‘Deanna Krause’ Rose debuts as Calendar Girl 2020

My photo of ‘Deanna Krause’ bred by Ray Ponton introduced by Antique Rose Emporium in 2005 given to me to grow in my garden by Dr. David Zlesak

“He who would have beautiful roses in his garden must first have beautiful roses in his heart” Rev. Dean Hole !870

American Rose Society 2020 Calendar

American Rose Society Calendars make perfect Christmas gifts for doctors’ offices, school teachers, the mail carrier or anyone that loves a calendar. I give calendars to the my physician’s assistant, the doctor and the list keeps growing. Everyone runs their lives on their phone now but families need a physical calendar for them to plan things together. A hard copy of a calendar in a central location in the home or office can be a clearing house for the group to announce where members will be. And if we are going to put up a calendar let it be beautiful. Here’s my rose photo that is featured in the American Rose Society Calendar. This year It’s ‘Deanna Krause’. Last year I forgot to submit any photos, and my doctor’s office was a little disappointed but I still bought the calendar and they hung it up!

‘Deanna Krause’ Beautiful Gentle Striations
Doctor’s office with 2019 Calendar Beautiful Sara

Gorgeous Trail Of ‘Deanna Krause’

‘Deanna Krause’ Ribbon of Beauty

Who Is ‘Deanna Krause’

Deanna Krause is a member of the largest, most impressive rose society in the United States, the Houston Rose Society. The President of the Society is Renee Cummins who maintains a 5 star Facebook Rating by her professionalism and outstanding response to people. It is also home of the famous Texas Rose Rustlers of whom ‘Deanna Krause’ and Ray Ponton rose breeder is a member. Ray bred this rose and named it for member Texas Rose Rustler member ‘Deanna Krause’. It’s a hardy rose that is self sustaining. Dr. David Zlesak of Minneapolis sent to me. I did a search and it’s for sale at ‘Deanna Krause’ Antique Rose Emporium. Brenham, Texas. I planted it as a tiny wisp and it just took of. I love to have roses with a story named for real members that do so much for roses.

‘Deanna Krause’ Color Variations
“More Color Variations’ ‘Deanna Krause’

My ‘Ingrid Bergman’ American Rose Society Calendar 2015 November Page

‘Ingrid Bergman’ Calendar Girl Rose

The next posting I will enter all the roses I have had in the American Rose Society Calendar but I wanted to pay tribute to ‘Deanna Krause’ and close with ‘Ingrid Bergman’ since she was Ms. November a few years ago. So get your calendars and give them away as gifts but don’t forget to keep one for your bulletin board. Warm Wishes and be sure to get enough calendars that you have one for your self.

Tips For Winterizing Your Roses As They Fall Into Winter

Fall Scene in the Rose Garden

I think I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree ~ Joyce Kilmer

'Ten Tips For Winterizing Your Roses
Oso Easy ‘Paprika’ on a Fall Leaf

Fall is a time for reflection. Time seems to slow down. Even the clock falls back. This autumn in Illinois the leaves are beginning to take on reflective hues that seem to dance and play in a slow waltz as the inevitable drift toward winter. The whole process of fall color is fairly well understood, yet so complex the reason for it is less clear.

Our country lane at sunset in the fall
Our Illinois country lane at sunset in the fall

Suddenly this year as the days got cooler, vibrant colors of gold, yellow, purple, red and brown began to emerge. The shimmering light of sunrise and sunset lit the forests as if they were bathed in liquid gold.

Rock Path Garden, Tall Grasses
Rock Path Garden, Tall Grasses Kissed with Golden Sunshine

Most everyone thinks cool weather or frost cause the leaves to change color. Temperature can affect the autumn color and its intensity, but temperature is only one of many factors that play a part in painting the woods in glorious color.

Fall Leaves | Blue Skys | Lil Red Barn
Fall Leaves | Blue Skys | Lil Red Barn

This year we had a growing season with ample moisture that is so far followed by a dry, cool, sunny autumn that has been marked by warm days and cool but frost-less nights that is providing perfect weather conditions for the brightest fall colors. Lack of wind and rain prolonged the brilliant displays until the recent strong storms across Illinois. This article includes a pictorial of the beauty of the autumn this fall.

'Weeping' Rose and Leaves
‘Weeping’ Rose and Leaves called Oh My in Weeks Catalog | Dad’s Day by ARS classification

Fall Into Winter

With winter just around the corner here’s a simple and concise “Winterizing Your Roses Tips” from Witherspoon Roses. Witherspoon Rose is the rose supplier that I ordered grade 1 bare root roses from for the 3rd stage of the rose garden.  I wrote about and included pictures of these roses all this season as a first year garden.

October Rose Garden
View of Witherspoon Roses, St. Patrick in the forefront

Some of the most spectacular include Love Song, Dick Clark, and Legend, just to name a few, which are all Weeks Roses and first year roses in this garden.

Top 10 Tips for Winterizing Your Roses



 Re-printed Courtesy of Mary Alice Pike, Witherspoon Rose

The blooming season comes to a close in autumn. During this dormant stage, take care of important gardening tasks, to ensure your next spring is as breathtaking as you always dreamed!

1.      Plants should be reduced in height (waist high) to prevent breakage from winter winds.  Climbers remain tall but should be secured to the trellis or fence.  Cut leggy branches from Tree roses to produce a rounded shape.

2.      This is a good time to apply lime as needed to obtain a pH of around 6 to 6.5. (The local Agricultural Extension Agency is a great resource for soil testing & evaluation)

3.      Mulch should be mounded around the base of rose plants to protect from winter freezes.

4.      Timed irrigation systems should be shut down for the winter.

5.      Container grown plants should be moved closer to the house to protect against winter winds. Extreme climates would require more drastic measures.

6.      Check the health of your plants and place an order for fresh bareroot roses to arrive  January through mid-April.  Replace plants that are spindly or reduced to less than 3 healthy canes (pencil diameter).

7.      Dilute Lime-Sulfur with water and spray over entire bed including the ground.  This is very important to rid your garden of pests and black spot spores that would harbor over the winter.

8.      Transplanting roses can be done successfully during this dormant stage.  Carefully prepare the new spot 16″ deep, enriched with cow manure and soil conditioner.  Placing spade 10″ from base of plant dig straight down into the bed in a circle around the plant, trying not to cut roots.  Lift the plant with the shovel and carry it directly to the new spot.  Fill in soil and cover the plant with a mound of mulch.  Water 3-5 gal.

9.      Make plans for new rose beds or additions.  Autumn is the perfect time to prepare the soil for winter or spring plantings as the soil has time to set and stabilize.  Turn over the soil 16″ deep and apply proper soil amendments to produce a light loamy mixture.  (Or call a professional rose specialist)

10. Clean, sharpen and oil shears and pruners to prepare for spring pruning.


Correct Safe Removal Of Rose Rosette Disease

Rose Rosette Disease Safe Removal

‘Double Knock Out®’ Rose, inducted into the World Federation of Rose Societies Hall of Fame is my husband’s favorite rose. He requested, when we moved back to Illinois, that I plant one right outside of his pool room. Last year it was infected with Rose Rosette Disease, a tiny mite that originated from the multi-flora wild rose. The microscopic mite is so tiny it’s all but invisible to the naked eye. All or shall we say any rose can be susceptible that’s why we must remain vigilant watching for infection in our gardens and remove any infected plants immediately. carefully. It can be transmitted by the wind. Signs of it are a witches broom growth reddish type growth beginning at the top of your plant. A sure sign is lots of thorns. As of yet there are no cures but some roses are resistant like ‘Top Gun’, and some of the ‘Rosa Rugosas’.

‘Top Gun’ Resistant To Rose Rosette Disease

‘Top Gun’ In Gaga’s Garden | Resistant To Rose Rosette Disease Bred by Tom Carruth Roses

‘Double Knock Out’ with RRD

Posted by Susan Fox on Friday, October 4, 2019

Last year my rose apprentice Drew Carroll and I thought we had completely removed this bush but undoubtedly we had not. It came back clean from the root and after I came back from the Biltmore Rose Trials the strange growth appeared again so we were wrong. I went to leading RRD expert Dr. Mark Windham’s class at the Southern Il. University Extension Class at Decatur, IL to a packed class of the Master Gardeners and the Stephen F. Decatur American Rose Society and this is exactly how he instructs removal of Rose Rosette Disease safely and effectively.

How To Remove A Rose With Rose Rosette Disease

Posted by Susan Fox on Friday, October 4, 2019

Biltmore Rose Trials 2019 Results

Biltmore Rose Trial Awards Announced Sept 28, 2019

Biltmore Rose Trials 2019 Results

The #BiltmoreRoseTrials Winners Announced by Paul Zimmerman Roses just now Biltmore Roseraies Meilland Richardier Christian Bedard Ball Horticultural#StarRosesandPlants #PlantAStar

Posted by Gagas Garden on Saturday, September 28, 2019
Biltmore Rose Trials Awards Announced By Paul Zimmerman

‘Coral Knock Out® ‘Most Outstanding Rose’ & ‘Best Shrub’ Award

‘Coral Knock Out®’ bred by Will Radler, of Star Roses and Plants wins the prestigious George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for ‘Most Outstanding Rose’ and the Chauncey Beadle Award for ‘Best Shrub’.
George & Edith Vanderbilt Award & Chauncey Beadle Award for 'Best Shrub' & 'Most Outstanding Rose' "The Coral Knock®Out Rose bred by Will Radler
George & Edith Vanderbilt Award & Chauncey Beadle Award for ‘Best Shrub’ & ‘Most Outstanding Rose’ “The Coral Knock®Out Rose bred by Will Radler
George & Edith Vanderbilt Award 'Most Outstanding Rose' "The Coral Knock®Out Rose bred by Will Radler

The Biltmore Rose Trials run for two years judged four times a year. ‘Coral ‘Knock Out® bred by Will Radler of Star Roses and Plants won ‘Most Outstanding Rose’, and ‘Best Shrub’.

Another Star Rose is born, Plantastar that is. ‘Coral Knock Out®’, bred by the infamous breeder of the 2018 World Federation of Rose Societies ‘Hall of Fame’ Rose ‘Double Knock Out®’ the rose that changed the world of landscapes, Will Radler, and winner of ‘Best Climber’, ‘Highwire Flyer’ last year, ‘Coral Knock Out®’ Congratulations Will, Star Roses & Plants, and Ball Horticulture. We missed you Brad Yoder. Wished you were there to collect your awards.

‘Cupid’s Kiss ‘Gilded Age Award’ ‘Best Climber’ by Christian Bedard, Weeks Roses

Rosa Cupid's Kisses 'Gilded Age Award' 'Cupid's Kiss' by Christian Bedard 'Best Climber'
Rosa Cupid’s Kisses ‘Gilded Age Award’ ‘Cupid’s Kisses’ by Christian Bedard
‘Best Climber’
'Gilded Age Award' 'Cupid's Kiss' by Christian Bedard 'Best Climber'

Spray of ‘Cupid’s Kisses’ cut from the winning plant of the Biltmore Rose Trials on Sept. 18, 2019

‘Moonlight Romantica’ By Meilland Wins ‘Best Hybrid Tea Rose’

'Pauline Merrill Award' 'Moonlight Romantica' Hybrid Tea Rose bred by Meilland Roses 'Best Hybrid tea Rose'
‘Pauline Merrill Award’ ‘Moonlight Romantica’ Hybrid Tea Rose bred by Meilland Roses ‘Best Hybrid tea Rose’
'Pauline Merrill Award' 'Moonlight Romantica' Hybrid Tea Rose bred by Meilland Roses 'Best Hybrid tea Rose'

‘Moonlight Romantica’ cut from the rose bush in the Biltmore Rose Garden the day of the judging.

‘Bliss Parfuma’ by Kordes Wins ‘Best Floribunda’

'Edith Wharton Award' 'Bliss Parfuma' bred by Kordes Roses' 'Best Floribunda'
‘Edith Wharton Award’ ‘Bliss Parfuma’ bred by Kordes Roses’ ‘Best Floribunda’

‘Sweet Hips’ Wins ‘Best General Impression’ & ‘Best Disease Resistant’

'Rosa ‘Sweet Hips’ Rosa rugosa KAPswehp 'William Cecil Award' & 'Lord Burleigh Award': 'Best General Impression' & 'Best Disease Resistant' 'Sweet Hips'
‘Rosa ‘Sweet Hips’ Rosa rugosa KAPswehp ‘William Cecil Award’ & ‘Lord Burleigh Award’: ‘Best General Impression’ & ‘Best Disease Resistant’ ‘Sweet Hips’
William Cecil Award' & 'Lord Burleigh Award; 'Best General Impression' & 'Best Disease Resistant' 'Sweet Kiss'

Cutting from the shrub the day of the judging of ‘Sweet Hips’. Paul Zimmerman stated ‘Sweet Hips’ was only 4/10 of a point less than ‘Coral Knock Out® of the top scoring rose for ‘Most Outstanding Rose’

Sept. 27th Biltmore Rose Garden Reception

Host of the Award Ceremony Witherspoon Rose, Mr. & Mrs. David Pike of Witherspoon Rose
Center, sponsors of the Award Ceremony Witherspoon Rose, Mr. & Mrs. David Pike of Witherspoon Rose, Susan Fox, and Mr. & Mrs. Dale
Ann & Joe Gibson
Ann & Joe Gibson
Julie Ashman judging roses at Biltmore Rose Trials
Julie Ashman judging roses at Biltmore Rose Trials
Judging the Biltmore Rose Trials
Judging the Biltmore Rose Trials
Carolyn Jolly Windmoyer
Carolyn Jolly Windmoyer, Biltmore Rose Trials Rose Judge
Biltmore Rose Garden Team lead by Parker Andes
Parker Andes, Director of Horticulture, Stacy Weir, Walled Garden Manager, and Bill Quade, Sr. Garden Manager, cutting up for the camera
Susan Fox & Paul Zimmerman at the Reception, Darlene
University of TN Knoxville's expert on Rose Rosette Dr. & Mrs. Mark Windham Whitmore
University of TN Knoxville’s expert on Rose Rosette Dr. & Mrs. Mark Windham Whitmore
Judging the Roses

Until next year that’s the results for this year’s rose trials. You can trust the results of the Biltmore Rose Trials. I judge the roses and I grow them as well. These roses are the best roses you can grow in your home gardens I guarantee.

Judges Listening to Instructions from Paul Zimmerman
Steve Hilker, Susan Fox and Joe Gibson

The Biltmore Rose Trials by Paul Zimmerman Sat. 09/28/19

'Pookah' Polyantha and 'Bejazzo' Climber Winners of Biltmore Rose Trials
Paul Zimmerman | Author of Everyday Roses

Paul Zimmerman Rosarian Extraordinaire, Creator of The Biltmore Rose Trials

Paul Zimmerman lives a life gardeners and rose lovers dream of. He is owner of Paul Zimmerman roses, a company dedicated to Budding the Rose Grower In All Of Us. His credentials include a veritable who’s who in the rose world, among them Dr. Thomas Cairns, past president of both the American Rose Society and World Federation of Rose Societies, Steve Jones, former president of The American Rose Society who introduced him to Old Garden Roses, Bob Edberg of Linberlost Roses and Rose Books. He writes award-winning articles for The Rose, the National Magazine and Annual of the American Rose Society.

'Honorine' at The Biltmore Last Year
‘Honorine’ at The Biltmore Conservatory & Walled Garden

Biltmore Conservatory & Walled Rose Garden

Paul an independent consultant to Jackson & Perkins lectures internationally and serves as an international juror for numerous rose trials. While attending school at UT Austin studying Aerospace Engineering he quickly realized rocket science was not for him and did the next logical thing, he enrolled in clown school, The Dell Arte School of Mime & Comedy in Northern California. He actually toured the country for 15 years doing stand-up comedy where he met his current fiance, Pam.

Judging The Gardens

Phillip Watson of QVC #BiltmoreRoseTrials Rose Judge
Phillip Watson of QVC #BiltmoreRoseTrials Rose Judge

After becoming an ABC TV show head writer for 2 years Paul decided to return to his first love, gardening and roses. Currently he and Pam live on a 27 acre horse farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I had the pleasure to talk with him about how he created the Biltmore Rose Trials that I will be attending as a rose judge next week-end, September 27-29th at the Biltmore Rose Garden in Ashville, NC.

A Heritage Rich In Blooms

Paul’s first Love Is the Beautiful Daffodil First To Bloom In The Spring

Q. Paul, you mentioned you are a first generation American of Dutch parents. One cannot think of Holland without thinking of tulips. Is this part of your heritage? Tell us about yourself and how you came to love roses and be in this business.

One of Paul’s First Roses: ‘Olympiad’

Olympiad, photo Weeks Roses
Olympiad’, photo Weeks Roses

A. While my family has always loved gardening, there is no tradition of anyone being in the horticultural industry. While we love tulips and have planted many on our farm, our main bulb planting has been over 2000 daffodil bulbs that come back year after year. My wife’s heritage is British and she loves daffodils.

‘Alexandria of Kent’ English Roses Example of Pauls First Roses

'Princess Alexandra of Kent'
‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’ by #DavidAustinRoses an #EnglishRoses extraordinaire named for the cousin of Queen Elizabeth II Princess Alexandra who loves and maintains a rose garden. #PrincessAlexandraofKent

A. I’ve always loved gardening and in fact had a little lawn care business when I was growing up in Miami, Florida. In the early 1990s I was looking for a career change and took some time off to decide what that should be. I began gardening again and bought three roses, Pristine, Crystalline and Olympiad. After that I bought some David Austin Roses and then some Old Garden Roses. I joined a rose society and then was instrumental in creating a new one – The Tinseltown Rose Society. I was the first Vice President and later President. One day I was helping a member prune their roses when a neighbor walked up and asked me what I would charge to prune their roses. From that came my company Hundred Acre Woods Rosescaping, which grew to four employees caring for over 60 rose gardens in the Los Angeles area. I sold that company when my wife and I moved from Los Angeles to our farm in upstate South Carolina.

Biltmore Rose Trial Winner Polar Express

Spray of 'Polar Express™ Sunbelt®'
Spray of ‘Polar Express™ Sunbelt®’ Rose Arborose® Collection shot taken of winning shrub Sunday, September 26, 2016 Sunbelt®’

Q. As former owner of Ashdown Roses tell us how you came to be a consultant to the Biltmore Estate Rose Gardens.

A. Ashdown Roses occasionally supplied roses and advice to the Biltmore Rose Garden starting in 2002. When I closed Ashdown due to the recession and to focus on other areas of roses, is when I approached Biltmore with the idea of the Trials leading to the Biltmore Garden Rose Collection leading to the recreation of the walled rose garden. Part of my role is consultant to the rose garden.

Q. The Biltmore Garden has 2000 roses with 250 varieties. Do you manage the selection process? Also do you cull out less than stellar producing varieties, etc.

Biltmore Rose Trials Award Table

'Screaming Neon Red' Wins Four Awards Sweeping the #BiltmoreRoseTrials
‘Screaming Neon Red’ Wins Four Awards Sweeping the #BiltmoreRoseTrials

A. I advised the head gardener who was Lucas Jack at the time in the rose garden, on variety selection, design ideas etc. I also helped source the roses, including many new varieties just coming to market. The final decisions on variety selection are made by the head rosarian of the Biltmore,

Q. Frederick Law Olmstead, said to be the founder of American Landscape Architecture, was the landscape architect of the Biltmore gardens. Do you know if the design included the rose garden that is host to the 2000 roses of today, or was it a later addition?

A. The rose garden, in its present location and very similar configuration, was on the first drawings for the Walled Garden done in the early 1890’s and was installed with the original plantings.

Biltmore Walled Rose Garden

The Biltmore Rose Garden
The Biltmore Rose Garden

Q. The Biltmore Estate Rose Garden is host to the International Rose Trials, can you tell us about the role you play in this process.

A. I created the trials, wrote the rules, find the entrants and now run the trials with the help of the wonderful folks at Biltmore. My official title regarding the Trials is Coordinator Of The Biltmore International Rose Trials.

LeeAnn Donnelly publicist for the Biltmore snapped this picture while I was judging the fragrance of ‘Bejazzo’ at the Biltmore Rose Trials. It was in the Ashville Times and has been reprinted around the world

‘Everyday Roses’ by Paul Zimmerman

Paul’s book ‘Everyday Roses’; The casual gardener’s guide to growing Knock Out® Roses and other modern easy care roses was published by Taunton Press February of 2013. It’s available at book stores, garden centers and of course Amazon, Barnes and noble.com and so on.