Thursday, February 27, 2014
For the first time in the 12 years I've had "Barfield White Climber" last year it set a fair number of hips...maybe 60-70. Seedlings popped up QUICKLY with zero chill time in the fridge. I now have a 3 inch tall seedling topped by a bud!! Will be fun to see if maybe it is a self, or if a bee brought pollen from the nearby 'Seagull', 'Mme. Antoine Mari', "Maggie" or 'Abraham Darby'. Will be interesting to if it too is a rampant prickle-free climber.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
After months of himming and hawwing I today planted my own root 'Oklahoma' and 'Eugene de Beauharnais' in large pots set into the area I am redoing in front of my office instead of in a small bed in the main front garden. 'Oklahoma' is my favorite red rose of all time and I hope to use the pollen, along with that from 'Don Juan', on both 'Seagull' and "Barfield White Rambler" this April.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
My "Fairmount Red" rose has not bloomed in three years, due I feel to those last two MILD winters where I did not have to cover even basil or tomatoes. I discovered it in Denver in 1990, and made a clone for my yard there from a runner before the mowing crews nuked it. In Colorado it is a VERY cold hardy once bloomer, so I am surprised that my Tampa plant has survived at all for seven years I think. Last fall I moved it's large pot close to my north facing office wall to shade it from the fierce south sun of winter, plus to benefit whatever north winds I might get here in south Tampa. It also now gets run off from the roof. Today I gave it its first ever hard cut back...took it from well over 6 feet in that large tree pot down to 3 feet, gave it a few gallons of my "nutrient soup", 2 handfuls of Epsom salts, followed by a few gallons of rain water. Once I plant maybe a dozen glad bulbs in there I'm adding about 6 inches of mulch. Fingers crossed it blooms, in part because I miss those lovely flowers, and because I'd love to use the pollen on both 'Seagull' and "Barfield White Climber". I stuck maybe 15 cuttings in a big cookie jug with a few inches of damp coarse builder's sand on the bottom. Here, as in Denver, it is quite red ONLY when very hungry...well fed it is more of a saturated magenta. I think it can still be ordered from High Country Roses in Denver
I've done something very similar for 20 years now though I DO add purchased microbes too, like those in Primal Defense tablets for people.....all 14 were derived from healthy soil. Did wonders for my Denver and Tampa clients' roses as a one time foliar spray to inoculate the bushes and soil beneath them.