Friday, March 21, 2008

First rose of 2008- "Joseph's Coat"

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Rowing and Sowing said...

I've been investigating "roses" these past few weeks on-line (and come and visit here and see roses here :) I've been thinking about starting a rose garden at some point (instead of continuing to do veg in all garden plots - start a rose garden - kind of convert it!) My folks used to have a rose garden long ago, and it was beautiful (but as I recall it was quite a bit of work.) I'd have no clue where to start. I'm sure there are easier roses to maintain than others. Any suggestions for a "first time rose bush" :)

Hope you're doing good and hope you had a great Easter!

A Softer Side said...

I am doing well, thanks- had a b***buster of a holiday- but I always do. I work on holidays...

First rose bush.... the hybreds are a bit more risilient (I found that the climbing roses did well) but- my first roses were the 'dead plant society' variety- I do not even know their names (which really doesnt matter anyway). I do spray my roses with an insectiside especially for that purpose, although I might try some product from gardens alive (pyola) that is supposed to be environmentally friendly and works well (Mom used it on her cannas last year and loves it!)
Here is a link to that site / product:

I just got in from Montgomery; will try to get back with more info later :).

Rowing and Sowing said...

Thanks for the link! I don't like using sprays or insecticides, but sometimes it gets to the point that it's either spray or lose it! Someone else suggested I might get a climbing rose (I'm looking for a good spot :)

Have a great evening!

A Softer Side said...

I have several "Climbing Blaze" roses around the yard- dead plant society, you know - and they have been the hardiest. I do have one tiny red/ black rose that I have moved twice- from rental houses to the house I am in now, so that one must have been a hardy little thing as well but I have no idea what it is. It was a 'whim' buy.

Big thing with the roses; if you se a spotted or diseased leaf- pluck it and throw it away- many of the things that harm the roses are fungal and spread rapidly through your beds.

I really dont know much about them other then I have a knack for growing them.

Have a great day!