We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our wonderful customers, as a small family nursery we were worried about how this global pandemic would affect us. But thanks to your amazing support, we have managed to make it through this strange and difficult time and are happy to say that our nursery is back open to the public. So if you're local, do pop in and see us between 10 am and 4 pm Monday to Saturday.
We know that you've all been very busy in your gardens, and have had lots of time to work on them while we've all been in lockdown. We would love to see photos of your gardens, and how our roses are getting on. You can share your photos with us via email, Facebook, or Instagram.
Deadheading and Feeding
What should you be doing in your garden this time of year? Well, because we've been enjoying such beautiful weather, many of the roses have already been through their first flush of flowers and given us a grand display. This means is time for deadheaing and feeding, this ensures that the roses bloom a second time and you get to enjoy those lovely flowers very soon.
The most important rule when it comes to deadheading is to cut off where the bloom has been, down to the first set of five leaves. Ensure that you have a nice sharp pair of secateurs, have a look at the stem, and find the set with five leaves. Make a diagonal cut, as this means that rainwater will run off easier and not lead the stem to rot. That's it! Now just repeat where the other blooms have gone over, and you'll see that your roses will be blooming again in no time.
As for feeding, we recommend using any rose specific food. We have lots at the nursery, so if you're local to us come in and pick up a bag. After your roses have flowered, they can feel a bit exhausted and be more prone to getting diseases like black spot or mildew. This is the time to give them a nice feed, which will encourage growth and speed up the process of producing blooms.
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