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I have not been able to work in the garden since the last post. I somehow strained my back (happens every few years) and it lays me up for sometimes as much as two weeks. I tried to golf this morning but could not bend into the proper position for putting. Oh well! It just means that maybe some of my rose bushes won't get fully uncovered and pruned until maybe June!
Most everything seems to be growing well. Definite casualties from winter appear to be Liv Tyler (own-root), Bride's Dream (own root), and Neptune (Dr. Huey, planted a little too high). Other candidates that I have not given up on yet would include (all own root) Gold Medal, Dublin, Brigadoon and Pink Enchantment. Grafted varieties in danger would include Brigadoon, Veterans' Honor, Firefighter and Papa Meilland. Seems like every few days I can see a little red shoot popping out (hopefully not sucker growth!) so I'll be patient with these. All 9 Ring of Fires seem to have survived, although the quality from best to worst is quite wide. One bush each of Playboy and Lavaglut are puny (only one cane) compared to the other two bushes, so I ordered replacements from Roses Unlimited. I also could not resist ordering Marlon's Day and Cajun Moon from RU. These both are Horizon Honor Roll roses that I have not grown before.
Everything in pots, with the exception of Papa Meilland, seems to be doing good. Papa budded out, but then got burnt by some scorching hot sun it seems (location is sunny until maybe 1:00 pm only), and is now trying to overcome that. Fingers crossed. I have a small army of potted roses in front of the garage that eventually will make their way into the ground.
We had a dry spell from May 1 to May 18 where it really didn't rain. It has rained just over 1" in the past 3 days and there's likely more coming today. Last weekend I took the lazy approach and used the sprinkling system to water the rose beds. Worked well but it's hard to tell how much water you have put down.
I have not fertilized yet nor sprayed. Will do first thing when my back allows.
Well, I'm always looking for roses that have the names of my grandkids, which sometimes is pretty fruitless. I found a rose named "Hamburger Phoenix" sold through "Rogue Valley". Purchased it and today I planted it in a 5 Gal container. It's pretty small, but looks real healthy. We will see what happens. i think i will label it ("H". Phoenix) when I get around to finishing my labeling project! I don't think my Granddaughter nor my wife will like the full name! Pictures to follow sometime before the 4th of July, hopefully!
A very cute rose with blooms from June until October/November.
Potted, it overcame waterlogging, summer heat and dryness. A stubborn little shrub, very strenous - or so I thought.
After 3 years I wanted to reward it with a place in open soil. The rose did not like this at all and died shortly after :-(.
So I think, LillyRose might be better kept in a container. Or maybe the rose is just not that longlifed after all?