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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Growing Roses in your Garden

(My rose bush this season just before blooming, tipped over it was so tall; but covered with bloom buds!
After blooming, I removed the tall canes as I have to dig it up and move it away from the Spruce tree.)

I was working in the garden today and wondering what I could do with those long
canes that needed to be trimmed off my rose bushes. It seemed like such a waste of
nature just to toss them to the compost pile.

A couple of very long ones I tried weaving into the open part of one of my garden
arches to fill a large gap for my morning glories to climb on and it worked out! So
I kept the four longest ones and wove them into the top to give the vines more of
a support to attach itself to.

I know from experience that the best trick I ever came up for making my rose s
happy was to tuck banana skins in the soil near the plant. This worked so well that
my rose bush shot up past the 6ft spruce that is growing near it. I didn't have the
heart to cut off the branch just because I wanted to see what it would do!

So finally it bent over in an arch over the garden and produced several dozen red
roses along its length! It was just so pretty! I fear though that this red climber is
the root stock to my original pink rose which the top had died in a winter freeze,
but the hearty stock, even though its red, I feel I can live with this older style and
somewhat wilder rose.

Roses are a little more work at times but are well worth the beauty and color they produce.

The New York State flower is the wild rose. My mom used to have one in our back yard with dozens of delicate yellow blooms all over it each season. She never had to do any extra care to it, and even though there were a few Japanese beetles, there didn't seem as many as there are now. My family used the method of a jar with water and taking them off the branches with the lid and checking once or even twice a day during their peak time of visiting your plant. They have learned they emit a hormone for mating that attracts other beetles to your plant. If you remove them early, you might get away with not having to use a poison. I only use the systemic when needed as I wont spray my flowers. This helps break the cycle without harming bees passing through and which do not chew on the leaves.


Kymber said...

thanks for the great tip about what to do with rose canes AND the great tip about bananas!!! i know what i am doing with all of my banana peelings from now on!

Cher - do you any pics of your roses? i would love to see them!!!

CherB said...

I try to take pictures but do not always remember. I will look through recent photos and ones still on my camera. The rose bush was not as beautiful this year as last, but it did produce an abundance of canes. I cut it into a shrub height this season till I can get some of my beds rearranged as the now growing spruce tree is taking more space. If need be I will post a photo of it from last season. Thanks for the nice reminder. Cher

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