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Burlington Rose Nursery
Discussion id : 104-562
most recent 16 AUG HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 14 AUG by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
This is the 3rd time I order from Burlington. Her roses are deep-rooted, and the shipping cost to my Chicagoland is low. She can fit up to 6 roses in a medium-flat-rate box ($13.6 priority mail for 2017). I got info. about thorns too late, but she's happy to change the order minutes before shipping !! All my 3 orders for the past years are packed very well, plants are healthy & zero diseases. It's a pleasure to buy from Burling, both for the quality of her plants & low cost own-root roses, and excellent service.
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Reply #1 of 4 posted 15 AUG by Nastarana
I plan to order from Burlington next spring. Is it better to contact the nursery by phone or email?

Have you found that your roses planted in late summer/fall are surviving the cold winters?
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Reply #2 of 4 posted 16 AUG by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Nastarana: I get faster response contacting nurseries via e-mail, plus I don't want to interrupt nurseries when they are at work. Roses planted in late fall survive winter equally well IF THE SOIL IS ALKALINE with good drainage. Many years ago I got own-root William Shakespeare 2000 early September as a tiny band. To winterize I piled up my clay & horse manure at pH 8 and it's doing great as 7th-year own-root. But I killed at least 5 mature & few-years old own-root roses by making the soil acidic. The winter which I piled up acidic leaves have the worst winter-survival with black-canker canes. This summer I piled up acidic grass clippings too close to Neil Diamond's cane, and one cane got acid-burn: completely black and withered. Most of my 110 own-root varieties prefer alkaline.
One winter Wise Portia had 1 foot of green canes in Feb. Then I poured used & acidic grapefruit juice (meant for my azaleas) .. and it died to crown, didn't sprout leaves until late July.
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Reply #3 of 4 posted 16 AUG by Nastarana
Dear Straw, I agree with you about not interrupting people at work. My soil is heavy clay loam, river bottom with lots of rocks, which probably do improve the drainage. Ph, before being improved by compost, tends to be around 5.5.

The Syracuse Rose Society makes a group order from Palatine in fall. I bought one plant last year, 'Variegata de Bologna', which arrived and I planted in Nov.! It survived the relatively mild, for us, winter, and is growing now. I would guess that the multiflora rootstalk does thrive in the soil we have here.
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Reply #4 of 4 posted 16 AUG by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Nastarana: Your slightly acidic heavy clay is perfect for own-root roses, which prefer slightly acidic to grow fast. I tried to make broccoli-sprouts to eat with my pH 9 tap-water, and I gave up. Zero sprouting after 10 days, versus my Mom made bean-sprout easily with her neutral tap-water. I always put own-roots in neutral pH & fluffy potting soil until their roots become woody to handle my rock-hard clay. After a few months, these "alfalfa sprout" own-root become chunky & woody ... then they are able to handle alkaline clay, given acidic rain-water to release the minerals to feed roses. It's easier to grow own-roots in high-rain regions, pH of rain here is 4.5, versus 5.6 on the West coast.
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Discussion id : 76-216
most recent 25 JAN 14 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 25 JAN 14 by Ms. Marguerite
I had the distinct pleasure of purchasing 2 hard-to-find roses, (5-gallon Renae) and personally meeting, Ms. Burling Leong, of Burlington Nurseries, today, in Visalia, California. In addition to doing mail-order business, Burling will sell retail, by appointment, which I did via email.

For anyone in driving distance to Visalia,California, it's well worth the drive to not only purchase hard-to-find roses, but to also personally meet Burling. Her passion and knowledge of all things roses, AND BEYOND in gardening, is fantastic. Burling had the time this afternoon to show us around her nursery, showed us how to bud a rose, and then gave it to me! What a gracious lady.

Burling is also working on replacing Hearst Castle's rose gardens with period-correct roses and tree roses. Burling shared some new developments there, including the ability to stroll through their gardens after a pre-planned tour, and enjoy their roses and other plants. I look forward to visiting Hearst Castle, and finding her rose contributions when they are in bloom. Ms. Marguerite, Fresno, California
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Discussion id : 64-280
most recent 14 MAY 12 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 14 MAY 12 by n2666s
an absolute delight to deal with; thank you Burling
Lou
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 14 MAY 12 by HMF Admin
... and one of our long time supporters.
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Discussion id : 50-173
most recent 30 NOV 10 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 30 NOV 10 by Don H
A+ for quality and service.

I'm making up my 2011 wish list now and Burlington and Rogue Valley are the first places I'm checking for availability. Last spring all my plants from Burling arrived promptly as scheduled, were well packaged and in excellent shape when they got here.

Be sure to inquire about roses not listed as I was able to find several that were not on their distribution list.
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