RE: [gardeners] killing roses

Seyfried,Alice (
Tue, 21 Jul 1998 13:08:15 -0400

These sound wonderful, Marianne.  Fragrance is what I am typically
after.  I don't have time to sit and gaze at my roses, so they don't
have to be big and perfectly shaped; but fragrance is something that you
can appreciate no matter what you're doing.  


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Marianne Lepa []
> Sent:	Tuesday, July 21, 1998 11:52 AM
> To:
> Subject:	Re: [gardeners] killing roses
> Right you are Liz. I love the OGR's and, a teeny misguided passion for
> mini
> roses aside, I wouldn't want to be bothered with any other. My
> collection
> includes R. rugosa, R. rugosa alba, Apothecary's (R. gallica
> 'Officinalis'), a Damask type 'Madame Hardy', and an Alba type (that's
> actually pink) 'Konigen von Danemark'. If I had the space and the $$
> I'd
> have a million more. I do next to nothing for these roses besides a
> light
> pruning back of damaged branches every spring and a shovel load of
> compost
> every fall. Even in our climate they usually don't need winter
> protection.
> For all that effort I get back a dramatic and beautiful display of
> *fragrant* roses every June and a nice harvest of rose hips in
> September. 
> I would definitely recommend you give the OGR's a try Alice, I think
> you'll
> be delighted. The only caution I'd give is that the rugosa types will
> sucker like mad in good garden soil. Containing them can be a problem.
> Mine
> grow in a hedge bordered by the house on one side and lawn on the
> others. I
> don't bother trying to grow anything else with them. 
> Marianne
> Southeastern Ontario AgCan zone 5b