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

Mel Hulse, Garden Maintenance Director

Garden Report, Winter 2002

After a very mild fall, we finally had some good rain followed by near freezing nights. Other than fooling some of the once blooming European old garden roses into thinking they should bloom a bit, this weather has forced nearly everything into dormancy... Just right for pruning.

Our annual winter pruning proceeds. We've completed the Chinas, Teas and once-blooming and reblooming OGRs. Pruning has started on both Hybrid Tea and Floribunda sections as well as Miniatures. Free pruning lessons on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays will continue until February 13th. Details here.  We are somewhat behind last year, but the last two weeks has seen a major increase in volunteers thanks in part to good coverage by the San Jose Mercury News. My fingers are crossed that we will finish the garden before the roses have leafed out too far. Come on down and help, if you can!

Planting. We have a number of roses to plant after doing our once-a-year fertilizing in March.

Irrigation. The "additional trick to foil the smart l'il squirrels" to not chewing into the irrigation system to get water is working! Animal control people tell us that tree squirrels are day creatures and that they go after water by hearing. Watering before dawn seems to stop the damage.

Events. A further reminder to mark your calendars for Saturday, April 27th 2002 (the "Year of the Rose") for our annual "Spring in Guadalupe Gardens" festival. Watch here for updated info. It includes plant and garden equipment sales and tours of the gardens. This next event will be held in conjunction with the American Rose Society's Annual Spring National Convention

Signage. Modern Hybrid Teas and Floribundas, Once blooming old garden roses in their proper places now have permanent plaques. Plaque emplacement proceeds in the reblooming old garden roses and older Hybrid Teas and Floribundas sections. Members of the Santa Clara County Rose Society have completed about 2/3 of the project to supplement the permanent signage with plastic labels so that every rose will be labeled for the convention.

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 2001 catalog is available in the garden on workdays, at the garden center for a $10 donation and by mail for $15. E-mail MelHulse@PacBell.Net 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-5pm, 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. Nurseries that do are found on the links page. 

Mel Hulse, January 24, 2002

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Links to past status pages:

Early Fall 2001

Spring 2001

Winter 2001

Late Fall 2000

Fall 2000

Spring 2000

Late Winter 2000

Early Winter 2000

Fall 1999 Status

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

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