The deer come every other month or so and eat the roses - all except for the one white rose which has some white sage planted in front of it - they don't eat that one and so the sage is doing its job, they really hate it- must get more sage for the other poor babies who get chewed down to their thorns. Soon when the winter rains come the deer go away and leave the roses alone until spring - this year I really will put in more sage.
Did you know that most types of roses are edible, assuming they are grown in 'organic' type settings (so no pesticides and such that could harm us). I have eaten roses with a very spicy taste. It seems that taste comes down to the colour more then anything.
Funny thing is today we look at flowers as being pretty but otherwise somewhat useless. There was a time when your garden was your pharmacy, the things you grew were usually edible and or medicinal. So much knowledge has been lost (or at least forgotten, lost to the masses really)
@Kirsten In India there is a special variety of Rose called an Edward rose, a pale pink one , with such a heady fragrance, used as in Ayurvedic medicine. The petals are dried in the shade mixed with honey and kept in jars all year long.. this is given to children and women who are anemic. They extract an essence from water in which the petals are left and vaporized, this vapor is collected as rose water and is used in cooking especially the Indian delicacy called Rosagullas!! a fine milk sweet floating in a thin syrup of sugar and a liberal dash of Rose water! The are not just pretty things, you are right!
In England we once had a war of the roses. It was not two opposite sides throwing roses at each other or even about roses.
It was simply that the two sides that the two sides that did battle: the supporters of Lancaster and York had red and white roses as symbols. It was called The War of the Roses and took place in the 1400's.
It is known as rose sickness and it is thought that it is a result of a fungi that lives in the soil. The old rose is unaffected but the new one does not thrive. A way around this is to remove 2' of soil around the area and put new soil in where you wish to plant the new rose.
However some people say this 'disease' does not exist and I have never tested this myself.
thinking about it, maybe it is something we only have a problem with in the UK, if it is caused by a fungi it might like our weather conditions here.
I suppose it comes from the fact that spores that create 'black spot' on the rosebush leaves, live in the soil at the base of the plant. If you don't remove all the black spotted leaves (especially fallen ones) before the rose bush goes dormant (or before spring), the spores will over-winter in the soil, and re-emerge when summer rain splashes them back up onto the leaves. This kills the leaves, and without enough leaves..no photosynthesis, and the plant dies.
A nice, deep mulch will keep the fungus from getting splashed back up on the leaves, or you can spray the leaves every 2 weeks in the summer with a fungicide.
I would think a good fungicide will kill enough spores, that planting a new plant in it's place, along with plenty of new soil should work fine. You need to inspect the roots of the dead rosebush for signs of mold (a white powder) when you dig it up. If that's the case, you may need to remove more soil, and dispose of it.
Why yes my dear..whenever I can. You saw my Beautiful Garden hub didn't you? I figure I at least had a hand in helping the flowers be the best they can. However nature repays the favour many times over.
Tim, you sure sound like one passionate gardener.. I thought that your beautiful garden had more of you parents effort...looks like I was wrong,... to quote Keats a thing of beauty is a joy forever!! and well maintained gardens truly are..
Hey we call them Table roses out here, we grow them in small pots on window sills.. actually in a wide variety of colors and they are so easy to grow.. and make beautiful center pieces on the table if grown in small ornamental pots.
It's actually really simple now that HubPages has installed a picture posting link on the forum threads. You no longer require to learn the "Command" needed to do it.
Check out, after you hit reply(post reply) and look for the "Camera" icon next to the bottom right of the white box to type into.
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I got pretty upset in another forum post about MFA junk.It costs all of us honest folk money and time. We hate it, Google hates it, but it goes on.It goes on right here. A little HubHopping will turn up...