New roses are growing

I truly love roses and am trying so hard to make them grow and survive our mountain farm.  In the spring I found a wonderful buy at Breck’s for five roses for $19.99 and they were bare root roses.  When they arrived they were already showing lots of new growth but I was afraid to plant them because we were still getting freezing temps day and night several days in a row.  Finally in early May, hubby helped me dig the holes and we put them in the ground with two tablespoons of epsom salts and lots of water. DSCN5366






I watered them every day May through mid-June and we started getting some rain.  Now I water them thoroughly once or twice a week depending on the rain. They are doing quite well and all but one has bloomed and it’s still sprouting new growth.  I’m watching it carefully and giving it lots of love!  Here’s proof of the blooming:








Now, I started this post in June and here it is the 8th of August and (more about that later)  here’s what my beautiful roses have done all summer:
























I’m dealing with some japanese beetles and some black spot which seems to be worse with all the rain we’re getting but I’m thrilled I’ve kept them alive, they’re blooming and so beautiful.  I just have to keep them through the winter.  New post coming with the rest of the flowers flourishing this summer!!  

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

2 thoughts on “New roses are growing”

  1. You may get this twice????
    You certainly have been a busy bee!!!!
    I looked at all your new editions – very informative.
    Those “banana peppers” – I am sure we don’t give them this
    name here, anyhow they are excellent for casseroles and for my,
    well someone has to praise it – my “famous pea and ham soup”.
    Unfortunately ( but I am not complaining) this winter here has been so mild, so no soup making.
    But as August ( the cold month) has not finished – I may have to make my famous soup – some people say “self praise is no recommendation” but I disagree – ha ha!
    Your garden flowers are a credit to you – you sure have “green” fingers, sadly I lack in this department. See that is ‘self criticism’ – one must be fair, eh?
    Now you may need a break???
    As you have seen the joys of 1st Class on EK145 – maybe you might venture somewhere???? That first class bar with the ‘nibbles’ would be very enticing?????
    The EKKA (like your State Fairs) is on at present, huge crowds due to the weather conditions, but rain is just so badly needed here.
    Any spare stuff would be welcome???
    Next Moscow/St.Petersburg and Oslo – how I wish!!!!
    Will keep you posted.
    Abdul el Colin ( Chief Pilot Emirates Airlines)

    PS: Couldn’t help myself with my ‘new title’ – ha ha


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