Last year we had a late start when QVC or HSN offered eight bare-root roses for $64, with free shipping. Nevertheless, we had a great start with new roses producing many different blooms that everyone enjoyed, with no aphids and only a little black spot. KnockOut roses were added, and they bloomed without ceasing, although the reds were stronger and better than the whites and pinks.
We used a simple method for healthy, productive roses:
- The holes were dug into the lawn and the roses planted without all the bother of soaking them 24 hours, or adding fertilizer to the hole (bad idea).
- Each plant was well watered in the hole and kept watered while getting established.
- Afterwards our helper and I covered the lawn with newspapers and then with wood mulch - Jackson Mulch.
- Uncle Jim's Earthworms (red wigglers) were added to the rose garden, where they quickly dug themselves in.
- Soaker hoses were placed to keep the roses watered.
- No fertilizer or pesticides were used.
- I pruned the roses throughout the summer, giving the roses away at school and in the neighborhood, placing them on the altar. Some went through our neighbor to the home of a dying patient in hospice care - and that meant so much to everyone in the family.
|Chicago Peace will be part of the Peace collection -|
Peace, Pink Peace, and Chicago Peace.