably larger than the previous tea room, new stock ranges within our garden centre shop, the construction of impressive all weather canopies and an expanded outdoor sales area. The new canopies will offer customers a much improved shopping experience, especially during the winter months and at times of bad weather. Greater versatility can also be achieved by the canopies removable sides.

The larger plant sales area will enable us to offer an even greater range of first class plants, including an impressive range of Thorncroft Clematis, which will be located within the new canopy.

Our core aims have always been choice, quality and customer satisfaction. Therefore, the plant area will not only dramatically increase in size, but the offering will too! Careful selection has also gone into the ranges that will be on offer, with many coming from renowned growers and breeders. This is all backed up with our plant and rose advisory service, which is of the highest standard in the area.

Plant Centre DevelopmentNEW for 2019 – As part of the exciting new developments opening late spring, we are delighted to announce that we will now be working in close partnership with Thorncroft Clematis to offer a larger selection of their varieties.

Now that Thorncroft’s nursery site at Reymerston is no longer open to the public, Peter Beales Roses has become the place to visit to view and purchase a vast range of their plants.

Renowned worldwide for their clematis and winners of several prestigious awards including 10 Gold Medals from RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Thorncroft Clematis Nursery was first established in 1985 as a wholesale company supplying quality clematis plants to the garden centres and nurseries around central Norfolk. It wasn’t long before owners Jonathan and Ruth Gooch realized there was a real demand for a quality retail supplier in the area, so in 1989 they first opened the nursery doors to the public, expanding the business further to include a mail order service in the early 1990’s.

Throughout the years and with the help from their son Peter Skeggs-Gooch, Thorncroft’s fantastic reputation has grown not only in the UK and Europe but worldwide as well and we are delighted to be working with such specialists.

Clematis make fantastic companion plants to climbing roses and we are thrilled to now be able to offer what is quite possibly the largest collection of clematis in East Anglia! Complementing each other through colour and form, roses and clematis can grow together to breathtaking affect. They can also be cleverly used to extend flowering periods, thus offering colour for longer within our gardens.

As well as an impressive variety of clematis we also offer a huge range of choice perennials, shrubs and other climbing plants, many of which are available for most of the year and are displayed alongside the widest and best collection of roses, which includes patio roses, hybrid teas, floribundas, old and modern shrub roses, species roses, standards, ground cover roses and of course climbing and rambling roses.

The new Thorncroft clematis area will open officially on Saturday 4th May, during our grand opening event and ‘East Anglia’s Finest’ Plant and Craft Fair.

Plant Centre Development

NEW Restaurant opening soon!

Plant Centre Development

Plant Centre Development

As part of the plant centre development our old tea room is being considerably extended and refurbished to offer a memorable dining experience. Re-branded as the ‘Rosarium’, the new licensed restaurant will feature a completely new kitchen and serving counter which will enable us to offer an even better service, coupled with a brand new mouth-watering menu, a visit to the Rosarium restaurant will surely be an essential part of any trip to Peter Beales.

The Rosarium is also due to feature a completely new and refreshing look, as well as brand new seating which includes a mix of comfortable chairs and the addition of a banquette to offer even greater comfort and versatility.

Seating capacity within the restaurant has now been considerably increased from 34 to 80 and outdoor seating will have grown also, allowing more diners to enjoy their meal alfresco during the summer months.

All food is prepared to order, using local produce and served by our friendly waiting team. The range of food includes vegetarian and gluten-free options and special diets can also be catered for.

Later this year we will also be reintroducing our popular evening talks and supper evenings, featuring a variety of entertaining guests including Ellen Mary Gardening talking about “Plants for Wellbeing” and Peter Skeggs-Gooch from Thorncroft Clematis offering “A Complete Guide to Clematis”. To book your place on any of these fantastic talks please click here or follow us on Facebook.

Plant Centre Development

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