July 10, 2009
“The roses you lifted to your lips ... lucky roses!” — Charlie Chaplin The quest for perfect roses in your garden begins with the major rose pruning events during the summer: flower cutting, deadheading, grooming and disbudding. Cutting flowers is probably the most enjoyable summer pruning job. After all, many of us grow roses so they may be appreciated indoors. Those flowers that don’t make it indoors should be deadheaded. Remove flowers as soon as they have faded and the petals are about to fall.
July 14, 2006
" I gather roses from thorns..." " The roses you lifted to your lips ... lucky roses ! " The rose is my flower of choice. What other prickly plant can bestow its master with such elegant blossoms? Of course, one must earn the trust and respect of a rose. Water, fertilizer, vigilance against pest and disease, mulching and proper pruning will win its heart and fill your garden and home with beauty and fragrance. The quest for perfect roses in your garden begins with the major rose-pruning events that occur during the summer ?
June 27, 2008
“The rose is a rose, And was always a rose.” The earliest of roses bloomed with single flowers — brightly colored, with five to eight petals and hips that provided medicinal uses. These ancestors of our modern roses developed prickles (thorns) to survive in the wild. It is generally agreed that the early species were so beautiful and scented that the Chinese began to introduce them into their gardens more than 5,000 years ago. Today’s single roses are at their peak, and can be selected for their singularly attractive bloom and delightful fragrance (something you can’t do during bare root season)
July 13, 2007
Foodies rejoice! A new little treasure trove of treats has opened next to Sapphire Restaurant. It's called the Sapphire Pantry and it's bursting with everything from fabulous international cheeses to smoked Muscovy duck breast to Armenian rose petal jam. This is another expression of Azmin Ghahreman's passion for bringing the very best food from around the world to his new epicurean empire atop the ruins of the Pottery Shack. When Azmin was showing us around, he could hardly contain his enthusiasm for each and every product in the shop.
May 24, 2002
"There is nothing exempt from the peril of mutation; the earth, heavens and whole world is thereunto subject." -- Sir Walter Raleigh "Turn and face the strange cha-cha changes. . . ." -- David Bowie "Isn't Winchester Cathedral a white flowered version of Mary Rose?" asked Catharine. Well, sorta I replied. It's a sport -- a spontaneous and random mutation that occurs on an established variety. Sports resemble their parent, but often have radically different flowers and/or growth habits.
June 24, 2005
STEVE KAWARATANI "Why is it no one ever sent me... one perfect rose?" --Dorothy Parker "The essence of romantic love is the never-ending, wonderful beginning..." --with apologies to Anita Brookner The quest for perfect roses in your garden begins with the major rose-pruning events that occur during the summer, like flower-cutting, deadheading, grooming and disbudding. Although the initial cost may seem a bit extravagant, I absolutely recommend the Felco line of pruning shears.