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Everything’s Coming Up Roses!

Most of the rest of the roses have bloomed over the Memorial Day weekend.  Of my 24 roses, now only Tropicana (facing dead north) and Garden Party (overshadowed by Louise Odier) have not yet bloomed.  They do have good growth … Continue reading

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A Wonderful Spring

We finally have some balance this year.  After an awful winter, the spring is wonderful, with plenty of rain, lots of sunshine, and now mild weather.  The garden has responded as one would expect, with a burst of growth, color, … Continue reading

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Still More Roses

Overnight, Double Delight, Fisherman's Friend, and Fragrant Lace have opened up their first blossoms and Zephirine Drouhin has started her spring flush. The white rhododendron has also gone from bud to bloom and the mock orange has bloomed.  Even better, … Continue reading

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More Roses!

Over the last few days, a number of other roses have bloomed: Heritage, Pat Austin, Red Ribbons, Winchester Cathedral, and Zephirine Drouhin.  More still are just about to bloom.  We're finishing up one solid week of rain, about five inches … Continue reading

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The Second Rose

Pretty much as expected, Louise Odier opened up her first bud to become the second rose to bloom this year.  She now has quite a few in the process of opening and the fragrance is already starting to scent that … Continue reading

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The First Rose of 2011

Being the first to form a bud doesn't necessarily translate into being the first to open a blossom.  And so it is this year.  Louise Odier was the first with a bud.  I was out spraying the roses (I noticed … Continue reading

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A New Rose

I wasn't at all happy with the performance of Smooth Satin last year and this year its spring growth has been underwhelming, so I went looking for a new rose to replace it.  After shopping around, I found a beauty, … Continue reading

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2011 – Spring, and the First Rose Bud

I've been horribly remiss in keeping up this journal and in maintaining my garden web site.  All I can say is that my health hasn't been all that great (as an example, it seems that I now have a bone … Continue reading

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When Did I Move To The North Pole?

We've thus far had SEVEN snowstorms totaling well over four feet of snow and the winter is only one month old.  The piles outside are over four feet tall and I'm sure that if a climatologist took a core he'd … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

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