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May 1, 2020 1:29 AM CST
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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What a strange time this is. I haven't been off my property since March 9th. My hands have improved some, so I've been able to fill my days catching up on the winter garden chores I was unable to complete when either one hand or the other was useless. It's slow going, but it really doesn't matter because no one's coming to tour the garden this year. Smiling

In keeping with our unique current state, the thumbnail photo for this month is Solitude, an Olesen grandiflora that just happens to be one of my favorite roses and one of the best performers in my garden. Its clusters of ruffled blooms in sherbet colors are carried on tall sturdy canes that never droop. I like it so much, in fact, that I'll post several pictures of it here.



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May 1, 2020 1:31 AM CST
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Region: Ukraine Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis
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I also have a couple of frog photos for Porkpal. For a change, one's nestled in rose foliage instead of in a rose bloom and the other is sleeping in a tulip instead of a rose.

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May 1, 2020 6:21 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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Thank you Zuzu, I love your frog garden helpers.
Porkpal
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May 1, 2020 6:49 AM CST
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Roses
Oh, gorgeous photos! Love the different colors on Solitude. Beautiful! Of course, the frogs are just adorable!
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May 1, 2020 9:10 AM CST
Name: Seth n Sam .....
W.V. (Zone 6a)
I'm finally getting buds and blooms this year. This time last year we had rose blooms every where. But this year weve had some weird weird weather. I have buds and blooms on Fragrant Cloud, a new bare root of White Dawn Cl has a bloom already. But I'm debating on cutting it off. To help build root system.
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May 1, 2020 12:01 PM CST
SW Ohio River Valley (Zone 6b)
Zuzu, I've never heard of 'Solitude'. What a stunner. You really do grow some of the most unusual roses. Love the froggies as well.
SnS, we have the same thing here with many roses barely leafing out while Cl. Pinkie has opened her first bloom. I think part of my new front bed is slightly more shaded until the sun shifts a bit and much there experienced some die-back in addition to weird leaves. It's probably a virtual half zone difference. More musical roses are in the future it seems. However, Ceske Praci Cest and Blossomtime don't seem to mind being there. Is the White Dawn grafted? If it is I wouldn't worry about its root system as it's already a couple of year old. If own root, I might not let any more develop. If it's a flower the energy has already been spent so you might as well enjoy it. : 0
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May 1, 2020 8:14 PM CST
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
Garden Photography Region: Michigan Roses
Gorgeous rose Zuzu! Love the blending of colors.

Sure is weird times. No shows, no tours, no meetings, nothing. I miss my rose society buddies a lot. We've been emailing but it's not the same. Glad I still have all of you guys to yak with!

Got all the rest of the pots out this week finally. About time we had some decent weather. I've pruned all the pots and the front bed. Still have the big street bed to do. I'm thinking this weekend if the weather holds.

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May 1, 2020 9:21 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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Ah! Rolling pots - clever!
Porkpal
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May 1, 2020 9:26 PM CST
Name: Kim
Black Hills, SD (Zone 5a)
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Those roses are simply beautiful Zuzu!
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 1Cor. 13:4
Let’s talk about Animal Fun Facts, Birds, Trees/Shrubs, or Oleanders!
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May 2, 2020 1:36 PM CST
Name: Lynnez
N. California (Zone 9b)
Happy Saturday!!!
My roses are doing well this year as I WFH and spend more time with them. Sticking tongue out

PAK

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May 2, 2020 3:05 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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They are indeed doing well - gorgeous display!
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May 2, 2020 4:40 PM CST
Name: Arturo Tarak
Bariloche,Rio Negro, Argentina (Zone 8a)
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I placed an order of five PAK's this season. If I'm lucky they'll be sent by as late as September ( considering Covid interference included). Your gorgeous display has grown me impatient! They are definitely doing well up there in your yard Lynnez! Congratulations! I tip my hat to you.
Arturo
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May 2, 2020 5:25 PM CST
Name: Lynnez
N. California (Zone 9b)
Thank you, @porkpal, @hampartsum. Thank You!
Arturo, I have five too, I planted in ground last year(were in pots before) and they grow fast! Hope to see yours next year.
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May 2, 2020 6:30 PM CST
Name: Ken Wilkinson
N.E. GA. (Cornelia) (Zone 7b)
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I'm still alive. Have been very busy in the yard finishing up a BUNCH of loose ends. Work a little while, sit on the porch and sip ice tea for a little while. Really, life is good. I did manage to take a few photos.
Ring of Fire
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The Prince
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Crystalline
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Souv. de la Malmaison
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Tiffany Lynn
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It's a rose!!! It has nothing to do with life and death.
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May 2, 2020 7:20 PM CST
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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Ken ...

It is a joy to see your post Thumbs up


Your photos are beautiful. I have buds on my roses, but no blooms ... Smiling

Thank you for sharing.
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
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May 2, 2020 8:40 PM CST
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
Garden Photography Region: Michigan Roses
Yep, porkpal, the trolleys are a big help in moving them around. Trolley tip: get the ones with 4 wheels! The three wheelers tip real easy!

OMG! Look at all those blooms, Lynnez! Fabulous!

Hi Ken! I think I need to get that Ring of Fire!

So, I was a bad girl today

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Pumpkin Patch just jumped right into my car and came home with me, lol!
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May 2, 2020 8:58 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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Roses are sneaky that way.
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May 3, 2020 2:09 AM CST
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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Here's another lovely frog photo for Porkpie, taken by my friend Joanne (Wildarabella on NGA) in my garden. It's in a Let's Celebrate bloom.


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May 3, 2020 4:16 AM CST
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Roses
Ken, so good to hear from you! Glad you are doing better and love your flowers.

Arturo, give PAK lots of space. She is a BIG girl! First year, own root from DA, she grew over 6--7 feet tall and would attack people as they came up my walkway. I had to move her, which she resented and sulked like you couldn't believe. I had three of her and gave one away, the second one never grew a good root system after being moved (so it went to the rose cemetery in the sky) and the third, I moved to her final spot. I told her she would not be moved again, this was her permanent home. For me, she does better with some partial shade in the afternoon. She is thriving again, so I when I deadhead her, I do tend to cut off more than to the first set of five leaves. It keeps her in check. However, she has never been as small as the DA folks lead you to believe. I think they say she is suitable for being in a pot. They must have pots the size of small swimming pools in England.

I have been working hard in my yard. For the most part, I am very happy with the Iris I bought last year. All but one has bloomed. I have pretty much cut off all of the first blooms of my roses. Between the rain, 90 F plus temps and the dreaded Hoplia beetles, they destroyed the first flush. I managed to get about 2--3 days of flowers of the first flush, before it was/is over. The beetles again were bad, this year. I can just stand back and see them flying all over the place. Some got on me and came inside my house! ACK! I think I have another three weeks of them before they are gone...until next year. So, I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will get another flush of flowers in June. Then that will be it until the fall. Meanwhile, I have my "green bin" loaded with my cut off rose blooms and dead Hoplia beetles.

Each year, I have what I would call a 'superstar' in the garden. So far, that one has to be Portland From Glendora Joasine Hanet). What a rose! Beautiful flowers (and a lot of them for only having her a year), great scent and the Hoplia beetles leave her alone! The second one has to be Alice Hamilton. What a rose! She is just a tiny thing (right now) but just keeps putting out blooms that are beautiful. The third has to be Yolande. Her flowers are similar to Joasine but much bigger. She is a very upright grower and also wants to be a big girl. I have cut her back like Burling stated and am hoping I will get a second flush. Scent to die for as well.

Hoplia beetle favorites this year are pretty much the same as last year; Vick's Caprice, Flamingo Dancer, Mary Magdalene, Wedding Cake, Peppermint Parfait and "newly discovered" this year are Sharifa Asma and Jubilee Celebration. I can recall the days when I didn't have any Hoplia beetles in my yard. Ah, those good old days....Since my 100 plus blooms on Vick are now gone (along with Flamingo Dancer's) the beetles have started to turn their attention to the 100 plus blooms on my Sequoia Gold. What a trooper that rose! It just keeps pumping out the blooms no matter what. What a great rose.
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May 3, 2020 6:21 AM CST
Name: Arturo Tarak
Bariloche,Rio Negro, Argentina (Zone 8a)
Dahlias Irises Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Roses
Thank you @Mustbnuts for your comments around PAK. In my experience with DA's here, most of them take their time to grow sizeably. The only exception was 'William Morris' that made it clear that it would become a climber and threw up 8 ft canes the second year, so, as of its third year it was moved to the back lined along with the rest of the climbers. It has kept throwing long canes. Hilarious! 'Gertrude Jekyll' should have done that but instead has kept a modest 2 '... very circumspect bush.
It's still a mystery to me why some bushes of the same kind end up in the rose cementery up in heaven, having been bought from the same source, the same time and given the same initial treatment and attention. Some bushes for inexplicable reasons will not put on new root growth. Why? Confused Sad As if they fully resented being stripped bare and sent away. They stubbornly refuse to adapt into their new home.I found this with various cultivars this year:: 'Jean Giono', 'Irene' both had one lost out of five... Sighing! I really scratch my head trying to figure out what may I have done wrong. At least I read here that I'm not the only one...poor consolation though... Smiling
Arturo

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