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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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Your Questions About Tulips

September 20, 2012 5:28 pm
posted by Martin Boyle

Lizzie asks…

How many flowers does a tulip plant produce??

I am planning to grow tulips in my garden. The flowers look beautiful but I have really not seen a second flower growing (after the first flower dies or breaks). I want to know how it works. After the first flower blossoms and dries up, do more flowers grow on it one after the other or the plant then is a total waste??

Martin Boyle answers:

The tulip bulb will only produce one flower per year. There is a trick to it and it’s important that you follow these steps: once your tulip flowers have faded, snap off the flower stem BUT leave the foliage/leaves to die back naturally. It’s not pretty, but they turn yellow and then brown. That helps the bulb store energy for next years tulip blooms.

If you purchased a tulip that naturalizes (it will tell yon on the bag if this tulip naturalizes), the tulip bulbs will grow “babies” giving you more flowers next year. The flowers are greatly increased if you divide the bulbs every 2-3 years. Once you see the bulbs emerge, fertilize with a bulb fertilizer and fertilize again once the foliage dies away in late Spring.

Here’s a good book which is packed with helpful information!

  Popular Bulbs and their Culture – With Information on Growing the Hyacinth, the Tulip, the Lily and Other Popular Bulbs for the Garden

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Your Questions About Flowers

September 11, 2012 11:19 pm
posted by Martin Boyle

Mark asks…


How do flowers reproduce??? Can you please explain this in 1 or 2 paragraphs and site your source?
Thank you!!!!!!

Martin Boyle answers:

The anthers contain the pollen grains. They fall on the stigma of the gynoecium and germinate to form pollen tube and enter the ovary and into ovule through pollen-tube. Before reaching the ovule, the pollen grain undergoes mitosis to form vegetative cell and generative cell. Generative nucleus further undergoes mitosis to form two male-gametes. One of them fuses with egg cell and forms zygote. This is syngamy. Another male gamete fuses with the secondary nucleus to form the endosperm. This is triple fusion and totally it is called double fertilization. This is reproduction in brief.

Helen asks…


Hey anyone know of a good online site where i can buy some flowers? Thanks a bunch.

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Your Questions About Flowers In A Hospital

September 5, 2012 9:18 am
posted by Martin Boyle

Mandy asks…

Are you allowed to take fruit and flowers into hospital?

I need to a visit a relative and someone at work said don’t take flowers there not allowed anymore???

Martin Boyle answers:

Check with the Hospitals website it should tell you there. As far as I know they are allowed but check there. Or you could call the hospital`s gift shop if they have one. I did that for one of my friends when she was there. Because I could not go there.

Mary asks…

Can I bring flowers to ppl in the hospital or nursing home?

My boyfriend and I were going to hand out flowers in the local nursing home and hospital, but I just wondered if that would be OK since some ppl might be allergic to them...

Martin Boyle answers:

You are right. Nursing homes today will accept flowers if placed in the visiting room or a room of the staffs choosing, but not to the individual residents. They need to be cared for, plus as you say, the allergies are a concern. The best thing is to call ahead and check with the management.
Unfortunately, you will have to do the same with the hospital. They will probably accept them at the front desks but that is all. It really is a shame when you would like to do something so nice. They won’t even accept magazines in a Nursing home anymore, I tried.

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Your Questions About Flowers

September 2, 2012 10:18 am
posted by Martin Boyle

Ruth asks…

Flowers ???

I have many animals that eat different types of flowers how hard are these types to grow and what maintenance do they need
these are the kind i would like to grow
Chinese and other types of hibiscus
flowering maple

Martin Boyle answers:

Geraniums are a good choice.You can break them off and stick them right back in the dirt, and they will grow.Also I’ve seen gofers spit them out.

Donna asks…


How about instead of red roses we make it SPECIAL! and half of em are dark red roses with the light red stripes and the other half are calla lilies!

about how much would that cost me

Martin Boyle answers:

Sounds pretty, but as far as cost, you would be better off calling around to the florists in your area as different areas charge different prices! Must be for one really special gal!

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