Mums from the beginning

I really enjoyed my mums last fall and I was told to take cuttings this month to have more of the same mums next fall. Apparently the plants from last fall will not produce very well unless cuttings are rooted and new plants started.
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There are several ways to get the cuttings to root. I chose Hormex rooting hormone and perilite.

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After 3-4 weeks the rooted cuttings go into 4 inch pots with potting mix. The after 4 more weeks I will look for roots coming out of the bottom so I know it is time to go to a larger pot. This potting up continues until July 4th when they should be in a final pot for growing and flowering.

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Click on the mums or Chrysanthemums in my word cloud to the right to see the mums blooming last fall.

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I am a plant collector

I have two parts to my Western WA rose garden: miniature and mini flora roses where I have 3 or 4 copies of my favorite varieties, for exhibiting and flower arranging and the part I call my plant collection. The collection includes unique plants, favorite plants or plants that just would now have grown in Minnesota, my home of 26 years. This gallery shows some of my collection of plants.

'Polka' a climbing rose

‘Polka’ a climbing rose

Grandiflora rose

Grandiflora rose

Hybrid hulthemia and floribunda cross, by Jim Sproul

Hybrid hulthemia and floribunda cross, by Jim Sproul

'Dorothy Rose' is a single, miniature climber.

‘Dorothy Rose’ is a single, miniature climber.

Decorative form miniature

Decorative form miniature

Hybrid Tea rose

Hybrid Tea rose

Shrub rose

Shrub rose

Hybrid Tea, 1925

Hybrid Tea, 1925

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'La France' in bud. The first Hybrid Tea rose in 1867

‘La France’ in bud. The first Hybrid Tea rose in 1867

Monoculture or roses with perennials?

'Winnipeg Parks' with Johnson's Blue hardy geranium.

‘Winnipeg Parks’ with Johnson’s Blue hardy geranium.

I’ve done it both ways. I think it depends on your garden style. A cottage garden looks great with a mix of perennials. Roses I want for arrangements or competition grow in raised beds, alone.

Miniature roses planted in a bed.

Miniature roses planted in a bed.

'William Baffin' hardy Canadian rose.

‘William Baffin’ hardy Canadian rose.

Plans for a new garden

I am always planning. It’s the optimist in me. There are several areas that need a plan for next season. They say the rainy season will begin on Friday so I have been crazy busy as a mad woman pulling plants out and amending the soil to be ready to move some roses into a new area. The Mantis tiller would not start for me as the daylight hours slip away. Frustrating!!! Tomorrow is the last expected dry day. And daylight is so short.

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