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RE: YIKES please help (Follow-Up #51)

posted by: luxrosa on 10.17.2014 at 07:00 pm in Roses Forum

Because your employer likes Austin roses, which are bred to have bloom shapes which resembles that of Old Roses. , you might try introducing your employer to some of the original Old Roses, many of which do particularly well in the South, and hundreds of which
- bloom more often than Austin roses can because they do not have a period of dormancy,
- are beautiful plants, even when not in bloom.
- more information about these on the antique roses page at gardenweb
each of these roses may be seen in photos at /roses under search and plant.
or on gardenweb under search
-Old Garden "Tea" class ( a totally different class (or group) than Hybrid Tea. Because Tea roses do not go dormant in the winter, and they bloom on short flowering stems, they re-bloom faster than Hybrid Teas or Austin roses, and begin to bloom earlier in spring, and later through autumn.
a few of the more popular Tea roses that I love:
apricot 'Lady Hillingdon' a fragrant apricot rose that I've counted as being in bloom for more than 150 days, ( an average rose flush lasts between 28 and 33 days, during its first bloom cycle of the year with no less than 33% of its full bloom output during that time. (its' pollen is sterile which is why it blooms so much without ever needing to be dead-headed).
'Etoile de Lyon' my favorite lemony yellow old garden Tea, it has a scent which is called "delicious" by one author and to me smells of honeysuckle, and fresh cream with vanilla in it.
Yellow/ with some pink.
Marie Van Houtte (lovely scent, lots of prickles)
Mrs. Dudley Cross similar hues but nearly no prickles.

Golden Yellow
Reve d'Or' can be grown as a 5 and 1/2 foot tall shrub or a climber so can
Alister Stella Gray which is a creamy yolk hue, and which has smaller roses.
White Tea roses
Westside Road Cream Tea (
Ducher' is said to do well in the south,
both are very fragrant, and covered with beautiful white roses most of the year.
Mme. Alfred Carriere, a white Tea-Noisette climber which is very popular.

Pink, or pink blend.
Mrs. B.R. Cant
Le Vesuve (China-Tea) very floriferous, has dainty pink blend roses that seem to alight gracefully on the plant like butterflies.
a very attractive plant.
Maman Cochet large pink and cream roses which show some lavender tints.

Red blend
Monsieur Tillier
this and mrs .b.r. cant can grow to be more than 6' tall in two years.

Noisette class
Rosebushes from this class are particularly well foliaged, and most are fragrant, some greatly scented.
-small flowered
-scent is often sweet and spicy, like cloves and roses.
Blush Noisette is very popular in the American South, it was bred there, in c. 1803, by a rice farmer named John Champneys.
Nastarana a white Noisette.

Rosa moschata is a wild white Musk rose that is very fragrant that was used to breed the first Noisette rose. It too is a wonderful garden plant.

I'd ask locally which roses are most disease resistant in your area. The only reason, I believe, that everyone doesn't grow Old Garden Tea and Noisette rosebushes is that they cannot: roses of the 3 evergreen classes are not cold hardy, but we who are fortunate to live in California or the South can grow such wonderful roses.
Plus, roses from the evergreen group do not need to be pruned to bloom at their best.
One need only to remove diseased wood or wood that is out of bounds.
I water my largest evergreen rosebushes only once a month, because many have deep roots that reach lower levels of water in the soil.

Well thats my tuppunce.

Good luck and God bless, I'm sorry if we were rough with you,

P.S. all in all, I'd say my evergreen roses need about 1/3rd to 1/2 less care than my Austin roses.
another perk, Old Garden Tea roses grown on their own roots can bloom for more than 50 years, Mr. Austin suggests his rosebushes be replaced after ten years.


clipped on: 10.19.2014 at 09:32 am    last updated on: 10.19.2014 at 09:32 am

Favorite Website Links

posted by: mecdave on 10.07.2014 at 11:53 am in Hot Pepper Forum


clipped on: 10.12.2014 at 09:22 am    last updated on: 10.12.2014 at 09:22 am

Yikes. I just bought an 1898 Victorian house

posted by: adamsmile on 09.30.2014 at 11:54 am in Old House Forum


I have always loved old homes and had the opportunity to buy an 1898 Victorian and so my partner and I did. The house had been neglected and unoccupied for the past 4 years. Fortunately the interior of the house has not been ruined by any bad remodels. Besides some large projects (fixing the foundation and electrical) the interior mostly needs a lot of cleaning and has a lot of cracks in the plaster that need to be repaired. I will be posting pictures as requested and along the way as we try and figure out what we are doing. I would say we are handy around the house but not craftsmen of any particular home remodel trade. I am hoping that the advice and prior posts on this website along with countless hours watching HGTV will help along the way.

I have attached a picture of the house as it appeared the first day we saw it a month ago. I am not certain what style of Victorian the house is.

I sometimes wonder if we are crazy for taking on this project. This is a wonderful online community and I welcome any of your thoughts or opinions.


clipped on: 10.10.2014 at 11:07 pm    last updated on: 10.10.2014 at 11:07 pm

sunflower house

posted by: samhain10 on 01.22.2013 at 01:59 pm in Garden Experiments Forum

Hi! Still snowy and freezing here in MI, but I'm working on plans for a sunflower house this season - anyone out there have first hand experience with this so as to give me pointers for success? I'll plant in a circle 10-12 ft in diameter with a 2-3 ft doorway, with Kong Sunflowers in the inner part of the perimeter and shorter varieties in front of those. I'm also thinking of planting a mini-garden of flowers in front of the "house" in the manner of a cottage garden. The whole area is in an already established garden space which is part of my veggie garden. Just thought I'd have some fun this year! :)


clipped on: 09.21.2014 at 10:13 am    last updated on: 09.21.2014 at 10:13 am

Zinnias -- How to Pinch?

posted by: ticksmom419 on 05.17.2005 at 03:58 pm in Annuals Forum

Afternoon! I'm growing zinnias from seed for the first time and seeing that their leaves are pretty huge compared with the width of the stem. I want to pinch, but am not sure how far down to go. Mine have about 4 sets of leaves now. Should I pinch it back to about 2 sets?




clipped on: 08.04.2014 at 09:22 am    last updated on: 08.04.2014 at 09:22 am

1963 pool resurrection

posted by: dumbcluck on 09.05.2013 at 04:32 pm in Pools & Spas Forum

Hey everybody, has anyone here ever had any experience in bringing a filled in pool back to life?
We have a pool in our backyard that was filled in with dirt and trees by previous owner and we are considering making it swim able again?
Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.


clipped on: 07.22.2014 at 09:36 pm    last updated on: 07.22.2014 at 09:37 pm

purple and yellow foliage plants

posted by: david883 on 06.16.2014 at 09:39 pm in Perennials Forum

So last year I posted about creating a yellow and purple bed. Well... I'm still struggling. I didn't get very far with it last year and unfortunately haven't had a chance to work on it at all this year except a few small starter balloon flowers, echinops, a clematis franziska maria (now where the stella d'oro is on the far right). I need to kind of let everything fill out so I can realize I hate what I've done and move it all around again. I need to stick in some creeping ground covers eventually but right now my struggle is with foliage colors. I've got a purple sage, purple huechera obsidian and some heliopsis with variegated leaves but I think I need something with a little more foliage WOW factor.
It pretty much gets full sun with some dabbled shade here and there through out the day but its pretty minimal. Any other suggestions for this area are, of course, very welcome. Just be gentle - its a mess :)


clipped on: 06.17.2014 at 11:31 am    last updated on: 06.17.2014 at 11:32 am

Appetizers for a chili party

posted by: lakeguy35 on 10.03.2010 at 07:09 pm in Cooking Forum

Offered to bring something for a friends BD party next weekend and they suggested appys. The main meal will be chili. Three different kinds with a variety of toppers. We will be partying in the back yard around a fire pit. Fridge, oven, and stove top access is not a challenge. I'm clueless tonight......ideas/recipes.



clipped on: 05.28.2014 at 10:49 am    last updated on: 05.28.2014 at 10:49 am

Call me crazy

posted by: asleep_in_the_garden on 09.28.2013 at 02:31 pm in House Plants Forum

...But I'm trying to root some rather large cuttings here.

Please feel free to advise,offer your own experiences,etc regarding the rooting of(perhaps impossibly) over-sized cuttings.


clipped on: 05.26.2014 at 05:14 am    last updated on: 05.26.2014 at 05:14 am