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New Roses

May 30th, 2018

My poor ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ Rose doesn’t look very good coming out of winter. I’m not sure why, she’s come through with flying colors for the past 5 years. This spring, I did order two new roses from Annie’s Annuals, both own root roses that are typically a bit hardier than grafted roses.

One was ‘Golden Celebration’ the other ‘Joasine Hanet’. Both are shrub roses with beautifully full flowers. The pink the one is much smaller than than the yellow one, both are stunning. Both were small shrubs, but I actually prefer than as they’re easier to plant, are much cheaper, and often catch up to larger plants in a year or two.

Another beautiful thing about own root roses is that you can propagate them yourself. Since I’ve been wanting to try my hand at propagating roses, I now have a few varieties to use. If I’m successful, I’ll be able to have more of these in my garden and give them to friends.

If you live in a cold climate and have trouble growing and keeping roses, check out ‘Growing Roses in Cold Climates’ it’s a fantastic resource for those of us in colder areas. They give recommendations for varieties and ways to help them overwinter much better. I’ll be using one of their recommended methods to help Gertrude out this coming winter.

Do you grow roses in your garden? Which is your favorite?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.