Hello everyone! Today I’m thrilled to share part of my dream-come-true cottage garden story! This post (& VIDEO) cover some practical tips on the care & propagation of climbing roses in the cottage garden. I hope you enjoy & find some helpful tips!
To say this rose is vigorous is an understatement…
Matt & I always say we’d rather have plants we have to beat back rather than play nursemaid to & this rose fits that bill! Three years ago my Dad gave me several cuttings of this rose from his own bush back in Texas. The cuttings were wrapped in a damp paper towel & I was so excited to give them a try!
I called my Dad recently to get his method for rose propagation ~ here are his tips:
- Choose canes the size of a straw about 6 – 8 inches long
- Be sure your canes have buds
- Dip canes in water, then in a powdered root simulator
- Plant right side up in a sandy, loamy soil & expect about 75% to take root!
The name of this red rambler has been lost, but we call her the Red Lady. She is romantic, graceful, & resilient ~ just like a Texas country girl should be!
In addition to cuttings of the Red Lady my Dad also gave me cuttings of a delicate miniature pink rose from my great-grandmother. Nearest I can tell this rose resembles The Fairy in most rose catalogs.
Having this legacy rose in my garden is such a treasure! You might enjoy the post ion this rose: Caring for Your Roses ~ A Growing Legacy.
These bright red-eyed white Vinca make an appearance in my garden every year as they have proven to be easy keepers. We usually pick up a ten or so and use them to fill in spots where we know the perennials will die back.
You may have noticed the Vinca in our recent Handmade Cottage Garden Window Boxes post.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post & have gained some simple tips & inspiration to add climbing roses to your garden!
Thank you so much for stopping by our little cottage! until our next visit ~ take care!