Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
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Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I plan my rose pruning for our local rose show. Pruning of roses is followed by a a strict spray and fertilizer schedule. First I cut back not to hard all the spindly rose stems, and remove all the old leaves and get rid of them (compost or through out in the greens barrel).
Then I dormant spray all the naked stems. This stuff is way gross. I really hate mixing it up, but it helps so so much. Then i clean up all my beds really well.
Mulch and compost are the next to go down. I am lucky to work at Starbucks because I bring home super heavy bags of coffee grounds. I throw the grounds straight onto the ground.
My organic fertilizer goes down next. In the past I have used biosol, mills magic, john and bobs. Roses are not that picky, as long as they eat they will be happy. Then I top off with the compost. This will be whatever is on sale and has the most kinds of poop in it... It all depends on what I have time for. It usually means a trip to home depot and the big bag of Kellogg's.
Then I take a break for a few weeks.
I will post my spray schedule next,
and then my fertilizer schedule following.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I am totally loving these colors. They compliment my olive skin like a dream. The perfect pastels. I only wish I had silver shatter. I must have you silver shatter......
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
I do not grow to many hybrid tea roses as I have said before. I really fell for this bicolor peachie yellow, and horribly floppy beauty. After a few weeks it bloomed and the smell knocked my socks off. She smells fantastic, and did I mention she is clean of disease as well. Since this rose was hybridized in 1956 I consider this outstanding.. Helen Hayes you are beautiful!
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
The other downside for these beauties is that they eat and eat and eat. They love fertile soil, so even constant amending of the soil is not optimum for these ladies. I know a lot of people make a special brew of beer, ammonia, tea tree oil,neem oil and fish emulsion. They spray every single day. I tried this last year for about two months. It was so time consuming, so now its the minimum once again. They need to stay moist, so watering is very important. Also anything under zone 9 they must be overwintered in a green house.
You may think oh man these are trouble, but it all goes away after that evening on the porch when that aroma hits you. Its just heavenly.
The yellow picture is jamies monkey business ( It has smaller trumpets that are really cute.
The Pink is a double pink is day dreams
The white is simply called double white