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******************
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.