SAN JOSE HERITAGE ROSE GARDEN
Here's What's Going On in the Garden
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Garden Report - Fall 1999
Mel Hulse, Garden Maintenance Director
|The Summer and Fall of 1999 continued a wonderful year of
The originally planted roses are now mature and are giving us the best
The relatively cool summer insured that heat didn't wipe out the reds.
The Teas, unpruned last winter grew to unprecedented heights
with one 'Rosette Delizy' reaching over 10 feet!
The Fall flush has been wonderful and at this writing hasn't stopped yet.
We've had scattered fall blooming of some of the "once-blooming"
La Nina has not been as harsh on the garden as El Nino was
last year. We lost some plants to late rain caused
disease, but not so many as last year. Quick action
has saved many plants. La Nina is continuing so we may expect both a great
spring bloom and possible late spring disease problems.
Winter pruning has already started with most of the Chinas and Teas
completed. The Hybrid Perpetuals, Bourbons, Portlands, Rugosas
and other old rebloomers are next. This section has never been
pruned and will be a challenge.
Modern rose pruning lessons will start in December.
The replacement of the surface portion of the irrigation
system is in full swing. The first 4 beds have been
completed and the roses show the difference. Parts for the 16 beds in the
inner 3 rings have arrived installation has begun.
This all volunteer effort has proven an easy task,
although completing all 80 beds will take another year
or so. Funds availability will govern.
|Propagation and Planting.|
Our post-1987 miniature rose beds in the Courtyard Garden is getting a
boost. The recycled water people are using the Courtyard Garden to
demonstrate recycled water use. They have repaired the paths, improved the
irrigation and will buy miniature roses to fill out that garden as soon as
we decide how many and come up with a list.
So far, 59 of the understock plants Mel Hulse budded in
place this summer have taken. More may be expected in spring from now
dormant eyes. Most of these are old Hybrid Teas using budwood from Vintage
Gardens. Thanks, Gregg Lowery.
Additionally, Regan's in Fremont again donated 25 OGRs and
10 weeping miniature standards. These standards
provide a lovely backdrop to the minis in the Courtyard Garden especially
when viewed from the new benches on the other side of
|Extending the Garden.|
We have been granted an exciting opportunity to expand the garden. The
University of Santa Clara has a 1/2 mile x 7' fence at
a "Y" junction of main streets. We estimate 270 varieties can
be placed 10' apart on that fence. They will start by
planting 120 climbers we have collected. We are
growing more climbers at Vintage Gardens. We do not
intend to duplicate climbers in the main garden.
We are particularly happy with this offer as the
university staff will plant and care for these roses.
The University and Mission are already justifiably
famous for their roses. What a glorious sight the
fence will be in several years.
Placing of permanent signage is now in high gear with the hiring of
Janet Sclar on a part time basis. Some beds are complete already.
Volunteer days are now Wednesday and Saturday from 9 - 12
with Sunday to be added in December. We can use any amount of help
you can give us. Come see us!
Note. I have been getting a number of email requests to buy
roses. We neither sell nor custom propagate our roses. Nurseries
that do are found on the links page.
Mel Hulse, November 11, 1999
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