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Winterizing Roses

Knock Out® Roses and Drift® Roses are tough and can make it through anything. But, if you live in an area with harsh winters (zones 4 and below) there are a few things you might want to try. To protect your roses, you should do the following: Add 2-3" of mulch, leaves, or pine/fir boughs around the...

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The 411 on Drift® Roses

Certified Landscaper, James Wilhite stopped by KETK NBC News to chat with Bob Brackeen and Jen Jacobson about -- you guessed it -- Drift® Roses . Many novice gardeners still operate under the belief that roses are high-maintenance and need frequent sprays and trimming to really thrive in their...

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What do breeders do in winter?

The advantage of breeding in the North Eastern United States is that we can be certain that the plants we create are able to survive the cold, heat, humidity and disease pressure that nature throws at us each year. This winter has been an exceptionally tough winter. We’ve had more than 5 feet of...

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Bringing In the Bay Laurel

Fall is finally here, a wonderful gardening season for many reasons. Temperatures are dropping, bothersome biting bugs (mosquitoes) are becoming less of a nuisance and the colors of autumn reappear once again. Robust reds, glorious goldens, bold browns, brilliant bronzes, perfect purples, and crisp...

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Hellebore: A Bright Spot in the Winter That Never Ends

Hellebore: A Bright Spot in the Winter That Never Ends

By Greg Soles Looking out my office window this past February was quite depressing, except for these luscious beauties! The bright flowers that adorned these plants brought some sanity to this golfer who is pining for some sign of spring. The great thing is, gardening existed all winter! I had the...

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Transplanting Roses

There may be many reasons for wanting to transplant a rose. Maybe the existing location will be under construction, perhaps you would prefer it in a different part of the garden for aesthetic reasons, or you may be moving. Whatever reason you have for deciding to move your rose, choose wisely when...

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Rose Hips, Part 2: Which Roses Set the Most Hips?

In part 1 of my blog on rose hips, I talked about how rose hips can be a vital source of winter food for birds, and also how people can use them in their everyday diets. Today, I will share with you a few roses that set a significant amount of hips. Most roses will set hips. Some will set only very...

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Rose Hips, Part 1: Food for Birds and People!

Winter lingers and will be here for a few more weeks (despite what Phil the Groundhog said). This got me to thinking about rose hips . I have to admit, it took me a while to understand their true beauty and value. But by now you should know, I am a bit slow… My excuse is that when I got seriously...

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When Roses Go Dormant

Why do Roses go Dormant? Dormancy is an essential part of the life cycle of a rose. It is part of the natural cycle whereby the rose drops any foliage that could be damaged by freezing temperatures. In a way, the plant begins to create its own antifreeze. The cell sap begins to thicken, helping to...

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