Roses forum: February 2019 -- Photos and Chat

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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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zuzu
Feb 1, 2019 2:39 AM CST

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One month gone, eleven still to be enjoyed this year. While some gardeners are experiencing the alarming effects of the polar vortex, others are enjoying the earliest signs of the coming spring. My garden is a mixed bag this month. The upper level of the landscape is bleak. Most of the trees haven't leafed out yet, and their branches look stark and ungainly. The garden beds, however, are full of daffodils, azaleas, and camellias in bloom, so I'm keeping my eyes trained on this lower level.

This month's thumbnail photo is from the zodiac. I have a birthday in February and I have several Aquarius bushes because friends have assumed (correctly) that this rose bush is the perfect birthday gift for me.

Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
Feb 1, 2019 7:06 AM CST
That Aquarius is so lovely it is worth duplicating.
Porkpal
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Roses
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Mustbnuts
Feb 1, 2019 10:58 AM CST
Well, Happy Birthday! Beautiful rose for a beautiful lady!
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Feb 1, 2019 9:59 PM CST
About 4 months out from seeing any roses here so thanks for sharing, zuzu.
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Feb 2, 2019 2:09 AM CST
Zuzu - I think Hortico is offering Aquarius...and whenever I see a picture of it, I really want to have it. Yours is beautiful...if only there were fragrance!!! But at least I get to see your picture of it. Happy Birthday Zuzu!!!! You are our Houzz angel Angel

I'm 5 1/2 to 6 months away from blooms...sigh. Although you never know, with the warming trends...it could be earlier.
Name: Merlena
Oklahoma (Zone 6b)
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MGKing
Feb 2, 2019 9:53 AM CST
Happy Birthday, zuzu! I've always thought Aquarius looked like a beautiful rose, but I've never had it, pretty picture.

I'm about 3 months away from having rose blooms, waiting with anticipation!

Name: Ken Wilkinson
N.E. GA. (Cornelia) (Zone 7b)
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KenNEGA
Feb 2, 2019 7:39 PM CST
February starts and I was stuck between a rock and a hard place. Shrug! Facing major surgery near the end of the month, I knew I wouldn't be in any shape to plant any roses for a few months. To top everything off with my roses, I had 13 roses in 2 and 3 gal. pots buried under a pile of leaf's. Being on the south side of the house, they get full blast sun all day. I uncovered them this morning and everything is actively growing. The cold weather (low 20's for 4 days) didn't bother them at all. Being in pots, the sun heated them up and they started growing. So, I planted them today. I don't see any hard freezes for the rest of the month. If we have anything nasty, I should be able to cover everything with leaf's in have piled up. I'm also hoping going into the cool ground, it will slow things down a little. We shall see what happens.
It's a rose!!! It has nothing to do with life and death.
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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zuzu
Feb 2, 2019 8:18 PM CST

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Sounds like you did the right thing. Good luck with your surgery and with your roses.
Name: Konstantinos
Germany
Bee Lover Fruit Growers
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Bunny_Bunny
Feb 3, 2019 2:49 PM CST
I wish a great start to the new month to everyone and happy birthday to Zuzu!

That Aquarius rose looks fantastic!

I started the month with the flu so I am just today able to look at the computer without getting dizzy. Whistling
SW Ohio River Valley (Zone 6b)
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vaporvac
Feb 3, 2019 3:53 PM CST
Happy Birthday, Zuzu! Aquarians are the best! ; )
Sorry you were sick bunny. That's always a drag, especially being too sick to look at the computer! : (
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Feb 3, 2019 5:38 PM CST
Sounds like you did the best thing for the roses, Ken. Hope your surgery is a great success and you can get back out to your roses real soon.

Thank you for the wishes, Bunny, and feel better!

Happy Birthday, Zuzu!
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Roses Region: California Hummingbirder Farmer
Daylilies Cat Lover Bulbs Butterflies Birds Garden Ideas: Level 1
Calsurf73
Feb 3, 2019 6:23 PM CST
Happy Birthday Zu !!!
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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zuzu
Feb 3, 2019 6:54 PM CST

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I love this! Thank you very much for all the birthday wishes. My birthday actually is in the middle of the month, but since I mentioned it in the first post of the month I'll get good wishes for weeks. Smiling
Name: Arturo Tarak
Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentin (Zone 8a)
Roses Dahlias
hampartsum
Feb 3, 2019 7:49 PM CST
@Zuzu, actually when you first mentioned your birthday it was Feb 2..that same day that you joined ATP in 2010 ( according to your profile) so there's a reason to celebrate there too! Well I'm awaiting Feb 15 and wish your birthday.
Arturo
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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zuzu
Feb 3, 2019 8:29 PM CST

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You're right, Arturo. It was the anniversary of my NGA membership. February 2, 2010, actually was the date I joined Cubits, but all of the Cubits members became ATP members (and now NGA members) when the ATP site was created about a year and a half later.

I also have another important February anniversary. I first came to this country on February 5, 1953.
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Roses Region: California Hummingbirder Farmer
Daylilies Cat Lover Bulbs Butterflies Birds Garden Ideas: Level 1
Calsurf73
Feb 3, 2019 11:44 PM CST
How many cats came with you ? LOL
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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zuzu
Feb 4, 2019 12:35 AM CST

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Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Feb 4, 2019 1:02 AM CST
I don't get it. Sticking tongue out
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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zuzu
Feb 4, 2019 2:43 AM CST

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The last time I moved, 17 cats came with me.
Name: Arturo Tarak
Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentin (Zone 8a)
Roses Dahlias
hampartsum
Feb 4, 2019 3:36 AM CST
Just a heart warming hello from the south for those chilled by the polar vortex up north.... Group hug
This is what my rose collection looks like now....very far removed from a well kempt garden....but it has kept me very happy for weeks by now!

Thumb of 2019-02-04/hampartsum/a61a5b


Thumb of 2019-02-04/hampartsum/811751


Thumb of 2019-02-04/hampartsum/588096

Some closeups:
'Old Time'
Thumb of 2019-02-04/hampartsum/20283e
'Archiduc Joseph'

Thumb of 2019-02-04/hampartsum/b47096
'St Cecilia'

Thumb of 2019-02-04/hampartsum/22c102

Arturo

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