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My Rose Garden

MY ROSE GARDEN


                 I started my rose garden in March 1998.  In my  
                 garden you will find... 
                        
                 **Absolutely - 1998 New England Rose Trail Award
                      ARS Rateing:  NR
                      Color:  Creamy white outer petal's with
                              reserse yellow inner petals
                              are pale yellow, dusting of    
                              apricot pink.
                      Description:  Slightly frangrant, well formed.

                 **Chicago Peace - 1962
                      ARS Rating:  7.7
                      Color:  Pink with carey yellow base.
                      Description:  5"-5-1/2" double; slight          
                                    fragrant; more intense color than
                                    "Peace"; good cut.

                 **Child's Play - 1991, AARS 1993, ARS Award of
                                  Excellence 1993
                      ARS Rating:  NR
                      Color:  White and pink bicolor.
                      Description:  Medium sized semidouble, high, 
                                    centered borne singly and 
                                    insprays for 3 or more sweet 
                                    fragrance.

                 **Montezuma - Gold Medal Certificate, ARS 1948
                      ARS Rating:  8.0
                      Color:  Salmon and orange.
                      Description:  3" - 4-1/2" frangrant, long-
                                    lasting blooms/strong stems.

                 **Rainbow's End - 1984, ARS Award of Excellence 1996
                      ARS Rating:  9.0
                      Color:  Deep yellow with red edges, ages red 
                              all over.
                      Description:  Small double; hybird tea form, 
                                    prolific constant; no fragrance.

                 **Teddy Bear - New
                      ARS Rating: NR
                      Color:  Unique terra cotta (russet)
                      Description:  Upright and vigorous, bloom in 
                                    profuseone to a stem.

                 ********************AND GROWING******************


WHAT I FOUND OUT AND WORKS FOR ME.


1. CHOOSING A ROSE


                      After deciding on location, plant size, and     
                      color scheme it's time to select varieties.
                      There is an astounding array of plants available
                      in almost every conceivable combination of 
                      characteristics.  Nearly two hundred and fifty 
                      different roses.  Don't be over whelmed by the  
                      large number; once you've decided on the  
                      characteristics you want in a rose, the list  
                      becomes more mangeable.


2. STARTING OUT WITH A NEW ROSE BUSH


                          A.  Dig a hole as deep as the container and
                              5" TO 6" wider than it is. 
        
                          B.  Fill with a little soil and water.  
                              Watering will help roots take to there
                              new invironment.

                          C.  Fill with more soil to the top.  Water 
                              well and ferilizer.  (My favorite is
                              Roses Miracle Grow.)

                          D.  Water twice a day (if no rain) and once
                              a week with ferilizer.


3. PRUNING


                          A.  Pruning can and should be done at any 
                              time to shape the plants or remove 
                              spent blooms.

                          B.  When cutting flowers or removing spent 
                              blooms, cut the cane above a five-leaf
                              leaflet.

                          C.  Removing spent blooms and cutting flower
                              will encourage the planet to produce 
                              even more blooms.

                  After the first year, spring pruning consists of 
                  cutting away dead canes and spindly wood.


PRUNING OLD GARDEN ROSES


                  Old roses also shold be pruned lightly.  Prune one-
                  time bloomers after flowering and repeat bloomers  
                  winter or early spring.

                  Alba - Remove twiggy growth and cut back recent
                         growth by one third after flowering.

                 Bouron and Portland - In winter cut back the main 
                         canes by one third and the side shoots to 
                         buds.  Trim twiggy growth after blooming.

                 Centifolia and Moss - Reduce the canes and cut back 
                        growth by one third after blooming to produce
                        a bushier plant.

                 Damask - Remove twiggy growth after flowering; cut 
                         back laternal shoots to three sets of   
                         leaves. Cut back main canes to increase
                         if desired.

                 Gallica - Remove twiggy growth after the flowers bloom.
                         Shape lighty during the winter if desired.
                       
                 Hybrid Perpetual - After the plants bloom, cut back 
                         the main shoots by one third and shorten the
                         side shoots.

                 Noistte - Prune bush forms as you would a hybird   
                           tea.  Prune climbing forms as you would a 
                           blooming climber.

Tea - Prune lightly as you would a
hybird tea rosebush.

RATING YOUR ROSES AMERICAN ROSE SOCIETY RATINGS


                  Every three years the ARS surveys it's memberships 
                  in all parts of the United States for their   
                  ratings on the roses they've grown.  Varieties and 
                  cultivars are rated on a scale of 1 to 10, and the  
                  results published annually in the Handbook for 
                  Selecting Roses.  The ARS breaks down the ratings   
                  qualitatively in the following ratings:
               
                           10.0          Perfect  (Not yet achieved)
                          9.0-9.9        Outstanding
                          8.0-8.9        Excellent
                          7.0-7.9        Good
                          6.0-6.9        Fair
                          5.9 and lower  Of questionable value.

             

MULCHING MATERIALS ADD BEAUTY TO YOUR GARDEN


                 Bark - Available commercially in chips form or   
                           finely ground. Very attractive and long 
                           lasting.

                Sawdust, wood chips or wood shavings - Low plant 
                           nutrients; depcomposes slowly; tends to 
                           to back down.  Well-compossed material 
                           perferred, although fresh wood products can
                           be used.  When used as a surface mulsh, 
                           fresh wood doesn't deplete nitrogen
                           supply as it does when  worked into the 
                           soil.  (Normal fertilizer program will take
                           care of nitrogen requirements of 
                           uncomposted wood mulsh.) Keep away from 
                           building foundations; may attract 
                           termites.

               Grass clippings or hay - Probably the most readily
                           available, but unattractive.  Let dry 
                           before spreading.  Repeated use builds up
                           reserve of nutrients that last for years.  
         
                Tree leaves (whole or shredded) - Excellent source
                           humus.  Rots rapidly; high in nutrients.

                Landscaping fabric - Excellent.  Discourages weeds
                           while allowing water topenetrate.  Can be 
                           covered with thin layer of bark or other
                           materical for a more attractive appearance.


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