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August 24, 2006



I'll try to weight in later with some suggestions on varieties. Even though I live in the south, I've always loved northern gardeners for some reason. I guess I like their perspective.

Anyways...if possible, acquire climbers that are own-root. This will relieve worry when it comes to winter dieback. Grafted roses can lead to excessive hand-wringing even in southern climates.

Regarding training > you've got to get those canes lateral. Roses, among other plants, bloom from terminal buds. Thus a cane moving vertically will have most of its energy placed into producing a bloom or three at the top of the vertical run. While the canes are young (and flexible) train them laterally. Thus all along that lateral run you'll have buds.

Oh...a suggestion comes to mind > New Dawn on own-root. A classic. Frankly, the last New Dawn I bought didn't do so well, and it was grafted which was a surprise. I have a write-up but good manners precludes me from posting it here.

However, a source for this climber and others (and I have no affiliation) is Antique Rose Emporium > www.antiqueroseemporium.com

They're in Texas, but don't let that stop you with regards to climate > they'll have some climbers that should do okay in your area.

In keeping with the spirit of commentary on posts, I've hit a lot of subject matter without going into tons of detail, but hopefully it contributes.



I come to you from a comment you left on my blog. I will now check in often to see how things are going “in the frozen reaches of the Upper Midwest”. While I was born and raised in California we do share the problems with deer and raccoon’s. My customers also complain about the bear that makes the rounds to the finch feeders.

I too am a bird watcher, who once traveled looking for vagrants and other rare birds on the coast south of San Francisco. Now I enjoy the many birds that make the nursery home.

Your blog has an easy, friendly feel. I’ll be back.


Barrie: Thanks so much for all your information. In my mind, there is never too much! Thanks for the tip on getting the canes lateral. I hadn't read that anywhere else, so it's good to know. As for New Dawn, I've thought about it, but my site might be just a bit exposed for it. It's hardy here in 4a, but the fence faces WSW and gets the brunt of the winter wind coming down the street. That's why I've been looking at William Baffin and John Cabot - they're both rated for US zone 3. Thanks for the tip on the Antique Rose Emporium. I'm pretty sure I've heard of them before - I think they're the ones that started by collecting old roses from cemetaries? I will definitely look at their choice. I'll also be looking at Sam Kedem's Roses, here in MN. They used to do mail order but I think they stopped this year (not sure about that, though). They still have a nursery and still specialize in hardy roses. Visit them at www.kedemroses.com.

Trey: Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks for your nice words! I really enjoy your blog, too - I'm very interested in the business of selling plants.

Sissy Ziech

Did you ever pick a rose? I have to second the recommendation for New Dawn. I have had her and a climbing Don Juan which covered an arch in two years.
In Zone 8, that is....

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