Don’t do this. I didn’t have the heart to remove it but was scared to death someone was going to sue me over thorn attacks. I get hair brained ideas sometimes and figured I would attach it to a trellis somehow grow it up over the top of the porch. The canes would not cooperate at all and this is what resulted. I knew it had thorns but it wasn’t suppose to get so close to the bannister either.
These are Don Juan Climbing Roses and just beautiful but the thorns are brutal. I planted them both at the same time and they grew at equal rates. These pictures were taken at my former home and I will not be planting a Don Juan at my new home. I just didn’t like it when it wasn’t blooming. It had few leaves and the thorns looked uninviting. I would plant it along a split rail fence if I ever purchased one. Now that would be a beauty.
What could possibly be wrong with this you ask?
This! This is a full time watering job! These super plants by Proven Winners are incredible bloomers. They require fertilizing weekly with a weak water soluble mix to keep them looking this good. You’ll be watering regular 2 to 3 times a day in the heat of summer. Flush the pots with lots of water to remove built up fertilizer salts about once a month. Let the water run for awhile and that will do the trick. Extra salts cause the root cells to collapse.
I will still grow these wonderful ladies but there will be more dirt in the container and maybe less plants. It would probably be more successful to have these on a drip system. They do better with a slow drip than a watering all at once.
I had some success last year with a 2 liter coke bottle inserted so that a slow drip was created. I stuck a very small pin hole in the top and one in the cap at the bottom. It would use all that water in one day and then I’d refill in the morning. Additional watering was required but at least it never dried out.
Drying out a hanging basket is the number one reason that the baskets never reach maturity. The one above was babied all summer. I didn’t have to deadhead because Proven Winner petunias are cultivated that way. Don’t let these super plants get thirsty.
This is pretty I know but look at that Pineapple Sage in the top container. Was I nuts? I grew another Pineapple sage this year in my vegetable garden and it was about 4×4 feet tall. I did transplant this to my garden and it didn’t like it. It did not like the roots being upset. I found out also that it likes a moist well drained spot just like I provided for it this year. I use to look out my kitchen window at this poor little root bound victim and then go give it a drink…..about 4 times a day.
These are all live and learn experiences. You get a bit better every year. One reason I like reading garden blogs is their communication about mistakes. New gardeners need to know that we still make them. You also need to know that I’m going to continue to make them because I like to experiment and push the limits of what a plant can or can not do.
But always and I do mean always, your soil must be tip top and amended properly or you won’t be able to experiment at all. You’ll forever fight those growing conditions unless you just learn to amend properly.
I am nuts about the tall verbena called Garden Verbena. It grows on a tall stem and adds lots of character to the cottage garden. It’s on my must have list this year and it will reseed. In fact you’ll be picking it out so it doesn’t take over. But I think the good far outweighs the work.