Posted: 04/07/2014 at 21:58
Hopefully. Mike will not get hate mail for being or parading as a know it all. Here I set aside the text books etc. As a Rosearian Might I add my two pennarth. As with this years plants, shrubs etc in general. So many strange things have taken place. In all honesty. I urge everyone, not to blame themselves for underwatering , under feeding etc. At this juncture. I do honestly believe that mots forum members do go a bit too far with feeding. Never mind. Back to Roses. As most members are aware. I have forked out a small fortune on roses. Believe it or not. I feel that I could very easily convince myself, thgat I am an amateure. In the front row. I have Rosa. My Valentine. I think I have given due credence to my choice here. My Valentine was my Valerie. Born on 14 Feb 1944 so how could I not include this rose in her memorial garden. It is HT and the catalogue details are correct. However, perhaps something to do with my health probs etc. I was unable to prune. Now this particular rose is about eigt feet tall. One mass of blooms. To be honest. I am thinking about insertin a stron stake/pole and allowing at least part of the subjet to grow into a pillar. Lokk to be honest. So many new, never before things are taking place. Go for it, take a chance, test it out, experiment.