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?
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
If you are looking for some great products for rose gardeners, here are some that have undergone extensive testing by ARS members and found to be of high quality: Bayer Advanced All-in-One Rose and Flower care Garden Safe Brand Rose and Flower Insect Killer Mills Easy Feed 20-10-6 Mills Magic Rose Mix Miracle-Gro Garden … Continue reading Proven Products for Rose Gardeners
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 Hildesheim 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 The Green Rose