Maddi Shires, graduate student, Texas A&M University, will be at Raincatcher’s Garden of Midway Hills Shade Pavilion (north garden) on Tuesday, March 13th, at 10am to bring us an update on Rose Rosette Disease plant trials, research and recommendations and to help us plant some new roses in our research plot, which have been bred for potential resistance to the disease. She will also show us what to look for when identifying the disease, which we believe has affected additional roses in our trial rose bed. Maddi works with Dr. Kevin Ong, an Associate Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist who directs the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, a service lab of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Texas A&M University in conjunction with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service (http://plantclinic.tamu.edu)
Raincatcher’s Garden is on the campus of Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road in Dallas, just north of Royal Lane. Please park in the west parking lot to allow preschool parents use of the north parking area.
More information on rose rosette here.
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For Friends that have become Family
For a place to garden and share
For a time to sow and a time to reap
Harvest Blessings to You !
Everything by Starla!
Rainwater Cistern Installation Class
10 am-12 noon, Thursday, October 15th
Location: Courtyard at 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas 75229
Cost: $10 at the door
Our Rainwater Harvesting training will prepare you to catch the rain that runs off your roof and utilize it for your landscape.
Dr. Dotty Woodson, Texas AgriLife Extension Service Water Resources Specialist, and Tony Rizo of Organic Options, Inc and an accredited Rain Harvesting professional with American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA), will demonstrate how to set up a rain catchment system for your home or commercial building.
You will learn:
- Site selection
- Materials Needed
- How to attach the cistern to existing gutters to catch rain
- How to comply with city code for rainwater harvesting
Checks for the $10 fee should be made payable to DCMG.
The class will also qualify as Master Gardener education hours.
In case of rain, please check dallasgardenbuzz.com for further information.
Click. Click. “Oh, look at that one!” Click. Click. “Oh, wow!” Click. Cli—Wait is this the Olympic games in Sochi?
No, it’s a bunch of lucky gardeners falling in love with roses. Well, the first couple of rose pictures had rose expert Vicki Agee a little perturbed; seems her vibrant red roses were coming up blue on the power point. Jim sprinkled a little fairy dust on the computer cable, and voila! The rose colors were correct, and the audience was entranced. Vicki, who is also a Dallas County Master Gardener, spoke Tuesday at the Hearts and Roses luncheon held at the Demonstration Garden.
The rose world has changed dramatically, Vicki told us. Breeders are adding many lovely, disease resistant, fragrant roses for the home market. Look for shrub roses like floribundas and grandifloras, Vicki suggests. She recommended ‘Easy Does It,’ ‘Walking on Sunshine,’ ‘Pretty Lady,’ and ‘Lion’s Fairy Tale.’ Does anything smell better than a rose? For especially fragrant roses, choose ‘Francis Meilland,’ hot pink ‘Beverly,’ pink ‘McCartney,’ or pink ‘Deelish.’
She also loves an old favorite Buck rose named ‘Quietness;’ its pale pink blooms mask its tough resistance to black spot. Easy Elegance roses, Austin roses, Flower Carpet roses, and old favorites like ‘Mr. Lincoln’: the beautiful varieties made my head spin. I wanted one of each.
Vicki also knows how to take care of her roses. For fungal diseases like black spot use Neem oil for your first spray of the season. Then spray spring and fall with a product like Banner Max or Honor Guard that contains Propiconazole. Once temperatures reach into the 90s, stop spraying until fall.
Vicki suggests using Spinosad for thrips, because stronger sprays will also kill beneficial insects and butterflies. Use a miticide like Floramite, Forbid or Avid for spider mites. Pyrethrum takes care of cucumber beetles. Fertilize with Texas T in the spring, and once roses have leafed out, use seaweed fertilizer every 2-3 weeks. After late summer pruning, foliar feed your roses through October for maximum bloom.
An online bouquet of roses goes to Vicki for her wonderful talk and tips on a frosty February morning. I know I wasn’t the only gardener who found new favorites to add to their flowerbeds.
Picture of lecture by Starla
Our thanks to Chamblee’s Roses for permission to print from their website. Click here for Chamblee’s Roses.
The best Dallas County Master Gardener Meeting of the year takes places tomorrow, October 24, at 11:30am at the Farmer’s Branch Recreation Center. Potluck, Craft Fair, and Seed Exchange all rolled into one fantastic meeting.
Master Gardeners will be selling everything from plants to pastries.
We have been making pomegranate jelly for two weeks. Remember?
Buy a jar and help us educate Dallas County citizens become super savvy gardeners.
We will also be selling Lemon Verbena Tea Bread, Pumpkin Bread, Fall themed Sugar Cookies, Banana Apricot Bread, and Feta Sage Cornbread.
Just a thought but wouldn’t the pomegranate jelly be good on sage cornbread!
We expect to sell out of our vintage silver plate spoons stamped to use as garden markers. You might want to stop by our table early to shop for these and our butterfly/ rose stamp necklaces.
Our garden at 2311 Joe Field Road in Dallas, Texas has turned delicious!
This is Salvia greggi ‘Raspberry’, a perennial you will want in your water wise garden! Hmmm…looks good enough to eat, but please don’t. Plenty of edibles from our garden are coming.
Jim made pumpkin pie for us after cooking up these pumpkins we grew!
We have been picking pomegranates in our garden and are ready to make our famous pomegranate jelly again.
If you would like to buy a jar of pomegranate jelly made from Sarah’s recipe and these pomegranates, come to our Dallas County Master Gardener meeting on Thursday, October 24th at 11:30 am at the Farmer’s Branch Rec Center. All welcome!