Welcome to Spring!



‘Florentina’ Transplant Update

Since relocating my climbing Kordes rose, known as ‘Florentina’, last fall, she is showing positive signs of healthy growth this March. In a previous post, I noted that Florentina was failing to thrive on my beach balcony, but after permission from the HOA, I was able to transplant her into a sunny garden bed here in my condominium community.

Thus far, the foliage looks healthy and she certainly is growing sprawling canes. I hope to see her produce luscious blooms of brilliant red in the near future!


Roses Showing Signs of Illness

Rose_Fig04While I’m still recovering from the flu, which now has turned into bronchitis, I reflect on how our beloved roses sometimes show signs of illness as well. With spring just around the corner, perhaps these resourceful links can help you diagnose signs of sickness in your roses early on. My original book, Ever-Blooming: Despite Life’s Prickles provides tips to combat diseases like powdery mildew, black spot, and more. Also, if your roses suffer from pest issues this gardening season, be sure to get a copy of my second book, Ever-Blooming Roses: During the Good, the Bad, and the Bugly.

In the meantime, here are a few articles written by other sources to help solve some diseased rose riddles.

Rose Health Problems

Organic Treatment For Sick Roses

May we experience a bountiful and beautiful ever-blooming gardening season!



Tips on Buying Roses

Tips for buying roses… Thanks for the helpful article Rosalinda!

Rose Gardening World



Lowwes Roses 

On a recent visit to Lowe’s, I encountered a whole shelf of bagged roses. Then the following week, a whole shipment of container roses appeared on the display areas. If you are a novice rose gardeners, you’ll wonder which roses to buy.

Buying roses should not be a great challenge. You can purchase roses through the mail-order companies or buy at your local nursery stores or even discount stores and groceries. However, not all roses have the same quality. Your best option is to buy from reliable sources which can guarantee their quality.

Roses are graded according to a uniform standard. Some plants will be better than others due to variances with rootstocks and bud eyes and placement in growing fields. Number 1’s grade is the best and obviously cost more. Some nurseries will order a mix of 1’s, 1 ½’s and some will even order 2’s…

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