Monday, January 05, 2009

Tips on Growing Beautiful Roses #1

Please forgive me for not having been a very good blogger lately, the holiday season has really been a holiday for me, lol. We've been away for Christmas, and more holiday will be coming soon this month and next; so I'll have to say I won't be back in full throttle until February.Now in the mean time, I'll start my "Tips on Growing Beautiful Roses", which I'm sure I've kept you in suspense for long enough. Again, please forgive me for this.Getting your roses Tip #1 Do not buy your roses from a Supermarket, in fact don't buy any plants from a supermarket. Plants suffer double the stress when they have been in the air-conditioned environment of a supermarket and then transplanted into the ground when we take them home. I never buy any rose bushes, bareroot nor any plants from a Supermarket even if they look very nice and tempting.Tip #2 Try and buy roses from a rose specialist nursery in your area. I find the varieties of roses I get from the rose specialist nursery in my area much more suitable for our climate zone, they usually breed the tried and true ones which they know will do well in this area. If you don't have a rose specialist nursery in your area, try and ask at a plant nursery and do your research on what roses would be better for your area, some roses are definitely more resistant to diseases and are tougher and will do better in certain regions.Tip #3 Find out what rootstock of the roses suits your area Even roses within Australia have different rootstocks. They vary from state to state because of the climatic and soil differences. Many people mail-order from Victoria or New South Wales will find some of their roses not doing so well after a while here. The rootstock that suits Western Australia is called Fortuniana. I'm not sure what it's like in the States, but I think it doesn't hurt to do some research so you don't just look at the beautiful blooms in the catalogues and want to order them all. David Austin roses generally do very well in Australia, the David Austin roses I've got in my garden have been grafted onto the Fortuniana rootstocks here by the rose specialist nursery and they are simply superb. Please don't fret if you've already got your roses in and you find out they are of a foreign rootstock, if they are doing well, please don't dig them out. It's simply a guide for when you go and get your new roses.

41 comments:

Tracy said...

Roses are my favorite flower and yours are magnificent! Thanks for sharing your tips and photos. :)

texasdaisey said...

I just love roses. Your pictures are gorgeous. I have always wanted to visit Australia & your pictures just lure me all the more. Your house is so beautiful also, looks like the kind of place a person could sip on a cool drink & read a book or paint the beautiful scenes around you.
Debbie

Pink Slippers said...

I have A LOT of roses...like 50 in my garden. I buy them from a speciality nursery. But they only sell Jackson & Perkins. I'm not sure about the rootstock--??? I live in a foggy coastal area in California and get lots of rust and mildew on them. I just had to peel off lots of leaves and prune so the new growth does not catch it. I use to have a black thumb but now it glows with green but, I am still a beginner who loves to learn.

Carolyn said...

Love your roses-the photos are beautiful.
Carolyn

debi @ life in my studio said...

OMGosh! Do your gardens actually look like that...right now, in January? We have nothing but snow here. I love your roses, they are SO beautiful!!!
Debi

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Rosy,
You have the most beautiful roses I've ever seen. They are simply luscious! Thank you so much for your tips and photos. It's always a treat to visit your blog.

Blessings,
Sandi

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

I also enjoy roses, you just can't get enough. Thanks for all the tips. I myself try to get the hardy ones without to much fuss.. Roses are so BEAUTIFUL!

Kathy said...

Your roses are just gorgeous! I appreciate your tips as I never have the kind of wonderful success you obviously do with roses. All of your pictures are wonderful!
Kathy

. said...

No doubt you know about roses, yours are magnificent.

Alfazema

Bobbie Lynn said...

Great tips, thanks!

cottage remnant said...

Beautiful, Beautiful, everything is beautiful....
How blessed you are :0)

Blessings,
Cynthia♥

Lady-in-the-Making said...

Roses are my favorite flower but rather difficult to grow in hot SW Florida!

Thank you for your blog. It's lovely.

ivoryspring said...

Lovely pictures, Rosy, as always! I definitely learned my lesson on buying roses! ;)

Have a great holiday - I am so envious that your holiday is so "extended"! ;)

HUGS!

Linda said...

Thank you for the great advise.
Cheers Linda

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Your roses are just gorgeous!
Thank you for the tips.
My New Dawn rose did well this past year, but the Joseph's Coat died out and now I have just the rose it was grafted on to. But its pretty too. :)

Kimberly

Wanda said...

What beautiful roses, it makes me want to get out and work in my yard. But alas it is wnter here and to wet to work the soil yet.
thanks for the growing tips, all very valid even for here in the P.N.W.

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Rosy! As usual everything is coming up roses! I love your posts and blog! Sending you New Year Wishing for another beautiful year in your home & garden!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Belinda said...

You have the most lovely roses I have EVER seen! Wow...like a rosy wonderland! You can bet I will be printing out these tips. :-) I have just discovered your beautiful blog, and plan on reading your archived posts as well, so I can see all of the roses I've been missing.

CIELO said...

How gorgeous your roses look, they're doing awesome... I can hardly wait to see my garden alive with color again; I look out my window every day seeking for the slightest change, the faintest sign of spring... ;) In the mean time, I can come here and smile.... thanks for sharing your lovely Paradise with winter birds like me...

Have a lovely evening

cielo

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I mentioned your beautiful blog on my blog today so you may be getting some new visitors!

Your photos are breathtaking!

Secondhandrose said...

I really enjoyed your pictures as I am knee deep in snow. I enjoyed your blog. Come for a visit.
karen

Kathy2eggs said...

Love your fabulous roses...your house is also quite chic....I especially love your dishes...
I will eagerly await your rose tips as I dearly want a rose garden.

Virginia said...

Thanks for sharing your tips and photos, they are beautiful!!!!!!!!!

Blessings
Virginia :)

Jessica said...

I am enjoying all your beautiful roses! Your house is lovely, too. :-)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What beautiful roses you have..and wonderful advise. Mine seem to suffer..my girlfriend says it's the walnut tree that lives close by..I'm wondering do you know if that could be the culprit? I'm so glad I discovered your beautiful blog.. I'm trying to hit the follow this blog button and it hasn't gone through.. I'll definetly keep trying if that's alright. hugs ~lynne~

The Rose Room said...

Thanks for the great tips. Your roses are absolutely gorgeous and your blog is so pretty and interesting. Rachaelxo

Becky said...

Your roses are so beautiful. What is the name of the roses you have shown?
Thank you for your tips. I am looking forward to reading more from your blog. It is just wonderful!
Becky

Dresden Plate said...

What a lovely post, and so instructional too. I so agree not to buy plants at supermarkets. So many times I've seen them nearly dead, then they are watered again, and the stress they suffer is immense.
I'm so looking forward to my roses again. My Zephirine was till flowering just before Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Found your blog through Romantic Home. Your roses are gorgeous and your tips are great. Thank you! Cheryl in California

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

Your roses are beautiful! They are my favorite but I don't have many in my garden never seem to grow very well for me. Thanks for sharing...Esther

Lady Katherine said...

I have to admit, I do want a beautiful rose garden. Yours is so lovely! I just want a fourth of your rose garden. I am trying very hard to add roses around my fence. I am also trying to root, so old time roses. Thanks for the wonderful tips.

Stink Bone Jones said...

Your roses are to die for! My goodness are they gorgeous and thanks for all of the tips. I learned new things.

Would you happen to have any suggestions for a rose you might know that would do well in Florida's climate, hot and very humid? I seem to only have success with knockout but would like to venture out to something new.

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Miss Jean said...

Thank you so much for doing this. It will be valuable information. Now if I can just figure out how to get rid of the gophers. They have killed so many of my roses that I am now growing them in pots.

Pink Slippers said...

I just think your blog is so beautiful. I have an award over on my blog for you. I really love reading and looking at your blog.
Wendy

texasdaisey said...

I have an award for you at my blog. Thank you so very much for your beautiful blog. It is definitely a bright spot for me to visit.
Debbie

Anonymous said...

I've done the research. But there's only one nursery in Western Australia that sells roses with Fortuniana rootstock. I've looked through their catalogue but it seems they only have the old variety of Austins not the new varities like Jude the Obscure etc.

Laura said...

*GASP* I just came upon your blog and it's WONDERFUL!! I absolutely love it and I will be back often to peer at your beautiful roses and see what you have posted. Thank you!!

A Stitch In Thyme said...

Beautiful Breathtaking Blog!!! Gorgeous roses make me yearn for Spring to come NOW. Thank you for having me.

Rosy said...

To Anonymous:

I know with these nurseries, they do graft different varieties of Austins each year. I remember when I was getting my DA roses, I saw something I really wanted and if I didn't get it, the next time I went in they would have something else. My guess is they do the ones which are more in demand and leave out the ones they think don't sell so well. The trick maybe to keep checking and asking them, then they might do them.

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
your blog is awe inspiring and your roses are totally gooooorrgeous!!
please keep blogging and showing us your beautiful flowers
I havnt yet read all your blog as I only found it today, do you have any advice for black spot? I've just moved into 'rose cottage' and all the roses are covered in it!! do you have any success with treating it and if so , what is your advice please?

Rosy said...

To Anonymous:

I usually use Triforine for black spot, but to prevent them, water the roses only in the morning, don't spray on foliage but on ground only. Another thing I found useful is spray lime sulphur in winter when branches are bare, this will save you from myriads of other sprays later.