The Gardener's Apprentice

November 20, 2017
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Roses in Winter

I grew up in western New York State, where winters were long, snowy and frigid.  But even under those conditions, gardeners loved their roses and did their best to safeguard them against winter’s worst.  My father, who was a romantic … Continue reading

August 8, 2016
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Rosa Multi-Prickle

I have just done battle with a formidable opponent—one that is tenacious, heavily armed and fully equipped to go on fighting for decades.  This enemy of civilized horticulture has no scruples, guiding ethos or any closet-bound skeletons that would make … Continue reading

August 24, 2015
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Blanc Double de Coubert

The other day I needed a rose—a special rose with certain very specific characteristics. It had to have beautiful blossoms, decent-looking leaves and a repeat blooming habit. Fragrance was a given. This much-needed plant also had to be pest and … Continue reading

Leave some hips for the birds, but cut back over-long stems

October 13, 2014
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Hip Happiness

At the end of the garden season, I cling to my roses, at least figuratively. Even as night temperatures begin to dip and the geraniums on the porch shiver, I deadhead the roses to keep them producing flower buds. No … Continue reading