Roses In Bloom

06242013_mainrose“There is simply the rose;
it is perfect
in every moment
of its existence.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Perhaps no one ever promised you a rose garden, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create your own. Or you may already be a rose-growing enthusiast. Either way, June is rose month—a time to enjoy and celebrate these natural beauties in your yard.

Roses are the romantic darlings of any garden and exude their love on all who pass by. There may be a few fussy varieties, but whether you do some container gardening or create magical borders, you can make suremnymLic

roses will bloom for you. One place to look for amazing rose planting ideas is on The site is loaded with pictures that give guidance for placing roses anywhere you might like and tips for creating borders and quiet spaces for two in the midst of your fragrant blooms.

2dQMWyVVarieties of roses are nearly
endless, along with colors and potential opportunities to design a garden that suits your taste perfectly.  Whether you let them climb the walls, protect the walkways, or flourish around backyard fountains, you can let your heart out to play.

Here are a few tips for your rose garden:

  • Keep your flower beds clean throughout the growing season.
  • Prune your roses to stimulate new growth and produce beautiful blooms on good stems.
  • If your roses are dormant, apply a dormant spray such as lime sulphur to kill any fungus.
  • Do not apply once roses have sprouted leaves. 06242013_rose_red
  • Add nutritional enhancements to the soil as needed.
  • Top off your soil amendments with a two-inch layer of mulch.
  • Apply a good fertilizer. Alfalfa tea as well as manure teas will do wonders for your roses.
  • Encourage new cane growth by adding from 1/2c  to 1c of Epsom salts to the base of each plant and water it well.
  • o0TeA32Roses need at least one inch of water per week to produce quality blooms. Be sure to water roses at the base of the plant.
  • Only use pesticides that also kill beneficial insects as a last resort.
  • Take time to smell the roses!06242013_rose_yellow

It’s June, the month when eternal optimists see beautiful roses all aroundand never even glimpse the thorns.  As Richard Sheridan said, “Won’t you come into the garden?
I would like my roses to see you.”

 Happy Gardening!