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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Feb 5, 2010 7:56 PM CST

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Today I received a message on "the other site" from Repeat_Bloomer. Many of you will remember him from the rose forum and other forums there. He hasn't posted there in a while because he was working on a second master's degree. His name is Mike, he lives in New York, and we all saw wonderful photos of his garden, his pets, his home, his furniture restoration projects, and his whimsical sense of humor. Who can ever forget the picture of him wearing a tiara?

Anyway, he's coming here to a Bluegrass music camp for adults and he's going to come over and visit me on the 19th. I'm delighted!
Name: Suzanne
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Calif_Sue
Feb 5, 2010 8:40 PM CST

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That's great Zuzu! So push those roses to an early bloom! Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Feb 5, 2010 8:51 PM CST

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Right! How much pushing do you suppose it will take to get them to bloom in two weeks? I haven't even finished pruning some of them yet.

My pruning was coming along quite nicely, but then we had more days of rain and cold, and there's this Brave New World that's taking up a big chunk of my time. I can't wait to tell Mike all of the gossip.
Name: Evey Blalock
South Louisiana - Zone 8b/9a (Zone 8b)
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BlissfulGarden
Feb 5, 2010 9:24 PM CST
Mills Mix... Mills Mix... Mills Mix!
~Evey =)

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Feb 5, 2010 10:03 PM CST
Cold? It's cold there? Every single one of my rose is still black & purple and my front yard is a frozen brick!

But that's really cool that someone from here is gonna visit! I-friends are usually really super nice people.. rarely does an I-friend not end up what you think they are (trust me).
Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Feb 5, 2010 10:40 PM CST

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And yet, it can be one of the worst experiences of your life (trust me).
Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Feb 5, 2010 10:48 PM CST
zuzu - Yea, I know. been there, done that, outgrew the T-shirt. Glare
Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
Name: dana aka iris28
tristate area, ky z6b
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dana
Feb 5, 2010 10:53 PM CST
i was wondering where he went.. the last time he posted he was having a battle with midge, they took out like 60 % of his blooms.
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Feb 5, 2010 10:59 PM CST

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Yes, I remember his problems with pests a couple of years ago, although I'd forgotten they were midges. It was so sad to read about all that he'd lost.
Name: Vicky Thompson
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Cottage_Rose
Feb 6, 2010 10:10 PM CST
I miss Mike! Glad he's hooking up with you.
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Feb 6, 2010 10:17 PM CST

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I'd be happy to relay any messages you have for him.
Name: Vicky Thompson
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Cottage_Rose
Feb 6, 2010 10:29 PM CST
Just tell I've missed him alot and best wishes with his Masters degree.
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Feb 6, 2010 10:32 PM CST

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Will do.
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Feb 9, 2010 10:58 PM CST
Hey everybody, it's been a long time since I've had the pleasure of your virtual company! I'm so glad to see old friends in a new medium. Zuzu, thanks so much for inviting me to join in the fun! Dana - it's nice to be remembered. And Cottage Rose, how the heck are you and the Sebastopol geese? I hear Michigan got hit hard with snow today! We're going to get about a foot of snow tomorrow with blizzard force winds. It's just starting now, but is suppose to be in full force by morning. It will be a good day to stay home! Hopefully the weather will calm down for my cross-country trip to Zuzu's part of the world. I'm going to the California Bluegrass Association's winter camp (primarily for adults) on Sunday, and will be there till Thursday. Then I'll finally get to meet Zuzu in person after years of swapping notes and photos of roses - what a treat! Sue, can you come out and join us for the day? What fun it will be!
Name: Vicky Thompson
Michigan (Zone 5b)
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Cottage_Rose
Feb 10, 2010 10:23 AM CST
HI MIKE!
So glad you are here! Hurray!
The geese are doing fine and breeding season is about to start.
Actually this winter we're below average snowfall.
It seems that the areas around us have been a lot worse off than us this winter.
Its even been unseasonably cold and snowy in the south for much of the winter.
Well its almost over.
Counting the days until the crocus & daffs start to pop up.
Again, glad you've joined us. Smiling
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Feb 10, 2010 4:25 PM CST

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Hey, Mike, Sebastopol's Bluegrass Festival is March 13th, so will you be coming back here for that or will you camp out here on the screened porch with the cats until then?

Here's some exciting news: Sir John Betjeman, the new Austin rose you posted photos of in your threads from the Chelsea Flower Show, is being carried by Garden Valley Ranch this season and I ordered it. I've wanted that rose ever since I saw your pictures of it and it's taken so long to get here. Most places in the United States still aren't carrying it.
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Feb 10, 2010 4:52 PM CST
oh my, just looked on HMF that Sir John Betjeman.. WOW o WOW! What a gorgeous rose!
Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Feb 10, 2010 5:04 PM CST

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Isn't it amazing! I had pretty much stopped buying Austins because the new ones were starting to look like repetitions of earlier ones, but Sir John and The Endeavor are moving into my garden this month.
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Feb 11, 2010 12:44 PM CST
Zuzu,

Isn't that a most beautiful rose? Here's the photo I took of it at the 2008 Chelsea Flower Show. I came home so excited to order it, only to discover it wasn't available in the US. I'm awfully glad to know it's here on this side of the pond now.

As for camping out with the cats, will I get my own scratching post, or do I have to share???



Name: Evey Blalock
South Louisiana - Zone 8b/9a (Zone 8b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Dog Lover Ponds Herbs Garden Art
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BlissfulGarden
Feb 11, 2010 12:48 PM CST
Ohhh, you had to post a picture, didn't you?! I had planned on being good this year and not adding more roses to the menagerie, but I feel that enabling switch being turned to the "on" position with this post. That one is just too pretty to pass up!
~Evey =)

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