I’ve got roses on my mind today, so I wrote an article on the Many Types of Roses for the Home Garden. It’s an overview rather than an in-depth piece, but this leads nicely into a series I have planned on roses – planting, fertilizing, and most importantly, organic care.
The rose bed in the flower garden here at Seven Oaks is a destination when anyone steps into the garden. Now that the arbor is in place, it draws people to it as I hoped it would. Structures and vertical spaces in the garden tend to do that. The masses of red and pink roses along with the lavender growing along the hedges creates a strong scented area too that perfumes the whole space.
I’ll enjoy it for a few weeks more and then the onslaught: Japanese beetle season. This season’s great rains have really created an abundance in the gardens that is hard to repeat, but it’s also caused the first black spot outbreak too. I was going to use my Neem oil organic spray BUT…you guessed it…more rain predicted for the week!
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Enjoy your roses and enjoy my rose gardening article.
Jeanne Grunert is a certified Virginia Master Gardener and the author of several gardening books. Her garden articles, photographs, and interviews have been featured in The Herb Companion, Virginia Gardener, and Cultivate, the magazine of the National Farm Bureau. She is the founder of The Christian Herbalists group and a popular local lecturer on culinary herbs and herbs for health, raised bed gardening, and horticulture therapy.