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I was listening to the radio the other day and a fact was given out that really surprised me, writes Buckingham Garden Centre’s Chris Day. According to a news report the UK fresh cut flower and indoor plant market is now worth £2.2 billion at retail level. To put this in perspective, the UK music industry is worth around £2 billion. This is pretty staggering considering this equates to an average spend per person per year of £36 (£28 on flowers and £8 on indoor plants). We love our flowers as much, if not more, than our music! The popularity of houseplants fuelled by the millennials is well observed and great news showing a regained interest in all things green, variegated, orchid, cacti and flowering exotics. One flower that shares the best of

both worlds, horticulturally speaking, is of course the rose. Indoor potted roses are grown to perfection in Holland using the latest in computer controlled growing systems with clever roller benching and even robotic spacings of the plants on the bench. The cut flower Rose is now grown globally and transported in millions. Even the doyen of British roses,– David Austin, has cut flower production nurseries in South Africa where their amazing blooms are jetted to all corners of the globe. Best of all, the roses we use for our beds, borders, walls, pergolas, fences and pots are as popular as ever, helped along I’m sure in part by our more compact gardens where roses can give great flowering value over many months. When roses were popular back in the 1950s, homeowners would give them space to create a purpose designed rose bed. These usually had a single variety and were often edged with either Catmint (pictured with Rose ‘Teasing Georgia’) or Box to enclose the area. I know when my parents moved


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Beales Classic Roses. Also there are a number of growers specialising in standard varieties of Hybrid Tea, Floribunda (now correctly called cluster-flowered), Climbers, Ramblers, Patio and Groundcover types. Many of these have been given a modern twist with improved reliability as far as repeat-flowering ability, disease resistance and colour development. So, how do you keep your roses healthy? The key through the summer months is feeding and watering. Top rose growers Peter Beales Classic Roses say it quite simply; “Roses are very hungry plants and should therefore be fed regularly throughout their lives to ensure maximum blooms and growth, from first year plants through to 50-yearold ramblers. We recommend a good feed of a nitrogen high feed like Top Rose after the late-winter prune in February, then feeding every two weeks throughout the flowering period with a high potash feed like

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Blackspot (pictured) you may need to resort to using chemical control by applying Rose Clear Extra. To ensure you keep your roses displays blooming throughout the summer and early autumn it is important to regularly deadhead your roses. By deadheading you will encourage repeat-flowering – this stops your rose producing seeds in the hips, which are formed after flowering, so that it has more energy for repeat-flowering. The label on your rose should state whether it is a repeat bloomer – most popular bush varieties are and certainly the latest David Austin and Peter Beales Classic roses generally are too. The other reason to trim and remove spent blooms is the opportunity to shape your shrub. This is important in a mixed border if you need to allocate a defined area to a plant and to trim it back to keep it within bounds. The process of deadheading is simple and should be done as soon after each flower fades as possible up to late September. After September it is unlikely that you will get much more growth or flowering, as your plant will be getting ready for winter. A brief guide to deadheading is to cut the stem at an angle of 45 degrees just above a bud pointing the way you want future growth and above a five-leaf set. The amount you cut back controls, to some extent, the shape and size of your plant. If you are unsure, cut back to the

point where the flowers stop being produced on the stem. If you have deadheaded a rose bush and it is a repeat-flowering variety then it would be perfect to give the plant another feed to help stimulate more flowering wood and a further flush of blooms. At the height of summer when new growth is plentiful you should have further flowers appearing 3-4 weeks after the first flush and this process will be greatly enhanced by further watering during dry spells. Finally mulching is always best carried out in the early part of the year (Feb/March) or the autumn. If you can sufficiently moisten the soil around the rose planting area when planting and then apply a generous a 5cm (2in) layer of chipped bark this will help retain moisture, suppress any weed growth thus providing the rose with a good start.

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Press Listings - June

Harry Baker: Poetry World Slam Champion Tuesday 4 June, 8pm – Ugland Auditorium

Harry Baker is a World Poetry Slam Champion turned full-time poet via a maths degree. His Love Poem for Lonely Prime Numbers has been translated into more than twenty languages and his performances with their signature mix of hope, heart and humour have taken him all over the world, gaining fans along the way from Jacqueline Wilson to Ice Cube. His TEDx talks on his poetry, the power of self-acceptance and his love for German and Maths have been viewed more than four million times. Following on from his debut collection The Sunshine Kid, Harry will be bringing a selection of old favourites and brand new poems [to Stowe in partnership with the Buckingham Literary Festival] Running time approx. 1 hour Box Office: 01280 825710

Jeffrey Au Piano Recital Wednesday 5 June, 8pm – Ugland Auditorium Arts at Stowe Members Event

Stowe is proud to present Jeffrey Au’s debut recital as part of the Arts at Stowe programme! Jeffrey is one of Stowe’s most talented music Scholars and in this concert presents a varied and colourful range of music from the diverse piano repertoire. Jeffrey is currently working towards entrance auditions for a number of the leading UK music conservatoires and this event is not to be missed! Programme to include: English Suite No. 3 in G minor – J. S. Bach Sonata No.3 in C major – Ludwig van Beethoven Images (Book I) – Claude Debussy Running time approx. 2 hours If you would like to enquire about membership or attend this performance email or call 01280 818012

Lunchtime Concert Series Thursday 6 June, 1pm, Ugland Auditorium Thursday 20 June, 1pm, State Music Room Arts at Stowe Members Event A real highlight for our members to our ever-popular lunchtime concert series. Some of Stowe’s most talented musicians who will present a varied repertoire of music that highlight their talents. Do not miss an opportunity to hear them first! Soup is available for our audience members beforehand. Running time: 30 minutes Email or Call 01280 818012 To advertise at a price thats right for you call 07899 757473


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