Belief in Tomorrow Pays Off (Rose Progress!)

By , June 24, 2007 9:54 am

I saw this sign in a store shortly after planting my hopeless looking bare root roses one month ago. I had to buy it!

Well, the bare root roses are actually getting leaves. They look ALIVE! Here is a before and after picture of one of them:

Graham Thomas on May 28th:


Graham Thomas this morning (June 24):

Only one still looks a bit iffy, but the others are doing very well. Roseraie de l’Hay is really going crazy!

Happy Roseraie:

Some of my older roses are flowering right now. My three year-old Climbing Iceberg has several sweet-smelling white flowers and many buds.

Climbing Iceberg

This lovely red rose is a leftover from the previous owner. I am afraid I have quite neglected it, but it still puts on a pretty show in early summer each year. I am not sure what it is.

Mystery rose with a volunteer aspen in the middle:

This post is part of The Sunday Garden Tour at A Wrung Sponge. Head over there to find more participants, or to add your own garden-related post. Happy Sunday!

3 Responses to “Belief in Tomorrow Pays Off (Rose Progress!)”

  1. cloudscome says:

    Beautiful! I am afraid my favorite tea rose has black spot. Do you spray your roses or treat them with anything?

  2. Mom Unplugged says:

    Hi Cloudscome,

    I do sprinkle some Epsom Salt on the soil when the first leaves emerge in spring. I also fertilize with a long acting, sprinkle on fertilizer.

    The only diseases and pests I have had a problem with are aphids (first I try spraying them off with the hose, my second method of attack is ladybugs), powdery mildew (catch early and remove affected stems and leaves, if really bad then I spray with Ortho), and thrips (Ortho).

    I hate using Ortho, but sometimes I find it necessary. Incidentally, I have heard that thrips are attracted to blue and there is a blue sticky kind of “flypaper” that you can put near your rose to catch them. I tried it once and it didn’t work for me, so back to the Ortho!

    Good luck with your black spot!

  3. d. chedwick bryant says:

    Graham is a great rose to have in the garden–he grows big and strong–beautiful.

    Re: blackspot– i trim all the bottom and under leaves off my roses carefully— sunshine getting to ALL of the leaves helps against blackspot.
    I just keep my roses really well pruned and shaped. I find over time that helps a great deal.

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