Mardi Gras Rose

mardigras rose review


One of the most mysterious rose growing in my garden is Mardi Gras. Words cannot describe how striking and how interesting this one of a kind rose. 

It’s a fast blooming floribunda with dark green foliage that’s somewhat much more resistant to disease than others. Has a slight lemon-pepper scent that can grow rather tall and bushy. The bud itself is tall, very well-formed ovoid and pointy that’s very similar to a hybrid tea. 


rosa mardigras rosebud


But the most intriguing thing about this particular rose is how mysterious it can get. Its petals changes color as it blooms and opens everyday. It’s indeed festive like a mardi gras. Even its shape changes into a flattened fan-shaped flower. 

First, the bud of this rose starts yellow at the base and then orangey at the top. Then as it opens, it becomes more like a dark orange tone. As it reaches its full bloom, the petals became more pink while having some yellow-orange gradients at the base.


rosa mardigras


This rose has the orange shade of Living easy and the pinkish tone of Hot Cocoa, while having the same full-bloom shape of Cinco de Mayo. It is indeed amazing and mysterious, plus, easy to grow and slightly less fussy.


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How To Care For Your Roses During Spring

Spring is, without a doubt, definitely here! If you’re a rose enthusiasts like me, well, I’ve got a question for you. Do you know how to care for your roses during spring? Do you know how to prevent fungi/blackspots to your beloved roses? because, when the rain starts falling and the sun starts shining, roses will start needing some tlc.

Roses can be finicky to care with. In fact, a lot of people don’t like planting roses because they think that roses are hard to maintain, plus the added thorns that can prick you anytime. In my experience, roses can be carefree or disease-free depending on their kind. While there are definitely some fussy roses, ultimately each and every rose needs care and maintenance to maintain its healthy bloom and growth. Caring for your roses need not be tedious and time-consuming. Here are short simple steps on how I care for my roses during Springtime.  Read and learn if you don’t want to get zero in the exam. 🙂


caring for roses during spring



Step 1: Fertilize.

Any fertilizer that works specifically for roses will do. If you can find fertilizer that’s more on the acidic side, then that would be great. Even a soil acidifier will work. Know why? because roses are like Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Hollies, Camellias or Hydrangeas. They thrive on acidic soil. Fertilizers like Holly-tone or Jobe’s Organics, even Scott’s Rose & Bloom, like the one I’m using here will do just fine. You can also maintain it with Miracle-Gro Rose Plant Food. Follow manufacturer’s directions on how much you should put in each rose. You usually don’t have to put much (around a dime size) and you may repeat fertilizing after 2 or 3 months, even longer.

spring care for roses

rose fertilizer



Step 2: Prune.

Prune dead branches or stems that had died from last winter. If you don’t, they will become zombies. 🙂 When pruning, make a slant cut just above the bud eye. What are bad bud eyes?  It is the area on the stem where branching  occurs. In other words, look for a “pimple” on the stem, got it? I recommend using Corona pruning shears, as they’re easier to use, sharper, ergonomic and i love the spring mechanism on their shears. After cutting, cover the freshly cut stems of the roses with wood glue like this. I prefer waterproof ones, to avoid cane borers from entering and boring through the stems.

pruning a rose

deadheading a rose

gluing a rose branch



Step 3: Spray.

Spraying is very important. It prevents a lot of future rose issues like black spots, rusts, powdery mildew, insects, etc… The most important and the most difficult rose disease to control is black spot. I’ve seen it, I’ve had it in my roses too. You’ll definitely know it when you see it, if you’ve never had one. Your roses will have black spots all over their leaves and trunks, like some kind of alien invasion. What I like to use at the beginning of spring is to spray them with either Banner Maxx, Honor Guard or Patch Pro. After 2-3 weeks, I spray them with Green Cure. I’ll then be using Green Cure to spray my roses every 2-3 weeks as maintenance. During the fall, I spray them with either Banner Maxx, Honor Guard or Patch Pro again, for the final spraying of the season. Now, if your roses are already inflicted with the deadly black spot. Use Mancozeb mix together with Immunox to resuscitate your plant.

Mancozeb leaves a yellowish gross stain on the leaves of the roses, you need to mix it with Immnunox to lessen the stain.

fungicidal for roses


A happy healthy garden contributes to a happy life. Have a wonderful spring everyone! Go and smell the roses.


Mister Lincoln Hybrid Tea Rose

Whaddup 7 Up! The rose that I’m gonna talk about today is a rose named after my great, great, great grandfather, twice removed then added. He’s none other than my beloved grandpa Abe. Lol! joke! ambitious b*tch! I’m just kidding…hahaha

This rose, Mister Lincoln, is named in honor of President Abraham Lincoln. A beautiful hybrid tea rose that sets the standard for the ideal red fragrant roses out there.


mister lincoln rose


Gorgeous beyond your wildest dreams! This rose boasts a big, beautiful, high-centered blooms, in fact, the biggest blooms I’ve ever seen. It has velvety petals and has long stalks. It has one of the deepest darkest green foliage that’s quite resistant to blackspot and powdery mildew. Its citrusy fragrance will make you smelling for more.


rosa mister lincoln


The flower itself sports striking red petals, although, one caveat, this rose may turn pink or slightly pink if you plant it in clayish (alkaline soil). Not a big deal if the slight color change won’t bother you. For me, it slightly does, but what I do is, I usually put some flower food or try to acidify the soil so as not to completely change the petal’s color.


mr lincoln rose


Another thing to pay attention to is that this rose tends to open fast under direct bright sun. Its buds may not stay close for some time, but its scent stays forever in your garden. The plant is about 1 meter or more in height and is hardy from zone 5 to 9. It tends to bloom early summer ’till early fall.


If there’s one rose that I would not be tempted to euthanize and would want to keep planting, it’s probably this one. This is a delight to have and is sure to brighten your garden.


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