Controlling Some Rose Disease Problems the Safest Way

A bed of Knock Out Roses at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.   As long as you can develop tolerance and not demand total perfection, you can enjoy growing roses without knowing all the solutions to every rose diseases. As we get older, we just don’t have the energy to maintain a perfect disease free rose garden. … Continue reading Controlling Some Rose Disease Problems the Safest Way

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Vertical Gardening

  Do you go to the nursery store or look at those rose catalogs and said to yourself that I have to have that one rose or maybe two or three? Then you go outside and see that your garden is already full. What do you do? When you run out of space in your … Continue reading Vertical Gardening

Is Rose Hard to Grow? Not if you use Eco-Friendly Method.

    As I talk to more people about growing roses, I was amazed at most of the answers I got: “Roses are hard to grow. You have to spray constantly.” It’s most likely the main reason why we are not attracting more members into the rose society. Spraying scares some people. I noticed even … Continue reading Is Rose Hard to Grow? Not if you use Eco-Friendly Method.

Rose Month in the Lowcountry

May is a rose month in the lowcountry and it keeps me very busy this month. First we had our rose show at Johns Island library. I meant not to get involved with some of the activities of the rose society this year since I finished my four-year term as president last December. But unknowingly … Continue reading Rose Month in the Lowcountry

Which Mulch is better for roses? Pine Bark or Pine Straw?

    This article appeared in the Carolina Rosarian, Winter 2016 issue of which I was the editor. It was written by Dr. Satish Prabhu, a Master Rosarian and a Rose Show Judge of the American Rose Society.   There is not a simple one or the other kind of answer to this question. In … Continue reading Which Mulch is better for roses? Pine Bark or Pine Straw?

WHY DO WE GROW ROSES?

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?