>I am beginning to see tiny buds emerging on many of the roses! The new floribunda’s planted in the raised bed are coming along very well.
I did see some blackspot and aphids during my morning garden walks. I removed all damaged leaves and sprayed mancozeb for the blackspot, then sprayed insecticide on the bushes where I saw the aphids. I do not like to spray insecticide unless I actually see a pest…..
Following my loosely held fertilization schedule, I added a handful or two of epsom salts to each bush and watered in. Many rose growers say this will stimulate production of new basal breaks (shoots or canes) from the base of the plant and makes for a more lush plant.
I sowed Hollyhock and zinnia in our large black kettle and made plans for annuals to be purchased and put out by next weekend. It seems that the growing season is upon us!!!!!