This is in the “what’s up” category. Out of eleven rose bushes planted (eight last year) all but one made it through our U.P. winter – zone 4 – and are leafing out nicely. John Cabot and William Baffin are climbers that can be left on the trellis, White Meidiland and Fire Meidiland are ground cover roses. All came from Jung. I have to replace one that didn’t look good last year, but Jung is good at replacement My method is to pot them up as soon as I get them and grow them on awhile before planting out. Can baby them a bit that way.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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