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Mel Hulse, Garden Maintenance Director

Garden Report, Late Summer 2003

Hot weather in July slowed recovery from April rain induced canker disease, but later reasonable summer temperatures have nearly stopped initiation of new canker disease. We have a minimum of powdery mildew and no other fungal diseases. Another effect was the stretch out of once bloomer bloom. Some are still at it in mid July.

For some reason, there have been few insects this season. Last year we had three sessions of aphids followed by ladybugs to attack them. This year, practically none.

The garden is now preparing for the fall flush with more and more bloom each day. It should peak in the middle of October. Last report, I mentioned that many once bloomers had continued into the summer. Amazingly, we still have one Eglanteria blooming.

National TV Coverage! CBS News Sunday Morning visited the Heritage on July 6th. Eight of our hard working volunteers were featured.

Bad News. Vandals have twice knocked down our climber supports, damaged irrigation fittings and stomped several identifying plaques. Late news is that they vandalized the lovely Dahlia garden in the Courtyard Garden next door. A probable vandal has been detained, but there is no direct evidence to link him to the damage.

Deadheading Blitzes. Our four deadheading blitzes this year were very successful. Most attending volunteers claim they came because Lucy Perez, our Volunteer Coordinator, served ice cream sundaes afterward! …Whatever works!

Award of Excellence Miniature Standards. We are fulfilling a dream! Each year, the ARS awards the best miniatures of the year the distinction of “Award of Excellence.” For several years we have wanted to plant a 2’ standard of each in the Heritage. We started this once only to have the first six stolen. Sequoia Nursery is supporting us by rounding up budwood and propagating the standards.

This program has really gotten underway. Sequoia Nursery budded 2’ standards from the AoE miniature varieties they had ON HAND and from 16 sets of budwood we have in the Heritage. We should be seeing most early next year!

Heritage Seedling Being Registered. Birds frequently sow rose seeds in the areas surrounding the Heritage. Most are once blooming singles and of little value, but six years ago, a couple of seedlings appeared near our toolshed. Both were watered and protected and grew into large sprawling shrubs, both are covered once a year with clusters of gorgeous, white blooms. We trained the one with double, very fragrant blooms into the nearby walnut tree. Turns out that's just where it wanted to be! It now has several canes of over 35' high and it continues to grow! It is so nice that we decided to name it 'Guadalupe Volunteer' and register it as a Hybrid Moschata with the American Rose Society. We are in the process of spreading it around to other rose gardens. It won't make anyone rich, but it should make a lot of people happy!

Interim Propagation Facility. This 1000 sq. ft. fenced facility would provide space and controlled irrigation for growing out potted roses, a soil bin for potting soil and a large potting bench. Design and approval continues at a slow pace due to continuing management shifts within the City. Jay Beals, a landscape architect, drew up five alternative plans for presentation to our Master Plan Committee. The committee chose two of these that were presented to the City’s Guadalupe Gardens Technical Committee. We are awaiting their comments and selection. Donations by the Heritage Rose Foundation and three generous donors should provide the funds needed to complete this much needed facility.

Workdays. Workdays are Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Summer schedule, 8 – 11, is in effect until October 1st when it changes to 9 - 12 Bring a hat, bypass shears and leather gloves if you have them. We'll show you how! Its snack & yack time in the Garden center on Wednesdays after the work session. Stone soup time is the first Wednesday of each fall and winter month. Bring a vegetable! But, most of all COME!

Catalog. Our year 2003 catalog is available at the Garden Center for a $12 donation and by mail for $15. E-mail for details.

Peak Bloom. There is always bloom to see at The Heritage. The first big show of the year is at the end of March when the old China and Tea roses produce a glorious bloom. The peak Spring modern rose flush is the end of April. Old Garden Roses peak about two weeks later and Polyanthas and Miniatures, a week after that. The peak Fall flush is mid-October.

Garden Center Staffing. There is someone at the Garden Center from 9am-4pm, Monday - Friday. You can call with questions about the Heritage and other elements of the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens. Phone: 408-298-7657. If you get the answering machine, staff is probably out in the garden. Leave a message including your interest and they will return your call ASAP. To contact staff, check.

Mel Hulse, September 16, 2003

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