Ecological fertilizing

Visitors often ask what fertilizer I use. Sometimes they say: "I too have that rose in my garden, but it is not at all as lush and thriving as yours."  (...)

Summer update, new IL roses, propagating roses from summer cuttings

Summer is gone - well, not really, but we are edging towards fall. I have picked blueberries, cloudberries, nordic brambles (very rare, but the tastiest berries you'll ever come across!) and raspberries and harvested my garlic. The green house produces cucumbers, tomatoes, chili peppers and other niceties. The garden is abounding with colors. There were about 150 visitors in the garden for the Open Garden event. The visitors could see flowering trees and perennials and a few rose bushes in (...)

Open for visitors July 7

Ingmar's Rose Garden will be open for visitors on Sunday July 7 between 12 and 5 pm as part of the nation wide event Open Gardens. As my garden is on an island there is a short boat trip involved. I'd appreciate if you could let me know in advance that you are coming so I can try to fix the needed transport capacity.  (...)

Good News and Bad News

All roses in my rose garden seem to have survived the winter - save one, of which I am not sure as of yet. So, possibly one casualty. Things were different a couple of years ago. In October 2016 there was a very long period of extremely low temperatures in Vasa. The end result was that I could not bury my roses for the winter. In spring I found over 200 dead rosebushes. Inadvertently I had proven how necessary it is to bury your not so frost hardy roses for the winter.  (...)

Name stones for the roses

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Spring time in the rose garden

April 12 and I manage to get out by boat to my rose garden on an island in Vasa. Early bloomers welcome me as I arrive: Winter Aconites, Snow Drops, Scillas, Hellebores and, to my surprise, also the ornamental strawberry 'Pink Panda'. When planting I was not sure the Winter Aconites would make it in Vasa, but now they are spreading nicely. (...)

Winter Protection Methods On TV

Finnish TV has visited my garden a few times during 2018. The result will be a couple of programs about my roses and how I manage to keep them well and alive. The first program will be broadcast on Finnish TV on March 23, 2019 and the second on April 6, 2019 as part of a life-style program called Strömsö. 

You can se both part one and two here

Roses In the Basement

Nowadays I make a daily visit to our cold cellar in the basement. There, in a big box, are about 30 bare root roses. I did not plan it that way, but having ordered roses from Serbia making sure they would arrive no later than November 15, the end result was that they arrived in Finland in mid-December. By then the ground was frozen solid around here so deep that I would have needed some dynamite to get through. Normally, I bury my late fall arrivals into some potato patch for the winter. (...)

My Rose Garden In the Media

Quite a number of newspapers and magazines in Finland and Sweden have written about the rose garden in Vasa. Among them are the magazines of the national rose societies in both countries. Also a few of the bigger gardening magazines in Sweden as well as one of the big life-style magazines in Finland have published articles focusing on my winter protection methods. I have also been interviewed on live TV in 2018. A TV team followed my work in the rose garden during the entire growing season in (...)

At a Nordic Garden Fair

In April 2017 I was in Stockholm, Sweden, to talk about the way I protect my roses from the coldness of Nordic winters. This was at Nordiska Trädgårdsmässan, almost as close as you can get in the Nordic countries to the Chelsea Flower Show. When I was moving towards the place where I was supposed to get up in front of my audience it was hard to move forward as people were flooding past me in the other direction towards the gates. I was very tempted to inform them at the top of my voice that in (...)