ROSES ARE THE
All of the roses you see in the pics
of our gardens are grown on just 1 bucket (10L) of supplemented
water a week per bush once established. We know of no other plants
that flower year round in flushes every 7 weeks (in Qld) with this
meagre amount of water. TRULY WATERWISE PLANTS AND
PERFUME AS WELL!!
and if the water runs out, well they
will usually survive through on just rainfall.
"Brindabella Bouquet" a Blackspot Buster
*we feed our roses a good handful
"Rose Food" every
time we see a flush of
flowers which is around every
7 weeks -
seeing flowers reminds us to
feed. We mix
our own and have it available
for sale in our
* some of the best rose
gardens in Australia
are in SE Qld
- roses grow fabulously here as
we have flowers year round
BUSTER ROSES -click
a Blackspot Buster Rose
About Blackspot! did you know?:
blackspot is only capable of entering newly emerging leaves - once
fully emerged and "hardened" the leaves are impregnable.
The spots that you see on the old leaves are the result of infection
around 5 weeks earlier - the spots are the fungal "seeds"
(spores) ready to be splashed onto other new leaves.
* the best
means of control is genetics - choose rose varieties released in
the last 10 years or less. Over the years the resistance "inbuilt"
by breeders in our roses improves drammatically. So the varieties
that our grandmothers grew (such as "Peace", "Papa
Meilland", "Queen Elizabeth" etc) are now mostly
susceptible to blackspot. Go for the Blackspot Busters
* you will
read in glossy magazine ads that leading rose breeders are releasing
new varieties highly resistant to disease. Problem is that all of
these breeders operate in cold climates of northern Europe (Germany,
France), England or North America where powderry mildew is king
and blackspot secondary. So the "disease resistance" refers
to mildew not blackspot. In Australia it's the reverse with blackspot
king of the diseases - again it's best to stick to the Blackspot
BLACKSPOT OR NOT BLACKSPOT?
WHICH OF THE LEAVES IN THE PICTURE SHOW
THE DEBILITATING BLACKSPOT DISEASE?
The leaves in the centre right show true blackspot
key diagnostic feature being the furry, uneven
edges of the spots.
All of the other leaves have benign spots
of no consequence to the rose plant.