THE EAST HAMFPN STAR, EAST HAMPTON, N.Y., MARCH 9, 1978 II—FIVE The Gardening Column loses “Never buy i supermarket rose,” said Dr. Mario liletti of Southampton. “They are tlrowaways from com mercial rose ,Towers. At any price they’re false economy.” At a recent session of tie “Master Gardeners” training propram Dr. Miletti spoke to us of roses. “Only biy Number One ASRS (American Society of Rose Specialists) roses. They’ve been field tested a minimum rf three years. They are disease resstant and will bloom pro fusely.” D\ Miletti is a “Consulting Rosarian” of the American Rose So ciety. The Cooperative Extension Ser vice had aranged for him to teach us about rosis as part of our training in home horticulture. “If you can grow good tomatoes you can grow good roses,” declared Dr. Miletti. “They need the same amount of TLC.” I can attest to that. My garden in the Springs, which consisted of a tiny rock garden and a rose garden, was pristine. No weed ever got to the true-leaf stage. Roses were sprayed lovingly and they performed magni ficently. Poor Investment My present garden is almost 15 times the size of that little garden, and some plants have to make it pretty much orf their own. But not the roses. Years ago I cured a sickly schefflera in our New York apartment by with drawing all medical attention. “You’ve had your last alcohol bath,” I told it. “Now it’s up to you.” It still lives and thrives in New York City. Tell that to a rose and it will drop dead, leaf by spotty leaf. It’s a poor investment to plant a rose and neglect it. Roses are not difficult to grow, as long as you follow their rules, exactly. Plan to plant your rose garden where it will receive at least six hours of morning sun, protected from winds and Sandra Wolf yet with good air circulation around it. “Potatoes and roses prefer an acid soil,” says Dr. Miletti. “And keep away from the house, large trees or edges of areaways.” Buy your roses from rose specialty houses like Jackson and Perkins or Star. They come bare-rooted and dormant and should be planted in early spring, although Dr. Miletti prefers late fall, November here. Or buy them potted up from your local nurserymen and plant them through June, though earlier is better. Don’t buy them boxed. The roots have been too severely pruned. Fertilizer Dr. Miletti and I agree on the use of a good “rose food” fertilizer such as Osmocote, beginning in the spring when new growth appears and taper ing off in August so the roses can harden prior to dormancy. “The test of time is the best teacher, said Galileo. I’m only repeating his words,” declared Dr. Miletti, dismissing the new Ortho fertilizer and systemic pesticide com bination. “I don’t like it.” And “Don’t water roses from over head!” Dr. Miletti insists, wisely I think. Now comes the unromantic part of rose care. Spraying. At the right time and with the right sprays. We listened carefully, taking notes. “Start spraying with lime sulphur or bordeaux mixture before you prune in the spring, after the temperature is above 40. Do it liberally including the ground around the bushes. Black spot spores overwinter. A couple of weeks later, when all danger of frost has passed, prune to about two-and-a-half feet, or down to the first bud eye from the top. Cut off the black, winter-killed stalks.” Prune when you see the pink bud eyes. Blackspot Disregard that first spray if you live in Riverhead or New York, we were told. Air pollution will cure your roses’ blackspot. But wherever you live, make sure you understand the follow ing Great Rule of Horticulture, no where more important than in the cultivation of roses and the many fruits that are their cousins: you must control diseases AND insects, and they are not prevented by tie same measures. Negatively stated fungicides don’t kill bugs, and all theSevin you can spray won’t eradicate asingle blackspot. You can try ai all purpose spray bought at the hadware store, but you may have better lick mixing your own. I do. When Dr. Mletti mixes his rose spray he even juts in fertilizer for Services L E G A L Representation Uncontested Divorce (SUFFOLK) $250 Do-It-Yourself Divorce $125 Senior Citizen Financial/Legal Consultation $15 Simple Will $50 (Fees for criminal and other matters quoted on requist) ROBERT R. ROSS ATTORNEY-AT-LAW 61 MAIN ST., SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. 1196f 2 8 3 - 6 8 2 0 Fresh Pond: Glacial Wasteland? Alexander Goldowsky All Around Us Alexander Goldowsky foliar feeding. Here’s his formula: To one gallon of water add one tablespoon benlate (or benomyl) and one table spoon phaltan (these are for diseases) and one tablespoon isotox (an insect icide). Add 16 drops dishwashing soap (to make it stick) and one tablespoon Rapidgro or Miraclegro plus one tea spoon Miracid (fertilizers). Spray every 7-10 days on a windless morning or evening. If the temperature is above 75, substitute dacomil for phaltan. “Use sprays until you have controlled insects and diseases,” cautioned Dr. Miletti. “Don’t use them unnecessarily.” Climbers My family’s favorite roses are climb ers. These should be pruned in late summer or after the last bloom. Our pink climbing Blossom Time is the last rose of autumn, not summer. “Cut off all growth thicker than your thumb,” Dr. Miletti told us. “Climbers bloom on new growth.” Roses should have their own beds, shared only with each other. “Roses are feminine, the queen of flowers,” explained Dr. Miletti. “They don’t like competition.” There were hisses from the audience, but the statement was horticulturally correct as well as male chauvinist. I surround my rose bed with Japanese iris. Dr. Miletti plants tulips in his. Both are finished by the time the roses begin reaching for nutrients. Roses come in many colors, ranging from the gaudy to the delicate. Some are fragrant; some have no smell. \A rose is a rose that smells like a rose,” said Dr. Miletti. He has no luck with “Peace” in Southampton, but he has no problem with “First Prize.” Here in East Hampton the opposite has been true. But then, things are different over there in Southampton Town. Start with the hybrid teas and plant “First Prize” anyway. It has pink blossoms that look as though they landed from outer space. And try “Pristine,” the 1978 Jackson and Perk ins “Rose of the Year.” This arriviste is pale pink and white, and its elegance belies its newness. For crimson ma jesty try Mr. Lincoln. It’s heavily fragrant as is “Tropicana,” my favorite. Consultants “Tropicana” is always described and even pictured as just orange, but it isn’t. It’s a rosy orange, the color of a midsummer sunset. I don’t like “Peace;” it’s too bland for me, but “Chicago Peace” is a pink blend with golden blushes. \Blaze” climbs over the fence at the Village railroad station in red profusion. And for a mass accent,, pick a floribunda like the coral “First Edition” and plant three together. If you have any questions, Dr. Miletti is not only a Consulting Rosar ian but a Master Gardener with regular hours at the Southampton Library. Call there for information. David and Helga Dawn are also rose specialists from Southampton. Last spring at a party in East Hampton they presented our host and hostess with the first rose from their garden. It was creamy pink and white. It was perfect. A hush came over the room as Helga placed it in a crystal vase. I remembered another Long Island party, a fictional one in “The Great Gatsby.” “Reach me a rose, honey,” said the girl. “And pour me one last drop from that there crystal glass.” Classifieds sell through the S T A R Perhaps the most amazing thing about Long Island is the sheer number of environments it contains. Every thing from sand dunes to rich farmland, scrub to mature forests and innumer able slighter variations. We have, by the way, acquired a new one: the glacial wasteland, or at least a fairly good approximation of one. The area in question is, oddly enough, Fresh Pond Park. Though a tranquil bathing spot in summer, it has undergone an amazing transformation because of the recent storms. Fronting the Bay (Fresh Pond is located to the southwest of Albert’s Landing at the end of Fresh Pond Road in Amagansett) are ten-foot walls of ice. In several places these form over hanging cliffs, while on others craters and crags have been etched in the walls. What’s In a Name \ / At one point along the bayfront the ice has not built up; and through this break runs the small stream running from Fresh Pond to the Bay, or from the Bay to Fresh Pond, depending on the tide. The presence of the connecting stream raises some question about the appropriateness of its name. Certainly the bulk of the Pond is brackish, but seeing as the Pond is also fed by springs, one would expect the marshes, which stretch quite a ways back from the Pond, to be fresh. The salt content of the Pond, along with its constantly moving water, are responsible for the fact that although portions of the Pond are piled with four to five feet of frozen ice and snow in other areas there is running water and mud. Landscape The landscape produced by this combination is truly magnificent. The ice also provides some unusual opportunities for walking, over the usually swampy and impassable bank. As I’ve said, though, salt water ice is not particularly reliable. And I cer tainly would not trust it over deep water. Another hazard is that in many places the ice has become slick to the extent that one is assured of falling every second step. As it happened, I also made the mistake of trying to follow the edge of the Pond completely around. This effort was finally aban doned in the midst of the marsh surrounding a small but deep stream P o f a lip fair’s; B obby V a n co n tin u e s his dinner specials M o n c a y to S a tu rd a y C O M PLE T E D IN N E R BftIDGE HAMPTON, N.Y. 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The immense forces which were unleashed during the recent storms which would be necessary for such a task, are illustrated by the fate of the bridge which used to span the stream. This immensely steady structure has been neatly snapped in half; one part remaining in its original position while the other has been deposited approxi mately 500 feet away on the bank of the pond. It is possible to follow the lake front until you get to the bridge wreckage, but at this point, it is easier to go through the forest. The edge of the forest is, not surprisingly, rather tangled, due to numerous cat-brier vines, sweetspire, and other low growing bushes. The woods, however, soon open up and if you follow the general contour of the Pond you presently reach a small path leading to a picnic table. Turning left on this path you in turn come to another path which runs parallel to the pond. This leads through beds of phragmites reeds and eventually to a small cove. Better Way Although it is possible to continue around the Pond it would seem a better idea to complete the circuit along the road, (or at least near it) which can be reached by following a jeep track which begins in this location. Turning to the right will bring you in a short time to Cross Highway (another right), which subsequently comes out on Albert’s Landing Road, at which point you should also turn right. Yet another right turn, onto a fork of Albert’s Landing Road, will bring you back to the Bay, along the opposite side of the Pond. Since the Pond is enclosed on all sides by a road, one can simply walk in the general direction you wish to go (preferably on some sort of path) and be assured of coming out of the woods sooner or later. The only area in which this strategy does not work is around the marsh which surrounds the Pond’s small tributary. When you do reach the Bay a small path, which begins opposite a picnic area, will return you to the Fresh Pond inlet. 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