Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Red Shrub Rose

I am not sure of the name of this Shrub Rose but it sure did bloom until very late in the season. Last week I took care of the several small rose gardens that are my responsibility. I did all the pruning and removal of the dead wood. There were even a couple of flowers and buds. For the last couple of years I have been using hardware cloth (metal fencing like chicken wire but smaller holes) to make circles around the base of the roses and filling it with soil, leaves and mulch. This seems to have cut the mortality rate by about 75%. I don’t mind if a couple of them die as that makes room for some new ones. Winter starts tomorrow and it doesn’t look like there is any polar air in store for this part of the country.

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