Be more environmentally friendly for Valentine’s Day

Want to be more environmentally friendly for Valentine’s Day?

Traditionally, many people choose to celebrate their beloveds with a bouquet of roses on Valentine’s Day.

But cut flowers quickly fade and most of those available in the stores have been grown in other countries and flown many miles to get here.

With concerns for the environment and the future of the planet rising, perhaps a more sustainable alternative would be to buy a loved one a rose that can be planted in a container outdoors.

A container rose is suitable for those who don’t have a large garden and will be a long-term symbol of your love.

You can still order bare root roses to grow in containers from us and we have two particular varieties still available:

Lovestruck (Dicommatac) Cherry red with various red tones, this striking variety has masses of medium sized long lasting blooms. Blooms are mainly carried in sizeable trusses. Good for mass planting and continuing to bloom into autumn/ winter. Arching spreading growth with dark green glossy foilage. Scented, with good disease resistance. Rose of the Year 2018.

Absolutely Fabulous (Wekvossutono); its soft butter yellow blooms are borne in clusters and have a ruffled effect.  The bushy growth is very even and there is an abundance of mid green glossy foliage. It is very fragrant with good disease resistance and was Rose of the Year in 2010.

Golden Smiles (Frykeyno): also known as Happy Golden Wedding this rose has lovely bright sunny yellow well-formed blooms produced in clusters.  The blooms stand up to poor weather well and flower on a bushy compact plant with glossy dark green foliage.  It is fragrant with good disease resistance,

For a bush rose the size of the container should be a minimum 40 cm (16”) and a diameter of 35cm (14”). You can make up your own compost by using 60% loam and 40% peat or peat substitute with a liberal application of a balanced fertiliser, or use John Innes No3. A multipurpose compost is not good enough.

With plants in permanent containers do remember to keep well-watered particularly in a dry hot summer!

Planting tips for February

There is still plenty of time to plant bare root roses, although several varieties are now sold out and others in short supply.

With Covid restrictions still in place getting out and about should be kept to a minimum. We offer excellent mail order facilities allowing you to order either online or by phone on 01206 844008.  If you are really close and wish to collect you must order in advance and we can then arrange for non-contact collection.

While you have time on your hands check that you have a good sharp pair of secateurs all ready for use in pruning your plants in March. Slow release Fertilizers bought ready to feed after pruning.

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