Friday, 19 July 2013

Dead Heading and Spent Blooming

Good afternoon everybody, by far and away the most common question we get asked at this time of year is "why don't you dead head any of your Roses?" The answer to this is that we do dead head however but not always in the traditional manner. Below we have Kat demonstrating the techniques we employ here at Mottisfont.

Here we have Kat dead heading in the traditional way, by cutting off the finished flowers with a well sharpened pair of secateurs. We use this method on the repeat flowering and continuous flowering varieties  as by removing the old flowers completely you are encouraging the plant to produce a good crop of secondary blooms.

Above Kat is demonstrating the technique of 'spent blooming' or 'dusting off', I'm pretty sure people will have different names for this process depending on where you are but this is what we call it. This technique is used on the once flowering varieties of roses and idea behind this is that you simply dust off the dead or finished petals  leaving behind the core of the flower so that they will ripen into Heps in the autumn. As the vast majority of the roses here at Mottisfont are once flowering this is the method that we use the most. 

Most people forget that roses will produce Heps and as a result all the finished flowers are cut off, but in some cases the Heps are almost as impressive as the flowers and you can have quite a beautiful display. The important thing is to know your roses and know that these wonderful plants are so much more tan just pretty flowers.   

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and long may the sunshine continue  :-)  

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Peak Bloom

Good afternoon from a beautifully sunny Mottisfont. Firstly I would like to say sorry for the delay in updating this blog, however we have been monumentally busy here over the past couple of weeks and I simply haven't had the time to sit down and do it. The roses are still looking lovely, however we are now past peak bloom and with the hot weather the remaining blooms will go over pretty quickly. Never the less it has been a fantastic season for us and the garden has looked superb throughout. Here are some images of what Mottisfont looks like at peak bloom, I hope those of you who came and those who are yet to come have a fantastic time. Enjoy. Also check out which is the blog of my friend, colleague and all round super star Cat Hadler.