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Aug 3, 2010 8:01 PM CST
|I stopped by one of my favorite nurseries this past weekend, and was pleasantly surprised to see that they were having a half-price sale on their roses. I was surprised, because this nursery rarely puts anything on sale. At first I was skeptical, because by the time August comes around, the canes on most nursery roses are dried out and suffering from heat stress. But as I looked at the base of the roses to see how many green canes each plant had, I was surprised to see that there were some very healthy plants. So I got three really big French Lace floribundas in full bloom, a large Benjamin Britten, a tall Queen Elizabeth grandiflora for the back of the border, a very upright Austin Falstaff in full bloom, and a Sexy Rexy, one of my favorite floribundas, also in full bloom. Each one was just $10! |
Then I drove two blocks down the street to a Home Depot that has an exceptionally good garden center, and their roses were on sale for $9.49, and once again, many of them were in really good condition. So I got a Mother of Pearl grandiflora, a Love and Peace hybrid tea, a Cinco De Mayo floribunda in full bloom, a Marmalade Skies floribunda in full bloom, an Alpricot Candy hybrid tea, and a Red Eden climber. Each one had lots of strong canes, healthy foliage, and no blackspot!
Here are the three French Laces I purchased, the Benjamin Britten, and the Red Eden.
Aug 3, 2010 8:54 PM CST
|Wow! Those look great, and what good prices!|
Aug 3, 2010 8:58 PM CST
|My kinda sale!! Yay!! Pics of the Falstaff, please.. a dreamed of Austin for me...|
Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/Tweet...
Aug 3, 2010 9:10 PM CST
|Wow, great prices and plants! I am waiting for Regans 1/2 price sale after Labor day and your sales beat their prices.|
Aug 3, 2010 10:31 PM CST
|That was some good shopping! The plants look terrific!|
Aug 3, 2010 10:48 PM CST
|Is Red Eden fragrant ?????
You totally scored with those plants and prices.
Aug 4, 2010 7:13 AM CST
|Yes, Red Eden is quite fragrant. I've decided to grow it on the west side of the house. The others will go into a space that I've cleared by trimming some overhanging branches of trees to let in more sunlight.|
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