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    Here is yet one more of the collection of useful and informative country-living bulletins provided by Storey Publications, which are all still available. This one was first published in 1989, one of the earlier bulletins. The company was founded in 1983.
    A couple years ago, I completed a coloring book called Favorite Roses, which inspired me to learn more about these exquisite flowers and is one of my all-time favorite coloring books. In the course of coloring these pictures, I also did a great deal of research, and became determined to add the beauty of roses to my farm. The following year, I purchased two, but they, as expected, are not doing well. So I've decided to wait until the ongoing climate engineering/weather warfare assault going on above us, which has decimated the entire planet and its life support systems, has been stopped, and that WILL HAPPEN SOON. Then, if any life still survives on earth, I will move ahead with my rose garden.
    In any case, this bulletin was perhaps less enlightening to me, since I had already done so much research. And it is also a bit outdated. There are SO many varieties of roses now and available from so many good suppliers. There were only a few varieties I recognized, and only one supplier—Jackson & Perkins. Of course Oster's listing obviously did not include websites!! One of my favorite companies, which owns a great many of my other favorite companies is Jung Seed, and they carry wonderful roses! In the spring, they have economical collections and free shipping. Check out my Favorite Seed Companies page for more information.
    However, there was other information I did find very helpful, such as pruning, which I never feel I get quite right, and also the section on diseases and pests. So, there is something here for everyone, from beginners to the well-seasoned. Here are some highlights.
    Oster begins with an overview of the types of roses, and their attributes, in order for gardeners to make the right choice of which roses to purchase to succeed in their goals. The four main types are Bush; Climbing; Shrub and Ground Cover; and Tree. She says the bush types can range from six inches to six feet tall, and come in five categories: Hybrid Tea, which is the most popular; Floribunda, which were developed in the 1940s and are great for landscaping; Grandiflora, which are very tall, and provide large flowers throughout the season; Miniatures, which are a small version of the other categories; and Heritage, which were developed by plant breeders before 1867. The Climbers come in two types: the Large-Flowered have thick canes and large flowers that bloom continuously; the Ramblers have thinner canes and clusters of small flowers that bloom only once a year. Climbers can be attached to trellises fences, arbors, etc.. Shrub and Ground Cover roses range from four to twelve feet tall. The shrubs are good for hedges and backgrounds and depending on the type, can bloom continuously or once a year. The same with the ground-cover types which spread on the ground. Tree Roses are bud-grafted onto a straight, sturdy trunk, and I'm not quite sure I understand that one, as it is really not explained well. Where does the trunk come from?
    She next provides some shopping information which includes the different ways roses are sold or shipped. Bare-root is the method I'm most familiar with, but they can also be sold already growing in containers. She also provides some of the best roses for each category, but, as I said, with online shopping so easy, take the time to browse through the myriad selections. Check out all the qualities, such as hardiness and ease of growing, fragrance, frequency and size of blooms, colors and, as far as I'm concerned, the final choice should be made by which ones appeal to you the most.
    She also suggests ways to choose a location, and some creative ideas for putting your roses to best use. Next comes soil preparation, choosing the best time to plant in your area, and the best way to plant roses in whatever form you have purchased. Planting bare roots is different than planting those purchased in containers. She discusses mulching, watering, feeding, and to me, always the most perplexing—pruning. Others feel that way, too, so she points out that it is hard to make a mistake in pruning, (although there are certain ways that will yield better results). For me, experimentation has always been my best teacher.
    She ends with a listing of pests and diseases and how to recognize and combat these afflictions, and how to protect your roses if you live in an area with harsh winters. Those should be disappearing just about everywhere, with the planet heating up as it is. For all my Storey Publishing Bulletin reviews, please see the link at the top of the page for Book Reviews, then click "Non-Fiction." They are listed under "Agriculture."
    Below are two roses I am determined to own, provided some of us survive on this planet. The first is Double Delight, and the second is Peace, both hybrid teas. Both photos are from Jung Seed, as is the photo of Perfume Delight, used to make this background.


Double Delight


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