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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 …