Archive | November 2017

Winter Rose Care! ❄🌹

Winter Rose Care

Rose Expert, Chris VanCleave, the Redneck Rosarian, gives 10 tips to keep your roses healthy through the winter season and have them ready for the next growing season

  1. Halt fertilizers about 6 weeks prior to 1st predicted frost in your area to protect any tender new growth from being damaged.
  2. Winter winds are often harsh and can damage not only the canes of roses but will “rock” the rose bush at its roots and can cause damage…

Read all the tips here…

Rose Pictures
Rose Grandma's Blessing

Grandma’s Blessing Rose

Rose Macys Pride

Macys Pride Rose

Rose Sceaming Neon Red

Screaming Neon Red Rose

Rose Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine Rose

Oso Easy Mango Salsa Rose

Oso Easy Mango Salsa Rose

Rose Pink Knock Out

Pink Knock Out Rose

2018 is the Year of the Tulip!

Reposted with permission of the National Garden Bureau:


2018 is the Year of the Tulip!
Year of the Begonia
Tulips say “spring” like no other flowers.

Their vivid, paint-box colors are a feast for winter-weary eyes. These members of the lily family (thus, a relative of onions) typically grow a single stem and flower from teardrop-shaped bulbs that are planted in fall for spring flowers. Tulip bulbs require a dormancy period with cool, winter-like temperatures. During this time, the bulbs sprout roots and the embryonic leaves and flowers inside the bulb begin to develop.

Tulips are native to southern Europe, the eastern Mediterranean, North Africa and Asia. Works of art depicting their distinctive shape date back to the 10th century. They have been cultivated in earnest for at least 400 years. By leveraging the tulip’s natural tendency toward diversity, generations of breeders and tulip collectors, have brought forth a mind-boggling array of flower forms, heights, colors and bloom times. Today, Holland produces most of the world’s annual tulip crop, which exceeds 4 billion bulbs annually.

It’s been said that various colors of tulips have significant meaning when gifted: Red means love, white means I’m sorry and purple represents loyalty.

There are over 150 species of tulips with over 3,000 different varieties and are classified into 16 Divisions by type.

Read more about the 16 Division Types of Tulips HERE.

Garden How-to’s

Purchase tulip bulbs that are large, firm and heavy. Store the bulbs in a cool, dark place until planting time.

Plant tulips in mid to late fall, when you are raking leaves and doing other fall clean up chores. Soil temperature should be 55°F or cooler. Choose a planting location with full to part day sun, where the soil is well drained and easy to dig (never soggy). Loosen the soil to a depth of 10”.

Tulips look best when they are planted in informal groups of 12 or more bulbs. Space the bulbs approximately 3 to 4” on center and plant them 6 to 7” deep. Use a garden trowel to plant individual bulbs or remove the soil from the planting area, place the bulbs and then refill the hole.

For more information on Tulips, please see our NGB website Year of the Tulip page!
The National Garden Bureau recognizes and thanks, Kathleen LaLiberte from Longfield Gardens as author and contributor to this fact sheet.

This fact sheet is provided as an educational service of the National Garden Bureau. There are no limitations on the use but please credit National Garden Bureau when using all or parts of this article or referencing the Year of the program.

Please consider our NGB member companies as authoritative sources for information. Click on the Member Directory for details about our members. Gardeners looking for bulb sources should select “Shop Our Members” at the top of our homepage.