Here comes Isaac!

Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Here comes Isaac!
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Thu, 08-30-2012 - 12:21pm

Isaac hit the coast hard, and is gradually working his way to us here in the Mid-South.  My family members on the Gulf coast came through the storm without problems.  Here, we are just looking forward to some much-needed rain.  

I dramatically pruned my roses a few weeks ago, and now both are in bloom.  I've got immortal roses.  One I cut all the way back to the root collar, and it now has one little stem with a happy pink rose on it.  The other I took off about 80%, it was WAY overgrown and attacking people.  It is rebounding like crazy, covered in new growth and blooms.  

I had a large rose in my front yard that I tried for YEARS to kill, and it kept coming back.  I dug it up several times, and it still would come back.  It was in the wrong place, and grew way too large and leggy.  Keeping it pruned and mowing around it became intolerable.  I think it is finally gone!  

Just in time for the rain, we are having the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival this weekend.  Any excuse to set up 3-4 outdoor stages and book 100+ bands for a street party is just HOW WE ROCK in the Mid-South!  

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Registered: 05-29-2012
Fri, 08-31-2012 - 10:39am
Glad your family is okay. We're in the midst of a thunderstorm right now. My dog is shaking and panting beside me, but my garden is so grateful. I wold love to grow roses, but I thought they were difficult? I have a rose bush that my father planted probably about 50 years ago that seems to manage quite well on its own, but any time I've planted other roses, I've had no trouble at all killing them, lol! What's your secret?
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Registered: 02-27-1999
Fri, 08-31-2012 - 11:56am

Roses are best left alone.  I mean it!  

If you've ever toured the City Cemetery in Natchez, MS, there are roses everywhere that were planted after a yellow fever epidemic and took care of themselves for over 100 years until they finally hired a botanist.  Choose your variety carefully.  Overly hybridized teas are susceptible to many diseases.  

I look for varieties that are closer to the types Josephine Bonaparte bred.  OH, you did not know that Josephine Bonaparte was a rose breeder?  She had the largest collection of roses in the world, over 250 varieties.  She also had a big greenhouse full of pineapples.  She grew roses from seeds that the soldiers brought back from war to her, so she was working with roses that were growing wild in nature.  These are now called "old roses."  

The worst enemy of roses is rainwater splashing back up onto the underside of leaves.  Mulching is recommended for preventing splash, but I just grow the grass all the way around the bush.  Not conventional but it gets the job done.  None of mine are in beds.  

Another problem roses have is powdery mildew.  For that, just mix a little dry skim milk powder in water and spray.  Pruning is a must with the "old rose" varieties because they get huge.  Deadhead spent blooms and prune any dead wood.  When you cut roses, cut just above a 5-leaf cluster and new growth will come from the joint of the leaf cluster.  

But really, I just ignore mine until it is time to whack them back.  

Here's a cool article about Josephine's garden

http://womenandthegarden.blogspot.com/2011/01/joesphine-and-her-rose-garden.html

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Registered: 05-17-2001
Re: Here comes Isaac!
Fri, 09-07-2012 - 2:19pm
DH wants to train it to go up into the white crabapple that it's growing under. Not sure I want that, but if he's doing the work, he can go what he wants...lol!!

~Misty~


 


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Registered: 02-27-1999
Fri, 09-07-2012 - 6:50pm

I agree!  But I just keep pruning and watching them change.  BF hates my roses, so if I don't keep them pruned, he will...

But the wildest one is RIGHT next to his driver's door when he parks in my driveway.  So it attacks him.  

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