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Hays Free Press March 22, 2017 COMMUNITY Page 3C Ask Amanda: A basic guide to Central Texas roses Continued from pg. 1C production are the ultimate tried and true. Tea roses are the prede- cessors of our modern hy- brid teas. They typically have larger blooms full of petals with a high center common with florist roses. The buds are smaller than hybrid teas and the stems shorter, but most tea roses have a won- derful light fragrance. The bushes tend to be large and round and they bloom heav- ily in the spring and fall. China roses are one of my favorite rose classes. They are sturdy and can bloom nine months out of the year. Generally large shrubs (with some climbers) they are hardy and drought resistant. This is one of the classes found on abandoned home- steads throughout the state. The best thing about bourbon roses is their amaz- ing, heady fragrance. Bour- bons can be large shrubs, climbers or smaller more manageable bushes. Polyantha roses are smaller bushes, with smaller flowers borne in clusters at the end of the branches. They bloom profusely and are very easy to take care of. OLD GARDEN ROSES Though not technically antiques, these roses have been around long enough to have proven their mettle in our tough climate. Hybrid Musk roses really hit their stride starting in the Shrub roses were never meant to be classified. They were developed to grow and behave like blooming shrubs. Knock Out roses are probably the best examples of this class. They are for the most part disease resistant, fast growing and heavy blooming. 1920s. They are large shrubs see the huge full flowers that that can also be trained as florists crave and the vibrant small climbers and can take colors not seen in antique five hours of sun a day and and older roses. Oranges still bloom well. They have and bright yellows especially a nice musky fragrance and make their mark with the bloom in clusters. My family newer introductions. has several musk roses that Shrub roses were never have been passed down for meant to be classified. They more than 60 years, were developed to grow Older Hybrid Teas have and behave like blooming been around so long that shrubs. Knock Out roses are they're now grouped in with probably the best examples the other antiques and old of this class. They are for the fashioned roses. They tend most part disease resistant, to have longer stems and fast growing and heavy higher centers than the tea blooming. roses. Some of their blooms, Hybrid Teas and Grandi- like Peace, can be quite large floras are two classes of roses and showy. They also have developed for their flowers. more of an upright, slender They have large, full, bright growth habit than their pre- flowers on long stems... decessors, perfect for floral arrang- ing. They can require a little MODERN ROSES more care than other classes This is the 'everything and need yearly hard prun- else' group. These roses are ing, but they can't be beat for more recently developed their blooms. Floribunda roses are best than the previous group, but still contain some great thought of as the original rose varieties. It is with the shrub roses. These are modern roses that we start to smaller bushes (under 4' typ- ically) with lots of blooms. They usually perform very well with little oversight and don't need much pruning except to keep their shape. Here are some of the beautiful roses that we are carrying this year at the nursery: JF Kennedy, Mr. Lincoln, Dame de Coeur, Queen Elizabeth, Old Blush (shrub and climbing), Red Cascade, Maggie, Cecile Brunner, Livin' Easy, Julia Child, Ice- berg (shrub and climbing), Penelope, Lavender Lassie, Marie Pavie and Belinda's Dream. Last but not least an amazing tale of survival known as Peggy Martin. This rose was discovered after Katrina had ravaged its homesite, where she had sat for weeks under brack- ish water only to come out alive on the other side. This thorn-less, climbing rose has gained traction over the last 8 seasons because of this re- silience and is a fine addition to any landscape. Happy rose gardening everyone! If you have a gardening question, send it to Amanda or Chris via emaih iat- (Please put 'Ask Chris Winslow' in the subject line.) Or mail your letter or postcard to: Ask Chris Winslow. It's About Thyme: 11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 o 5 9 i! !i 84- 7 ij 3 2 a. iii l ii i ii 3 7 8 3 li ii 4i62 i !i+ 8!7 1 z9 2 i ii 564. 6 9 i!~i .......... 7 iiN! 2 3 ii21 4. 1 6 9 8 5 Sudoku Puzzle, from page 2C Texas Crossword Solution S-131S Texas Crossword, from page 2C ! TEXAS LEHIGH CEMENT CO. LPJ II;0 DR RE1 23R "dS t UG STO Plua'nlacy 312-21 F YOU r Hometown McDonald's :::i~ ~ ~ ~ / McDonald's of Bud-, / l o. :/:] / / 512"312"2' 83 !/i I | Locally owned and operated '~l