Get Planting (Fall Style). Here is a little bit of my handy work from this Fall. As you can see, I really don't do anything too special. I choose plants that are zone appropriate for my area and I try to give the roses 6 weeks until a hard freeze. In Colorado, freeze dates are always a little tough to gauge. I typically rely on USDA data and then get overly optimistic that winter will be late. When I inevitably run into an early freeze, I simply cover the rose with a bucket for extra short
Good Reads. Fall is time for a good book and I absolutely love Rosa by Peter Kukielski. Peter is one of the great rosarians of our time and this book is flowing with knowledge and insight. First and foremost, Rosa is a history book that weaves the story of the rose from it's prehistoric beginnings, through initial human interaction and into our modern cultivation practices. The book is beautifully illustrated and I promise you will learn something new.
Fall Rose Care Tips. Enjoy Your Roses! – I think this point is too easily overlooked. Love your garden and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Cooler temperatures bring out the blooms and intensifies the color of many roses. I'm particularly proud of this Over the Moon bloom (above) in my new rose bed. Plant New Roses – It's a great time for adding to your garden and give them a head start for next spring. Still concerned? Remember all of our roses are guaranteed for a full year.
Many of you may not be aware that our inventory is updated on January 1st for the following spring shipping. This is the time to find those rare and popular gems that can be tough to get your hands on. Typically, we are able to release about 80% of our stock this time of year. The remaining 20% is held until early spring when we have a little better feel for when the plants will be ready. If a variety is listed as out of stock on January 1st, it means we are expecting the roses to be ready a
If you’ve tried to call us for the last 10 years, you’ve reached one person, ME. Not shockingly, this is also an area ripe for improvement. Starting this fall, things have changed. We have implemented a phone system that allows us to have multiple people answering multiple calls and more efficiently returning voice mail. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it should alleviate some of the frustration created by me answering every call on my cell phone. I know some of you really like talking to
After back-to-back difficult shipping seasons, we piloted a new approach to order fulfillment this fall. After a little adjustment, we are confident that the new system will greatly improve our shipping timeliness. We have moved to a daily capped system that will limit the number of orders scheduled for a specific day. In the past, we have pooled orders by week with the intention of everything arriving by the weekend. As many of you have experienced over the past seasons, this led to a