With roses there always seems to be lots of “rules” you should follow. But it is necessary to follow all of them? In this episode we ask, and try to answer, that very question.Michael Marriott has made roses his profession for close to 40 years including 35 years at David Austin Roses in the UK. He has traveled all over the world talking about roses, designing gardens and being an ambassador for common sense rose growing.
We covered so much material I had to break this into two parts. This is both of them. They are broken down into topics to make it easier to start and stop, so you can view the whole episodes over time. The list below has the topics and the time mark in minutes:seconds where each topic begins. Feel free to share this video everywhere. That’s why I make them!
- 1:36 – Meet Michael & His Work on a 35 year old neglected garden next door.
- 7:46 – Michael’s horticultural background.
- 11:06 – A passion for roses including his time at David Austin Roses.
- 21:52 – Life after David Austin Roses.
- 24:38 – Myth 1. We should only grow repeat flowering roses.
- 33:28 – Support our small nurseries.
- 36:07 – Myth 2. Only old roses have fragrance & ramblers crash the conversation.
- 41:45 – Myth 3. Own root vs grafted. One is better.
- 49:27 – Myth 4. The “perfect” rose has a high pointed center
- 1:32 Myth 1 – Planting the bud union above the ground
- 4:47 Myth 2 – Trim the roots before planting a bareroot rose
- 6:17 Myth 3 – Plant far apart for air circulation
- 11:33 Myth 4- Don’t plant other plants with roses
- 19:58 Myth 5 – Prune all roses to the same height
- 24:16 Myth 6 – Prune to an outward facing bud eye
- 27:11 Myth 7 – Prune at a 45 degree angle
- 30:02 Myth 8 – You can only trim roses during “pruning season”
- 31:23 Pruning Tip – Pruning once flowering roses
- 32:21 Pruning Tip – Cut out old canes to spur new ones.
- 34:36 Pruning Tip – Should you prune young roses?
- 36:44 Myth 9 – You should never allow disease on your roses
- 39:36 Care Tip – The importance of mulch to soil health
- 42:56 Myth 10 – Don’t plant a rose where another rose has been
- 45:14 Care Tip – What to do with an unhealthy rose
- 46:30 Care Tip – Good horticultural practices help with disease control
- 48:19 Myths 11 & 12 – Bone meal and Epsom salts
- 49:42 Care Tip – A discussion on insects
- 50:42 Care Tip – Thoughts on Japanese Beetles
- 53:09 Care Tip – Attracting beneficial insects to your garden
- 54:56 The importance of keeping nature’s balance
- 57:04 Conclusion – Why everyone should grow roses