#NWFGS Last Supplement

I can hardly wait for my presentation on February 25th. I just want to get everyone to try growing America’s flower, the rose. If you choose a variety with known disease resistance, rather than being random or just selecting from what’s available for sale, you will have success. Local rose societies such as Seattle or Tacoma compile lists of recommended disease resistant roses. These lists will be available at my talk. Start with free, local information.  Remember that the first year is critical with keeping your plant watered during our June-August drought. Please take few extra reading minutes and read the article I wrote for the January/February West Sound Home and Garden.

“My love is like a red, red rose.”

Robert Burns said it best.

A Red, Red Rose
by Robert Burns

My love is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June :
My love is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I :
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun :
And I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only love,
And fare thee weel a while !
And I will come again, my love,
Thou’ it were ten thousand mile.

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Portland Rose Show

The City of Roses knows how to put on a rose show. This is the second year I have been invited to judge the show and it never disappoints. The emphasis is on American Rose Society large flowers (hybrid teas, floribundas, shrub roses) displayed in single vases and the local society and the rose growing public participates. The head table trophy winners in the Novice section displayed different exhibitors in each award category. To me that says they are doing something right in Portland to fill up the Lloyd Center Mall indoor ice rink with beautiful roses. Congratulations to all exhibitors. You had much competition on Thursday.
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A few roses begin to bloom

What a difference a few warm days can make in the garden.

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This is the first bloom of ‘La France’ in my 2014 garden.

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‘Prairie Lass’ is a Griffith Buck rose I enjoy because of the stippling of the color on the petal.

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Yellow roses are my favorite and this three year old ‘Cl. Golden Showers’ is spectacular, but the foliage is showing blackspot by mid May, so I plan to remove this plant and look for a cleaner rose. Too bad because I like the flower.

Support your local rose vendor!

Gig Harbor, Washington

Gig Harbor, Washington

“Gentlemen, start your engines”… We are off on another season of high hopes with dreams of minimal disease and insect problems. This usually begins with the first of several visits to the local rose nursery. Local is actually about 45 minutes away, but many travel much farther to select from the over three thousand roses available in Gig Harbor, Washington. Rain or shine Michael and his dad a Frank Gatto have the best selection in this area of Weeks roses and others from Palantine in Canada, potted up ready for sale.

Portland Rose Festival Revisited

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Fall is coming in with a massive rain storm in Western Washington, so I think today is a good day to review some rose beauties from past June. These photos were taken June 6, 2013 at the Portland Rose Festival … Continue reading

Puyallup State Fair- Second Rose Show

I’ve only been there twice but I am starting to love the Puyallup State Fair. The Evergreen Floral Building is new and the lighting is good. The workers are more than helpful. My garden was in it’s prime this week with no rain and lots of sun! I was pleased with my exhibits and enjoyed seeing others through judging. (I exhibited two HT’s, lots of Miniatures and Minifloras and judged Floribundas and classes of HT’s I was not in.)

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Ready to roll…

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‘Foolish Pleasure’ Miniflora

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‘Randy Scott’ Hybrid Tea.

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‘Green Ice’ three sprays of one miniature.

Best new rose in my garden 2013

'Francis Meilland'

‘Francis Meilland’

It really is not a risk to announce the best new rose in my garden when it is the fabulous ‘Francis Meilland’. If anyone is having problems with this rose, I have not heard about it. This first year plant gave me a blue ribbon at the Tacoma Rose Show and is still blooming and is clean as a whistle now at the end of August. Now I would like to see these rose genetics in more roses!