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Monday, October 28, 2013

Roses, Luck & Mounding

Rose #Soxnation
According to Alice Hoffman, “Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender for luck.” 
Call it superstitious or as the commercial states it best, “it’s only weird if it doesn’t work." Here in #Soxnation, we’ll do whatever it takes. So there you have it. This Rose is still going strong despite another chilly New England morning. This after the Sox took game 4; it’s all the rage in #Soxnation.  
Just like baseball season, many may think the garden chores are wrapping up for the season. Not quite yet. Here’s that vital Rose tip for garden lovers. It’s still too early to mound those Roses. You need to wait until the temperatures drop and the Roses go fully dormant in order to make them winter hardy. It’s typically a couple of weeks after the World Series (mid-to late November) but first clean up any garden debris. That’s a big no-no to mulch or mound before fall cleanup is completed. Here’s one of my favorite links from UVM on mulching and mounding your Roses. Always go by your regional zone and fluctuating temperatures but these helpful tips should extend the likelihood of your Roses surviving into the next growing season.
So let’s go Sox – take game 5 tonight. And Jonny Gomes, the guy behind last night’s huge win, well, like this Rose, it’s still not dormant. Quite the contrary - it’s holding onto that blossom and we’re heading to take the big win!
P.S. If you’ve been following along, the image below was from last Friday’s blog post and the one below that was from yesterday afternoon, posted on our Facebook page. But I especially love this morning’s pic as the opener. You can see its hints of RED!
#Sox nation, Roses
Rose, #soxnation
Images by Ann Bilowz ©
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