December rose care FUNdamentals

December rose care FUNdamentals

As welcoming to all gardeners as the recent rains were and as much as it would be great to think it was a sign of future rains and an end to the extended drought, gardeners can only wait for more substantial rains to arrive. The total inches of rain were not enough to sustain gardens […]

Rose Care FUNdamentals set up for spring blooms

The Temecula Valley is experiencing a welcome moderation of temperatures, and gardens are showing improvement. However, cooler temperatures and more humid nights provide moisture to the vegetation which can create conditions for other problems, such as powdery mildew, white fungi on leaves upper surface, and black spot, dark splotches on leaves. Roses benefit from a […]

Roses need lots of care in dry, hot weather

Roses need lots of care in dry, hot weather

The recent brief shower didn’t bring relief from the high temperatures and dry Santa Ana winds for either humans or plants. Fall is finally here? Doesn’t feel like it. The outlook is for high temps and maybe even triple digits. Last month I gave illustrations and descriptions for mid-season pruning with a suggested timeline for […]

June Rose Care FUNdamentals

Not only are California gardeners faced with new pests, we are confronted with the most severe drought in decades and with the drastic rationing that water districts must impose. We must vigilantly manage our water use if we hope to maintain our cherished roses. In fact, we may well be forced to go into survival […]

March rose care FUNdamentals

March rose care FUNdamentals

As of this writing, El Nino hasn’t hit yet. Although we have had some rain, we must be aware this area can still get some heavy rain as late as April. I’m beginning to think that the current climate may be the new normal, as the past three years have reflected similar spring weather patterns. […]

November rose care FUNdamentals

We are experiencing a welcome moderation of temperatures and our gardens are showing improvement too. However, cooler temperatures and more humid nights provide moisture to the vegetation which can create conditions for other problems, such as powdery mildew (a white fungi on leaves upper surface) and blackspot (dark splotches on leaves). Roses benefit from a […]

Rose Care FUNdamentals for October

The recent showers were a nice respite from the high temperatures and dry windy weather, but they are misleading, the moisture is only temporary and doesn’t sink very deeply. The outlook is for high temps to return and maybe even triple digits. Last month I gave illustrations and descriptions for mid-season pruning with a suggested […]

Mid-season rose pruning and watering tips

Mid-season rose pruning and watering tips

Summer temperatures and humidity have been all over the map, varying from week to week, never lasting too long. My roses have done quite well using my prescribed “desert practice” for summer. If you are participating in this practice – allowing a summer of rest for your roses – you still have several weeks to […]

Let roses continue with summer dormancy

Once again I’m reminded of unusual weather. The first six months of 2015 were the hottest on record in California and the world! June brought exceptional heat to Spain, parts of Asia and South America. Cattle pastures in the highlands of Switzerland needed water air-dropped to create watering holes for the cattle there due to […]