While we are in the deep freezer here in Ohio, I have been setting up (ever so slowly) my new computer. I find myself planning my garden season in the year to come, and am hopeful that my husbands newly mentioned interest comes to fruition. He seems most interested in the vegetable garden, which is the part that has languished most in my gardens. We will have to try and till up the old one that has grassed over the past couple years, buy more soaker hose to lay in, and start somewhat smaller (my previous vegetable garden was the size of a small yard). Just tomatoes and peppers, with a beginning of lettuce and chard, mostly, is what I think is manageable until my husband gets his gardening legs… 😉
I finally took the step of ordering some garden catalogues. Should have done that in December, but was just too busy with all that was going on. But thanks to online requests, it was a painless and quick procedure, so I am hopeful that the catalogues will be on their way here this week. I need them. My daydream gardens can use the shot of inspiration that those rosy pictures always give me.
The Rosemary plant in a protected spot had made it through until now… I have my fingers crossed that it makes it through this frigid cold spell we are now having. It is actually normal weather for Ohio to have at least one blast of arctic air, but not usually at this time. The norms as I remember are early January freeze followed by the January thaw which is usually from this time through the end of the month. This type of cold in bare ground conditions is what has been the death sentence for many of my borderline zone plantings. It is what caused me to only grow zone 4 roses out in the open spaces of the garden.
My favorite hardy roses are the Rugosas. They just seem to handle most anything that nature throws at them. I love Blanc Double de Coubert. Here is the skinny on that variety:
Name: Blanc Double de Coubert
Synonym: Muslin Rose, The Muslin Rose, R. rugosa ‘Blanc Double de Coubert’
Class: Hybrid Rugosa Rose
Hybridizer/Date: Cochet-Cochet, France 1892
Parentage: R. rugosa x Sombreuil
ARS Color: White
Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award Of Garden Merit 1993
I mean to take some cuttings of the Blanc Double de Coubert rose this year and try to have more plants. I haven’t had much success when I attempted before, but perhaps this year will be different. I have been told how easy it is, I remember my mother had phenomenal success using the “Mason jar” method, which is what I will try this year. wish me good luck and success 🙂
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