Sustainable Roses in the Carolinas

 

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Below is a list of sustainable roses, meaning low maintenance roses that do not need spraying, compiled in early 2017 from panel discussions of members in rose societies in the North and South Carolina area sent to me by Lenna Easter of Eastern NC Rose Society.

Awakening (pink blend) climber

Belinda’s Dream (Earthkind] HT form (pink) shrub

Beverly (pink blend) BT (Kordes) frag. hybrid tea

Bull’s Eye (white/red eye) shrub

Caldwell Pink [aka Pink Pet] Earthkind (pink) shrub

Carefree Beauty (Earthkind) [Buck] pink shrub

Carefree Wonder [Meilland] pink shrub

Cecile Brunner [Earthkind](pink) climber

Cinco de Mayo (Russet) floribunda

Clair Matin (light pink) climber

Country Dancer [Buck] (deep pink) shrub

Darcey Bussell (red Blend) [Austin] shrub

Dark Desire (deep red) frag. grandiflora

Darlow’s Enigma (white) hybrid musk

Dee-Lish (pink) frag. hybrid tea

Dream Come True (yellow blend) grandiflora

Drift (many colors esp. Sweet and Pink) shrub

Duet Supreme (dark pink) hybrid tea

Easy Does It (pink blend) floribunda

Easy Going (yellow) shrub

Elina (lt. yellow/white) hybrid tea

Flower Carpet (in many colors) shrub

Home Run (many colors) shrub

Honeymoon (cream) climber

Hot Cocoa (russet) floribunda

Julia Child (yellow) floribunda

Knock Out (many colors) shrub

Lady Banks [OGR] (yellow) climber

Lady Elsie May (orange pink) shrub

Livin’ Easy (orange blend) floribunda

Miracle on the Hudson (med red) BT shrub

My Girl (deep pink) HT form shrub

New Dawn [Earthkind] (light pink) climber

Oso Easy (many colors) shrub

Palmgarten Frankfurt (pink) shrub

Peggy Martin (pink) [found rose] climber

Red Cascade (red) mini climber

Rubaiyat (red) hybrid tea

Savannah (orange pink) [Kordes] BT frag. hybrid tea

Summer Romance (pink) floribunda

Sunshine Daydream (yellow) grandiflora

The Fairy [Earthkind] (pink) shrub

Traviata (red) hybrid tea

Zephirin Drouhin (pink) Bourbon climber

 

Until next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.

Rosalinda Morgan

www.rosalindarmorgan.com

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Spring Forward to a New Rose Season

 

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While our fellow gardeners in the North are still hibernating, we in the South are getting ready to start our growing season. Here is a rundown of what rosarians in the South have in their To-Do-List for February:

 

CLEAN UP – If you have not done anything in the garden in January, it is time to start the clean up now before the growing season begins in earnest. Take off the old leaves and dead canes from your rose bushes. Bag them and put them in the trash. Any diseased leaves that fell to the ground, rake them up and discard them. Do NOT put in the compost pile. Pull out weeds and keep your garden bed neat and tidy.

 

SHOVEL PRUNING – Any dead rose and non-performing rose for the last two years have to go. No sense in spending time, space and money on them. Get rid of them and replace them with new ones. Before you plant the new one, replace all the soil in the hole.

 

CATALOGUE BROWSING – I don’t know about you but I’m inundated with catalogs since January. There are so many new rose introductions. Don’t go with the picture alone. Read the description. A lot of gardeners are now looking for disease resistant roses and fragrant roses. I am one of them. Since I have a small garden, I only want fragrant roses now. I also have limited time for garden work so I like disease resistant roses.

 

WATERING – Roses need water even in winter. A well-hydrated rose will fare better at all times. Make sure you water your roses if there is no rain in the forecast. Roses in pots should be watered a few times during the week.

 

PRUNING – Major pruning should be done by the end of February in our region. Bob Lundberg will be talking about pruning at our February meeting so I’ll let you hear from Bob all the details.

 

SPRAYING – Consider spraying with dormant oil before it gets too warm to discourage bugs and diseases in the coming rose season. If your roses struggled with blackspot this past year, lime sulfur is a good way to help clean up lingering fungal spores, along with a horticultural oil that will smother pests and their eggs. If you spray lime sulfur, make sure to do so when overnight temperatures will remain above freezing  and be sure to read the label and apply in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations. It is a good idea to spray both the ground and the plant and getting good coverage both top and bottom of the leaves.

 

TESTING THE SOIL pH – If you have not tested the pH of your soil, it is time to do it now. Soil samples need to come from the root zone of the plant, which means getting down past the mulch into the root zone where the soil chemistry is important. If the pH is lower than 6.0, you should add a slow-acting lime. If the test showed the pH higher than 7.0, then you should add sulfur. A pH of 6.5 is ideal for roses to be able to maximize the available nutrients. The question is, how much lime is the right amount? To raise the pH from 5.5 to 6.5 a typical application rate is 2 to 3 pounds per 100 square feet of garden area. Do not use more than 5 pounds per 100 square feet at any one time. If you are not sure how big your rose bed is, use 1 cup of lime per bush and ½ cup per miniature. remember that raking the lime into the top couple inches of soil will yield better results than sprinkling it over the soil’s surface.

 

SOIL AMENDMENTS – Spread your organic fertilizer like alfalfa meal now. It will not cause the plant to start growing until the soil warms up in the spring. I usually put in compost and put a new layer of mulch. I also put Epsom Salts at this time of the year.

 

After you get the garden ready, sit back and wait for the spring bloom.

Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society February 2017 Meeting

The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society will have their February 2017 meeting on Sunday, Feb. 12 at James Island Town Hall, 1238-B Camp Rd., James Island. Admission is FREE. Social at 2:30 pm. Meeting starts at 3:00 pm and ends around 4 pm. The program is about “Pruning your Roses” by Bob Lundberg. Bob will discuss the tools needed to accomplish the pruning tasks, the reason why we prune and the different approaches to pruning different classes of roses. There will be a demonstration of spring pruning of Hybrid Tea and miniature rose plant. If anyone has roses in a pot, you may bring them to the meeting and we will try to include them in the demonstration.

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Bob Lundberg is the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society Consulting Rosarian chair. He is an American Rose Society Master Rosarian and accredited American Rose Society judge. He and his wife, Sandy, maintain a rose garden of about 400 roses in Blufton, SC and are top rose exhibitors, having won numerous awards from rose shows all over the country.

 

Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society November Meeting

The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society is having their November meeting at James Island Town Hall, 1238-B Camp Rd., James Island  on Sunday, Nov. 6. Social at 2:30 pm; meeting at 3 pm. Admission is open to the public and is free. The November speaker is Sandy Lundberg, a CLRS past president, American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian and ARS accredited judge. Sandy maintains a rose garden of 400 rose bushes at her home in Blufton, SC and is a top rose exhibitor in the country. Sandy will have a slide presentation of new rose introductions that show great promise or are known to be performing well in the low country. So be ready to take notes of her recommendations.

Hope to see you all.

Rosalinda Morgan

President, Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society

 

Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society October Meeting

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The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society will meet at James Island Town Hall, 1238-B Camp Road., James Island, SC 29412 on Sunday, Oct. 2.  Social Hour – 2:30 pm; Meeting – 3:00 pm. The program is Rooting Roses by Kathy Woolsey. Meeting is open to the public. Admission is free.

October is a good time to propagate old garden roses and share them with friends. Horticulturist Kathy Woolsey will show you how to root roses with just stuff you have around the house. Please bring cutting from one of your favorite roses. Use a ball point pen and write the name of the rose on the leaves. If you have any plastic sleeves that newspapers come in, please bring them and hand pruners.   Other materials will be provided.

Our speaker, Kathy Woolsey is a past vice president of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society. She has a degree in Horticulture from VA Tech and is the former Garden Curator of Cypress Gardens, where she tended a collection of 150 antique roses. She is a garden and nature writer and regularly contributes to The JI Messenger, South Carolina Gardener Magazine and Planting Seeds Sustainable Living Magazine. Kathy is a long time member of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society and Camellia Garden Club.

Come and join us.

For info on membership to Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society, email Pat Hibbard at charlestonrose@bellsouth.net.

Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society April 2016 Meeting

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The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society will meet at James Island Town Hall, 1238-B Camp Rd., James Island, SC on Sunday, April 3. Social Hour – 2:30 pm; Meeting – 3:00 pm. The program is “Rose Show Preparation: From the Garden to the Show Table” to be given by Bob Lundberg. Bob Lundberg is an American Rose Society consulting rosarian and an accredited rose judge. He has won several top awards at rose shows locally and around the country and is one of the top rose exhibitors in the country.

Bob will give us the information needed to be successful at a rose show. He will walk us through the entire process from cutting the rose to putting the rose on the show table to be judged. For those who are interested in showing their roses, this is a program not to be missed.

You can also bring your questions on how to grow beautiful roses. Consulting rosarians will be on hand to answer your questions.

Meeting is open to the public. Admission is free.

 Come and join us.

For more info about Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society, email Rosalinda Morgan, CLRS President at RosalindaRM@comcast.net.

Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society March 2016 Meeting

Kathy Rice Woolsey, the Garden Rambler and a former Vice President of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society will present a program on “Sustainable Rose Gardening” at the March meeting of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society. The program will cover rose selection and site preparation.

Ms. Woolsey has a degree in Horticulture from VA Tech and is the former Garden Curator of Cypress Gardens, where she tended a collection of 150 antique roses. She is a garden and nature writer and regularly contributes to The JI Messenger, South Carolina Gardener Magazine and Planting Seeds Sustainable Living Magazine. Kathy is a long time member of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society and Camellia Garden Club.

The Society meetings are open to the public and begin at 3 pm at the James Island Town Hall, 1238-B Camp Rd. Refreshment will be served at the social time beginning at 2:30. Expert rose growers will be on hand to answer question during the social.

 

Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society Feb 2016 Meeting

The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society will meet at James Island Town Hall on Sunday, Feb. 7. Social Hour – 2:30 pm; Meeting – 3:00 pm. The speaker is Jay Hiers, the curator of the Edisto Rose Garden in Orangeburg, SC. and the current Regional Director and past Carolina District Director of the American Rose Society. The topic is Rose Gardening at Edisto Garden. Meeting is open to the public. Admission is free.

Come and join us.

For info on membership to Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society, email Pat Hibbard at charlestonrose@bellsouth.net.

MAIL ORDER ROSE SUPPLIERS

 

Now is the time to plan our rose garden. The box stores and local nurseries do not carry roses that we enjoy. They are just selling Knock Out roses. If you are looking where to buy good roses, I recommend you use the mail order rose suppliers. They are the best sources of roses. In my years of rose gardening which started in 1971, I have always bought my roses through mail order suppliers and I have been very happy with them. The following is a list of rose suppliers that I have used over the years and they have excellent roses and their services are outstanding.

 

Antique Rose Emporium

9300 Lueckemeyer Road

Brenham, TX 77833-6453

PH: 800-441-0002

Email: roses@weareroses.com

Website: www.antiqueroseemporium.com

 

Chamblee’s Rose Nursery

10926 US Hwy 69 N

Tyler, TX 75706-5933

PH: 800-256-7673

Email: roses@tyler.net

Website:www.chambleeroses.com

 

David Austin Roses Limited

15059 State Highway, 64 West

Tyler, TX 75704

PH: 800-328-8893

Email: US@davidaustinroses.com

Website: www.davidaustinroses.com

10% discount to ARS members

 

Edmunds’ Roses

6235 S.W. Kahle Road

Wilsonville, OR 97070

PH: 888-481-7673

Email: info@edmundsroses.com

Website: www.edmundsroses.com

 

Heirloom Roses

24062 Riverside Drive NE

St. Paul, OR 97137

PH: 503-538-1576

Website: www.heirloomroses.com

10% discount to ARS members

 

High Country Roses

P.O. Box 22901

Denver, CO 80222

PH: 800-552-2082

Website: www.highcountryroses.com

 

J.W. Jung Seed Co.

335 S. High St.

Randolph, WI 53957-0001

PH: 800-247-5864

Website: www.jungseed.com

 

K&M Roses

1260 Chicora River Rd.

Buckatunna, MS 39322

PH: 601-648-2908

Email: info@kandmroses.com

Website: www.kandmroses.com

 

Northland Rosarium

9405 S. Williams Lane

Spokane, WA 99224

PH: 509-448-4968

Website: www.northlandrosarium.com

 

Regan Nursery

4286 Decoto Road

Fremont, CA 94555

PH: 510-797-3222

Email: regan@regannursery.com

Website: www.regannursery.com

 

Rogue Valley Roses

P.O. Box 116

Phoenix, OR 97504

PH: 541-535-1307

Website: www.roguevalleyroses.com

10% discount to ARS members

 

Rosemania

4020 Trail Ridge Dr.

Franklin, TN 37067

PH: 888-600-9665

Website – www.rosemania.com

 

Roses Unlimited

363 N. Deerwood Dr.

Laurens, SC 29360

PH: 864-682-7673

Website: www.rosesunlimitedownroot.com

 

Roses of Yesterday & Today Rose Garden

803 Brown’s Valley Road

Watsonville, CA 95076

PH: 831-728-1901

Website: www.rosesofyesterday.com

 

Spring Hill Nurseries

110 West Elm St.

Tipp City, OH 45371-1699

PH: 812-537-2177

Website: www.springhillnursery.com

 

Wayside Gardens

1 Garden Lane

Hodges, SC 29695-0001

PH: 800-845-1124

Website: www.waysidegardens.com

 

White Flower Farm

P.O. Box 50

Litchfield, CT 06759-0050

Ph: 800-503-9624

Website: www.whiteflowerfarm.com

 

Until next time – Stop and smell the roses.

Rosalinda, The Rose Lady

Rosalinda Morgan

Author & Garden Writer

 

 

January 2016 Meeting

The January meeting this coming Sunday, Jan. 10, 2015 will be at James Island Town Hall, 1238-B Camp Rd., James Island. Please note the venue change. Use your GPS or MapQuest. It’s near the James Island Library. There is also a shopping center near there and a Dollar General. Use the right side door, not the main door of the Town Hall. Social Hour at 2:30 pm, Meeting at 3:00 pm.

We are doing something different this month. Instead of a speaker, it will be a members’ discussion. The topic is Getting To Know You. We will have individuals tell a bit about themselves, how they got started with roses and where they are today with their rose-growing – more, less, the same and varieties they find themselves best at growing where they live. It will be an interesting exchange and surely we’ll learn something new from each other.

Come and join us at James Island Town Hall on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 3 pm. Admission is free.