Rosa 'The Fairy'
One rose that gives you lots of flowers is 'The Fairy'. 'The Fairy' rose was introduced in 1932 and is a dwarf Polyantha rose. It is one of the oldest ground cover roses with a height of 2 1/2 feet and spread up to 4 feet. It grows in zones 4-9 and like most roses prefers full sun but can tolerant some shade. 'The Fairy' resists black spot, mildew and rust making it easy to care for. It can be propagated by softwood cuttings, semi-hardwood cuttings, hardwood cuttings, grafting and budding. This rose does bloom on new wood (the new growth) and should be pruned early to promote new growth. The pink flowers bloom mid spring and continues to bloom off and on during the growing season. The flowers are double and have some fragrance. 'The Fairy' prefers a slightly acid soil, but I have seen this plant growing in many other types of soil pH and still blooming very well. If you want to add this rose to your collection, you may have to special order it. It can be hard to find in many nurseries. Give 'The Fairy' a try in your garden and I think you will be very pleased with it.
The Creative Gardener
6-10-9 Robin update.
Over the weekend the baby Robins left the nest and started to fly. They still have their parents feeding them and they are doing very well.