A talk by Kevin Smith of KPS Roses

The Societys’ first speaker of the year was Kevin Smith of KPS roses, a supplier of roses for Peter Beales and Pococks Roses from Hampshire and Cornwall. Kevin worked at Peter Beales from the age of 14 years for many years learning the trade. He now has his own business and rents several hundred acres on the Sotterley estate growing roses from rootstocks, of all different types depending on what is required from the retailers. The rootstocks come from Holland and are mainly of the variety Laxa. They are planted at the beginning of the year and grown on and then after 4 months are budded with the variety of the rose that is desired. If they grow on a single shoot this is cut down to encourage side shoots to get a balanced plant.

Come September they are cut down as by then they could be 5 ft tall. In October they are dug up by hand with the exception of the very long Tap root which is cut off with a tractor as it would be difficult to remove by hand. They are then potted on and any suckers removed and sent to Peter Beales and other rose growers in November.

A question often asked is the difference between a Climber and a Rambler… A rambler usually has smaller flowers, lax growth and only one flowering and need little pruning, a Climber has larger flowers and is repeat flowering if deadheaded, its stems tend to be stiffer and more prone to breaking if trying to train them, all roses need a high potash feed to encourage flowering.

Pruning of roses need not be scientific, but prune out Dead Dying and Diseased shoots and allow plenty of air to circulate. Plants maybe container grown or containerised, what ever it is important to ensure a pot full of roots before planting in the garden. They need to be planted deep enough to cover the graft, any suckers that occur below the graft should be taken off with a knife or secateurs close to the stem. Main problems are Black Spot where good husbandry is important with sprays being available though resistance can occur. Greenfly is the other big problem, also sprays available , left for the bluetits or squashed. If planting a rose where one has been before, to prevent rose sickness, dig out and add plenty of new compost, plant in a cardboard box, or try Micorrhyzal fungus.

Next meeting 18th March – The Spring Show.

PHOTO BY: Sheila Pettett
Gardening Club in Lowestoft

News & Updates

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more information re coach trip.

The first pick up point will now be the bus stop opposite St Benedicts Church on the corner of Hollingsworth Road. Parking permitted at the church.

Just to be clear and to avoid any confusion, Apart from tea and cake at Rosemary, we pay for all other refreshments (coffee at Place for Plants and lunch at Flatford). Outstanding coach costs and parking will be subsidised by the club. All friends have a seat on the coach.

Coach trip to East Bergholt.

Can all monies for the coach trip pleased be paid either at the March meeting or Wednesday 20th of April meeting. Just a reminder , all cheques to be made payable to Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society. Following payment your name will marked as paid.

Payment for garden trip on Saturday June 11th.

Please make all cheques, £25, for the trip payable to Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society. Changing details such as the name of the club with the bank is somewhat problematical.

Garden Trip

We are planning a trip by coach to East Bergholt for club members although non members may come if there is spare room on the coach. The trip will take place on Saturday 11th of June 2022 and we plan to go to Place for Plants for a visit to their garden along with coffee and a chance to buy some plants. This will be followed by a visit to Flatford for lunch and a stroll or just chilling out. At 2pm we will be visiting the Garden of Mrs Natalie Finch, called Rosemary, the garden appeared on Gardeners World back in 1997. Here we will have tea, and a tour of the garden and all the wonderful roses leaving for home at 4pm.

The cost of the trip is £25 which includes cost of the gardens and tea at Rosemary, all other costs will be subsidised by the club. Contact me using the form provided in ‘get in touch’. The deadline for replies is the 7th March. Pick up’s will be Yarmouth Rd, opposite Gunton St Peter’s Ave, 8.45am and the Co-op at Ashburnham rd, 9am arriving about 10.30am.

Book Table

We have had a large donation of Gardening books, so we have decided to have a book table at our meetings where members can purchase  a book for a donation to the club.

Changes to membership fees

It has been agreed by both the members and the committee that the membership fee will increase to £10 per annum, In order to get good speakers we need to increase our income, speakers costs have also increased as have their travelling costs. The entrance fee will remain at £1.00 with first time guest free of charge.