June is the ideal time and here are some tips on colour.
GARDENERS should grab the opportunity while the sun is shinning to plant out
new roses. Although still sticks at this point in time, roses will soon reward
with new foliage and flowers. Bear in mind that June is the ideal time for
selection, buying and planting.
There are always multitudes of new releases to choose from - one of the
prettiest this year is 'Fiona's Wish'.
Named in honour of Fiona Coote this lovely bi-coloured rose has been
selected for its superb fragrance and its disease tolerance. Fiona, being
Australia's youngest and longest surviving heart transplant patient is devoted
to the ongoing success of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Unit, which will
receive a contribution from each rose sold.
'Fiona's Wish' is a hybrid tea (bush rose) borne on long single stems with
abundant bronze green foliage - the bi-coloured blooms are cherry red, edged
with gold reverse.
Swane's Roses have released 'Diana Princess of Wales' for 2001 - it is a
classic hybrid tea bearing large elegantly shaped buds which open to full
flowers of impeccably, high-centred form. The sweetly fragrant blooms are ivory
overlaid with a clear pink blush.
If you'd like something a little different look for 'Stainless Steel', the
colour of which is difficult to describe as it hovers between silver, pink and
mauve. Although a delicate pastel shade 'Stainless Steel' is a strong rose of
classic form which is vigorous and upright.
Let's look at colour favourites - yours may differ, but I steadfastly
stick to my old favourites which I know grow well in our area.
I often wonder why gardeners fuss over which WHITE to plant - I think
white is white is white and why would you pick anything other than the rose
which blooms the best - Iceberg!
RED - don't go past 'City of Newcastle Bicentenary'. This magnificently
perfumed rose has won hearts all over Australia -- it even performs well in
The best PINK rose is hard to determine - any of these three deserve a
spot in the garden - Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and Princess de Monaco.
Diamond Jubilee gives me pleasure in each garden I
plant - this beautiful rose is basically CREAM - a repetitive bloomer which
can surprise with a flush of pink, sometimes lemon, but overall the colour is
buff through to caramel, almost apricot - a very large fragrant rose.
BLUE/MAUVE is always a difficult choice - although Blue Moon is often
requested, Paradise is much more rewarding.
I'd like to say Peace is my YELLOW choice, beautiful as it is, I find it
difficult in comparison to Friesa which bears an abundance of blooms.
After you have made the difficult decision - which new rose to plant, stop
and consider where you are planting. Roses need sun! Preparation for planting
should have been done before - soil should have been prepared with compost and
NO fertiliser. Fertiliser will burn new roses!
If you haven't prepared the ground for planting use Debco Rose Compost,
making sure you don't let the new roses dry out - while the sap stream is rising
in the dormant plant it must have regular water.