Welcome to our final blog of the year
Wishing you a lovely Christmas and a happy New Year.
Below, as promised, are the answers to last month’s quiz questions.
- Red (House of Lancaster) and White (House of York)
- Rose hip – for making jelly
- In perfumery – using attar of roses, an oil derived from the plant.
- White – typically symbolizes purity, joy, light and glory in the Christian religion. But go further back and in Greek legend they were the symbol of the Goddess Aphrodite.
- Love at first sight.
- On the wall of the Cathedral of Hildesheim in Germany.
- In 2017 in La Puente, California on 8 November 2017. The record-breaking 5.689 m (18 ft 8 in) rose bush is of the variety “Bewitched”.
- Romeo and Juliet.
- The late 17th century,
- It is actually a variety of the genus Helleborus, and its correct name is Helleborus niger (Black Hellebore).
- Cants of Colchester established in 1765
December cultivation tips
Planting of bare root roses continues. If there is frost in the ground and it is too hard to dig your holes then wait until this is out. In most areas of the U.K. this will be by mid-morning
If you are not able to plant immediately or have not prepared the ground then the plants will be happy in their packaging for up to 3 weeks kept in a cool shed or garage. Do not keep them in any form of greenhouse.
If planting is delayed for over 3 weeks then seek advice on ’heeling in the plants’
Don’t forget that rose plants make a long-lasting CHRISTMAS PRESENT! Plants can be sent or collected near to Christmas.
December and January are the months to tidy up your roses and use a winter wash with a weak solution of Jeyes fluid over the plants but mainly the soil.