PLANNING YOUR ROSE GARDEN


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Take time and smell the rosesRoses have been around for millions of years which just prove that roses are not difficult to grow. The Rose is also our National Floral Emblem and the state flower of several states.

Winter has finally arrived where I am.  The last two days were very cold with temperature below the freezing point in early morning going up to mid 40s around noon.  Yesterday my geraniums and other plants including roses finally succumbed to winter freeze.  However, Dick Clark is still sporting 12 blooms and Cramoisi Superieur has a lonely bloom.

From where my desk is located looking out the window to the garden, all I could think of is what can I do to improve the garden next spring.  It is too cold to work outside so what is there to do inside.  I can do some planning work inside.  I can pull out my gardening books especially those that deal with garden design.  I have four books that always come up this time of the year.  The “Garden Border Book” by Mary Keen is great for planning a perennial bed.  The “Garden Planning Kit” by Derek Fell with Sarah Wood is another excellent one on the subject.  There are more than 200 stickers in this book which you can use and reuse like doing arts and crafts when you were in elementary school.  Penelope Hobhouse’s “Garden Designs” always come to mind if one wants to get an idea on how to do an English border.  “Color Echoes” by Pamela J. Harper is a treatise on how to harmonize color in the garden.  Armed with these four books and the garden catalogs that are coming in non-stop, I have plenty of ideas to work on.  I love doing this in the middle of winter.  With a stack of blank paper, scotch tape to attach them together, a box of crayola crayons, a pair of scissors and all the catalogs I can gather, I start studying the catalogs to see what I really want in the garden.  I cut the pictures of the plants, place them next to a complimentary color, check the blooming time and the condition where they want to live and bingo. I have my design.   If I don’t have the picture of the plant I want, I use my crayons.  Then I start ordering my plants.  I do this every year.  It’s like a rite of passage for me. 

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