Sunday, March 23, 2008

Planting Roses

We ordered some roses recently, and some of them came already, so we planted them yesterday. I didn't realize that there was this whole science of planting roses correctly. Here's what we discovered...

First, you have to soak a bareroot rose in lukewarm water for 12-24 hours.

Then, you dig a wide hole of medium depth that will allow the middle part of the stem to be at ground level.

Then, you make a little mound of soil in the middle of the hole and place to rose on top, spreading the roots around the mound of soil. Then you fill the hole halfway with soil.

Then you fill a bucket with water.

Then you pour the water into the hole...

...and let it soak in.

Finally, you fill the hole up the rest of the way with soil and water the rose again.

Once we planted the roses, sat around the fire pit and enjoyed being outside for a little while. Max had a good time, too. He likes to watch us plant things.

Here's Max "supervising..."


tom said...

Hey Kristen,

I like following your posts about what you, James, and Max have been up to - I doubt Meghan and I will be doing too much gardening outside the apartment once we're married, but hopefully we'll be able to plant some indoor stuff.

Anyway, just thought I'd say hey! Looking forward to seeing you guys in a few weeks..


Megs said...

I was surprised that Tom posted before I could! =) Anyway, I CAN'T believe how much work those roses are. CRAZY. No roses in my garden if I have to do all that. Of course, by the time Tom and I live at a place where we are allowed to have any say in the landscaping, I might have changed my mind. I love the fire pit in the garden area too! So fun. When Tom and I come visit sometime, we should do smores!! =)