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Auntie Em, Auntie Em ... guess what?!

So I've got news that turns the rose-gardening world on its head.

Ready?

Deadhead at the neck.

That's right!

Since time began, we've been making our cuts at the first leaf-bearing five leaflets.

No more! says the Royal National Rose Society. They did a trial in England and deadheading the rose at the neck "radically affects its rebloom."

Radically!

I'm going to try it this year.

Oh-kay. That's enough excitement from the City of Roses for one morning.

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cocoskeeper
Apr. 6th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
My grandma taught me to always deadhead at the neck. I'm calling her to tell her how RAD she is! :D
lkmadigan
Apr. 7th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
I love Grandma.

Here's Lady Tottington ... who loves to garden, too.
cocoskeeper
Apr. 7th, 2006 12:24 pm (UTC)
And while I was a teen, I lived with my grandparents (stepdad and I were having troubles getting along--much better now). Anyhoo... My grandpa gave me his raised flower garden to plant whatever I wanted--and I wanted roses! So my grandparents bought me all sorts of rose bushes in all kinds of colors. The raised garden had different circular levels--I must've had a dozen bushes! :)
tamra_wight
Apr. 6th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
OOoooo! Thanks for the tip!

I miss my roses. I had a wild rose bush in front of my house (well it was really a trailer) for 10 years. But when we hauled out the trailer to build a "real house", I had to pull out the roses. And they never did recover.

I plan to replace them this spring! ;0)
lkmadigan
Apr. 7th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
Gasp!

You get to pick out new roses???!!

What a thrill! Keep me posted.
jbknowles
Apr. 6th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
Oh yay! I never understood the five-leaf whatever thing.

:-)
lkmadigan
Apr. 7th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
I know ... what a relief!
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lkmadigan
Apr. 7th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
Does Snoop like roses?
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