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• African daisies
• California Poppy
• Calendula
• Calla Lily
• Narcissus
• Lavander
• Ivy geranium
• Mexican Sage
• Pride of Madera
• Lantana
• Society garlic
• Wild geranium


• Baby arugula
• Onion and garlic greens
• Thyme
• Rhubarb
• Parsley
• Strawberries


Roses-Pruning to Blooming

First rose of the season.

In January I did the last of my rose pruning. I had let the shrub roses get too large so I really had to give them a severe pruning to reshape them. You have to know the kind of roses you have in order to properly prune them. I found a publication that explains this in a straightforward manner. After pruning, I sprayed with a home-made concoction that is supposed to discourage fungal diseases such as black spot, powdery mildew, and rust. These are diseases that attack our roses beginning in April. Fungi thrive in moist climates when the temperature reaches about 70 degrees. Hey, that’s just about our climate 300 days a year!

I sprayed and fertilized with steer manure, and some worm compost. I’m not big on commercial rose food, but I watered in some 20-20-20 product just to be sure I’d get some blooms. Today, six weeks after pruning, I found several rose bushes blooming.

Gads, I’ve got two of my little granddaughters here (ages 2 & 4) and I can’t even finish a post properly. I must have hit “publish” instead of “draft” so it went on the site half finished. Here is the rest of what I wanted to write on my rose progress.

Aphids and white flies on rose tip.

I’ve never had problems with aphids, but they’ve arrived. I found these “rose aphids”, along with some white flies, on the climbing rose next to the gate. You can see the fat little “suckers” covering the new growth on this delicious tip. Lady beetles, soldier beetles, and syrphid flies are beneficial insects and natural enemies of aphid. As I washed the aphids from the rose tips that I could reach, several tiny syrphid flies flew around my head waiting to do their job. If I use a commercial spray, these beneficial insects will be destroyed and I’ll upset the balance I’d like to maintain. Patience, I tell myself.

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3 comments to Roses-Pruning to Blooming

  • Lovely rose! The deer prune my rose bushes. I’m too afraid to mess with them, but every now and then something (a deer?) gets in and nibbles them down a few feet.

  • Lee

    Hi Callie,
    I can only grow roses in the fenced back area. Deer love them. People in Cambria would like to grow more roses but because of deer and the moist climate, they give up. Because I’m a stubborn Scot, I keep trying!

  • […] Spray off aphids as they arrive. They love the tender new growth of rose tips. Stick to a spraying schedule if you have fungus that thrives in warm damp conditions. See Roses. […]

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