Week 9 – Stop and smell the roses

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Today the apprentices talked about rose care and continued to get the garden ready for the upcoming tour.

Around the garden today:

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Some roses are tricky but most are easy to grow.  I have some that are 30 years old and I have to admit I’m not the best at taking care of them.  I’m glad they pretty  much take care of themselves.

When planting roses in Colorado the bud union (where all the canes start coming out – looks like a ball) should be about 2 – 3 inches under the soil.  Give them some compost in the soil when you plant them, water and fertilize and you should be successful.  Roses like heat so plant in a spot where they will get at least 6 hours of sun a day.  Prune roses in the Spring when the canes start to turn green.  In the past they have bred the smell out of roses when making hybrids which spoils all the fun for me.  Who can resist stopping to smell the roses?  The past couple of years they are trying to breed the nice roses and bring back the smell.  Just give me an old fashioned rose!!

My Rose expert friend says a good way to remember when to fertilize is to do it every major holiday.  Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day should do the trick.  Mile High Rose Food is a great fertilizer made for Colorado.

Try to stay away from systemics as they kill the good and bad bugs.  If you get aphids, ladybugs work really well as well as you can mix up some Dr Bronner’s (pink with the peppermint) soap into a spray bottle and spray them.  I’m sure there are also organics you can try.

Everyone continued to get the garden ready for the tour this coming weekend.  Come on down to 3030 W 46th Avenue, June 8th.  Tickets are a $10 donation to the Tennyson Center for Children.  The tour is from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Refreshments will be served.  All admission goes to the children’s center.

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Now, get out there and get gardening!!

To see this week’s segment please visit:  http://www.9news.com/story/life/home-garden/proctors-tips/2014/05/29/grow-great-roses/9713989/

 

 

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About pbodwell

Master Gardener; Nat'l Award Winning Photographer; Garden Writer; Artist - art books, print maker, hot glass, wire jewelry designer; sometime quilter; new homesteader; bee keeper; very crafty; Baseball fan, enthusiast, and researcher; all things vintage
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