It is hard to believe that just a few weeks ago, I was taking a group round the rose paddock, marvelling at the extraordinarily warm and beautiful weather and how amazing it was to still be cutting such fantastic roses for the time of the year!! With the best imagination it’s really hard to imagine! I console myself by digging deeper into a book on Tulips and isolating ones with some serious scent. Now that’s something worth dreaming about on this miserable day! Feast your senses on walking through drifts of Apricot and pale pink tulips wafting their exquisite scent on the light spring wind. My bulb wholesaler is going to enjoy this order but I in turn will delight at the sight of the first shoots emerging in April and the promise that comes with those green shiny leaves.
So it’s not too late to finish ordering spring bulbs from Anemones and Aconites to Narcissi and Tulips. I ordered mine on line from Parkers and Peter Nyssen. Worth setting a budget so as not to get carried away, especially on a day like today!!
Although the rest of us feel like hibernating thanks to the weather, we are starting to plant row upon row of Evelyn, Whiter Shade of Pale and Irish Hope. The digging is heavy going after all the rain and on a damp, misty afternoon the thought of a nice warm office (and even a filing tray) seems quite tempting. However it is a great feeling to be preparing for next year although we won’t be picking from these roses next season as we like to give them a year to get their roots established.
We are still open on Fridays for bare rooted rose sales of Just Joey, Big Purple, Evelyn, Chandos Beauty, Breathtaking, Clare Marshall & Viridiflora.
You only have to look out of the window to realise that summer sadly is finally over and we are starting to put our roses to bed! They are being cut down to stop wind damage and then having a good covering of compost put around their roots before the polytunnels are removed and the roses are open to the elements for the winter. If it is anything like last winter they will carry on growing and barely lose their leaves but from an agronomy point of view we rather hope we might get a bit of cold to give them a period of complete rest and knock any unwanteds on the head! There may appear to be a period of inactivity but nothing ever stops in nature!
Finally the seasons are correcting themselves with the approach of some colder weather. To be cutting roses on 4th November is bizarre and wonderful but it does mean that the rush is now on to get the roses shut down for their winter hibernation before Christmas. The last stems of our English roses will be cut during the next few days and then next week they will be pruned down, the plastic tunnels removed and they will be exposed to the elements. Hopefully some cold conditions will kill off any overwintering pests and diseases. It has been a good year for roses and with luck we will be sustained through the dark winter weeks with memories of this long and beautiful summer.