July 29, 2008

Flat or Frizzy

You knew it was natural but I bet you never knew mineral water grew out of the soil in a bottle!!
Well, relax - it does not, not even in Hungary. What you are seeing is my attempt at rooting roses. Those gardeners in the know I spoke to tell me that after the bloom is gone from the rose,
(as you can see that sad stump in the middle of all the buds) one can cut them, stick it in soil and cover it over with a plastic pop bottle (bottom cut out, naturally) and it should take root. It sounded mysteriously awesome enough for me to try it and under those plastic bottles are my cuttings.

Mother's uncle, the Judge, had a famous rose garden. They were all trees and only the Judge was permitted into that garden. Upon visiting him, the visits would always conclude with him taking his scissors, having us wait in front of the gate and he would reappear with a bouquet of colorful, fragrant roses. It is so exciting to try and make this work - will keep you posted.

13 comments:

Jim said...

I'm going to have to try that. I have a rose bush out front. Its about 5ft tall. I know I need to cut it back, but its so tall, LOL.

magiceye said...

did they root? do keep us updated. thank you.

Small City Scenes said...

I bet they will take root because you have created individual greenhouses. I must try it too. MB

melanie said...

Un jardin sauvage, c'est très agréable !

Je ne sais pas, si ta méthode pour les roses, sera efficace !

jill said...

Well, I didn't know you could do that. I hope your efforts are successful. "The Judge" must have loved his garden, and presenting those wonderful bouquets.

Olivier said...

elle est belle cette petite serre naturelle.

it is beautiful this small natural greenhouse.

Knoxville Girl said...

What a clever idea. Roses take a lot of care, but the results can be magnificent.
Thanks for your kind comment on my blog yesterday.

Pietro said...

All this is really interesting. I like flowers, the roses are always wonderful and these pictures are so nice.

Becky said...

Your garden is wonderful. I wish my yard was that green! It's too dry here to manage such lush greenery, but I like to try!

I'd love to try this, as my roses are sad. (I don't know what's wrong, since I didn't plant them - they were here when I moved in.) Can you give me a bit more detail on the method? I can't quite picture what happens...

smilnsigh said...

This is an "Off Topic Comment" but...I seem to have lost my knack for posting/commenting in 'Blog Land,' for a while. All I do lately, is put up a few photos, here and there. I didn't plan on it... It just happened.

And since I don't want anyone to think I got *uppity* or anything, :-) I'm leaving this comment, to explain my absence.

I'm sure to be back in not too long. Can't keep a "Chatty Person" quiet, for too long. :-)

Miss Mari-Nanci

Sherry Stewart said...

My Grandmother started a red climber under a bell jar many years ago, so that by the time I was young, it was famous far and wide, unbelievable rose, with stems 3-4 inches around had to be pruned back each year. That was in PA. USA

Good luck, hope yours does as well.

GrandmaK said...

No I didn't know this but, you know, I think I will give it a try...I need to prune the roses anyway! Thank you! cathy

Ming the Merciless said...

Good luck with the roses. Keep us posted on the progress.