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floden
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max Anders
When I was grown up in Michigan my mother had a beautiful rose garden. When I grew up I moved to the East cost. At first I thought great! Zone 7, I can grow Holly and Camilla’s Then I started digging in the red clay. Boy what a difference. You can’t just plant something without adding five different things to fix the soil first. Once I got the soil suitable for planting I purchase my roses. New dawn for my back fence. A few different varieties for my side yard. The first two years were glorious. Then by the third when early spring hit it was aphids, spider-mites, Japanese beetles, thrips, and Caterpillar‘s. Black spot, Leaf mold. I fought it for four more years then I gave up rip out ever last one of the roses. I have since moved back to the mid west. Now I am fighting deer and old age.
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mindshift

My sympathies, max. A gardener must be an optimist.

   

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