Nanette Londeree

Watch out for these heat loving pests!

Hot, dry and dusty are pretty typical outdoor conditions for this time of year. The last rains were months ago; late summer and early fall often features toasty daytime temperatures with low relative humidity. Most people, plants and animals don’t prefer it, but it’s ideal for pesky spider mites. More than 200 different plant species, …

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Fourth of July

In 1999, ‘Fourth of July’ was the first climber to be awarded the All-America Rose Selection in more than 23 years. True to its name, ‘Fourth of July’ welcomes the Independence Day festivities with an explosion of red and white blooms just in time for the backyard picnic. The foliage is bright green, very disease …

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Birds, Bees, Butterflies and even Bats!

It’s National Pollinator Week – June 22 through the 28. Even though we’re not growing roses for their fruit, pollinators are important to everyone.  It’s estimated that one out of every three bites of food we consume is the result of pollinators in action. Healthy gardens are filled with them – birds, bees, butterflies and …

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Gertrude Jekyll

If we were sitting with David Austin, having a spot of tea, and he remarked that he could not think of any other rose with quite so strong a fragrance as ‘Gertrude Jekyll’, I should rather think we would take note. Indeed, ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ is one of the best and most popular of David Austin’s …

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Rose Care for June

As summer approaches it’s time to get into the garden maintenance mode – deadheading, weeding and watering. keeping after pests and fertilizing.  You can follow the same routine through September, barring any unusual weather.  Speaking of weather, late spring can bring us conditions that may cause some strange symptoms in your plants. Freezing temperatures followed …

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