Mycorrhizae

“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 →

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Pine Straw as Mulch in Your Garden

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 →

Abraham Darby

  Photo from David Austin Roses Auscot – David Austin 1985   Abraham Darby is one of the most vigorous of all David Austin Roses.  Having heard from fellow rosarians that it bears long arching canes, I decided to plant it along a fence on the west side of my property in New York and... Continue Reading →

Red-Rose Tree

A poem by Robert Browning (1812-1889) dedicated to women and roses.   The dream of a red-rose tree. And which of its roses three Is the dearest rose to me? Round and round, like a dance of snow In a dazzling drift, as its guardians, go Floating the women faded for ages, Sculptured in stone,... Continue Reading →

The Hildesheim Rose

I heard it all the time that the rose is difficult to grow and yet the Hildesheim Rose is estimated at approximately 1,000 years old. It is said to be the oldest rosebush in the world.  It is the one climbing the wall of the apse of the Cathedral of Hildesheim in their courtyard at Hildesheim,... Continue Reading →

The Green Rose

Is there a pot of gold for us lovers of roses? For all the Irish in all of us and lovers of roses, let us think green, not a shamrock but a green rose. Not St. Patrick rose which only has a tint of green, but a real Green Rose.     At one of... Continue Reading →

Time To Prune Your Roses

If you look at the calendar, Spring begins on March 20 but for lovers of roses, spring comes when that yellow-flowered shrub called Forsythia starts to bloom.  Pruning roses is a rite of spring for rosarians. In the South, I was told to prune on the last week in February. Then our season begins.  Some... Continue Reading →

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