|No photo does justice to a rose - this is Falling in Love.|
The white in the petals creates an unearthly glow.
Sometimes I feel like the character in the film Honey I Shrunk the Kids, where Rick Moranis was suspended from a crane as he looked for his children, made tiny by his newest invention. I go out after dark or before dawn to see how the plants are doing.
Last year I wanted to know what was eating the roses, so I saw them at work on the blooms at night, brassy insects that dared to glare at me in the beam of the flashlight. I also saw where the slugs were abundant and how they died at my beer parties.
The roses were fixed by my refusal to use any pesticides and the gracious intervention of beneficial bugs. The next round of blooms were almost completely protected by the bugs and spiders that live off pests and need those pest to feed their young.
In a well-managed (by God) garden, the pests attract pest-eaters:
- Moles - they eat grubs
- Flower Flies
- Tachinid Flies
- Ichneumon Wasps
- Wasps, Hornets.
- Soak the roses in a solution of man-made fertilizer. That blocks the natural creation of the fungal networks that feed the roots.
- Put fertilizer in the hole where the roses will go. That is more of the same.
- Use systemic pesticide on the roses. That will kill any insect or spider on the rose and add toxins to the soil. More grief.
- Spray fungicide on Black Spot. That is a money-maker for the hardware store but it will never end the minor problem of Black Spot.
|Large, plum, velvety looking, deep red and keeping its color -|
Veterans Honor is the ultimate new red rose.
- Dig a hole in the lawn or garden - allow plenty of room for each rose.
- Plant the rose after soaking it.
- Fill the hole in and water generously.
- Mulch and earthworm the rose.
- Prune regularly - which means "cut roses from the plant to increase production and growth."
- Foster the growth of beneficial bugs and spiders with mulch a diverse planting.
- Store water to evaporate out the chlorine and use rainwater whenever possible.
|Pink Peace is one of my favorites, because|
the plant suddenly bursts full of intense, pink, large blooms.
|Bride's Dream is so pale that it looks white from a distance.|