Posts from June 2017

The end of June is a fantastic time here at the nursery, as the crop of containerised roses comes into full bloom 
They produce a riot of colour and fragrance! Every year we grow over 50,000 roses in our fields just next to the Malton Road, and whilst the majority are sold as bare root plant during the winter months, we pot up over 5000 of them so that they can be planted over the summer months. 
 
It takes 4 years to grow a rose, before it is ready for sale. The first two years are spent preparing the ground, incorporating a lot of organic matter, rotovating and clearing weed.  
 
This is to get the soil in the best possible condition so the rose has a good start. 
This old English proverb, dating back to the early 1700’s, is often quoted amongst gardeners. 
The original meaning seems to be not to cast off winter clothes until the month of May has finished, but gardeners often take it to not put out any tender plants until early June. Sensible advice around our neck of the woods, as we can still have night time frosts at this time of year which would kill many bedding plants, as well as courgettes, French beans, tomatoes, etc.