Roses are easy...

I think  Roses are the most Romantic of all flowers and having a rose garden (or rose hedge) is the ultimate in romantic beauty. But many gardeners think they're too finicky.  I used to think that, but lately, I stick by my experience and "roses really are easy".

Here are some things I did that worked, and some that didn't. In fact, you can actually grow roses in the shade ! Yes, you can...

I have some secrets, tips, and hints about growing, feeding, pruning and overwintering roses. Let  me share what I have learned from growing my own, but mostly learning from others.



Let's look at:

DON'T PRUNE ROSES till you read this

PRUNING TOOLS

PRUNING ROSES

PLANTING ROSES

ANATOMY of a ROSE

HOW ROSES GROW





... and then...

ROSE TREES

THE FAIRY ROSE: One of my favourites: 

MOVING ROSES: What if you have to move them?

OVERWINTERING ROSES 

GARDEN DESIGNS...of course, you'll need a design 



   BUT, if you'd like to know my story...read on...

There's something wonderful about having lots of glorious roses in your garden; it feels a bit like having a royal title or something..look at me...

"...la de da... I have a rose garden."

I was hooked the moment my little child-nose stuffed itself inside a mass of fluffy petals.

And now I'm all grown up and I'm still hooked. I want to buy every rose I see. They're my favourite flowers and I now have a whole garden of them - but it wasn't all rosy... I made some huge mistakes...


I was really only thinking about a single rosebush, not a whole rose garden. I had no idea how to start, especially because I wasn't really a gardener.

It started on a bleak day in February with a big old tree dropping a huge branch on the fence and a the trunk split down the middle so the poor thing had to come down.

When the tree-man said it was another $250 to take out the stump...

I bravely said, " don't bother...

I'll make a flower garden around it".

It was in the centre of the back yard with a lot of sun. I put a pot of something bright and fluffy on the old stump with a few nice rocks around it.... and then,

...plunked in my first Rose Bush.

Its leaves were green, it came in a pot and was covered with buds. It was called a "DREAM ROSE- a Rose that everyone can grow".

Except for me, apparently - because it died.... although it did bloom that year, but, in a rather pouty fit, it refused to come back the next Spring. Perhaps it didn't like where (or more likely how) I planted it? or the harsh winter (Zone 5)

I've learned a lot since and want to share...

I didn't know much about planting roses. Actually I didn't know much about planting anything - but I decided to learn.

Here, early in that Spring, is my very first Rose Garden.


but, the next year...ooh, la la...

When I placed third  in my first competition, I was spurred on to enter again.  I decided to plant more roses and sought out the experts.

I drove a few miles to a rose grower where I had imagined rows of  potted rosebushes, ready to burst into bud, just begging  me to choose.  

I was surprised when the 'office' handed me a printed list, which I tentatively filled in - then waited.

Half an hour later, the receptionist came out of the back room, and in exchange for my $100, she placed a very large, black plastic garbage bag in my hand.  

I was confused.  Especially when I went to plant them.  10 brown, bud-less, leaf-less sticks with roots. I had never seen a bare-root rose (see planting roses in the link below). 

I placed each in a hole, with a large dose of hope and a prayer or two....and in the next competition....

                     I placed first.

(Oh, and out of those first 10 roses? I lost 8 over the next winter because I didn't know what to do with them in the fall.)


But here is how how it looked on judging day.

The bottom line is, if I can grow roses on a stump, you can grow them just about anywhere with sunshine, water, good soil and of course a large dose of faith and a smattering of hope.  


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