Thursday, October 31, 2013
Susan Johnson all those panty hose you gave me to train my rambling roses are coming in very handy.....I use half an entire leg to attach main canes to the rebar, thin strips for thinner canes plus my tomatoes. Thank you! My 'Francois Juranville' is now retrained to its rebar arch using them and scavenged telephone wire.....I'm re-doing it from a young runner that survived after my monster rose 'Mermaid', which was magnificent for ten years, choked out the original and consumed my front yard to the point that I could not get in for two years! In the 90s a Florida rosarian announced that 'Mermaid' does poorly here but his plant was on Fortuniana and given vast amounts of water and chemical input. So in 1999 I planted an own root one here and it took off and for about 6 years it was manageable, a real show stopper that made people hit their brakes when they'd see the vast number of lovely yellow 5-petaled flowers. Then I simply lost control no matter how much/often I pruned due it suckering maniacally. It was useless as a breeder for me whereas 'Francois Juranville' gives me great seedlings so a friend and I used power tools to cut dowm 'Mermaid' and take a few truck loads to a local brush dump. I am still re-creating the front rose gardens ravaged by 'Mermaid, so it does my soul good to see that surviving cane of 'Francois Juranville' back up on that rebar.....attached is a pic of a portion of it before 'Mermaid' began to encroach on it....the salmony pink blooms smell of Granny Smith apple skin and Old Rose. Thank you!
Sunday, October 27, 2013
I've neglected the poor thing for years yet it grows and blooms non-stop, thriving in a buried 4 gallon Water Wise Container Garden in my hot DRY west street bed. But the blooms have gotten much smaller and with far fewer petals. But now that the autumn cool down is here I'll give it a 50% cutback, a lush feeding of fish emulsion, chicken poop and Epsom salts plus a couple of deep waterings per month...by late winter/early spring the blooms should be lovely again. Of course I will try to root cuttings to share as this rose deserves to be in plenty of Florida landscapes. I agree....it really IS a drought resistant Tea Rose.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
"Jo An's Pink Perpetual" from Denver's Fairmount Cemetery is budding up even more, with this new bloom open this morning. The fragrance is intoxicating Old Rose. On one of Fred Boutin's two visits to Denver the parent plant was in bloom.....he agreed with me...best guess on the ID was 'Champion Of The World'. This own root organically grown plant is 5-6 years old in an 18 gallon Water Wise Container Garden on the north side of my home. Lovely Victorian form. I'll be sure to use its pollen on 'Seagull' and 'Dr. Grill' and 'Teasing Georgia' next spring. This and other roses of mine are enjoying the autumn cool down...55 tomorrow night!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Kim Rupert just e-mailed me that Burbank himself gave plants of 'Burbank' to Thomas Edison and Henry Ford for their Florida homes! This along with Jack Holmes selling for Mother's Day 1933 a pink rose that it time got the nick name "Cracker Rose" could help explain why it was once so common in Florida! Kim likes the idea (as do I) of DNA mapping of 'Santa Rosa', 'Burbank' and "Pink Cracker Rose" to try to sort all this out.
NOW I see why some folks say there is confusion about 'Burbank' and 'Santa Rosa', both of which came from the same hip. BOTH remind me a GREAT deal of "Pink Cracker Rose".