Monday, February 20, 2012

Still time for roses!

As I've mentioned, we moved from southern Wisconsin to central Minnesota last spring, and my stubborn self brought about half my garden with me. Literally. I loaded up an entire u-haul with my houseplants, roses, perennials, clematis, and even a few shrubs, and a two tiny trees. No joke. I proudly claim to a be a pretty good rose gardener, so my roses were top priority in the move. I worried about them like mad until I had them firmly planted, bud union 3-4 inches below the cold zone 4 surface.

I was lucky enough to have the perfectly timed move. I was able to dig up the roses I was bringing with me just as they broke dormancy. I planted them in compost and potting soil, and waited until a month later when they were loaded into the truck. I unloaded them the next morning, and spent a week digging holes and planting them with bone meal, manure (yum) and fertlizer.

When they began blooming, I felt a pride like none other. Hard work is so worth it. Not a stellar year, but I only lost one rose in the transition... and I won't know for sure until spring, that one may not be a goner... you just never know.

Nonetheless, here are a few shots of the roses from last season.
Carefree Wonder

Sexy Rexy


The aphids came with us, too... lol. Heirloom

I was lucky enough to inherit an rose garden, too!
Don't know the name of this beauty, but it is tall, a repeat bloomer, and very cane hardy in zone 4. looks like bayse's blueberry?

Can't wait for spring!


Chelsea said...

Love your rose pics! My husband and I bought a house last summer so this is my first year of being able to go garden crazy. I bought two rosebushes and just planted them today. I'm super anxious that I'll somehow screw them up, but I'm hoping for the best. Any tips for a complete beginner? Wish me luck!

Jamie said...

Most important thing for roses is to pay attention. If anything looks off, go to the web and figure out what to do. I am always here for specific questions, too. I wish you lots of luck and blooms!