My Zephirine Drouhin Rose just began blooming. Of course, everything is so slow to get started this year, due to our cool, wet spring. Plants want heat to bud and break open and smile at the sun. And finally, the roses are doing just that. I planted my Zephirine in our small vegetable garden. Why? My goal is to have roses in every part of … Continue reading Roses Everywhere starting with Zephirine Drouhin
Our world will never be without horsetail, so why not put it to good use? Prevent rose diseases, mildew and rust with this horsetail infusion. This weed that lasts till the end of time (Equisetum arvensis) contains calcium, iron, magnesium, molybdenum, potassium and sulfur. Good stuff for a foliar spray. Dry horsetail plants, crush them and store in an airtight container. To prepare horsetail infusion, … Continue reading Roses—Keep diseases out with horsetail!
The Damask rose has been cultivated for thousands of years and is associated with the ancient city of Damascus (This capital city of Syria is said to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, possibly from 6000 B.C.!) Damask roses are grown for perfume in North Africa and the Middle East and are an important cash crop in Iran, Bulgaria and Turkey. Their … Continue reading Antique Rose—Damask