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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…

HISTORY OF THE ROSE PARADE

By Rosalinda Morgan

The annual Rose Parade and Rose Bowl football game is an all-American tradition on New Year’s Day.Long before the radio was invented much less the TV in 1890, members of the Pasadena’s Valley Hunt Club wanted to celebrate the mild winter weather in California where roses were still in bloom in January.They were eager to tell the world about their paradise.They were from the East and Midwest who moved to California and discovered the nice mild winter weather in Pasadena.Dr. Charles Frederick Holder declared at a club meeting that “In New York, people are buried in snow.Here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear.Let’s hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise.”
The first floral festival on New Year’s Day was attended by more than 2000 people and was patterned after the Battle of the Flowers held in Nice, France.The festival included a modest procession of flower-covered carriages with afternoon games of foot races, tug-of-war contests, b…

ROSE DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

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“To remember, lest we forget.”
Today, Sept. 11, let us remember the fallen and celebrate life, liberty and freedom through roses.




Firefighter, a beautiful dark red hybrid tea hybridized by Orard in 1999, is the first of the eleven roses to be named for the Remember Me Rose Gardens to honor the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 while trying to save lives in the World Trade Center.Firefighter also honors those men and women who risk their lives daily to protect ours. Firefighter is a tall hybrid tea about 5-6 ft tall with a perfect flower form, about 4-6 inches and disease resistant.Petal count is about 40-45 and has a very strong fragrance.Firefighter won the City of Portland Gold Medal Award for 2007.

To honor and pay tribute to all the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Sue Casey of Portland, Oregon formed an organization called Remember Me Rose Gardens to create three rose gardens on or near the sites of the terrorist attacks in New Yor…

ECO-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVES TO ROSE CARE

As I talk to more people about growing roses, I was amazed at most of the answers I got, “Roses are hard to grow. You have to spray constantly.” Spraying scares some people. With all the talk on sustainability, this is one thing that we as members of a rose society should pay attention to. Most people just want to grow roses without spraying those chemicals and that is the main reason “Knock Out” roses are so popular. We have to educate them that there are alternative to spraying and there are other easy roses besides Knock Out roses.

I know big exhibitors have to keep their roses in perfect condition and the only way is to keep on their spray program. I admire them for taking on that task but a majority of gardeners do not want to do that. When we talk to novices and start spouting about all those toxic chemicals, they will surely find the nearest exit to get out of where you are. It’s not a good way to introduce new members to grow roses. We have to find an alternative way to entic…

MAY IS ROSE MONTH IN THE LOWCOUNTRY

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Roses, Roses, Roses Everywhere!
Roses are at their peak bloom in May in the Lowcountry and the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society is celebrating May as their Rose Month. In the South and on the West Coast, the Rose reigns supreme in the garden in May, but from Mid-Atlantic regions and all the way up to Maine, it is in June.
The Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society will have a display of roses and rose items for the whole month of May at two libraries, one on either side of Charleston across the two rivers, one at Mt. Pleasant Public Library and another one at Johns Island Public Library. We have our monthly meeting on May 4 at Berkeley Electric Coop Office, 3351 Maybank Highway, Johns Island at 3 PM with a program on how to exhibit your roses. Everyone is welcome to attend and the admission is free. Our Annual Rose Show is on May 10 at Citadel Mall and open to the public. Everyone can enter their roses to exhibit and the show is free. We will have an educational table there…