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Aug 2, 2015 12:13 PM CST
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Name: Zuzu
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We have no roses with August in their names, so the thumbnail photo this month is Auguste Gervais. Smiling



Watching for updates on the Palatine website was one of the things we used to do in August. Last year, however, the ordering date was delayed and the site was not updated until the very end of August. I'm not sure what the nursery's schedule will be this year, but I'm anxious to see the selection for next year. I'm still hoping to replace some of my old own-root roses with grafted bushes, so I hope they'll carry some of the older cultivars.
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Aug 3, 2015 5:50 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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I'm excited to see the new listing from Palatine too, and intend to order early this year. I've never seen performance from new plants like those I received from them this spring- amazing! We've had a really wet summer which helped too.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Aug 4, 2015 7:42 PM CST
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Currently booming:

Grace
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South Africa
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Molineux
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Jeri Jennings
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Perle d'or
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Summer Song


Caramella
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William Shakespeare 2000
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Aug 8, 2015 12:19 PM CST
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A long branch of Grace was laying almost on the ground from the weight of so many blooms, I propped it on a neighboring daylily. Love the Russian sage blooms with it!
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Rose (Rosa 'Gebrueder Grimm') is in it's third flush, as full as the first one in spring. I wish all roses were like this Kordes bred one. My South Africa is a very close contender for health and repeat, of course it's also a Kordes rose.
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A cool overcast morning.
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Aug 8, 2015 12:33 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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August is glorious at your place Suzanne! And now that I know that is your given name, and a name I've always thought is so lovely, no more calling you Sue. I hadn't realized South Africa is a Kordes rose, going to have to check that one out!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Aug 8, 2015 1:03 PM CST
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nodding

I did a custom search within the rose database one time and used Kordes as hybridizer and I was surprised at some of that I didn't know came from them. Thumbs up
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Aug 9, 2015 4:08 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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Maybe the beetles are slowing down, they actually let me enjoy some Sunsprite blooms for a couple of days! The Stokes aster is a new addition, as is the pale phlox in the background.
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"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Aug 9, 2015 4:17 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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'Bremer Stadtmusikanten' (Elegant Fairy Tale)
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The one Kordes rose I have that gets blackspot, a noid coral. It is in a shaded spot which may be the cause, but it's producing some pretty blooms in spite of the BS.
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Another noid Kordes...
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"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Aug 9, 2015 7:10 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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Neal, I love your blend of plantings.
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Aug 10, 2015 11:46 AM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Sprayed the roses again today and fortunately it is not too hot outside. That is great as I always have to put on the long pants, socks and closed shoes. This is a hard job in the heat but not so bad on a lovely day like today. And now I am set for another two weeks hurray!
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Aug 18, 2015 12:00 PM CST
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This year I'm going to do some radical pruning. I hardly pruned anything last winter, and now everything's so huge that I can barely walk through the garden without getting scratched.
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Aug 18, 2015 12:20 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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Zuzu, is that a job you can do throughout the winter in your zone? A lot of work regardless, but it would be nice to take it on a bit at a time.

Having had so much rain this summer, the roses have certainly put on a lot of growth so I may be doing some serious pruning too. Of course I'll have to wait and see what old man winter does to them- he may make the decision for me.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Aug 18, 2015 12:32 PM CST
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Yes, Neal, I can work in the garden throughout the winter. Last year we didn't even have any morning frost. It was more like zone 10 here. In the past I've been annoyed when incessant rain keeps me from gardening in the winter, but after three years of drought I won't complain the next time that happens. Smiling
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Aug 18, 2015 12:33 PM CST
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And I do hope it happens!! nodding
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Aug 18, 2015 6:50 PM CST
Name: Rita
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zuzu said:This year I'm going to do some radical pruning. I hardly pruned anything last winter, and now everything's so huge that I can barely walk through the garden without getting scratched.


I am a big believer in hard pruning. The roses seem to thrive for it.
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Aug 18, 2015 7:30 PM CST
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I'm actually the opposite, Rita. Smiling I think most pruning is unnecessary, and sometimes counterproductive, but I have so many roses packed into so little space that I have to do it sometimes. The hybrid teas get pruned every year, of course, because it produces longer stems for the cut flowers.
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Aug 19, 2015 10:43 AM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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My roses are packed together in my yard. It would be bad if I did not prune a lot and regularly.
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Aug 20, 2015 6:40 PM CST
Name: Margie
NY (Zone 7a)
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Neil - Love your Stokes Aster with Sunsprite - great showy color combo!
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Aug 21, 2015 3:45 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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Thanks Margie! I've long wanted a garden of blue, yellow, and white, but have finally relaxed and accepted that true blue is just too hard to find in flowers. I'm contenting myself with violet, periwinkle and any shades on the blue side of purple. Since the house is purple, they do look bluer against it.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Aug 21, 2015 10:20 AM CST
Name: Margie
NY (Zone 7a)
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Blue is tough. I remember when I first moved here, I wanted to build a pond. I was also attracted to a lot of Monet's paintings in which he used the color blue. At the time the best blues I could find were in irises like "Chivalry". Delphiniums are a good blue and you have the benefit of "pressing" them - they retain the blue color the best in my opinion. True Blue Gentian, Veronica Royal Candles and Rozanne geranium are pretty good too. For shrubs and trees, I like Taube hydrangrea and Blue Atlas Cedar.
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