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Intelligent, Pretty Margie Clayman | Landscape Plants
Intelligent, Pretty Margie Clayman | Landscape Plants
Intelligent, Pretty Margie Clayman | Landscape Plants, Petunias

A philanthropist is a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of their time & money to good causes. Margie Clayman is the quintessential philanthropist.

Proven Winners Oso Easy Rose 'Cherry Pie'
Proven Winners Oso Easy Rose ‘Cherry Pie’

Margie collected me years ago as one of her causes. She took me under her wing when she was host of Tweet Diner, an online Twitter Chat, an eclectic chat on timely topics. At the time I didn’t know the difference between a hashtag and a clothes tag. We have been friends ever since. She has encouraged me at every turn to write more and be all I can be.

Margie Clayman's Adorable Side Kick 'Cumbie'
Margie Clayman’s Adorable Side Kick ‘Cumbie’

If there is a need she fills it if she can. She reminds me of what my mother told me “There is no such thing as a dishonest gardener.”

Margie is an author and a highly regarded marketing strategist. I often wonder how she finds time to be successful career woman, author, crocheter, gardener, cook, sharer of recipes and philanthropist. She crochets blankets and scarves for the victims of disasters and runs Homespun Helpers and the Friendship Bracelet Brigade while working full time as Director of Marketing at Clayman & Associates, LLC, a 60 year old Ohio ad agency based in Marietta, Ohio.

Proven Winners Oso Easy Rose 'Cherry Pie'
Proven Winners Oso Easy Rose ‘Cherry Pie’

To all my American Rose Society friends please welcome Margie to the rose growing world. And visit her charity pages to donate to her causes, they will warm your heart. At Christmas I donated so Margie could knit a scarf for victims of a disaster.

Margie's Container Plants
Margie’s Container Plants

In Texas I had 4 apprentice rose gardeners so when Margie bought her house she and faithful companion ‘Cumbie’ wanted to add landscaping. It was time to bring Margie into the fold of rose garden apprentices. It seemed Proven Winners Oso Easy Series of Roses are the perfect choice for our busy philanthropist and her side-kick Cumbie*

Margie | 'Cherry Pie' Rose
Margie | ‘Cherry Pie’ Rose

*Cumbie is named for Sherlock of the PBS series star Benedict Cumberbatch we both were quite taken with.

Proven Winners Oso Easy 'Lemon Zest' Shrub Rose
Proven Winners Oso Easy ‘Lemon Zest’ Shrub Rose

*Margie Clayman is the Director of Marketing, B2B Client Services at Marietta-based Clayman & Associates, LLC. Margie also runs the charitable organization Homespun Helpers  and is currently running a project called The Friendship Bracelet. You can follow Margie on Twitter @margieclayman.

“The soul is healed by being with children.” ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Being In The Garden With Children and Your Pets ~ Susan Fox

Ropin’ Roses

'Above and Beyond' after its roped up!

http:/https://youtu.be/J6es-dhTGw4

‘Above and Beyond’ is an apricot large-flowered-climber. It’s as big as a baby elephant! So I wanted you to see it get corralled. Securing it was like tying up a bucking bronco with thorns! Isn’t it simply amazing? hybridized by Dr. David Zlesak, its:

  1. Winter hardy
  2. Fragrant
  3. Easy-to-grow
  4. Organic, no-spray

    Before

  5. AB2_051016
  6. After

    'Above and Beyond' after its roped up!
    ‘Above and Beyond’ roped up! next to Proven Winners ‘Oso Easy’ ‘Fragrant Spreader’ and ‘Paprika’

Wordless Wednesday | A Hibiscus In The Rose Garden

Surprise! A hibiscus with the Little Red Barn!

Hibiscus and The Little Red Barn
Hibiscus and The Little Red Barn

The floribunda rose garden in its second full bloom cycle.

Floribundas in Bloom in July
The Illinois Floribunda Rose Garden is in its second full Bloom Cycle in July

‘Anna’s Promise’ by Weeks Roses with rain drops.

'AnnasPromise' with Rain Drops
‘AnnasPromise’ with Rain Drops

‘Watercolors Homerun’ debuting at #Cultivate15 in Ohio this week.

Watercolors Homerun Knocks it Out of the Park
Watercolors Homerun Knocks it Out of the Park

‘Pink Cupcake’ one of Proven Winners Oso Easy Series of roses.

I just pruned all of them with the hedge clippers that’s how easy they are. I will have a hedge of roses for fall.

Oso Easy 'Pink Cupcake'
Oso Easy ‘Pink Cupcake’

‘Veteran’s Honor’ the morning of the 4th of July. 

Veterans Honor with rain drops in full sun at sun rise
Veterans Honor with rain drops in full sun at sun rise on the 4th of July

‘Love & Peace’ Pictures worth a thousand words. #WordlessWednesday

Love & Peace is simply glorious
Love & Peace is simply glorious

Oso Easy Ice Princess Roses Reign | Proven Winners

Oso Easy 'Italian Ice by Proven Winners
Oso Easy 'Mango Salsa' by Proven Winners captured in all the glory of a late fall bloom
Oso Easy ‘Mango Salsa’ by Proven Winners captured in all the glory of a late fall bloom

Fall of 2013 was the first time I planted roses in the fall.

Oso Easy Shrub Roses by Proven Winners are the first roses I ever planted in the fall of 2013. There is no particular reason.. Growing up on the beautiful north shore of Lake Michigan in Illinois, spring was just more conducive to planting roses than fall in my mind. Winters were so harsh one didn’t seem to be in their right mind to plant a rose then immediately have to bury it. It was the fall of 2013 that I was invited to Minneapolis to speak at the Twin Cities Rose Club that I met Dr. David Zlesak who has done extensive work in developing winter hardy, disease resistant ‘Oso Happy’ roses. And like any good idea, now that I had moved from Texas back to Illinois planting roses in the fall seemed like an idea whose time has come.
Oso Easy 'Italian Ice by Proven Winners
Oso Easy ‘Italian Ice by Proven Winners a rainbow tapestry of color.
When I returned home I received a parcel with roses from Dr. Zlesak’s personal test rose garden. Thus began my foray into the world of fall rose planting.
Oso Easy 'Paprika' by Proven Winners captured in a late fall bloom.
Oso Easy ‘Paprika’ by Proven Winners captured in a late fall bloom.
What I didn’t know at the time that the winter of 2013 would be the 3rd coldest winter on record in parts of the Midwest and an ideal test for winter hardiness of my new rose plants.
Oso Easy 'Smoothie' by Proven Winners
Oso Easy ‘Smoothie’ by Proven Winners
Oso Happy® Pink Cupcake
Series One: Oso Happy® roses
All bred by David Zlesak:
·         Oso Happy® Candy Oh!
·         Oso Happy® Petit Pink
·         Oso Happy® Smoothie
Series Two: Oso Easy® roses
Varieties bred by Chris Warner, UK:
·         Oso Easy® Fragrant Spreader
·         Oso Easy® Honey Bun
·         Oso Easy® Italian Ice
·         Oso Easy® Lemon Zest
·         Oso Easy® Mango Salsa
·         Oso Easy® Paprika
·         Oso Easy® Pink Cupcake
Varieties bred by the late Colin Horner, UK:
·         Oso Easy® Peachy Cream
·         Oso Easy® Strawberry Crush
Varieties developed by Meilland, France
·         Oso Easy® Cherry Pie
·         Oso Easy® Double Red (new to retail 2015)*
*Thank-you to Shannon Springer of Proven Winners for providing this information

 

Please plan on visiting The Chicago Flower and Garden Show March 14-22, 2015. We will have a rose garden featuring every type of Star Roses and Plants and Weeks Roses as well as Proven Winners Plants, and rosarians to answer questions. I will be speaking Saturday, March 14th on Landscaping with Roses | Roses That Love Where You Live at 2:00 PM. If you are a rosarian and want to be there at the rose garden to anser questions email me for a free pass.
I will also be speaking Saturday, March 21st at 11:00 on Miniature Roses.
Richard Anthony and Brenna Bosch of For Love of Roses  will be there along with 100’s of their Minaiture Roses in a rose garden setting designed by our top Chicago designers.
Richard will also be a featured speaker. Stay tuned for the time and date.
 

 

Memory Lane of Roses

'Moonstone' bred by Tom Carruth Former Director of Research & Marketing, Weeks Roses is as at home in a garden setting as Queen of the Rose Show. #roseshows #gardenchat #rosechat #rosepicoftheday
'Moonstone' bred by Tom Carruth Former Director of Research & Marketing, Weeks Roses is as at home in a garden setting as Queen of the Rose Show. #roseshows #gardenchat #rosechat #rosepicoftheday
‘Moonstone’ bred by Tom Carruth Former Director of Research & Marketing, Weeks Roses is as at home in a garden setting as Queen of the Rose Show. #roseshows #gardenchat #rosechat #rosepicoftheday #weeksroses #Carruth #moonstone #barns #rural

Memory lane is strewn with magnificent roses in central Illinois this summer.

Double Delight with Morning Dew #nofilter #rosepicoftheday
‘Double Delight’ lit by sunlight glistening with Morning Dew #nofilter #rosepicoftheday

Dew glistening on petals of roses appears as ice crystals when lit by the first rays of dawn.

Illinois crops and vegetable gardens are bountiful with enough rain to sustain the corn and soybeans until harvest. Every day reminds me of why I love Illinois summers.

A Gaga's Garden View in July
A Gaga’s Garden View in July. This is the basket I planted for the P. Allen Smith Garden2Blog Event that Proven Winners sponsored. Petunia lovers, can you believe the petunias still look like this through the heat of summer? I used the #Jobes Organics Soil and Fertilizer they sent, as they requested and of course I’ve watered plenty and kept the spent blooms dead-headed.#landsacping #containergardening #G2B14 #ProvenWinners #companionplants

The stages of adding Illinois rose gardens continue. Last fall we planted Dr. David Zlezak’s test roses and Proven Winners winter hardy Oso Easy® Series of Roses. The fall of 2013 is the first time we’ve ever planted roses in the fall.

Proven Winner Series Two Oso® Easy Rose 'Pink Cupcake' bred by Chris Warner, UK
Proven Winner Series Two Oso® Easy Rose ‘Pink Cupcake’ bred by Chris Warner, UK

Last winter then went on to be the 3rd coldest winter in Illinois recorded history. The roses that survived can truly be considered winter hardy. This year has been one of the most beautiful years I’ve seen for the rose garden bloom cycles. I’ve chosen some beautiful pictures to share with you.

A Spray of 'Europeana'
A Spray of ‘Europeana’

Starting over is always a challenge. Yet who could imagine starting first with the floribunda rose garden in 2011 we could have come this far with the stages of the rose gardens. Here are the gardens that we have added since grandfathering our Texas Rose Garden of over 200 roses in 2011 and moving back to Illinois.

'Sugar Moon' by Weeks Roses Christian Bédard will "bull doze you down with its powerful cold cream fragrance"
‘Sugar Moon’ by Weeks Roses Christian Bédard will “bull doze you down with its powerful cold cream fragrance”

 

Floribunda Rose Garden Spring 2012

Elevated Hybrid Tea Garden Spring 2013

Vegetable Garden Summer 2013

Walkway Grandiflora, HT Summer 2013

Dr. Zlezak ‘Oso Happy’ Rose Garden Fall 2013

 

Europeana and Monarch Grande Rose (G14) by Dr. David Zlezak
Europeana and Monarch Grande Rose (G14) by Dr. David Zlezak
for sale by wholesaler Plant Peddler, Iowa

Dr. David Zlezak sent ageratum that he has been breeding for over a decade and I planted them as companion plantings around the rose garden. I thought you would especially enjoy seeing it next to ‘Europeana’.

 

'Neil Diamond'
‘Neil Diamond’

My family is coming to visit from Texas with all four kids, their black Labrador and two cats. Watch for pictures of boating action. I plan on teaching the kids how to deadhead roses. All righty then I have a plan for keeping them out of trouble.

Cherry Parfait Grandiflora Rose, Gagasgarden
Cherry Parfait Grandiflora Rose, Gagasgarden