All of the roses that I have for sale in the nursery are propagated by me from roses that grow in my garden. Now is the perfect time for me to take cuttings to root the roses that will be next year's crop. I set my work table in the driveway in the shade, gather my supplies, and get to it.
With the heat we have been having for the past two weeks, my most important supply is a big glass of lemonade (homemade, of course).
I trim and score each cutting, and dip it into rooting hormone.
It's important to be sure that everything is accurately labeled, with the name of the rose and the date.
Two cuttings per pot, 36 pots per flat.
Place each flat on the mist bench.
I did 4 flats today. Sticking cuttings is solitary work, and I enjoy the quiet. It's not lonely, though. I had company today.
If you want step-by-step instructions to learn to root your own roses, I have a photo tutorial on my Hartwood Roses web site.
My name is Connie, and I started Hartwood Roses ... an educational rose garden in Virginia that specializes in rare and unusual antique roses. I know a lot about roses, old houses, carpentry and remodeling, and am an expert day dreamer. You will often find me working in the garden, planning a home project, building something, or hanging out in a cemetery ...all of this has come in handy as my husband and I restore our historic home (built in 1848) renovate the outbuildings, and design the gardens. This blog allows me share whatever is happening in the garden, around the house, or on my mind.
Hartwood Roses ... Heirloom Old Garden Roses and More
Hartwood Roses was a small farm nursery, located just north of Fredericksburg, Virginia. The retail portion of the business closed in 2012, and the mission shifted to my true love … speaking to organizations and garden clubs and giving classes to educate budding rose gardeners. The display gardens here contain over 800 different varieties of roses … with emphasis on rare and historic varieties, and popular classics that are well-suited for modern gardens. Click picture to go to web site. www.HartwoodRoses.com
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