Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Rose - colors & meanings [EXT]

Do you know the meaning of each rose colors?

I thought this was interesting and posted here. It explains the meaning of each rose color. This is extracted from Florapedia.

Our Rose Colors and Meanings guide contains helpful hints about the meaning associated with the colors of roses and other rose information. As one of the most enduring symbols for love and appreciation, it's no surprise that roses are among the most admired and evocative of flowers. Our comprehensive guide to the colors and meanings of roses is your resource for rose interpretation.

Red roses are the traditional symbol for love and romance, and a time-honored way to say "I love you." The red rose has long symbolized beauty and perfection. A bouquet of red roses is the perfect way to express your deep feelings for someone special. Read More – Meaning of Red Roses

As a symbol of grace and elegance, the pink rose is often given as an expression of admiration. Pink roses can also convey appreciation as well as joyfulness. Pink rose bouquets often impart a gentler meaning than their red counterparts. Read More – Meaning of Pink Roses

The bright, sunny color of yellow roses evokes a feeling of warmth and happiness. The warm feelings associated with the yellow rose are often akin to those shared with a true friend. As such, the yellow rose is an ideal symbol for joy and friendship. Read More – Meaning of Yellow Roses

White roses represent innocence and purity and are traditionally associated with marriages and new beginnings. The white rose is also a symbol of honor and reverence, and white rose arrangements are often used as an expression of remembrance. Read More – Meaning of White Roses

With their blazing energy, orange roses are the embodiment of desire and enthusiasm. Orange roses often symbolize passion and excitement and are an expression of fervent romance. A bouquet of orange roses will send a meaningful message. Read More – Meaning of Orange Roses

The unique beauty of the lavender rose has captured many hearts and imaginations. With their fantastical appearance, lavender roses are a perfect symbol of enchantment. The lavender rose is also traditionally used to express feelings of love at first sight. Read More – Meaning of Lavender Roses

Sunday, December 28, 2008

December Bloom

by Richard Chew

I recently added a miniature rose to my collections.

This picture (above) was taken when I bought it. It was about to bloom.

This picture (above) was taken when one of the bulb was opening.

A fully opened flower.

Closed up shot at the flower.

This is the full plant. I placed it at the window sill, which is shielded from the rain.

I just pruned it. Hopefully will have as many bloom in January.

The next is my yellow rose. This one is a fast grower. This bloom opened within a month after the last bloom in November.

It has a sweet fragrance. Mild strength fragrance.

The flower is quite lasting. It gradually changed to ivory colour. This picture was taken 5 days later.

I didn't get good result from my Portmeiron Rose this month. Unfortunately the cluster of bulbs that I posted recently got infected. I will share about this in my next posting. It had to do with the compost tea I made.

This picture was taken when it fully opened.

I am still struggling to get this rose plant to fully develop its flower. But this is certainly better than the bloom posted in November.

My priority is to help it survive through this wet weather. Hopefully by February will get better results.

I am also facing same problem with my purple rose.

The encouraging result is that the flower is better developed this month compare to previous months.
This (above) is another addition to my collection. It is also having the same problem like my purple rose. Survival is priority.
As for my Hot Tamale rose, the challenge is to develop its original colour, that is orange with yellow center.
At this present moment, I get darker pink colour.

But the petals seemed a bit sparse, not so full compare to previous bloom.

The flowers spaced out quite a lot. It is matter of pruning it right and growing more stronger stems. I just pruned it, hopefully will get a fuller bloom in February.

The following is one of my favourite. I believe it is French Lace Rose.
I have yet to learn its history. It is still a very young plant. It is growing well. The following photo shots were taken in stages as the flower opens.

This picture (above) was taken when the sky almost dark. I turned on my garden spot light to capture this shot.

And the following picture is of my Nozomi rose. Its a miniature rose.

It is recovering and progressing well. Hopefully by February, this rose will bloom regularly.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Strange Fungi appeared next to my Roses

by Richard Chew

About 4 days after I treated my roses with AACT (Actively Aerated Compost Tea), I noticed some strange fungii appeared on the mulch.

The following picture was taken on the 4th day, at my Yellow Rose. Some strange looking fungal sprung out from the soil in the morning. The canopy looks transparent and its gills looks like jelly fish in the sea.

On the 5th day (morning), a cluster of the same type of fungi appeared at my French Lace rose.

A closed up shot at the cluster of fungus.

And interestingly, there was another species that sprung up at the same container too.

This is one unique mushroom, I have never seen before.

This is a closed up shot.

Not very far from this fungal, I noticed a cluster of yellow-colour spores on the mulch. Could be originated from the same species.

Then on the same day, late night I noticed another species of fungus appeared at my French Lace rose.

Closed up shot.

Then the following day (6th day; morning), the jelly fish looking fungus sprung up again.

This is very interesting. It seemed it is taking turns to spring up.

The same type of fungus also appeared at my Nozomi rose.

This is good sign, that the fungus are thriving and forming a mutual relationship with the rose rhizosphere. These fungal is believed to help transport nutrients to the roots for nutrient uptake.

I captured this photo of a bug on my hydrangae. I believe it is a benefitial insect.

I noticed saps coming from the main stem of my ground cover rose. Initially I thought it was infected with some strange disease. But later learned that it is a natural way to resist pest and disease.

These are some of the strange things that happened this week.

Have a Blessed Christmas!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Dealing with cholorotic Nozomi Rose - Part 3

by Richard Chew

This is continuation since my posting 2 weeks ago.

The result is very encouraging. Had quite a number of new growth.

The leaves are greener, though it was hit by continous rain, the leaves remained healthy. This is good sign.

In the next 2 weeks, I expect some bulbs to develop from these shoots.

What did I do since my last posting?

About a week ago, I added some brown mulch at the top soil and moist the soil with compost tea. It is not exactly the same compost tea that is commonly sold in nursery, this one was home-made. It is popularly known as AACT, which stands for Actively Aerated Compost Tea. I will share more about the ingredients and the process of making this tea in my future postings.

This torned leave, must have been caused by an insect or a bug. I believe it didn't taste good, therefore the leave remained (no big munch). I learned that bugs and insects usually target stressed out plant, because stressed plant produces higher amounts of amino acids thus provide better taste and flavour for insects to munch.

Putting it in another angle, healthy plants taste awful for insects. This is excellent natural insect repellant !!!

And another plus benefit is that hungry insects tends to target mites & mealy bugs especially if they can't find tasty leaves for food. In a way insects do provide some benefit though they are sometimes can be a real pest. They help control population of mites, aphids and mealy bugs.

Ooops... I am going off topic... Cut the long story short... bottom line is healthier plants keep pest away. This is indeed a very very good sign.

Ok... back to the topic.

Though it is still early to confirm my findings. I am quite encouraged by the positive signs. Considering the amount of rain that my Nozomi rose had to endure for the past few weeks, and the persisting chlorotic condition for months, I would say it is responding excellently well.

I am going to leave this plant alone and not 'tamper' with the soil for another 2 weeks. And shall examine how it progress with little 'human' intervention. The objective here is to find a 'lasting' remedy that corrects the root problem.
Just this morning I noticed some fungal mushroomed from the mulch. This is another good sign that the organism beneath the soil is actively at work!!

At this recovery rate, I believe I will see some new flower bulbs developing soon. And yes this Nozomi rose shall definitely feature in my January bloom posting!!!