Blooming in Joene’s Garden: June 7, 2012

Blooming now in Joene’s Garden in Connecticut, the ever blooming shrub rose from Star Roses, ‘Mystic Meidiland’.


This shrub rose managed to survive multiple deer meals during the many years it lived in an unfenced bed. It was a constant battle to keep deer from munching the leaves and blossoms from this plant. It is now enjoying its third season in a new location, a perennial bed within our fenced back yard. Its purple companions are scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’ and lavender that is just about ready to open.


The shrub is happier now, growing fuller each year. It carries only a slight scent and should top out at 3 or 4 feet in height and width.

With a spring topdressing of compost, intermittent foliar spraying with diluted fish emulsion through the growing season, occasional watering with a weak solution of leftover black coffee, and removal of spent blossoms to encourage continued flowering, this shrub will bloom all summer through first freeze. Toward late summer I leave a few blooms on the shrub to form rose hips to view during winter from my kitchen window.

Organic Gardening magazine offers good advice for growing roses organically.

Connecticut-grown roses are spectacular this year. They seem to have enjoyed the mild winter and ample spring rain.

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4 comments for “Blooming in Joene’s Garden: June 7, 2012

  1. June 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

    That is an absolutely gorgeous rose! Do you have aphids? Between those pests and the deer, roses can be difficult to bring into perfect bloom.

    • June 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Aphids are a common pest in Connecticut. I’ve not had a problem with them yet this year and last year I never saw one aphid, though I plant nasturtium as an aphid capture crop. I expect all pesky bugs will be an issue this year at some point … we had a very mild winter and lots of spring rain. Glad you like the rose, Tiny Tim’s Garden.

  2. June 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I love the combo of the rose and the lavendar & scabiosa. I’m not a big rose grower so I have to ask, what’s the weak solution of coffee do? How weak? And do you use it to water the soil or as a foliar drench??

    • June 17, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Debbie, I save leftover coffee – black – to pour around my roses. Adding coffee grounds once or twice a year is an old trick for growing healthy roses since the grounds contain nitrogen and make the soil slightly acidic. My coffee grounds go into my compost pile. However, since coffee has the same nutrients and they are more readily available in liquid form, I pour leftover watered down coffee – black only – around my rose bushes about once a month. I’m now doing the same for my potted fig tree since it likes slightly acidic soil as well. I use a weak fish emulsion spray as a foliar feed on all my plants, and especially the roses showing signs of black spot. This seems to give them a boost while dealing with the disease.

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