miércoles, 6 de febrero de 2019

February blooms and pruning roses in summer

Summer in my area is brutal: months of triple-digit heat, suffocating humidity and blazing sun... It's no wonder that my roses wither in the long slog from december to march, for roses in hot areas summer is their winter. My roses respond well to a good summer clean-up, I reduce their height by at least a third, and clear out any dead, diseased and spindly growth, fertilise and water well, then I wait for their autumn flush of beautiful blooms!

Last roses before pruning 












later.. lots of rose drebriss


Water lilies keep blooming, they love heat
















Lotus are blooming too



Agapanthus


This is unusual..



Amaryllis Belladonna decided to bloom this year... they are a mystery 



Crinium in bloom 


Hibiscus




See you next time!

23 comentarios:

  1. Such beautiful blooms! Very interesting how roses behave in your climate. Oh those waterlilies are marvelous!

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    1. Yes, Roses here resent the summer more than the winter!

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  2. Lovely blooms as usual! I should probably follow your lead and try cutting back my roses at the start of summer for fall blooms. My Agapanthus pulled stunts like that last year too. A response to environmental stress perhaps?

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    1. I had never seen that kind of stunt in my agapanthus before, they are very hardy plants and never show signs of disease. I hope winter is being nice with garden, I just can't wait for fall!

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  3. Your roses are so beautiful, and the waterlilies too!
    Here it is -15 degrees and 80 cm with snow. What a differense :)

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    1. Marit, I wish you could send me some snow and cold! summer is my least favourite season :(

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  4. Here too the Crinum blooms.
    The Amaryllis that bloomed in Porterville, has never bloomed here!

    I discovered too late, the Californian rosegrowers advice to do the main pruning ahead of autumn. It makes no sense in our mediterranean climate to prune ahead of winter's happy growth. If we had stayed in Porterville I would have tried pruning end of February to make the most of autumn!!

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    1. I agree, the vast majority of books on rose care come from cold and temperate north european countries but here in the southern hemisphere it's summer what takes a heavier toll on roses than winter.

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  5. Preciosas flores MDN felicidades. Tus rosas y nenúfares están preciosos.
    Cordiales saludos

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    1. Muchas gracias! ahora las rosas están toda podadas, hay que esperar al otoño para verlas en flor nuevamente. Saludos!

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  6. All of them are adorable!Made me smile!Hugs!

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  7. Your roses are a marvel, still looking so beautiful after months of heat! Wishing them a little quiet rest and a happy awakening in autumn! I think I am a little envious of your water lilies... ;-) Soooo beautiful and regal!

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    1. Amy, the water lilies are the soul of summer in my garden, unlike roses they love heat. I can't wait for autumn to see the roses blooming again!

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  8. Hola MDN, que placer visitarte y ver tanta belleza, echo de menos el color. Preciosas fotos, besos.

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    1. Gracias Lola!! ya vendrá la primavera a tu hemisferio para traer de nuevo los colores!

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  9. The fabulous water lilies (and Lotus!) make up for a lack of roses in summer, though your last roses look just as good. Hoping for cool weather for you soon.

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    1. HB, the water lilies are the best thing of summer in my garden but I miss the roses, can't wait for fall!

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  10. Manolo, all your roses are beautiful. especially on the third photo. I also liked water lily of purple color and Crinium, it's looks so tender plant so I'd like to have it in my garden.

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    1. Thanks, Nadezda! Criniums can be quite invasive plants if left unchecked here, they are anyways very beautiful.

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  11. The roses all look so healthy, Marcelo, and I especially like the third one with its touch of crimson. My roses were nice in the spring, but during January the blooms roasted on the bushes, the petals became brown and crispy. You have so many water lilies. Do you have a very large pond?

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  12. Jane, my pond is a fiberglass swiming pool that fell into disuse many years ago and I decided it would become a pond, it measures 3 M by 6 M.

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