This morning I woke up to 16 degrees and today was a day I had set again to do more winterizing in the garden. So, I donned my dad’s hunting coat and one of his old flannel shirts (and my thermals) grabbed my pruners and headed out to prune some of those extra long rose canes and to add some mulch to those that I know to be a little more tender. Most of my roses can take most any weather that winter dishes out. (You can read more about that here.)
All it took was to just “be” in my garden for more than a few minutes stolen here and there and I was transformed. The birds were singing, the frost added an enchanting sparkle and God showed up. Just as he always does when I am in the garden. I cast all my cares on him … and he takes them as his own and I am different for it. The greatest peace I have ever known is in the quiet peacefulness of mornings in my garden. It doesn’t matter the chore, it simply is all that for me. And, if you throw in some potting shed time … well you have the fixings of a perfect day. I hope that you have someplace in your life where you are at peace and God shows up. We know he is always with us and he doesn’t just “show up,” but in the stillness of a special place we “know it’ more.
Many people ask … “What do you do with all those roses in the fall?” Really not much … I tend to keep it simple. There are other chores that get a lot more of our attention in the fall than the roses. Like leaves! We have a lot of trees and so there are a lot of leaves. Mr. G has that process well in hand — with power tools like his leaf blower and tractor.
As far as the rose companions are concerned, I don’t cut back my upright perennials and annuals until the spring–I love the winter interest they provide especially when the snow falls on the different plant shapes. For those that are low and spreading, I do remove them as they can become a host to undesirables.
Now for “all those roses.” Many of my roses are known to be winter hardy because I know that it is very likely that we will have a harsh winter and I would advise you make decisions on the roses you buy based on your weather conditions throughout the year not just your spring and summer.
I will clean up the beds of diseased leaves and debris and add mulch were needed.
I will take those in pots into the garage to protect from the winter. They don’t require much, just a drink of water every few weeks.
I will provide a heavy layer of much for a few of the particularly tender roses or sentimental favorites that I would hate to lose by adding 4-5″ of extra mulch.
I will trim or tie up the long canes of the climbers once we have had 2 hard freezes and the danger of their growing has passed. Today as I came up the driveway, I noticed that Zepherine Drouhin has had a growth spurt and is throwing out arching canes from around her trellis. So, she is going to be tied up!
I will also cut back any of the roses that are extra tall to about waist high to keep them from flapping in the winter winds.
For the rest of the roses, they are on their own. Most can take it, but I know that if we have a winter like we had last year, I will lose a few and it is to be expected. But, you know what that means, once I get over the emotion of the loss, I will celebrate the extra space for the new 2015 introductions. Even though I sound tough, I have to tell you I still grieve a bit over the loss of my huge 15-year old New Dawn last spring. I may never fully recover from that one. Remember that story?? If you didn’t see the pictures of the Now You See It, Now You Don’t article, you can take a look here. Yes, that loss just about did me in. It took the bloom season of my rugosas to get me through it! And what a season they had. My rugosas just smiled in the face of the Polar Vortex. That’s just the way they are. Bless their hearts! xo
The weather has been soooo cold and this morning when I took a garden walk I feared all the buds I have been watching would be lost. What a surprise I received …. blooms everywhere. I scrambled to get my rescue bucket and get them cut before the temps dip down tonight.
I hear the temps will be on the rise next week. Wouldn’t it be nice if all those buds out there bloomed. I would love to be like my deep south friends with my own roses on the Thanksgiving table …. probably a pipe dream!
But these pretties made it to the rescue bucket…
Pink Supreme Carpet
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Ingenious Mr. Fairchild
Cecile Brunner — can you tell I am uber excited about this one!
They are still trying to get inside. Proven Winner’s supertunias!
In other news I have lost my Barnels. And, I love my Barnels. Hope they don’t end up lost for 15 years like these guys were…
I found these last fall and it had been at least 15 years since I’d seen them. But, hey they are Craftsman, so there is a lifetime guarantee but I couldn’t part with them. :)
Lucky for me my good friend Wendy Tilley has her new website up and running and she has plenty of Barnels …. check out TheRoseGardener.com
Now it’s time to start thinking about the holidays. Tons of fun stuff coming!
What do you think??? Is it going to be a mild winter OR is the Polar Vortex gonna visit again.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking at the INDIANA/ILLINOIS Rose Society district meeting. Also on the program that day was Richard Anthony of For Love of Roses. Richard shared with us a presentation of his beautiful roses but, more than that, he brought many roses for us to see in person. Believe me, he has some beauties! And, I just had to share a few of those beauties with you.
If you are not familiar with Richard, let me introduce you…
Richard J. Anthony is a national level exhibitor with 106 Queens of Show (Yes, 106!!!) to his credit after 13 years of exhibiting roses. He has 4 National Queens and 9 District Queens as of the fall of 2014 rose season.
Richard and his partner, Brenna Bosch, work very hard to bring the best of the best miniature and miniflora roses which includes Richard’s own rose hybridizing efforts as well as several new roses from other hybridizers.
For some growing tips from Richard himself, read on.
Whether you are just interested in growing these lovely roses or are ready to throw your hat in the ring and try your hand at exhibiting, here are some of the top performers…
TOP 5 BEST SELLING MINIATURES
An exceptionally fine rose and a prolific bloomer; it is not uncommon to have 40 to 50 blooms on a mature own root bush. READ MORE…
This rose is the best miniature red rose available today. Blooms will last on the bush and for exhibition purposes longer than most. READ MORE…
A beautiful orange miniature rose with darker orange stripes that was named by Bob Martin after his daughter. This rose will definitely win miniature open bloom with regularity and also best miniature spray due to its unique coloration. READ MORE…
DR. GARY RANKIN
Named after a gentleman, scholar, birder and good friend, this miniature rose is as close to perfect as you are going to find in a miniature rose. READ MORE…
A rose that takes two or three years to mature but is well worth the wait as the sprawling characteristics eventually disappear and disease resistance improves considerably. READ MORE…
TOP 5 BEST SELLING MINIFLORAS
A striking dark red sport of Memphis Magic that has bright yellow flecks throughout each petal. The rose definitely exhibits as evidenced by several queens of show. READ MORE…
One of the most beautiful colored roses you can grow. It has great form, substance and well defined centers. READ MORE…
Named after one of the nicest and most helpful rosarians. The rose is a beautiful red blend. It is a star in the garden due to the beautiful red and white coloration. READ MORE…
DR. JOHN DICKMAN
A work horse on the show table and in the garden as well as the dark purple color draws everyone’s attention to it. There is not much you can’t do with this rose from an exhibitors’ perspective. READ MORE…
This rose is a great garden rose and throws near perfect quality exhibition blooms that win Queen of Show and work well in all Challenge Classes. READ MORE…
With so many pretty ones, I’m not sure how I am going to make my selection for next year! But, it will be fun pouring through my options! For a complete list, read on.
IN THE GARDEN THIS WEEK…
Leaves are falling like crazy and November is fast approaching but there are many roses in my garden that don’t seem to be affected by those facts at all. I can certainly understand why … while I was working in the garden Saturday, the temp skyrocketed to 80 degrees. This week has not been nearly that warm and today I don’t think we are going to get to 50 and the night time temps are dipping to the mid 30s. Burrrrr!
I seriously don’t remember having so many buds and blooms at this time of year before, and bringing in vases of roses at the end of October is FUN! As far as I’m concerned, winter can take it sweet time. Speaking of sweet, look at what’s blooming this week…
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Phlox blooming like it was spring.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Moje Hammersburg Rugosa
Evening shot from my swing — hru my screen porch window
This week I have found some of the most beautiful roses of the season … or could it be that because the season is quickly coming to an end and there are so few of them …. they just seem more precious and beautiful. Monday and Tuesday our temp dipped down near freezing which sent me out with a bucket of water on a rescue mission. My hands were actually freezing! A prelude of things to come!
The weatherman has a more pleasant prediction for the end of the week with temps climbing back to near 70. And this means that I must get in the garden and stay there to begin the fall clean up. I have been traveling so much that I fear I am way behind on garden chores.
I am more than ready to roll up my sleeves and get to gardening!
Here are the pretties I rescued this week. Hopefully some of the buds that got a bit frosty will thaw and bloom on!
What’s going on in your neck of the woods this week?
As many of you know I left cold, rainy Indiana for sunny SoCal this week. It has been an amazing week of inspiration, ideas and sweetness.
I have taken scores of pictures and wanted to share a few of the beautiful plants and flowers that inspired me, landscapes that started the creative juices flowing, and a little bit of the “sweetness” too.
INSPIRATION & IDEAS
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Wonderful restaurant on the Malibu Pier.
“Sally” is a very lucky girl, her beautiful rose garden is also her entrance to the ocean.
Never tire of the beautiful Iceberg
Surfers doing their thing…
Don’t let this charming man fool you … he ate an entire 6″ fish in my presence…not pretty.
Love stone. Love.
Amazing use of honeysuckle…. and oh so fragrant!
A stunning entrance from the beach to a home…. roses EVERYWHERE!
Doesn’t this look amazing!
Serene … Ice Plant
This gets me EVERY TIME!
This I must have! I actually think I might have the perfect place for one… if it can come in during the winter!?!?!?!? Hummmm, we’ll see.
Mr. H. . .
Tomorrow I head back to the cold and rainy weather AND Mr. G … more sweetness! :)
And, I say to the Polar Vortex … If you are coming, I’m ready for you!
As promised my good friend and amazing gardener, Colletta Kosiba, is going to tell us all about the plants that the totally adorable Mr. H and I saw on our morning walk in the woods. If you missed Part 1, you can catch up here.
Don’t you just love knowing stories about the plants you commonly see or hear about? Colletta gives us just that!
Colletta is a recipient of the Honeywell Award for Excellence in Horticulture presented by the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Design at Purdue University and the State Garden Club of Indiana.
She has been a naturalist at Eagle Creek Park for 20 years.
Every time I’m with her I learn something new. So, let’s get started with the plant with my LEAST favorite name (eeeeek!) but, it sure is a pretty plant…
With its fuzzy white flowers, Snakeroot is one of the common native flowers that grow in shady area in the fall. The cultivar “Chocolate” is a stunning addition to the flower garden with its purple leaves. Most of us have heard the story of how Nancy Hanks, (mother of Abraham Lincoln) died of milk sickness from drinking contaminated milk from cows eating snakeroot. Today’s farmers do not let it grow where animals graze.
Sideoats Grama a native grass that has an unusual arrangement of the seed heads. The spikelets line one side of the stem and turn a brown color in the fall. The basal clump may turn shades of purple and red in the fall. Growing 2-3 feet, it makes a lovely ornamental grass in your landscape. Sideoats Grama is easy to grow and laughs at dry conditions in the summer.
Pokeweed is a native plant being used as a ”wow factor” in home gardens. The dark berries ripen just in time to feed the birds during migration: that explains why it comes up just about any place in the yard. Juice from the berries has been used for ink and dye. We have Civil War letters written by the soldiers using pokeweed berry juice for ink. The dye is used by food industry to make red food coloring. Pokeweed is the larval plant for the Giant Leopard Moth.
Exciting studies in animals show pokeweed compounds enhance the immune system and have some anti-cancer effects in animals. It will be studied to see if this is true in humans. Poke toxins are used to control the invasive zebra mussels.
This charming native plant is a member of the Rudbeckia family and often called Brown-Eyed Susan. It has smaller flower heads than Black-eyed Susans and less ray florets. You will find this growing mainly in dappled shade, although I have seen them in full sun too. Brown-Eyed Susan is taller and more bushy than it’s black-eyed cousin. Brown-Eyed Susans make an excellent cut flower.
It must be the year of the ragweed, judging from the abundance of plants I am seeing!
Ragweed has no showy blossoms, so it cannot attract pollinating insects. The plant uses the wind to spread its pollen. The pollen is so small that 100 pollen grains would barely reach across the head of a pin. A quarter of a billion tons of pollen are in the air each season, causing hay fever is some folks. The pollen can travel 1-2 miles. Just shake a ragweed plant in the fall and you will see what I mean. Alas, the beautiful yellow goldenrod that is blooming at the same time gets the blame for the allergies. Goldenrod’s pollen is sticky, not air borne. It feeds the numerous insects that visit the blooms.
QUEEN ANNE’S LACE…
Other common names are wild carrot & birds nest. In this photo it sure looks like a birds nest, the spent blossoms have curled inwards forming a cup.
Introduced from Europe, the flower heads have many tiny flowers that resemble a round piece of fine lace. Some umbels even have a minute red flower in the center. According to the story, Queen Anne pricked herself with a needle when she was making the lace, leaving a red blood droplet in the center of the flower. Early Americans boiled the taproots with wine for a treat. The taproot is high in sugar, second to the beet among root vegetables.
I was thrilled when Teresa asked me to write about the plants she and her grandson found on their nature walk last week. I truly love native plants (those growing here before white man settled this country). As a charter member to the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS) I encourage everyone to plant natives; not only because they are hardy easy plants to grow, but the native wildlife depend on them for their very existence.
Colletta is also a Indiana Master Naturalist and Indiana Gold Master Gardener. She loves to teach and has many programs that she presents. If you would like to contact Colletta about a speaking engagement, email her @ email@example.com. And please join me in giving a big “thank you” to Colletta in the comment section below!
Next week I will start tackling the 2014 garden update and share THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE UGLY. Let me tell you, this year there has been all three!
While Mommie was running miles and miles, H and I strolled down the trail through the woods.
It was a glorious morning and being in the company of this beautiful boy out in God’s creation was–let me just say–over the top! The word “blissful” comes to mind.
We saw so many beautiful things in the woods … some of the plants and pods I was familiar with and some I was not! And since we want to know exactly what we saw, lucky for us, my good friend Coletta, who knows all about native plants in Indiana, agreed to do a guest post on The Garden Diary next Friday to fill in the details about the plants we saw! :)
Here’s the gallery from our walk in the woods …
Queen Anne’s Lace…
Side Oats Grama
I love spending time with Mr. H. :)
We were also on the lookout for bluebirds as Papa and I have seen bluebirds on this same walk. But the bluebirds must have been in a particularly shy mood as we didn’t see a one! For more on bluebird adventures, check out my friend Diane’s blog HERE. Her pictures are divine!
All of the roses that were showing off their best side went with me to the Indianapolis Rose Society Rose Show. Take a look at several show pictures HERE.
My blooms won a few awards…
Blue Ribbons for Joy, Moje Hammarberg, Gemini and Dick Clark.
One of my arrangements won a special Bronze Ribbon. As you’ll see in the picture, the ribbon was fancy and kind of impressive looking but actually it was 3rd place. There are some amazing rosarians and designers around here! ;) This is my second year to exhibit and each year I learn more and it is a lot of fun! If you are in the area and want to learn about roses… Growing and/or showing, join us! More info here. Or, go to Rose.org for American Rose Society info.
I wish for you many blissful moments and, I’m wondering what have been your special moments this week? Leave a comment below so we can all enjoy.
P.S. Don’t forget to check back next Friday when Coletta gives us all the “dirt” on the plants Mr. H and enjoyed on our blissful walk in the woods. 😘
Mr. G’s grandfather was quite the adventurer … at the age of 9, he decided to jump on a boat with his much older cousins who were leaving Greece and heading for America where new opportunities awaited! They were “sure” they didn’t want to work in the family’s olive groves! Can you imagine doing that at 9? Well, he did.
Life wasn’t easy in this new world, but he was a hard worker with an entrepreneurial spirit. He worked his way from New York to Ohio on the railroad project to a small river town and began to make ice cream and confections to sell on the street. Soon he was able to buy property for a real confection shoppe where he began bottling pop and making his wonderful ice cream and other treats. Through the late 40s, 50s and 60s the business was booming. Mr. G still measures all ice creams and chocolate milk by the ones his grandfather crafted!
We were recently visiting with Mr. G’s mom and came upon several items that had belonged to his grandfather …. A picture of him as a young man, a picture of him as a soldier who proudly fought and was even wounded twice in WW 2. We found his business card, pictures of the “shoppe’ and an amazing bucket that was used to mix the ingredients for the ice cream. There is even a handle low on the back of the bucket for ease in pouring a large amount.
Guess what… that super cool bucket is my new MOO POO bucket. It is perfect and since MOO POO is brewing throughout the summer in our garden, we get to see and use our new found heirloom all the time. We absolutely love it! For more about Moo Poo Teas, visit Annie’s site at ManureTea.com or follow her on Social Media… Twitter @greensoil and Facebook.
IN THE GARDEN THIS WEEK…
First of all I have to say that hummingbirds are particularly happy in the garden this week. They are everywhere! We love to watch them! Aren’t they just so fascinating!
The heat is up and we are doing a lot more watering. I hear rain is in the forecast BUT it would take a lot of rain to get us where we need to be so… hand watering it is!
Even with the heat, we still have blooms and the pollinators are feasting on many of them today! Especially the sedums. I don’t blame them, the sedums are spectacular this time of year!
The roses that are showing their best side are getting snipped and put in the fridge to exhibit at the Indianapolis Rose Society rose show tomorrow! Wish me luck! I’ll let you know how I do.
Falling In Love
Falling In Love
The Lady’s Blush
If it’s hot where you are, take a break, get out of the heat and …
For years I have had a love/hate relationship with Fall. Yes, I know the changing of the leaves are pretty and who doesn’t love going on a hayride or to a pumpkin patch. BUT, I can very easily get hung up on the fact that Fall means the growing season is over and the l o n g … l o n g … L O N G Indiana winter is soon to come.
So, today I have decided to change the name of this season to Autumn. A U T U M N … has a much richer and more pleasing ring to it. Almost poetic… The more I think of the word Autumn, the more I think that I can embrace the season that is just around the corner.
No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face….
What do you think? Can a change in the name make a difference? I’m sure gonna try because I am surrounded by people who L O V E fall and I don’t want to be a party pooper.
I gotta tell you the whole truth, there really is another reason why I feel differently about this season … You’ve probably guessed it …. Mr. H has a birthday! So, how can you not LOVE the season when you received one of your very richest blessings.
Yes, Mr. H will soon be 1 and by the way things are going now, he is just about ready to take on the world. And, we just might let him!
THIS WEEK IN THE GARDEN
Our weather continues to be almost perfect— a tad hot but with plenty of rain, so we are are still getting some amazing blooms.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Pink Flower Carpet
Heavenly Blue Morning Glory
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Now I need to work on my love/hate relationship with Mums! Am I alone???
Can we just talk about spiders for a minute. This has been a year of amazing spiders and spider webs. My goodness, I was in the garden this morning and there were webs everywhere. Mr. G even had to remove a spider from the back of my shirt this morning! Too close for comfort!
Even though you could say I have a “healthy respect” for spiders and give them a “wide berth,” I DO appreciate their amazing artistry in web spinning! And, I might add that if you too have a “healthy respect” for spiders … DO NOT google them. In my opinion, the closer you get to the spider and especially if you google spider bites, the “healthier” the respect is going to be … can you say Arachnophobia??? I can definitely appreciate them more from afar!
Another reason spiders are on my mind lately is that my little Mr. H loves to hear his momma sing The Itsy Bitsy Spider! He just gets the brightest smile.
And, that smile, well it just does something to me…
Mr. G’s favorite book as a child was Charlotte’s Web and, don’t tell, but Mr. H just might be getting that book for his birthday! :)
THIS WEEK IN THE GARDEN…
The spiders aren’t the only thing thriving in the garden this week. Many of the roses are responding to the wonderful weather–cool and sunny with just enough rain! PERFECT!! Here are some of big bloomers this week… (Click on any of the circles below to start the gallery feature.)
Some things do bear repeating and the story of Karen Gardner sure does. Karen was our guest on the Rose Chat Podcast this week and boy what a story she has. Let me just briefly tell you that this adorable 20-something was studying at NYC and had a stroke … yes a stroke that left her unable to read, write or even think as she once did. She packed up and moved back home to Oklahoma to begin the 2nd phase of her incredible life — a life and work that is now totally wrapped around the wonderful world of gardening and roses! If you haven’t already listened, take a few minutes to listen to her remarkable and inspiring story HERE. Regardless of your age, she will inspire and delight you!
A couple of pics of Karen and her fiance, Stuart. (Click on any of the pic to start gallery feature.)
THIS WEEK IN THE GARDEN
Many of my roses are in between bloom cycles and some even have the dreaded naked knee syndrome … therefore I am protecting their dignity and not taking pics. But, some are still hitting it out of the park…
And, here they are. (Click on any picture to activate gallery feature.)
Some rose companions are knocking it out of the park too … like the beloved Zinnias!
WHO WILL EMERGE ON TOP
Seems like every year different plants have their time to shine. This year I have had some plants that have been great in the past but not so great this year, and some I didn’t expect much from that are amazing!
With September right around the corner, I am beginning to think about those plants that will emerge as my favs for 2014. What has been your favorite so far this growing season?
There are many things in my world that bring me immense joy and happiness…
faith . . . family . . . friends . . . flowers
This week in the garden the rose JOY by one of today’s outstanding hybridizers, David Clemons, is knocking it out of the park and giving me a great deal of pleasure. Every day this week as I visit this rose I’m thinking WHERE IS THE ROSE SHOW? I just might have “the one” this week. :) Actually, earlier in the season one of my sprays of JOY received 2nd place at the Ill/Ind District Rose Show, but a 1st place would be very welcome!!!
David Clemons is known for naming his roses for thoroughbred horses, but for two special roses he chose to name them for special women in his life–his mother Joy, and most recently he named another of his beautiful roses, Tammy Clemons, after his wife. Don’t you just love that!
Joy, Tammy and many other of David Clemons roses (e.g., Whirlaway) find their way to the awards table at rose shows all over the country regularly and they are major standouts in the garden.
To see other roses by David Clemons … read on here. David’s roses are available for purchase from For Love of Roses @ forloveofroses.com. Take a peak at this site for the very best in mini and mini-flora roses. Richard Anthony, David Clemons and a group of other amazing hybridizers have beautiful roses for sale!
THIS WEEK IN THE GARDEN…
Here are some other things bringing me immense joy in the garden this week! (Click on any of the pictures to activate gallery feature for better viewing.)
I hope today life is bringing you joy in abundance!
This week at our rose society meeting I made out like a bandit. Many members brought plants to share! Either their old roses had sent up suckers that are easy to share or they were thinning their rose or rose companion “inventory.”
Either way, while we were looking over the plants being offered, I observed that it doesn’t matter whether my fellow rose society members are 30 something or nearly 90, they are equally “over the moon” excited about getting something new for their garden. I love that!
Here are the lovelies that were shared with me…
Theresa Bugnet (Rugosa)
Belle Poitevine (Rugosa)
As you know I am smitten with Rugosas in general, so getting to add 2 more fragrant blooming machines to my garden makes me very happy. I wrote about my other rugosas a few weeks ago when they were in full bloom and you can see the pictures here.
Baldo Villegas (Mini Flora)
This beauty is named for my good friend and favorite “bug man” This rose is often seen on the awards table at rose shows. Very pretty. If you are interested in purchasing this rose, check with ForLoveofRoses.com.
Laguna Climbing Rose
I am told this rose is disease resistant and blooms all summer! Add to that old rose beauty and fragrance and I know this is going to be one of my very favorites! Read more about Laguna here.
Reblooming Yellow Iris
While I was visiting a friends garden last fall, this iris was blooming like it was spring. I just knew then I had to have it! So glad he remembered and brought them to me!
Our rose society doesn’t have an “official” plant exchange, but we just may change that next year. Do you participate in plant exchanges?
THIS WEEK IN THE GARDEN…
We are getting much cooler temperatures and rain most days!
I wish you a very happy BLOOM THYME FRIDAY and THE LADY is helping me wish you a HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!
This week has been a week of extremes. Extreme heat & humidity; extreme storms (even a tornado touch down within 10 miles of us); and EXTREME visits by the not so welcomed moles.
I have been on an “extreme” Japanese beetle watch since so many of my online garden friends are reporting beetle invasions in their gardens. The last two years we have seen very few and wouldn’t it be nice it that continued. If you are interested in reading more about Japanese Beetles (and who wouldn’t!?!), check out my friend Lynn Hunt’s article–Meet the Beetles.
Back to moles….
Have you ever dealt with moles? Do you have any advice on what we should do? Mr. G is on “mole” detail and maybe it’s better if I don’t even know what he is going to do about it. Might not be pretty.
But, speaking of pretty, there are some pretty blooms this week. Most of the roses are taking a break but some are keeping on! And, many of the rose companions are just starting to take center stage! (Click on any of the pictures below to start the gallery feature.)
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND AND HAPPY BLOOM THYME FRIDAY!
The month of June has been filled with friends in the garden. Yesterday marked the final “official” tour that was planned. For most of the tours I was present and able to be the tour guide, but there were other days when the garden was “open” for select groups to come and enjoy while I was not here. On those days I just left ice and lemonade so they would feel welcome and feel they could linger.
It is amazing to see your garden through the eyes of others and to sometimes have the privilege of hearing their story.
Through this season …
I have had the privilege of seeing my precious grandson’s face as he got his first real look at the fish pond as I held him.
I have had the privilege of seeing the sparkle in the eyes of a 3 year old who picked a bokay to take home.
I have had the privilege of answering questions and sharing my garden stories with others.
I have had the privilege of seeing wonder in people’s eyes and hear them say, can you help me create a garden. (“Yes I can!” will always be the answer to that question.) :)
I have had the privilege of having a friend tell me, “You just don’t know how much I needed to get away and your garden was the perfect place for me.”
I have had the privilege of receiving texts while I was a state away from a friend I rarely get to see who was in my garden. She was texting me that she had found a little bit of heaven and was going to sit and relax for awhile.
And, the story that I will not soon forget is the note that I received from a friend who came on one of the “open” days. It went something like this…
My sister is going thru chemo and I was with her today as she received her treatment. Things have been difficult. Got your message (that the garden was open) and we stopped by. It was so what she needed today. We sat down and had a drink around your beautiful table and garden. It was like God had a plan that we would stop by. Thanks for the invite. Keep us in your prayers.
One of my greatest gifts from God has been to create and tend this garden — I always receive more than I give for my efforts.
My decision to have “open” days in the garden was a quick decision I made, not one I spent weeks planning. I am convinced that God placed the need for “open” days in the garden. My garden feeds my spirit every day. And, I can’t tell you how much it means to me to know that others found a bit of inspiration, joy, refreshment and maybe even respite here too.
BLOOMS IN THE GARDEN THIS WEEK…
I am happy to say that there has been no need to water the garden this week! But, the downside to all the rain is soggy blooms. Here are some blooms that stood up to the rain…
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Wishing you all the best in your world this week and …
I love the concept of garden 2 table … cooking with the fresh food you grow yourself. My mother was a great gardener and she grew just about everything we ate. Because she canned and froze the extras we had food from our garden year round. (You can read more about her here.) But, if I am honest, my veggies keep getting inched out by roses and a couple of honey locust trees that are devouring our garden. However, we still have room for herbs and tomatoes — Mr. G makes sure of that. So, around here we are extremely grateful to area farmer’s markets to provide us with the other produce we love.
So many of my friends tell me they rarely cook anymore since their time is so limited! But, good news, there is someone who is inspiring us to get in the garden and in the kitchen by teaching us just how easy, fun and nutritious Garden to Table can be. My friend P. Allen Smith. Allen grows an acre of the most beautiful organic veggies you have ever seen and he is always testing new plants and gardening ideas. PLUS, he is a creative master in the kitchen.
Or through his wonderful books, digital publications and you tube videos. Take advantage of all of these easy-to-use resources to be a master in your kitchen, especially if you are like me and spend most of your extra time in the garden and need all the tips and tricks in the kitchen you can get.
Follow Allen’s Garden Home Facebook page here for regular updates on what he’s cooking up in the kitchen and what’s going on in the garden.
SOMETHING NEW AND DEEEELISH
Don’t miss Allen’s most recent video for a Squash & Zucchini Casserole with Quinoa … can you say, “healthy comfort food you can feel good about.” I can’t wait to make this one! Take a look here.
And, yes, I did find enough room in the herb garden for zucchini! :)
THIS WEEK IN MY GARDEN
Around here we are having rain every day and boy are things lush even though the blooms are surely taking a hit. I did manage to get some pretty pictures after one of the rain storms earlier in the week…
This is Bloom Thyme Friday on Sunday. I have had so many friends and family in the garden this week, I didn’t have time to post on Friday. YAYAYAYAYAY What a blessing!! Don’t you just love having friends in your garden. I know my garden is a “wee bit” larger than most backyard gardens so I get many requests for people to come and I just love that!
Early June is the best time in my garden. That’s when the old garden roses and rugosas have their heydey and fill the garden with the most amazing blooms AND fragrance.
Just in case you didn’t make it to my garden the last week or so, here are a few pics to let you know just what’s going on! (Click on any of the pictures below to start the gallery feature.)
Here is my favorite visitor to the garden this week to help me wish you a HAPPY BLOOM THYME FRIDAY!
Rugosa roses are species roses native to eastern Asia. These profuse spring bloomers are hardy in Zones 3 – 9 and in a variety of conditions: heat, cold, wind, even salty, sandy seaside conditions. Rugosa roses prefers full sun (6-8 hours per day) and average well-drained soil. So, with very minimal care, almost anyone, anywhere can enjoy these dependable workhorses in the garden. As for their size the ones I have are the largest of the group, Hansa, Roseraie de la Hay and Blanc de double Corbert are 6′ X 5′ in my garden. Moje Hammerly is 4′ X 4′. There are other rugosas that are smaller in general … do some investigating to find the ones most suited for your location. For more on rugosas, go to the ARS website HERE.
These rugged plants are excellent choices for the organic gardener. Their distinct wrinkled (regose) foliage is very disease resistant.
In my cottage garden they are the back drop and anchor for many of my flower beds. They give me a most outstanding introduction to the garden season with their striking, prolific bloom and the intense fragrance that permeates the entire garden. And, as repeat bloomers, they provide fragrant blooms throughout the season. And, beautiful roses hips to enjoy in our fall garden.
Nothing in my garden is quite like the first bloom cycle of my rugosa roses. They help me say goodbye to winter and say hello to spring! See what you think…
I have several rugosas and three varieties:
Hansa: Beautiful foliage and striking magenta blooms.
Moje Hammarberg: More compact in growth but equal in bloom power and fragrance.
Roseraie de laHay: My favorite and the largest of the rugosas in my garden. named for the French rose garden of the same name
Double de Coubert: Pure white flowers and strong fragrance.
If you have some space and are looking for a rose with a major impact, think about rugosas!
I have had the privilege to be in rose fairyland. Nestled in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the side lawn of the majestic Bilmore estate, the Biltmore rose garden was in perfect form for the second annual Biltmore International Rose Trials. A big shout out to Lucas Jack, Biltmore Rosarian & his crew and to Paul Zimmerman for his leadership and direction in establishing these trials.
Amidst a flurry of amazing blooms, these roses emerged as the winners:
Frances Medilland / Best Hybrid Tea / Medilland / Star Roses & Plants
(Picture courtesy Star Roses and Plants)
Tequila Supreme / Best Floribunda / Meilland / Star Roses & Plants
Bejazzo / Best Climbing Rose / Kordes
Honorine de Brabant / Best Established Rose
Sweet Drift / Best Ground Cover / Medilland
Pookah / Best Open Group / Polyantha / James Delahanty
Munstead Wood / Most Fragrant: / David Austin Roses
AND, THE BIG WINNER…
Miracle on the Hudson / Robert Neal Rippetoe
Best Growth Habit
Most Disease Resistant
Best Overall Rose
None of these roses were grown with any special attention and no chemical sprays were used. The idea is to grow these roses in conditions that mimic that of a novice backyard gardener.
It was my pleasure to be up-close and personal with these lovely roses, and to join with some of my very favorite rose friends to be a part of a process that will result in more beautiful and sustainable roses for our gardens.
This weekend I am heading to the Biltmore Estate as a juror for the 2nd Annual Biltmore International Rose Trials. YAY!!!
WHY HAVE A ROSE TRIAL
”The trials are a valuable way for the home gardener to learn what roses do well and what may be potential candidates for their own gardens,” said Paul Zimmerman, coordinator of the trials. “Trials of this type are usually open to all rose breeders around the world – from professional to beginner.”
I so appreciate all the hard work that is done to bring backyard gardeners the very best in beauty, health and fragrance!
PAUL ZIMMERMAN: Whether it is writing his amazing book, Everyday Roses, his articles for the Fine Gardening blog or leading the way in rose trials, Paul keeps us informed and entertained!
LUCAS JACK: As rosarian for the magnificent Biltmore Estate, Lucas brings a wealth of information and inspiration to the world of roses and to the next generation of gardeners.
ROSE CHAT PODCASTS…
Both Lucas and Paul have joined us on Rose Chat several times to chat about the Biltmore garden, rose trials and gardening in general. Below are links to those podcasts. Listen and learn whenever it is convenient for you! :)
For additional information on this year’s trial … read on.
Want to see more pictures of the beautiful garden, read on.
Follow along on Twitter and Facebook for updates this weekend!
Last night at our rose society meeting we each gave a report on what’s going on in our gardens. There were reports of outstanding iris, peonies and roses — that seem to be stronger because of the Polar Vortex. (Who knew????) Right now the big winners in my garden are the Rugosas and clematis. Love em! Every garden is so individual … what’s making a statement in your garden this week?
A place for information, inspiration, refreshment, education and community! All in one of the most beautiful places on earth — his Moss Mountain home. Take a look here!
There are so many highlights of this beautiful retreat, but I can honestly tell you that I can’t wait for my return visit to Allen’s beautiful rose garden. Allen is a true lover of roses and is committed to a beautiful AND sustainable rose garden. See the pictures here.
Allen is a gracious host and garden friend. Here is what he says of his Moss Mountain Retreat…
For several years now I have been touting the idea of the Garden Home, a place that blurs the lines between indoors and out. It is my belief that a Garden Home is not just about beautifying our surroundings or extending our living space; it also helps us stay close to the earth and reminds us to be good stewards of our environment.
The Garden Home is about living life at its natural best. I believe we can create a stylish lifestyle in keeping with the tradition of the past, while taking full advantage of modern innovations and still be good stewards of the earth.
I am honored to be invited for a return visit to Garden 2 Blog. I am looking forward to seeing all the changes to Moss Mountain, visiting with so many special friends and meeting new friends! A wonderful group to learn and grow with!
Many sponsors of garden/home related products are a part of making this special event happen and will join us to share the latest and greatest from their world. I’ll keep you updated!
The best of the best from the world of gardening..
Berry Family of Nurseries
Wild Bird Feeds
A part of Garden 2 Blog is fun garden projects. Our first project started last week with a video “throw down” for Jobe’s Organics. Jobe’s sent us all the “ingredients” for a container garden of our choice.
Here’s my video…
This picture gallery will give you a glimpse of Garden 2 Blog 2013…
I hope things are going well in your world this week. Leave a comment and let me know what’s going on in your garden!
If you have been following my blog for a while you know that I have posted my fair share of pictures of my New Dawn Roses. They were spectacular last year (summer 2013).
But you will not be seeing pictures like these for quite a while — maybe years, as the Polar Vortex and New Dawn did not agree on conditions fit for roses this winter. I have grown New Dawn for more than 15 years and have never had to do a hard pruning. But, this year I pruned all the way to the ground. Yes, to the ground.
Take a look.
Vita Sackville West once said, “I am not an armchair gardener. For the last forty years of my life I have broken my back, my fingernails and sometimes my heart in the practical pursuit of my favourite occupation.”
I think Vita could identify with the day I’ve had.
It had been my experience that gardens are ever-changing and I am glad for that. If things were always the same, I most likely would get bored. So, this year we will focus on other plants. There are 3 clematis that also grow in this area and I am asking that they step it up this year! They need to be more than fabulous! I think they are up to the task. Henri I, Etoile des Violette and another one (whose name I can’t remember at the moment) … you are on!
I’ll keep you posted.
MORE ABOUT SPRING…
How are things going in your garden this week? Anything that didn’t make it through the winter? Are you moving ahead with Plan A or are you like me looking for the positive side of Plan B?
Other than the New Dawn roses, things are shaping up nicely this week. The roses that had to be pruned WAY back are recovering nicely and doing very well!I am seeing some strong growth and am hopeful for June blooms!
Here are some of the bloomers in my garden this week…
That is the way Ping Lim describes his EASY ELEGANCE line of roses. Ping Lim, the renown hybridizer, has a line of beautiful, easy care roses that has been getting a lot of attention. I’ve been thinking about adding some for the last couple of years.
Last weekend while at Lowes, I noticed they had a very large selection of EASY ELEGANCE roses and I never remember their having very many of them before, so I took that as a sign that this was the time to try them. Wouldn’t you think the same thing????? I know what you are thinking, I am very easy to persuade when it comes to roses and you are right. :) My rose society also has some of the Easy Elegance roses for sale at a very reasonable price, so I have stocked up!
Here are the ones I bought: Music Box, All The Rage, High Voltage, Sunrise Sunset & Sweet Fragrance.
ADDED BONUS: This is the first rose collection to offer a 2-year homeowner guarantee to show how confident they are in their roses. You can read more about these roses here… http://www.easyelegancerose.com/
I am very excited to see how these roses do in my garden!
If you grow roses, you are worried about the devastating disease called Rose Rosette. Tonight on Rose Chat Dr. Mark Windham joined with us to discuss his research on Rose Rosette. We discussed everything from identification and next steps to the research being done!
Don’t miss this very helpful episode of the Rose Chat podcast. Mark warns us not to believe everything we read on the internet, but gives us some sites he endorses for ongoing information. One of the Mark approved site is Star Roses and Plants … check the out here.
This has been a week of temps in the 70s and some much needed garden clean up and planting bare root roses. But, before I could plant the new roses, I had to remove the roses that did not make it through our harsh winter. As you probably know, digging out these roses is a tough job. The roots were deep and wide. And, it’s sad to lose them. But, I said my fond farewells and am moving on.
Hope springs eternal for gardeners and I am ready to get the new roses started.
New to my garden this year are 3 lovely roses to test from Week’s Roses ….
Doris Day / Floribunda
Old Rose Form
Scent is fruity/spicy
Parentage: Julie Newmar x Julia Child
Neil Diamond / Hybrid Tea
Classic Rose Fragrance
Zones: 4 – 10
Size: 4.5 – 5
Take It Easy / Shrub
Parentage: Teeny Bopper x Double Knock Out
Slight tea fragrance
Size: Medium Height
And, the Queen is….
I also planted three of the Tom Carruth beauties … Moonstone. All year long I have heard …. And, the Queen of the Rose Show is… Moonstone. It is an amazing rose and one that many of my local rose friends are growing, so I feel it will do pretty well in my garden. Fingers crossed. :)
I have some David Austins coming but we’ll talk about those next week.
In other exciting news….
I received an invitation this week that set my heart all flutter. I have been invited to serve as a juror at the 2014 Biltmore International Rose Trial Competition! Look at the stunning invitation…
I can’t wait!
How about you — are you getting started in the garden this week or are you one of those southerners who is looking for that first bloom or a Cali rose gardener who is now cutting roses for vases!!
I have received some requests to see more of the inside of the potting shed.
This tiny space (8 x 10) is filled to the brim with a desk area and wall of inspiration over it, tons and tons of gardening books, tools of the trade, seeds, over wintering plants, magazines, and my potting bench with the somewhat famous–dirt drawer. The potting shed and all it’s furniture was a gift of love from Mr. G (the builder of fences, trellises and raised beds AND more) about 16 years ago. Actually it was a gift to the whole family who no longer had to walk around all my garden stuff!
The desk area and my wall of inspiration…
The potting bench area…
One of the greatest things about the potting shed is that it is attached to the back of our house and has a garden view. It is right in the middle of the action! I am such a lucky girl!
It is time to start Bloom Thyme Fridays even though I am currently sitting in my potting shed while the weather channel is issuing extreme weather warnings … flooding, gale force winds and dropping temperatures.
Several garden friends have asked if I will give regular updates on what is going on in the garden especially since so many of the roses and their companions were effected by the Polar Vortex kind of winter we had. I will post an article on Fridays sharing what is going on in the garden—Bloom Thyme Friday!
Today on my list is to get the barefoot roses that were delivered this week soaked in Moo Poo Tea and ready to plant on Sunday — if the weather predictions are true and the weather is much better on Sunday.
Last Sunday I was able to plant two new roses: Climbing Colette and Sally Holmes.
I also surveyed my Rose Chat friends on Facebook who grow Colette to get their opinions.
Here are some of their responses.
Colette is a Beauty!
We just planted one yesterday for a client of ours with four pillar roses in a row growing on upright trellises. Totally lovely.
Light color roses usually need afternoon shade here in SoCal.
I have this rose, it’s very fragrant and looks like an old fashioned rose with so many petals. It was also very fast growing and had flowers all the way up, not just at the top like a lot of climbers. I did find that the heat took a toll on it here in CA. I might recommend afternoon shade based on my experience with it.
This beauty is Sally Holmes, a Hybrid Musk…
Hybrid Musks are a small but very hardy group of roses and Sally is one of the most popular! I have another Hybrid Musk, Francis E. Lester. You can read about him here.
Sally was introduced in 1976 and has been the recipient of countless awards. Every picture I see of Sally is breathtaking—huge 3 1/2″ blooms. I read these blooms are as fragrant as they are beautiful. I am so looking forward to having Sally in my garden. I planted her near my Potting Shed so I could enjoy her up close and personal!
Very few thorns
Zone 5 – 9
6’ high (or up to 12’ if trained as a climber) and 4-5’ wide
I hope you are having a lovely day regardless of the weather. Even in the storms we see the beauty and creativity of God’s handiwork and get a glimpse of His power too!
So from my Potting Shed on a very cold, stormy day I wish you a very happy BLOOM THYME FRIDAY!
The Polar Vortex has come and gone, although I did see that there is a bit of snow in the forecast for next week. So, those of us who thought the weather might be stuck in winter mode can now relax and begin to enjoy spring and breathe!
This morning I was out early assessing the damage and trimming back some very black rose canes.
Here’s what I can tell you so far:
The old roses wintered the horrible weather just fine. I’m not sure they even knew we had a Polar Vortex. There are bud eyes (Bud eyes are swellings on the cane where the growth will start.) right to the very tips. Roseraie de la Hay, Harison’s Yellow, Rosa Mundi, Celsiana, Hansa, Madam Hardy and the others look amazing! No die back at all.
Drift Roses have had a little die back, as they normally do.
Knockouts will need to be cut back severely, but I always do that anyway!
Hybrid Teas and Floribundas will be cut back to around 4”. That is a few inches lower than I normally would prune them. Most years I prune them down to 12”.
I’m still not sure about my New Dawn and Zepherine Drouhin climbers but the Golden Gate climbers will be cut back to about 12”.
I completely covered the roses that I planted or transplanted last fall in mulch, and to my surprise when I pulled back the mulch to check on what was going on under the mulch, the roses were green to the point of leafing out. :)
Daylilies, yarrow, daffodils and iris are all up and doing fine.
Perennial herbs are right on schedule.
Annabelle and Pinky Winky hydrangeas look amazing.
For lavender and many other companions, it’s too early to tell.
Bloomerang lilacs look ready to rock and roll.
Dogwood trees, minus a few limbs that we lost in the heaviest of the snows, are loaded with buds.
To say I am pleased is a huge understatement. There were many bitterly cold, windy days that I feared the worst for the garden. So grateful for the blanket of snow!
And, if Rose Midge was eliminated in all that cold and ice… well, that will be something to celebrate too.
As more cold weather is coming this week, I’ll keep you posted. Fingers crossed that the temps don’t dip toooo low. But, I think I can safely say that the Polar Vortex was kinder to my garden that I ever dreamed!
My garden last spring…
I hope spring is shaping up nicely in your neck of the woods and you are able to enjoy God’s handiwork! Is there anything more wonderful for a gardener to experience than the rebirth of spring!
Okay if you are the geeky, grammar type like me and thought there was a typo in my title because I left out the S at the end of Saving, I have to tell you it really is officially Daylight Saving Time. I know. I know. It just sounds wrong. But, in my humble opinion, there is nothing wrong with DST. I just love it. It allows me a whole extra hour of daylight to work in the garden after work, so I’m all in for DST.
THE POLAR VORTEX
The Polar Vortex has left us winter weary around here. We have had a record-setting 50-something inches of snow. And, even though it is still lingering, it is soon to be history! Warmer temps are coming and I am in full spring-fever mode.
First up this spring will be to assess the damage left by our winter companion, Mr. Polar Vortex. My quick tour of the garden last week encouraged me as I saw a great deal of green at the base of the roses I could see. (Some were still snow covered.) So, I think they are going to have a slow but sure start. Roses are not the “Prima Donnas” some think them to be.
I am often asked what I do in the spring to “all those roses.” So here are some tips that I follow for getting my roses off to a good start.
1. PLANT ING
For early April planting, I buy bare root roses from online vendors. (Click here for a list of rose companies.) When they arrive they are “bare roots” wrapped in wet newspaper and plastic. Very humble beginnings for a plant that will be so lovely later!
I immediately unpack them and soak them in a bucket of Moo Poo tea for 24 hours before planting. Click here for a great video on planting bare root roses by Guinivere of Roses of Yesterday and Today.
Planting decisions are dependent on the type of rose…
Grafted Roses: Most hybrid teas, floribunda and grandifloras are grafted roses.
This means that a rose is created by being grafted onto strong, hardy root stock, creating a “bud union.” Plant the bud union (knobby part just above the roots) 3” below the soil line to protect it from harsh winters.
Own Root Roses: Roses that have not been grafted but were started from cuttings, so there is no bud union to protect. In the past I have always planted them as I would any other shrub (to the same depth as they are in the pot they were growing in), however, after such a harsh winter, I now plan to plant even the own root roses about 2″ below the soil line for some extra protection.
Soil: We ask roses to bloom for us all summer, year after year, so it is best to give them a good start by planting them in good, rich soil. Our neck of the woods has horrible gray clay soil so we dig BIG holes–holes much deeper and wider than the root system to allow for soil amendments and deep enough to protect the bud union. To the soil removed, we add compost and a quality grade of top soil. Your roses will appreciate your gifts of more nutrients and better drainage and will reward you handsomely! You will never regret giving your roses a good start.
It is difficult to know when winter is really over and it is time to prune, so I let the forsythia tell me. When the forsythia is blooming, I start pruning. All you need are protective gloves and a sharp pair of pruners. I must have been very good because Santa brought me a pair of Bionic Gloves and Barnel Pruners from Wendy Tilley, owner of The Rose Gardener Garden Shop and Harlane Garden Labels. Maybe Santa listened to our Rose Chat Podcast with Wendy. You can listen to Wendy too. Just click here.
Pruning tips for different types of roses…
Hybrid Teas: For hybrid teas, I shape, cut out any dead wood and remove the canes that cross the middle to create more air circulation in the center of the plant which can help control fungal disease. These roses I will cut back to about 10 – 12″ high to give them a strong start. If you are going to exhibit roses in a rose show, there are some other tips you will need and the American Rose Society website is filled to the brim with excellent information.
Old Garden Roses: To me bigger is better as far as old garden roses are concerned so I do very little pruning. For one-time blooming roses, do not prune until after they bloom! And, when you prune, just thin out old wood, remove any dead wood and spindly canes.
David Austin English Roses: Very little pruning is required as they don’t appreciate a lot of cutting, just remove dead wood and give them a light shaping. Except in the case of some of the ones that tend to get very tall, like Graham Thomas, I prune those down farther to keep them within bounds.
Shrub/Landscape Roses: These are so easy… Just shape to fit your space. I have several Knockout and Drift roses and I usually trim them back about 1/2 their size in the spring, but it is not required. I often give them another hard pruning in mid summer to refresh them into another spring-like bloom cycle in early fall.
After I prune my roses I apply fertilizer. Most any fertilizer will do—but do read labels carefully–too much of a good thing can be harmful! I use a combination of Moo Poo Tea and Mills Magic Mix on my roses.
Once the fertilizer has been applied you will want to give your roses a deep watering to get those nutrients down to where they can do some good. A good rule of thumb is to water at the base of the plant especially if you are watering in the evening, as wet rose leaves are more susceptible to fungal diseases (e.g. Black Spot & Powdery Mildew). Although, if I am watering in the morning I give them a good all-over shower. This is great way to remove any aphids that have shown up for the tasty and tender buds! I think roses appreciate a refreshing shower just as we do, just don’t put them to bed wet.
This is one of my favorite parts. Mulch is so good for your roses … retains moisture, helps to keep down weeds and gives the garden that fresh, finished look!
One thing to remember when applying mulch … when mulch breaks down, it uses nitrogen in the process, so add a layer of compost on top of the soil before you add the mulch layer then the nitrogen in the soil can be used by the rose. If you are working in an established bed and last year’s mulch is still there, leave it… it becomes a “compost layer.” Win. Win.
MY FAVORITE TIP…
My favorite tip is always to visit your roses daily or as often as you can to enjoy their beauty and to get to know them. Getting to know them can be key in early detection of any pest or disease.
And, when you have beautiful roses outside, who can stay in!
The Beatles sang, “all you need is love,” but when it comes to Valentine’s Day I would suggest you need just a bit more — flowers and maybe even chocolate. And, on Valentines day … the premier flower to convey the message of love is the rose!
Last year it was estimated that 224 million roses were grown for Valentine’s Day.
A few years ago when I was a florist I can tell you that on Valentine’s Day business was always booming and we did hundreds & hundreds of vases of roses and most of them were red, but we also had customers who were looking for roses other than red to convey a certain meaning as there IS a language of flowers.
The Victorians were serious about their flowers and even developed a very unique “language of flowers” that included herbs, shrubs blossoms and more! Mothers of that era were directed to teach their daughters religion and the art of making a well-made bokay. At least religion was first. But when you see the long list of flowers and what they could mean, it is a little daunting — it was a very good thing that the Victorians were armed with their floral dictionaries to keep things straight. As we learned from Newland and Countess Ellen Olenska in The Age of Innocence … sending an inappropriate message in a bokay of flowers could be social death.
I don’t want there to be any social death when it comes to your sending roses this year and to help you sort out some of their meanings, here are the top colors of roses and what they symbolize.
Let’sget started with Red — the universal symbol of love and romance.
Of the 220 million roses grown for Valentines Day 51% of them are red.
Red also means beauty, courage and respect as well as you are ready to take the relationship to the next level. Hey, that could be very helpful! :)
In a nutshell, the red rose is the most popular way to say “I LOVE YOU!”
Want to grow red roses in your garden, here are some to consider: The Kordes rose Grande Amore is sure beautiful. Others are Oh My, Mr. Lincoln and Veteran’s Honor, Red Drift and Firefighter. Of course before purchasing roses check your growing zone and better yet get recommendations from your local Rose Society or via the American Rose Society online here.
Pink roses carry with them the meaning of appreciation or “thank you,” grace, perfect happiness and admiration and even “Please Believe Me.”
Pink is also thought to be the gentler side of red and might be a good choice if your relationship is in the strong LIKE stage.
Pink roses to grow in your garden: Beverly Hybrid Tea is a new beautiful, fragrant and extremely hardy pink rose.
Marci Martin talked to us a few weeks ago on Rose Chat about the beautiful pink roses Falling in Love and Climbing Colette. Marci was so convincing that I have ordered Climbing Colette. Hear these recommendations and many more from Marci herself by listening to her very entertaining Rose Chat podcast here.
Now to the bright and bold orange roses … they can mean desire, enthusiasm and passion.
Giving a bouquet of orange roses could be a sign of emerging romantic feelings and the desire to move a relationship beyond the stage of friendship.
They can also be an expression of fascination, or a gift to say “I’m proud of you.”
Orange roses to grow in your garden are Artistry, All a Twitter, Tuscan Sun, Easy Does It & Hot Cocoa.
Yellow roses convey … joy, gladness, friendship, delight and a promise of a new beginning,
Yellow roses can also mean Welcome Back – When we tie a yellow ribbon around the tree — remember that song?
Yellow can also mean … remember me, jealousy or “I care.”
I love associating yellow roses with with joy and friendship because I always think of yellow roses as brightening someones day. They sure brighten mine!
Some yellow roses to grow in your garden: One of my favorites is Julia Child, others are Graham Thomas and Golden Celebrations— lovely David Austin yellow roses.
Lavender roses carry with them the meaning of love at first sight and enchantment.
This is another color that was very popular at the flower shop. Lavender roses were highly sought after because they were so fragrant and you didn’t see them as often, so they could really make an impact as a gift.
Lavender roses to grow in your garden… The only lavender rose I grow at this time is a Kordes rose called Poseidon and it is has very lovely fringed petals.
Other lovely lavender roses would be Barbara Striesand, Neptune and the stunning Love Song!
Regardless of the origins of Valentine’s Day, it is today a day to celebrate those in your life that you love. I wish you a life that is overflowing with love and filled with beautiful roses.
I am putting in another David Austin bed this year. I know. I know. This is not a big surprise, but aren’t you just a little curious about which ones I chose to plant in the new bed? There are hundreds of beauties to choose from and they’re all beautiful.
What David Austin Says:
Boscobel’ bears beautifully formed flowers of rich salmon colouring. They commence as red buds which open at first to pretty cups, gradually developing into perfectly formed blooms of classic rosette formation. The numerous small petals are of varying shades, mingling to provide a most pleasing effect.
Why I Chose: Michael Marriott of David Austin said it was amazing. He has never steered me wrong. Rose Chat interview with Michael … here.
What David Austin Says: This is one of the largest-flowered and most magnificent of our English Roses. Its color is rich golden yellow and the flowers are in the form of a giant, full-petalled cup. It has excellent shapely growth, forming a nicely rounded, slightly arching shrub with ample foliage. It is very reliable and easy to grow. An ideal rose to mark any celebration or important event.
Why I Chose: I have succumbed once again to rose envy. All the pictures on Facebook and Twitter made this decision for me.
The Generous Gardener
What David Austin Says: A rose of delicate charm – its flowers being beautifully formed; their color a soft glowing pink at the center, shading to palest pink on the outer petals. When the petals open they expose numerous stamens, providing an almost water lily-like effect. It has strong, elegantly arching growth with polished dark green foliage. This rose would produce a wonderful effect towards the back of the border. It will also make an excellent climber.
Why: It was a wonderful Christmas gift!
The Ingenious Mr. Fairchild
What David Austin Says: The flowers are in the form of deep cups filled with crisp, upstanding petals – similar to those of peonies. The colour on the inside of the petals is a deep pink touched with lilac; the outside is of a paler shade. Looking at the bloom in more detail, one can see that the edges are an even deeper pink, giving a most delightful fringed effect – particularly in the earlier stages.
The growth is ideal with spreading, arching branches building up into a well-rounded, mounding shrub; its flowers nicely poised on its branches. It is very healthy and harmonises beautifully with other plants and perennials in a mixed border.
Why: This is another wonderful Christmas gift. Someone loves me.
What David Austin says: Its beautiful flowers are produced freely and with excellent continuity. When young, their outer petals form a perfect ring around an inner cup; gradually opening out to form a perfect rosette. The color is a deep rich crimson that takes on a tinge of mauve just before the petals drop.
Why I Chose: Big winner at the Biltmore Trial. And, did you notice the color?? Basically, I just couldn’t live without it. :)
Do you grow David Austin roses? Have a favorite?
Here is a favorite David Austin from last summer…
David Austin Gardens
To see a video of the beautiful David Austin gardens read on.
Meet a self-proclaimed ROSE NUT, my rose friend, Baldo Villegas. . .
Baldo is a leading expert for the ARS on rose insects and diseases. Before his retirement in 2011, Baldo was the state entomologist for the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
This week the Rose Chat team caught up with Baldo to to get a report on what’s going on in his garden of more than 3000 (yes 3,000) roses. We also wanted the inside scoop on his pruning techniques and some advice about one of his most favorite subjects—BUGS—especially the bugs that bug our roses! Can you say Japanese Beetles and Rose Midge!?!
Our time with Baldo proved to be informing, entertaining and inspiring! He even told us about some roses that he thought every rose lover should grow for beauty AND fragrance! Great ones to add to your wish list.
If you grow roses, want to grow roses, love roses or even like roses, don’t miss this podcast. You can listen on demand here.
You can keep up with Baldo and what’s going on in his garden by following him on Facebook here.
Between you and me, I have to tell you that every time I mention that Baldo grows thousands of roses, Mr. G gets a funny look on his face. #heknowsme :)
Thanks to Mr. G’s superb handiwork, my roses and their companions live in a gated community. In no way are these gates opening today! We have had 15″ on fluffy snow and it is packed. With the extreme temperatures (-37 windchill / -8 real temp), this snow isn’t going anywhere.
But, the gates are still pretty…
Here are some other shots I took this morning as I waded into snow up to my knees — but, man, was it good to be outside!
Hard to believe that in a few months we will be back to this…
Oh, the miracles that gardeners get to see…
How about you?
What’s going on in your garden today? Are you like my California rose friend, Baldo Villegas (pictures of his process are here.) and you are pruning your roses this week, OR are you more like me … waiting on spring while you slip and slide through winter?
My family and friends are helping me get the new gardening year started off right! Take a look at some of the wonderful gifts I’ve recently received….
HOG WASH: “Perfect Scrub for Mechanics, Gardeners and Kids” That just about covers my garden experiences!
ROSE JAM SHOWER GEL: “Sweet, tart and wonderfully fresh, this indulgent blend of rose, vanilla and lemon leaves you smelling of a rose garden and nourishing argan oil gets skin gorgeously soft.” Don’t you love the sound of that?
HELPING HANDS HAND CREAM: “A nurturing almond, cocoa butter and chamomile hand cream to give back what life has taken out.” Sounds good enough to eat.
GIFT CERTIFICATES FOR 2 DAVID AUSTIN ROSES: The Generous Gardener and The Ingenious Mr. Fairchild. I am over the moon about these.
Many of you have asked for the recipe that my daughter affectionately named “Christmas Cran.”
I was introduced to this recipe when I bought my first microwave and was given the gift of a free microwave cooking class!
Several of the recipes I learned in the class I still make — but none more consistently than the cranberry sauce! Our family enjoys “Christmas Cran” every Christmas AND every Thanksgiving!
Sweet, citrusy goodness….
3/4 – 1 Cup of Sugar
1/4 teaspoon each of ground cloves, cinnamon and allspice (I usually add more cinnamon)
1/2 cup of apple or orange juice (This year I used the juice from the tangerines I had on hand and it was fab.)
1 lb of whole cranberries
1 medium apple – peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts (They go in AFTER the cooking process.)
Combine SUGAR, SPICES and JUICE in 2 qt casserole. STIR. Add CRANBERRIES and APPLES. STIR.
Microwave on HIGH for 9 – 10 minutes.
Remove and add NUTS. STIR. (Caution: This is screaming hot!)
Pour into pretty dish and COOL.
Hope you enjoy and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Even though we love our traditional recipes, we also love trying new things! Share your family favorites for the holidays!
At our house we like to blur the lines between inside and outside as much as possible. No we don’t have terra ferma for floors … yet. Did I just say that. Let’s just keep that between us. Mr. G need not know.
Today is one of those rare days in Indiana where it is sunny and even though it is 34 degrees, to me it feels like 70 and I just have to be outside! So, I spent the day “decorating” outside. Through the long winter months I love to look outside my window and see pretty things!
I’ve been on a scavenger hunt today to find things in the garden to add to the vignettes we will enjoy out our windows through the long Indiana winter…
My good friend, Wendy Tilley, TheRoseGardener.com, and her husband, Ryan, have a garden of 350 roses and a business of caring for 85 rose gardens in the Atlanta area. So, they made it their goal to find gardening tools to make their job easier, more fun and give them the ability to be gardeners for a long, long time. This goal led them to some wonderful products for gardeners. Some of these products I already have and highly endorse, and others are high on my Christmas list. (Hey Santa!)
First up is a product that I’ve used for more than 20 years–
Certified Roses is one of the largest rose producers in the US. They have been in business for 60+ years and offer a broad selection of roses at 5,000+ retailers.
In 2014 they are introducing a stunning collection, featuring six internationally award-winning roses from the renowned Kordes® breeding program, the collection is available nationwide.
With today’s gardener in mind, these Kordes varieties truly represent the next generation of roses—combining the elegant look of a traditional rose with environmentally sustainable plants that are low maintenance and naturally disease resistant.
Based in Germany, Kordes is a family-owned business that’s now in its 4th generation of breeding and growing roses. Internationally recognized for breeding exceptional roses, each Kordes rose is put to the test in rigorous trials located at eleven sites throughout Germany. For garden roses, trialing for disease resistance, fragrance, flowering and vigor often requires a minimum of seven years.
One of the Certified Roses introductions for last year was Beverly (HT)–a big winner at the Biltmore Rose Trials last May. I have several of the Beverly roses and they are some of my very favorites. Read more about Beverly here and see why she is such a big winner!
This week on the Rose Chat Radio podcast, the delightful Karen Kemp-Docksteader, sales and marketing manager for Weeks Roses, joined us to chat about some wonderful new rose introductions for 2014! Podcast link.
Coretta Scott King Grandiflora Rose
Named for the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, this rose is not only lovely but very disease resistant. Chris, (The Redneck Rosarian) had an early release of this rose and it has performed beautifully for him this entire summer!
Good as Gold Hybrid Tea
A very unusual gold color! Karen said it is stunning in the field and she can hardly pass by it without stopping. This rose is known as a blooming machine!
You’re the One Miniature Rose
Karen pointed out to us that “miniature” does not refer to the growth habit of this rose but rather the blooms are miniature. Isn’t it just so cute! Perfect rose show form!
Jump for Joy Floribunda
Like its parent, Julia Child, this rose is known for disease resistance and beautiful foliage. This is another blooming machine that will fit well into any landscape.
Happy Go Lucky Grandiflora
This beauty has the multi-petaled old rose form with a lovely tea fragrance. I find yellow roses hard to resist so this may quickly go on my wish list!
Karen shared with us that it is confirmed there is to be a new line of Downton Abbey Roses. Starting with the first in the series, Anna’s Promise.
Look at this beauty…
We look forward to having Karen back to talk more about this new line of roses! :)
I love Amaryllis and my husband and I love to give Amaryllis bulbs as gifts. Last year we gave away 30 or so. Many of the recipients had never grown an Amaryllis or even knew what one was! It was a lot of fun hearing their stories. Even those with brown thumbs had success! If you’ve never grown an Amaryllis, it really is very easy and very rewarding! I had one Smith & Hawkins bulb that produced 8 big, beautiful blooms AT ONE TIME. (See picture below.)
You will need: Healthy Bulb (It has been my experience that bigger is better.), Light Potting Soil, Pot 2 – 4″ inches wider than bulb. Or, buy a “kit” that comes with everything you need, making it super easy to get started! For an excellent “how to” video from Bulb.com … click here.
As you already know, I love my potting shed to pieces. It is a tiny little space, but it does get a lot of attention. I don’t believe any gardener has ever visited my potting shed without saying, “I want one of these!” — unless they already had one! Or a greenhouse which is still on my wish list.
One of those garden-loving visitors who has said over and over and over, “I want one of these!” is my sister. She, like me, loves to dig in the dirt!
I am happy to report to you that this was the year! A move to a new location was decided for several reasons of course, but one of them was the room for a potting shed. And she has just spent her first summer as the owner of a potting shed. But, I know something that she doesn’t yet know–winters are the very best time to have a potting shed. :)
Yes, today it is official, I have to face the fact that winter is coming. Even though I have roses that are loaded with buds, the weatherman is saying frost.
So, I am in the potting shed potting up some herbs, bringing in my apple mint (The last garden gift from my mother about 26 years ago and I would never want to lose it! (Read more about that here.), bringing in some geraniums and repotting a rose cutting I was given and want to be sure it makes it through the winter. The rose cutting is Best of ’04 and I don’t want to lose it to “old man winter.” And, hopefully like Beverly did last year, this rose will give me a few beautiful blooms to enjoy.
All the potting shed plants will be given my love and attention and Annie’s Moo Poo Tea, so I think they will be just fine through these long winter months.
Best of ’04
Best of 04 is a Whit Wells Miniature Rose and is said to be a “Queen Machine” in a Rose Show. I love hearing that. Maybe someday…. :)
To read more about this lovely rose and others on the For theLove of Roseswebsite here.
Below is a slide show of my days’ activities and even the view today from my potting shed window. I am so blessed to have a room with a view that I find beautiful regardless of the season.
Thanks for stopping by.
If you are like me and garden in areas with long, cold winters, what are you doing to get ready for winter?
I just received three beautiful roses from Chamblee Nursery–Aloha, Belinda’s Dream and Carefree Beauty. Two of these lovelies are considered Earth Kind roses.
Earth-Kind is a special designation given to select rose cultivars by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service through the Earth-Kind landscaping program. It is based on the results of extensive research and field trials and is awarded only to those roses demonstrating superior pest tolerance, combined with outstanding landscape performance. Read more About Earth-Kind Roses.
Classification: Shrub rose
Size: Medium shrub (5′X 5′)
Bloom: Very double, 100+ petals, up to 4″ diameter. Successive flushes of bloom spring, summer, and fall.
Cold Hardiness: Zones 5-9
I had the great pleasure of seeing Belinda’s Dream in all her glory in the Biltmore Rose Garden a few weeks ago. (Read more about that here.) This rose had first been recommended to me by Peggy Martin as her favorite rose … especially for those new to growing roses. I am not new to growing roses but I just had to have this lovely rose! Wouldn’t you?
David Austin English roses with their old world fragrance and form are modern roses that are so reminiscent of the old gallicas, musk and bourbon roses that I love. The English Roses are some of my favorites — mixing old with new is what my cottage garden is all about.
Every year for the past 20 years I get completely giddy when it is time for the new English rose introductions and I am never disappointed. This year’s introductions are exquisite and are promptly going on my wish list!
Take a look…
Boscobel-a classic English Rose with pretty cupped flowers that evolve over time from deep salmon to deep pink, and a delightful myrrh fragrance with hawthorn character laced with hints of elderflower, pear and almond.
Heathcliff-a brilliant new deep crimson addition to this hard-to-achieve color range, with a beautifully shaped flower and singular fragrance of Tea Rose and Old Rose played off a minor base note of elegant dry woody cedar.
Tranquillity-a glistening white rose in a perfectly rounded rosette shape, with a crisp light apple fragrance.
Royal Jubilee-a stand-out beauty even amongst other English Roses, Royal Jubilee’s luscious, large, deep pink semi-double flowers are presented on an airy upright bush of exceptional strength.
The Lark Ascending-a very different look in an English Rose, with gently cupped flowers of just 22 petals in a heavenly warm apricot shade splashed with gold at the centers.
This week on Rose Chat we had the pleasure of Michael Marriott of David Austin English Roses as our guest. He brought us up to date on David Austin, Sr., the new introductions and provided us with many tips for getting our roses off to a good start and keeping them healthy. You may listen to the podcast here.
It’s been said more than once that I might have a crush on Mr. Austin Sr. :) … I wrote about that here.