Roses forum: August 2018 -- Photos and Chat

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Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Aug 29, 2018 10:39 PM CST
Margie !! Thumbs up That's a glorious picture!!! Is it Double Delight? Love the colors!!
Carol
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Aug 29, 2018 10:55 PM CST
I promised @Porkpal in another thread I would post a few photos of some of the rocks I have hauled up the stairs to make borders for the beds. So, it's the rocks that are the important part of these photos ... Smiling

The soil in front of the poppy is my native soil after I had all of the decorative rock removed. Most of the paths in the garden look like that. I only improved the rose beds. I'd still need a pick to start a rose hole where I haven't improved the soil.

The rocks in this photo were hauled up to make borders for the beds.

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The soil was totally dead and wouldn't even grow weeds. Now, parts of it grows weeds and volunteer grasses. The rocks in this photo are the border for the fence bed.

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During the drought, the soil around 'Firefighter' subsided a LOT and I had to raise the soil level up to the bud union. Of course, that meant I had to make the rock border taller, too. Not my best photo .. *Blush*

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A friend gave me some succulents for my birthday, and I had to put them where they could get some shade or they would be burnt to a crisp.

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I am totally done hauling rocks up the stairs ! BUT ... I am still moving them around as I change the beds.

I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
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Mustbnuts
Aug 30, 2018 5:56 AM CST
Really nice, Lyn!
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Aug 30, 2018 6:32 AM CST
If live gives you lemons ... or rocks. Amazing creativity, Lyn.
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Name: Bonnie
Texas
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RosesnTx
Aug 30, 2018 9:30 AM CST
Your rocks look great! I would be tired of hauling rocks too but I bet you got a great workout lol.
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Aug 30, 2018 11:15 AM CST
I know it's about the rocks...but I love your Firefighter!! I also love the rocks!! Very exhausting work, I imagine. Smiling

Carol
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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RoseBlush1
Aug 30, 2018 12:04 PM CST
Canadian_Rose said:I know it's about the rocks...but I love your Firefighter!! I also love the rocks!! Very exhausting work, I imagine. Smiling

Carol


Thank you, Carol ... I tip my hat to you. I had to go to the dredging pile to get the rocks and load them into my car. Then unload them down on the street level where the driveway is located. I hauled them up in 5 gal buckets. I had about 6 buckets, and would put rocks in each and them move them up the stairs one step at a time. I ended up with 6 buckets of rocks at the top of the stairs and then used my little red wagon to haul them around the garden.

Trinity County was the second mother-load of the gold rush in California. They were dredging the river with machines until the 1960s and there is a huge field of rocks that the machines threw up as they worked.

Back in the gold rush days, the rocks were hand stacked by Chinese laborers brought over to to work in the mining, dredging, etc. I didn't touch those dredging piles.

Many trips and lots of hauling. I also had to go out and gather all of my oak leaves and haul them home and then up the stairs.

Yes, I got a great workout, but I am too old to even think of trying to do that again ... Hilarious! I think I would have a heart attack ... Hilarious!

Thanks for the complement about FF. It takes a rose about 4 years to get established in this garden. That's why I learned so much about roots ... :rofl:

Bonnie ... I never want to work that hard again. My lousy soil and all of the hauling is why it has taken so long to make the house pad area begin to look like a garden. It will never be groomed perfectly, but I am growing things where once nothing would grow. I think I can be happy about that ... Smiling

I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Aug 30, 2018 1:15 PM CST
Holy Moley!!! Blinking that's an amazing (horrible) amount of work!! We gardeners are an amazing bunch of people...we can do wonders when we're crazy!! Hurray!
Carol
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Aug 30, 2018 1:50 PM CST
Carol ... I didn't have a clue as to what I was getting into ... Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Aug 30, 2018 3:29 PM CST
I feel your pain. Every rock you see in this picture is one that I dug up to plant a rose at my former home. And the pile of rocks on the far right side next to the fence is two to three feet deep in places.

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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Aug 30, 2018 6:27 PM CST
When we lived in New England our fences were reinforced with rock piles like yours. When we dug a planting hole, removed the rocks, added the plant with its accompanying soil, there was never enough leftover soil to complete the job. Fortunately we had a great compost pile to draw from.

Here rocks are a very rare commodity.
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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Aug 30, 2018 8:52 PM CST
Mike you have pure talent for putting plants together .. Smiling

I am glad I didn't have to dig up any of my big rocks. It was hard enough to deal with what the locals call glacier slurry.

Sometimes, gardening is just hard labor, but I still think it's worth it ... Big Grin
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Aug 31, 2018 10:41 AM CST
RoseBlush - soooo true!!! But it's a good thing you didn't know...now you have a beautiful finished project. Green Grin!

Mike - now that's a whole lot of work too!! Looks great!! What's the beautiful rose growing in the back left?

Porkpal - yes, compost!!! We get compost free here since our city started doing composting of household leftovers, plant matter, etc. We just have to go with a container/bag and get some.

Carol
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Aug 31, 2018 12:48 PM CST

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Woohoo! The updating of the Palatine site has begun. Some of the "sold out" signs are gone and some new roses have already been added.

https://palatineroses.com/rose...

Augusta Louise is back. Oh, boy!

https://palatineroses.com/rose...
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Aug 31, 2018 3:34 PM CST

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Awesome selection! Not tempted due to lack of space and funds. Green Grin!
But our database is full of tempting photos to sway anyone else! nodding Let me throw out a few from my garden.













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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
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zuzu
Aug 31, 2018 3:42 PM CST

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A great reminder, Sue, and I'm so glad that the Pompon and Blush roses of the Flower Circus series are available again. The last I heard, Kordes had decided not to sell these two roses on this continent anymore. I never understood the reason why. They blow the other Flower Circus varieties out of the water in my garden.
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b)
Seed Starter Container Gardener Roses Bulbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Peonies
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Mike
Aug 31, 2018 5:08 PM CST
I grow both the Pompon and Blush varieties, and wouldn't want to be without them. I had heard that Kordes was going to discontinue sales of Pompon because the blooms are so tightly cupped that they don't open in some climates, leaving some gardeners disappointed. But I always loved mine, including the unusual greenish tints on the petal edges.



Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b)
Seed Starter Container Gardener Roses Bulbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Peonies
Clematis Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Dog Lover Cat Lover Birds Region: New York
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Mike
Aug 31, 2018 5:12 PM CST
Carol, that rose growing in the upper left corner of the rock garden is Gertrude Jekyll, named after the famed British garden designer.

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Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
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Mustbnuts
Aug 31, 2018 8:23 PM CST
Glad to see the pompom series back. Was going to get that rose but then it was discontinued. Palantine roses are all on multiflora rootstock. I wonder who supplies it for them or if it is grown by them, where is it grown. I love Ascot's beautiful colors but no room for more roses will keep me at bay this year. Plus, I want to try planting some of the hips I have on my rose bushes at the moment.
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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RoseBlush1
Aug 31, 2018 8:32 PM CST
@Mike ...

Did you know you could read GJ's book on line ?

https://www.biodiversitylibrar...
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.

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