Garden 06-07

Welcome to the Garden – 2006 – 2007 version

Some of the roses are now entering their third or fourth year, which means they’re established plants, ready to put their energy into blooming. Like all other years, I’ve battled with thrips, blackspot, Japanese beetles, and aphids, and encroaching shade. Still and all…the roses were beautiful.

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The above are the two established rose areas, and this spring I added two new areas–an area for hybrid tea roses and an area along the south fence for orange and yellow roses.

Many of my roses are Austin roses–bred for old fashioned looking blooms and strong fragrance. The downside is that they tend to not be great for cutting. In many Austin varieties, the blooms shatter within a couple of days of being cut. One of the most beautiful, Heritage, shatters if you look at it cross-eyed. You can see why you’d want it in your yard though:

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Heritage has a strong, honey-rose fragrance, has better disease resistance than many roses, and grew from a tiny “own-root” plant to the vase-shaped, seven-foot beauty that it is. It blooms strongly in spring and then blooms more or less continuously throughout the summer, though not like the photo above, which was taken in May. heritagesquire_mayflush.jpg

Here is Heritage again, and another Austin rose, The Squire, is the deep red rose in the background.

The Squire has a moderate old rose fragrance, blooms continuously, is very disease prone, and is a singularly unattractive bush. The cut flowers last better than any other Austin in my garden and the blooms are often 5 or 6 inches across, and gorgeous. The Japanese beetles aren’t as interested in deep red roses, so when it’s beetle season, The Squire is my go-to rose for flowers:

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In front of The Squire I have placed Pat Austin (above). Pat’s almost obnoxiously healthy with a somewhat lax, sprawling habit of growth which may shape up as she gets older and stronger. Her blooms are the fascinating color you see, and have an apple-juice or peach-juice fragrance. She blooms freely throughout the summer, and is a terrible cut flower but sometimes I cut them anyways

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This yellow Austin is called Molineux. Another terrible cut flower, but with a reputation for being a profuse, summer-long bloomer. This was his first or second full summer and he was not a profuse bloomer, but when they came, the blooms were charming. Not much scent. Behind him is the white Austin rose, Winchester Cathedral. That rose is a trooper. Blooms like that in the springtime, and then off and on all summer. Shrugs off various problems. The fragrance of Winchester Cathedral is called “myrrh”. It’s an acquired taste.

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This is called The Herbalist and it is one of my favorites. The color is very happy and vivid (as you see) and the fragrance has strong lilac overtones covering up the myrrh base note. The fragrance tends to be strongest at night or in the morning. It is relatively disease prone but blooms well all summer. It is about 4 x 5 all told. Next to The Herbalist in my garden stands The Prince.

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The Prince, above, is an odd bird. The color is amazing. The fragrance is often amazing: old rose, with a strong violet/lilac top note. (Isn’t it odd how the fragrances suit the blooms so well–Pat Austin , the orange rose, with her fruity fragrance, and this one with his violet fragrance?) The bush–if one can call it that–grows like a pikestaff, stiff, straight-up canes. It’s about 4 -5 feet tall and 1/2 foot wide. Very unattractive. The spring blooms tend to ball in the humidity and the fall blooms had trouble with the stiff canes breaking in the wind. But it doesn’t take up much room, and occasionally sends out a bloom — as the photo gives evidence.

Last, but by no means least among my Austin roses is the first rose I bought for this house:

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This rose is called Gertrude Jekyll. We moved her location last year, and she took it in stride, blooming like this the following spring. She blooms heavily in spring, and then may throw out two or three more blooms over the rest of the season, which is why I moved her. Gertrude’s fragrance is strong, sweet rose perfume. She wins the fragrance contest. She was vigorous and healthy this spring season.

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Now on to non-Austin roses. The above rose is called Souvenir de la Malmaison. It’s an old Bourbon rose. It has a peppery rose fragrance. It is small–about 2 feet high, 2 feet wide, tends to have at least a bloom or two on it all summer. The coloring is very delicate and appealing. Sometimes the blooms are quartered, as above, and sometimes they come out more like a hybrid tea rose.

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This is Clementina Carbonieri. After seeing photos of this rose posted by members of the rose forums at Gardenweb, I really had to have this rose. Sadly, it has not done well for me. It puts out one or two exquisite blooms each year. It is in a pot. I think it might do better in the ground, but I haven’t got quite the right location for it. It needs a warm location to survive the winter, but not too much afternoon sun or the blooms go crispy.

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Eden is my climbing rose. I love the blooms so much I put in a second one this past spring. It is extremely healthy, but has virtually no fragrance. The aphids loved it, but the Japanese beetles were not bad on this rose. (They seem to favor light colored, fragrant roses.)

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This rose is called Liebeszauber. I got it on a strong recommendation from a Garden Web member. Here it is in all its glory. But it really didn’t bloom the rest of the summer and I’m not sure why. Hopefully next summer will be better! I am liking red roses more and more and added the classic Mr. Lincoln (Fall 05) and Veteran’s Honor (Spring ’06). I also have Oklahoma in honor of my dad. The camera has a tough time with reds, but Liebeszauber in actuality is a warmer fire engine red–without the fuschia overtones the camera gave it, and the petals are strong and substantial. It lasted really well in the vase, if I recall correctly. A light fragrance. Nothing to write home about. Unlike Mr. Lincoln. lavaglut_may06.jpg

This is Lavaglut, who lives on the patio and blooms his fool head off all summer. The fact that his small clusters of vivid red blooms last and last on the bush adds to the impression he gives of being one of the bloomiest of my roses. No fragrance. The Japanese beetles don’t give him a second glance.

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This was the first bloom of a new rose in my garden–Granada. The colors are kind of silly and cheerful, like circus colors. I discovered this rose lasts very well in the vase, and has a lovely rose fragrance. It did not bloom much this season, but it picked up steam as it went along, and I have high hopes for next year.ballerina_may06.jpg

Ballerina is a hybrid musk rose, and the photo above does not nearly do justice, but does show her graceful shape. Another spring-blooming rose for me (too much shade later in the season) she is so graceful and has a nice long bloom-time.

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In the fall, the roses are kind of rangey and mostly denuded from disease or natural leaf-fall, so they aren’t as picturesque in the yard, but there is a nice fall burst of blooms along about mid October, making for a last round of bouquets in the house

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2-24-06 I walked around in the warm weather today and noticed the three clumps of daffodils in the front tree area all have flower buds this year!

We had two consecutive snows about a week ago. During one of them temperatures dropped below ten degrees. I had pruned the roses just days before that when the temperatures were in the mid 60s. I hope it all works out anyways.

3-11-06 Scott fixed the south chain link fence and put in a new gate!

3-16-06 Put Rose Tone and alfalfa tea on all the roses and sprinkled pre-emergent stuff on the circle rose bed.

I bought Tuscan Sun (an orange-ish floribunda) at Rolling Hills.

3-18-06 Moved Zeffy to the back fence area. (Thank you Scott!) Hope she gets more sun back there and puts out more flowers. Finished pruning back The Squire…he had quite a few dead canes. The two Oklahoma bushes are pretty pathetic and the Granada died back to a single cane. Hopefully they’ll rejuvenate. In their current spot they do get a lot of sun.

3-22-06 Divided hostas in the fern bed. Now there are 7 there. We had super cold weather last night. Freezing, but everything pulled through fine. 4 roses arrived from Chamblees: 2 knockouts and William Shakespeare and Golden Celebration.

State of the garden report: the first Oklahoma and the Granada are basically one cane apiece, with foliage sprouting out. The Liebeszauber, on the other hand is leafing out all over, beautifully. Francis has a bud or two already. Eden has a bud. Herbalist has a bud. China Doll is fully leafed out. Lavaglut is gorgeous with red/green leaves.

March 24–Eden arrives from Parks as a beautiful bare root. Chamblees roses arrived a couple days ago, 2 Knockouts and William Shakespeare 2000 and Golden Celebration.

March 26–First mowing of season using new lawnmower. Scott planted the new Eden and we moved the Mr. Lincoln over to the rose circle bed.

March 27–first application of Immunox on all the back yard roses. The hose-end sprayer is great for this. I had the job done in less than 5 minutes. I suppose it is less precise than the pump-sprayer.

March 28–applied Preen stepsaver weed killer, emergent weed killer and fertilizer to the backyard. Didn’t have quite enough to do a good job. I also went around and slopped alfalfa tea on the lilies and hostas and mock oranges.

For what it’s worth, there are still quite a few lovely daffodils blooming! I love my daffodils to pieces.
Note to self: when buying daffodils, buy both early and late blooming varieties. That’s why mine have been so satisfying!

March 29

Mancozebbed the roses, trying to stop some blackspot or cercospora in its tracks.

Divided hostas along the back fence. There are now 4 hostas under ballerina and 3 around the lilies. I also started up a new batch of alfalfa tea.

Salvia problems—only one tuft of salvia came up in the patio bed. Reading last year’s garden page I see that I had 4 of them come up last year. Boo-hoo! I wonder what can have happened to them.

April 1

Gorgeous, gorgeous perfect day today. We had baseball practice this morning and went to Lowes and got two Pascali (white) hybrid teas and 2 salvias (Viola Klose–north fence, East Friedsland Hybrid Sage–south fence).

Scott planted my orange bed….Golden Celebration, Tuscan Sun and Pat Austin and the Sage.

He also planted my William Shakespeare 2000 in the patio bed, and the 2 new Knockout roses out by the street. What a champ! I saw a little ladybug hoovering up aphids on the Tamora rose.

4-08-06

Back to cold, we had some big storms go through. Yesterday was warm and humid. Today, cold and humid.

Main rose problem right now is aphids. Also I had to cut the struggling Oklahoma back to one young shoot. The other Oklahoma is doing fine and has buds. Most of the roses have buds or the beginnings of buds. The only ones that don’t (as far as I can tell) are last year’s Knockout roses. But they do look healthy.

The forget-me-not bloomed yesterday! It is really pretty in combination with the old-fashioned bleeding heart which has been blooming for a couple weeks now. The grass in the back yard is much better than last year, at least judging by what I wrote last year. The seed I planted around the new rose bed last fall really took hold well.

In the front, the striped hostas in the ivy bed are up, and there’s a heuchera in there that is looking fine. The green hostas are coming up in the front porch bed. I never cleared the leaves out so that still needs doing. I guess I really should have done it last fall.

There are three dark pink tulips blooming out by the street–I think they are the same ones that come up every year. In the back daffodil-circle tree bed, there are two tulips, pink and white. In the circle bed in the front yard there are a few tulips, probably ones I planted late last fall or in the winter. I sure wish tulips would multiply like daffodils.

My thyme and rosemary stayed alive through the winter and one of the thyme plants, in particular is very healthy now. We had the thyme mushroom pasta dish last night using cuttings from it.

I count about 35 New Wave lilies from the original 7. They tend to get stepped on and broken by careless humans and dogs (including me), so there’s 31 remaining. More may come up. They were really pretty last spring so I’m hoping for a good show this spring and then I do need to divide the ones in the circle bed.

The cream-colored Asiatic lilies Barbra bought for me are coming up. There’s about 4 in each clump from one or two in each clump originally.

4-11-06

The aphids on Eden are horrible. So I broke down and bought some Bayer All-in-One soil drench that’s supposed to kill aphids after the plant drinks the stuff up through the roots. I put it on both Edens, and on all the patio roses and on the Bonica, and on Golden Celebration, Liebeszauber and Tamara and Granada. It’s supposed to give 6 weeks of coverage for bugs and disease and fertilization.

4-14-06

I don’t know how fast the soil drench is supposed to work, but it doesn’t seem to be doing anything for the aphids.

The tulips are up and looking beautiful Three out by the road that do seem to come back every year, three in the front circle bed, three in the back circle bed and a couple extras. I need to remember to put bright red in the two circle beds–they look terrific.

I went around and put Brush b-gone on virginia creeper and other bad things. The virginia creeper is all wilty today…but only in the places that directly contacted the spray.

Just about every rose except falstaff has buds now. The first bud of William Shakespeare looks like it may start to unfurl tomorrow.

The high today is supposed to be 87.

April 16 Easter

First bloom of the season (not counting the roses from Chamblees that arrived with buds): China Doll (one bud opened yesterday.) William Shakespeare has a beautiful, fragrant red/magenta bloom. Tulips still blooming. Rhododendron showing color in the buds now.

April 22 Saturday

bought about 8 or 10 irises at a yard sale, plus some hostas and bishop’s weed. Also bought some daylilies and impatiens at the university plant sale. I hope the daylilies don’t turn out to be the same kind of ditch lilies that I have so many of!

We planted the two roses I bought at Lowes and I went around and trimmed back daffodil foliage. I also did another round of spraying brush-b-gone around the edges of the yard and on virginia creeper.

Today the Pat Austin on the south side bloomed. One Oklahoma bloom has started to open. Winchester Cathedral is looking very lovely—many blooms open on it and on the Herbalist. Penelope’s had some blooms opening. Francis has one bloom. Gertrude has had several blooms already. Bonica and Lavaglut have loads of buds, China Doll is blooming now with many more buds.

Clementina–no buds. Golden Celebration–one bud. Falstaff–about 15 buds maybe.

Abraham has 47 buds.

One thing I learned–Belinda’s Dream is iffy in this zone, and that would be the reason it came through the winter so poorly. It and the Oklahomas need winter protection.

Another gorgeous day, by the way. April has been a mostly-beautiful month.

April 23— Sunday

The clematis is now officially in bloom, looking beautiful. It seems to bloom on “new wood”.

April 26–some rain, some colder days, and now back to bright sunny 70 degrees.

Eden has begun blooming. Gosh the flowers are beautiful. Tuscan Sun has put forth one bright bloom so far–and many buds. The Herbalist has a huge number of buds and has bloomed a lot already. Liebezauber has tons of buds. The Oklahoma that is down to one cane has one valiant bud at the top. The Granada that was down to one cane put out a new cane and that has buds on it. The Golden Celebration’s one bud has bloomed–and it is very pretty, I must say. Smells nice, too.

Penelope gets some late afternoon sun and has some new leaf buds that look promising. Maybe it will pull through.

I planted 4 variegated hostas and the impatiens out front, and an old fashioned bleeding heart out back. I also got my basil plants. I planted one in the thyme pot and one in a pot for the kitchen.

Two fringed bleeding hearts are going fine now. There appear to be fringed bleeding heart babies all through that bed, but they don’t seem to grow.

Blackspot report: no blackspot to mention. Wow! Ooops–I spoke too soon. Belinda’s Dream and Gruss An Aachen have some spots. Winchester had a bit of a thrippy look. I better do the drench on those guys.

April 28–put the drench on BD and GAA and on Winchester (thrips) and other roses over in that group.

Divided daffodils from the South fence and put some along the north fence and back by the rhodies. Pruned back the zeffy some more. SDLM has over 30 buds now. It is going to town! Abe is just about my new favorite.

May 29

The big spring show is over. Unfortunately heavy rains made for problems with balling (Eden, and Belinda’s Dream especially, but also Abe and Tamora) and then at the end of the show, the thrips arrived, spoiling Bonica who was all set to take center stage as the rest of the roses faded. Very disappointing, again. Boo, hiss! The thrips are even on Tuscan Sun. The New Wave lilies are beginning to bloom!

A few days ago I bought Veteran’s Honor from Rolling Hills and put it in. Very pretty.

July 11, 06

The Japanese beetles have been a plague for the past two weeks at least. Currently, though, Bonica is blooming and looking pretty and so is China Doll. Eden has some nice blooms on her. Francis is getting set to bloom. (The JB’s particularly love him, though.)

July 22, 06

Did some pretty heavy pruning today on Bonica, Heritage, Herbalist, and Gruss An Aachen. They were all pretty much through blooming and looking really ratty. This is an experiment to see what happens!

The Veteran’s Honor has 3 or 4 buds on it, Mr. Lincoln has a few buds; Souvenir de la Malmaison has buds and has been putting out beautiful blooms regularly. The Prince has several buds. Granada has a few buds. Eden has some. Too bad the JB’s like her.

In 2007 the garden faced a series of plagues. First there was a very late, very hard freeze. Then there was the normal invasion of thrips. Then the Japanese beetles arrived. Or, as my Japanese sister-in-law insisted–Japanese-American beetles. The infestation was VERY heavy. Then we had drought for many weeks. Finally in the fall the roses perked up a bit, but truly it was a discouraging year for growing roses, and I really thought about changing my focus to something that Japanese beetles don’t love.

But I have some pretty pictures to share, nonetheless.

This rose, Gruss an Aachen, came into its own this year. It is a gorgeous rose on a beautifully shaped bush, and bloomed profusely. It is planted in part shade, but lived up to its reputation of being able to handle some shade. This rose is 4 years old or so, which goes to show, some roses take awhile to settle in.

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In the fall, it’s better to photograph bouquets than bushes. The bushes get rangey-looking, but the blooms are still pretty. This bouquet is Granada and some others, and was picked in October.

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A late September bouquet of mostly Austin rose blooms.

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The Prince bloomed profusely (for him) in the fall.

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Here’s how the Austens looked–Pat Austen is the orange one, Winchester Cathedral is the white one, Molineux is yellow. This was probably in the spring. They don’t bloom like this all summer unfortunately!

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Here’s The Squire, doing his tall thing.

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New in 2007 were Valencia–golden and fragrant and long-lasting as a cut flower:

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And Brigadoon–a real beauty:

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And a non-rose, the old fashioned bleeding heart, was in its third year and quite something, I thought. I should plant more of them, I think they are charming–and they are not subject to any of the ills that the roses are–though they do die back to the ground by mid-summer:

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