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There are three kinds of men:
1. The ones that learn by reading.
2. The ones that learn by observation.
3. The rest of them that have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
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Explorer Roses

Roses for the Prairies

The explorer series has been coming out of Ag Canada's research station in Morden, Manitoba. I figure that anything that can survive a Manitoba winter has no problem here. Indeed. The listings say, "No protection needed in zone 3" All have good resistance to powdery mildew and blackspot unless noted.

Usual siting requires. Roses like at least half sun, and bloom better with more sun.

My suppliers don't carry the full line of Explorers. I've listed them all, but if they aren't in bold, then I have to scrounge. If you need more than 5 of these, let me know the fall before and I will go on the hunt.

Alexander MacKenzie -- tall upright 5 x 3 ft. wide. Deep red. Some twig dieback in zone 3b. In a harsh winter (lots of drying winds) it can die back to snow line even in zone 5.

Captain Samuel Holland -- Pillar type rose, trailing branches up to 6 feet. Medium Red.

Champlain -- Blooms throughout summer and fall. Dark red, Not much scent. Only moderate resistance to blackspot. About 3 feet tall.

Charles Albenal. Ground cover rose -- not quite. Only gets a bit over a foot high and about 3 feet across. Lots of flowers in early summer, then occasional blooms.

J. P. Connell 3-4 feet by 5 foot spread. Lemon yellow. Intense fragrance. Mostly June blooming. No word on blackspot.

John Cabot Medium red climbing rose. Early summer.

John Davis Medium pink climbing rose. Not as tall as Cabot. Spicy scent. Blooms all summer.

Lambert Closse Almost a miniature rose at 2 x 2 feet. Medium pink. All summer rose.

... More work needed.


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