Video Blog Post #1 — 12 Comments

  1. Glad to hear your endorsement of Belinda’s Dream. Just put in the Balconias last season. They made it through a very tough winter in my zone 5 garden so now it’s up to them. Will keep you updated after a very slow start in a colder than normal spring.

  2. Hi, Paul! Great addition for rose growers. I do rose talks in the northeast and have been recommending your site and now your book. Will add this video series. I also use NYBG rose trials for geographic specific info and found Belinda’s Dream to be a great performer. Have you trialed Balconia roses yet?

    • Thanks for the kinds works and for recommending the book. I have not tried the Balconia roses yet. Have you had any experience with them? Belinda’s Dream is a great rosé for us here as well!

  3. Just great! I’m eager to see more…..I am one who’s been growing roses all my life…Began buying roses and putting them in the ground….Have been learning backwards ever since…Am continually amazed by all that I don’t know…..Thanks!

  4. HI, Paul, Thanks for the blog. I’ll be following it. Many comments: first: We in So. California have a lot of unique conditions. Would be great to cover things we encounter here like PM resistance. The focus is usually on black spot.

    I happened to buy a Mother of Pearl rose last year. It’s a terrific rose and thrives in dappled sun. Not much scent here is So. CA.

    While it’s always exciting to hear about new roses, there is SO much information lacking on old roses. For instance, there’s very little on which roses fade. I took a cue from you re: Loretta Lynne van Lear and pulled it out after I noticed how badly it fades. Same for Westerland. Royal Sunset is a wonderful disease-resistant climber and blooms look & smell fantastic for a day. After that they pale and look like eyesores.

    The issue of which do well in dappled light or shade is poorly covered–or perhaps just not credible. Would love to see/learn more about that as well. For my less sunlit areas, I’ve put in a good number of hybrid musks. With the exception of some of the newer ones like Sally Holmes & Lyda Rose, they are consistently the worst performers–e.g. Cornelia, Felicia, Bubble Bath. Why? And the Knockout roses that are supposed to be such knockouts and shade tolerant here in So. CA are nothing compared to Iceberg, the undisputed king of roses in Los Angeles.

    Some roses, as I’ve written before, are terrible for arbors because all the blooms are out of sight. Of all those I have, Altissimo is the worst. An incredible performer, but all blooms face straight up. Clair Matin & Dream Weaver among the best as blooming branches tend to droop. Many other good ones like Eden, which bloom high & low.

    Finally, there are some roses that are simply spectacular performers here. One such, recommended by Star’s regional sales head, is Passionate Kisses. Consistently full of blooms, and a beautiful shrub even before the buds open. Would love to learn others that do as well in So. CA.


    • Hi Roger,

      Thanks for your extended comments and information. I find the sunlight issue also takes into account where you live. I used to live in Los Angeles and the light there is much brighter and of course the days longer than say further north. I think that is why it’s hard to issue a blanket statement of what does well in less light.

      I plan to dive a little more into old roses in this blog. In fact the next one already has a short piece filmed about one!

  5. I always learn something new and encouraging from you about growing roses. Look forward to the next year of videos in your garden.

  6. Wonderful information. Glad to know it’s OK to let some things go sometimes — I worry about being perfect. Looking forward to more videos from Paul.

  7. Great ! Please do more. I am interested in old and new very disease resistant varieties. Have grown roses for over 50 years and still have a lot to learn.

    • Glad you like it and I plan to. My hope is to do one every few weeks during this season.