Thursday, June 09, 2011

My June Garden: Question for Rose Growers

The roses are blooming all over my property this month. We've had some hot weather and one of the first things I do in the afternoon is walk around the backyard pruning and watering. Mr. Norman Whiskers is very protective and always keeps a close eye on me from the nearest window while I'm outdoors.

I have peonies that are over 20 years old and huge. The flowers are so gorgeous. There are maroon, pink and white ones. They only last about a week or two.

I didn't even get a picture of my lilac tree which was so beautiful while it was in bloom, or the giant purple irises.

I'm starting to get black spots on my roses. How do I get rid of the spots? I'm about to prune the bushes all the way back and fertilize. Rose experts, if you are out there, please advise in a comment.

Above: Peonies- I wish they bloomed more than once a year. I like garden roses better than a florist-bought dozen.


Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller said...

My mother in law gets rid of it by removing the bush, throwing it out, and buying a new one. I'm sure there is a better way. I recall something about baking soda...maybe look up natural cures for black spot.

Loren Christie said...

:) that's funny. I think i lost 2 bushes. I think you are right about the baking soda.

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