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Book Review: "Roses Without Chemicals" by Peter Kukielski

By MargieNY
May 21, 2015

The front cover of this book offers the synopsis: "150 disease-free varieties that will change the way you grow roses." I purchased this book because I wanted to be sucessful growing roses without the use of chemicals.

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 20, 2015 9:46 PM CST
Just looking at your rose photos gives me the feeling that you have been, and will continue to be successful growing roses.

A long time ago I got sick after using some chemicals on plants and since then I decided if a plant needed constant spraying then maybe I should select more disease resistant plants. It's good to know there's a book available to help those of us who prefer not to spray.

Sounds like a book I will have to read!

Thanks, Margie.
Long Island, NY (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
MargieNY
May 21, 2015 2:46 PM CST
"Just looking at your rose photos gives me the feeling that you have been, and will continue to be successful growing roses."
In reality, I was not successful until recently. I was introduced to roses as a child. My Dad and I were always fighting black spot. When I bought my first home on the south shore of Long Island I attempted to grow the same roses that were in my childhood garden. The results were disappointing. 23 years later, I moved to the north shore of Long Island hoping the results of my labor would lead to beautiful roses that one admires and dreams about in catalogs. Again I ordered, planted, cared for various roses and ended up with what I call "one cane wonders" (sarcastic). Many of the roses survived but they did not thrive - there's a difference. In 2012, I came across the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden list of roses. I thought to myself, if they flourished there, perhaps they will do well here after all it's only 60 miles from my home.
http://www.nybg.org/gardens/rose-garden/list-2012.php
I selected several roses from the list and ordered from a nursery where the roses were grown in a cold climate. Palatine Roses in Canada offers some of the roses in the book, as well as, from the Peggy Rockefeller Rose List. It's been a long journey - I don't look back now, only forward. As frustrating as it was at times , I was determined to live the dream my Dad and I had.

Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
May 21, 2015 6:36 PM CST
Are the varieties in the book specific to the Northeast? Is there information/suggestions for us in the hot south?
Long Island, NY (Zone 6b)
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MargieNY
May 21, 2015 6:44 PM CST
Anna,
Yes, he suggests regional rose picks. For example: southwest, west, south, midwest, northeast, north, Pacific northwest etc.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
May 21, 2015 7:46 PM CST
There's no point in looking back except to avoid mistakes we've made in the past. If we learning from the past it's okay with me.

I do hope your dream comes true.

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