DATE: Thursday, April 24, 2008
LOCATION: Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
450 West, 100 North
PROGRAM: “Growing Roses in Pots” by Andy Plasz
TIME: 7:30 PM
Meeting & program, followed by refreshments
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
February 28 Presentation by Patty Stimmel, Taltree Arboretum
March 27 Pruning Seminar – Karl Bapst hopes to have roses for everyone to practice on. Bring your own pruners
April 24 “Growing Roses in Pots” by Andy Plasz
May 29 tba
June 26 tba
July 31 tba
August 28 Annual Picnic – date tentative
September 25 DRS members’ “Small Rose Show”
October 30 tba
Have questions about growing roses? Consult an expert.
Karl Bapst, MR
Adolph Ferber, CR
Emeritus Consulting Rosarian
Emeritus Consulting Rosarian
Emeritus Consulting Rosarian
by Adolph Ferber
Howdy, folks! I’m writing this message while on vacation at
my daughter’s in
1. I saw my first zonkey* today at the
2. At the supermarket, I saw a novel approach to adding additional color to a vase of flowers. Of course, this does not include roses. Instead of buying more flowers, use fruits like apples (red), lemons (yellow) to spruce up an arrangement. Cut the fruit in half, skin intact and let sink about halfway down the vase. The display will catch your eye.
3. The water table in this part of
4. I don’t know if this business is going to make it, but I saw a combination car wash / grill. In other words, you can grab a bite to eat while you wait and watch your car being washed. Will it catch on up North? I don’t know…
5. I did like this combination, though: I ordered a Caesar Salad for an appetizer. It not only had the regular fixings, but slices of strawberries and apple wedges as well. It was very refreshing and delicious.
* Oh, by the way, a “zonkey” is a cross between a zebra and a donkey – body of a donkey with striped legs. If I come across other unusual items, I will mention them at our next meeting.
Kudos to Sauk Trail Rose Society for hosting the upcoming Fall District Rose Show in September. Taking on this responsibility is praiseworthy, considering the short, short window.
See you at the next meeting!
by Karl Bapst
We finally had a nice day to prune at Taltree. Adolph, Maria, Dale, Doris, Patty, Sue, a Taltree volunteer, and I showed up at 4:00 on the 15th. It was a sunny day and the temps were comfortable. Everybody chipped in and we were done by 5:30. Last year, the roses were just lightly pruned and Patty did not get the look she wanted. The Taltree rose garden is supposed to be a formal rose garden which means the bushes need to be hard pruned to control their height and overall size. They then need to be kept tidy throughout the season to maintain that formal look.
A cursory inspection of the bushes showed many were not planted properly. Some are too close together and not planted deep enough. These were pointed out to Patty and helpful tips were given so the roses will have the look they want.
Someone donated 20 hybrid teas. Right now they are potted and growing in a hoop house. They would like to get them planted sometime in mid- May after the danger of frost is past. I’ve told them I’d be available to help, when they pick a day, to make sure the roses are planted properly.
Remember, we pay nothing for our meeting room and as a bonus they have coffee ready for us which is another savings, so we should help with the rose garden when we can. Most often that help will be in the form of consultation and advice but they don’t care if we want to get our hands dirty. When they plant I think they’ll have volunteers on hand to do the grunt work.
Hey, did any of you feel the earthquake Friday morning at
4:30? It woke me up. My bed was rocking a little and the glassware on my book
shelves was rattling. I listened to make sure it wasn’t a heavy truck on the
nearby county road but all was quiet.
When I got up I asked
I know many of you are sick of the cool weather we’ve had this spring. We’re finally getting some temperatures that are closer to the seasonal averages. This is the latest I’ve pruned in many years. Most of my roses just were not ready to be pruned. The cool temperatures kept them dormant and even now I have trouble finding a swollen bud on many bushes. These warm days plus the rain we’ve had will bring out the leaves in a hurry.
I’m about 75% done pruning. Everything looks like it’s survived although I’ve had to do some severe pruning on a few bushes. With all my hardy shrubs, I’m not cutting back as far as I have in the past. The hybrid rugosas and Canadian roses are mostly green so I’m only pruning dead tips and damaged, dead, and crossing canes. I want to see if I can get some size to these roses.
Frankly, I like a spring when the plants are in no hurry to grow. My forsythia is just now blooming. Last year it was bloomed out by the end of March.
My grass was brown until April 5th. It seemed to green up overnight. I had to cut it this week to even it out.
Two years ago I planted a few “hardy” climbers from Great
Lakes Roses. Last year the late freeze caused a lot of die back but this year
many are looking good. Perhaps I’ve found a few that will end up actually being
climbers and not just tall hybrid teas. Those with lots of surviving cane are
Other hardy roses to consider, and although they are not classified as climbers they act like they one, are John Davis, Gen Jacqueminot, and Lousie Odier. Autumn Sunset and Fourth of July experience some dieback but don’t start the season from ground level. My four have four feet long green canes. None of the above had any winter protection except the leaves that blew onto the base.
I’m really happy with the hybrid rugosas. They all looked like dead sticks, then began to show tiny green buds. Mine range from 3 to 5 feet tall which is their mature size. If you want a hardy tree rose, Polar Joy from Bailey’s is the one. Mine is planted in a large tree pot and is green to the tips. It’s advertised to be hardy to minus 30 and some cold climate growers are reporting that it’s true.
Ever the optimist, I’ve not completely given up on hybrid teas. I have six hybrid teas that I’m planting this year plus a few floribundas. Of the 38 varieties of hardy shrubs I picked up, 20 are not in my garden. So, naturally I have to set aside one of each for myself. I’ll be scoping out the roses at the various nurseries, Lowes, Home Depot, and garden centers as the days pass and possibly pick up a few more.
Unlike the old days, I’ve become very selective. It’s easier to walk past roses that I’d otherwise put in the shopping cart. I prefer growing potted roses but will pick up a boxed rose if it’s one I want.
When you take inventory of all the work you have in your garden, don’t get worn out by the list. Take one chore at a time and finish it. You’ll be surprised how soon that list gets done. Just stick to it and one day you’ll find yourself sitting on your porch admiring your roses with nothing to do.
Take advantage of these pleasant spring days to prune and clean the winter mess from the beds. If you choose to spray a fungicide to prevent black spot, start spraying as soon as leaves appear. Get in a habit and spray regularly for the best results. May the year bring rain when needed and only at night so our days aren’t messed up.
And don’t sweat the small stuff.
Real Men Grow Roses
Refreshments – 2008