Skip to comments.Rose Fever: Pursuit of the perfect garden (a springtime vanity)
Posted on 03/18/2007 8:05:23 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum
Spring fever has got me. I want to get out of the house, away from the computer, and dig in the dirt. Getting ready to start a new rose bed. Anybody else out there nuts about roses?
Shame on you! Keep your doggies out of my flower bed. LOL!
The ones I picked aren't same root, but they are disease resistant. After having grown roses near the gulf coast, I know how important that can be.
But worse than diseases are not enough light and too much bermuda grass sneaking in the rosebed! I HATE Bermuda grass.
Thanks for those links, they look great. I just snuck a peek at the front page of gardener's net.
There are a lot more info sites out there. I got tired of looking!
One trick I read was to dig a deep enough hole to pour in a bag of good grade potting soil and plant your rose in that...suspect it would work well if you don't like your soil.
Yes, I know, the net is a veritable Library of Alexandria...
P-I-I-I-N-G to my nutty buddies.....
Black spot is the yucks! That's why I want to convert all my flower beds to drip.
I like hybrid teas myself, quickly followed by floribundas and then there are some nice grandifloras....*sigh*... I just have no land at the moment.
Have never tried climbers but, btw, the sweet peas are starting to bloom here in SoCal. I first saw and inhaled them today on my walk. Oh, and wisteria is on the way...
Let me know how your Arkansas Traveler does. I tried it once, didn't get too far with it... perhaps was too close to the salt sea.
Don't mention wisteria to me...I had huge amounts of it in Ogden, and as beautiful as it is, it is a weed! LOL!
Yes, if it weren't for "earthkind roses" everything would be dead except the natives... which is why, for back-up, I planted a bunch of Texas wildflowers from Wildseed Farms. I also let the larkspur, blue-stars and winecups come up all over the yard. Just in case my luck runs out, they'll be something here that just might live!
Here's the web-site with the list.
Perle d' Or
Katy Road Pink (Carefree Beauty)
Duchesse de Brabant
Earth Kind Rose Brigade Trial Cultivars:
Blushing Knock Out
Comtesse du Cayla
Mme. Antoine Mari
Mrs. Dudley Cross
Pink Knock Out
Souvenir de St. Annes
I think they'd live in Idaho as well... where are you located? I used to live in Boise - GREAT volcanic soil!!!
I might move there, just for that purpose. Teasing.... sort of.
Southeast Boise it is! It is a bit clayish on our lot though...which is why I made a raised bed with topsoil from zamzows...but before I top off the raised bed, I want to get more organic stuff in it. Whatever it was in the mix, it grew snapdragons like mad once upon a time. And tulips.
I think that's why I was never into planting vine-y, climbing things, unless they are edible like beans.
When I lived down south, I loved Jasmine, but it's not hardy enough for here...much better behaved than wisteria! I have thought about grapes, though....
Well folks, I'm going to have to call it a night. If you would like to be pinged for further rose discussion, let me know!
Argh, jasmine is everywhere here.... gaggggg....:) Set me free.
Give a shot at some grapes. They can be a challenge from what I've heard.
I agree with you that not all can be done in one year. Year after year, layer upon layer, your garden will grow.
I'll let you know how the tomatoes turn out - all my tomatoes wallowed last year (with the exception of the pear ones) but I think that was because of the 110 degree heat.
Hey, as far as roses are concerned, have you tried miniature roses in containers? They are perfect for sunny balconies and stuff. I especially like "Cupcake" and "Rainbow"...
Yeah, I could get some of those at Trader Joe's, just short of a sunny spot here but I'll keep looking.
That also pushed me more into Daylilies and Irises, I've gone Iris nuts lately especially rebloomers, Immortality is an Iris that belongs in heaven.
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