Roses forum: April 2019 -- Photos and Chat

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Aerith
Apr 3, 2019 2:15 AM CST
April Love is so sweet! I was just ordering 3 roses from Heirloom's big sale and wondering if I would like to add one pink rose, "Mother of Pearl". In the end I didn't because it lacks of fragrance. Now I have ants in my pant after seeing this picture.

As for my garden renovating. It seems to be lasting forever. We're still waiting for permits: the replacement of garage roof, the cement project in the front yard, and the ECA permit in the backyard slope. Patience! Patience! I definitely will miss the spring planting. Let's see if I can at least put some roses down to ground in the front yard in fall.

The only thing we achieved was the south-side fence. Our south-side neighbors are selling their house (it's empty) and the weather is good (no rain yet), so it's done!

My pot roses are growing new leaves now. So exciting! I wish I could see some bloomings soon.



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Mustbnuts
Apr 3, 2019 8:17 AM CST
Carol, I am so excited for you and your new babies! Can't wait to see pictures of them.

OK, back to homework--reading on citrus. I am surprised anything grows in my garden considering I have done just about everything wrong! Sigh! Drip line in citrus is double the length of the tree canopy. Plant slightly above soil, not equal. Don't plant anything within the double length of the tree canopy. Don't mulch from the drip line to the trunk. Don't water the trunk, just under the drip line (if you have sprinklers), watch out for nematodes (those little buggers are everywhere--I knew about nematodes for roses but didn't know they affect them here as well as Florida, they affect tomatoes here too and now citrus????), too much salt and toxins in your water, etc., etc., etc. Ugh!
Name: Anne Peck
Indiana (Zone 5b)
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queenanne42
Apr 3, 2019 8:31 AM CST
Seil-I look forward to information about your babies.

Mustbnuts- Sounds like you need a massage and a vacation!
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Apr 3, 2019 10:56 AM CST
Mustbnuts - I made some mistakes too when I planted 2 Little Kim standard lilacs (2 years ago)...I filled the holes (which are in glacial till) with nice new soil I bought instead of filling it with the soil that was there already...not that there was much soil....so I'm not sure how they'll do. I'll be filling this site with tons of pictures this summer!!

Aerith - that's so exciting!!!
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Apr 4, 2019 9:12 AM CST

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Beautiful new foliage and buds everywhere, wet as we continue to have drizzling rain, and one bloom of Golden Celebration that smells divine!

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Love how the rain drops decorate the leaves! The bronze one is Distant Drums.
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Poppy and Violet in my currently unplanted veggie bed.

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Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Apr 4, 2019 9:52 AM CST
Oooh!!! I love the close up of the overlapping feathers! So beautiful! Lovey dubby I love the grey colors the best!

Your Golden Celebration looks lovely! Wish I could smell it!!

I've been taking my 11 new roses (9 are for me) in and out of the garage every day. Thankfully they're still in small pots. It's so nice to see the leaf buds start to poke out!!
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Apr 4, 2019 10:21 AM CST
Wahoo!! It's supposed to be 15C/59F...shorts season!! I've got my shorts on, and am going for a walk soon. And...it's sunny outside!!! It's been overcast for so long...this is great!
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vaporvac
Apr 4, 2019 10:28 AM CST
Wow! Cali_Sue, does Distant Drums always have such deeply coloured foliage? It's so pretty and must set off its blooms exquisitely! Carol, you are a hardy one, but it is amazing how even those temps feel absolutely balmy after a cold winter, but would feel frigid in the middle of summer. How long a walk are you taking these days? I'm hoping to make a dent in my pruning, etc. today. I have been waiting on my neighbors Forsythia to bloom only to discover they must have removed it as I only noticed yesterday they are in FULL BLOOM everywhere. Yikes! Where to start!? And here I thought I had plenty of time for (literally) mending fences.
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Ray_Gun
Apr 4, 2019 10:33 AM CST
That Golden is a stunner! Lovey dubby Poppy and Violet are looking great, too. We always had chickens growing up I'd like to get some for my house some day.

You've got me chomping at the bit for some red growth! Buds are swollen and we have nice spring weather in the forecast I can hardly wait to post some progress pics of my own.
Name: Shyam
San Francisco, CA (Zone 10b)
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Rose_Guy1127
Apr 4, 2019 11:18 AM CST
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Chickies!!!! Gorgeous looking chickens! If only I had a large backyard, I could have chickens!
Your Golden Celebration looks stunning! I can't wait for mine to get settled in and put on some growth. The ones (Savoy Hotel, South Africa Sunbelt, Pink Jolie Veranda, Summer Fashion, and Augusta Louise) I got from Palatine have already budded, but I suspect, given the rain and chilly weather here, it won't fully bloom. I am so over this rain and cold weather. Bring on the sunshine and warm weather!
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Apr 4, 2019 12:06 PM CST

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vaporvac said:Wow! Cali_Sue, does Distant Drums always have such deeply coloured foliage? It's so pretty and must set off its blooms exquisitely!


Only new growth is that bronze, it later turns to green.


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Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Apr 4, 2019 3:19 PM CST
Sue - Oh wow!!!!! Oh Wow!!! I love your pic of Distant Drums!!!! Do many exquisite blooms!! Oh swoon!!!! Drooling

Shyam - I know!! I'd love to have chickens too!!!

VaporVac - D'Oh! Didn't your neighbors realize how much you counted on their forthsyia (sp?) blooming? LOL How rude! Hilarious! But, sheesh...your roses are ready to grow!! Big Grin
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Mustbnuts
Apr 4, 2019 7:45 PM CST
Love the rose and the pictures of the chickies! All are beautiful.

Took some pictures today too. Waiting for my phone to download them. If anyone can tell me a quick way to do this, I would greatly appreciate it. I am currently using One Drive which takes forever!
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Apr 4, 2019 9:39 PM CST
Well, I succumbed to the temptation today. I bought roses. We were at Costco and they had their roses in. I knew they were fresh because we were there Saturday and they didn't have them then. So I checked them out. They're two in a box, bagged roses from Certified. They all had more than three canes and there was some good green growth on most of them that didn't look too bad. So I got one that I've seen and liked before, Waiheke. I don't know much about it but at $11.99 for two roses I thought I'd give it a try. I hope I can find a place for them, lol.

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When I opened up the bags the "soil" (ha, ha, usually saw dust) was damp so that's a good sign. They're under the lights for now but the weather is breaking and warming up so I'll get them outside soon.

Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Apr 4, 2019 9:39 PM CST

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Well, it's official. My gopher-proof cages have reached the end of their service life. Today I looked out my kitchen window and noticed that the last of my Tiger Eye Abutilons was leaning almost horizontally. It lifted right out of the ground and had no roots left whatsoever -- just a lot of gopher toothmarks at the bottom. Unfortunately, it had been surrounded by roses in a flower bed. I say "had been" because those roses are now gone! Pearl, Gypsy Dancer, Golden Julia, Halloween, Angel Wings, and Royal Albert Hall are no more. Glare Half of the irises that had been in the bed are also gone. That's just in one flower bed. It started raining at that point, so I came back inside without checking any of the other beds.
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Apr 4, 2019 9:52 PM CST
Oh, zuzu, that's terrible! I'm so sorry.
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Mustbnuts
Apr 4, 2019 10:20 PM CST
Zuzu, as I was reading your post, I kept saying, Oh No! This is awful. I am so sorry!
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Apr 4, 2019 10:24 PM CST

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It's so sad to see the damage they do, frustrating. Yesterday I took the garden hose and was flooding tunnels, following them and about 4 had tunnels surrounding rose bushes so I suspect my cages are also failing. I need to set several cinch traps.
Abutilons are pretty easy to root if you want to try.
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Apr 4, 2019 10:41 PM CST

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I think I'll give up on abutilons, Sue. There are just so many times I want to grow something lovingly for a couple of years and then lose it to the gophers. I had three beautiful Mobile Pink abutilons that I dearly loved. They got really big, but they're all gone now. The Victor Reiters are gone, all of the abutilons of the Lucky Lantern series are gone, and Red Princess is gone. I haven't planted any new irises or lavateras for a couple of years, and now abutilons will join that category. We'll have to do a nursery run sometime soon. I have empty spaces to fill. I think I'll concentrate on weigelas, spiraeas, and hydrangeas. They've been safe all these years.
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Apr 5, 2019 12:38 AM CST
Seil - that's a fabulous price for two roses...even for 1!! I can't wait to see which roses they are!

Zuzu - Oh that's awful!! I don't know how you can keep going with roses! It would be so heartbreaking and expensive to keep replacing dead roses! Maybe you should just get big pots and do it that way? Stupid gophers! Grumbling

Sue - you too!! Good thing about having glacial till...gophers can't dig through that. Well, and it made me put my roses into pots. I would be beyond livid to have these gophers killing everything.

I looked up abutilons...had no idea what they are...they're very pretty! What a shame that the gophers eat those too!!!

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