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Anyone else lose a few rose bushes over the winter?

posted by: sunflowersrus222 on 04.05.2014 at 07:43 pm in Roses Forum

So far its looking like 3 of my roses have bit the dust due to the harsh winter we had. My fragrant plumb and Just Joey are completely black. Then one of my miniatures is completely black as well. I'll cut off what looks dead and see if anything new sprouts but it doesn't look good at all. This winter was our worst in 20 years.

Has anyone else lost any roses?


clipped on: 04.06.2014 at 07:29 am    last updated on: 04.06.2014 at 07:29 am

EEEP! Pumpkin broke off the vine early!

posted by: coloradobotanygirl on 09.13.2013 at 07:53 pm in Pumpkins Squash & Gourds Forum

I'm in Zone 5, and while trying to put some newspaper under one of my pumpkins it broke off of the vine. It is mostly orange already with a slight green venation near the very top. The vine also broke with only about 2 inches of stalk/stem on the pumpkin. Please help with advice on what to do. This is the first year growing pumpkins for my kids, I really don't want this one to rot; it was one of the best ones out of the patch.


clipped on: 09.14.2013 at 09:31 am    last updated on: 09.14.2013 at 09:31 am

Help! I have rodents eating my pumpkin blossoms!

posted by: CaptainInsano on 09.09.2013 at 12:59 pm in Pumpkins Squash & Gourds Forum

I am having an issue with a rabbit and at least one squirrel, they are eating my pumpkin blossoms I have no pollinated pumpkins at this point, I thought it was strange by now not to see any females until I inspected more and found that they are being eaten along with the leaves, I can get rid of the rabbit it is a hold over from a few weeks back when I buried wire fencing at the entry points and he was locked inside but I can scare him out the real issue is the squirrel, I have been told to spray the plants and blossoms with a hot sauce to stop them will this work? Do I have enough time to at least get my pie pumpkins or jack of all trades to ripen before Halloween if they are pollinated now? I know it is little hope for the fairytale or Cinderella because of the longer growing time needed but it is still warm here 100+ for a few more weeks probably 90+ until end of October.


clipped on: 09.13.2013 at 04:20 pm    last updated on: 09.13.2013 at 04:20 pm

My first pumpkin!!

posted by: sunflowersrus222 on 09.13.2013 at 02:53 pm in Pumpkins Squash & Gourds Forum

We've had pumpkin vines in our yard in the past that came as a result of an old pumpkin being tossed into our compost pile but every time we had a pumpkin form it rotted or the groundhogs got to them.

This year we noticed a vine in early June and thought what the heck. Lets see what happens. This vine grew longer and larger than any in the past although we only got 2 pumpkins to grow. This morning I noticed the groundhogs checking out this particular pumpkin and sent our dogs out to chase them away. Well the dogs ran across the vine to go after the groundhogs and the vine snapped right at the stem of this particular pumpkin.
As you can see it still has a little green to it. It is much deeper orange in person than the photo shows. So I put it on top of a chair in a sunny spot so it can ripen up a little more.

It surprised me that the side of the pumpkin that was on the ground (not shown in the photo because its in the back) was actually riper than the rest of the pumpkin.

I'm tickled that it looks so good. After several years of getting a pumpkin vine out of our compost pile and not having anything to show for it this is very exciting for all of us.

I'm going to save some seeds from this pumpkin and plant them in a container around May to get them started next year and then plant a couple of vines in the hopes of maybe having a few more pumpkins. Maybe with 2 or more vines side by side we'll get more fruit. This year and every year in the past we've only ever had one vine with little to no pumpkins.

Has anyone else ever picked a pumpkin a little early and have any luck with it ripening up afterwards? I think my husband would have freaked out if this one ended up groundhog food. He goes out every morning checking on it and tells everyone how he has 2 pumpkins in the yard and talks to his friends about their pumpkin vines and how well they're doing.


clipped on: 09.13.2013 at 02:54 pm    last updated on: 09.13.2013 at 02:54 pm

Eden--going, going, almost gone

posted by: dublinbay on 09.02.2013 at 12:38 pm in Roses Forum

I'm stunned--my Eden climber is dying. It had an excellent spring bloom--see the pic below:

Eden--spring 2013

Since then it has very slowly but surely faded away. Today it is looking quite dead.

I don't know how to explain it. We had a bad drought last summer--couple of my roses suffered and died from that. Just couldn't make it through the following winter. But Eden survived and bloomed beautifully. Then we had the first half of this summer under a continual grey cloud cover and misty rain periodically. Several of my roses started registering some waterlogging symptoms, but are better now that the sun has returned for the second half of this summer.

The only other change was that the pillar Eden was wrapped around rusted through to almost nothing in several spots, so I bought a new one, carefully took down Eden, carefully pulled out the pillar, put in the new one about a foot over from were the first one was (turned out to be more crowded than I'd expected with the old one), and wrapped Eden around the new pillar. And now it is nearly dead!

In addition to wondering what caused this tragedy, I'm also wondering if I should replace it with a new Eden next spring--after all, Eden is gorgeous when it does bloom--or should I try a different climber, if for no other reason than because it gives me a chance to grow a new and different climber?

In the meantime, here is my tribute to how beautiful Eden could be:

Kate :(


clipped on: 09.02.2013 at 03:30 pm    last updated on: 09.02.2013 at 03:30 pm

grafted or own roots

posted by: pembroke on 08.23.2013 at 05:57 pm in Roses Forum

How does one tell if rose is grafted or is on it's own roots? I have a Queen Elizabeth that has done poorly this year (2nd year for this rose in my garden), a bloom here and there. Now I have lots of stems coming from the root. Not too worried because the upper has several canes that have died out. Hoping that the new canes will be the QE and I can start over with this rose. Sorry for the rambling. need answer to first question. Pembroke


clipped on: 08.23.2013 at 06:14 pm    last updated on: 08.23.2013 at 06:14 pm

Has anyone ever heard of Love Surprise?

posted by: mirendajean on 08.23.2013 at 03:13 pm in Roses Forum

Hey everybody. Does anyone know the rose Love Surprise?

I bought a sad looking little clearance rose earlier this year called Love Surprise. It's putting on steady growth and is adorable. However, I can't find any information about it. There's nothing on HMF and the name is isn't unique enough to google it (can you imagine the search results for "Love Surprise")

Please help! I have found the labels on plants from this garden centre to be generic.

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clipped on: 08.23.2013 at 06:07 pm    last updated on: 08.23.2013 at 06:07 pm

To shovel-prune or not to shovel-prune...that is the question!

posted by: zaphod42 on 08.20.2013 at 05:35 pm in Roses Forum

That time of the year again.

I'm contemplating next year's purchase, evaluating space available, and considering the performances of my current specimens.

I am debating taking out two next spring and replacing them. Milwaukee's Calatrava will most likely get yanked. Its gotten a couple second chances. It has a good scent, but I've been holding out hope for improvements in bloom, vigor, etc.

I'm also strongly considering taking out Hot Cocoa. Like the spring flush, but it looks super ratty this time of year and it is in the middle of my front porch garden area. It has other issues that have been bugging me lately too.

What roses are you looking over and considering giving the ol' heave-ho?


clipped on: 08.23.2013 at 01:57 pm    last updated on: 08.23.2013 at 01:57 pm

Questions on Thomas Affleck rose

posted by: jim1961 on 08.22.2013 at 06:07 pm in Roses Forum

Hi all,

I wonder if Thomas Affleck is disease resistant to blackspot here in the northeast???

Wondering how large it grows in the northeast?


Cane hardy in the winter?

I need a near thornless & very Blackspot /Powdery mildew resistant rose for out front near a walkway...
Which grows 3-4 ft in height & width and is a good bloomer with bloom size being 3+ inches is why I'm
asking about Thomas Affleck...

This post was edited by jim1961 on Fri, Aug 23, 13 at 12:45


clipped on: 08.23.2013 at 01:39 pm    last updated on: 08.23.2013 at 01:39 pm

Peach Drift dwarf shrub anyone have one?

posted by: sunflowersrus222 on 08.16.2013 at 12:37 pm in Roses Forum

I couldn't resist. I saw the cutest peach colored rose blooms on this bush in walmart and it was on sale for $4.95. It was in a gallon pot and looked very healthy. I've never had a rose shrub before. I've had miniature roses that people had gotten me in the late fall for my birthday but no matter what I did they didn't make it. You know those cute little rose bushes you get in fancy pots etc. Well this is already 2 feet wide and and about 2 1/2 feet tall and full of blooms so how could I resist right?

I have several rose bushes in my yard with absolutely nothing around the bottom or in front to fill in the space and thought this would go wonderful with my Just Joey and Polka climber. I just had a row of roses along my one side of the yard and nothing else.

I know since these are sold in places like Lowes, home depot and walmart they're probably nothing fancy but I just thought they were adorable. Does anyone have these rose shrubs? If so how are they doing in your yard? I've been reading up on them and they seem to be a pretty hardy rose. Apparently they are in the Knock Out rose family. (which I don't have BTW) But thought who could resist a healthy pretty rose at that price?


clipped on: 08.16.2013 at 12:37 pm    last updated on: 08.16.2013 at 12:37 pm

Lava rocks in the flower bed?

posted by: growing_rene on 07.30.2013 at 11:00 am in Roses Forum

I recall reading that many of you use lime stone abd white rocks don't work well. I just bought some lava rocks and am hoping someone has had experience with them in a bed of roses. Hubby & I both grew up out west & thought we ciukd incorporate them while matching our trim. Any suggestions or recommendations regarding these?


clipped on: 07.30.2013 at 01:18 pm    last updated on: 07.30.2013 at 01:18 pm

help on "rust" problem

posted by: astronomer2 on 07.30.2013 at 12:33 pm in Roses Forum

I'm having mid-summer problems with what appears to be "rust" on the leaves of a number of my roses. In addition, the blossoms appear to be drying out before they are fully open. Image attached.

I use only Rose Tone, and have been using Malathion for insects, but am out now, and wondering if there is something better. By mid-summer I see a few Japanese beetles and other insects, but not very many. Any help would be appreciated! David


clipped on: 07.30.2013 at 01:12 pm    last updated on: 07.30.2013 at 01:12 pm

50% off heirloom sale

posted by: Karolina11 on 07.19.2013 at 01:46 pm in Roses Forum

If anyone is interested, heirloom is having a 50% off sale this weekend. I ordered quite a few! Decent selection still available.


clipped on: 07.27.2013 at 08:40 am    last updated on: 07.27.2013 at 08:40 am

Sickly roses from.........

posted by: jim1961 on 07.20.2013 at 08:17 pm in Roses Forum

Received these sickly KO roses yesterday...

I'm not a container person so I just threw these 2 guys into the ground , watered well & will shade for awhile...

I'll replace next year if needed because these things look sickly...

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This post was edited by jim1961 on Sat, Jul 20, 13 at 20:37


clipped on: 07.22.2013 at 11:36 am    last updated on: 07.22.2013 at 11:36 am

Safe to buy from the heirloom sale?

posted by: thahalibut on 07.20.2013 at 10:40 am in Roses Forum

I saw the post on the heirloom sale so I went over to check it out. The roses on sale are sold as is & have no guarantee. Do they send nice plants during the sale or do they send runts? What if they send the wrong rose..?
I dont want to spend $$ & get a half dead rose & have them say, too bad it was an as is sale......
Any thoughts?


clipped on: 07.20.2013 at 10:49 am    last updated on: 07.20.2013 at 10:49 am

yellow leaves on roses

posted by: jessaka on 07.18.2013 at 05:44 pm in Roses Forum

the new leaves on my tea rose are yellow to begin with (the baby leaves) and stay yellow. what am i doing wrong? do they need iron or some other food?


clipped on: 07.19.2013 at 08:35 am    last updated on: 07.19.2013 at 08:35 am

Roses for Cutting

posted by: Susanne27 on 07.06.2013 at 10:11 am in Roses Forum

I'm looking to add to my rose collection, roses in the ht and grandiflora class that are especially excellent for cutting and are long lasting in a vase. Colour and fragrance are not an issue. Any suggestions on specific roses?



clipped on: 07.07.2013 at 08:31 am    last updated on: 07.07.2013 at 08:31 am

A lot of thorns on the rosebush?

posted by: Acriym on 07.06.2013 at 11:26 pm in Roses Forum

It's my first time planting roses - the leaves turned red, but my friend's father (who is a gardener and landscaper) had told me it wasn't much to worry about, as it tends to happen. However, I noticed that there were a lot of thorns on the rose bush the other day, and I heard that was one of the symptoms of rrd... Is this normal? I'm think that I'm just being a tad bit paranoid :(


clipped on: 07.07.2013 at 08:09 am    last updated on: 07.07.2013 at 08:09 am

was sent wrong rose now I need help to ID this one

posted by: sunflowersrus222 on 07.03.2013 at 11:25 am in Name That Rose Forum

I have no idea what this rose is. I ordered a just joey but this obviously is not that. Its a cute little thing so far its opened up an inch and a half to 2 inches at best. Not much I can tell you about this since its such a young plant. It was an own root from heirloom roses. It seems very disease resistant and for the first time has one dead yellow leaf on the bottom. Its held up really well to our unusually wet daily rain falls.

Any help would be appreciated. Would just like to know what this is.

This post was edited by sunflowersrus222 on Wed, Jul 3, 13 at 11:29


clipped on: 07.03.2013 at 11:30 am    last updated on: 07.03.2013 at 11:30 am

Help me ID this rose please

posted by: sunflowersrus222 on 07.02.2013 at 12:31 pm in Name That Rose Forum

A friend cut a couple of roses for me from her garden the day my mother passed. She didn't know what they were called. She said her son just buys her roses and she plants them.

It's very fragrant. I could smell all the way to my front door and I had them in a vase in the back of my house in the kitchen! Thats nearly 80 feet away and I could smell them. The leaves are very pale green. No shine to them at all. The plant itself is not very large. It doesn't appear to be a tea and is not very busy. Don't know if its just how she cuts the plant itself or what. The blooms appear to have pink on the edges and as you get closer to the center its more and more peachish in color. The blooms are about 3 inches across.

I don't mind if I can't get the exact rose but would like to find something similar to it. Just love the color of these and the fragrance is fabulous.


clipped on: 07.02.2013 at 12:35 pm    last updated on: 07.02.2013 at 12:35 pm

just joey rose buds are red

posted by: sunflowersrus222 on 07.02.2013 at 09:25 am in Roses Forum

I bought a just joey rose from heirloom roses a few weeks ago and just noticed a couple of buds that are a deep red color. It's supposed to be an orange rose. Does anyone else have this rose and know if the roses will open up to an orange color? I guess I'll probably have to just wait and see what happens when they open but I'm curious to know if I may have gotten the wrong rose or if this rose starts as a dark red bud and opens up to orange.

If its going to be a red rose I will contact the company to let them know they sent me the wrong rose.

This is an own root rose by the way if that matters. So its not as if the graft died off and the parent plant is coming back. It should be the just joey and nothing else growing.

Any feedback on this rose would be appreciated.


clipped on: 07.02.2013 at 09:26 am    last updated on: 07.02.2013 at 09:26 am

why are the leaves not developing

posted by: Anirban on 06.29.2013 at 02:12 am in Roses Forum


Can someone suggest why the leaves on my rose are not developing and are disfigured


clipped on: 06.29.2013 at 09:41 am    last updated on: 06.29.2013 at 09:41 am

Bindweed infestation

posted by: PhilippeCote on 06.27.2013 at 09:24 pm in Roses Forum


I live in a condo and we have a large common garden with 10 years old rose bushes in a slope.

Recently, I've noticed the presence of an invasive plant growing around and on top of the roses. It looks like bindweed, and from what I gather it's very hard to get rid of. On top of that, the rose bushes are tightly packed, 3-4 feet high, and in a steep slope. It's pretty much impossible to get in between them.

It looks like there isn't much I can do about it, but it's such a beautiful garden that I just can't give up... any strategies ?

P.S.: I live in Montreal, so could I use the frost to help me ?




clipped on: 06.29.2013 at 09:39 am    last updated on: 06.29.2013 at 09:39 am

too many goldfish!

posted by: steiconi on 06.12.2013 at 03:41 pm in Ponds & Aquatic Plants Forum

This time last year, I was anxiously waiting for my three goldfish to spawn.

Now I'm wondering what to do with all these baby goldfish. They spawned once last summer, then at least 4 times so far this year. More likely 6 or 7 times. There are at least 100 goldfish in the 4000 gallon pond (plus a lot of swordtails and mosquito fish). We're running out of room.

Last year's babies are getting big, I'm afraid they'll be spawning soon.

What do you do with all the babies? I'm giving away as many as possible at my pond club, but that's a limited market...

And is there some kind of birth control for fish? I thought of separating the three adults, but my husband thinks it would be mean to take them away from their friends. Anyway, we don't have enough ponds to keep every fish on its own...

This post was edited by steiconi on Wed, Jun 12, 13 at 20:01


clipped on: 06.17.2013 at 05:34 pm    last updated on: 06.17.2013 at 05:34 pm

Bullfrog eating a bird

posted by: ademink on 06.12.2013 at 11:48 am in Ponds & Aquatic Plants Forum

For those of you who aren't believers.....


clipped on: 06.17.2013 at 05:29 pm    last updated on: 06.17.2013 at 05:30 pm

Baby Koi

posted by: darla84 on 06.09.2013 at 03:40 pm in Ponds & Aquatic Plants Forum

I have tons of baby koi this morning....
3 koi spawned in the last few days and I gathered up all the floating plants and stuck them in our large stock tank and its been 3 days since the first one spawned and I see eyelashed size babies everywhere.


clipped on: 06.17.2013 at 05:24 pm    last updated on: 06.17.2013 at 05:24 pm

New house, new garden

posted by: sireneh on 06.14.2013 at 10:50 pm in Name That Plant Forum

I just moved into a new house and would love some help identifying this lovely shrub. It is 6 or 7 feet tall.

Thank you!


clipped on: 06.16.2013 at 07:50 pm    last updated on: 06.16.2013 at 07:50 pm

What is that

posted by: catt_2006 on 06.16.2013 at 12:42 pm in Roses Forum

Found this on some of the stems of my JP Connell. It looks like someone spit on it. What is it and how do I stop it from happening? Thank you in advance.


clipped on: 06.16.2013 at 01:06 pm    last updated on: 06.16.2013 at 01:06 pm

Bayer disease control question

posted by: Maude80 on 06.12.2013 at 07:15 pm in Roses Forum

Hi everyone,

I wanted to ask a question about Bayer disease control. Once it is mixed (I do 1 1/2 tablespoons per gallon of water) does it all need to be used at once. I ask because I always have a little left over and I'm wondering if it can sit for two weeks until the next spraying and then be used? Or is it best to always make it fresh? Any thoughts?



clipped on: 06.13.2013 at 12:56 pm    last updated on: 06.13.2013 at 12:56 pm

Tender loving care, sort of...

posted by: DNTQuilter on 06.12.2013 at 07:04 pm in Roses Forum

Oh my, I'm a guy. So as you know, we don't generally read instructions.

After planting two bare root roses from Edmund's 9 days ago, I learned about soaking first, and to not give high organic soil or feed. I did all of the above.

Needless to say I watered the sticks just about every other hour for 2 days to hopefully make up for not soaking.

I'm not sure how to get two pictures in a post, so here is the Chrysler Imperial. The Good as Gold is doing well too.

Scott in PA


clipped on: 06.12.2013 at 09:42 pm    last updated on: 06.12.2013 at 09:42 pm

yellowing leaves

posted by: sunflowersrus222 on 06.12.2013 at 11:43 am in Roses Forum

I was able to get my cable to work with my cell to download these photos so thought I would start a new thread.

As you can see the leaves are getting yellowing along the veins and the outer edges are still green plus they have spots.

This is my Just Joey that I got from heirloom roses and planted on the 8th. Just 4 days later the leaves are turning yellow. This is an own-root rose that is about 6 inches tall. Is this a virus or deficiency in the soil? I'm waiting to hear back from heirloom roses but know this will probably take awhile so thought I would get quicker answers here. Any ideas? Suggestions?

These are well watered since we had a lot of rain the day after planting plus I've watered them since.

This post was edited by sunflowersrus222 on Wed, Jun 12, 13 at 11:44


clipped on: 06.12.2013 at 11:46 am    last updated on: 06.12.2013 at 11:46 am

First Rubythroat of the Season!

posted by: hummersteve on 04.29.2013 at 04:58 pm in Hummingbird Garden Forum

Just like clockwork. ctnchpr reported his on april 9th and 20 days later my first appears just as its been the last few years.


clipped on: 06.11.2013 at 04:30 pm    last updated on: 06.11.2013 at 04:30 pm

Why am I not getting any hummers?

posted by: donnaroe on 06.08.2013 at 11:12 pm in Hummingbird Garden Forum

We put a feeder out every year. My husband has been places where there was constant action at hummingbird feeders. We may see them now and then, but not in great amounts.

I bought a new feeder at Tractor Supply that looks like a hot air balloon. The top is made of glass and there are four stations with the little support for them to sit on.

How often should I be changing the solution, and cleaning with vinegar? Should it be hung in the sun or shade? Is there a height that is best for the feeder to be hung off the ground? My support right now has it hanging at around 4'.

Is there a feeder that is better than the one I bought? Or is there something else wrong?

I would so like to make this year successful. Thanks to anyone who can help. Your ideas are welcomed!


clipped on: 06.11.2013 at 02:33 pm    last updated on: 06.11.2013 at 02:33 pm

Wood Bees, Hummer nests and Citronella Q's

posted by: spaceman13 on 06.06.2013 at 02:10 pm in Hummingbird Garden Forum

In hopes of having hummingbirds nest in or near my yard, I'm adding more Spring blooming plants in my garden beds, hanging baskets and containers. I also plan to put my feeder out earlier, when the hummers are migrating in. Herein lies my problem…Wood Bees!

The neighbors storage building has many areas that attract them, and they're always buzzing about my property, swooping and chasing one another, and anything else that gets near them!
They are generally gone, or done with their territorial mating aggressiveness by the time my summer bloomers start flowering, so they were previously little more than an annoyance. I'm certain they would chase hummingbirds, making the area unatractive as a nesting site.

I read citronella oil will deter them, but will it also deter hummingbirds from setting up residence as well?
Any personal experience or insight with hummers and citronella would be greatly appreciated.

Genus: Mark Blanchardii
Cultivar: 'SpaceMan'


clipped on: 06.11.2013 at 02:20 pm    last updated on: 06.11.2013 at 02:28 pm

New at butterfly/hummingbird garden

posted by: cghpnd on 05.21.2013 at 12:57 pm in Hummingbird Garden Forum

Hey yall. I already have everything ready for the butterflies (my first year). I was given a bird feeder and something called Perky-pet nectar for hummingbirds.Has anyone used it?

When should I see them here in Northern Virginia? I dont want to waste the nectar and bugs get into rather than the birds.. thanks alot!


clipped on: 06.11.2013 at 02:28 pm    last updated on: 06.11.2013 at 02:28 pm

should I replant or move my rose bush?

posted by: sunflowersrus222 on 06.10.2013 at 09:03 am in Roses Forum

I planted an own-root fragrant plum rose a couple of days ago and not long after I planted it my neighbor decided to run her sprinkler. Its one of those sprinklers that arches. She refuses to turn it down so it doesn't reach 4 feet into my yard. I was worried my rose bush would get black spots from all of her watering so moved it to the other side of my yard. Now its raining and I noticed the water is ponding around this rose bush. I had thought that I elevated it enough but apparently not. When I planted it in this new spot I made sure it was raised and I watered it really well after planting. Now I see rain water is ponding around this rose bush. Should I dig it up AGAIN and add more soil in this area and then put it back in the ground in essence raising it up? Or should I just put more soil and mulch around where it is planted now? Is it ok to disturb it so many times?


clipped on: 06.10.2013 at 09:04 am    last updated on: 06.10.2013 at 09:04 am

Heirloom Roses order arrived today!! @-)-

posted by: sunflowersrus222 on 06.08.2013 at 04:00 pm in Roses Forum

A big thumbs up to Heirloom Roses! I placed my order 6/3 and today 6/8 they arrived. They were packed very well. I was worried about ordering plants online and having them shipped. I wasn't sure what to expect. But they were all wrapped nicely and the pots were all taped together. They had twist ties around the base of each rose so nothing spilled. Everything looked great!

My 3 new roses are now planted in my garden. I know that I won't get any blooms this year and probably none next year but I don't care. I just wanted unique pretty colored roses that would go with the rest of my garden. I searched high and low in my area and all I could find was the same old same old knock out roses everywhere in pink or red. Everyone and their mother has those around here.

I now have a climbing Polka, a Just Joey and a Fragrant Plum. Thanks to everyone here who posted about their orders and how pleased they were. I couldn't be happier. @->>


clipped on: 06.08.2013 at 04:09 pm    last updated on: 06.08.2013 at 04:09 pm

Seeking Encouragement

posted by: DNTQuilter on 06.07.2013 at 08:47 pm in Roses Forum

I've enjoyed reading the posts and have learned so much.

Last year I planted my first three roses (Mr. Lincoln, Let Freedom Ring, and a Yellow Flora whose name I cannot remember right now. All three did very well and came back this year in grand style.

Being confident, I purchased JFK, Peace, Barbra S, Queen Eliz, and Love as potted specimens. They have taken well, and further increased my confidence.

As approaching the later part of the planting season I ordered to bare root roses, Good as Gold and Chysler Imperial. They are making me nervous, but hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Now to the root of my post. Of course Babs has black spot, and for the first time I'm seeing signs of insect destruction of some leaves. Nothing horrible, and only on a few plants.

I want to be proactive and want to do the right thing. Which would you tackle first? A soap and baking soda spray in the roses with insects, or spray the 2 or 3 roses showing some Black Spot with the Bayer Product?

Depending on how our summer goes, I don't think the BS will be an ongoing problem.

Any comments, advice would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Scott in PA


clipped on: 06.08.2013 at 03:51 pm    last updated on: 06.08.2013 at 03:52 pm

red pileated woodpeckern nesting apartment

posted by: dirt_farmer on 05.09.2013 at 08:17 pm in Bird Watching Forum


The tenants were out but I thought I would post this woodpeckers
nesting cavities. I put the soda can in for scale and removed it after I took the picture. :)


clipped on: 06.06.2013 at 11:22 am    last updated on: 06.06.2013 at 11:22 am

Love the Goldfinches

posted by: joan754 on 05.21.2013 at 11:21 pm in Bird Watching Forum

This little fellow has been coming to my feeder the past week or so. Other years I've had about 8 goldfinches; this year I've only seen one so far. The birds have been so late in coming this year because of the unusually cold spring. Hopefully, more are still on their way. it's kind of lonely for this little guy.


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Year round Cooper's Hawk...

posted by: IowaAvo on 01.31.2013 at 11:49 pm in Raptors Forum

Finally, Cooper's Hawks are nesting in my small town. The juveniles started hunting my feeders last Summer. It appears they haven't migrated, I saw one nab a straggling sparrow this morning. Unusual, since daytime temps here in Iowa are down in the teens...


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Wren and Nuthatch houses

posted by: robar on 05.31.2013 at 02:25 pm in Bird Watching Forum

Can anyone tell me which attracts Wrens better......a hanging bird house or one mounted to a fence or tree? Also, has anyone had much luck attracting Nuthatches to houses? Do they require any special house?


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minnow eating grackle !!!

posted by: vieja on 06.05.2013 at 05:50 pm in Bird Watching Forum

I have mosquito-eating minnows that like to hover near the pond surface & have noticed the darn grackles flying away with 'something' in their beaks... I think they are grabbing the minnows!! Can they skim the surface like that? Grackles are beautiful & fascinating birds to watch but are not a 'nice' bird... they raid other birds nests, eat the eggs & babies & strut around the lawn with heads held high like they own the place!! Guess I will have to place netting over the pond if I want to have any of the minnows left?!


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Baltimore Orioles?

posted by: Renkosiewicz on 04.10.2013 at 12:45 pm in Bird Watching Forum

Has anyone in the Chicago area seen any Baltimoe Orioles yet this year?


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County is going to dig up my front yard...

posted by: buford on 06.05.2013 at 12:32 pm in Roses Forum

A few weeks ago, we had a bad storm and flooding in the neighborhood. I didn't have any bad damage, just missing mulch and my fence was pushed in. However, my neighbor across the street had 5 feet of water in his basement. This has happened before and was supposedly addressed. This week the county has been all over the neighborhood and in my yard surveying, putting up flags and spray painting for utilities. I knew something was up when my hsuband told me they were in our backyard yesterday.

It turns out that the drainage zig zags from my neighbor across the street to his next door neighbor, then across to my yard then turning twice before it goes through my backyard to a drain that goes to the retention pond. What would make sense to me is to have it go straight across the street into my yard through my backyard to the same drain. That part of my property is county easement and I haven't planted anything there except grass.

But what the county, in all it's wisdom, wants to do is widen the zig zag path with the 4 left turns. Which involves digging up my front yard and driveway and countless roses and maybe some trees.

I'm being calm, and I recognize the need for this project. If they have to dig up my yard, fine. I guess what I need to know is how can I protect my roses in the event that they need to be dug up and replanted. I have some small roses, but also some large teas that may be in the path. Can I cut them down and either pot them up or burlap them and keep them in a shady spot until I can replant? Do you think that would work with large established roses?


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Rose Cuttings Failure, never seem to root.

posted by: Edlyn12 on 06.03.2013 at 08:37 am in Rose Propagation Forum

How do I root rose cuttings as every method I try fail to root.They always turn brown and die.I would really appreciate any help thank you.I tried the mason jar, plastic baggie and all the other methods out there.I also keep the compost moist.


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posted by: deervssteve on 06.03.2013 at 04:21 pm in Roses Forum

Heavily pruned:
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How to save a potted gift rose

posted by: fleursuzie on 04.04.2004 at 11:05 am in Miniature Roses Forum

Although I do not profess to being any type of expert on miniature roses, I find the pretense of having "toss away" roses obscene. That is what some people have called them here on the mini rose forum.

These potted gift roses (also known as grocery store roses) can easily be saved with very little effort.

Things you will need:
� A large mixing bowl or bucket
� One 6" pot per plant or two 12" pots
� Potting soil � it can have slow release fertilizer but NO water crystals

What to do:
1. Fill bowl or bucket with enough water to cover all the roots of the plants
2. Remove rose from pot and place in bowl, let sit for a few minutes
3. slowly "swish" the rose plants back and forth to loosen as much dirt as possible from the roots
4. When you have gotten as much soil off as possible, slowly start pulling the plants apart. Be very gentle so as to break as few roots as possible. The best way is to jiggle the roots around until one of the plants starts tilting. Then slowly pry the roots apart. It helps to return to water every now and then to swish the roots around again. (Note: don�t worry if you loose some of the roots...there really isn�t a way to avoid it from happening, especially if there is a strong network of roots growing)
5. When plants are separated, plant one each in a pot or alternatively, several around the perimeter of a larger pot.
6. Water pots and place in a well lit place but out of direct sunlight for a few days.

Soil � Use regular, good quality, potting soil. It is ok if it has slow release fertilizer, but no fertilizer is better. Do NOT use soil with water retention crystals. (Although peat moss is ok)

If the plants are waterlogged (the soil from the original pot is soggy and boggy, the leaves are all turning yellow, etc) it is best to withhold water for the first 12 to 24 hours after replanting (this gives the roots a chance to dry out a little and excess moisture will be leached into the new dry soil). After that time, water well to make sure that there are no air pockets from when you potted up. ( � note: this is after you have put the rose in its new pot, you can still use the bucket of water to separate them)

Keep the newly potted roses out of direct sun for a couple of days. After that, acclimate it to direct sunlight.

Once the rose is established (about 2-4 weeks after repotting) start fertilizing. You can tell if it has established itself when new growth starts forming


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Kordana Miniature Rose blooming profusely -

posted by: jujujojo on 05.18.2013 at 08:27 pm in Miniature Roses Forum

Notice the winter flowers and the summer flowers:

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Here are the roses I just ordered

posted by: sunflowersrus222 on 06.03.2013 at 12:28 pm in Roses Forum

I have not been able to find anything in the local nurserys so have to go online to find what I want. Most of what they sell around me are pink or red knock out roses. I'm so tired of seeing the same roses everywhere and I already have 2 red rose bushes so wanted something more colorful.

I know these are own-root which is what I wanted and I know they will take awhile to be in their full glory. Probably 2 years but that doesn't matter to me.

Anyway, here is what I ordered from heirloom roses.. Polka™® and Just Joey® which I bought to eventually plant near a lace leafed Japanese maple bush. I thought the pretty peachy copper color of the roses would be a nice accent to the deep reddish orange of my maple. One is a climber and the other will be a nice bush and both are continuous bloomers. The last rose bush I ordered is the Fragrant Plum. This will go near my purple butterfly bush and a deep dark plumish colored clematis. Eventually I plan on filling in these flower beds with some white low growing flowers of some sort to make the colors of the roses really pop.

Does anyone have any photos of these roses that are established and showing how you exhibit them? I live in an old Victorian house in a historic part of my town so am going to plant the climber out front next to that maple and have a trellis put up when its ready for it to climb and take off.

I'm so excited. I just can't find these stunning colors in my area. To finally find colors I love to me is like Christmas morning lol I don't even care that I'll have to wait a couple of years before getting to see the full glory of these roses.


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Anyone have a Fragrant plum heirloom rose?

posted by: sunflowersrus222 on 06.03.2013 at 08:47 am in Roses Forum

I recently ordered this rose to put near my purple colored butterfly bush and a deep purple clematis. I thought the color would work nicely along side these other plants. Does anyone else have one and if so have you had any success or problems? Please share photos. I've only seen photos of these online on the web site but they are just of the blooms. I just couldn't resist buying this after seeing the beautiful color on the heirloom website. I haven't had any luck finding anything in my area in the garden stores so have to buy online. Most of what I find in the stores here are the pink or red knock out roses and they are everywhere in my town but not what I want.


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red fully double arching like a climber

posted by: mantis__oh on 05.28.2013 at 11:02 pm in Name That Rose Forum

This rose has long arching canes:


One of my roses bushes looks like this so I would like to know as well.
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What was your first rose?

posted by: northtexasdude on 11.02.2012 at 09:09 pm in Roses Forum

When did it all start for you? What was your first rose(es)? How many years ago? Do you still have the original rose(es) that started your love for growing them?

Here is my story - 7 years ago I bought an old house. I was trying to figure out how I was going to re-do the un-kept yard. Roses never crossed my mind. I went to HD looking for hydrangeas, and out in the parking lot was a bunch of blooming roses. An 'orange' colored one caught my eye and thought all the different varieties were kind of cool looking. So I picked up Cl. America and Chrysler Imperial. On the way home it didn't feel like I just bought another crappy plant that was probably going to die, it felt like these plants were something special. The obsession began, and so did the research, learning, and planting of more roses. No other plant has come anywhere close to sparking my interest. I am thankful box stores carry roses, as many of us had our love at first sight moment there.
Chrysler Imperial did not do well in my garden for some reason, so it only lasted a few years. America is still going strong.

What about you?


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how can you tell if your buying a rose bush that has been grafted

posted by: sunflowersrus222 on 06.01.2013 at 06:34 pm in Roses Forum

I want to buy a new rose bush for my garden but don't want to end up with another that has been grafted only to end up with another Dr. Huey. Is there a way to tell when looking at it in the store that would indicate its been grafted? Are there any places online that do not sell grafted roses? Or would indicate that its been grafted? Also if you buy a rose root does that mean its not a graft? I've seen a few places online that sell the roses but you get a root. Just trying to avoid getting another grafted bush and having to deal with another let down.


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Pink and red roses on same plant?

posted by: sesakaso on 05.20.2013 at 12:10 pm in Name That Rose Forum

These roses are at my grandpa's house. He knows little about them, only that my grandma planted and cared for them. She died in 2004. It appears to be one bush, but is likely two since it blooms with both pink and red flowers. As far as I know they only bloom once per season, but the bloom lasts a long time. Any ideas on what kind this/these are? And if it is one plant or two?


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Can you name this rose?

posted by: sunflowersrus222 on 06.01.2013 at 11:46 am in Name That Rose Forum

This rose bush has been with the house since we bought it 20+ years ago. When we first moved in it was planted under a very shady tree and didn't bloom much at all so I moved it to a sunnier side of the yard. It grows 5 to 6 feet tall and is bushy on top not the bottom. I've always wondered what type of rose it is. Can anyone help ID this rose? It does not bloom all summer. It basically blooms in spring till June and then nothing. Its never had a mold problem but does tend to get a lot of bugs such as those worms under the leaves and your typical aphid infestation now and then if that helps to identify.


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What's your longest or most blooming rose?

posted by: gogreen22 on 06.01.2013 at 08:56 am in Roses Forum

I have yet to know for myself, just started roses this year, I'm so happy with the buds opening (any ideas what kind it is?) What's your longest blooming rose?


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propagation with honey anyone?

posted by: sunflowersrus222 on 05.31.2013 at 01:48 pm in Rose Propagation Forum

I couldn't find any root hormone or root toner so saw on youtube that some had success with honey. I had a few clippings from my roses and thought I would give it a try. Has anyone used honey? I'll know in a few weeks if it works or not but was wondering if anyone had any success with this method.


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Peace rose question

posted by: sunflowersrus222 on 05.31.2013 at 08:07 am in Roses Forum

My Peace rose is a few years old. It a bit over 6' tall. There is nothing growing down low. Its all up top. So I basically have 3 thick tall stalks that then branch out on top. I arch them and peg them or tie them to keep them arched and then get long tall stalks off of those arches with enormous blooms that when open are about 6 inches. I just love these roses. My question is about pruning. How far down do I prune? Do I cut down those enormous canes? I have always cut off anything dead down to the bottom of the plant and always trim down those arching branches that produce the blooms but never cut down those 3 main canes that come up from the root unless they die off. Is it possible to promote more growth below and get a bushier rose bush or is this how the Peace rose grows? On the tag I recall it was a hybrid long stem peace rose and it said to expect it to grow 10' or taller. I can say that when those arches produce long stems with a rose bud on the end they certainly look like long stem roses. Anyway, should I cut down the main canes and if so when? End of fall when its done blooming? or Early spring? Trying to find info online about how to prune this big girl but not having much luck.


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Jacobs coat was yellow now red

posted by: sunflowersrus222 on 05.30.2013 at 07:05 pm in Roses Forum

My Jacobs coat rose bush used to be yellow. The last 2 years its been blooming red. I loved the yellow blooms. I already have a couple of red rose bushes so was excited to get this yellow rose bush. Is there anything I can do to get yellow roses to bloom again? Maybe the PH of the soil needs some help or something? The very center of the roses are yellow once its completely opened up but thats about it. Most of the blooms are a deep dark red but this year there are a few that are pink. Very strange. So thought I would ask here if there was something I could add to the soil to get back to yellow or even all pink would be nice.


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Not sure if my Rose bush is dead or not

posted by: sunflowersrus222 on 05.30.2013 at 12:58 pm in Roses Forum

A few weeks ago I moved a big rose bush. We had it growing for years along a fence but the neighbor always reaches over and hacks off the top of my rose bush even with the top of the fence. I've asked many times that he leave my plants alone. its on our property and not in his yard but he would continue to reach over and hack it straight and level with the top of the fence. Guess he doesn't like roses. So this year before he came back up from his winter home in Florida my husband and I decided to just move it before they return and have a chance to hack it down again. Now I've transplanted many roses bushes in my day and never had a problem till now. All of the leaves on this rose bush have all turned brown. The stems are all still green but thats about it. My friends have told me to give it a year. That it likely went into shock and will probably come back next year. Anyone have a rose bush do this? This bush is a climbing rose bush by the way. I can't recall the name of it but it has the most beautiful large pale yellow blooms with pink tips that I've ever seen. I had hoped that moving it would save it from my tyrant of a neighbor but now worried I may have been its undoing. Any suggestions or experience with this? If so did the rose bush come back ?


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