3 New Disneyland Roses - Front Porch Bed - May 2023

Number 3 on my 2023 to-do list is to plant out the front porch bed.  In that listing, I talked about planting some color in the form of Disneyland Roses that I received as a Christmas present from Nat's mom.  She ordered us three bareroot roses from Jackson and Perkins - which is where she had purchased our three previous floribunda roses.  

These three arrived in a cardboard box with instructions to first re-hydrate the roots by soaking them in a bucket of water for anywhere from two hours to a full day.  I opted for what I'd call 'most' of a day.  I put them in the bucket one evening, then planted them the next afternoon in the bed.

Below is a look at these as they are soaking in water to rehydrate.

They came with these little metal tags:

As they were soaking, I dug out the three holes.   And watered the holes in to get them wet.  

Then I placed each of the bareroot roses in their hole - see below.

And applied a little bit of Rooting Powder to the bases of each of the Disneyland Roses.  This rooting compound is from Bontone II and includes the active ingredient of Indole-3 butyric acid.  Does it work?  I'm not sure.  But, can't hurt, right?  See below for the roots being dusted with rooting powder.

Per the instructions, I buried these pretty deep with the 'union' below the surface (we are Zone 5b) on all three.  Then...of course...I watered them in like crazy.  I'll baby these for the next few weeks to keep them wet and (hopefully) get them going in terms of new growth.  

Below, you can see the *just planted* look of this bed - these roses are planted behind the Triumph Elm and in front of the alternating Karl Foerster Grass and the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea.  This photo below if the look from the porch:

And here below, is the look *from* the yard.  You have to look hard to see the tiny rose buses that (currently) lack foliage. 

This is the first new planting in this bed this year.  I started with some vertical mulching - to attempt to improve the soil - and then I most recently transplanted one of the boxwoods to the back.  

What's left to do up here?

1.  Move the grasses to work with the Hydrangeas
2.  Plant a replacement Hydrangea.
3.  Front-plant the boxwoods - with a low grass (I think).
4.  Solve the 'point' - in front of these roses with a mix of perennials and annuals. 
5.  Enjoy these roses - like I have with the other ones.


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