A really nice rose that we have at the back entrance. It is named ‘Heaven on Earth’ but our nickname for it is ‘Hey sailor, lookin’ for a date?’ 🙂 Take a look at the pictures. These fully double roses have a multiple buds on a single stem. The main bud is very large and is the first to open, the smaller side buds open later, even when cut and vased. The stem is not nearly strong enough to support all those buds!
I do a full lower support with rebar and twine early in the season. Later, as the stems elongate and start to show buds, I take 18″ lengths of wire and make shepherd’s crooks at each end to support the heavy stem. These wires are hooked together in the middle, to each other or to the rebar and twine supports.
These girls are so top heavy they would have their faces in the mud without the additional ‘underwire’ support. As cut roses there is no equal. I cut the entire ‘bunch’ and condition. The center flower is the big show for a while, then when she is tired, the side buds open. A single stem will fill a vase for weeks.
’til next time,
Highland Garden House B & B
501 E. Highland Ave.
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
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