Bloom Thyme Friday: Food for Thought

To keep your roses and other plants happily blooming for an entire season they need lots of sunshine, a consistent amount of water and regular doses of nutritional food! This year it’s all organic fertilizers for me. I know there are a ton of products out there, but here’s what I plan to use…

For my Roses

Alfalfa Tea for Roses ONLY
I plan to jumpstart the rose growing season with a one-time feeding of Haven Brand’s Alfalfa Tea. For more information or to order … click here.

Magic for Roses…
I love the word MAGIC when talking about caring for my roses! This year I’m using Mills Magic Rose Mix — a 100% natural product formulated and developed by Ted Mills, accredited Consulting Rosarian and Rose Show Judge of the American Rose Society. This product is a combination of alfalfa meal, fish meal, steamed bone meal, cottonseed meal, blood meal, activated sludge and an organic compost activator. How’s that for a sweet combination of good food! For more information … click here.

For Roses, Rose Companions and Veggies…
Manure teas condition the soil, so your plants’ root systems can better absorb the nutrients needed to build strong, healthy root base. Last year I used these teas on a few of my plants and the results made a true believer of me! In 2012 all my roses, rose companions and veggies will get steeped in tea! For more information or to order … click here.

What yummy food are you giving your plants?

Some of the Roses in My Garden

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3 Bill Warriner
3 Julia Child / Coming Spring 2012
2 Flamenco / Coming Spring 2012

3 Hansa (Rugosa) / 1 Coming Spring 2012
1 Blanc Double de Coubert (Rugosa)
3 Roseraie de l’Hay (Hybrid Rugosa)
1 F. J. Grootendorst  (Hybrid Rugosa)
1 Madam Hardy (Damask)
1 Harrison Yellow (Hybrid Foetida)
1 Comte de Chambord (Portland)
1 Bourbon Queen (Bourbon)
1 Zepherine Drouhin (Bourbon)
1 Reine de Voilettes (Hybrid Perpetual)

Hybrid Teas
3 The Grand Dame / 2 Coming Spring 2012

1 Eden / Coming Spring 2012

David Austins
2 Gertrude Jekyll
1 Charlotte
1 Crocus Rose
1 Othello
1 Christopher Marlowe
1 Lady Emma Hamilton
1 Eglantine
1 Comte de Champagne


3 New Dawn
2 Red Eden
1 Lady Ashe / Coming Spring 2012

2 Amber Shrubs
1 Bonica
1 White Meidiland
30 Red Double Knockouts
3 Pink Knockouts

1 Minnie Pearl
1 Pink  Mini
1 Coral Mini

Here are some other articles about roses… 

Bloom Thyme Friday: 2011 Garden Year in Review

From the delivery of 8,000 + lbs of flagstone to being named Costa Farms “Garden of the Month” in July, 2011 was an amazing gardening year…


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So excited to see what 2012 brings. First up is filling the new rose bed. So far I have 10 new roses ordered … Lady Ashe Climber, Flamenco, Julia Child, The Grande Dame, and Eden and another Roseraie de l’Hay.

How about you, what are your plans for 2012?

Confessions of a Twine Junkie

I love twine. I have A LOT of twine. I use it for LOTS of things … from securing a vine or tomato plant, hanging a bird feeder or decorating a package with a pretty twine bow. It’s natural. It’s versatile.

My friend, Annie, from Haven Farms ties her cute bundles of Moo Poo tea sachets with twine.

I have twine in several weights, ball sizes and colors. You are probably looking at the few I have in the pictures below and are thinking that doesn’t look like a lot of twine for a serious gardener.

FullSizeRender-1Don’t be fooled … there’s plenty more in the cabinet in the potting shed !!

For Christmas I received a present that takes twine to another level. Isn’t this just the cutest twine holder you have ever seen…






Martha and Twine

Martha Stewart once did a show on 50 uses of twine to  celebrate Darwin, Minnesota, Twine Ball Days. (Apparently I am not the only twine junkie.) Darwin, Minnesota is home to the world’s  largest sisal twine ball built by one person–Francis A. Johnson. This twine ball is 4 meters (12 ft) in diameter and weighs 4,900 kg (10,400 lbs). Francis started his obsession in March 1950 and wrapped four hours every day for 23 weeks. It is currently housed in a specially made gazebo across from the town park on Main Street, and the town celebrates “Twine Ball Day” the second Saturday in August every year.

You can use twine….
1. to tie up tomato plants.
2. to fly a kite.
3. to truss a chicken or turkey.
4. for macramé.
5. to fasten bundles of kindling.
6. to tie down your Christmas tree to the car.
7. to wrap gifts.
8. to hang a wreath on your door.
9. as a reminder. Simply tie a bit of twine on your finger when you want to remember something.
10. to play Cat’s Cradle.

Read on for 40 more…


Let’s add to the list, how do you use twine?