This site is for people who like plants -- growers, enthusiasts, aesthetes, novices and professionals, those who appreciate wild things and those who appreciate the cultivated. I garden in Chelsea, and I've been visiting people's yards for 20+ years in the course of my work. My goal is to make this blog a community project, so if you share my interests, please consider becoming a participant and contributing content -- Guerin. Info: guerinw@gmail.com

Monday, March 12, 2012

Tree roses: better than a psychiatrist

I've never tried my hand at roses. But the person who was housing these tree-roses in her garage was a devout advocate. "Better than a psychiatrist," was her comment. She informed me that the standard recommendations are to lay the tree-rose stems on their side and cover them with mulch at the time of the first hard frost. But because of the limited space in her garden she found it easier to just bring them into her minimally-heated garage. During days when the temperatures are not expected to drop below freezing, she drags them out onto the driveway, leaving them there overnight as the weather allows. She reports, however, that they definitely need a period of cool dormancy, so it won't suffice to just bring them into the warm house.

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