|Veteran's Honor, above, and Mr. Lincoln|
are two great, fragrant roses.
One reader asked about growing roses and what kind of food was good for them.
In general, roses love eastern sunlight, especially if the afternoons get too roasty in your part of the country. Roses on the south side will get the most sun and heat, which can be too much. But that depends on the setting, trees, and so forth.
Roses are very tolerant of cold, so bare root roses ordered on the Net will arrive in cold weather and thrive. They love rain and flourish in the cold, rain-soaked early spring that many flowers abhor. My roses stayed green into January, when many other plants were bare of leaves and taking a long nap.
|Shrub roses grow very well - KnockOuts.|
|They were converted to organic gardening.|
This book is essential for understanding the soil.
Food for Roses
The chemicals they sell as fertilizer for roses - or any other plant - are detrimental to soil microbes and larger creatures. Therefore, they are bad for roses and all other plants.
The goal is to have soil undisturbed and mulched with:
- A newspaper layer and wood mulch. Jackson Mulch.
- A cardboard layer and wood or leaves. Jackson Super Mulch.
- A compost layer - for those who love to haul heavy loads all over the yard.
|The flower fly, or hover fly, is your best friend.|
|Jessica was trained in insecticides,|
but learned to use beneficial insects and their hosting plants.
Her book is excellent on this topic.
|Sharon Lovejoy is a delightful author|
with a lifetime of experience.