SAN JOSE HERITAGE ROSE GARDEN
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This page is updated from time to time to let you know what's up in the garden.
Mel Hulse, Garden Maintenance Director
Garden Report, June 2004
Hot – Cold – Hot -
Cold ! What next? Comfortable! December and January saw colder weather than
usual. Most roses responded by doing their dormancy thing. Then February
produced almost all the season's rain. Early March saw record breaking heat
forcing roses out of dormancy. Teas became an ocean of powdery mildew and balled
blooms and the whole garden was over two weeks ahead. Then it slowed down in
April with clear days and cool nights. The rampant bloom slowed down, but PM
continued. We still had good bloom for “Spring in Guadalupe Gardens.” After that
cool weather in May slowed us to near normal extending the spring bloom of old
garden Roses, Modern roses began their second flush. During June, great,
slightly cooler weather has allowed some of the early bloomers began their third
flush! We still have some fungal disease, but it is going away with all the
great sunny days.
Interim Propagation Facility. From now on, it will be called the Heritage Nursery. This 1000 sq. ft. fenced facility provides space with controlled irrigation for growing out potted roses, a soil bin for potting soil and a large potting bench. Construction by the San Jose Conservation Corps is finished! They did a great job. Our volunteers are in the midst of installing the above ground irrigation doing the work of stringing the irrigation hose and punching the emitters into that hose. The first bed is done and the first roses will be in the Nursery as you read this and our backyards should soon be empty of stored Heritage roses! Thanks to the Heritage Rose Foundation and the many generous donors that made the Nursery a reality! Come to the back of the garden to see our play pen!
Workdays. Workdays are Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 – 11 until October 2nd when workdays will revert to 9:00 - 12:00.. Bring a hat, bypass shears and leather gloves if you have them. We'll show you how! It's snack & yack time in the Garden center on Wednesdays after the work session. Fruit salad time is the first Wednesday of each summer month. Bring some fruit! The second Tuesday of July, August and September are "Deadheading Blitz" workdays. Ice cream sundaes are served after the work! But, most of all COME and work in the roses for as long as you enjoy it.
Catalog. Our year 2004 catalog is available at the Garden Center for a $12 donation and by mail for $15. E-mail email@example.com for details.
Peak Bloom. There is always bloom to see at the Heritage. The first big show of the year is at the end of March when the old China and Tea roses produce a glorious bloom. The peak Spring modern rose flush is (usually!) the end of April. Old Garden Roses peak about two weeks later and Polyanthas and Miniatures, a week after that. The peak Fall flush is mid-October.
Garden Center Staffing. There is someone at the Garden Center from 9am-4pm, Monday - Friday. You can call with questions about the Heritage and other elements of the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens. Phone: 408-298-7657. If you get the answering machine, staff is probably out in the garden. Leave a message including your interest and they will return your call ASAP.
Mel Hulse, June 26, 2004
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