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Jul 30, 2020 5:44 PM CST
Name: Vicky Thompson
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Sempervivums Roses Charter ATP Member Peonies Region: Michigan Lilies
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Farmer Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Annuals Daylilies
Any of my old buddies still here? Big Grin

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Jul 30, 2020 6:21 PM CST
Moderator
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Region: Ukraine Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis
Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Plant Database Moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level
Woohoo! Vicky's back! We've missed you. How are you and all of your wildlife -- plants and animals, especially the gorgeous geese?
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Jul 30, 2020 6:22 PM CST
Name: Vicky Thompson
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Sempervivums Roses Charter ATP Member Peonies Region: Michigan Lilies
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Farmer Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Annuals Daylilies
Heading out to do chores.
Will reply soon. Grin
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Jul 30, 2020 6:23 PM CST
Name: Vicky Thompson
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Sempervivums Roses Charter ATP Member Peonies Region: Michigan Lilies
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Farmer Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Annuals Daylilies
Missed you guys too.
"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck"
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Jul 30, 2020 7:51 PM CST
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner 2020 Garden Photography Roses Bulbs Peonies
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Dog Lover Cat Lover Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: New York
Vickyy!!! How nice to see your posts! How are you, your roses, and your Sebastopol geese? Post some photos!
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Jul 30, 2020 8:48 PM CST
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
Garden Photography Region: Michigan Roses
Hi Vicky, welcome back!
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Jul 30, 2020 9:12 PM CST
Name: Vicky Thompson
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Sempervivums Roses Charter ATP Member Peonies Region: Michigan Lilies
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Farmer Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Annuals Daylilies
Hello again!😊
I'm not exactly sure why I dropped off the garden forum radar but it's been a few years and was thinking about you guys.
Some changes.
I sold out my geese about 4 years ago. I'm 69 years old so time to scale back a bit. Kinda got burned out on the incubating, raising and shipping my geese. Now I have 6 sheep, Babydolls and Shetlands, some ducks for bug control and fresh eggs and 2 pet pigs
(don't ask 🤣),
3 dogs and 2 barn cats, all which keeps me very busy.
I haven't bought any new roses for a long time because it's just too heart breaking with the annual Rose Chafers and Japanese Beetles destroying them.
Many of my less hardy roses have died off and I have mainly antique varieties, Rugosas and several English roses. Some of my roses are 20 years old now and ramblers 8-10 ft. tall.
So anyway, its good to be back. Group hug
"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck"
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Jul 30, 2020 9:15 PM CST
Name: Vicky Thompson
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Sempervivums Roses Charter ATP Member Peonies Region: Michigan Lilies
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Farmer Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Annuals Daylilies
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Jul 30, 2020 9:23 PM CST
Name: Vicky Thompson
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Sempervivums Roses Charter ATP Member Peonies Region: Michigan Lilies
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Farmer Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Annuals Daylilies
I am looking to purchase a couple English roses for fall planting.
Any recommendations for any newer must haves?
I'm so out of the English rose loop I don't know much about what's trending now.
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Jul 30, 2020 11:23 PM CST
Moderator
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Region: Ukraine Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis
Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Plant Database Moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level
Stunning lilies and hydrangeas, Vicky. I'm eager to see some sheep pictures. Do your babydolls look like teddy bears?

I haven't bought any new Austins for a few years, but I hear that Bathsheba's a good one.
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Jul 31, 2020 10:23 PM CST
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Plant Database Moderator Region: California Cottage Gardener Garden Photography Roses Clematis
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So glad to see your beautiful images again, welcome back!
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Aug 2, 2020 6:06 AM CST

Daylilies Region: Michigan Orchids Roses
I am glad to see another cold(er) climate rose grower! Here in Michigan, I don't winter protect, and I don't spray. That said, my favorite newish Austin so far is "Strawberry Hill". Very disease resistant, very fragrant clear pink blooms, and a steady bloomer. It sends out 3' arms that rest on top of the catmint "Walker's Low" -- I don't try to prune it to behave differently. My favorite oldie is "Tradescant" -- it has been dropped from many vendors, but I think I've seen it offered somewhere recently, so it could be new to you Smiling Tradescant is fragrant, healthy, and a steady bloomer with beautiful deep red flowers. It has out-lived all of Austin's other red roses here (The Prince, William Shakespeare I & II, The Dark Lady, Othello...all dead).

And just in time, there is here in Michigan a new rose nursery, Hummingbird Roses. I haven't been there yet, but I'm thinking about a road trip...
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Aug 6, 2020 10:25 PM CST
Name: Vicky Thompson
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Sempervivums Roses Charter ATP Member Peonies Region: Michigan Lilies
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Farmer Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Annuals Daylilies
Thank you all!
Zuzu, Bathsheba is on my list! Also The Wedgwood Rose and Spirit of Freedom based on looks.
Hi Sunny!
Where are you located?
I'm in west Michigan a little north of Grand Rapids.
Likewise its survival of the fittest around here.
I will add the roses you mentioned to my list.
I don't want to get to many but I have a few slackers that need to be replaced.
Exciting about the rose nursery! Do you have any details on it?

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Aug 6, 2020 10:34 PM CST
Name: Vicky Thompson
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Sempervivums Roses Charter ATP Member Peonies Region: Michigan Lilies
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Farmer Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Annuals Daylilies
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Aug 6, 2020 11:32 PM CST
Moderator
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Region: Ukraine Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis
Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Plant Database Moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level
Oh, boy. Pictures! The Babydolls do look just like teddy bears, the Shetland sheep have wool similar to the feathers of your Sebastopol geese, and the pig looks like a big fat calico cat. You always raise unique livestock that I never see anywhere else. So exciting!
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Aug 8, 2020 4:15 AM CST

Daylilies Region: Michigan Orchids Roses
I'm in the middle of Michigan -- the Greater Lansing area.
Heavy clay soil...but it is good to have when there isn't a lot of rain like this summer.
I haven't been to Hummingbird, but it looks like the nursery is in Clare, "The Gateway to the North": https://hummingbirdroses.com
If the roses grow for her up there, they should be hardy enough! The nursery looks like a great summer drive destination!
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Aug 9, 2020 11:48 AM CST
Name: Vicky Thompson
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Sempervivums Roses Charter ATP Member Peonies Region: Michigan Lilies
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Farmer Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Annuals Daylilies
I messaged her on FB and they just moved to Clare so display garden immature.
She mainly mails out bands but she's working on potted roses.
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