Monday, April 16, 2012

Queen of Denmark Rose

Happy Birthday to her royal majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark born in 1940.  To honor her birthday Daves Garden website choose the old garden rose 'Queen of Denmark' as their plant of the week.  Here is what they say about this lovely rose:

April 16, is the birthday of Queen Margrethe of Denmark. Born this day in 1940, she was crowned queen upon her father's death in 1972. This made her the first female ruler of the country since Margrethe l, who ruled from 1375–1412. The lovely old garden rose 'Queen of Denmark' honors both of them and is a favorite rose among gardeners. While it only blooms once, in late spring, the beautiful, fragrant flowers are captivating. The soft pink blossoms are quartered rosettes and are very full, having up to 100 petals. Plant in full sun and give it room to grow, as the shrub can get quite large. The plants are disease resistant and hardy and it is considered a good 'beginner' rose."

Sunday, April 15, 2012

New USDA Hardiness Zone Map

The USDA has come out with a new hardiness zone map with help from Oregon State University PRISM Climate Group among others.  Check out the new map:  New USDA Zone Map

According to the new zones map, Bend is now 6b.  I am rather surprised at the high rating and I would still be careful and stick to zone 5 plants.  Our irregular climate is what makes it difficult here for many plants, as well as our drying air and sterile soils. 

Remember if you live west of Mt. Washington Blvd. you are in a different micro climate than the rest of Bend being at a slightly higher elevation and more prone to harsh winds.  Deschutes River Woods and Sunriver are also different (colder) climates. 

Shop at our local nurseries and ask lots of questions for the most success!