Pruning of roses is completed for another year. If you still
have roses to prune, don't leave it for too much longer, as
they are coming into growth very quickly this season.
Quite a few new climbing roses have been planted at the
botanic garden and we still have a few to plant over coming
One is Rosa ''Sky Tower'' with vibrant pink flowers.
Also, we have the fragrant Rosa ''Red Flame'', which gained
the premier award at the NZ Rose Society Palmerston North
trial grounds in 2012. However, I have been told to be
patient, as it can take a year or two to get going.
It's always exciting to see roses flowering for the first
time and note how well they live up to the photo and blurb in
the plant catalogues.
Tasks aheadRoses will be sprayed with copper and oil sprays,
to protect them from disease-causing spores.
A general fertiliser will be applied prior to composting in
mid-September. Compost helps to retain moisture, suppress
weeds and improve soil structure.
After all this hard work, we look forward to the first
flowers of the new season around November.
Linda Hellyer is curator of the rose garden at Dunedin