Depending on where you are , I doubt your roses look like the ones in the photo...mine sure doesn't, but come spring/early summer the most fizzled of rose gardens will come alive and continue to delight us far into the fall...if, we take the right steps early. ( the photo here is the "Julia Child" and grows in my hubby's rose garden.
Roses ( according to my history ) originated in China and spread via trade routes through India, Persia, and into the Middle East and Europe.
They are the most celebrated species of flower across many cultures and are grown in countless modern species and varieties.
The 3 oldest and most sought after of the 'old' roses are the Damask, the Cabbage, and the Apothecary's rose. The damask grows in Bulgaria and Morocco. The cabbage in France and North Africa, the apothecary's rose in France. They are all highly scented and not as perfectly shaped as the modern roses.
Rose plant parts are used in culinary, medicinal, perfumery and aromatherapy ways.
From a rose-hip tea to a fine rosewater splash...it is one of the finest and most beneficial herbs among us.
Like most plants, your location, your soil conditions, and your knowledge of how to care for them will dictate your success and the final look of your project.
This month we will explore as many varieties as you wish to know about.
My preference is of course the antique roses...Madame Plantier being my all time favorite. It will grow in zones 3-8 and needs full sun.
The spread is about 5 feet and height will reach 20." It grows beautifully on a fence or trellis.
You'll get pretty little pink buds that burst into white or creamy white blooms. They also grow well as a hedge or shrub border.
The fragrance from this rose is sweet and light.
Blooms in mid summer but the foliage is a treat both before and after the blooming season.
We can start preparing our soil now if it wasn't started in the fall months.
My soil is wet right now, so the only thing to do with wet soil is layer a good spread of dry compost across it and leave alone until the soil has dried to a easily workable state...a crumbly mass that doesn't ball up when squeezed in your hand.
Good compost is all you need in addition to good workable soil to plant roses.
Antique roses are not as easy to find as hybrids...so if you are planning to use antique/old roses-now is the time to get your orders in to a choice mail order company that specializes in such...they will ship when your planting time is right.
I'm looking forward to your participation....
Have a Rosy day~