Q: I plan to enlarge my Roses Garden in the Spring, but can you suggest anything to help keep the Deer from eating the buds, they seem tobe able to enjoy them more than I can because they always eat them just befor they bud out.
A: There are several ways to try to keep deer away from roses. One is to sprinkle blood meal around the perimeter of the rose beds. This will generally keep bambi away from roses until there is a good rain and the blood meal washes away. There are also different chemicals available in garden stores, which keep bambi away. Ropel and Hinder are 2 such chemicals. As always the consumer should be aware that thses are toxic chemicals and they should be used and stored in a manner specified on the manufacturer's label.
Q: Why does my normally white 'John F. Kennedy' sometimes get pink polka-dots?
A: It's similar t o people getting freckles. At certain times of the year, and in certain weather, light colored roses will develop reddish spots. It happens not only to white roses blossoms, but to light
pinks and lavenders as well.
Spots may be caused by dew or moisture sitting on the petals when the sun is intense, as is often the case in the fall. The drops cause the pigments, even those normally not visible, to intensify in that spot - like a freckle - to protect the tissue from the sunlight. You could call it a kind of rose sunburn.
The dots seem most likely to appear when there are sudden fluctuations in the weather, such as cool nights followed by brilliant Santa Ana days.
You can avoid the problem, by picking the roses early in the day before the sun hits them, when the buds are about one-third open. The spots are most noticeable on fully opened rose blossoms that are several days old.
Large flowers generally borne one per stem, medium to tall in habit, long cutting stems.
Medium sized flowers often more compact in habit, medium length stems.
Large flowers borne in clusters usually taller in habit, individual stems within each cluster are suitable or cutting.
The flowers possess the nostalgia, fragrance and romance of the old heritage roses. But the plants are more naturally disease-resistant, far more compact in habit, and flower repeatedly throughout the entire growing season.
Very showy unique striped color combinations typify the flowers.The plants are different categories for every landscape use-small Shrubs,large Shrubs, flowerful Floribundas and spreading Climbers.
Free blooming plants with differing flower sizes and forms, broadly varying in mature size but of full bushy attractive habit,usually good disease resistance and hardiness.
Shrublets are roses of varying habits which are never too big to tuck into restricted garden spaces.
Roses whose long canes can be trained along fences or walls, variable in flower size, form and mature habit.
Rugosas & Foetidas
Species or near-species roses valued for their hardiness old fashioned flowers and fountainous habitsMany are available on their own roots.
Small flowered roses with proportionately smaller foliage,often very compact in habit, stems are also shorter but still suitable for cutting.
Small flowers borne in very large clusters, usually compact in habit, medium-short stems.
How to Grow Fabulous Roses
Heirloom Old Garden Rose
AARS: All American Rose Selection
Blade: the broad part of a leaf
Bract: a modified or reduced leaf that occurs beneath and next to a peduncle
Bud union: the swollen part of the stem where the scion of a grafted rose meets the under stock
Calyx: the protective cover of a rose flower, composed o the sepals
Cane: one of the main stems of a rose plant
Corolla: the petals of a rose flower considered as a single unit
Cultivar: a named rose variety exhibiting distinct and consistent features, indicated by single quotation marks
Hip: the fruit of a rose Inflorescence: the flowering part of a plant; a rose inflorescence may bear single or multiple flowers
Leaflet: the individual segment of a compound rose leaf
Node: the point on a stem from which leaves and buds emerge
Old rose: strictly speaking, a rose introduced before 1867, but more loosely used to describe any rose grown or introduced before 1900
Once-blooming: a rose that flowers only once in early summer and does not repeat
Own root: a rose propagated as a cutting rather than by grafting
Peduncle: a stalk that supports a single flower or flower cluster Petal: the showy, usually colored part of a flower
Petiole: the stalk by which a leaf attaches to a stem; also leafstalk
Pistil: the female reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of an ovary, style, and stigma
Prickle: the technical term for a rose thorn
Remontant: blooming more than once a season; also recurrent
Rootstock: the root portion of a plant onto which the scion is grafted; also under stock
Scion: a shoot grafted onto a rootstock; the "top" of a grafted rose
Sepal: one of the five individual, leaflike divisions of the calyx
Sport: a spontaneous genetic mutation, often resulting in a plant that bears flowers of a different color or with more or fewer petals than the original plant
Stamen: the male reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of a filament and anther
Stipule: a small, leaf like appendage that occurs at the base of the petiole
Sucker: a stem, usually unwanted, that originates from a rootstock