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Crimes of (rose) passion!

posted by: celestialrose on 02.24.2006 at 10:40 am in Antique Roses Forum

I am up here in the cold north with nothing to do but wait impatiently for Spring, so I have been doing a lot of dreaming of my new roses coming, but also a lot of thinking back to last summer and my rose adventures. Upon doing so, I came to the conclusion that I have lost my mind to this rose addiction because I think I may have committed a few(minor) crimes last summer and they say, confession is good for the soul. I wouldn't confess here unless I was absolutely convinced that I am not alone in this shameful behavior, and I'd like to know: what crazy, outrageous or shameful lengths have you gone to, to obtain more roses? I will humbly share a few of my adventures....if you promise to share some too! Last summer, my husband and I took our 2 youngest daughters to a "major pizza chain restaurant" in an undisclosed location...as we were enjoying our food at our booth by the window my husband looked out and exclaimed, "Oh My Gosh, Celeste, LOOK AT THAT!!" I turned to look and nearly choked on my pepperoni....there, planted between the restaurant and the adjacent fire station was The Queen of Denmark, hundreds of swirling confections of pink cascading down her branches like a fountain! I warned my family that I was going out there and if they would be embarrassed they should leave the restaurant, pronto...I was going to get some cuttings!!! I didn't have any shears so I had to use the worthless plastic knife from dinner, and since I had no plastic baggies, I rinsed out my soda cup and filled it with water from the bathroom. Out I marched to the rosebushes, in plain view of the restaurant patrons and passersby, and the firemen in the firehouse, swiped some cuttings and walked brazenly back to the car, where my husband gunned it out of the parking lot. I am proud to report those cuttings rooted nicely! Now here comes the part that is most shameful, although at the time the shame factor did not deter me!.......LOL! By an undisclosed roadside near where I live, on state-owned land, there were growing & blooming quite a few Rotesmeer rugosas and I enjoyed passing them each day until one day the State road workers ran them over with their big mowers while mowing the grass. I was horrified to look and not see any sign left of them, until weeks had passed and they started growing back (being rugosas, they are tough customers). Toward the very end of summer, the grass started growing tall again and I became concerned that they might get mowed down again, so I did what any card-carrying rosenut would do in that situation...I HAD TO SAVE AT LEAST ONE OF THEM! So I drove my car down there, in the dark of night, and parked a good walking distance from the site, pail & shovel in hand, and quickly dug up one of the rosebushes. I was night-blind, nervous & sweaty as I tugged at the fibrous roots to loosen it quickly from the earth, and plunked it into the pail, and ran with it in the darkness back to my car. I'd like to be able to say that no one witnessed my crime, but this is a busy road even at night, and several cars passed by as I was digging....their headlights illuminated my crouching form, so I stood up quickly, tugging at my jeans, pretending I had just "relieved" myself!! Now I ask you, HOW DIGNIFIED IS THAT? And all for a rosebush! By the way, I confessed it all to my sweetie, and I imagine I will be teased for a long time for this moment of insanity! Come on now, I'll bet some of you have done something shocking that you NEED to confess....and you need not give names or specific places! Celeste

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clipped on: 10.12.2006 at 08:42 pm    last updated on: 10.12.2006 at 08:42 pm

Vintage Bands

posted by: carla17 on 05.03.2006 at 09:42 am in Antique Roses Forum

Does anyone plant their bands when they arrive? They are so small I usually pot them up and wait for them to grow. Advice?

Thanks,
Carla

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clipped on: 10.12.2006 at 08:40 pm    last updated on: 10.12.2006 at 08:40 pm

Westerland Is Climbing Out Of Control!

posted by: harryshoe on 10.10.2006 at 08:46 am in Roses Forum

I purchased two Westerland roses, bare root, from Edmunds, this past spring. My first attempt at a climber. They leafed out to pretty, bushy 24" plants with blooms by June. In the heat of the summer, enduring relentless midge attacks, they remained short. In September, cooler nights slowed the midge and Westerland started to grow. AND GROW!

They are now six feet tall! Multiple canes growing at almost a foot per week. I have to tie them to the arbor every weekend. No, I have not fertilized in the last two months.

Is this normal for Westerland? Or any rose??

Should I have concerns as winter approaches?

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clipped on: 10.11.2006 at 06:27 pm    last updated on: 10.11.2006 at 06:27 pm

RE: Defeated by Midge (Follow-Up #43)

posted by: mike_rivers on 09.29.2006 at 03:33 pm in Roses Forum

I wouldn't say I disagree with Karl but I did come to slightly different conclusions (but remember - I have no personal experience with rose midge at all).

My advice is based on several notions: 1) You ought to follow label directions for any pesticide as closely as possible. 2) The only soil drench Merit product of which I'm aware (Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub Insect Control) is applied, following label directions, only once each season and the amount applied each time is so large that one bottle is sufficient for just 10 roses. 3) I suspect midge and midge larvae are tiny little things which can't go very deep into the soil - so, I suspect a light spraying of the soil, watered in, done frequently, is just the ticket because it continuously keeps pesticide near the surface of the soil.

So....my advice is to purchase Bayer Advanced Garden Complete Insect Killer for Soil and Turf, Ready to Spray, (see link). If you follow label directions, one bottle of this stuff should be sufficient to cover 5,334 square feet of soil, which means if you have 50 roses, you ought to be able to spray the ground surrounding all of them about ten times. The pesticides in this stuff are merit (imidacloprid) and cyfluthrin. The label says to water it in after each spraying of the soil and to apply every 7 to 14 days for severe infestations. There seems to be uncertainty about the precise life cycle of the rose midge but I would make my first application on the soil on April 1st, a couple of weeks before my usual spring pruning date, and I would spray the soil again every 2 weeks until the first bloom. I might increase the spacing to once every month or so after that (the stuff is supposed to be good for 90 days in the soil) or, if I saw lots of midge damage at that point, I might just junk the bottle and curse the idiot who gave this advice.

Here is a link that might be useful: Soil and Turf Stuff

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clipped on: 10.01.2006 at 02:10 pm    last updated on: 10.01.2006 at 02:10 pm

RE: Defeated by Midge (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: pappu on 09.27.2006 at 11:58 pm in Roses Forum

Harryshoe, I understand your pain. A single 'sale' Austin bought from a nursery with midge (did not know why it had burnt tips at that time) wreaked havoc on my 200+ roses. Lots of leaves everywhere but no blooms on the tips. Not even buds, the stems suddenly ended. Did not what was causing this until winter when I read about it here and how to manage it.
Three simple steps. This is how you do it.

Bayer carpenter ant and termite killer...you have to use it in the stronger dose. The label lists as 1/4 tablespoon for ornamental plant pests, but use 1 tablespoon for gallon(listed for the c.ants). Spray the bushes throughly and the beds. Repeat in 3 day intervals for 3 times. End of midge, you will never see it again.

People here will howl in protest, but you got to bring out the big guns or learn to appreciate the finer details of rose foliage, because you will never see any blooms.

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clipped on: 10.01.2006 at 02:05 pm    last updated on: 10.01.2006 at 02:05 pm