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Place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark.
Robert A. Heinlein

Canadian Artist Series Roses

Roses for all of Canada

Start with one thousand hybrid roses.

35 made those cuts.

Further testing. Field trials all over Canada.

Slowly the ones meeting the tough standards are being released.

Ok, let's get a bit more serious. After reading the website (in more info below) I came to the conclusion these are great Canadian roses that will grow just about anywhere reasonably close to the US border with some care. But they aren't as tough as the Explorer series. If you are new to roses, go with the explorer's first.

2007 Felex Leclerc Rose

2007 Emily Carr Rose

2012 Bill Reid Rose Yellow, with orange highlights, improvement on Morden Sunrise.

2014 Campfire Rose

2016 Oscar Peterson Rose

Planting and care.

I'm new to roses, so all of this is from interent research.

Site and planting

Half to full sun. Well drained. Avoid north exposures.

Loamy soil. These roses hate heavy clay soils. If you have very little soil and your subsoil is solid clay, then build a raised bed for your rose. Mix a good amount of compost in. Prairie dwellers: If your soil is alkali use 1/4 peat moss too. A handful of bone meal in the hole will help your rose get off to a good start.

Fertilizing and care

Roses that bloom all summer -- fertilize in early spring, then about every 6 weeks during the blooming season. Usually roses come with a shot of very slow release fertilizer. It's not necessary to fertilize the first year.

Pruning

Prune in spring when you can see which branches are dead. Then shape the bush if needed. Some branch death is normal.

Overwintering

From my reading snow is enough protection for zone 4 and warmer. Zone 3 and on windy sites, you probably should give them some protection.

You can protect your rose in winter in several ways: A 2 foot diameter tube of snow fence or fence wire, then fill with dry leaves or loose straw (flax is best) If you do dried leaves put a square of something over the top to keep the snow from compressing it, or slide a garbage over the tube. The bag should not go to the ground, and you should cut a few holes in the side near the top. This will keep it from getting too warm, and will reduce humidity.

A large cardboard box will work too. These are good for only one year

Some folks heap a foot of soil or compost around the base, and let the twigs fend for themselves.

Siting them where they can be buried with the snowblower may work too.

Wait until the fruit trees start to bloom before uncovering in spring. This is especially true for us folk on the prairies.

More info:

Canadian Artists Roses website Rose plant instructions from Rose Magazine

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Lodgepole Pine in our front yard.



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