10 Rose Pruning Safety Tips

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Posted by Gagas Garden on Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The Rose Garden | This Picture Can Barely Capture the Glory of It
The Rose Garden | This Picture Can Barely Capture the Glory of It

Bloom All At Once Or…

Many rosarians are over achievers. They are excited to get out and get their roses ready for the first bloom. You have a decision to make before you prune your roses. Do you want your roses to bloom all at once for the greatest impact? Or, do you want your roses to bloom in stages? When it is time to go out and prune we often feel like we have to do it all at once.

Staged Bloom?

‘Iceberg’ Floribunda Rose next to ‘Kimberlina’ Floribunda Rose

Rose Pruning Elbow!? Oh No!

One year pruning 200 roses over the course of a couple of days I developed a severe case of acute tendonitis, or tennis elbow! Getting tennis elbow from playing tennis sounds a bit more glamorous than getting tennis elbow from pruning 200 roses I think. I had to wear a brace for a long time since tendons are a bear to heal and every time I picked up the clippers they would just release without that brace on. So here are a few way ways we can take care not to over do it and be sure to not have pruning take a bite out of YOU!

Safety Tips For Pruning Roses

  1. Stretch before starting to garden
  2. Use good body mechanics, warm up muscles
  3. Sit when you can or invest in a good rolling cart
  4. Lift with your legs and keep your back straight
  5. Use the big muscles in your legs to perform lifting, bending, shoveling
  6. When pruning or weeding be sure you are stable to avoid tipping backward
  7. Maintain a good posture to avoid back strain by not hunching over
  8. Always use a kneeling pad and gloves, preferably gaunlets
  9. Well maintained pruners make for easier cuts
  10. Practice gentle strength- have the best tools in top condition and don’t try to do everything at once
My Corona Gardening Tools | Gloves for Protection
My Corona Gardening Tools

Rose Hobby or Passion?

A friend said to me once “what a lovely hobby you have” referring to rose gardening. I remember I was taken aback by the word hobby because growing roses is so much more to me than a hobby. I feel gardening is good for the body, mind and soul. There is a spiritual element to being one with nature, digging in the dirt and watching a garden become a creation. There are quiet, reflective and meditative times alone in the garden that are some of the most intensely satisfying moments one can imagine. You can truly be present in a moment in your rose garden. It can be even better if you take care of yourself, so you can continue working in your garden and it will reward you far more than you can imagine.

11 Tips To Get Your Roses Ready For Winter

Oso Easy 'Paprika' by Proven Winners captured in a late fall bloom.

Jackson & Perkins ‘Sugar Plum’ in the Fall 

Gratitude For Late Bloomers

Fall is a time for reflection. Time seems to slow down. Even the clock falls back. This autumn in Illinois the leaves took on reflective hues that seemed 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.

Veterans Honor
Veterans’ Honor

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.

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.

This year we had a growing season with ample moisture that was followed by a dry, cool, sunny autumn that has been marked by warm days and cool but frost-less nights that provided 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.

Jackson & Perkins 2019 Yellow 08-00941 in the Fall 

With winter just around the corner here’s a simple and concise Tips For Winterizing Your Roses:

“TOP 11 TIPS”

FOR WINTERIZING YOUR ROSE GARDEN  

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. First you want to prevent breakage of your rose canes from winter winds by reducing the height of your plants. Broken canes can be a source of entry for diseases. Waist height is a good rule of thumb. Leave your climbers tall but secure them because most climbers bloom ‘on established canes’. Prune climbers after the first bloom in the spring. You can shape your tree roses if they have small non-productive canes.
  2. Mulch, leaves and organic soil can be mounded around the base of rose plants to protect from winter freezes. Its important to protect the graft on budded roses.
  3. Shut down the timed irrigation systems for winter but remember in many zones your roses may still need to be watered during the winter.
  4. Move container plants that you can inside.
  5. Container grown plants should be moved closer to the house to protect against winter winds. See “Oui Built a Greenhouse for $142.oo” on www.gagasgarden.com
  6. The fall and winter months are the best time to go through the online catalogs I have listed on www.gagasgarden.com then order bareroot roses to arrive  January through mid-April.  Replace plants that are reduced to less than 3 healthy canes (pencil diameter), or with new and better varieties. Review the pictures on gagasgarden.com of the roses that you like and you can order them from online catalogs already.
  7. Dilute Lime-Sulfur with water and spray over entire bed including the ground.  This is very important to rid your garden of black spot spores that would harbor over the winter.
  8. The local Agricultural Extension Agency is where you obtain soil testing & evaluation. Then if needed apply lime to obtain a pH of around 6 to 6.5.
  9. 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.
  10. Autumn is the perfect time to prepare the soil for winter or spring planting. Turn over the soil 16″ deep and apply proper soil amendments to produce a light loamy mixture.
  11. Do a careful inventory of your equipment then clean, sharpen and oil shears and pruners to prepare for spring pruning.

    Veterans’ Honor in the Fall #MyJPRoses

‘Veterans’ Honor’, A Rose To Honor Our Veterans

Veterans' Honor Named Jackson & Perkins Rose of The Year in 2000

Veterans’ Honor Named Jackson & Perkins Rose of The Year in 2000

WWII Post Card My Father sent Dated Feb 23, 1942 Daddy says, “We’re playing for Bing Crosby in person tonight to entertain the boys.” Feb. 23, 1942

“Veterans Day is a U.S. legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated in many countries as Armistice Day the following year, November 11th became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became legally known as Veterans Day.” ~ The History Channel.

‘Veteran’s Honor’, A Rose Fit To Honor Our Heros

‘Veteran’s Honor’ was bred by Dr. Keith Zary and introduced by Jackson & Perkins, to be later named by them as ‘Rose of The Year’ in 2000. I planted and grow ‘Veterans’ Honor’ in honor of my father and all those who serve our great nation. It is a remarkable hybrid tea, strong, hardy with perfect color form and fragrance. Today I offer a portfolio of ‘Veteran’s Honor’ to honor my Father and your Father’s, Mother’s and relatives who have served. There are some roses that I hope to always have in the rose garden as long as I am able to have a rose garden and ‘Veteran’s Honor’ is one of those roses, along with ‘Peace’, ‘Let Freedom Ring’, and ‘Heaven’. Thank-you to each and every one of you Veterans. This post is for you.

Army Air Force WWII
Army Air Force WWII

How Did Veteran’s Day Come To Be?

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Veterans’ Honor Named bred by Keith Zary
Jackson & Perkins Named Rose of The Year in 2000The

First Veterans’ Day Proclamation

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

Veterans Honor
Veterans’ Honor

'Veterans Honor' Blooming on Memorial Day Week-End 2016
‘Veterans Honor’ Blooming on Memorial Day Week-End 2016

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Rapid Results With Floribunda Roses

Floribunda Rose Garden | Before and After

There are many reasons to start over; a new job, starting a career, or to be close to family. You may have a vacation home or want to downsize but still want to garden. We moved back to Illinois because we both grew up in Illinois. Our work situations had provided us with the opportunity to travel extensively to every state in the union. During my husband’s travel he decided he loved Illinois and there’s no place on earth he would rather be. A corporate transfer for me from Chicago to New York City, then Plano, Texas resulted in building a home in Plano, Texas in 1987 and acquiring over 200 roses by 2011. In 2011 we decided at that point we had acquired the house in Central Illinois and the house in Plano, Texas and thought rather than keep working all the time to support two homes and that lifestyle we would downsize and start over in Illinois.

Geese Girls Ready For Halloween

Starting Over Offers New Opportunities

You may not go willingly, but once you set your mind to it, the change may be filled with new opportunities. We sold the Texas home and moved to Illinois from Texas in 2011 leaving behind rose gardens that I had invested heart and soul creating. The Illinois property sits on 3 1/2 acres of rolling sandy loam hills, and did not have a single rose. Leaving behind the rose gardens in Plano, Texas (the safest city in America of its size unless you’re my kidnapped lawn decorations) that took 20 years to collect, I wanted to put in a rose garden that would get the quickest results. I decided to put rose gardens in in stages and share it with you dear readers.

Dr. & Mrs. Keith Zary & me at the Biltmore Rose Trials & Dr. Zary's Rose 'Kimberlina'
Dr. & Mrs. Keith Zary Biltmore Rose Trials & Dr. Zary’s Rose ‘Kimberlina’ in the Floribunda Rose Garden | For Profusion of Bloom | Rapid Results | Plant Floribundas

Floribunda Roses Offer Quick Results

That type rose garden that gets quick results is a floribunda rose garden. Floribundas are known for their ability to bear flowers in large clusters and profusion of bloom. Another advantage floribunda roses have is their ability to bloom continually whereas hybrid teas exhibits a bloom cycle every six to seven weeks. Let me give you a little back story here, this Illinois property is located 40 miles from Starbucks and 80 miles from Home Depot. *  So to locate my new roses I thought I would just pull up the list of roses online from a large garden center like I did in the DFW area, order my roses and have them delivered. Now I have come to learn a valuable lesson the hard way, or I would have dug up quite a few roses I probably will never be able to locate again. And also a large segment of the population that want roses like I grow don’t live in large Metro areas.

Displays Everywhere of Lovely Star Roses Knock® Out Roses
Displays Everywhere of Lovely Star Roses Knock® Out Roses

From 3 minutes from a Starbucks to 40 miles

Now after living in Plano, Texas; a totally consumer centric life style driven by hopping in the car for a 3 minute drive to Starbucks for coffee, Whole Foods, and Central Market type of living to being 15 miles from Walmart I was in culture shock. A friend down the street said his son told him “Susan and Richard are in the witness protection program.” His dad asked him why would he think that? He said “Why else after all the wonderful cities that they’ve lived would they ever move to Ramsey?” Susan what’s your point? They don’t sell potted fancy rose bushes out here either. Can you imagine my shock trying to find a landscape center that sold potted hybrid teas? I called the nearest landscape center 40 miles away and asked if they carried hybrid teas and the answer to my question was “what’s that?”. You see there are trade-offs to my ‘Green Acres’, lifestyle. And I’m not saying starting over is always easy. Nothing worth doing is ever easy, but it has been worth it.

'Gene Boerner' a floribunda rose named for the man that worked his entire life for Jackson & Perkins 'aka' as 'Papa Floribunda', he hybridized more than 60 roses.
‘Gene Boerner’ a floribunda rose named for the man that worked his entire life for Jackson & Perkins ‘aka’ as ‘Papa Floribunda’, he hybridized more than 60 roses. #myjproses

Come To ‘Papa’! ‘Papa Floribunda’ ‘Gene Boerner’ That Is

So now you see why when I spotted ‘Gene Boerner’ at Rural King, in September of 2011, I was shocked and nearly shed a tear. They carry primarily  Star Roses ‘KnockOut®’ roses, which I love also but I wanted more than only ‘KnockOuts’®. They had very little selection in hybrid tea or floribunda roses, so to see one ‘Gene Boerner’ which has a stellar reputation and came out in 1968 and is still rated in the ARS* Handbook of Selecting Roses an 8.2 I grabbed it and planted it as the first floribunda in my Illinois floribunda garden.

Who Was ‘Gene Boerner’?

Once I looked up the history of ‘who is Gene Boerner’ the irony wasn’t lost on me. ‘Gene Boerner’ is known as ‘Papa Floribunda’. A jovial man he worked his entire life at Jackson & Perkins where he hybridized more than 60 roses! I’m so glad the first rose in our floribunda rose garden was and is ‘Gene Boerner.’ Known as ‘Papa Floribunda’ of Jackson & Perkins ‘Gene Boerner’ is symbolic to me for many reasons. Jackson & Perkins is a brand that is symbolic to America for roses. ‘Gene Boerner’, Floribunda you see pictured here is one of the first roses to bloom each spring. It’s disease resistant, has a fabulous shape, color, it blooms in clusters and lasts forever.

Sometimes Back To Basics Is Best

Soon I realized the remaining roses I wanted were available online. Many folks don’t realize that their garden centers order their roses from growers bare root and get them early in the season and pot them in containers so they leaf out by the time the weather is lovely and spring like when we are ready to shop in the garden centers for our potted roses. Years ago when I first started growing roses all the roses I planted were barefoot that I got from my local Northeast Rose Society. If you haven’t checked out your local rose society please do folks because most members are willing to help you and share their knowledge. When I was new to growing roses, rose society senior members would stop by my house and make sure I had all my questions answered and that was way back when I was in my twenties living along the North Shore of Lake Michigan north of Chicago. What’s important in the roses you get is the grade and how many healthy canes are on the rose bush. Be sure you have at least three healthy canes.

Floribunda Rose Garden | Before and After
Floribunda Rose Garden | Before and After

The Illinois Floribunda Rose Garden

So here are the stages of the first rose garden in Illinois, beginning with Jackson & Perkins ‘Gene Boerner’ then I found their exclusive ‘Kimberlina’, ‘Iceberg’, I planted bare root, ‘Betty Boop’, ‘Playboy’, ‘Sunsprite’ and ‘Rainbow Sorbet’,

Garden Legends Live On By Designs & Impressions They Leave on The Earth | Our Hearts and Minds

‘Iceberg’ Floribunda Rose next to ‘Kimberlina’ Floribunda Rose

Garden Legends, please check out my page on Facebook, are stories about people, plants, & companies and how their passion for creating better, more beautiful, easy to grow plants will live on as a tribute to them by rooting and grounding beautiful plants across the land in the hearts and gardens of people everywhere. Along with Gene Boerner, two of the most notable American Rose Breeders; Bill Warriner often called “the No.1 rose breeder in the United States and Dr. Keith Zary have created the most famous roses today while at Jackson & Perkins. 

Sunsprite' One of the First Floribunda Roses Planted | Quick Results | Happy Color
‘Sunsprite’ One of the First Floribunda Roses Planted | Quick Results | Happy Color

Rose Legends: ‘Papa Floribunda’, Bill Warriner, & Dr. Keith Zary created 100’s & 100’s of the World’s Best Roses of Today while at Jackson & Perkins

While working with Jackson & Perkins Roses,  – at the time a nearly 80-year-old rose propagation company in Newark known for its award-winning roses named for famous people, Warriner introduced the prize-winning hybrids ‘Gay Princess’, ‘Gene Boerner’ and ‘First Prize’.

He later won 19 All-America awards for his rose introductions still while working on Jackson & Perkins hybrids.

His hybridizing accomplishments were outstanding. In his job as overseer of some 100,000 seedlings in the Jackson & Perkins research facility in Irvine, CA where he developed new rose strains, he became the only rose hybridizer in the 40-year-old All-American Rose Society to win All-American honors for three new breeds, Love, Honor and Cherish, in one year, 1980. I planted all three in my Plano, Texas garden.

'First Prize' Grows the size of salad plates in the Texas Garden
‘First Prize’ Grows the size of salad plates in the Texas Garden

Trust Roses That Have Won Multiple Awards by the World’s Best Rose Breeders

Bill Warriner retired as director of Jackson & Perkins research after working with the company for 25 years and developing 150 varieties of roses! His creations have continued to gain prestige since his retirement. Bill Warriner passed away at the age of 69 in 1991.

Dr. Zary is only the second US rose breeder to win the President’s International Trophy (PIT) and Gold Medal Award of the Royal National Rose Society. The rose that won is called ‘Greetings’, a white centered, purple shrub/landscape-type rose that is currently not available in the US, but is sold in England.

Another one of the first roses I planted in the Illinois floribunda garden is a rose exclusive to Jackson & Perkins called ‘Kimberlina’ bred by Dr. Keith Zary. Why is this important to you? Because we want you to be successful with the roses you buy and plant. The American Rose Society requested we review some roses in our garden. Here are some of the the roses of the season that are the first to bloom: with a video of ‘Kimberlina’ to show hundreds if not a thousand buds ready to burst into bloom. http://If you want lush candelabras of roses, rapid bloom cycles, and a rose garden to enjoy for color and the joy of being in your own rose garden you want floribundas.

*If you haven’t checked out the American Rose Society, current President of the American Rose Society, Pat Shanley believes in sustainable rose gardening and is dedicated to every aspect to growing better roses. She also oversees the magazine the “American Rose” magazine, along with Executive Director, Laura Seabaugh. This magazine is completely dedicated to promoting gardening, education, preservation and appreciation of the rose. The American Rose Society is one of the few societies left that continues to publish a print publication 6 times a year along with several newsletters/bulletins and provides each member with a “Handbook for Selecting Roses” and “Creating a Beautiful Rose Garden” booklet. 
Former president & rose education advocate Jolene Adams believes that the only way to dispel the myth that roses are difficult to grow is rose growing education. The American Rose Society is dedicated to providing you the gardener with education on how to grow better roses. If you haven’t check them out. Rosarians are standing by to answer your questions. Rose.org 

 

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The Biltmore Rose Trials 2017 Award Winners

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The Biltmore Rose Trials | Saturday, September 22, 2017 | Asheville, NC

The Biltmore’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 Biltmore’s expert horticulturalists and Rosarian, Jon Parker.

Each trial lasts two years and a permanent jury judges the roses four times per year. During this year’s competition, Saturday, September 22th the international and permanent juries conducted the final round of judging for the trial group of roses planted in Biltmore’s Historic Rose Garden, named last year an ‘Award of Excellence Garden’ by the World Federation of Rose Societies.

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 Biltmore’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 Biltmore’s rose garden occurs typically in mid-May and September. Here are this year’s award winning roses and breeders.

Biltmore International Rose Trials 2017 Results

Award: Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil Award for ‘Most Fragrant Rose’

Winner: ‘Dee-Lish®’ MEIclusif, bred by Meilland Roses, France

Contact and Distributor: Star Roses and Plants

‘Dee-Lish’ MEIclusif wins ‘Most Fragrant Rose

Award: Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea

Winner: ‘Anastasia’ bred by Michelle Adam

Contact and Distributor: Weeks Roses

'Anastasia' (Fully Open) 'Best Hybrid Tea' | On the Actual Winning Specimen an Open Rose Later in The Day of the Awards
‘Anastasia’ (Fully Open) ‘Best Hybrid Tea’ | On the Actual Winning Specimen an Open Rose Later in The Day of the Awards

Award: Edith Wharton Award for Best Floribunda

Winner: ‘Lion King’ bred by Ping Lim

Contact and Distributor: Altman Plants

‘Lion King’ Best Floribunda

Awards: for ‘Screaming Neon Red’

  1. William Cecil Award For Best Growth Habit:
  2. Type of Award: Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub
  3. Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant
  4. George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose of the Trials

Winner: Easy Elegance ‘Screaming Neon Red’ bred by Ping Lim

Contact and Distributor: Easy Elegance

‘Screaming Neon Red’ | Winner of ‘Best Shrub’ #Biltmore Rose Trials

Rotogravure of The Biltmore Rose Trials

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

Judges Just Before Judging Begins at the Biltmore Rose Trials

Susan Fox | Jim Wilson | Teresa Byington | Judges at Biltmore Rose Trials
Susan Fox | Jim Wilson | Teresa Byington | Judges at Biltmore Rose Trials

Friends Together Again with Laura Seabaugh Exec. Dir. of American Rose Society

Joe & Ann Gibson

Parker & Alice Andes |Teresa Byington and Susan Fox

Chris Van Cleave with Folks From Earth Kind & Cindy Dale

Captain Eddy and The Dales

Susan Fox | Pat Shanley | Ann Gibson | Marilyn Wellan