Rose Garden in the Spring…..

coRose Garden April 2017

 

We’ve been working on this rose garden for two years and finally it’s taking flight.  The New Dawn roses are old, probably 15 years old, and lucky for us, they were far apart enough to set the seated arbor last year.  Most of the roses are varieties:  David Austin Roses, others I can’t remember having been transplanted from different parts of the property, and these patio roses that will take over the landscape and certainly a contained rose garden.

Though the patio roses don’t have much scent, the English roses do, and species like Graham Thomas and Madame Carriere on the side of the house and now 15 feet high, are highly scented.

Trying to grow grass between plants, but so far the only thing I have been able to grow under the roses is catnip.  I mixed blueberry (in pots ) with the border roses because they both seem to like each other.

Of course, this being Georgia, we have to contend with red clay, but ta-da!  Roses like clay…a mixture of good soil and clay.  The clay feeds into minerals the roses need.  I throw in coffee grounds and chicken manure from my 8 chickens …I don’t care if it is ‘hot’ .  After a few days it’s not.  Chicken manure and feathers are some of the very best rose food, and if you look at the ingredients of the most expensive rose food, like Osmocote… you will see this in the first few ingredients.

I need to find bee balm to plant within the spaces of the roses….it will help with pollination and hopefully will transfer to the veggie garden.  Last year, Fred bought one of those ‘get rid of your mosquitoes sprays….and overnight…there were hundreds of dead honey bees out there…around the flowering catnip plants.  I sat on the steps and cried.  This will never happen here again.  Catnip really brought the honey bees around…a precious and endangered pollinator.  I am trying to do everything I can to promote the pollinators.  Planted what I thought was butterfly bushes (stupid Home Depot) and I have yet to see any blooms.  I want to put a bee skept in the garden just to see if I can provide a home for bees.  But I don’t want to get stung. Nor do the cats…..

Lady Nyo

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Fred’s hand around a Lady of Shallot…very sweet scented.

My beautiful picture

My beautiful picture

Blurred closeup of the New Dawn Roses…..they smell like Ivory Soap!

H

 

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Haven’t a clue why some of my pix are coming out on their sides…but this is a blueberry (potted) bush laden with blueberries, not ripe yet, but soon.  Rabbit’s Eye I think.

 

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, April 29, 2017

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10 Responses to “Rose Garden in the Spring…..”

  1. gypsy Says:

    Those are stunning! Congratulations!!!

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  2. kanzensakura Says:

    My precious husband grew hybrid teas until his immune system became so compromised…fungicidr spray, getting staph from thorn pricks….he was aleays winning awards.

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  3. ladynyo Says:

    Wow! that is impressive. I don’t use sprays except for baking soda in water when the black spot gets really bad, but having enough ventilation between roses certainly helps. I have no idea with this planting this year whether I will get those Japanese beetles and blackspot. Staph is serious. my husband got staph in the hospital after back surgery and almost died. he had a pic in his arm to his heart for three months….yikes. I never won any award. Period. Had to cut down my beautiful plum trees (two) outside my gate because the bastards around here would climb the trees, break off limbs and use them to jump into our front yard to see wht they could steal. Now? I miss my plums. They would rip the plums off when they weren’t ripe because they liked them green. I called the police a couple of times, and the police acted like I was a mean old lady. Well, I become one. LOL!

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  4. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Gypsy. They really aren’t hard to grow. If they were, I wouldn’t have such a display. It’s all about picking the right species…and those patio roses are so easy. Any one can grow those and they are HUGE when they get going. Rather bullies in the garden. LOL! I have a few that are English, much smaller and they are cowering frm the patio bullies. LOL!

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  5. lynn__ Says:

    What a beautiful rose garden…my mother had a variety of roses growing in our backyard flower beds too. I could smell them again, thanks!

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  6. kanzensakura Says:

    So sad. I love living in this small country area rather than back in the city. Nothing like being a mean old lady! My husband won all kinds of ribbons for his teas – a lot of white ribbons (1st prize). He was a member of the Richmond rose Society and the National Rose Society. Now he is a “consultor” meaning, people with rose questions and problems gets routed to him. He loves roses. One of the survivors is a climbing tea, Brandenburg Gate. gorgeous pale pale pink rose with a rich citrus smell.

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  7. ladynyo Says:

    Brandenburg Gate! I remember that rose. Lovely!

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  8. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Lynn…..roses bring back many memories…I wish peonies did well in the south, but they don’t. Thank you for reading.

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  9. kanzensakura Says:

    H won three ribbons for that one – two white and one blue

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  10. ladynyo Says:

    Wow….that;’s impressive!

    Good on Him.

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