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June 20, 2010 - 9:47pm

Photo: John Kennedy Rose

posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Gardening, roses.

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This is a bloom from the John Kennedy Rose in my yard.

Michele Case
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Call me dumb, but what is a John Kennedy Rose...why is it so named?
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Posted by Michele Case on June 21, 2010 - 12:36am Call me dumb, but what is a John Kennedy Rose...why is it so named? http://www.slate.com/id/2144617 This gives an easy to understand the thought process in naming a rose.
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Howard, what is your secret for growing such a beautiful rose? I've tried and failed.
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It's gorgeous! The yellow in the center almost looks like the sun coming through, or a "light." So beautiful. Love the name as well. Keep the great pics coming, Howard.
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Janice, growing roses is not really difficult. -- Prune properly in the early spring. -- A handful of epson salt early spring. -- Fertilize every two weeks. -- Spray for insects and disease every two weeks (I'm about a week behind on each of these last two items) -- Dead head appropriately. During aphid season, it's a good idea to hose off the plants regularly. During japanese beetle season, it's a good idea to spray insecticide on each bud every night. Now, all of these items do add up to a little more expense and time than growing many other flowers, but the effort is worth it. The only other thing that makes a difference is knowing something about the variety of roses. Going onto the American Rose Society site and looking at past ARS winners will give you some ideas of varieties worth trying. My favorites are Mr. Lincoln, Opening Night, Betty Boop, Queen Elizabeth, Honey Dijon, Hot Coco and Barbara Streisand. The John Kennedy produces wonderful white blooms, but it's not among my favorite because, so far, it hasn't been much of a producer for me.
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Thanks again....have you thought of doing articles on flower gardening? Perhaps visit area yards and gardens and ask homeowners their secrets? What about an interview at Pudgies, the Cornell Cooperative Extension and the county's master gardeners? I for one would love it.

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