down my vintage garden path
roses! ahh how I hated them when I was little. Every Sunday, my dad would spend hours and hours just tending his beloved rose garden - snipping & spraying. Looking like something from outer space with his mask on, spraying the most disgusting smelling stuff to kill everything that it came in contact with - I am sure it was radioactive. I could not understand why on earth anyone would spend so much time & energy on plants. Although I must admit, I loved to take a bunch of these gorgeous perfumed flowers to my teacher every Monday. All wrapped up in either used wrapping paper or brown paper and tied with string.
I held off for years ever buying a rose plant - just didn't want the bother - until oneday the soul mate bought me a red rose bush for Valentines day. And I was hooked. I decided to buy my dad's favourite rose which was Queen Elizabeth - not perfumed but the memories were important. Then not being happy with one rose bush and being a little on the obsessive side, I decided to have a royal rose garden (I know, you just cannot believe that I may be obsessive, but I am, a teeny, weeny bit). The search was on for any rose that had a royal name. I exhausted that avenue (and sent my local nursery lady insane) - so I decided that perfumed roses were the go - why go to that trouble without having the perfume of heaven? I now have the most perfumed garden ever!- however being an organic gardener, I like to use remedies that are safe - I am troubled by black spot but would rather have an insect friendly garden than not, so I put up with the dreaded black spot, using favourite organic remedies.
organic gardening recipes
grandfather would use this for black spot: 2 litres of water; a drop of vegetable oil and a drop of detergent. then add two teaspoons of bicarb soda to each litre of water. spray the plant making sure you wet all surfaces of the leaves.