In Your Garden
Although your roses will be very pleased to see the sunshine, this does mean that you'll need to be on top of your watering. The next few weeks are predicted to be dry, which can be a dangerous time for new and old roses alike. Even mature roses could do with a good soaking, so make sure your plants aren't drying out. Remember that climbers and standards need even more water than regular roses, so set a reminder or make a note in your diary that it's time to water!
If you haven't fed your roses yet, it's a good idea to start feeding now in order to push on the first flowering. You can use a number of different methods to feed your roses, but the most important thing to remember is to buy rose specific food. Here are your options:
Granular feed: You can sprinkle this around the base of your rose bushes and water it in, this is a slow release food that takes some time to get to the plant.
Liquid feed: Some liquid feeds are to be mixed with water and poured around the base of the plant, this gets to the rose a bit quicker as it doesn't have to be broken down.
Liquid foliar feed: This feed should be mixed with water and sprayed directly onto the rose, this is an instant feed that makes a big difference very quickly.
As the warm weather has arrived, so have the various bugs and slugs that might be causing damage to your roses. One of the most common insects is the aphid, and here are three ways to deal with them.
1. Brush them off the rose with a paintbrush, this is quite time consuming but very organic!
2. Make your own insecticide with a very weak solution of washing up liquid and water, this removes the waxy casing of the aphid and causes them to dry out in the sun. Be careful! If you use too much washing up liquid, you can remove the waxy coating on the roses leaves.
3. Pop into your local garden centre and buy a bug spray, although this may end up disturbing the other bugs and bees that are good for your roses.