Glorious Roses – Part Two

The following roses can be added to the list of desirable roses.

In harsher climates, the rose fancier should limit choices to the hardier varieties. For example, Canadian roses.

Some gardeners prefer own root roses as they develop deeper root systems. The disadvantage is that they will be smaller than container-grown roses, but in time own root varieties will become stronger.

Aphids:

These annoying pests can be dealt with by relying on the gardener’s best friend, the ladybug. If there is a paucity of them in the garden, they can be purchased in mesh bags from the nursery. The bags should be kept out of the sun until the late afternoon; this is the best time to scatter them. They will go to work immediately with amazing efficiency.

Another–though tedious–method is to rub the buds and stems of the plants gently between forefinger and thumb. This will dislodge and squash the pests, giving the gardener much satisfaction.

"Winnipeg Parks"

“Winnipeg Parks”

Pink "Touch of Class"

Pink “Touch of Class”

Climber, creamy, white "Sally Holmes"

Climber, creamy, white “Sally Holmes”

Musk rose "Ballerina"

Musk rose “Ballerina”

Yellow "Sunsprite" and pink "Simplicity"

Yellow “Sunsprite” and pink “Simplicity”

Glorious Roses

Ask not for whom the roses bloom,

Climbing pink "America" and red "Champlain"

Climbing pink “America” and red “Champlain”

they bloom for thee.

English Roses

English Roses

Christmas is around the corner: the season of good cheer, excess, and the opening of gifts (MORE STUFF!). After the last guest has departed, why not collapse on your bed with a handful of rose catalogs, pen and paper in hand and choose the roses you want to plant in the next coming year. In Colorado, it’s wiser to wait until all danger of frost is past before planting.

The photos will whet the appetite and serve as an inspiration to anyone who has ever wanted to enter the wonderful world of this garden aristocrat–the rose.

Climbing Rose

Climbing Rose

Tips for Roses 

  • Prepare the planting with plenty of compost and manure.
  • Provide adequate water; approximately one inch per week.
  • Fertilize 1st of May, 1st of June, 1st of August

Recommended Roses:

English Roses – “Gertrude Jekyll,” “Graham Thomas,” “Abraham Darby”

Floribundas – “Iceberg,” “Carefree Wonder,” “Betty Prior”

Musk Rose – “Ballerina”

Canadian Roses – “Morden Blush,” “William Baffin”

Yellow "Graham Thomas"

Yellow “Graham Thomas”

The problem with growing roses is that no matter how many one has, it’s never enough. Like Oliver Twist, we want more. At the nursery, it’s better to entertain the idea of buying another rose than to actually buy it. But what the hell–as the Duchess of Windsor always said, “Nobody can be too thin or be too rich–or have too many roses.”

For more leisurely reading about roses, see Too Late for Regrets page 251!

Pink Gertrude Jekyll

Pink Gertrude Jekyll

Climbing Rose - Red Blaze

Climbing Rose – Red Blaze

Gardening in Too Late for Regrets: Sparkling White Flowers

In Too Late for Regrets, Elizabeth tells Timothy that she can’t make up her mind about something–should she plant white or pink petunias?

“White shows up so well at dusk…” – Too Late for Regrets, page 14

And not only at dusk do they show up well. Here are some exquisite white flowers that are sure to please gardeners and readers alike.

Had you been in Elizabeth’s position, which flowers would you have planted? If there are none below that you fancy, comment with the names your favorite nighttime flora!

White Alyssum

White Alyssum

Tanacetum (and an adorable Havanese puppy)

Tanacetum (and an adorable Havanese puppy)

White Roses

White Roses

White Cosmos

White Cosmos

White Candytuft

White Candytuft