Spring Blooms & Caring for Roses

After a long, cold and wet winter, spring is finally starting to make her mark in South Carolina.  We’ve had several late frosts yet flowers are starting to bloom and trees are greening up.
I’ve been spending a lot of time out in the yard when the temperatures and my schedule allows.  The harsh winter damaged my lemon tree and gardenias, as well as killed four of my rose bushes.  A late frost nipped my hydrangeas, so it’ll be a late blooming for them this year.  As of now, with some serious TLC it looks as if the lemon tree will survive.  We are still trying to decide whether or not to remove the gardenias.
Despite the crazy weather, flowers are blooming.  The daffodils have come and gone.

Irises are opened.

 

The clematis is climbing its topiary.

 

The azealeas are fabulous.

The peonies are ready to pop.

 

 And this week I enjoy the first of what looks to be many rose blooms!

 

So many times I hear people say roses are difficult to care for, so they go with the hybrid knock-out roses.
I am not a fan.
I do love my old-fashioned, fragrant roses in all colors and varieties from English roses to running roses.
Caring for them is not that difficult.  In fact I have one rose bush in my front yard that is 24 years old!
I received it as a high school graduation gift and it has moved with us several times.
As a matter of fact, all of our rose bushes moved here from Alabama when we did two years ago.
Part of getting the yard cookout and summer ready is pruning all of the roses.  There are a couple of  ways this can be accomplished.

First, there is the option of cutting them all the way back to the ground or just cutting them way back in late February to early March.

This option is easy and works fine if that is what you prefer.
Me?
I’m a prune throughout the year kind of gal.

The simplist way I know to keep my roses looking great, pretty much all year long is to prune them throughout the spring, summer and fall.  I clip off any dead growth every few weeks as well as keep the dead roses removed.  I also use a rose fertalizer every other month during blooming seasons (spring, summer & fall).
I keep a little tool caddy with pruning accesories right on hand for all of my gardening needs.  Kolbalt tools, found at Lowes Home Improvement, has a great selection for home gardners!

 

 

It sounds like a lot of trouble, but really it’s quite simple and there is one big advantage.
While everyone else’s roses in the neighborhood look like this ….

 

Mine are already filled with blooms that are opening, like this….

David Austin “Strawberry Hill” English rose

AND THIS ONE…..

David Austin “Christopher Marlowe” English rose

And like these….

More David Austin English rose blooms
The fragrance is heavenly & the beauty they offer s worth cutting of the dead branches every couple of weeks.

How are your spring gardens coming along?

 

3 thoughts on “Spring Blooms & Caring for Roses

  1. Beautiful roses. I love the fragrant old-fashioned varieties, too. I struggle with black spot here on the “wet” coast, but the flowers are so gorgeous that I'll overlook that. I did spray them with dormant oil and a fungicide this year, so we'll see if that helps.

  2. Your roses and azaleas are beautiful! The winter killed a few of my gardenias too. I think even my Confederate jasmine is a gonner. I'm giving it a few more weeks to show some growth. It makes me so sad it was huge!

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