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Protecting Your Rose Bushes

February 11, 2013 5:16 pm
posted by Martin Boyle

William asks…

Choosing and Protecting Your Rose Bushes

When planting roses do you go with what you love, or what coordinates?

Here is the thing. I love roses. At my former house I had some gorgeous roses. At this current house I have tried planting roses, but my Dogs keep eating them. I am now going to rip out 3 large bushes in the flower bed by the house to plant the roses there. (I have a gorgeous flower bed, but there are no roses in it. I know they hired someone to design that flower bed, but for me it isn’t complete without roses).
Now my favorite rose is the first prize rose. It isn’t the most fragrant, but for me those large pink flowers cannot be touched. Now that is funny, because pink is not my favorite color, but I just love that rose. I also am partial to the Chicago peace. What would you put? I have room for 4-5 rose bushes. I will admit, over the years, I have had a hard time finding a first prize rose. I am going to try really hard this year. I may need to try more than 2 nurseries, but I am willing to try. Do I give up on my favorite.? What would you plant if you had the chance?

Martin Boyle answers: Choosing and Protecting your rose bushes!

I go with what I love, whether it is color or fragrance. Next, I go for disease, pest resistance and hardiness. Many years ago, I put down some stuff I got from Jackson and Perkins that is supposed to keep dogs away.You could also erect a fence to keep out the dogs.

I have many favorites. Roses are my favorite flower. For pink, I love Fragrant Memory. Double Delight is beautiful for it’s reddish pink and ivory blooms, and the fragrance is delightful!! For a climber, I love New Dawn. Not very fragrant, though, but very hardy. I love Mr. Lincoln because it’s extremely hardy, the blooms last forever and it’s very fragrant as well. Princess Diana is a beautiful rose, but mine died the first year, so it depends on where you live. I live in the Midwest. Gee, I better stop. There are so many I love.

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