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Friday, March 14, 2014
My Passion for Roses
My Passion for Roses
American Beauty Climbing
spring shipment of own root container grown roses from High Country Roses
arrived yesterday. Despite the unfriendly terrain on our rocky clay ridge, I’m
determined to cultivate a utopian garden filled with all that nature has to offer,
Harlekin Kiss of Desire
their reputation for being finicky, most modern roses are hardy, disease
resistant and easy to grow. My challenge has been to determine how to enrich
the shale filled ground, to dig deep enough holes, and to remember not to fertilize
with anything but bone meal. Naturally, the high humidity of our Virginia
summers can create some fungal problems if I’m lax in spraying Neem oil
regularly. But the results are worth the effort.Some of my early efforts were compromised by
poor judgment in location. Just like with real estate, it is all about
location, location, location! I’ve learned (hopefully) by trial and error where
and how to plant. Unfortunately, unlike my spouse, I’ve been a measure and cut
kind of girl. He is ALWAYS measure twice cut once! Me, I’ve planted and erred
more than once. But this time, I’m sure I’ve got it.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
conducting a lot a research on Dave’s Garden Watchdog, I settled on High
Country Roses in Denver, Colorado. http://www.highcountryroses.com/home/.
For anybody thinking about ordering plants online, Dave’s Garden is the
resource. If you want to explore, start with this link about High Country
Roses: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/915/I always check out the reviews before
ordering any plants!
was time to replace the climbing roses I had originally planted when we first
moved into our house, three zephirine drouhin climbing rose bushes. These roses
are thorn-less and gorgeous, but sensitive to humidity.They were too enclosed to thrive after other
plants started to grow larger.
I could not replace just those three roses. Only a modicum of fiscal responsibility
kept me from order one of each.I
settled on seven thanks to the generous gift from my parental units at
now I am hardening the plants to ready them for planting next weekend – seven lovely
roses that will not doubt bring us joy and beauty for years to come.