April 10, 2007
I've been told that my maternal grandmother, who died before I was born, had an exceptionally green thumb. That must have been the case, since she grew and propagated roses with great skill--something I have not achieved. Is it my fault? I think it could be the roses themselves--more, or less-- and certainly in my New Jersey garden, it's a matter of more shade and less sun.
Roses, like moss on rocks, like to grow where they like to grow. Very often it is not the gardener's skill that determines success with roses, but location, location, location. My most successful rose was 'Iceberg,' which I grew in a container on my rooftop garden in SoHo. It thrived for years. In the semi-shaded garden in New Jersey, with cool damp summer nights, 'Iceberg' was a long-suffering failure. But I have not given up on roses...I continue to search for those that will be happy in my garden.
Growing roses successfully in the garden is not a matter of luck, it happens when we follow a few simple, but needful steps. I've written an article outlining my tips for success with roses and we have posted it on the Ken Druse REAL DIRT site. Click here if you would like to read "Ken's Advice For Growing Roses."
And the Winners are...
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The winners of the Peach Drift Rose contest are:
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Vicki and I talk with Renee Shepherd, the seeds woman who helped change what Americans sow--and eat. Renee tells us about some the exciting new flower and vegetable introductions available only from Renee's Garden.
This week Ken and Vicki talk with Renee Shepherd, the seeds woman who helped to change what Americans sow--and eat.