summer

First Bloom

I’ve always wanted to grow roses (inspired by Carolyn and Anne  ), but I’ve never been able to keep rosebushes alive through our cold winters. Until this year. A neighbour kindly gave me a slip from her hardy rose bush and now I have roses!!

also have some little bugs who are eating the leaves.   I think they are aphids – they’re tiny and whitish and congregate on the underside of the leaves.

I sprayed with this organic spray but they’re still there ~  any tips from rose growing blog friends would be greatly appreciated!

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6 thoughts on “First Bloom

  1. marg says:

    What a beautiful rose. First bloom. I have not had much luck…those aphids are pesty and so I pulled our roses out and filled the garden with an assortment of ‘hosta’But I tired a first this year…Cala lilies and they bloomed beautifully and I’ve cut them now and they are on my kitchen counter.

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    • Kathie Macphee says:

      Oh thanks Lovella – I think they are whiteflies! I soaped them down and cut off the worst of the leaves. Thankfully the roses are still coming along beautifully. It’s the poor leaves that are suffering. Hopefully the insecticide soap will help.

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  2. Oh I love roses. I’ve found that the English shrub roses (e.g. those bred by David Austin) do well in our Scottish winters, although I’m sure your winters have more of a deep freeze than we do. The wild roses such as rosa rugosa would no doubt also do well.

    As far as aphids go, I keep them at bay by spraying the rosebuds and under the leaves with soapy water, and just gently sliding the bugs off with my fingers. Not a hugely delightful job, but effective and absolutely fine for the roses. I have a spray bottle that I add a squirt of Ecover dishwashing liquid to.

    Enjoy your roses!

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  3. nikkipolani says:

    Hurray for roses! Roses hardy enough for your winters can be challenging — especially if you don’t plan to winterize them. I’ve heard rugosas are particularly hardy. And this Canadian rose grower (http://www.pickeringnurseries.com/webstorewpic.cgi) lets you search roses that are winter hardy.

    Aphids are usually plump green little eaters, but can sometimes be white-ish. Maybe what you have is whitefly. Neither of these are rose friends 😦 With the number of roses I have, I don’t bother with sprays and just put up with bugs and fungus. But for your first baby rose, you can try insecticidal soap and rinse off the leaves often to discourage the whitefly’s return.

    Best wishes on your new rose adventure 🙂

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