The Paul’s H.M. rose is really putting on a show this year. I’ve noticed mine tends to show a little whiter than most of the photos I see online. Perhaps it is due to the lack of all day full sun?
This is the third spring for this rose. I believe I am going to try my hand at propagation this year. I’m leaning towards bending one of the branches over and burying it after a light scraping of the bark and a touch of rooting powder. Perhaps by next spring I will have a second plant.
This weekend saw the transplanting of the basement tomatoes into their individual cups. I’m a little late with the tomatoes this year. I started them in the basement as usual but didn’t realize that the light in the prop bench had gone out not long after they all came up. The cooler soil temps delayed their growth and I was too busy to notice. So… I am probably a couple of weeks behind where I would be. It is probably for the best though as it has been so wet here, I still have yet to get into the garden to get it tilled. The weeds are loving it. I am going to have to mow the weeds prior to tilling and before they bloom if I have any hope of getting anything to grow out there.
It is going to be another AWESOME year for gooseberries. They are some of the most rugged little plants I’ve ever seen. Very thorny but well worth the work of picking. The fruit ripens over time so there is a longer harvest than many of the small fruits. When I planted these several years ago, I had never tasted a gooseberry. I had good reports and, as they could grow in partial shade, I decided to give them a try. They are getting full sun in the spring till the leaves of the locust tree fill in. For the rest of the summer they only get about 2 tor 4 hours of sun in the morning and perhaps a little filtered sun late in the evening. They are loaded with fruit again this year. There are the original two bushes that are about 4′ tall and a third I planted last spring or the year before. One is a Poorman (my favorite for flavor) and two are Pixwell. One was purchased locally (Highlands Garden Center) and the others may have come from Indiana Berry though I am not sure. The latter has fewer thorns but the former has larger sweeter berries. If you are feeling adventuresome and have a 5′ square semi-shady area you can part with they are well worth the little work they require.
This beauty didn’t make it through Eric’s judicious ‘thinning’ of unwanted plants. If I remember correctly this was one of his demo plants for the garden talk this spring. He was talking about pitching it and I offered to give it a home. It has rewarded me several times this summer with blooms. I am NOT a hybrid tea type of gardener by any means. This baby is still in the 3 gallon pot and hasn’t had any special attention other than regular watering. It seems happy.
First up is Darlow’s Enigma. This one is still quite small but it has an awesome scent.
Ok Eric says that the name rose is much to dainty for this one. I believe his exact word was ‘strangler’. This Paul’s Himalayan Musk rose is on it’s third year. It gets full sun early in the season but is shaded once the sassafras tree leafs out. It is about 10-12′ tall now but with full sun (and the lack of hungry deer) would have been much taller by now. This is the first year it has flowered and the scent is great. I am looking forward to many more years with this guy.
Ouch! This Paul’s Himalayan Musk rose cane and a couple of others just like it have been topped by one of our local, and getting braver by the day, deer. The picture is on the fuzzy side but look at those thorns for goodness sake! They are huge and red to boot. Isn’t red the color of ‘danger! warning!’? What kind of mouth does that animal have that he/she can top these bad boys? I am afraid to get within a few feet of this rose, a few yards during a windy day. I can’t imagine those thorns felt very good going down.
I started out this morning planning to spend just 2 hours outside. I had a project that I thought was due on Monday and needed to get on it asap. Lo and behold I found out it wasn’t due till Thursday so… 10 hours later I am exhausted but oh so much is done. No pictures this time. I was just too busy to come in and get the camera.
I planted my two gooseberries (1 Poorman and 1 Pixwell) in the edge of the herb bed. Not an herb but the shady end of the bed was looking pretty bare. I also added some thyme and moved some chives out of the cold frame and into the same bed. After planting, I added some of the chipped pear tree mulch that I gleaned from the road crew last year.
My two Nanho Blue butterfly bushes when into a rather sparce flower bed I started last year. I potted up the Black Knight b. bush, not sure where it will end up now but the 3 gallon pot gives me some time to figure it out. Into the same bed went my goumi (a type of bush cherry).
I weeded around both flower beds.
The Darlow’s Enigma rose went into the side yard in the spot I had picked out for it. I mean to add some worm castings but forgot. Oh well, a top dressing later on perhaps.
I made my first round of alfalfa tea this past week. I gave the apricot, half a row of blackberries, one section of strawberries, some of the asparagus and some of the raspberries a treatment. Never used the stuff before so I wanted to treat some to see if there was a noticeable difference.
I cleaned out both beds along the north and south side of the house. On the north side I planted a couple of currants, some vinca and a couple of autumn ferns. Not sure they will stay there but they should be ok this year anyway. On the other side I put two of the highbush cranberries and out in the yard went a saucer magnolia my friend Eric gave me this past winter.
My last grape vine when into the ground along the fence in the garden. From the same general area I dug another blackberry start. I’ve dug about half a dozen total over the last couple of weeks. I noticed that the Candace vine I planted a month or so ago actually had a couple of flower clusters starting. I pinched them off. I have a general rule that I never let anything bloom the first year (except the raspberries). I’d rather the plant spend its first year building a good root system.
I noticed the Paul’s Himalayan Musk rose I picked up on ebay is looking great. There are several new canes coming up from the base as well as half a dozen or so shoots about a half inch long.
The front corner of the house is plagued with several vines. Honeysuckle, Virginia creeper and poison ivy plus another one I don’t know the name of gave me one heck of a run for my money. I sure hope I don’t get poison ivy. I was into it before I realized it. I washed off pretty quick. If I do end up getting it I should have a pretty good case right about time for my final exam. Oh joy…
Several weeks ago I rec’d my first rose order of the season, a Rose Blanc Double De Coubert from Jung Seed. This rose was bred in France in the late 1800s and gets about 5′ tall. It has white, very fragrant, flowers that may repeat and is very disease resistant according to what I have read. When it arrived it was too wet to prepare a spot for it so it spent some time in a 3 gallon pot before going into the ground not far from the kitchen window. No photos yet, it has just started to break dormancy. Stay tuned…
The second round of roses came today. A Rose de Rescht and Cl. Etoile de Hollande from Roses Unlimited arrived today. Coming from South Carolina they had a generous amount of new growth on them, the RdR even had the remnants of a couple of flowers. They are both in great shape, I’m very excited. I left them in their 1 gallon pots for now, I’ll prepare a spot for each of them this weekend weather permitting. The RdR is a Portland Damask rose that was found growing in Persia in 1945. It may have bloom cycles of dark pink double flowers that gets about 3-4′ tall and is supposed to be fragrant and disease resistant as well as being shade tolerant. The EdH is a climbing tea rose that gets about 12-18′ long and about 8-10′ wide. It was bred in the Netherlands in 1931 and has very fragrant, scarlet red flowers and that typically blooms once during the summer. Not sure about the disease resistance on this one.
I also received a bare root Paul’s Himalayan Musk from a seller on eBay. What a stocky plant that is. It went at the base of a tree at the edge of the property. I am anxious to see how it does. I am not sure of the history of this rose but have read that this rambler can get 30′ long, is fragrant and once blooming with a profusion of white flowers. Sounds magnificant.
A couple of weeks ago I purchased some seed of an old rose called Paul’s Himalayan Musk from a seller on ebay. This rose is a hybrid so it may or may not come true but I am interested to see what, if anything, sprouts. According to what I have read it is a vigorous climber reaching lengths of up to 30 feet with white to pinkish flowers. It is said to be more fragrant than most. The seller had left the seeds on the vine till December (in Arkansas) so I am hoping that will fulfill their 8-12 week stratification requirement. They are planted in cups in the basement where it is cool as they need temps of 55-72 to germinate. According to the book Plant Propagation A to Z, Rosa spp. can take 21-28 days to germinate. Mine have been in the soil just a few days.
Has anyone tried propagating roses from seed before? What was your experience? Do I have any hope of making this work?