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Let It Grow: Hearty rose bushes of the Black Hills

Published: Jun. 14, 2021 at 9:29 AM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - In this episode, Cathie Drain explains what rose bushes are best for the Black Hills climate.

Blake: Howdy of Black Hills Nation. Another episode of Let It Grow and today we’re talking about hardy rose bushes of the Black Hills. Cathie we’re not accustomed to the big beautiful American Beauties we’re use to seeing around the nation. We have a different climate here. That zone 5 is hard to navigate but you say there are some rose bushes that can hold up to the weather.

Cathie: This one is called Hope for Humanity. It was created in Canada for the Canadian Red Cross. This one will get about this tall, this wide filled with deep dark red beautiful roses.

And the shrub roses generally speaking will do well here given sunshine, good soil, and care.

Blake: Cathie I’m curious you’ve always got something going on here that’s a tip or trick. What are these here?

Cathie: These are dried Lilly stems tied together with twine. I have in the garden several families of Leaf Cutter bees. They cut little holes around the edge of the leaves. They do no harm at all. They live in things like this. It’s sort of an apartment for bees. They hang out here and like all of like to get out of the sun.

Blake: Folks that’s a clever tips from garden aficionado Cathie Draine and bug land lord. Thanks, Cathie.

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