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My Secret Cafe...
is a place where I share the things that make me smile, things that inspire me, are useful to know or are just simply beautiful and amazingly brilliant or stylish.

I love discovering new things and talking about them. It might be a new fashion or beauty product, a must-have plant for my secret garden, or healthy food ideas that are simple, tasty and good. It could be a stunning new photo, piece of art or decor or really anything that gets me excited enough to share with others, who knows!!

I hope you stop by again and enjoy discovering some of my secrets too!


Saturday, 14 May 2011

Raindrops on Roses...

My Rose Souvenir du Dr. Jamain is covered in stunning rich velvety burgundy colour. As perfect as the colour of vintage bordeaux. It has remarkable fragrance that just transports you into an English summer rose garden. This truly amazing rose is vigorous and a real performer! 

I think roses really give you so much pleasure for your money and make an excellent shrub. Not particularly high maintenance, as people seem to think. They just need a good feed every month or so. I use a seaweed based liquid feed, full of micro nutrients, and a sprinkling of Potash. Pruning need only be done once or twice a year (October and March). Dead heading of course encourages more blooms. You can remove greenfly by hosing down on an evening, if you get them, so avoiding the need for pesticide based sprays. Roses that flower prolifically and repeatedly give you perfect fragrant cut flowers too!! They will tolerate all manner of weather conditions too. With our unpredictable and now somewhat cold English winters that makes them a safe bet.  A good strong healthy rose can last for many decades! Now it doesn't get better than that!


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