A hell of a weekend!
Hope everyone is ok and drying out.....
Do you like my new rain gauge! There were some upsides... finished lots of inside jobs, just managed to get this super easy and delicious pumpkin fruit cake out of the oven, just before the power was cut off......recipe is in the latest Country Style Mag.
I always get a bit excited when the power goes off because it means candles, tlights, every conceivable candle holder gets to come out. NO TV! Chatting on the telephone...conversations with husband. Even though it was pretty scary, with that wind and rain there were upsides.
Oh and don't forget everones garden got watered...
The glorious Elina Rose....
On a much sunnier note, this package from Treloar Roses arrived on Thursday! Squeal with delight! If you remember back in March I wrote about the Elina Rose and how easy it is to order bare rooted roses. I placed an order with Treloar Roses and this is how they arrived, all neatly packaged in a box.
If you are a novice, don't worry because you get really clear step by step instructions inside the box.
And since I'm going to be planting and potting up a few let me show you how easy it all is...
As soon as you unpack the roses and this is super important, soak them in a bucket of water for 12 to 24 hours.
I still can't believe there are 9 roses in this lot. Look how healthy they look!
The hardest part was working out where we were going to put them, I thought we had it all worked out but as you know things change, ideas are re-formulated and with a cup of coffee in hand, walked around and around the garden (15 times over) Decision made! They will get their required 6 hours sun a day and we get to see them from the house.
Well actually the hardest part was digging the lawn up....
Once they have had their soak put them straight into the ground they should look like this....do not let them dry out.
I potted some up for a friend for her new garden.
TIP: To make life easier I used a piece of timber to measure the spacing rather than a tape measure. Solid and a lot easier.
Each hole is about 25 to 30cm wide by about 25cm deep. I make a little mound...I call it a small stool for the roots to go over. Tease them out and cover with soil. Just make sure the graft union (the knobbly bit) at the base is 25mm above soil level. This is so the rootstock doesn't sucker.
Another super important thing:
Do not add fertiliser until plants are established and do not use weedicides in you ground preparation.
I water in and it wont be long before I will have vases of Elina Roses.
Hop on the Treloar Rose website and check out all the stunning roses you can get.
Let me know which ones are your favourite.....