Wairarapa News : January 23rd 2013
25 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 23, 2013 GARDENING Great Value Shrubs & Perennials Grown on Site in Our Nursery Great Value, Great Service, Great Range CLAREVILLE NURSERY & GARDEN CENTRE Main Road, Clareville, Carterton Phone: 06 379 8604. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Gypsophila Bristol Fairy • Extremely popular double form • Big plants bursting into flower Mystic Dahlias • Dramatic colours • Hugely popular Only $12.95 Only $9.95 4845322AQ ROCK ROSE Low spreading evergreen with small light crinkled grey-green leaves. In spring and summer creamy- white crepe like flowers appear. Can be grown in a pot GardenBarn is full of Quality Plants, Garden Products, Seeds, Compost, Potting Mixes, Mulches, Flower And Vege Seedings. 179 High St, Masterton Phone 377 7946 • email@example.com OPEN 7 DAYS 8:30am to 6pm Fast growing and very hardy. It always seems to be in flower. Even into winter. Easy to grow. Can be grown in a pot. blooms consistently. Produces fragrant white to soft pink trumpet shaped flowers which remain the highlight of the year, playing host to honeybees and many other beneficial insects. Check out our new cheaper grade size. HEAT LOVERS These are in flower around town now. The Albizzia is an excellent fast growing shade tree. Plant now to establish before winter. DID YOU KNOW? • Gives plants 12 months feeding • Contains an added natural Bio-stimulant that accelerates plant growth • Contains water crystals and wetting agent • Contains controlled release fertiliser and organic fertiliser $13.90 OUR PRICE! 35 litres ST JOHNS WORT GLOSSY ABELIA STRONG HEALTHY PLANTSONLY $8.90 Save $4 PLAN YOUR SUMMER SHADE WHILE THE HEATS ON. WE HAVE AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF SHADE TREES READY FOR PLANTING NOW The silk tree makes an IDEAL SUMMER SHADE BEAT THE HEAT with Murray's Mushroom compost 3 bags for $30 GOT A PEST PROBLEM? We've got the solution! We have an extensive & complete range of sprays, & chemicals to stop pests in there tracks s to stop pests in there tracks. SPRAY FREE SWAN PLANTS $2.90 Large plants Get your plants established before the caterpillars arrive. Strong healthy plants all set to burst into growth. 4425801BO With summer come roses and mozzies By VICKI PRICE Burst of colour: Roses love a warm summer but so do the bane of summer evenings -- the mosquito. Photo: VICKI PRICE It could be said that summer belongs to the rose -- but frankly, mosquitoes are a stiff competitor. Gardens everywhere are filled to bursting with voluptuous rose petals oozing scented oils and windows open in the evening let lovely scents waft in -- but with them come pesky mozzies. If you haven't got any roses in your garden yet, then plan to plant some come winter -- you'll be rewarded with sumptuous colours and vigorous growth next summer, especially from varieties that trail or climb. Roses are related to many edible and ornamental plants, including apples, blackberries, plums, peaches, pears, strawber- ries and hawthorns. They can be described as bush, rambler, climber, weeping, shrub, miniature or standard. They can be kept in pots, grown up walls, used to cover ugly sheds, stand as soldiers down a path or cover an arbour making a love seat. Wherever you grow roses, they will do well with plenty of good feeding throughout spring and summer when they are pouring forth the flowers. Humus added to the soil each year in the form of good compost is a must and if you have well- rotted horse manure, so much the better. Soaker hoses make for good watering where it's needed. Sensible pruning also helps keep them healthy. But even with all the preven- tative measures in the world, if there are roses in your neigh- bourhood living in less fortunate circumstances, they may spread pests to your own and so you need to be able to deal with these as they appear. While stating without doubt that prevention was better than cure, England's proponent of organic gardening methods, par- ticularly no-dig gardening, the late Dr Shewell-Cooper, recom- mended derris dust or pyre- thrum for insect pests on roses. Derris dust must be used with caution though, as any applied in daylight hours when honey bees are active, will poison them as well. Also, if you have a fish pond near your roses, make cer- tain none wafts into the water, as it will kill the fish. For a preventative measure against aphids on bush or ram- bling roses, Dr Shewell-Cooper said not to give too much nitro- genous fertiliser, dried blood or other fertilisers that cause a lot of green growth. This tender green growth is attractive to aphids who love the soft sappy growth tips and can invade and breed in vast numbers with all this food. He warned also, not to spray at all if ladybird bugs and their larvae are about, because these little creatures feed off the aphids and are to be encouraged. Some people find growing gar- lic and chives beneath roses helps deter aphids. Black spot, mildew and rust can all be a major problem, so to avoid a major spraying prog- ramme, it might be easiest to grow rose varieties bred for resistance to these diseases or you can try regular spraying with a seaweed tea to help pre- vent fungal growth. After prun- ing, clean up pruned twigs and dead leaves from beneath roses to help prevent disease spread- ing. A deep mulch creates a healthy environment too. At this time of year, dead- heading helps promote blooms. If you have pots of roses with water-filled saucers, don't do it. They are perfect places for moz- zies to lay eggs.
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