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

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