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Cat Hat? or Butt Head?

Beautiful Izzy Cat Hat Juxtoposed to Butt Head!?

Pets like routines. Don’t you think they need their routines as much as their human companions? If we don’t go to bed when Izzy thinks its bed time she starts running around acting like a sheep herder, corralling one or the other of us toward the bedroom. People wouldn’t believe the antics Izzy goes through to control her misbehaving wards in this house. The first thing I do each AM is feed the kitties before I get coffee and go to the rose garden or Izzy throws a tantrum. Then Izzabelle and I have coffee. She gets in my lap facing outward. I better pet her just so. If I don’t she runs around and bangs on ‘Big Daddy’s’ door until he gets up. If I start working on the computer or change the routine in any way she gets on my shoulders and starts by licking my left eyebrow then she gently bites my chin and then positions her self comfortable on my head. Usually she sits facing forward, with her back paws on my shoulders. Yesterday for the first time, she sat on my head backwards with her tail wrapped around my head. I tried to get my camera to send the pic to the kids because I’m sure no one would believe what it looks like! Does this make me a butt head? Or is this a Cat Hat? Let me know and be nice. And what do you think about this amazing border collie I saw on the ‘Blacktop to Fillmore’ driving home from the airport after the American Rose Society 2015 Fall Convention. Animals really do some of the most amazing things. #WordlessWednesday. Then we pet the workshop kitties, let them outside to share the beauty of the rose garden with you by taking pictures and having coffee in the garden together.  By the way when I wrote this I didn’t October 29th is National Cat Day. #WordlessWednesday.

Izzy Like Potpourri

The new Aromatique Potpourris Passes Izzy’s Sniff Test

RedOct_W15‘Redemption’ at Sunrise in the rose Garden

Izzabelle and Me in our Reading Position

Izzabelle and Me Reading

Fall_W15‘Europeana’ & ‘Doris Day’ for #WordlessWednesday #Fall

Squeaks Enjoying The Rose Garden

Squeaks Enjoying The Rose Garden

#AdoptBlackCats

Izzy on a Puppy

Nadia pondering her Halloween Costume 'Avenger' 'Digital Dress' ? It 'wears' her out! #AdoptBlackCats

Nadia pondering her Halloween Costume ‘Avenger’ ‘Digital Dress’ ? It ‘wears’ her out! #AdoptBlackCats

Izzy on a Puppy

'He Answers To A Higher Power'

‘He Answers To A Higher Power’ | The Fillmore Blacktop

 

 

Winterizing Your Roses

Double Knock Out® Roses With Ice Crystals at Sunrise in The Garden
Double Knock Out® Roses With Ice Crystals at Sunrise in The Garden
Double Knock Out® Roses With Ice Crystals at Sunrise in The Garden

Seasons change and so do ‘Oui.”Do you seek permission to do something you want to do? Or get permission not to do something that you think you aught to do?* I do. Hold on to your bags of mulch! From ‘my lips to God’s ear’ I got permission from a higher authority not to cover my roses this winter! Maybe not directly from God but it was an answered prayer not to do something I didn’t want to do that I thought I aught to from a higher authority than me, William Radler, developer of the popular Knock Out® shrub roses. I had the extraordinary good fortune to visit with Will Radler at the American Rose Society Fall Convention in Syracuse, New York while I was there as a guest speaker on photography. Will “gave me permission” to not cover my roses this winter. Mr. Fox aka ‘Big Daddy’ is my witness. So I’m not going to cover them. No extra mulch, no leaves, no piles of dirt. Don’t send me cards and letters Minnesota Rose Gardener, Jack Falker. Here’s what Will Radler says:

William Radler William Radler, developer of the popular Knock Out® shrub rose. This is the rosarium or “greenhouse” where Radler is developing his next generation of roses. Only the best will ever make it to market. Some may even be good enough to become Knock Out® roses, which are noted for their disease resistance. More than 80 million Knock Out® roses have been sold since the first was introduced in 2000, making it the best selling rose series in the U.S.
William Radler William Radler, developer of the popular Knock Out® shrub rose. This is his rosarium or “greenhouse” where Radler is developing his next generation of roses. Only the best make it to market. Some may even be good enough to become Knock Out® roses, which are noted for their disease resistance. Since the first Knock® Out rose was introduced more than 80 million roses have been sold making it the best selling rose series in the U.S.

“There are many factors why plants are winter hardy. ~ Will Radler

“When artificial means are used to bring a plant through winter, often they can conflict with some beneficial factors. For die-back-hardy woody plants, the simplest winter protection technique is applying a few inches of mulch year round. This allows the plant in the autumn to grow into its fullest state of natural dormancy. It prevents the soil from getting as cold as would in open ground. And it allows the plant to break dormancy slower in the spring. Cutting back the canes only in the spring provides shade to the lower branches and helps attract snow cover that insulates and guards against low temperature injury and fluctuating temperatures.” ~ Will Radler

American Rose Society National Convention Award for Best Climber Tempo Chicago Paula Ballin
American Rose Society National Convention Award for Best Climber Tempo Chicago Paula Ballin This is the rose I used the Minnesota Tip To Protect against N. Illinois Winter

I tried the Minnesota Tip method the winter after my climber Tempo won the American Rose Society National for Best Climber in Chicago. I wanted to winterize my rose that had just won an American Rose Society National Trophy for Best Climber. Lord help me if I had to tip roses for winterizing them I would not grow a single rose, or I would just treat them like annuals. I’ve witnessed wonderful folks in Minnesota tip entire parks full of roses! Wow they must love roses.

Snow Forming the Perfect Insulation for The Elevated Garden Last Year
Snow Forming the Perfect Insulation for The Elevated Garden Last Year

Minnesota tip method of protecting garden roses*

*This is the Minnesota tip method of protecting garden roses from the University of Minnesota.

“The “Minnesota Tip” is one of several proven methods for protecting roses against early freezes in the fall, the bitter cold of winter and the dangers of thaw-freeze cycles in the spring.

Protecting roses for the winter really begins with the work done during the summer. Bringing the roses into the fall season in the best of health is the first step in winter protection. Soon after the middle of October, preparation can begin for tipping the roses. Follow these steps when using the “Minnesota Tip” method for protecting roses during winter and early spring.

diagram of a tied up bushFigure A

diagram showing parts of the tied up plantFigure B

diagram of the plant underneath the groundFigure C

  1. Water generously one or two days prior to tipping to keep the soil in a moist, workable condition.
  2. The day before tipping, give the plants a good dormant spray such as a liquid lime-sulphur material.
  3. Tie the rosebush canes together to allow easier handling.
  4. Avoid pruning the bushes. Open wounds on the canes may not heal properly, as cold weather can inhibit the formation of a protective callus.
  5. Dig a trench, starting away from and working toward the base of the bush. The trench should be as long as the bush is high. The width and depth should easily accommodate the bush or bushes. Pull the soil away from the shank (i.e., the root stock area between the bud union and the main branching of the root system) to facilitate tipping the rose. A spading fork is helpful for loosening the soil around the roots.
  6. When the trench is ready and the roots of the bush are loosened, use a spading fork to push the bush into the trench (Figures A and B). Use the spading fork to hold the bush down while covering it with 2 or 3 inches of soil. If the soil removed in digging the trenches is not enough, add soil from the annual garden or elsewhere (Figure C).
  7. Cover the soil with about 18″ of loose leaves or other covering such as marsh hay.
Proven Winners Oso Easy 'Oh My!' and Double Knock Out® on a Fall Day in the Rose Garden
Proven Winners Oso Easy ‘Oh My!’ and Double Knock Out® on a Fall Day in the Rose Garden
‘Weeks Roses ‘Easy Does It’; ‘Hot Cocoa’; and ‘Pumpkin Patch’

Next spring, start uncovering the rose bushes about April 1st. Begin by removing the leaves and then gradually remove the soil as it progressively thaws. On or about April 15th, raise the plants to an upright position and syringe the canes often with water to prevent them from drying out. Once the plants have been lifted, spray with a good all-purpose fungicide and insecticide and make sure they are adequately watered”

So don’t do as I do do, what you want. When I lived in N. Illinois I never used winter protection and the ground froze and ice and snow protected my roses just fine.

Let me tell you why I am not covering my roses. It’s a test to see how much difference it actually makes in how the roses fair. And this season after the Chicago Flower & Garden Show removing 50 bags of mulch and clearing the garden was just a crazy amount of work. I’ll report to you how the roses fair covered versus uncovered after a Central Illinois zone 6b winter.

Doris Day in the Garden on a Fall Day
Doris Day in the Garden on a Fall Day

Read About Susan Fox Famous ‘Oui Theory’*

** It Reminds me of The Apostle Paul’s spiritual conflict Roman’s 7:8-13

The Garden on a Fall Day | Double Knock Out®
The Garden on a Fall Day | Double Knock Out®

 

 

100 Million Roses

Will Radler's Rose 'Double Knock-Out' Radtko
American Rose Society President, Pat Shanley, John DelVecheccio, and past ARS presidents. Jim Herring, Marilyn Wellan, and Jeff Wycoff
American Rose Society President, Pat Shanley, John Del Vecchio, and past ARS presidents. Jim Hering, Marilyn Wellan, and Jeff Wycoff as she is sworn in for her term as ARS president at the Fall convention in Syracuse, NY

“100 million roses,”

Jacque Ferare VP of Business Development | Stephen Hutton President, CEO of Star Roses and Plants/ Conard Pyle, West Grove, PA
Jacque Ferare VP of Business Development | Stephen Hutton President, CEO of Star Roses and Plants/ Conard Pyle, West Grove, PA | I took this picture of them at the Independent Garden Center Show in Chicago at Navy Pier launching ‘Popcorn Drift’

“100 million roses is our goal.” Stephen Hutton, president and CEO of Star Roses and Plants* made this bold statement at the American Rose Society Fall Convention In Syracuse, New York. Rose titans from all over the globe met on the most famous week end in America, September, 11-14th.

'Radrazz' Double KnockOut Rose
‘Double KnockOut®’ Rose

Every rose you have ever seen, will ever see, or dream about may have been created by one of these quiet unassuming giants of the rose world as they quietly assembled to collaborate on ways to insure the perpetuation of better roses.

Alain Meilland, of Meilland Roses International

Alain Meilland, of Meilland Roses International, mentioned that he came in honor of 9/11.

 

MMarriott_W15Michael Marriott of David Austin Roses, UK

Princess Alexandra of Kent by David Austin
Princess Alexandra of Kent by David Austin Roses
Alexander Kordes of Kordes Roses, Sparrieshoop, Germany and Thomas Proll, Lead Rose Breeder of Kordes Roses at The Fall American Rose Convention, Syracuse, NY September, 10-14, 2015
Alexander Kordes of Kordes Roses, Sparrieshoop, Germany and Thomas Proll, Lead Rose Breeder of Kordes Roses at The Fall American Rose Convention, Syracuse, NY September, 10-14, 2015

Alexander Kordes and Thomas Proll of international famous Kordes Roses from Germany and our own best and brightest Dr. Dave Byrne, Agrilife Research Horticultuirist from Texas A&M, College Station and Dr. Jim Sproul the General Director of the Rose Hybridizers Association, Bakersfield, CA. are just a few of the rose dignitaries that assembled in Syracuse, NY. Behind the regal eminence of the rose a battle rages.

American Rose Society Executive Director, Laura Seabaugh

American Rose Society Executive Director, Laura Seabaugh

It’s about change and keeping pace with our environment and giving gardeners the roses they want. Did you know while you and your families go to gardens all over the world these folks work with the best hybridizers in the world to create better roses. What’s a better rose you say? What qualities do a better rose have?

Form – you said you want a rose to look like a rose;

Fragrance – you said you want a rose that has a lovely fragrance;

Disease Resistance – you want and require easy-to-grow and minimal care especially due to time constraints;

Color -  is a must for you;

Beautiful Foliage – you don’t want your roses to ‘drop’ foliage due to disease;

Winter Hardiness –you want to keep your investment over cold winters.

Rose Titans like Will Radler who with one single rose Knocked it Out of the ball park and changed the face of the landscape around the entire globe. He said he will be creating more roses like his KnockOut® rose.

Will Radler, Creator of The Knock Out® Family of Roses | He changed the face of the landscaping with a single rose bush
Will Radler, Creator of The Knock Out® Family of Roses | He changed the face of the landscaping with a single rose bush
Will Radler's Rose 'Double Knock-Out' Radtko
Will Radler’s Rose ‘Double Knock-Out’ Radtko | The rose that changed the face of landscaping around the globe and made roses fashionable everywhere.

The pace of life continues to speed up. You have spoken. You say yes to roses in your garden. And now you can have exactly the kind of rose you want.

We can do it folks. You see there is a rose for everyone. Get out there and lets plant 100 million roses! With results like we had at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show we can do it. Did you know The American Rose Society signed up almost 400 trial memberships and 100’s and 100’s of new folks for the ARS & You newsletter? If you belong to organizations that membership is dropping the reality is if you offer value folks will join and the American Rose Society offers far more value than the cost. We handed out thousands of brochures and folks want to learn about roses. Opportunities abound where people and roses come together to educate folks about the fact that there is a rose for every gardener.

Karen Kemp-Docksteader, Sales & Marketing Manager for Weeks Roses
Karen Kemp-Docksteader, Sales & Marketing Manager for Weeks Roses
Weeks Roses | Best Sales Team in the World | Jerry Amoroso, Philadelphia and Mark Adams Chicago
Weeks Roses | Best Sales Team in the World | Jerry Amoroso, Philadelphia and Mark Adams Chicago #IGCShow

Tom Carruth King of the Roses – Keith Zary – Christian Bedard

*Star Roses and Plants has been acquired by Ball Horticultural Company

* Current statistics show that we sell 30 million roses in the US each year. A goal of 100 million with all of us on board is attainable.