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Name: David Tillyer
New York City (Zone 7b)
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BigAppleRoseGuy
Oct 20, 2019 1:12 PM CST
I spent most of the morning watering the roses. Even though there was the suggestion that it might rain this afternoon, I took the time to deeply water every one of the roses in my 150 foot garden in the park across the street from my apartment, because the water might be turned off at any minute.

Every fall I do this in the dying days of October. The NY Parks Dept. has a contract with several plumbing companies who work every spring to turn on all the spigots in 1,700 parks, ballfields, stadiums, etc. and shut them down in the fall. The guys who work in my district are pretty diligent, but they, naturally, never inform me when they are going to visit my park. So I water each day during the end of October as if it were the last day on earth. Ah, the joys of urban gardening!
David
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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RoseBlush1
Oct 20, 2019 11:40 PM CST
David ....

I kind of do the same thing. I never know if we are going to have a "dry" winter or a "wet" winter, so I water the roses a LOT near the end of fall. It's impossible to over water a rose if you have good drainage ... Smiling

When night temps go below freezing, I put my hoses away and as for watering, the roses are on their own. I try to make sure they go into winter as healthy as possible and so far, I haven't lost any roses.

I also don't know if we are going to have a "short" fall season or a "long" fall season. This week temps have been in the 60s. Next week they are supposed to go into the 80s again. However, the days are shorter, so the roses aren't exposed to the high temps for long.

Ah ... the joys of mountain gardening .... Big Grin

Edited to add ... "I couldn't resist"
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
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Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
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jerijen
Oct 21, 2019 10:30 AM CST
What a difference a location makes.

We never actually turn our watering system off. Temporarily ... for a few days, IF we get a real rain . . . But even in a SoCal "normal" or "wet" winter, our valley gets half of what the surrounding area gets.

And the long-range prediction for the winter-to-come is DRY.
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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RoseBlush1
Oct 21, 2019 10:32 AM CST
YIKES !!! That means I'll have to pull out the hose now and then ... even in the cold ... Sad

We don't have an accurate weather station up here, so I haven't been able to get a good long range forecast. I'll keep checking.
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
Roses Garden Photography Region: Michigan
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seilMI
Oct 21, 2019 4:56 PM CST
I don't have your cut off to contend with. I keep my roses watered well into the late fall. Our winters tend to be dry and I want the roses well hydrated going in. I also shovel extra snow on them when I can. That not only gives them some water but also insulates them well against freezes and thaws. I've found that a lot of roses don't die from the freezing as much as they do from dehydrating.

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