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The Rose - Fresh Flowers for Your Table

As many perennials as I grow, you would think that I would have fresh flowers in my home all the time. For some reason I don’t. But when my thoughts do turn to flowers to bring in, I usually gravitate to the rose. —–read more—-

A Tip from an ARS Master Rosarian and the Water Wand Story

I received a tip from Mrs. Hundley this morning that I thought I’d pass along. (As you will recall, Mrs. Hundley did 7 guest posts for Tending My Garden readers in May and is an ARS  Consulting Rosarian, Master Rosarian and Horticulture Judge.)

She writes in her email, “The roses seem to be holding their own in this heat and dry weather.  I have used a water wand to prevent spider mites.” (The best solution to just about anything is prevention.)

Later, via phone, she told me how spider mites —–read more—-

Roses & Tomatoes ----& Cats?

From time to time as a summer progresses blackspot may show up on my roses. When it does  – if it’s a bad case – I usually just cut back the bush and get rid of the parts with black spot.

I only have 3 bushes, but after Mrs. Hundley’s 7 guest posts on Tending My Garden in May,  I have plans to add 3 more floribundas.  (You will recall that Mrs. Hundley is an ARS Consulting Rosarian, a Master Rosarian and an ARS Horticulture Judge.)

Anyway — I was going through a little booklet today published in 1976 entitled Hints for the Vegetable Gardener. Over the years I’ve used a lot of information from this book.  Today I noticed their tip about blackspot on roses and it was just too good —–read more—-

ARS Master Rosarian Recommends Floribundas - Part 7

If you are just joining us, please read the Part 1Part 2Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, & Part 6 of 7 parts

May 25, 2010

Floribundas Part 7 by Charlotte Hundley, ARS Master Rosarian

My final recommendations for Tending My Garden readers are Leonardo da Vinci, a relatively new rose (introduced in 1994) with an old world feel.  And the —–read more—-

ARS Master Rosarian Recommends Floribundas - Part 6

If you are just joining us, please read the Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, & Part 5 of 7 parts

May 24, 2010

Floribundas Part 6 by Charlotte Hundley, ARS Master Rosarian

The medium pink double bloom sprays of today’s recommendation, —–read more—-

ARS Master Rosarian Recommends Floribundas - Part 5

If you are just joining us, please read the Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3, & Part 4 of 7 parts

May 23, 2010

Floribundas Part 5 by Charlotte Hundley, ARS Master Rosarian

No recommendation for Floribundas would be complete without —–read more—-

ARS Master Rosarian Recommends Floribundas - Part 4

If you are just joining us, please read the Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3 of 7 Parts

May 22, 2010

Floribundas Part 4 by Charlotte Hundley, ARS Master Rosarian

You can’t get too much more spectacular than —–read more—-

ARS Master Rosarian Recommends Floribundas - Part 3

If you are just joining us, please read the Part 1 and Part 2 of 7 parts.

May 21, 2010

Floribundas Part 3 by Charlotte Hundley, ARS Master Rosarian

I have two recommendations for today: —–read more—-

An ARS Master Rosarian Recommends Floribundas

Introducing Charlotte Hundley:

Our friendship with Charlotte Hundley and her husband, Jim goes back to the years before they became American Rose Society Horticulture Judges and even before roses became a major focus in their lives 25 years ago.  The Hundley’s have shared their roses (and themselves) with us in so many ways through the years.

Bill, my artist husband, has painted many of the 300 varieties they have grown. (And by the way, he is responsible for the pictures you will see of the Hundley roses.) I recall a time that we had more than 30 varieties waiting in a cool darkened room of our home for Bill to paint.  Another time Jim picked up a vase of roses off their dining room table and gave it to Bill to take home and paint. At many of Bill’s major one-man exhibits the exhibit area was filled with the scent of roses thanks to Charlotte’s help and generosity.

I received an email today from another friend who visited the Hundley’s with us recently.  He writes that his wife’s “dream is to have a bed (rose bed) like Charlotte’s.”

Charlotte Hundley is an American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian, A Master Rosarian, an ARS Horticulture Judge and a founding member of the Northern Neck Rose Society.

She is one of the most gracious and charming people one could hope to meet.  I am delighted that once again she is willing to share her knowledge and her roses for the benefit of others  – most especially readers of Tending My Garden.

Charlotte in her rose garden:

Part 1 of 7 Parts

An ARS Master Rosarian recommends Floribundas by Charlotte Hundley

There is a rose that will fit perfectly in almost any perennial bed or garden.  They require little care, they’re hardy, disease resistant, add beauty to the landscape, and are unrivaled in their ability to provide massive and long lasting colorful garden displays.

They are —–read more—-

Roses, Raindrops and a Surprise

May 9

I don’t have many roses — only 3,  but I really enjoy the ones I have.

If roses are missing in your perennial beds — you should consider them. They are among the most beautiful and enjoyable of flowers.

We had a 5 minute shower yesterday.  After the rain Bill grabbed his camera and headed for our new rose (this is the […]