A Rose For Your Balcony @ The Beach

downloadAfter relocating to Myrtle Beach from Pennsylvania in recent weeks, today I was finally afforded the opportunity to choose a rose for my new balcony. ¬†It certainly was difficult surrendering my gorgeous rose garden in Pennsylvania, but I suppose a balcony at the beach will make up for such a loss! ūüėČ Because my balcony faces North and only gets direct morning sunlight verses seemingly endless hours of afternoon and evening sun, I needed to research roses that can handle some shade in addition to a very hot and humid climate. As if that wasn’t difficult enough, I needed a disease-resistant rose since I am figuring roses in a humid climate will be prone to black spot among other diseases. And, just for kicks and giggles, it would be a big bonus if it were fragrant too. ¬†After some perusing through print and online catalogs, I finally decided to order¬†a David Austin English rose known as ‘The Alnwick Rose’. This pink beauty has 120 petals and met all my requirements! I am hopeful it will perform well and thrive in my new ¬†container garden on a balcony at the beach!

Here are more pictures of The Alnwick Rose:

Receiving Full Sun

Previously, I discussed the importance of roses receiving at least 6 hours of direct sunlight
also known as being in Full Sun in order to maximize their bloom potential and to help fight off disease.

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“Oregold” is planted in Full Sun.

We know that some roses can get by when planted in areas that will receive somewhere between just 3-6 hours of direct sunlight known as partial shade, but their growth tends to be limited, the blooms are smaller, and the foliage more apt for fungi to cling to.

Similarly, when Christians receive several hours a day of Jesus Christ’s direct SONlight through prayer, reading His Word, listening to Christian radio, worship, or attending a Bible study for example, they are positioned to reach their maximum potential. Unlike those who rarely receive God’s Light, their decision to remain in the partial shade will limit their growth and their blooms will be smaller while being more likely to fall prey to sin and disease. Today, ask yourself, am I firmly planted in a position to receive Full Sun or am I limiting myself to Partial Shade?

¬†“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.’ “¬†John 8:12

Blackspot or Downy Mildew?

Do you know the difference between black spot and downy mildew? I am just now realizing I’ve been battling downy mildew. So not cool!

Rose Growing Tips

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I get emails from many rose growers in spring and fall who think they have blackspot.   Many of them have been treating for this disease and don’t understand why the fungicides they are using are not working.    In most cases I find they have misdiagnosed their problem and what they actually have is downy mildew.

I will talk about how to control both diseases in future blogs, but for today let’s focus on what they look like.

blackspot1 Advanced stages of blackspot

Blackspot (Diplocarpon rosae) starts as a small black spot/spots on otherwise green healthy leaves.   As the disease progresses, the leaves get more spots and the green tissue begins to be replaced with yellow.  Usually within two weeks of infection the leaves will begin to fall and the entire plant may be defoliated.  Left untreated the plant will try to put forth new…

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