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Epsom Salt and Its Role in the Rose Garden

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Epsom Salt or Magnesium Sulfate is a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. It gets its name from the town of Epsom in Surrey, England, where it was originally discovered.

Epsom salt is a popular remedy for many ailments. People use it to ease health problems, such as muscle soreness and stress. It has many health benefits but I’m not going to talk about its health benefits here but its role in the garden.

I remember the first time I bought 5 boxes of the quart size of Epsom Salt at the drug store. People looked at me with that questioning look - “What is wrong with you?”. I had to tell them that I used them to fertilize my roses. “Really?” I had to show them the label where it said good for plant growth.

Epsom Salt is an important part of the rose diet. It is an essential element for plant growth and since its availability is limited in our soils, we have to supplement it. Without magnesium in the soil, the plant roots can’t take up available calcium and potassium. …

SUMMER ROSE CARE IN THE LOWCOUNTRY

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Soroptimist International – Mini, Pink Blend


Summertime gardening in the Lowcountry is not easy. We have to ease ourselves and our roses through the heat and humidity while we prepare for the glorious fall season just ahead.


Your roses will continue to bloom happily in the garden, even though their flowers are smaller and less full than in cool weather.


Frequent watering during hot, dry weather is essential for healthy roses. Roses need to be watered daily when temperatures are in the 90s. Roses grown in pots may need more frequent watering. Spraying on a routine basis is essential for preventing blackspot and fungus diseases. Fertilize with light, but frequent feedings. Apply organics for the final time in August at the rate of 2-3 cups per bush.


Deadhead your roses to keep them blooming. Keep an eye out for spider mites. They thrive in hot weather and will quickly defoliate rose bushes unless you take immediate corrective actions. Cut your roses back in late August - early September to …

Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society May Meeting

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Due to scheduling conflicts The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society meeting has been postponed to
Date: Monday May 27th,
Where: James Island Town Hall,  1122 Dills Bluff Rd. 
Social Time: 6:30 pm 
Meeting: 7:00 pm
Program: Polyantha Rosses by Jan Hillis


Polyanthas and floribundas are the workhorses of the rose garden. Of all the different kinds of roses , Polyanthas and floribundas are the most prolific bloomers, plus they’re useful in the landscape, in perennial borders, and in large group or mass plantings.

Submitted by: Kathy Woolsey President, CLRS

Food for Thought About Rose Shows

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I have been growing roses since 1971 and have been a member of the American Rose Society way before they moved their headquarters to Shreveport. Over the years of my growing roses and joining the local society, I pride myself of having planted the most beautiful flower in the world. I have been a member of the ARS long before I joined my local society. Only at the behest of a friend of mine who told me I can exhibit my roses did I join a local society and the rest is history. I cut my first bloom and won the novice class and I was hooked.


From then on, I exhibited my roses every year but I never made the Queen of Show. I won blues and silver trophies in other classes. There was one person in our society who always won the top three awards all the time. That discouraged me in showing my roses in the One Bloom Hybrid Tea class. This exhibitor grew 1,100 roses, he told me. Nobody could compete with him for a long time until one member gave him a run for his money. Since I knew I would nev…

Gardening Hazard - Tetanus

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It is a good idea to have a tetanus shot at least every ten years, although for those of us who are always working in the soil, five years is probably preferable. We all work in the garden and sometimes get stuck with thorns. A small cut or scrape is enough to admit tetanus bacteria.
Tetanus bacteria live in the soil and compost. It can have some rather unpleasant symptoms and cause very serious problems and nobody needs those which make having tetanus shots very important.
According to webmd.com, you should suspect tetanus if a cut or wound is followed by one or more of these symptoms:
·Stiffness of the neck, jaw, and other muscles, often accompanied by a grotesque, grinning expression
·Difficulty swallowing
·Irritability
·Uncontrollable spasms of the jaw, called lockjaw, and neck muscles
·Painful, involuntary contraction of other muscles.
Since there is not a lot going on in the garden now, please call your doctor and make your appointment.
Until next time. Stop and smell the roses.
Rosalinda…

Suggested Winter Readings

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Next to rose gardening, my favorite hobby is reading. I can’t get enough books to read although we have already so many books in our home library. Winter is the best time to indulge myself. Here are some books which you might find helpful in the coming season.
Taylor’s Guides – Roses Completely Revised and Updated by Nancy J. Ondra. Everything you need to know can be found in this guide. There are almost 400 photographs of roses with description as regards to their growth habit, winter hardiness and fragrance.
Landscape with Roses by Jeff Cox This is an excellent idea book on new ways of using roses in your landscape; in the mixed border, walkways, arbors, containers, even clambering up a tree and adorning architectural structures. There are over 300 full color photographs and about 100 black and white photos.
Beautiful Roses by Marie-Helene Loaec Writer and journalist Alphonse Karr (1808-1890) said “A rose without perfume is only half a rose.” This book is about fragrant roses. If you are …

"Stop and Smell the Roses" available on pre-order at Amazon Kindle

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Feeling stressed out lately? You’re not alone.
In a world buzzing with frenetic activities, we find ourselves as busy as ever. No wonder we are all stressed out. It is time to change our bad habits. Most of our health problems are due to our unhealthy lifestyle. Studies show that stressful living causes health problems. Find out how we can improve our well-being by following simple tips for stress-free living.
Inspire yourself into a healthy lifestyle!
Do you know that roses have curative powers? In the olden days, roses were used to make all sorts of medicinal potions to cure maladies and drive away bad spirits. A bouquet of roses uplifts the spirits any day of the year. Even a single rose in a room will liven it up on dreary days. When we are in distress, a rose will cheer us up.
“Stop and Smell the Roses”, my newest book, includes some of the roses I grow in my garden. Read about those beautiful roses in full color if you can’t go to a rose garden. The book is chock-full of motivationa…