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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Posted By: Diane Scott in Roses
Rosa 'Diane Loomer'
This year we were lucky enough to acquire four very special roses from acclaimed local rose hybridizer, Brad Jalbert of Select Roses. While many of his varieties are now available around the globe, only a few local retail nurseries have been offered the honour of carrying Brad’s roses.
Rosa 'Diane Loomer' 
Among these exceptional bushes is the rose ‘Diane Loomer’. Named for the first woman to conduct the National Youth Choir of Canada, Diane Loomer was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1999. This hybrid tea rose has an upright growth of 3-4 feet with large fragrant blooms (4-5 inches) that change from golden to apricot prink. This amazing rose is a continual bloomer from spring to fall.
Rosa 'Dylan'
Our second and newest Select rose is called ‘Dylan’. With blooms of the softest pink, this compact floribunda rose grows to about 3 feet tall. Easy to grow with foliage that has exceptional resistance to disease. Endless, long-lasting blooms on strong stems will enhance your garden all summer long. These would do well in all landscapes from mass plantings to a single container on your deck.
Rosa 'Our Anniversary'
Planted in Stanley Park and various parks in around Surrey, ‘Our Anniversary’ is truly a rose for the lower mainland. With blooms starting plum red deepening to a deep plum purple (weather dependent), this dense bushy floribunda has spectacular glossy green foliage and a light, sweet fragrance. Its disease resistance in all climates makes it popular around the world. Growing to approximately 2.5 feet tall, this rose would be great in containers.

The fourth offering is the ‘Vogue Anniversary’ rose. After looking at many options, Vogue magazine chose this bushy dwarf floribunda to honour its 125 anniversary. An English style rose with golden peach blooms and bright green foliage, it has great resistance to black spot and mildew. A fragrant compact rose, it would work well in a border garden, in smaller gardens or in a pot on the deck. 

Start feeding your roses this year with Select Roses plant food. We have both the Rose food and the Rose Starter food. Both are slow release. This means you can use them for your spring and summer rose feeding. Apply fertilizer in the spring when the soil, as well as the air, is warm, usually about mid April (this means temperatures stay above 10˚ C at night). Re-apply in mid June just after the first blooms. 
Rosa 'Dylan'
The rose food has an N-P-K ratio of 21-9-15, organic based with traces of micro nutrients for a perfectly balanced rose food. This one is preferred by the Vancouver Rose Society. The Rose Starter (N-P-K ratios of 1-3-15) is balanced for better root development and more blooms in the first year. It works well as an all purpose for your other plantings as well. We are offering both in the smaller container, the one with the hand grip for ease of use, at $14.98.

All four roses will be available in 3 gallon pots for pre-order on our website with pickup at the beginning of May.

For more information abour Brad Jalbert and his roses visit his website www.selectroses.ca


 

Friday, May 6, 2016
Posted By: Suvan Breen in Roses

Growing Roses is easier than you think. Roses have been around for millions of years yet they sometimes get a bad rap as finicky to grow, not true! Let us break it down for you and show you how easy it is to enjoy these beautiful blooms in your garden.

First you want to decide what kind of rose is best for you;

Floribunda Rose

Floribunda

The bright colours of the Floribunda rose offer smaller delicate blooms that flower in clusters and bloom all season long. These roses have large blooms on long stems and flower in singles and clusters depending on the variety. Grandiflora roses make for great cut flowers.

Hybrid Tea Rose

Hybrid Tea

This is the variety you find most often in bouquets. Hybrid Teas have a long stem with a large flower, and also make for beautiful cut flower arrangements.

Grandiflora Rose

Grandiflora

Grandiflora roses blend the best traits of hybrid teas and floribundas. They produce the same elegantly shaped blooms as hybrid teas, but in long-stemmed clusters that continually repeat, like floribundas. The plants tend to be tall (up to 7 feet), hardy, and disease-resistant.

David Austin Roses

David Austin Roses

David Austin® Roses are hybrids of old and modern garden roses. They achieve a wonderful fragrance, and charm of the old-style blooms combined with the repeat flowering and wide color range of modern roses. Some are extra vigorous in warm areas as very large shrubs and some may become semi-climbers.

Flower Carpet Rose

Shrub Roses

Great for your landscape! Whether it is to fill a space or for privacy, these repeat bloomers are easy to care for and will give you flowers throughout the season. They are low maintenance and provide great colour with a minimal amount of time and effort. Shrub roses are usually rounded in shape and are a fabulous addition to any garden. There are many different types of shrub roses including Flower Carpet Roses, Meidiland Roses and the generic Landscape Roses.

Wild Roses

This rose is not shy! With a magnificent fragrance and large growing habit Wild Roses will be a feature in your garden. While the flowers are smaller and slightly different from your flower shop rose they are prolific bloomers and a show stopper. Wild Roses bloom once a year and leave behind beautiful coloured rose hips.

Companion Plants for Roses

Most of the modern roses are bred to resist diseases but here are some companions to the rose that will help keep critters away. Anything in the Allium family- Onions, Garlic, Chives will keep away the aphids. Tomatoes and Garlic to deter mildew and black spot. Geraniums, Parsley and Catnip to fend off the Japanese Rose Beetle. Although you may want to skip the catnip if you don’t want all the neighbourhood cats having their own garden party in your yard.

With that said, Roses like their space. The best Roses are planted with lots of light and air circulation. Keep the companion plants a reasonable distance away from the Rose for best results.

Rose Growing Tips

Rose Growing Tips

Now for your top tips for planting and caring for your roses, like I said it is easier than you think. Choose your spot well- roses need at least 6 hours of sun a day but will take more if they can get it. Dig a hole twice the size of your root ball, mix in some compost soil and add water.

Once planted water it in well. Always water at the base of your rose, never overhead. Rose leaves like to stay dry, black spot can occur if you water the leaves. Soaker hoses are a great way to water deeply without water waste.

Plant for the size it will be, your rose may be small now but don’t forget it will grow. The tag that comes with your rose will tell you the dimensions of the plant, roses like some air so give it some space. Deadhead your roses to encourage repeat blooms and to keep the air flowing through the plant. Cut the stem at the nearest leaf.

Fertilize every six weeks or so. Whether you choose to fertilize with compost or fertilizer your rose likes to be fed a 2-3 times each season. Our Garden Pro Rose Food is excellent, ready to use product for your Roses. Stop fertilizing 6 weeks before the first frost.

Garden Pro Rose Fertilizer

Pruning Roses

Prune in the early spring when you see the Forsythia’s blooming. An easy guide is 3-3-3, prune your rose by a 3rd in the 3rd week of the 3rd month. That is it! Time to choose your rose and enjoy!


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