SAN JOSE HERITAGE ROSE GARDEN
Here's What's Going On in the Garden
This page will be updated from time to time to let you know what's up in the garden.
September 1998 Status:
|The summer has been a time for recovery in the Garden. The unusual rain in May
brought disease that defoliated many of our roses and damaged others. June and the
beginning of July saw few blooms as the roses put their energies into growing foliage. By
mid July they looked pretty good and we had a second spring where almost all the
rebloomers flushed together. Thus, by the end of July almost everything was between
flushes. As August went on, the roses began to get out of sync in their flushes, but heat
reduced the size and number of blooms. This is continuing into September with a hoped for
build to a great show in October. The garden looks wonderful right now.|
|The garden is showing the results of the increasing number and experience of the
volunteers encouraged by our volunteer coordinators, Laurie Lynch and Judi Henderson.
Laurie has formed the "Wednesday Adopters" (otherwise known as the "Lynch
Mob") where work in the garden is combined with short talks on rose issues and a
social time. We are making real headway solving problems that were previously getting
ahead of us. Bracey Tiede has emerged as a major help to me in supervising other
volunteers. She and others can already identify 3 of the four types of understock suckers
that pop up under our roses (Multiflora doesn't sucker much).|
|New Varieties. Ed Wilkinson secured around 100 varieties provided graciously by
Mike Lowe. Jason Derer secured some rare old Hybrid Teas from Bush Pastures in Oregon.
Vintage Gardens is helping by growing these out for us. Thanks Gregg Lowery.|
Planting. We haven't planted many roses this summer due to
the heat. We have around 300 to be planted this fall and winter.
|Standards. We have been preparing 'de la Grifferaie' budded to 'Manettii' planted
two years ago to be standards. These are being budded at 4' for standard tree roses and at
7'-8' for weeping standards (Cascades). Those done last year are coming along fine and all
but the latest this year have taken nicely. One 8 footer budded with "Etain" has
the scion almost reached the ground! We are trying one rambler at 10' to see how it will
'de la Grifferaie' is a great standard stock here as it transpires at
these heights like a slush pump and it seems to accept any scion.
Four foot tree roses? We find that these are perfectly vigorous and they can rise
above the surrounding bushes and be seen where regular "Dr. Huey"-based tree
roses get lost. In general 42" or 4' standards are much more spectacular. All of this
is thanks to the great San Jose climate for roses.
|Pruning. We hope to get started in late October so we can prune the Hybrid
Perpetuals, Bourbons and Portlands that have never been properly pruned. These will be
followed by the Chinas and Teas and then the modern roses.|
|Volunteer days. We are now concentrating on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 - 12.
As pruning time arrives, we will have to add Sunday 9 - 12 to get done. For info, call the
Garden Center at 408-298-7657. Especially needed are knowledgeable rosarians that can take
supervisory responsibility for work days.|
Note. I have been getting a number of email requests to buy roses. We do not sell
roses. Nurseries who do are found on the links page.
Mel Hulse, September 13, 1998
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