To go with this event, the people at Vineyard decided to create a Rose that would help every garden join in the celebration and we have them in stock for you! Introducing the Canadian Shield Rose:
You can trust in its hardiness as this beauty was started right next door in Morden, MB as a federal breeding program to create rose varieties that could cope with our extreme Canadian temperatures. Vineyland Research Station (located in Ontario) took over the program and helped finish bringing this Rose to market.
When you bring your Canadian Shield Roses home, plant them in a place that gets at least six hours of direct sun daily and well-drained soil of any type. For best results in poorly drained clay soils, make a raised planting area. Spread 2-4 in. of compost or peat over the area to be planted and mix it in well. Dig a hole twice as wide and approximately 8 in. deeper than the container.
Roses should be watered regularly through the summer, every few days if there is no rain. They should be watered in the morning at ground level and not overhead. You want to avoid wetting the leaves as this promotes disease.
Work in some slow release fertilizer around each Rose bush as soon as the winter protection is removed in spring. Fertilize again after the first flush of bloom early in July, and once more in early August. Do not fertilize after mid-August as this allows the Roses to harden off properly before winter.
Canadian Shield Roses are such a unique way to commemorate Canada's sesquicentennial. That's right, I said sesquicentennial... Well maybe I just typed it! So pop by the greenhouse and have a look at these brilliant, red blooms for yourself. Add a little patriotism to your garden this summer!