September swept in by a blustery August, lets hope it settles a while so we can enjoy the last of the "Summer Wine". As the days get shorter and the nights a little colder the roses continue to engages us with colour and perfume, the leaves start to yellow and fall the rose is so generous it flowers to the last.
Its not too late to plant a lovely potted rose which will add some autumn colour, all the same rules apply, with good feeding and watering you'll see a good few weeks of flowering yet. We often underestimate the importance of feeding roses and the importance of what we feed them. Always choose "Rose" food, it contains all the specific nutrients that roses need, some are cheaper than others but generally as with everything if you pay a little more you get a better product, with rose food it is the addition of the all important micro nutrients. Remember your roses have flowered pretty much since June and don't they deserve a nice treat? Watering, H20 to grow, without the water roses do not thrive, rain is seldom enough, even in September.
Deadheading always encourages new blooms, unless you have a rose thats bares hips in which case leave them to form, try to cut back to the first set of five leaves it balances the bush and re-flowering takes place quicker.
Here are some roses that have really impressed us this season and all can be ordered for bare root, delivery late October/early November.