For years I have grown a wide variety of modern roses. While this is true, I have never grown any of Dr. Griffith Buck's roses. Knowing that ProfessorRoush has had good success with them and feeling like I would like to try something new, this spring I added four roses bred by Dr. Griffith Buck. As a professor at Iowa State, Dr. Buck developed shrub roses with the aim of increasing disease resistance and winter hardiness through the research foundation of the university. Of the four Buck roses I added this year, Distant Drums is a rose that has been on my interest list for many years.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Occasionally, when ordering roses, you will be sent something you didn't order. Sometimes a rose is mislabeled but that is not what happened to me. This spring when my order from Rogue Valley Roses arrived it had an extra rose in the package. I was surprised to find a very small plant labeled Red Moss Rambler. I had ordered another red moss rose, Mel Hulse, and I guess in the process of ordering it they heard me ordering both. Rogue Valley Roses were very understanding and refunded the cost of the rose and after discussing how I would ship it back to them, Janet Inada asked me if, "I might not keep and grow it instead?" I hadn't planned on it but I said, "Sure, its a rose. I'll grow it." Red Moss Rambler is now the one and only non repeat blooming rose I grow. As you can see from the photo below Red Moss Rambler is certainly liking its new home.
Friday, July 20, 2012
There were several roses I took cuttings from last Fall and put them in my cutting bed. Having a growing success at getting cuttings to start, I took four small cuttings from Red Cascade hoping to get one or two to start new plants. Red Cascade has helped me to increase my batting average because all four cuttings took. On Mother's Day I took the two strongest ones to my mother's house and planted them in a planter around her gas light in front of her house. Later I potted up the next one while the smallest of them I moved to this slightly raised bed in our back yard.