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So it's 85 degrees outside with nary a cloud in the sky. Did I mention that I love Texas? Yeah, yeah, it'll be over 100 in late July/August, but that's what the POOL is for. For those on my flist who live in the temperate South (across north Texas, north of Gulf States, to SC) if you haven't already, you need to cut your roses 14 inches. Be mean to 'em! Keep in mind: 14 on Valentine's Day. Leave only two or three thick canes, and strip everything off. [ETA] Thanks, Julia: NEVER prune a climber until after it blooms, or you won't get any! But you do want to train them now, to get the hormones flowing for flowers...] And it's still a good time to put in trees, shrubs, perennials... Guess what I've been doing all day? ;-)

Update on the boy: I have him on this 2000 calorie shake thing (I keep singing out: You can reach your goals, I'm living proof. Beefcake. BEEFCAKE! My son doesn't get it, because he's only 9.) He has gained 6 pounds!! He needed 2 to not be hospitalized, so we are doing the groove dance here at Casa Stoney. Hence the outdoor plant fest. What? It's a kink.

Had a date with Mr. S, rekindled some barely simmering embers -yeesh- and drank, ate FANTASTIC sushi, found a new pub, slept in... 'Twas a lovely weekend. I owe feedback, will give tomorrow, and if you aren't reading julia_here's Irish Rose story, you should. It's a story that sticks to your ribs. Have a lovely rest-of-weekend! Plant a frickin' plant. Sweet Broom is lovely... :-)


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Feb. 20th, 2005 12:11 pm (UTC)
Imagine this said with real pain...
Stoney, Stoney, Stoney: please qualify the "roses" thing!

HTs yes, and floribundas, or even Noisettes of the non-rambling sort, some Austins and Chinas if you want to, maybe some modern shrubs.

But, not the roses those of us in the Heirloom Rose Section grow, not Ramblers of either Noisette or Multiflora breeding, not Hybrid Musks, Damasks, Portlands, Rugosas or anything of Rugosa breeding, landscape roses (although some of them may already be blooming). Not Darlow's Enigma, Sombruiel, New Dawn, Golden Wings, or Mutabilis. Definately not Stanwell's Perpetual.

Julia, who finds herself wishing for a trip to Brenham (or actually Liberty, I think) and the Antique Rose Emporium
Feb. 20th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC)
<-- Derp! Ha Ha!
None of the folks in my NHA have climbing roses, so I didn't have to clarify with them this paost weekend. Forgot to clarify. Here in the South, we prune EVERY rose but a climber in February, and get going on fertilization. The best way to maintain minis is to mow them to the ground. It looks brutal, but I have an abundance of gorgeous blooms every year. Cruel to be kind...

Just put in a New Dawn to ramble over the fence, and definitely did NOT prune. Forget Brenham or Liberty. TYLER. It's an hour outside of Dallas, and you could stay with me. Tyler, TX is unbelievable with their dedication and old world rose rescues...
Feb. 20th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: <-- Derp! Ha Ha!
I've actually been to Brenham/Liberty (Liberty's sort of a named place rather than a town, out NE of Brenham) to Antique Rose Emporium; it's one of my favorite nurseries anywhere, although massively inconvenient to my location. Tyler's the Rose Rustlers, yes?

Some day I should make a list of the roses I grow, although it might just cause heart failure. I go to St. Paul, Oregon every August and buy half-price overstock roses at Heirloom. I've got... obscene numbers of roses in 3-5 gallon nursery pots plus somewhere between 60-100 in the ground. I should not be allowed any more ever.

SU's family had a bakery/brewery in Brenham back before Prohibition. Then the family moved to Waco. I've got a great old panorama camera shot of The Waco First Christian Church Married Ladies Bible Study Group: 56 women, 56 entirely dissimilar hats.

I like many things about Texas, but the climate and the insects, arachnids, and reptiles are not on that list.

Julia, the kind of person who's been toi Sissinghurst twice

Feb. 20th, 2005 12:14 pm (UTC)
Abject Ashamed Gratitude
And then I get to the bottom of the post and find out you're giving me a rec. (Self-administered dope smack).

Thank you kind lady, and such wonderful news about The Boy; now if I could loose the six pounds he lost, life would be very good.

Julia, dim this weekend
Feb. 20th, 2005 12:25 pm (UTC)
Plant a frickin' plant.

Seriously. We need more environmentalists. And while you're at it, save a horse. Ride a cowboy. ;)
Feb. 20th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC)
Hee!! Will do. In fact, I'll do both, just for you.
Feb. 20th, 2005 12:40 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, roses. ::nostalgic for childhood house, where we had roses::

Sing a little song to the roses for me, okay? :)

And so glad to hear about the boy! Good good news.
Feb. 20th, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC)
Will do! We're pretty happy with the Beefcake Weight Blaster. Hee hee!
Feb. 20th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
*hugs* and best wishes to the boy. good to see you 'round these parts.
Feb. 20th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
i've been... huh. Just haven't been on LJ much. But I have new plants and fatter kids and a clean house, so feeling good.

*hugs you, too*
Feb. 20th, 2005 01:13 pm (UTC)
Yay to fattening up of your eldest! I wish you could help me with my (non-existant) plants. To steal a page from Drusilla, "Everything I put in the ground just withers and dies". It's true. :(

Mmmm...I had sushi too and honest, no lie...I was thinking about how you'd love it. Cheapest and freshest uni. Mmmmm...what? You don't eat gonads? Hahah!
Feb. 20th, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC)
I've not had that yet, but belive me: I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to food. YUM!! Gonads! Ha ha ha!

When you put stuff in the ground (or in pots) you have to give them water, but not too much, sun, and for god's sake, don't pour out your morning coffee on them. That help? ;-)
Feb. 20th, 2005 01:17 pm (UTC)
So let me see if I got this right. I should not prune the climbers. Should I start fertilizing them? I'm all confused. It's all cold and rainy here today. You've got me in the gardening mood.

Yahoo! for the boy gaining 6 pounds. That's fantastic. Tiny H. has gained two pounds within the last two weeks. We're all excited around here.

Feb. 20th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
Go get you some Cartman Beefcake builder. He likes how it tastes (I got it at GNC)

DO NOT prune your climbers, only your shrub roses. you can start fertilizing them now, but NEVER fertilize a dry plant. Water the plant, then later (after a few hours at the earliest) you can apply fertilizer. This is a great time to add rose food, Epsom Salts, or just good old fashioned compost. If you have them on a trellis or fence, take some of the really longs ones and train the horiztonally across the structure. That gets the hormones active and they'll produce more blooms.

I am sore and my hands hurt. I LOVE that feeling. Hard work, teeny buds popping up everywhere...
Feb. 20th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC)
A big YAY! to (and for) your son; the only person whom I shall praise for needing to gain weight while I eat "healthy" food in a brave effort to re-whittle my waist. So, yep, very happy for you and yours.

*tilts head up toword the ceiling and watches all the plant talk fly over her*

Seriously, me and plants? I'm a hazard to their health.
Feb. 20th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
YAY! about the kidlet. Get him sucking down milkshakes made of lard and inject him with cake! So very, very pleased to hear that he's putting on the weight.

Roses, they're like daises or oak trees aren't they? *eats roses, cries because of the thorns*
Feb. 20th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
Okay! You got me motivated and I did mine. Pruned the hell out of 'em and went after a bunch of other stuff as well.
And yay for the boy and for the fun weekend.
Feb. 20th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy about your son! That's AWESOME! I took those high-protien shake-thingies when I was underweight... *looks down* Yup. Worked like a damn.

Also, sushi? Food. Of. The. Gods.

Also, side note: did you get Chapter 13 of Hank in your inbox a while back? I emailed it to you, but it is possible that yahoo decided not to do it's job...
Feb. 20th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
I saw a comparison test on pruning rose bushes where they pruned Plant A with care doing all the right things. On Plant B, they just went to town with a hedge trimmer. The results were that they both had about the same amount of foliage and flowers the next blooming season, except that Plant B had a better shape. Weird. (Note: this was an english program, so I don't know how that works out in Texas. It was good TV in any case.)
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Feb. 21st, 2005 04:59 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that your little boy is doing better .

And that you had a lovely week-end.
Here it's snowing , and snowing.. It's beautiful but , I'm in need of a blue sky and flowers. Only in my dreams , i'm afraid.
Feb. 21st, 2005 12:03 pm (UTC)
*is very relieved to hear your son is doing better*

*basks in the warmth of your lj, as am buried in snow here, and contemplates planting more herbs for the windowsill*
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Feb. 21st, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
I haven't commented in ages because I was too busy to read at first - then I decided that when I've got my holiday in a fortnight (only because I have to take it before the end of March) I'm going to spend the entire week reading EVERYTHING.

However, I saw this post and just felt so happy for you! Fantastic news about your boy.

Keep up the good work.

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