Are Tender Roses Worth The Trouble?

Sit back, and I’ll tell you a tale of days gone by, when gardeners delighted in the roses they grew, cities had rose societies, old man Schmittenheimer’s roses were the talk of the town, and everyone’s grandmother had a vaseful of homegrown flowers in the good living room. Roses were a trophy for a job…
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The Rose Garden I Never Promised

My wife, Mary, and I have been married a little over 33 years and we’ve seen a lot, as most couple have.  Battled too many Red River floods to count, (lost the battle in ’97), moved an old house twice, worked side-by-side in our greenhouse business for 20 years, raised 4 children (2 married, 2…
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Winterizing Roses In November

It’s time to ready roses for their winter nap. The preferred timing for protecting roses varies each year from late October through mid-November, and depends on the weather. Before roses are winterized, they should experience several hard freezes, at least down into the upper 20’s. This “hardens them off” to be certain they’re entirely dormant,…
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My Favorite New Hardy Shrub Rose

When my wife, Mary, and I operated our greenhouse business 30 years ago, hybrid tea roses were the rage. Their picture-perfect, heavenly perfumed blooms in rich colors rivaled florist’s long-stemmed roses. Growing roses was a fine art, and the more you fertilized and fussed, the more spectacular they grew. Successful rose growers were held in…
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Climbing Roses For Northern Gardens

The Upper Midwest is a grand gardening region. If you set a goal of growing every well-adapted tree, shrub and perennial, you’d have to start very young and live to be very, very old. We have no shortage of adapted plants; we just have to choose wisely. Even climbing roses grow beautifully here. We just have…
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