Restoration Rose | Volunteer Gardener

Restoration Rose | Volunteer Gardener

– [Matt] Well, Susan, here we
are in your amazing backyard, and the fragrance of the roses
are just so overpowering, absolutely stunning. Tell me a little bit
about your approach to rose growing and
what captivates you, and how you’ve been
able to maintain such a beautiful backyard. – Sure, sure. Well, once I discovered
the older roses, the shrub roses, the roses that were actually
hybridized for garden use, I realized how
easy care they are. They were created before
the advent of a lot of chemical pest
intervention and fertilizers, so they’re meant to just be
planted like a hydrangea, or a rhododendron and
just kind of left alone with some easy pruning. So, the most important
thing, I think, for shrub roses like this, the first three
years you have them is to keep them
watered during drought. Water is the best fertilizer, and it really guarantees
the health of the plant. They really don’t get
sick with spots and things until they get a
little heat stressed and we get a little drought. One rose that’s
particularly amazing is the rose here
on the brick wall. – [Matt] Yeah. – [Susan] It’s called
Mel’s Heritage, and it’s named after a
gentleman named Mel Hulse, who essentially founded the
San Jose Heritage Rose Garden, which is 10 acres of roses. – [Matt] Wow, wow. – [Susan] The ramblers
like Mel’s Heritage, and this one over
here on the fence, the whitish-pinkish one, that is called Alpenfee. The ramblers are usually
once blooming, in the spring, with very flexible canes. So, they need to be
allowed to ramble. – [Matt] Run up something. – [Susan] That’s right. – [Matt] Trellis’, fence lines. – [Susan] That’s right. And, once they get to
be of a certain size, they don’t even really
need to be tied in because they cling
to themselves. – [Matt] Kinda weaving in. – [Susan] And, the
only maintenance that you have to do with
them is after the bloom, you just wanna take
out the dead wood, and do a little
trimming for size. But, because they do
only bloom in the spring, you don’t want to cut them back any later than, maybe, August, or you’ll take bloom
for the next year. This is a great shrub rose. This is a modern rose
from an English gentleman named Peter Beales, and this rose is
called Flamenco Rosita. – [Matt] Beautiful color. – [Susan] Yes, it is. – [Matt] Rich. – [Susan] It’s a
beautiful color. It blooms all summer long. Literally, you can see all
the buds that are starting. It’s already bloomed for
the last month or so. – [Matt] Just a repeat
bloomer on and off through all the seasons? – [Susan] Always. As much as a Knockout. – [Matt] You have an assortment
of companion plantings to your rose garden, and this one in particular,
behind the fountain, the clematis that is just
coming into full bloom. – [Susan] Clematis are the
perfect companion plant with roses, because even
though they climb and twine, they’re not heavy. So, they’re not going to
damage a rose in any way, or compete with your
rose in any way. They like the same
kinda moist, deep soil. They like their roots shaded, same as the rose, and their
flowers up in the sun. The possibilities
really are endless for how you wanna combine
colors and bloom season. The rose there that you
see now only blooms once, but the clematis will
bloom all summer long. Well, cranesbill, which
is actually a geranium, ’cause you know a geranium
is pelargonium, right? So, the cranesbill down
there, below the clematis, that rich purple flower, that will bloom
for six weeks or so in the spring and early summer, and it spreads to
create a ground cover which suppresses weeds. Some of the varieties
have interesting foliage. They are wonderful to
put at the base of roses. Anything that can shade
those roots really makes the rose happy. I have quite a bit
of Japanese Anemone. I use a lot of
nepeta or catmint, – [Matt] Yep, yep,
great spreader. – [Susan] That is
wonderful ground cover. The more that you can
plant under the roses, the less the roses will have
to compete with the weeds and they’re just a lot happier. – [Matt] Gotcha. And something to keep in
mind when you’re doing this kind of low maintenance
style of rose planting where I know a lot of
people tend to panic when they see things in roses
that may be out of place, like defoliation
along the lower limbs and or maybe some black
spot or powdery mildew on the leaf surfaces, that’s not something to
be overly concerned about is it? THat’s just kind of
a bit of their habit, there’s ways around it,
you don’t have to go ahead and panic too much, right? – [Susan] Right, absolutely. These roses will all shake
off just about any kind of pest or disease you
can throw at ’em, you just have to learn to live
with a little bit of spot, that’s why companion
plantings are important, so that you’re not just
focused on the shrub but it’s more kind of a
impressionistic type feeling that your eye gets. When you do see some
spot on your roses you can actually
pluck them off by hand and your rose will
produce new leaves within a couple of weeks. So one thing I would recommend
when you’re starting off is to keep your rose
in a pot for a season and determine if
it likes that spot, right rose, right place. – [Matt] Right, right. And Susan, as I’m standing
here in your garden, everything just looks so
healthy for you to not have a heavy spray regimen. Can you tell me a little bit
about some of your favorite soil amendments and feeding
techniques to keep them so robust. – [Susan] Absolutely. I think that composted
manure, any kind of compost actually, it loosens up our clay but it still allows it
to retain the moisture they need. Roses love moist
soil just not boggy, so anytime you can top
dress with compost, prepare the hole with compost, bone meal is excellent,
actually any kind of organic kelp, fish emulsion,
things like that, if you want to
use a liquid feed, anything organic
is good for them. I even used my great
grandmothers methods of the banana peels
with potassium, egg shells, et cetera. They like anything you
can give them, really. – Nice, nice. We have a really healthy,
beautiful purple rambler, climbing rose, tell me
a little bit about this variety here. – This is an old rose, it
was hybridized in Germany, probably around the late 1800s, it is called veilchenblau and when I got this rose
I left it in the pot and it’s still in the pot. – [Matt] Is that right? (laughing) – [Susan] And you
can see how it’s.. – [Matt] Just growing
right through it. – [Susan] It’s just, yeah,
nothing slows it down, it’s kinda taken over
the boxwood hedge. The great thing about
these once bloomers, they bloom usually
in multiple clusters, so you have all stages
of bloom at one time, you have the buds, you
have the newly opened buds, you have the fading and
that’s what gives it this kind of
multiple color effect rather than just all
monochrome lavender and then you’ve got these
little yellow stamens here, it just makes it a real
cheerful and interesting rose. – [Matt] Such a full
cluster of them right here. And then behind us we’re
covered in just another single petal, white variety, is this another single
flowering or is this a multiple flowering season? – [Susan] This one will
repeat, this rose is called Francis E. Lester and
it was hybridized by Mr. Lester, who
was a great friend and lover of the
rose and it’s simple but it has such a charm, absolutely healthy. It needs some room
to grow, ya know, the larger ramblers and shrubs, they need some room to grow, not that you have
to keep them massive but you just don’t want to
continuously prune a rose that wants to grow, you
need to choose the mature size for your location. – [Matt] Can’t help but notice,
this looks like a magazine cover page here with this
beautiful specimen rose that you have growing
over an old dogwood tree. Just absolutely stunning. Tell me a little bit
about this variety. – This is a found rose,
meaning that someone found it and decided to propagate it. This one was found in California in the town of Arcata and it goes by the
name Arcata Pink Globe, it’s also known as
the Moser Shed rose because it had
completely covered a shed on the Moser property that had been there
since the mid 1800s but no one knows it’s
official given name, so that remains a
bit of a mystery, there are theories about
what rose it could be and there are people who
actually spend a lot of time trying to figure out the
given name of this rose but it doesn’t really
matter does it? – [Matt] This is incredible. You were talking
a little bit about what is legal and what
is illegal to propagate with found roses
or patented roses, can you talk to me a
little bit about that. – [Susan] Sure, a rose
patent in the United States is good for 25 years, if
you and I created a rose and named it Matt’s Joy. – [Matt] Okay, I like that. – [Susan] We would have the
rights to sell that rose for 25 years, as Matt’s Joy. After 25 years you can
reapply for the patent, most hybridizers don’t. So after that time has elapsed, anyone is free to
propagate the rose and that’s the great thing
about the old roses too is that you can propagate
them and pass them along to you friends, if you
see them out in the wild somewhere or something I do
a lot up here in Nashville is try to save ’em
from the bulldozers, you can take a few cuttings and propagate your own. It’s just important, when
you do take cuttings, always ask permission and don’t endanger
the health of the rose but a vigorous rose like this, you could take as
many as you wanted. – [Matt] And doing
it the right way, it’s very important to
keep the heritage alive in some of these strains
that have been around for hundreds of years and
making sure that some of these beauties just don’t go extinct. – Absolutely. This variety has a
rather unromantic name, it’s Gartendirektor Otto Linne, who was a gentleman in Germany and he’s the
creator of the rose, I think if it was
named fairies dream it would be in every
garden across the world but it is an absolutely
fantastic rose, again, it blooms in clusters, so you get the variances
and nuances of colors as the buds age, it
blooms all summer long, all you have to do, yeah,
you just cut off the cluster and it makes another one, it’s healthy all summer long, it’s got these
kinda glossy leaves, usually the glossy leaves
can fight the black spot a little bit better
than the matte and it’s absolutely
a care free plant. – [Matt] Wow. And for our viewers out
there that are looking to purchase these older
varieties of roses, do you have any tips
on where they can find some of these tough
old varieties. – [Susan] Absolutely,
absolutely. The Antique Rose Emporium
in Brenham, Texas is a wonderful
mail order nursery, they sell a little
bit bigger plants than some other nurseries, which are helpful for beginners. There’s also a
wonderful nursery, Pat Henry in South Carolina
has Roses Unlimited and she has from the
very earliest roses all the way up to the moderns, thousands of beautiful,
beautiful roses, she takes very
good care of them, I highly recommend
both those nurseries. – [Matt] Nice, good to know. Tell me a little bit
about this one here. – [Susan] This is
a beautiful rose, it’s called Poseidon,
it was hybridized by Tom Carruth of Weeks Roses, he is very much into
the blues and purples, the unusual shades and
this is an amazing rose, it blooms all summer long, it is healthy all summer long, it can be kept as
a smaller shrub, I kind of experiment
every year to see if I want to prune
it and keep it short or just let it kind of grow big and I’ve realized when
I let the main canes grow bigger then I get
shoots, lateral shoots from the main canes, so it
just doubles the flowers. – [Matt] Wow, this thing’s huge, it’s six, seven feet tall. – It is. – Lightly staked, no
major heavy staking here, just seems to perform well when you just kinda let
it go to it’s own devices, it looks very black
spot resistant. – [Susan] It is. – [Matt] So Susan, as
we’re walking around I’ve learned a little
bit about the difference between rambling
and climbing roses, tell me again about the details
of how they are different and what you have to
do to really make sure that they stay
healthy in the garden. – [Susan] Sure. Ramblers are very vigorous
and usually once bloomers and they ramble,
thus their name, this one’s going
up a cherry tree and essentially, I just
kinda toss the canes over a limb, wrap them around, they don’t require
any care at all, I don’t believe I even dead
headed this one last year and it produced beautiful hips that you can cut and
use in your autumn and holiday arrangements. – [Matt] And then as
far as this beautiful yellow one that you have,
off to your right here. – [Susan] Oh yes. – [Matt] Tell me about this one, this is a climber or a rambler? – [Susan] This is a climber, this is a rose from Kordes, it’s called golden fairy tale, all the Kordes fairy tale
roses are very healthy, you can see the leaves are
just as green as can be and once you remove
the older blooms, new blooms will
come very rapidly, it’s a wonderful rose. I don’t know if
you can see here, the buds are very orange. – [Matt] Tangerine. – [Susan] They are,
they’re very interesting and they’re super bright as
the rose begins to open up and then it just fades to
this nice soft golden yellow. – [Matt] It’s really been
a pleasure walking around your backyard and really
love the philosophy that you have when it
comes to your antique rose varieties and shrub
rose varieties, that low maintenance can be
key in some of these rose growing techniques and
it’s just pleasant to see a sustainable, organic
approach to rose growing and I just wanna thank
you so much for your time and attention to your backyard. – [Susan] Well thank you,
I’m glad that y’all came, I hope that people
will see how easy it is to grow roses, how
beautiful they can be if just left to
their own devices, if you plant some
other plants with them so that you always have bloom
and attract different types of insects, I think you’ll
be really, really happy with the antique roses,
they’re so fragrant and so cheerful and exuberant and
they just really ask for so little. – [Matt] Nice. Beautiful. – [Narrator] For
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6 thoughts on “Restoration Rose | Volunteer Gardener

  1. I have many different roses. They’ve always been my #1 fave. It’s the toughest, easiest, most resilient, most reliable plant species in my garden. I live in zone 9b, which is VERY hard on plants. I have clay soil you could make pottery out of, high winds, periods of long drought, temps in summer up to 116 w/no rain, no humidity, inconsistent winter weather patterns, every invasive pest you can think of & perfect disease weather fall thru spring. But, like she says, roses are happy as long as you feed & water them properly. I can’t always get the pruning or deadheading done due to my illness and they just seem to shrug & say, It’s ok. We’re fine. We’ll keep doing what we do, you can clean us up when you get the chance. If I ever do have to spray them, it’s usually only once. When other plants are tired of the heat, the bugs, the drought, the roses still look magnificent. Roses are survivors. I can’t think of a more rewarding plant to grow!

  2. Great video! I’m glad that she mentioned two wonderful nurseries – roses unlimited and antique rose emporium. I also highly recommend them. Great selection of own root roses.

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