This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Friday, 15 October 2010

Roses blooming great

My roses have put on a good show all summer and they're still going strong. I love roses, they smell fab and look sensational. However I struggle with their care.... from pruning to dealing with blackspot. I like to garden organically but this year I sprayed them with a fungicide and it helped a bit. On the plus side, they still flower & I remove the blackened leaves to try and keep the disease under control.

I have my roses mixed with annuals and perennials although I try to give them a bit of breathing room & I give them a sprinkling of bonemeal in Spring. Traditionally in Ireland roses aren't planted with any underplanting. 
Floribunda Arthur Bell.

Rose Floribunda Valentine Heart.
Hybrid Tea Just Joey (5 Sept 2010).

Rose - unknown.


  1. Beautiful roses! The blooms are bigger than I get here in Florida. I have to fight black spot,too and aphids. The plus here is that roses do bloom all year.

  2. Good for you that you know most of the names of your roses!
    It has been a good year for second flowering plants all round I think.