SUMMER ROSE CARE IN THE LOWCOUNTRY

  Summertime gardening in the Lowcountry is not easy. We have to ease ourselves and our roses through the heat and humidity while we prepare for the glorious fall season just ahead. Your roses will continue to bloom happily in the garden, even though their flowers are smaller and less full than in cool weather….

Cinco de Mayo – A Unique Colored Rose

Rose:   Cinco de Mayo Class:   Floribunda Date of Introduction:   2009 Hybridizer:   Tom Carruth Parentage:   “Topsy Turvy” x “Julia Child”   A unique floribunda with indescribable coloration, “Cinco de Mayo” was honored with the American Rose Society Member’s Choice Award for 2011 which was awarded to a rose with the highest garden rating in the Roses…

Food for Thought about Rose Shows

  I have been growing roses since 1971 and have been a member of the American Rose Society way before they moved their headquarters to Shreveport. Over the years of my growing roses and joining the local society, I pride myself of having planted the most beautiful flower in the world. I have been a…

WHY ROSES HAVE THORNS

    When the world much young, rose flower not same like now; not gottum smell, no got stickums on stem. One sun, rose flower say to Great Spirit, “Great Spirit, me no happy.” Great Spirit say, “Why you no happy, rose flower?” Rose flower say, “When me look most best, dumb cow come and…

ROSE GLOSSARY

    Here is a Rose Glossary to help you understand some rose terms and enjoy your rose gardening hobby to the fullest.   AARS – All American Rose Selections ADR rose – a winner in the German ADR rose trial (Allgemeine Deutsche Rosenneuheitenprüfung). No chemical pesticides have been allowed since 1997. ARC – American…

Rosey things to do in September and October

        Warm, sunny days and cool nights make our roses bloom larger and more brilliantly colored. However, we still have to do our part to make it happen. The summer heat typically continues into the month of September in the Charleston area. Up north where I came from, the temperature usually cools…

Rose Gardening Tips – Weed Control

    A weed is a plant that you don’t want. There’s an old saying that if a weed can’t grow in a garden, no other plant will grow there either. When my roses look very healthy, my weeds are just as healthy. At this time of the year, weeds are one of the biggest…

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….

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…

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…