Posts Tagged ‘roses’


A Rose By Any Other Name

June 6, 2016

By Heidi Gaul

I love roses, any kind of rose, be it an Old Word variety, a creeper, a climber, a tea rose or a floribunda. But my devotion to these beautiful blooms doesn’t mean they all return the affection. Miniature roses and tree roses are a mystery I haven’t yet been able to solve. I am convinced they begin their death march during the drive home from the nursery.


Give me a hardy showstopper like Jackson & Perkins’ Cherry Parfait Grandiflora,


or Weeks’ About Face Grandiflora, and I’m fine.


Jackson & Perkins’ Julia Child (known as the Absolutely Fabulous in the U.K.) is another sturdy, gorgeous favorite of mine. This floribunda delivers “bouquets” in the prettiest shade of yellow, and though the fragrance is delicate, it is divine.

In the Northwest where I live, one of my biggest challenges is black spot and I fight it diligently with powder and systemics. I’m curious—what is your favorite rose and why? What threats to your roses do you battle?

Heidi Gaul is an avid gardener, writer, and winner of the Cascade Award 2015- Devotionals.

Photography by David Gaul.


A Rose Bed, a Garden, the Most Beautiful Places

April 25, 2016


Touring gardens is a great way to discover what you don’t like and what you want to implement in your own yard. Here’s a garden that I recently visited.




Twilight Zone Grandiflora





Chicago Peace Hybrid Tea






Summertime Potluck

August 17, 2014

This time of year, delicious fresh produce and good company are the highlight of summertime events. Potluck means a variety of seasonal dishes and fruits and vegetables.  For me, though, I savor the gardens over the food (not the company, of course), especially when the yard is as pretty as this one owned by Bill  Goff and his lovely wife, Noreen, who is a master gardener.



Yarrow (Coronation Gold)

Yarrow (Coronation Gold)

Overlooking part of the vegetable garden

Overlooking part of the vegetable garden

unknown pink floribunda rose

Unknown pink floribunda rose

Iceberg rose (floribunda)

Iceberg rose (floribunda)






Love in June

June 12, 2014


June 12th is Red Rose Day. The meaning of the red rose is LOVE.

Celebrate by giving a red rose to someone you love.


FREE Rose Pruning and Care Class

January 7, 2014


Rising Sun Nursery is located at

3577 West Highway 12

Burson, California


Garden Tips Hints and Cool Things

March 16, 2012

A Cool Thing:

Sunset Western Garden Book recently released its ninth edition making available a free mobile Plant Finder on your smartphone (Search for Sunset Plant Finder.) in which you can get access to more than 2,000 plants. In addition, you can search by plant name, zip code, climate zone, sun and water requirements, and type.

If you prefer a hard copy, the new addition includes 9,000 more plants, an updated plant encyclopedia, over 2,000 new plant photos, and more. Sunset Western Garden Books are available at most bookstores and retail for $34.95/flexible binding, and $44.95/ hardcover.


1) Look for signs of powdery mildew on snapdragons, grapes, and ornamentals. Apply sulfur or potassium bicarbonate according to package instructions when the temperature is below 90 degrees.

2) Check roses for black spot, rust, and mildew.

3) Feed camellias at the end of bloom.

4) Remember to wear green tomorrow for St. Patrick’s Day.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Garden Tips Hints and Cool Things

January 6, 2012

Tips and Hints:

  • Transplant living Christmas trees outside only if the soil is NOT soggy—a good garden tip when planting anything.
  • Bare-root roses, vines, ornamentals, and trees are available in local nurseries now through March.

Cool Thing:

Ancient Bedding Discovered. A team of archaeologists discovered 77,000-year-old evidence of plant bedding and insect-repelling plants in South Africa. The discovery was uncovered at Sibudu rock shelter. The bedding contains thick layers of compacted stems and leaves of sedges and rushes extending over at least one square meter and up to three-square meters used in the construction of the bedding. A layer of fossilized sedge stems and leaves, overlain by a tissue-paper-thin layer of leaves contain chemicals that are insecticidal, and would be suitable for repelling mosquitoes.


Budding Garden Thought

December 17, 2010 Registered & Protected



“White flakes of snow

remind me of my rose.

A warm garnish beneath my nose.”

Copyright © 2010 Dianne Marie Andre

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