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Feb 28, 2017 11:25 PM CST
Name: Sharlene Sutter
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Normally Zuzu would start the month's post with a rose for the month but she has been very busy lately so @zuzu I hope you don't mind me jumping in since it is March 1.

1 March 2017 is the first day of the meteorological spring so as we are all slowly beginning to see things pop up in the garden, I choose 'Spring Fever' as the rose for the month as most of us will be experiencing the 'fever' this month!


Today is also Ash Wednesday and we have the perfect rose for the day
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Mar 1, 2017 12:45 AM CST
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Funny, on my end it shows you posted this Feb 28 9.25PM. Green Grin!

I made it a sticky for the month.

I was going to add that March is:

National Reading Month
National Nutrition Month
Irish-American Heritage Month
Women's History Month
Youth Art Month

I'm not as clever as Zuzu with her selections so I decided to got with National Nutrition and hope you all consider good and healthy foods so you can have a strong
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Mar 1, 2017 2:03 AM CST
Name: Sharlene Sutter
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Sue - always a couple of hours ahead of you Big Grin

Sorry if I stepped in when you had already prepared something in advance.

Seems March is a popular month. Quite a coincidence that you chose 'Heartbeat' because Zuzu chose it last month for National Heart Health Month but it is also very appropriate for National Nutrition Month - as they say 'you are what you eat'!!

Oh yes, I was wondering about the 'sticky' - I only noticed after posting that it wasn't there.
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Mar 1, 2017 2:56 AM CST
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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Wellllllllllll .....

I have been reading lately that chocolate is good for you and since the synonym for 'Julia's Rose' is 'Chocolate Rose' let's be decandant ... Smiling

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Mar 1, 2017 6:09 AM CST
Name: Lilli
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One cannot have too much of Julia's Rose! Big Grin

Today is also National Horse Protection Day
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Mar 1, 2017 9:47 AM CST
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Well see then, it's a good thing I don't start anything late at night, I was going to try to stay up as late as Zuzu, after midnight, and boy would that have looked confusing, with two threads and the same Heartbeat photo!
And anyone is more than welcome to start a monthly thread so thank you so much Sharlene, I was just looking for an entry in case no one else jumped in, so glad you stepped up!

March 1st is also

National Dadgum That’s Good Day
National Fruit Compote Day
National Horse Protection Day
National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
National Pig Day

And really, while Lilli contributed one, sometimes it can be so hard to find a beautiful rose to fit these odd themes!
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Mar 1, 2017 10:53 AM CST
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Pig day!! LOL

Fruit cocktail for after-school snack, I guess.

Love the carefree abundant blooms in the 'Spring Fever' photo!
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Mar 1, 2017 11:23 AM CST
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How about Pigalle for Pig Day? Hilarious!

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Mar 1, 2017 11:38 AM CST
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Great! I was hoping for a rose for Pig Day!
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Mar 1, 2017 3:54 PM CST
Name: Lyn
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For National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day this is the best I can do ... Smiling

In 1992, Laurie M. Chaffin introduced a rose that she registered as 'Chipmonk'. For unknown reasons, the rose has been re-named 'Peanut Butter & Jelly'. We don't have that rose in the NGA database, but it is the pollen parent of 'This Is The Day'



As for National Pig Day ...

Mitche Moe introduced a micro mini in 2005 called 'This Little Piggy' ... Whistling

No, we don't have a photo, but I had to post it. A micro mini Rolling my eyes.
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Mar 2, 2017 4:58 AM CST
Name: Lilli
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Finding images for those rather unusual days is so much easier in the iris database. Iris hybridisers have come up with some very unusual names! Hilarious! For Pig Day alone there was 'Miss Piggy' and 'Pigs in Space' and probably others too.

Today is the day of the death of the Danish Princess Anne (1574-1619) who married the King of Scotland, James VI who later also became King of England and Ireland as James I.

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Mar 2, 2017 6:48 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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Definitely more challenging with roses! For Old Stuff Day, how about...

What a pretty thing!
"...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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Mar 2, 2017 10:11 AM CST
Name: Sharlene Sutter
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Neal, Lilli I agree with both of you! More challenging finding roses to fit the sometimes amusing/weird holidays!

Neal - Antique Lace really is pretty! So pretty that I had to check it out on HMF as well. They also don't have that many pics http://www.helpmefind.com/rose...
HMF classes it as a Patio rose and it is bred by De Ruiter so I wonder if it is one of those grocery store miniatures.

We are off work this week and, in between showers, I have managed to clean up all the beds and cutback a lot of the shrubs and perennials. Monday was a fantastic day but since then we have had a lot of rain and very strong winds. The skies cleared today at lunch but the wind was still going so it wasn't that pleasant outside but DH and I dug out two large conifers that I have promised a friend. The space is going to be used for the new roses which I have already ordered and some new iris which still have to be ordered. My iris wish list is either too long or the available space too small because I haven't been able to make up my mind yet Big Grin
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Mar 2, 2017 10:48 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
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Sharlene, its so odd how we're having such similar weather! The last couple of days we've had sunny skies, but with strong, gusty winds. It is 37*F now but the wind makes it feel much colder- from the window it looks deceptively pleasant. We've been getting quite a bit of rain too, mostly at night.
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Mar 2, 2017 3:16 PM CST
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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@sunnyvalley, Sharlene ...

You mentioned that you do a hard prune on most of your HTs and floribundas. I have found that the definition of hard prune varies around the world. Could you please tell us what is your regular practice when you say you do a hard prune ?

As for weather, today it's actually going to get up to 50F this afternoon ... Hurray! The soil is still very wet, so it feels a lot colder. I am still going to get outside for a couple of hours. Starting Saturday its snow and rain again .. Rolling my eyes.
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Mar 2, 2017 3:33 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
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Lyn, our pruning discussion got me wondering about fall planted roses and moving a rose in fall. I assume vendors treat the plants with some kind of spray after pruning/harvest to protect the wounds. Is that the case?

I had also worried a bit about 3 roses I moved last fall, 2 in October and 1 in November. They were pretty big, so I did have to hack quite a bit off, but I left about 30" of length on the thick canes. All 3 are breaking bud now (big sigh of relief!). I didn't do anything to protect the wounds, so I may have dodged a bullit there!
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Mar 2, 2017 5:12 PM CST
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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Neal ....

I am not certain if growers treat their plants with spray after harvesting, but I do know they cut them back and throw them into cold storage. They do clean the plants up before shipping. The roses are not dormant and it's likely that the pruning cuts do heal.

As for what happens in your garden ... if you transplant in the fall, your roses are probably not dormant, but are slowing down. There is still enough cellular activity for the wounds to heal. As long as there is no rain immediately after you have transplanted, the pruning cuts should heal and you should have no problems over wintering disease spores.

If you have to move the plant and rain is predicted, you can always seal the cuts with wood glue. You do what you have to do and sometimes that means you "break the rules."

Roses are tough and they will survive being pruned at the "wrong" time of year.

The perfect example is my garden this year. My roses have had a deer chomp prune all winter. That's how long it took me to find out where the deer were getting into the garden. The deer can't read calendars. They pruned my roses at the wrong time of year all winter ... Smiling and there was a lot of rain and snow this winter.

I'll have to compensate by feeding the roses differently, but the roses will come back just fine.
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