Today opened from 09:00 until 17:30

Your independent Plant Centre
for all the Family

  • Come and choose from our delicious breads and cakes this Christmas

  • We've fresh trees from 25th November, decorations and gifts in our dazzling Christmas Marquee

  • Enjoy a piping hot tea, coffee or chocolate on our heated Cafe´Terrace

  • The finest local ingredients for your Christmas dinner from our newly extended Farm Shop

  • We have a fantastic choice of gifts for all ages in our Christmas Marquee

    Keep your roses blooming at their peak into autumn

    Keep your roses blooming at their peak into autumn

    Keep your roses blooming at their peak into autumn with a little extra attention now to keep them flowering and looking at their best through summer and beyond.

    Rose bloom

    Dead-heading is the single most important thing you can do to keep those flowers coming: removing spent flowers encourages more buds to form. Snip the flowered stem right back to the next healthy bud below.

    If it’s been dry, give each plant a thorough soaking once a week to keep the roots damp. This also helps fend off mildew, a debilitating disease caused by lack of water that can cut your display short in autumn.

    Lightly fork in granular rose food around the base, and water in well to give the whole plant a boost. Top with a layer of organic mulch to about 5cm deep to lock in moisture and keep out weeds.

    Keep an eye out for black spot, and remove affected leaves promptly: spraying with a specialist fungicide such as Roseclear, available from the garden centre here in Poynings, should nip the problem in the bud before it can take a hold. And carry out regular inspections to spot aphids and other pests: squish small outbreaks or spray with insecticidal soap to stop them in their tracks.