Rose Buzz: Gruss an Aachen

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This light pink rose was hybridized in Germany by Wilhelm Hinner who worked for Philipp Geduldig’s nursery in 1908. Not only is this rose beautiful, it is also fragrant and has the multi-petaled lovely old world charm that I adore.

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It is considered by most to be the first floribunda. I have also read it is one of the more shade tolerant roses.

Since this rose grows to only about 3 high and wide, she will fit nicely in to most any sized garden. She did have some black spot issues in July when it was raining every day, but I cut her back, spritzed with Mil Stop and she finished strong and healthy.

I have 3 of these in the garden that were planted 3 years ago. While they bloomed well even the first year, last year was the best by far.

I originally had 4, but one had a harder time over the winter in my Zone 5 garden, so I dug it up. Since I love this rose so much, I couldn’t just throw it away; instead I lovingly planted it in a pot. And, I unlovingly forgot about it. The poor potted Gruss received very little care or water ALL SUMMER. It is now residing in my potting shed where I promise to pamper it over the winter. I just gave it a hardy drink of Moo Poo Tea and we will see how she does.

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By the way, Gruss means “Greetings” in German and Aachen is a city in Germany.

Do you grow this rose?

If you don’t and would like to, it is available at Chamblee Nursery here.  but I wouldn’t wait! Quantity is limited!


 

Whisper these gift ideas in Santa’s ear…

We as gardeners love what we do! But, the right tool can make all the difference and Christmas is the perfect time to share ideas with Santa to get just what we want and need for the coming growing season!

Below are some garden gifts that I highly recommend you buy for your garden friends OR whisper in Santa’s ear so they show up around your Christmas tree or in your stocking!

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THE GARDENER’S HOLLOW LEG…

Bob Blomberg’s  Gardener’s Hollow Leg® makes yard and garden clean up tasks easier! This handy “hands-free” debris holder is a must have for all pruning, weeding and harvesting tasks.

To learn more or to buy on line, read on … http://thegardenershollowleg.com/welcome.html

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THE RING WEEDER

Vinnie Suozzi’s Ring Weeder has a forked tip that pierces the ground with ease allowing you to loosen the soil around the weed to “pluck” it out without breaking off the root of the weed. Made of light weight high strength injection molded ABS plastic, The Ring Weeder allows you to get your weeding done swiftly.

For the details of how this product found it’s place in the garden, read on…HERE.
Listen to Vinnie tells his inspiring story HERE.

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MOO POO TEA

Annie Haven’s Moo Poo Tea has been a staple in my garden for many years. Whether I am using it to soak my bare root roses or bulbs before planting or adding moo poo tea to the over all care of all my plants in containers and in the ground, moo poo makes a major difference!

Try it for yourself … HERE. Shipping is always free!

 

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BARNEL PRUNERS AND BIONIC GLOVES FROM WENDY TILLEY, THE ROSE GARDENER

Who doesn’t want to be more bionic in the garden. I am convinced that without my Barnels and my bionic gloves … I would have a major loss of power!

Read all about these amazing tools and many more on Wendy’s website HERE.

Listen to Wendy give you the background stories, HERE.

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And, what about a membership to an organization that is near and dear to my heart!?!

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If you know someone who is interested in knowing more about roses, now is a great time to give them a trial membership to the American Rose Society.

You’ll receive discounts at public gardens, copies of their award winning magazine, American Rose, plus a ton of other benefits … all for only $10.

Details at Rose.org.


 

Christmas is really the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR.

ENJOY EVERY MINUTE!

 


 

Bloom Thyme Friday: Adventures Old and New

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!

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No wonder Mr. G is so handsome… 🙂
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Our brave soldier…

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.

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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.

If it’s hot where you are, take a break, get out of the heat and …

 

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Bloom Thyme Friday 2014

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.

IMG_9078Last Sunday I was able to plant two new roses: Climbing Colette and Sally Holmes.

 

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Climbing Colette

Colette comes to us from our great rose friends at Star Roses and Plants. I purchased Colette from S & W Greenhouse and received a very healthy barefoot plant.

Here’ a little bit about Colette…

  • Scent: Strong, Sweet
  • Bloom Season: Spring to fall
  • Mature Size: 8 to 10 feet
  • Hardiness Zones: 7
    to 9

This rose came highly recommended to me by Marci Martin (Listen to her delightful Rose Chat Podcast here.) and she knows beautiful roses!

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…

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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!

Other details…

  • Shade Tolerant
  • Very few thorns
  • Zone 5 – 9
  • 6’ high (or up to 12’ if trained as a climber) and 4-5’ wide

 

 

The Potting Shed on a much warmer day!
The Potting Shed on a much warmer day!

 

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!

 

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