Roses forum: March 2019 -- Photos and Chat

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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Mar 1, 2019 2:33 AM CST

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Will this winter never end? Even in California it's still too cold to spend much time in the garden. I'm not going to complain about the rain after all these years of drought, but does it all have to happen in such a short period of time? It would be wonderful if some of this rain could fall between April and October, but it won't.

I have no photos of roses named for the month of March, but I do have Marchioness of Lorne, a pretty 19th-century hybrid perpetual.

Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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pepper23
Mar 1, 2019 3:39 AM CST
It's still full on winter here. Snow this weekend and several chances possible next week also. My road (gravel, when we have some down) is so full of potholes that it's more suited for a rock crawler than a truck and when I a car going over them I cringe because there are times the front bumper is hitting the ground if they don't choose the right path.

I'm extremely tempted to order new roses but I make myself hold back until I know exactly what is alive and isn't. I think everything will be slow waking up this year. Sighing!
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Mar 1, 2019 8:30 AM CST

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I was gonna to add this to the Feb. thread but saw that March was already up.
Yes, I wish I could get out in my garden as well but it's too wet and cold still as Zuzu mentioned.
This is what I posted 2 days ago about Zuzu and I getting too much rain in our little town. Traffic is horrendous because we now only have one main road getting in and out of most of the towns further west and along the coast so traffic is heavy right through Sebastopol. We are safe, high and dry, not near any creeks.
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Name: seil
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seilMI
Mar 1, 2019 4:01 PM CST
Good start, Zuzu! Lovely rose too. I can understand how you must feel. First your as dry as Death Valley and then you turn into a rain forest. Never any in between. I was thinking about that when I was complaining about the cold here the other day. In July and August I know I'll be carping about the heat!

Like Amanda, it's still winter here so no roses to share...yet (please be spring soon). I do pretty much the same thing too. I can't buy new roses until I know if I have a place for them. However, because I never replaced anything last season I do know I have at least a few spots I can fill so I will be looking as soon as they start showing up in the stores.

Good to know you're high, dry and safe, Sue. Stay that way!
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Mustbnuts
Mar 1, 2019 4:03 PM CST
Zuzu, that is a beautiful hybrid perpetual. Is she fragrant and more than a once bloomer?

Pepper, sorry to hear that winter is still in full force in your part of the world. March 20th is just a couple of weeks away.

Seil, good to hear from you. I was so desperate for blooms, I bought grocery store roses. They are now planted in the back and I hope they do well as they are right pretty little things.

Sue, I have been reading about the flooding up there. Glad to hear that you and yours are safe and sound.

I have been working, between rain storms, to get my garden fertilized, the soil amended and mulched. I decided to move my Princess Alexandra of Kent from her current spot where she has been putting on a ton of new growth, to a small bed where she can be the star that she is. No easy feat. I had to move my mini rose, Lavender Crystal over to make room for PA of K since she does (eventually) want to get big in this climate. I also thought she might get a little less sun in her new spot that would also make her a bit happier. When I went to move Lavender Crystal, the root on that little rose (less than two feet tall) was about the size of my wrist! It was also trying to reach back to Japan where its breeder lives. After digging for an hour to get it out, I resorted to my trusty pruning knife and just cut the blessed thing! I have never seen a root like that on a rose, let alone a mini own root rose, in all my born days. Can we say oh, my aching back?

From there, I removed my Alnwick Rose so I can replace it with my Marchesa Boccella (whose name I never seem to remember quite right). I also moved my Vineyard Song as well, so there would be plenty of room available for my Portland from Glendora.

I am still not quite sure where I will be putting my Yolande. There are such confusing differences on the size she will get. Some say 5 feet. Others state 10--12 feet.

Tree trimmers were here today. I had them take out my beloved fig tree as well as prune up my other trees (and my neighbor's trees that overhang in my yard/roof). The fig tree was just was too big for the spot I had it in. I now could build a little lattice house and put a climber (maybe Renae) on it and then have a worm condo there in its own rose covered little shelter. Still contemplating that one.

I have fed, mulched, amended, etc., everything in the back within an inch of its life. I did use that neem seed amendment. Boy, does that thing stink! If neem oil smells like that, I don't think I will ever use it. Gardening is pretty much an experiment anyway, so we shall see if this amendment makes a difference or not.

Well, I have had a bit of a rest and it is time to go back to Lowe's for my third trip for mulch. I miss my OSH! (Let us all have a moment of silence for OSH). I anticipate I will be probably making three more trips for mulch, before I am done. Rain is due back tonight and will continue all weekend. Sigh.
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Name: Porkpal
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Mar 1, 2019 4:42 PM CST
OSH?
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Name: Shyam
San Francisco, CA (Zone 10b)
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Rose_Guy1127
Mar 1, 2019 6:46 PM CST
Dreary and wet winter here in SF as well. I am so over it. I can't seem to get any backyard work done with all the rain. On the good side, the atmospheric rivers helped California become drought free. Here's to hoping the rain stops for good by end of this month.

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AnnKNCalif
Mar 1, 2019 7:32 PM CST
Wow Mustbnuts! You've accomplished so much! I've hired my gardener to come and amend the soil, apply new mulch, etc. My back can't take that work anymore so I need help. A local nursery that gave a talk at my rose society delivers to my area for $15. So I've had tons of stuff delivered recently which has helped a lot. In the middle of heavy rain they wheelbarrowed in about 30 bags of Rose Mix to the backyard. This nursery is called Mid City and has been family owned for decades. It's rare to find a nursery like this anymore so I'm glad to have found them. They have a decent selection of roses and I bought three tree standards to complete my row (Violet's Pride, Life of the Party, and Sugar Moon.) Also bought Miss Congeniality too.

porkpal - Mustbnuts is referring to Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) which I believe was purchased by Lowe's. I liked my OSH in Napa Valley as well and I'm sad it's gone!

Ann

Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Mar 1, 2019 7:52 PM CST

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I miss OSH too, but the one I miss even more is Yardbirds. What a great place that was!

Marchioness of Lorne is a rebloomer and is highly fragrant, Mustbnuts.

Name: Ken Wilkinson
N.E. GA. (Cornelia) (Zone 7b)
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KenNEGA
Mar 1, 2019 9:12 PM CST
Winter is winding down in my area. Trees are blooming and bulbs are doing their thing. We are supposed to have a quick cold spell early week, then MORE rain. My Edmunds order came in late yesterday (4 Gemini and 2 Julia Child) and I put everything in a big bucket of water. I will plant them tomorrow morning. This evening I placed an order with ARI. 1 Frau Karl Drewsky (SP?) and 1 Belinda's Blush. I've been wanting Belinda's Blush since I heard about it a couple of years ago. Now it's on it's way. Only problem is, I won't be here when it gets here. My surgery is early next week and I'll be in the hospital for 5 to 7 days. So tomorrow I instruct my house keeper on what to do when it gets here. I'm ready for some blooms!!
It's a rose!!! It has nothing to do with life and death.
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Mustbnuts
Mar 1, 2019 9:44 PM CST
Ken, I wish you a successful surgery and look forward to having you back with us soon. If you get a chance, let us know how you are doing.
Name: Lola
Tasmania
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LolaTasmania
Mar 3, 2019 3:07 PM CST
The three moods of Ambridge.



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Mustbnuts
Mar 3, 2019 8:08 PM CST
Very pretty Lola. How do you like the scent on this one? It always smelled like cherry flavored bubblegum to me.
Name: Lola
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LolaTasmania
Mar 3, 2019 8:30 PM CST
It has a strange secondary scent of mustiness to me. It isn't a sweet rose perfume but more like a scent sachet found in the back of grandma's unmentionables drawer that has been there since the war.
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Mustbnuts
Mar 4, 2019 2:45 PM CST
Oh my! ROFL!
Name: Lola
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LolaTasmania
Mar 4, 2019 8:45 PM CST
Windermere




Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Mar 4, 2019 8:48 PM CST

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It's such an elegant bloom! Lovey dubby
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Name: Anne Peck
Indiana (Zone 5b)
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queenanne42
Mar 7, 2019 1:17 PM CST
Hiya! I saw this forum and had to be part of it. It is still winter here, expecting some snow tonight, but I can see that spring is close. After this cold snap, we get back into the 50's for several days. Those pictures are lovely. I am lucky in that there is a good independent nursery not too far away. Not a lot of roses, but definitely lots of other garden goodies. I did get a very nice Chrysler Imperial there.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Mar 7, 2019 3:48 PM CST
Welcome! Glad to have you join in the fun!
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Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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Mar 7, 2019 4:33 PM CST
Welcome, Anne! Still winter here too but there are a few signs of spring popping up. I have some bulbs starting to come up and the buds on the fosythia are fattening.

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