Its that time of the year when the rose plants have to be taken care of. Not only will this boost the flowering during the season but will also help to keep them healthy and blooming all the year round.
Pruning the plant is very important and needs to be done at this stage. This is a good time to get rid of all the dead or weak growth, so the plant can focus its energy on healthy growth. Also the big bushes can be groomed and give them a good shape.
Remember to wear gardening gloves and use a sharp cutter. Ideally, between each cut, dip the blades of the cutter into a solution of disinfectant. Pick up all the fallen leaves and the pruned rose stems especially if they are diseased. While pruning remember to get rid of Suckers which emerge from the base of the plant.
There are some common Rose diseases like Black Spots. It is a serious rose disease caused by the fungus, Diplocarpon rosae. The rose leaves develop circular, black spots surrounded by a yellow area and infected leaves often drop from the plant. Plants produce few and pale flowers. It often results from watering the leaves of the plant. Therefore while watering the rose plant it must be remembered to pour water close to the ground. The rose plant should ideally be watered during early hours of the day and not during evenings. Get rid of all the diseased leaves it tends to spread to other rose plants which are close. So the containers of rose plants should be kept apart and not clustered together. If disease persists then usage of a fungicide may help.
Fertilizing and preparation of the soil with compost is very essential. A good soil enriched with nutrients boosts the foliage and enhances the quality of blooms.
I have provided detailed information in an earlier blog regarding the same.
Roses are my all time favourite plants and very easy to care for. With just a little help these plants will give you fabulous blooms all the year round.
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“The modest Rose puts forth a thorn, The humble sheep a threat’ning horn: While the Lily white shall in love delight, Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.”
How beautifully William Blake describes the true character of a flower in just four lines? The poet explains how a lily flower offers no harm or defense of itself to one who would love it.
Lilies of different kinds are commonly found all across the world. Lilies come in different shapes, sizes and colors. Lilies are really excellent plants for beds and borders.
Growing Lilies is very easy and completely rewarding. Here are some common tips on growing beautiful lilies.
Lilies are propagated mainly by means of bulbs.
Lilies can also be grown in containers or outdoors.
A cool, porous and well-drained soil is essential for the good growth of lilies. Lilies do not require daily watering, but when watering, be sure to water deep enough to reach the bulb.
Feed the plants with a balanced fertilizer during the growing season.
Remove stems and foliage when leaves become yellow.
Lilies will usually thrive for years in the same spot, if well cared for. If short stems of the plants emerge and cause crowding, the clumps should be lifted, carefully pulled apart, and divisions planted elsewhere.
Just before easter my garden is in full blooms with different types of lilies. Have a look and feast your eyes with some of the lilies which are blooming in my garden now.
Petunias are very popular flowering annuals. They can be planted in containers, hanging baskets, window boxes & even for garden beds and borders. They are my personal favourites simply because they come in numerous colors and can be planted in several ways in a garden. They add a pop of color to any space.
Instructions on growing and care
Petunias can be started from seeds. Just sprinkle the seeds and pat them lightly to the soil. After germination wait till they get upto couple of inches then transplat them in containers or the final growing place.
The plant loves sunlight. Make sure the plant recieves maximum sunlight.
The soil has to be light and well-drained. I mix finely shredded hay to the soil along with compost to make the soil light.
Keep the plant well watered. Once the blooms start to appear, just make sure to remove the old and shriveled blooms by pinching it off.
Fertilize your plants monthly to ensure good growth.
Try planting different colors of plants together in single container and place it like a center-piece.
Just follow the above regime and you will find yourself astonished with the continuous blooms.
Just before the onset of this winter, I had laboriously worked in my garden in order to get perfect blooms before the holidays. I planted bulbs, seeds, added compost, plucked weeds etc. etc. Basically I worked hard. Well the results of the hardwork is out and here are some of the pictures to show it.
Also the roses that I prunned and fertilized in October (see my previous blog), these roses also seem pretty happy with my hard work!
I’ll be sharing tips and ideas on growing different types of perennials in my next blog. Till then just enjoy the pics!