Now that the roses are beginning to flower its important to continue a feeding program. We feed our roses every couple of weeks throughout the growing season, alternating with with an organic granular feed, worked into the top two inches of soil and a liquid fish emulsion which we apply to both the roots and the foliage. Deadheading is also important. I tend to do this in the evening during ‘cocktail hour’ with a glass of wine in one hand and my pruners in the other; it makes the job less onerous.  A couple of weeks ago I stocked up on Japanese Beetle traps. Last year we failed to plan ahead and when the beetles arrived, we couldn’t find traps for love or money.  Happy gardening!

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