SAN JOSE HERITAGE ROSE GARDEN
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Mel Hulse, Garden Maintenance Director
Garden Report, Winter's End 2003
The weather continues to amaze. December brought us cold and wind which blew down six of our climbers. Since that time, we have had below average rain and relatively warm weather. As a result, dormancy was sort lived and most roses broke dormancy 3 weeks early. Tea roses have been blooming since January though flowers have been small and have a somewhat forced look. At this point, it is hard to tell what our spring bloom will be like. I hope we dont pay this year for the incredible display in 2002.
As this is written sunny skies make it hard to remember the deluge 8 years ago at this time when 750 volunteers planted the Heritage!
Pruning. Again this year, we have completely pruned all rose bushes in the garden. Climber pruning proceeds at a rapid pace with most of the overgrown plants completed. We continue to do one or two a week.
Fertilizing. For the first time, we fertilized the entire garden in one day! We had about 80 volunteers on February 22nd! So many that we ran out of tools for them to use. Thanks to all who helped!
Planting. We have planted the roses donated by Amity Heritage Roses and Antique Rose Emporium. Over 30 roses received from Vintage Gardens are being grown out in 2 g pots for planting later this year. Thank you! We have started work on acquiring 2 standards of Award of Excellence miniatures from Sequoia Nursery. They are starting the whips while we are identifying budwood sources. Finally, Vintage Gardens has received a shipment of mostly old Hybrid Teas from Sangerhausen, Germany which they have placed in quarantine for us.
Losses. As the garden matures, we are experiencing losses. So far new plantings are exceeding losses by a small margin. We are fortunate to have a dedicated volunteer who patrols the garden systematically to remove suckers and diseased canes.
Signage. Permanent sign production is being delayed due to problems with the engraving machine.
Deadheading Blitzes. Again this coming year we plan four deadheading blitzes. These fun events will be held on the second Tuesday of June, July, August and September. The highlight of these events is that Lucy Perez, our Volunteer Coordinator, served ice cream sundaes afterward!
Interim Propagation Facility. Friends of the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens has proposed construction of a facility on the Heritage grounds that can support potting and grow out of roses intended for the Heritage. The 1000 sq. ft. fenced facility would provide space and controlled irrigation for potted roses, a soil bin for potting soil and a large potting bench. The proposal is before the Guadalupe Gardens Technical Committee for determination of the exact location and other parameters. Donations by the Heritage Rose Foundation and two generous donors should provide the funds needed to complete this much needed facility.
Rose Garden Subcommittee. SubRosa is composed of those Heritage Garden volunteers interested in working toward Heritage long term survival and improvement. Meetings depend on the schedule of the Friends of the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Garden Committee currently quarterly. The committee has refined Heritage upgrade proposals and submitted them for Friends and City approval. As these are the first to be considered under the newly approved Guadalupe Gardens Master Plan, the approval process is testing and refining procedures.
Workdays. The Winter schedule is in effect--Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 - 12. Bring 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 the first Wednesday of each fall and winter month. Bring a vegetable! But, most of all COME! The summer schedule, 8 11 will go into effect June 4th.
Heritage Photo. We finally have an air photo of the garden to replace the one taken shortly after the garden was planted. Click here to see it.
Catalog. Our year 2002 catalog is sold out. The 2003 catalog will be available on April 26th at Spring in Guadalupe Gardens and in the garden on workdays, at the garden center for a $12 donation and by mail for $15. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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 now 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.
Rose Sales. I continue to get requests to buy roses. We neither sell nor custom propagate our roses at this time.
Mel Hulse, March 10, 2003
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This page was last updated on 02/27/06.