Roses have arrived!!!!!! - Jun 07, 2020


We've got 1,800 to choose from.

Dear gardening friends.

My staff worked so hard this week.
We've potted up 1,800 Rose Bushes this week. We've done this, and still unloaded trucks, put stock away, and helped customers too.

When we just started potting on Tuesday morning, Peter The Greek turned up.
I wrote this story about him.
You might get a laugh.

Peter's back.
He really is driving me crazy today.
My first words were " I don't have time for coffee today mate"
Whatdoyoummmmmmmmean.
Was his reply.
"Look at my plants.
They're beauuuuuuuuutiful.
Look at this one.
It's like a Bonsai.
Look at the roots.
I can't believe you're not making me a coffee. I've driven 2 hours to get here.
We always have coffee."

I'm potting up Roses.
We potted up 600 yesterday.
We've got 3 off us working a production line today.
Karyn is pruning the roses to an outward facing bud.
I'm potting them up.
Cody is putting on the labels, and then taking them inside.
We are working as a team.
If I stop, everyone stops.

Peter is still sulking.
He wants me to stop.
I've become part of his life.
He's a character alright.

I stop.
We have coffee
Life is too short.
He's smiling again.
He's a beautiful man
He's still telling me about his beautiful succulents.
I've told him he needs a hair cut.

Our Roses are amazing this year.
We've potted up 1,800 so far and at least 400 are still to come.

Here are the varieties that we have in stock today. New Releases are coming in 2 weeks.
Old favourites are $29.99.

They are huge, multi stemmed, 2 year old plants, that will be covered in flowers this spring.

Red Roses

  • The Macarthur Rose
  • Mr Lincoln
  • Camp David
  • Grande Amore
  • City of Belfast
  • Fragrant Charm
  • Oklahoma
  • Black Beauty
  • Fathers Love
  • Kardinal
  • RSL Rose
  • Ingrid Bergman
  • Papa Meilland
  • Roundelay
  • Black Velvet
  • Harry Wheatcroft
  • Double Delight
  • Avon
  • Love

Apricot Roses

  • Just Joey
  • Fragrant Cloud
  • Brandy
  • Spirit of Peace
  • Crepescule

 Blue Roses

  • Voodoo
  • Blue Moon
  • Smooth Silver Lining
  • Ebb Tide
  • Fragrant Plum
  • Angel Face

Pink Roses

  • Appreciation
  • Jacaranda
  • Perfume delight
  • Nonnas Love
  • Cecile Brunner
  • Mothers Love
  • Friendship
  • The Children's Rose
  • First Love
  • Grandma's Roses
  • Granada
  • Peace
  • Bewitched
  • Blushing Pink Iceberg
  • Royal Highness
  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Paradise
  • Flamingo

Yellow Roses

  • Diamond Jubilee
  • Kings Ransom
  • Speks Yellow
  • Helmut Schmidt
  • Gold Medal
  • Buccaneer
  • Friesia
  • Limelight
  • Gold Bunny
  • Smooth Golden Iceberg
  • Gina Lollibrigida

White Roses

  • Iceberg
  • Pope John Paul ll
  • Pascali

Climbing Roses

  • Pierre de Ronsard
  • Blushing Pierre de Ronsard
  • China Doll
  • Double Delight
  • Gold Bunny
  • Blue Moon
  • Black Boy
  • Cecile Brunner

I will post New Releases when they arrive.
Our roses are all potted in 200mm pots, so they can be kept in these pots for several months. But it's best to plant them now.

How to plant Roses?
Roses can be grown in pots, using Tim's Best Potting Mix, but they do grow better in the ground. When roses dry out, the stress causes them to get black spot.
So you need to be a good gardener to have success with roses growing in pots.

Never use Rose Food on roses growing in pots. Use Cow Manure or Tims FAST FOOD.
Rose food could kill your plants.

Soil Preparation.
Prepare your garden, by digging in Tim's Cow Manure. One bag will treat about 3m2.
If you don't like the smell of real cow manure, use IGC Planting Compost instead.
Dig the soil over until it is soft and friable.

I often hear gardeners telling me that Roses love Clay soils. This is rubbish.
Roses might survive in clay soil, but they grow much better in compost improved garden soil.

If roses really loved clay, we'd be using it, instead of potting mix.

When you plant your Rose Bushes, never fertilise them with Rose Food.
Fertiliser will burn the damaged roots and possibly kill your Rose Bushes.
Wait till spring before applying fertiliser.

Plant them at least one metre apart.
Roses like the sun. They grow Best in full sun, but I have seen them growing in gardens that only get 4 hours of sun per day. They hate root competition, so they don't grow well near trees, especially Gum trees.

They are extremely easy to grow, once established. Even if you never spray them, they will still produce flowers.

If you do spray with Yates Rose Shield often, then your plants will look healthier, and you will get even more flowers.

Roses love to be pruned.
They can be pruned at any time of the year.
Pruning makes roses get more new growth, and more flowers.

Roses are traditionally pruned in winter, back by at least 50%. Prune to an outward facing bud. Walk around the plant as you do this. Don't get worried.

Even badly pruned Roses, will produce more flowers. Use sharp secateurs.

Our Standard Roses haven't arrived yet.
When they do arrive I'll let you know.

There is a rose shortage this year.
With everyone being at home during lock down, people have fallen in love with gardening again. This creates demand.

We can't order more Roses.
We can't get other varieties.
Roses get ordered 2 years in advance.

We specialise in fragrant varieties.
We still find that the old favourites like Mr Lincoln, Double Delight, Blue Moon, White Iceberg, Just Joey and Queen Elizabeth still sell the best.

Come and see our selection.
This is as good as it gets.
Our roses aren't the cheapest.
But they are the best.

Potting Mix is poisonous!!!!!
If you're growing roses in pots, you better read this.

One morning my son Dan, was potting up his Jacaranda seedlings into small pots, and I told him to water them before he put them in the nursery.
He forgot to water them, and even though the irrigation system came on that night, 90% of the seedlings were dead the next day.
If potting mix is dry, it absorbs the moisture out of the roots, and the plants die.
It's that simple.
It's a good idea to moisten the potting mix before you use it.
This stops you breathing in the dust too. But you still have to water your plant within minutes after potting if you do not want to get root damage.
Always wash your hands after touching potting mix. Wear gloves if you have cuts or sores.

Happy gardening
Tim