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 →

Proven Products for Rose Gardeners

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 →

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 →

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 →

Scentimental

Scentimental ‘Playboy’ x ‘Peppermint Twist’ Hybridizer – Carruth, 1997   This spicy scented floribunda was the first striped rose to win the AARS award. With burgundy and creamy white stripes on a vigorous plant with shiny, dark green foliage, Scentimental hardly needs its wonderful fragrance to attract attention, but that's what made it an award... Continue Reading →

Romantica Roses

Rouge Royale – Photo courtesy of Regan Nursery For rose lovers who want the charm and fragrance of the Old Garden Roses with their large variety of flower forms but longer blooming period, there are large selections now available. First, there was David Austin’s English Roses, then other growers started producing roses with the Old... Continue Reading →

The McCartney Rose

(‘Nirvana’ x ‘Papa Meilland’) x ‘First Prize’ Hybridizer – Meilland, France, 1991 This heavily scented rose was originally named for Paul McCartney of “The Beatles” but Paul wanted it to be named in honor of his entire family whose favourite flower is the Rose. The bloom is a very deep pink, starts high centered and... Continue Reading →

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