Here's What's Going On in the Garden

This page will be updated from time to time to let you know what's up in the garden.

June 1998 Status:


While modern roses peaked on April 30th, Most of the old, once blooming roses and polyanthas peaked a month later and are still going strong well into early June. This is the first year that the now mature OGRs have put on a magnificent display. While there is much yet to see, many of the modern roses are between flushes.

bulletThe cloudy and rainy weather, nearly unheard of here in May has fostered strong fungal diseases in our no-spray garden... powdery mildew, black spot, and rust... the works. One hybrid rugosa, 'Vanguard', has so much rust that merely walking by causes a golden fog of rust spores! Many roses were nearly completely defoliated. Still all except a few of those with deadlier botritus, are coming back nicely. The sun seems to have found us in mid-June, so look for the garden to snap back quickly By July 4th, the tough winter evidence should be but a memory. From now on, the individual roses will flush at different times so that the garden will be under constant change until late fall.

Planting.  We have accomplished much of our planting requirement for this year. Another 100+ varieties were planted in May giving us a total of around 3,400 varieties and 4,400 roses. From now on it gets harder. With a few exceptions, remaining varieties are either climbers for which we have little room at present, reserve plants that must await next winter for a plant to be moved into its correct space and hold plants that require a duplicate in the garden to be removed, a process now in progress.


Climbers. We are working with the Sacramento, California, Cemetery to place a number of our climbers on their new fence. This will preserve these varieties until space is made available in San Jose. This will accommodate approximately 100 varieties in the greenhouse and being held for us at Vintage Gardens.

bulletCollecting.  This year's collection activities will be limited to no more than 250 varieties. Ed Wilkinson is hoping to secure new varieties from Mike Lowe's in Maine. Jason Derer is collecting some rare old Hybrid Teas from Bush Pastures in Oregon. We hope to increase our miniature collection by growing a number of the varieties held by our local Mini Maven, Terry Hart! Remaining efforts will be directed at regrowing garden varieties endangered by rampant understock suckering.

Miniatures. The South Bay Heritage Rose Group and the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens Corp have voted a total of $1,000 for Miniature Plant Kingdom to propagate heritage miniatures.


Summer Work Days. - Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Deadheading... Always!

Propagation help. We'll show you how to start cuttings and bud roses if you will help us

Additional plant removal and planting


Volunteer and Education Coordinator. Two ladies are splitting the newly created position. This is giving us help in calling folks to help maintain the garden. Already Laurie Lynch and Judi Henderson are making an impact. Wednesday work days are preceded by coffee at 8:45am and followed by a garden discussion half hour at 12. Find out more by calling them at the Garden Center at 408-298-7657.

Especially needed are knowledgeable rosarians that can take supervisory responsibility for work days.

Mel Hulse
Garden Maintenance Supervisor


Links to past status pages

May 1998 Status:

April 1998 Status:

March 1998 Status:


This page was last updated on 02/27/06.

Address comments to Mel Hulse