Pests & Diseases

What is that smell?

September 23 2015 RHR 006

Have you ever notice a “fishy” smell coming from the Dean Bond Rose Garden? This is part of our organic rose garden procedure. Applied roughly every two weeks depending on conditions, a mixture of fish hydrolysate and water (1.5 ounces per gallon) is sprayed liberally on the plants of the Dean Bond Rose Garden.

Black spot on leaves in the Dean Bond Rose Garden. photo credit: R. Robert

Black spot on leaves in the Dean Bond Rose Garden. photo credit: R. Robert

In addition to working as a fertilizer, fish hydrolysate applications function as a fungicide. Similar to a chemical fungicide, fish emulsion is applied while wearing protective gear; the entire plant is coated. …

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Beyond Beauty: Why your Rose Garden needs more then Roses

June 10 2015 Update RHR 049Have you visited the modern rose garden? The one interplanted with all types of flowering perennials, trees, and shurbs, alive with buzzing insects, chirping birds and awash in lovely scents. No longer will you find a garden of strictly roses with one month of wow and minimal interaction with birds, bugs, and bees. The renovated Dean Bond Rose Garden has been redesigned with sustainability in mind. The added benefit of considering sustainability in plant selection produces multi-seasonal interest in the rose garden as never before.

Today’s rose garden is interplanted with a variety of plants to encourage the growth of beneficial insect populations to help control unwanted pests. photo credit: R. Robert

Today’s rose garden is interplanted with a variety of plants to encourage the growth of

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Gardening Best Friends: Allium and Roses

June 3 2015 RHR 114Is your garden plagued by aphids, slugs, cabbage worms, or other pests? If so, Allium may be the solution you have been waiting for. The ornamental onion genus, Allium¸ which includes chives, garlic, leeks, and shallots is regarded as a broad spectrum natural insect repellent. Thus Allium is planted as a beautiful, dramatic bedfellow of roses throughout the newly renovated sustainable Dean Bond Rose Garden.

The low profile of Allium christophii combines well with roses in the Dean Bond Rose Garden. photo credit: R. Robert

The low profile of Allium christophii combines well with roses in the Dean Bond Rose Garden. photo credit: R. Robert

Many unwelcomed pests are attracted by odors emitted from plants. Members of the allium family, …

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