Roses…..

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This is a Madame Alfred Carriere rose that has climbed up the side of the second story and is coming into the bedroom.  Beautiful rose but you can get hurt just rolling around in the bed.

My beautiful picture

A beautiful rose, but very invasive.

My beautiful picture

We will spend Father’s Day cutting back this climber.  I don’t care if it is the wrong time to prune…..you can get hurt just stretching in bed!

We did….cut it back to 4 main canes….no greenery on it at all, but did get some blossoms for the house.  Will clean up tomorrow and try to bend these main canes laterally…so the bud unions can form and we can get new growth.  The Cecille Brunner was  cut back severely this early spring and it is again blooming.  That bush almost tore the chimney down.  It looks cruel to prune so severely, but you do get new blossoms and canes.  The problem is the growth is so fast on these climbers you have to have ladders and someone brave enough to climb and clip…and duck.

I will miss waking up to a face full of blossoms, but it will always try again.  Nature Rules.

Rose Garden April 2017

This is the new Rose Garden.  We had about 20 plants in containers for a year and then put them in the ground.  Then we dug more holes in this Georgia Clay and scant top soil, and put in 15 more a few weeks ago.  They were mostly English roses, David Austin varieties, which have very weak stems….Lady of Shallots, and  others I can’t remember names…and a lot of Knock Out roses that I wouldn’t do again because they really are invasive.  I have to clip, prune them every 5 weeks or so or sooner.  Can’t get down the garden path to that arbor if I don’t.  A few roses came from Walmart, just because they looked promising, and they lived up to the promise.  O.L. Weeks, and Mister Lincoln we planted in containers on stands in the middle of each side of the rose garden, because the Knock Outs just were BIG and swamped these two.  One from Home Depot was “Coretta Scott King”….a white rose tipped with a dark pink.  Lovely. The Lady of Shallots are a beautiful peach/yellow, but have to be staked where they are planted because they are so wimpy stemmed.  There is a really silly rose….a red variegated with white that has only 5 or 6 petals but is so pretty.  I used to be a real snob about where I bought my roses, mostly English and German and a few French roses, online, but now I go for the easier ones to grow and fill up a new rose garden.  These Knock Outs are disease free, constant bloomers and can be pruned into civilized shapes.  The arbor is covered by two “New Dawn” roses…about 15 years there, and they just had no structure beneath them….until we squeezed an iron seated arbor two years ago on Mother’s Day.  Perfect fit with some weaving of canes over it and it has taken off.  Those New Dawns are the mass of pink/white roses over the arbor.  They smell like Ivory soap.

There are two peach roses in planters from Walmart and they are just beautiful and remarkable bloomers.  I didn’t think they would do so well, but they really are impressive.  And cost next to nothing.  Tight budded and incredible fragrance.

My beautiful picture

My beautiful picture

“Lady Banks” that died when we cut it down and tried to transplant it to the side.  We planted another, but not in that place.  It ate up the corner of the house!

Lady of Shallot

My husband holding a blossom of Lady of Shallot.  Too weak stemmed.  English teas can be that way.  English climbers are much better.

 

Lady Nyo

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11 Responses to “Roses…..”

  1. sarahrussellpoetry Says:

    So pretty though! I asked an avid gardener once when the right time was to prune. He said, “When you have the pruning shears in your hand.” I’ve followed his advice ever since.

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  2. ladynyo Says:

    Oh, Sarah! Absolutely. Otherwise you can never find the time! People have told me that late fall is the ‘proper’ time, but with the climate change, it’s any time here in the South. I transplanted a rose bush last fall..and everyone said, ‘you did it at the wrong time and it will die…’ but it came back blazingly! Those Patio Roses, Knock Outs? They can be invasive in themselves….I have to prune my two year old bushes back because I couldn’t get down the path to the arbor IF I didn’t. I didn’t expect this to happen, and I am delighted that it does! LOL!

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  3. phoartetry Says:

    Quite lovely though, but I can see it’s a prickly decision. Lol 😄

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  4. ladynyo Says:

    LOL! Hi Connie. And yes, it is. LOL!

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  5. Bodhirose Says:

    Jane, how did that rose actually get through your window? We have knock out roses in our garden and have a woman in the area who is an expert on roses and has acres of them that she sells. She’s like a walking encyclopedia of everything roses. My daughter has bought many from her and she knows all the names…I don’t. There’s something special about having copious rose blooms in your yard isn’t there? We also love orchids and have many. Your garden is magnificent and I know it takes a lot of work!

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  6. ladynyo Says:

    Actually, that rose isn’t a knock out…it’s a Madame Alfred Carriere, a climber….very old species (around 1845, French I believe) and we cut it back severely this weekend. Ugh. I miss those blossoms and the rose doesn’t have many thorns but we couldn’t close the window for the ac unit. LOL! So the rose had to go. And I miss it. And now, roses aren’t a lot of work. The Knock out roses are so great, but they have to be trimmed back every two weeks or they get so damn big and out of bounds that you can’t get through the path. LOL! Sounds like a problem that is a good problem but it means you just have to control the growth in a rose garden that has about 30 roses and is only 20x 25 feet. LOL! I can’t keep an orchid alive if I put it in bed with me. I had three and the cats this weekend killed one and the other one looks rather bleak, and one is hiding from me. You are a good gardener if you can grow orchids!

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  7. ladynyo Says:

    That Madame Alfred Carriere climbed up 25 feet (by 20 feet) to the second story window. And she did it fast, too. In two or three years. Yikes! I used to feed all my roses fish meal emulsion, which I poured a bottle of it in a large 30 gallon plastic barrel and just ladled it out to each plant, but now I am afraid to do this….grows too fast and can’t control climbers very well….they have minds of their own. LOL! And good for them because mine isn’t so good anymore.

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  8. Bodhirose Says:

    You had me laughing at your last lines here, Jane. We found that orchids like to hang under our ligustrum tree that has dappled sun coming through…mostly shade. We fertilize them some but mostly ignore them…seems to work!

    You sure would miss such a display of roses and it’s hard to cut the blooms off but it’s a necessary thing to do. I understand.

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  9. Bodhirose Says:

    Oh my gosh, Jane…that’s almost freakishly fast growth! Wow! They must have really flourished on that fertilizer that you ladled out. Love your delightful sense of humor! xo

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  10. ladynyo Says:

    Yep….they are freaks….and I wonder with the super fertilizer if I am not blowing their ovaries out! LOL!

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  11. ladynyo Says:

    don’t have no ligstrumum tree around here. But the cats probably will sit in those too if they were hanging around. LOL! Cats are destroyers of Everything…but not souls.

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