Lending a helping hand

This time of year, our rose club gets a few requests from people or places that need guidance and help pruning roses. Yesterday a few of us went to Country Meadows Assisted Living in Silverdale, WA to conduct a pruning demo and to help get their roses rejuvenated. The residents were very appreciative.

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The first challenge was to explain that the Vinca vine and Pig squeak (plant that blooms during winter here) needed to be cleared away from the roses. Fortunately the director agreed to have the grounds keeper do that. Small wonder the roses were not growing and blooming very well with all the competition from these plants. That is the main reason some rose growers do not like growing roses with companion plants. The companion plants steal all the fertilizer and strangle the roses.

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