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…

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…

Blue Roses

    I have heard people say they want a blue rose. How many do you think really want a blue rose? Count me out. I am a traditionalist. I want a red Hybrid Tea and a pink or white Old Garden Rose. I’m not a fan of blue rose if there is such a…

Tips on Buying Roses

        On a recent visit to Lowe’s, I encountered a whole shelf of bagged roses. Then the following week, a whole shipment of container roses appeared on the display areas. If you are a novice rose gardeners, you’ll wonder which roses to buy.   Buying roses should not be a great challenge….

Spring Forward to a New Rose Gardening Season

      As the weather warms up, there are certain things rose gardeners do to get ready for the season. While our fellow gardeners in the North are still hibernating, gardeners in the South are already in full swing of activities in the garden. Depending on where you are on the Hardiness Zone Map,…

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…

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…

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…