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
“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Did your Mama or Daddy teach you this, or even Grandmother?
As grown-ups my kids said to me “Mom, we had no idea you didn’t like bell peppers.” Because green peppers are a ‘super food’, I cooked with them and made stuffed green peppers. My entire family love green peppers. It was and is important to me that my children make their own decisions without me influencing them with negative comments.
We can heavily influence our friends and family by portraying people, plants & products in a positive light. You know its true. A third-party endorsement and good PR about a product or person is far more valuable than an advertisement. Why? Because anyone that can write a check can buy advertising; but when real people say good things about people or products it has the power to influence our decisions about that person, plant or product. I know I read the Amazon Reviews written by real people before I decide to buy a product.
Hereâ€™s an example about roses. I grew the popular hybrid tea rose ‘John F. Kennedy’ in N. Illinois in the 80â€™s. It didnâ€™t perform well for me. I grew to dislike the rose. So when my Texas rose garden apprentice, friend and neighbor, Karen Crelia chose ‘John F. Kennedy’ for her front yard show piece rose I didnâ€™t say one word. Remember there are variables in play like the Texas soil, climate Â and which grower grew her plant that may affect how well her JFK would do. In the Texas climate and soil ‘John F. Kennedyâ€™ may do very well. Guess what? Her â€˜John F. Kennedyâ€™ was spectacular!
So Here We Grow Again
â€˜John Fâ€™ Kennedyâ€™ is blooming in the sandy loam soil of central Illinois with Organic Mechanics, organic soil. I add 2 cups ofÂ Mills Magic Rose Food. in the organic soil mix and top with Canadian Spagnum Peat Moss.Â This is my first bloom of â€˜John F. Kennedyâ€™ it was just planted this spring as a bare root rose. It looks like it’s going to do very well.
By the way. Chris Van Cleave said his Grandmother told him “If you can’t say something nice then come sit by me.” I love that quote!
Mother’s Day is next Sunday. Living rose bushes make the perfect gift.Â 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.
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.
“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.
Beautification of your home & neighborhood; roses improve ‘curb appeal’. Roses give your landscape color, design & Â originality.
A Rose Garden is a Gathering Place for Family & Friends.
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.
Exercise. Rose Gardening is good exercise. You can get a calorie calculator from the Fitness Magazine. About 2 hours of gardening burns 500 calories!
Bird Sanctuary; lots of birds love rose hips as a dietary supplement.
Photography; Â 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.
Meet New Friends, join a rose or garden club, meet amazing folks!
Commune with Nature. The changing scenes create a prayerful serenity.
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’.
Life happens in the garden. From the miracle of seed germination, to watching the plethora of pollinators that converge on the garden, gardening is an interactive way to engage children.Â From growing your own food, flourishing relationships, to caring for the earth it all begins at ground level. Get out and play in the dirt with your kids!
Ten Ways To Get Kids In The Garden
Provide a dedicated space for the garden
Start your seeds inside then transplant together in your garden
Kids love tools; get them their own set and teach them how to maintain them
Hybrid tea roses are perfect for any rose garden. They are perfect for cut flowers and creating our own bouquets. A hybrid tea is easily identifiable by their large shapely single flower blooms on long stems. Here are a few of the very best hybrid teas that are true winners.
Winner of Biltmore International Rose Trials Best Hybrid Tea
Strong fruity and citrusy fragrance
â€˜Queen Elizabethâ€™ 1954
Pink 4â€ with large petals, and pointed buds
Moderate rose fragrance
Won â€˜Best Establishedâ€™ Rose at The Biltmore International Rose Trials when I was a judge in 2015
For Hedge and Borders I love Shrub roses because they grow from 5 to 15 feet in every direction based on your climate and growing conditions.
â€˜Water Colors Home Runâ€™ by Weeks Roses
3 colors showy flame red | yellow gold pink blush | Hot Pink
Medium height and bloom size
Winter hardy and disease resistant
â€˜DriftÂ®â€™ Groundcover Roses by Star Roses and Plants
8 colors from White Drift Rose to Red Drift Rose
Blooms 1 Â½â€ -3â€ bushes about 2 feet tall spreading
Winter hardy, disease resistant, and easy to grow.
BonicaÂ® â€“ Shrub
The Bonica rose has been voted the Worldâ€™s Favorite Rose in by the World Federation of Rose Societies and an All-America Winner
Pastel pink, 3â€ blossoms, about 5â€™ tall spreading
For containers you can plant Miniature or miniflora roses known for novelty and versatility.
Some of the most beautiful and hardy are:
â€˜All aâ€™ Twitterâ€™
Twinkling brilliant orange
Tall, medium size blooms
â€˜Be My Babyâ€™
Large round blooms, medium tall
Fragrance mild teaÂ
â€˜SunblazeÂ®â€™ Miniatures by Star Roses and Plants
All colors from amber-to yellow, vigorous, disease resistant, winter hardy.
12-18 inches compact
For walls, fences, and pergolas we want climbing or rambling type roses for their unique long arching canes, and their ability to climb fences, over walls, through trellises, arbors, trellises.
The old classic â€˜Westerlandâ€™ raised modernized with 21st century â€˜best-off-bestâ€™ qualities!
Salmon-orange blend, repeat blooming, 10-14 feet
Old fashioned, 3 Â½â€-4â€ blooms, fruity fragrance
â€˜4th of Julyâ€™
Gorgeous Red striped and bright white
10-14 feet canes
Fresh cut apple and & sweet rose fragrance
â€˜Pretty in Pink Edenâ€™ or â€˜New Dawnâ€™ (Light pink)
All qualities of highest rated, award winning rose â€˜Eden Climberâ€™ also known as â€˜Pierre de Ronsandâ€™ only deep pink
10-12â€™ with gorgeous very double blooms 70-80 petals
Vintage rose fragrance, vigorous and disease resistantÂ
Beautiful Roses for the garden known for their profusion of bloom are floribundas. They bear flowers in large clusters and trusses with large clusters of and trusses. This class is unrivaled for providing massive colorful lasting garden displays that are hardier, easy care and more reliable in wet weather than their hybrid tea counterpart.
White, large blooms with 100 petals
Old rose and spicy fragrance
Bushy and about 3 feet tall
One of the top selling roses in the world
Butter/gold color, medium very full 3-4â€ blooms
Strong licorice fragrance
â€˜Easy Does Itâ€™
Gorgeous Mango Peach
Ever blooming with a moderate fragrance
Disease resistant, one of my all time favorites! Â
Be sure and join us at The Chicago Flower and Garden Show. This is only the 2nd year we will have roses blooming in March in a rose garden setting in Chicago at Navy Pier. We’ll have American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians there to answer your rose growing questions.