Hands down this has been one of the most spectacular spring
rose blooms in history.
Santa Cruz rosarian Joe Ghio says it’s the best year of his entire 70-plus
years of growing roses.
Along California's Central Coast, we had a chilly, dry February which came, of course, right
on the heels of our pruning regime. This truly put the roses to rest. March
brought us rain right when the roses started growing. Additions of alfalfa
pellets and Epsom salt super kick-started the growth in my garden. I hadn’t
done the Epsom salt cure in years.
A month later, my application of a good rose
fertilizer and some watering pushed the blossoms up and out. The sunny but cool
days of April allowed the buds to develop and bloom gloriously.
The recent hot and sunny days hurried up the bloom
cycle and now we all ended up with lots of home dead heading to do.
But before this spring is in the distant past, here are some photos of my best roses.
|The Black Prince, hybrid perpetual|
|Blue Girl, hybrid tea|
|Gloire des Rosomanes, (Ragged Robin), hybrid china|
|Secret, hybrid tea|
|China Doll, polyantha|
|Margaret Merril, floribunda|
|Rosa woodsii fendleri, species|
|Tahitian Sunset, hybrid tea|
|Charles de Mills, gallica|
|Nur Mahal, hybrid musk|
|Sally Holmes, hybrid musk|| || || || || || || || || || ||End|
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