My dad entered his first of many chrysanthemum shows in 1975, and for many years afterward, my fall memories were filled with images of brilliant football mums, spider mums, and exhibition chrysanthemums. Growing chrysanthemums or any flowers for exhibition requires a special level of dedication to a particular type of flowers.
If you understand winter geranium care, you can keep your geraniums growing inside during the winter months. Then when spring arrives, all you need to do is move them back outside for instant garden beauty.
Sunflower facts and fun come just at the time of year when our sunflowers are setting seeds and coming to a close. Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers to grow here on the farm. A few sunflower facts and a little sunflower fun!
I love planting tulips, and these double flowering tulips were a lovely addition to my garden. If you avoid planting tulips because they don’t last long in your area, these flowers may be a nice surprise.
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling cold and missing my garden. Here in south-central Virginia, snow blankets the ground and temperatures have remained below freezing during the day and in the single digits at night. And it’s time to take down the Christmas decorations. Depressing? Yes, a little!
So how to chase away the winter blues? Roses. Roses are the answer. I don’t care what the question is, roses are the answer. This press release from the David Austin company arrived in my inbox in the nick of time. Ready for some beauty and dreams of warmer days?
I present to you…the 2018 Handbook of Roses
2018 David Austin Handbook of Roses
When gray clouds scud across a winter sky and the kettle is on the boil, it’s obviously time to think – roses! So grab a “cuppa” as the Brits say, and curl up with David Austin’s Handbook of Roses 2018. The meticulously-crafted,109-page catalog warms the heart with English Roses pictured in all their summer glory. Beautiful photography combines with evocative writing and delightful British turns of phrase to leave winter-weary gardeners gasping for more. The handbook is free upon request from 1-800-328-8893 or http://www.davidaustinroses.com/us/.
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David Austin’s world-class English Roses feature the perfume and exquisite flower forms of antique roses with the extended repeat-bloom, disease-resistance and color range of modern roses. With the addition of three 2018 introductions – peach-flowered ‘Roald Dahl’, lemon-meringue ‘Imogen’ and apricot-yellow ‘Bathsheba’ – there are now 116 English Rose varieties available in North America, all bred by award-winning British rose hybridizer David Austin. Different varieties can be grown, variously, as garden roses, climbers or tree roses.
The full North America assortment is available as bare root rose stock by mail order or online purchase from the Austin website or handbook. Once planted, bare root roses quickly root, leaf out and cover themselves in blooms.
Fans of Mr. Austin’s garden roses will also appreciate the Handbook’s photo gallery of his special luxury cut rose collection. Highly popular with brides, event planners, and gardeners, the cut rose collection now features 14 varieties of Austin’s garden-style English Roses specifically bred for the vase. Available year-round by order through florists, the cut roses range in color from ivory, apricot, peach, yellow and old gold to magenta, red and all hues of pink.
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Order Bare Root Roses Early, For Delivery at Planting Time
New and popular varieties tend to sell out quickly, so gardeners are encouraged to place their mail and internet orders early. While David Austin Roses accepts orders year-round, the bare root roses are shipped in early spring, timed to match the correct planting window in the recipient’s area. In North America, bare root rose shipping season runs from January in warmer areas through mid-May in cooler areas. Bare root roses are live plants in a dormant state. All bare root English Roses shipped by David Austin are available as grafted (budded) stock. Thirty-four varieties are also available as own rootstock. The roses are shipped without soil, packed to keep their roots moist and healthy and ready for planting. When the weather warms up, fine garden centers coast-to-coast also sell a broad array of David Austin English Roses in 2-gallon nursery pots for planting during the growing season. All David Austin roses sold in North America are grown and shipped within North America.