Why do you want to grow roses? We grow them because of their beauty and their fragrance. Florist roses for the most part do not have fragrance. My two sons will never buy me roses for Mother's Day or my birthday or even Valentine's Day. I got See's chocolates yesterday, my favorite. They think … Continue reading WHY DO WE GROW ROSES?
ELEMENTS OF A FORMAL ROSE GARDEN Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden - 2012 winner of Award of Garden Excellence from World Federation Rose Societies – NYTimes Photo Strong Axis – Paths of some nature be it grass, pebble or other materials provide visual axes that lead to a focal … Continue reading Formal Rose Gardens – Part II
As rosarians, we are in constant pursuit of a rose garden whenever and wherever we are. During the rose peak blooming season, we love to see all rose gardens we can possibly see. In this pursuit, we come across all types of garden designs. On most of the public gardens we see, … Continue reading Formal Gardens – Part I
Date of Introduction: Before 1894
Mutabilis was probably introduced to Italy from China, and then introduced to commerce in 1934 by way of a Swiss botanist Henri Correvon of Geneva who got his cuttings from the garden of Italian Prince Ghilberto Borromeo at Isola Bella. Otherwise known as the “Butterfly Rose” because when the plant is in full bloom with the multi-flowered flowers, Mutabilis appears to be covered with butterflies fluttering on the plant and this China rose is so easy to spot.
Mutabilis sports different colored blooms unlike those of any other rose, ranging from soft yellow as it opens with an orange blush on the underside, slowly turning into shades of peach, then pink, then eventually darkest pinkish red. Each color usually lasts for a day. All different colors can appear on the same bush at the same time. Its blooms have…
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Winter has finally arrived and since it is our downtime, it is a great time to plan and design your garden. If you have an existing bed, maybe it is time to redesign it. What can you do to improve the garden next spring? It is too cold to work outside so you … Continue reading Designing a Garden
“Mycorrhizae” literally means fungus-roots. The colonized root is called a mycorrhiza. Ecto and Endo mycorrhizae fungi can be found in Espoma product called Bio-Tone Starter Plus, an all natural plant food that has been enhanced with a superior blend of beneficial bacteria to ensure superior plant growth and help gardeners reduce transplant loss. It has … Continue reading Mycorrhizae
I was reading an old issue of Horticulture magazine and came across a question, “Will applying pine straw to my landscape beds acidify the soil?" Here is what the article says: “According to a study of mulches in the Journal of Arboriculture, using pine straw can indeed lower the pH of soil. Florida researchers found … Continue reading Pine Straw as Mulch in Your Garden