Mom’s Voice | An Echo For The Ages

'Black Dragon' Peony Blooms

Mother’s Day is the day we honor Mom. Do you hear yourself saying the same witty quips you heard your Mom say to the kids in your life? “Close the door.” Were you born in a barn?!” “Quit running in and out.” Since my Mom was a rosarian, and avid gardener I hear “Mom’s Gardening Tips” in my head!

'Black Dragon' Peony Tree My First Peony That I Planted to Bloom in Illinois
‘Black Dragon’ Peony Tree My First Peony That I Planted to Bloom in Illinois

In honor of Mother’s Day this is a tribute to Mom’s and care-givers everywhere that teach us things we didn’t learn in books or Google Search. Since peonies were Mom’s favorite flower, I wish she were here to see the first peony that I actually planted bloom called ‘Black Dragon’.

'Black Dragon' Peony Blooms
‘Black Dragon’ Peony Blooms | 8 Inches Deep Rose Color | Highly Fragrant

Mother passed away in 1994, yet she walked me through every step of planting “Black Dragon”; I could hear her voice in my head say “plant it level with the ground or it will come up blind.” She walked me through planting and the care of this very special peony. Since I can hear my Mother’s ‘gardening tips’ in my head about taking care of peonies, I thought in honor of my Mom, Dorothy Chisholm Proctor, and Mom’s everywhere that pass on crucial oral history I’d share her 5 peony tips. And I want to thank Mom’s and care-givers everywhere for the crucial role they play and their voices in our head and for passing on the crucial oral knowledge that cannot be learned anywhere else and their profound wisdom that is an echo through the furrows of time.

Dorothy Chisholm Proctor | Mother | Grandmother | Great Grandmother
Dorothy Chisholm Proctor

You don’t realize how magnificent a peony is until you live in a zone without peonies. We couldn’t grow this variety of peony in Texas so you can imaging how I felt when I discovered the secret garden filled with peonies on my property in Illinois. You will want to read this amazing story called In Loving Memory, discovering the hidden peonies.

'Black Dragon' Peony Blooms | Tuberous Begonias for a Size Comparison
‘Black Dragon’ Peony Deep Rose Fuschia Color Blooms | Tuberous Begonias for a Size Comparison | Very Fragrant

Back in Northern Illinois when Mom could no longer do it I would tend to her peonies each year before we pruned the roses by gently taking the digging fork around each peony bush, adding bone meal and topping each bush with love and Canadian Spaghnum peat moss. While working in the hosta this year I was wondering how did our Mom’s know so much without ‘Google Search’, without the Internet? Oral history was key to knowledge. I’ll give you a hint: She read EVERYTHING

'Double KnockOut' 1st rose to Bloom this season
‘Double KnockOut’ 1st rose to Bloom this season

Mom’s 5 Tips On Growing Peonies

  1. Plant peonies at ground level or they “will come up blind” meaning they won’t bloom.
  2. Peonies need ants to bloom.
  3. Surround the plant with Canadian spaghnum peat moss every year
  4. Divide the peony with a sharp pruning shovel to propagate the plant
  5. Add a cup of bone meal around each plant per year

“The first rule of good breeding: never mistreat anyone who is not in a position to retaliate.”~ Dorothy Chisholm Proctor

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13 Reasons Mom Needs A Rose Garden

The Rose Garden

Mother’s Day is next Sunday. Living rose bushes make the perfect gift. Star Roses Apricot Drift, and the ever popular Weeks Roses ‘Julia Child’ are perfect for the garden and/or transplanting in a beautiful piece of garden art. You can select a hand-painted pot for Mom to transplant your rose into. Another idea is to find a rose named for Mom, Grandmother, or a favorite relative, write a card telling Mom you ordered your ‘Create A Memory For Mom’ from an online catalog. I guarantee this will make Mom happy while you’ve created a memory that lives on.

'Julia Child' by Weeks Roses featured this shot of 'Julia Child' in The American Rose Society 2014 Calendar
‘Julia Child’ by Weeks Roses featured this shot of ‘Julia Child’ in The American Rose Society 2014 Calendar

Here’s 13 Reason’s Mom May Want A Rose Garden For Mother’s Day. Then every gift giving occasion you can add roses to the garden or yard and garden art for decorating the garden. Perhaps you and your Mom, or Grandmother, aunts and so on have been wanting bird baths or a decorative fountains, now holidays and birthdays will be a good time to let that be known. One Mother’s Day my son’s family gave me wind chimes for the rose garden. I can hear them at night or at dawn as a gently breeze picks up and its such a beautiful sound. Your new rose garden opens up new possibilities for collectables, yard and garden art as gifts.

  1. Love, Joy, & Beauty.

    http:/https://youtu.be/WILKeArQR1g

    I have told you these things so My joy may be in you and your joy may be full.” ~ NLV John 15:11 Planting a rose, watching it transform from sticks and thorns in the ground to producing glorious blooms all season rewards you for your effort in spades.

  2. Roses attract beneficial pollinators; butterflies, bees, & hummingbirds.

    http:/https://youtu.be/COHyuPhbB90

  3. Beautification of your home & neighborhood; roses improve ‘curb appeal’. Roses give your landscape color, design &  originality.

    Gaga's Little Red Barn, A Symbol of the country lifestyle, and the transition of urban life, moving from Plano, Texas to a village of 1100 in Illinois.
    Gaga’s Little Red Barn, A Symbol of the country lifestyle, and the transition of urban life, moving from Plano, Texas to a village of 1100 in Illinois.
  4. A Rose Garden is a Gathering Place for Family & Friends.

    Erik Posing Naturally by Europeana
    Erik Posing Naturally by ‘Europeana’
  5. Create your own cutting garden for your home. Be your own flower arranger. Every home is more elegant with fresh flowers. Grace your home with fresh roses that you plant, nurtured and cultivate.

    Bouquet of Roses | Flower Arranging
    Bouquet of Roses | Flower Arranging
  6. Exercise. Rose Gardening is good exercise. You can get a calorie calculator from the Fitness Magazine. About 2 hours of gardening burns 500 calories!

    Susan Fox Digging In The Rose Garden
    Susan Fox Digging In The Rose Garden
  7. Bird Sanctuary; lots of birds love rose hips as a dietary supplement.

    Cardinals Love The Rose Garden
    Cardinals Love The Rose Garden
  8. Photography;  roses and rose gardens are a natural draw for photographers. The ever-changing quality aspect of the bloom from bud to fully open rose have a mesmerizing quality for photographers.

    The American Rose Society Judges Class Winners | ARS National Convention, New York, 2015
    The American Rose Society Judges Class Winners | ARS National Convention, New York, 2015
  9. Meet New Friends, join a rose or garden club, meet amazing folks!

    Alain Meilland, of Meilland Roses International
    Alain Meilland, of Meilland Roses International
  10. Commune with Nature. The changing scenes create a prayerful serenity.

    Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1972). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. as 'Heirloom'.
    ‘Heirloom at Sunrise’
    Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1972).
    Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. as ‘Heirloom’.
  11. Become a Collector; collect many varieties of roses. There’s a type of rose and a variety for every garden. You can plant a rose for Mom, Grandmother, your favorite Aunt, ‘Uncle Joe’, and ‘St. Patrick’.

    Karen Kemp-Docksteader, Sales & Marketing Manager for Weeks Roses
    Karen Kemp-Docksteader, Sales & Marketing Manager for Weeks Roses
  12. Teach others.http:/https://youtu.be/xLk0IiYi8OY
  13. Inspiration

    The Rose Garden and Companion Proven Winner Plantings
    The Rose Garden and Companion Proven Winner Plantings

    More Friends To Meet in Roses

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Texas Front Rose Walk of Roses 'Iceberg', 'Blastoff'
Texas Front Rose Walk of Roses ‘Iceberg’, ‘Blastoff’
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.

Greg & Teresa Byington of 'A Garden Diary
Greg & Teresa Byington of ‘A Garden Diary
Teresa Byington & Susan Fox in Little Rock, AR at P.Allen Smith's Garden2Blog 2015 #G2B2015
Teresa Byington & Susan Fox in Little Rock, AR at P.Allen Smith’s Garden2Blog 2015 #G2B2015
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

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Chris & Tina at the Biltmore
Chris & Tina at the Biltmore

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