Alas, the time has come to close out the 2010 roses growing season in my garden. A cold front seems to have stalled over my house. Temperatures are dipping tonight to 19 degrees, this extreme cold and frost has rendered my beautiful roses dormant for another season.
Now that the roses have reached a dormant state, I have one final rose chore before the swirling eddy of holiday festivities begins to dominate our lives until the New Year.
Our “Veteran’s Honor”, “Tropicana” & “Mr. Lincoln” have grown well over 6 ft tall and need to be cut back to about waist height. All three of these are grafted Hybrid Teas and could easily be damaged by the winter winds. I neglected this chore last year, and lost several good canes on the “Mr. Lincoln”. I try not to repeat past mistakes….
This year has been fun and challenging in the garden and in my life. I have learned much, thanks to my wonderful blogging friends. You all continue to inspire and delight this transplanted redneck from Tennessee.
Some things I learned this year about myself and my roses:
- Roses really do need about 1 inch of water per week to thrive
- Daily Garden Walks Are Good For The Soul
- The right soil mixture makes all the difference
- I have more of a competitive streak than I ever imagined
- It’s ok to grow floribundas!
- My wife loves roses about as much as I do
- Raised beds are easy to construct
- Organic fertilizers work best
- Be proactive with your spray program for diseases
- Rose societies require two basic elements: People & Roses
- Keep the main thing, the main thing in life and in roses
- Listen to the advice of learned people
- Never give up on yourself, your family, your friends or your garden
- Time is fleeting, never miss an opportunity to enjoy your garden!