Newbie in Seattle

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Newbie in Seattle

Post by Belinda Braeule » Wed, 04 Mar 1998 04:00:00



We've moved to the Seattle area in January and bought a house with a
wonderful garden. Unfortunately I know nothing about how to take care of
it. There are 18 rose plants throughout the back yard.

I've started reading things and doing searches on the web. The postings
to this newsgroup sound like there are alot of you out there with quite
a bit of knowledge. (I just read 552 postings this morning.) But all the
talk of different roses doesn't help me. I have no idea what is out
there. They covered with leaves now, and there may be small buds
beginning to form. One plant appears to be a climber I think. It has
very long branches on it, some taller than me. Most of the rest of the
plants are small, maybe knee or thigh high. When we moved in I noticed
that many of them had hips on them. (See, I have been reading!)

There are many other plants in the garden. Some small fruit trees, lots
of bulbs, and primrose blooming everywhere. I'm so e***d about
learning all this.

I've noticed people saying what zone they are in. Can anyone tell me
what zone I'm in just south of Seattle? Should I be doing anything to my
roses at this time of year? And is there any way I can tell what kind I
have, or will they always remain a mystery?

Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

 
 
 

Newbie in Seattle

Post by Don Julie » Sat, 07 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Hi, Brenda,
Welcome to Seattle, a great place to grow roses.

The Seattle Rose Society meets on the third Tuesday of every month (a few
exceptions) at the Center for Urban Horticulture near the University of
Washington. Our next meeting is March 17, 7:30 pm. We welcome everyone & are
happy to answer questions. We also have an active "consulting rosarian"
program, a phone contact sytem to handle your questions. Several of us are
also listed on the American Rose Society web site at www.ars.org under "Ask
the Experts". (I'm the newsletter editor.)

In the South end, there's also the Valley Rose Society that meets on the
third Thursday of every month at the Kent Lutheran Church in downtown Kent.
They are also a great group with lots of people willing to help.

I'd be happy to pass on contact names & phone numbers by e-mail.

By the way, you're probably in zone 8 or 7 depending on whether you are
closer to the Sound, or whether you are in the foothills towards the
Cascades. For growing roses, the difference is minimal, except perhaps for
some winter protection.

Don Julien

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>We've moved to the Seattle area in January and bought a house with a
>wonderful garden. Unfortunately I know nothing about how to take care of
>it. There are 18 rose plants throughout the back yard.