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Oct 12 • 2012 • BushColoursGardenGroundcoverGroundsPinksRoseRose NewsShapesclimbing

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Ringling Estate Rose Garden Still Going Strong

When John Ringling's wife, Mable, planted a rose garden in the picturesque grounds of the Ringling Estate in Sarasota in the early 1900s, she probably didn't realize that her lovely rose garden would still be enjoyed by visitors today.

This 27,225-square-foot rose garden is patterned after a traditional Italian circular garden design, so one can enjoy the nearly 1,200 roses while walking in large circles. As you stroll, you will note the many varieties of colors, shapes and showiness.

There are yellows, pinks and reds that range from climbing to bush to ground cover. Some are tall and elegant, while others are smaller and charming. In the very center of the garden lies a gazebo where you can sit and enjoy the fresh scents of the many roses — which are in bloom nearly all year.

According to Deborah Walk, museum curator, Mable Ringling was in Florida during the cooler months, usually from October through March/April when she enjoyed strolling in and tending her gardens. Other gardens on the grounds are: Mable's Secret Garden, the Dwarf Garden and the Millennium Tree Trail. Although none of the original rose bushes planted by Mable survived, many of today's roses in the garden are of the same types.

"There are old garden roses such as Hybrid Perpetuals, China Tea Roses and Hybrid Musk," said Loretta Bestpitch, horticulturist and curator of Mable's Rose Garden for The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

With this many roses to care for, they must be attended to on a daily basis. The estate horticulturists supervise the five to 15 volunteers who are asked to remove the spent blooms or deadhead the roses.

"At times, our volunteers will help with other projects such as planting new roses, cutting the roses back, mulching or cleaning the paths and beds," said Bestpitch, who explained that it is important to remove the spent blooms in order to encourage the growth of new blooms. "We prune for shape and try to cut to an outward facing bud and the thickness of a pencil so there is enough strength to support the new blooms," added Bestpitch.

Rose lovers who want to grow their own should keep in mind that roses require sun exposure of six to eight hours per day. They also like to have 3 to 5 inches of mulch to keep them weed-free. Good nutrient-rich soil that is the proper pH (5.8-6.8) is also important. Furthermore, although they like to have plenty of water, roses do not like to stand in water.

Bestpitch explained that it's also important to choose the right rootstock for your area.

"Make sure you choose a rose that performs good in Florida or the area where you reside. Florida roses do best when grafted onto Fortuniana rootstock; other parts of the country prefer Dr. Huey." Garden and miniature roses do well on their own roots.

Typically, the roses in Florida are cut back hard (hard pruning) during the first week in February. "After a hard cut, it takes approximately 45 to 60 days (depending on variety) for them to display a dazzling show of new blooms," explained Bestpitch. However, newer cutting techniques currently being employed by the estate are in hope of keeping the roses blooming all year long.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



May 16 • 2012 • BudColoursHabitPetalsRoseRose of the WeekWeatherbloomsclustersfoliageshrub



Shrub Roses (Old Fashioned and Modern)

 Year: 1909

Height:  2ft

A superb rose which produces large clusters of blooms of pale orange- red plus yellow in the bud stage. As the blooms open they change to a beautiful blend of pearly pink blush and cream with an attractive silky sheen on the petals. The strength of colour is often determined by the weather and the difference in colours can be quite pronounced. The shape of the blooms can be very similar to an English David Austin rose and are often mistaken for one of that variety. A good repeat flowering habit, and in our opinion and is probably one of the most beautiful roses we have ever sold. The blooms are very weather tolerant, and the rich dark green foliage is healthy and disease free. An excellent bedding rose with the bonus of a great perfume which makes it a great rose for cutting. The perfume is a cross between the classical Tea Rose and honey. Not a very large variety so will grow in a container quite successfully. For the best results dead head regularly and only prune lightly in the spring. The roses ancestry is very complex, so rosarian’s around the world never seem too agree on how to classify it, is it a Floribunda a Hybrid Tea a Polyantha or a Bourbon shrub? One fact that is certain is that it was bred from the famous white Hybrid Perpetual ‘Frau Karl Druschki’ which was considered to be the finest white rose of its time. Frau Karl Druschki was the wife of the President of the German Rose Society. It is also believed that ‘Gruss An Aachen’ was the original rose that began the Floribunda variety. A truly remarkable rose that was bred by Philip Geduldig. The name ‘Gruss An Aachen’ means "Greetings to Aachen" in Germany which was the breeders home city. Almost thornless. Highly recommended. Also known as 'White Willow Glen'

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.




Dec 18 • 2011 • ColoursFlowerPinkQueen ElizabethRoseRose GardenRose NewsShadedyellow





Queen Elizabeth 

Ever wondered that Mother Teresa, Christian Dior, Queen Elizabeth, and Jawaharlal Nehru all have one thing in common?

They have a type of rose named after them.

A winter rose show has been organized at the National Rose Garden this weekend where all such roses, along with about 50 other varieties, will be on display. The show is being organized by the Rose Society of India.

Institutes across the country have sent in roses of different colours and sizes for the competition, which has about 22 categories. - that are on display. within a big, white tent. There are roses so massive that it would be hard to fit them in both palms, and then there are the tiny ones barely an inch wide. Even the colours on display are spectacular - white with pink edges, orange and pink-shaded roses, white with speckles of yellow and pink, and beautiful coral roses, among others.

Forget the standard colours - red, pink, yellow and white - that are normally seen at flower shops, there is a multitude of different shades in single-colour roses as well - apricot, lavender, scarlet, deep pink, golden and orange. The competition also includes products made with roses, like incense, gulkand, candles, scent, candy and water.

Flower arrangements from the President's garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan, and ikebana from the Ohara School of Ikebana are also on display.

The show might just be a weekend affair, but the rose garden has about 70 different types of roses - some in full bloom, while others still in nascent stages. "The bloom has been affected as the temperatures remained high for so long but suddenly dropped from last week. While some roses bloomed suddenly with the drop in mercury, others didn't," said Dhan Singh, general secretary of The Rose Society of India.

Despite so many varieties of roses, it seems strange that there are only two or three available for retail. But Singh says that few nurseries, at least in Delhi, are breeding different kinds of roses now. "With climate change and pollution, roses don't grow very well here and nurseries cannot make much money from what grows. The cut flowers that come here are mainly grown in temperature-controlled glasshouses in Pune and Bangalore," he says.#

 Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



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