neyronrose (neyronrose) wrote,

planning spring gardening

     Thinking of asking students from [local university] if they'll help with clearing brush and weeds from my gardens and help to plant the roses that are still in small pots.  I'd pay them to do it, and I don't live far from [local university] -- it wouldn't be taking them way out of their way to come here.

     Just so I have it listed somewhere, a list of roses which seem to have come through this winter.  In the north side of the yard: 'Mme. Zoetmans', the Jacobite rose, the sweet briar (even the remnants of Hurricane Isabel didn't kill that), 'Fantin-Latour', 'Ispahan', 'Mme. Plantier', 'Leda', the mystery pink rose (fully double, sweetly-scented, remontant, "high-shouldered" -- leaves come up nearly to the base of the flower), 'Kazanlik', 'Botzaris', 'Konigin von Danemark'.  The autumn damask is a possible survivor -- there's just a small green cane showing.  'Comtesse de Murinais' has a few canes.

     Also on the north side of the house, two magnolias -- Magnolia x soulangiana and the sweet bay magnolia, a mahonia, and some tiger lilies.

     Two of the three roses near the vegetable garden are extremely hardy ones: 'Maiden's Blush' and 'Rosa Mundi'. The third and smaller one there is 'Mme. Legras de St. Germain'.  It took 'Mme. Legras' a couple of years to get established, but it seems to be okay now.

  The roses in pots near the back door: a few more seem to have given up this winter, but there are some hardy survivors.  The one that's probably 'Aunt Honey' looks good.  'Cardinal de Richelieu', 'Betty Harkness', 'La Reine', 'Robert Clemens', 'Teasing Georgia' and Rosa rugosa alba all have live canes.  Will have to check on Buck roses 'Blue Skies', 'Prairie Star' and 'Golden Unicorn'.  They were in pretty small pots, but are supposed to be very hardy.  If anything would come back from the roots, I think they would.  'Mr. Lincoln' had a green cane showing.  Apparently it is exceptionally hardy for a Hybrid Tea.

     The roses by the herb garden, the White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster, are doing fine.  They're sorts which will survive years of neglect -- about all I've done with them is some weeding around the White Rose of York, and cutting off dead canes on both.  I want to do more with the Red Rose (Apothecary Rose) this year -- move at least some of it to a spot where it can sucker freely.  If it wasn't on its own canes to start with (and I don't think it was), it is now.

     'Armide', out around the back of the sweet shrub near the former rose garden, has lots of healthy live canes.  That was a replacement rose for something else I ordered, and it's been such a rewarding one to have.  The flowers are small, but sweetly scented and so profuse.

     Also in the former rose garden: 'Kwanso', 'Hyperion', 'Ice Carnival' daylilies, and a couple of others I've lost the names of, a few primroses -- I think a blue and a yellow and 'King Alfred' daffodils (why did I plant them in front of the forsythia?).  In front, a couple of lilacs.  
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