Thursday, July 21, 2011

New Roses

We planted the new rose bushes where the mums used to be.  I came home from work one day, and my lover had the holes already dug for me!  All I had to do was direct the placement, swap out the locations when I changed my mind, help refill the dirt, add fertilizer, and mulch-fluff.  Holla!
The roses we chose were recommended to us by the 'Weeks Roses' Rep at a wonderful event we went to at our favorite garden center in June.  I have to get pics up from that, it was fabulous! 
'Easy Does It' has plentiful blooms, is mildew and disease resistant, and beautiful peachy orange blooms that smell pretty.  'Rio Samba' is a little less mildew resistant, but the blushing yellow color was too hard to resist. 
They were a little wilty from the transplant, but I was thrilled when they were all planted and mulched.  Due to the cold Wisconsin weather, the tags recommend to sink the root ball a couple inches below the ground.  I put ours somewhere between 1 and 2 inches down.
I made sure to keep the mulch away from the main stem to avoid any excess moisture on the bottom leaves.  Roses don't like water on their leaves, and I take care to water them without 'sprinkling'.  
I can't wait for them to fill out this space with beautiful color!  The best part is the flowers bloom on long stems, so I can actually cut them and use them in vases.  That's awesome, since I have a slight addiction to buying milk glass vases at Goodwill.  Ooops!


  1. the wilty after planting thing? That's totally normal! Water them a little more than you usually would for the first couple months. They'll get good and settled over winter and knock your socks off next summer!

  2. Oh, they're going to be gorgeous!

  3. Your garden is so beautiful! I am jealous.

  4. So pretty! Our garden sure could use some of these :)


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