Preparation: Select a location with 6-8 hours full sun where you want to spend time that has a water source. Add elements for the pleasure and perception of your 5 senses, Sight; the roses and companion plants that attract pollinators. Hearing; wind chimes or a water fall type fountain for the relaxing sound of water Smell; fragrant roses and flowers, and add the beverage of your choice champagne, wine, iced tea, coffee. And we can add thermoception (temperature differences) by carefully choosing the location of a bench or swing in the shade or sun. Sound; wind chimes or a water fountain, Wind chimes, sound; the roses, sight; touch, textured companion plants like Mondo grass; smell, roses. Add your favorite beverage for taste, like champagne and hear the tinkling of the bubbles. Meditate, pray and stimulate the 6th sense plant these three roses according to instructions, add a fountain, decor, like wind chimes, a beautiful bench and companion plants and you’ve got your self a rose garden. Children and grown ups alike love my geese girls that I dress for holidays. The most important ingredient of all is Love. A garden is a gathering place for loved ones.
*Mills Magic Rose Mix is the perfect blend of organic soil amendments that I personally used to buy separately in 40-50 pound bags at the feed store, transport home and mix in a huge wheelbarrow and separate in 5-gallon pails. Now I just use this product exclusively. So if there is a secret to rose success this is it.
A basal break is a new cane that sprouts from the bud union on grafted roses and from the ground on roses grown on their own root. The most exciting discovery for rose lovers are new basal breaks on their rose bushes. Fresh, renewed growth â€“ the sign of a healthy plantâ€“ and a promise of new flowers to come makes our work exciting and worthwhile.Use the proper toolsÂ Corona_Principles_of_Pruning
How Can We Protect Basal Breaks?
Today letâ€™s talk about pruning roses and some of the most finite processes that require delicate tools that let you feel like an artist or a surgeon.
Gardeners love to work with their hands. Thatâ€™s why we love tools. Tools that allow us to do more finite work make us feel in touch with the force of nature.
Its All In The Tools
You can see by the demonstration in the pictures how the needlenose pruners, loppers and the small fork allow us to get close to delicate growth while protecting it. These are the tools that let you get close and protect delicate new growth. A picture of how these tools work is worth a thousand words.
Have thee tools ready. God will find thee work. ~ Charles Kingsley
Roses are the ‘Diva’ of the flower world. Statistics say you want roses is your garden. One of the most often searched plant is the rose. Before you head out to garden centers to buy roses here’s an easy guide to what rose classifications mean. Here’s a few rose winners to look for. Rose bushes are a big investment. Decide what you want to achieve with roses before you buy.
The Biltmoreâ€™s Rose Garden has been home to the International Rose Trials since 2011. 100’s of varieties from growers and breeders worldwide have been planted and cared for by Biltmoreâ€™s expert horticulturalists and Rosarian, Emily Tice Wilson.
Each trial lasts two years and a permanent jury judges the roses four times per year. During this yearâ€™s competition, Saturday, September 24th the international and permanent juries conducted the final round of judging for the trial group of roses planted in Biltmoreâ€™s Historic Rose Garden, just named an ‘Award of Excellence Garden’ Friday, September 23rd by the World Federation of Rose Societies.
“The Biltmore Rose Garden is the perfect setting for trials,â€ said Parker Andes Biltmoreâ€™s Horticulturist and trials manager. â€œWeâ€™ve enjoyed introducing these new varieties to our guests as they stroll through the gardens. It has been an educational experience, and it complements the work we do to care for Biltmoreâ€™s collection of old garden and modern roses.â€ Before entering their roses into trials and competition, breeders work on their creations for four or five years prior. Roses to be judged this year are from Canada, France, Ireland, Germany, the UK and the U.S. The trials are a valuable way for the home gardener to learn what roses do well and what may be potential candidates for their own gardens. Trials of this type are open to rose breeders around the world â€“ from professional to beginner.
About The Biltmore Rose Trials
New rose varieties are planted for trial each May. They are evaluated for overall health and rigor; fragrance; disease resistance; and ability to repeat bloom. Guests visiting Biltmoreâ€™s gardens may view the roses currently on trial in borders in the Walled Garden and areas near the Rose Garden. Peak blooming time in Biltmoreâ€™s rose garden occurs typically in mid-May and September. Here are this year’s award winning roses and breeders.
Biltmore International Rose Trials 2016 Results
Type of Award: The Guilded Age Award for Best Climber
Winner: ‘Honeymoonâ„¢’ Arborose bred by Kordes Roses
Breeder: Newflora, LLC, For more about ‘Honeymoon’ click HERE
Type of Award: Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant
Winner: ‘Honeymoonâ„¢’ Arborose bred by Kordes Roses
Breeder/Distributor: Newflora, LLC, For more about ‘Honeymoonâ„¢ Arborose’ click HERE
Type of Award: Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea
Breeder/Distributor: Ping Lim Distributor/TBD Click HERE
Types of Awards: Edith Wharton Award for Best Floribunda
George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose Of The TrialsÂ Â Â Â Â Â
William Cecil Award For Best Growth Habit Polar Express Sunbelt
Winner of all three above awards: ‘Polar Express Sunbelt’
Labor Day is a day lots of us organize and get ready for the school year, and settling into the busy time of planning, and budgets at work before the holiday season is upon us.
Do you meditate? Does the simple act of ‘being’ give you pleasure? Or are you happier doing? Let me give you an example. I explained to my daughter-in-law aka my therapist that I didn’t really enjoy watching the cooking channels.
I told her watching them made me feel inadequate as a cook and that they make me feel like running out out and start creating elegant meals. She said, “that’s because “You’re a doer.”
Another example of ‘doer’ behavior is this: time and time again I would invite my Mother to come sit in the rose garden with me. No sooner than the moment I would sit down than I would see a spent bloom and hop up and start dead-heading.
Gardening is the perfect outlet for ‘doers’. Channel your labors of love. Spending time doing things in the garden teaches us so many things. I thought on this Labor Day I would reflect upon the things you can learn from Laboring in the Rose Garden:
Reflections of a Laborer in The Rose GardenÂ
Patience; Â planting, waiting for new growth is exciting
Forgiveness; Roses are very forgiving with a little TLC
Responsibility; though forgiving plants still require care
Balance; the balance of nature is delicate but strong
Tranquility; the sounds of nature can calm a troubled spirit
Harmony; nature in balance is beautiful to watch
You learn more while being on your knees
Sharing; a garden is a gathering place
Fragrance; memory triggers evoke strong emotions
Labors Of Love: You create your own aesthetically pleasing visual masterpiece
Aesthetics is a set of principles concerned with nature and appreciation of beauty, especially in capturing it through photography as art.