If there are folks here who still want to follow along in the garden, come to Instagram and follow hartwoodroses. Rose photos and other garden stuff (like this beauty "Zalud House Shingled Raspberry") will be over there from now on.
- I am attempting to grow some roses from seeds I collected from a wil...d plant. Rosa Virginiana, I believe. I heard that the ones that float in a bowl of water are no good and that I should only use the ones that sink. My problem is that ALL of them seem to be floating. ??? Is that correct? Thanks! :)
- Happy birthday to sweet Ruby! Your dogs (all your animals!) are so sweet!!
It's February, and I just realized that I haven't posted anything here since early October. I have decided that I'm going to mothball this page and not post here anymore. It's too frustrating trying to outwit FB's algorithm, and to have so few of you see posts on your feeds. I surrender.
Keep up with Hartwood happenings via my blog (www.hartwoodroses.blogspot.com) and email is always available if you have a question (email@example.com). I'm working on a whole new Hartwood Roses web site that will better reflect of my shift of emphasis from rose selling to rose education and preservation.
Today, I tried bud-grafting for the first time. The rootstock is Multiflora, given to me by a friend, and the bud is from 'Radiance' which grows at Hollywood Cemetery. All that's left to do now is wait to see if it takes. Cross your fingers.
This is the arrangement that I made with the flowers that I brought home from Hollywood Cemetery yesterday, with a few things added from my own garden, to take with me to Doug Seidel's funeral tomorrow. Flower arranging really isn't my thing, but I'm pretty pleased with it.
I went to Hollywood Cemetery yesterday. The Musk Rose on the Crenshaw plot was amazing, as always. Within this plant of double flowers, there is a reversion to the single Musk Rose form on a few canes. I always have to be extra careful when I prune, to make sure that I preserve both parts of the plant.
While I was working in the front yard rose beds this morning, I snapped this photo of a bee (from the hives next door at Hartwood Winery) hard at work in this flower on 'Frau Karl Druschki'. This little gal is perfectly safe because I use no insecticides in the garden here, no exceptions. Good bugs eat the bad bugs, I hand-pick what I can, and I make peace with whatever damage occurs as a result. A healthy garden is worth it.
It is with great sadness that I tell you the news of the passing of Rev. Douglas Seidel. Doug was a friend, and a mentor, and I will miss him terribly. Here is the link to a blog post that I wrote for him today.
One of my long-time Bucket List items has been to visit the garden at Antique Rose Emporium. I will be there in November, for the Rose Festival and the Heritage Rose Foundation meeting.
I can't even begin to say how hard I have been working in the garden for the past few weeks, getting it in its best shape to host this year's Greyhounds Rock Fredericksburg fundraiser. Sunday, September 27, 2015, 11am to 6pm. All are invited to enjoy a family and dog friendly day here at Hartwood Manor and next door at Hartwood Winery, with a cook-out, walking trail, scavenger hunt, raffles and prizes, vendor market, rose tours, and lots more. $20 per adult / $10 per child ... proceeds benefit The Greyhound Health Initiative. All are invited. Register at the Greyhounds Rock web site (www.greyhoundsrock.org), and feel free to share this event with anyone you think will be interested. More people, more fun, more $$$ for a great cause!
I saw this rose while recently on vacation in NW Montana. It was growing in a naturalized setting, at the edge of the woods, beside the road. Obviously a once-bloomer. Mature canes had laterals with lots of hips from this past summer's flowers. New basal canes were long (6 feet or so). The prickles are distinctive. I have no idea what it is. Any guesses?
One hour later, and the weeding in the center bed is finished. A fresh layer of mulch would be a good thing ... later. Time to start on the side beds, after a quick water break. (Enlarge the photo to see my little Mockingbird companion perched on the peak of the roof of the little yellow building.)
What gorgeous weather we have today! I'm taking the opportunity to get outside and see how far I can get with cleaning up the English Garden. It's been an unbelievable year for weeds ... fortunately, they're coming up pretty easily.
Here's a link to a really nice article that mentions some of my favorite people. Ya'll know how much I love (a) Found Roses, and (b) folks who go above and beyond to preserve heritage roses. Enjoy!
This is how many Japanese Beetles were trapped in this one spot in the past 24 hours. The bag on the trap in the front yard has about half this many, which is still a LOT. I'm also out every morning with my Death Bucket of soapy water, inspecting the roses and drowning every beetle I find. I am seriously hoping that this represents the peak of beetle season, and that their numbers start to decrease from now on. I try to keep reminding myself that they will be gone in a few weeks ... trying to look on the bright side.
In the heat of summer, I do my work in the rose gardens in the cooler temps of early morning and evening. For the rest of the day, I can putter around in the shade garden, if I want. This hosta is a seedling that sprouted between some flagstones years ago. I have never seen a hosta with such showy flowers ... and the foliage is dark and glossy, too. Maybe this will be this winter I will remember to dig it up to divide it and to reclaim the walkway.
Japanese Beetles are here for their nasty summer 'visit'. My normal routine is to place beetle traps away from the garden (to lure them to their deaths away from the roses) and make morning walks through the garden to drown any beetles I find in my Death Bucket of soapy water. (remember, I don't use any insecticides in my garden.) This year looks like beetle numbers will be higher than we have seen in a while, and I will be removing all the flowers and buds throughout the garden, to reduce the 'bait', (hopefully) bring in fewer beetles, and make the ones that do come easier to pick off and drown. By the time the beetles are gone in a few weeks, the roses will have recharged, grown new buds, and they will be almost ready for their bloom time to start again for the late summer and fall.