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Old 07-25-2008, 01:53 PM   #31
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Great. We'll make it the forum mascot bush.
What's with that one really tall spindly looking branch in the back, on the right? That looks like it needs to come off. I throughs the whole balance off. At least to my eye.

But what did you wind up doing, adding?
Keep up the good work.
Thanks for the pics.
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Old 07-25-2008, 02:04 PM   #32
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B'girl this might have already been asked but I'm not seeing where. Did you trim the plant last year at the end of the season and then at the beginning of this season? Roses need to be really cut back to get full.
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Old 07-25-2008, 02:32 PM   #33
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What's with that one really tall spindly looking branch in the back, on the right? That looks like it needs to come off. I throughs the whole balance off. At least to my eye.

But what did you wind up doing, adding?
Keep up the good work.
Thanks for the pics.
The spindly one is pretty new. I was amazed at how fast it grew. It grew like that after I trimmed. I dug in an organic compost made only from plants. I cleared away all the bad parts, and I poured a systematic solution that had pesticide, fungicide, and fertilizer around the base. I think it was Bayer brand. I also cleared away all the strawberry plants so if they were infected they wouldn't bring it back to the bush.

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B'girl this might have already been asked but I'm not seeing where. Did you trim the plant last year at the end of the season and then at the beginning of this season? Roses need to be really cut back to get full.
I cut it back in the spring a little, but DH wanted to start new bushes from some of the shoots and we read that they have to bloom first so we waited for that. Then we were out of town every weekend so DH could never do it. I just wanted to trim it and chuck the branches but DH wouldn't let me. So the bush just sat. I don't want a really tall bush there so I intend to cut it back quite a bit every year like my grandmother does with her bushes.

I think this fall I'm going to pull everything out of that whole garden, mulch it, and start over. I was working of a pre-existing garden from the prior owners so I'd like to re-vamp anyway.
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Old 07-25-2008, 02:44 PM   #34
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I cut it back in the spring a little, but DH wanted to start new bushes from some of the shoots and we read that they have to bloom first so we waited for that. Then we were out of town every weekend so DH could never do it. I just wanted to trim it and chuck the branches but DH wouldn't let me. So the bush just sat. I don't want a really tall bush there so I intend to cut it back quite a bit every year like my grandmother does with her bushes.

I think this fall I'm going to pull everything out of that whole garden, mulch it, and start over. I was working of a pre-existing garden from the prior owners so I'd like to re-vamp anyway.
Well, put your foot down and tell DH he messed up your plant. You're supposed to cut it really far back so it can fill itself in. I raised roses forever when I was in California but since I don't have an outside spicket here I can't raise them anymore. Lugging water outside just isn't as easy as it sounds like it would be. When I move I'll definitely have a hose and spicket. Growing from pruinings is not the easiest thing when it comes to roses. It's easier to pay $5 for a plant from Home Depot than bothering to get frustrated with attempting to create your own bush.

Tell DH grandma knows best and trim that baby. Depending on where you live it might not be too late to give it a trim. We always cut ours back to about 8 inches tall and by fall they'd be 5 or more feet tall and super full.

I miss having roses. You just don't see them here like you did in California.
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Old 07-25-2008, 04:17 PM   #35
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anything that dies, get rid of it----canes and all..........blood meal is fine but be sure that your roses are getting enough water and acid......and spray them for fungus........my grandma fed hers kitchen scraps.......some kind of scented roses as they loved it...but it was in a more arid environment, too.... north of Dallas.......she also loved her garden and saved all the rinse water from her laundry that day to soak the parched earth.......what an Oh, Pioneer Woman!!!! She still comes to me ever so often in my dreams and that's how I keep her alive.......nothing special.......just dream hugs............
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That is so sweet, about your grandmother! Do you have a life story written about her?

I trimmed again yesterday and got rid of anything that had died since my last pruning as well as that stray branch. I also added more mulch to it. I couldn't find any blood meal--I guess it's out of season here now. All the gardening places have been cut back and they are preparing for fall and winter now (we have a short growing season here). The bush is looking good though. If it blooms again before the frost comes I'll have to post another picture.
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Old 07-27-2008, 09:52 PM   #37
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It WILL bloom again. Not IF, silly.
Okay, you couldn't get bone meal either? Stange.
But get that rose food, time release, I mentioned.
That will take care of everything and last till the end of season.
(I said it should bloom 40-45 days after cutting back.
So now we can document-through the thread, when you did that the first time, and see exactly how long it takes.)

Do not cover base of the plant with compost/dirt or anything, higher than the base of the soil you originally planted in though.

Thanks for the update.
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That is so sweet, about your grandmother! Do you have a life story written about her?

I trimmed again yesterday and got rid of anything that had died since my last pruning as well as that stray branch. I also added more mulch to it. I couldn't find any blood meal--I guess it's out of season here now. All the gardening places have been cut back and they are preparing for fall and winter now (we have a short growing season here). The bush is looking good though. If it blooms again before the frost comes I'll have to post another picture.
you know, I've heard several references to a life story....I guess I'm missed out on something somewhere,,,,,,,can you help me out???
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My grandma was special and so funny..........she had her down sides, too..............just like me.............she has been my inspiration for so many years.........I'm so lucky to have had her in my life............thank you g...................
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It WILL bloom again. Not IF, silly.
Okay, you couldn't get bone meal either?
I say if because it can frost here as early as September. It may bloom before then though, I guess I do need to count the days.

I might be able to get bone meal at Lowe's, or maybe the greenhouse in the next town over. I will make calls and see if they still have any.

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you know, I've heard several references to a life story....I guess I'm missed out on something somewhere,,,,,,,can you help me out???
I'm not sure exactly what you are asking for help with. Writing a life story for your grandma? Locating one?
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