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Discussion id : 96-566
most recent 27 DEC HIDE POSTS
Initial post 25 DEC by HMF Admin
To all celebrating this holiday season, our best wishes for a very happy holiday.

And a very sincere thank you to all of you that have supported HelpMeFind. Your appreciation of HelpMeFind is what keeps this website alive.

All the best from everyone at HelpMeFind !!
Reply #1 of 2 posted 26 DEC by Patricia Routley
I'll second that.
And I am going to quote a quote I read this morning.
Happiness: Live in the moment. Be curious. Do something you love. Think of others. Nurture relationships. Take care of your body. ....and have gratitude ...(that there are roses.)
Reply #2 of 2 posted 27 DEC by billy teabag
Thank you! Truckloads of gratitude for HMF. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this incredible tool for rose lovers all around the world - and keep thinking up ways for HMF to do more and more.
Discussion id : 96-041
most recent 24 NOV HIDE POSTS
Initial post 24 NOV by HMF Admin
A very happy Thanksgiving holiday to all those celebrating today.
Discussion id : 91-541
most recent 18 MAR 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 16 MAR 16 by George Brackley
I understand that my partner Sandie Maclean was a regular contributor to this forum.
It is with sad regret that I need to contact you all to advise that Sandie passed away in January 2016.
I know that she put a great deal of time and effort into her research, and the garden will miss her attention to detail.
I am not a rose person as such (I was just the "labour" in our garden). I might drop in from time to time for some tips on maintenance.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 16 MAR 16 by Margaret Furness
I never met Sandie, but her enthusiasm for research will be missed here. She was generous in contributing rarities to the Heritage Roses Collections in Renmark. Please accept our condolences.
Heritage Roses in Australia has lost another keen contributor recently: Jane Zammit, a key figure in preserving rare roses from Rookwood necropolis.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 18 MAR 16 by Patricia Routley
Sandie and I had been corresponding for a too brief number of years. We met through HelpMefind and it was an absolute joy to receive an email from her. We both agreed that HelpMeFind was the best thing we had ever come across and all we both wanted to do was share the knowledge. My first reaction on hearing of her death was to think of the research materials she shared with me. But I know she spent long hours in front of a screen searching out some tiny detail that she then shared with the whole HelpMefind community.

We exchanged many rose cuttings and I have six roses that will wave from her to me. She sent me cuttings of the bush ‘Mlle Cecile Brunner’ and I get such joy every time I go out to the garden to gather some parsley for dinner, and stop to deadhead this rose with the kitchen scissors. Sandie was truly valued, and from her letters, I know she was much loved. Thank you for telling us, George.
Discussion id : 40-316
most recent 19 JUN 16 SHOW ALL
Initial post 7 NOV 09 by CarolynB
I'd like to ask a question of anyone who has experience growing roses in hard, heavy clay soil. I know that amending the soil with compost is important. I'm wondering if there's anything else specific that I can do to make my soil more hospitable to roses, as I've learned the hard way that roses HATE soil that doesn't drain well. I've heard from a couple of nurseries that gypsum softens hard clay soil. Is that true? And if so, would it be helpful to roses to put gypsum on the soil around the roses?
Reply #1 of 5 posted 15 FEB 10 by Wendy C.
When we lived where there was clay, I worked sand and peat moss into the clay. In some places I had no choice but to ditch the clay, dig the hole bigger, put gravel at the bottom and then plant the roses in a compost. Mushroom I found is the best. Lighten it with peat moss.

Good luck
Reply #2 of 5 posted 5 NOV 13 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Yes, CarolynB: I posted on gypsum in Organic Roses forum ... it's good in breaking up heavy clay at the bottom of the hole. Putting on top wasn't a good idea, see the info. in Organic Roses forum.
Reply #3 of 5 posted 29 MAY 16 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
I have heavy clay soil and wrote extensively in Organic Rose forum on how to fix clay. I use both coarse sand and gypsum, and that break up clay well, even many years later. Organic stuff like leaves, horse manure, compost, wood chips all glue up with heavy clay within a year.
Reply #4 of 5 posted 30 MAY 16 by Give me caffeine
I found that too, when I tried using large amounts of mushroom compost to amend heavy volcanic clay. It still ends up gluggy fairly quickly. The added organic matter still helps, so there's nothing wrong with digging in compost, but you can't rely on it by itself.
Reply #5 of 5 posted 19 JUN 16 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Yes, gypsum does soften hard clay. There's a few planting holes which I put gypsum .. a year later I checked, and the clay is nice and soft. gypsum has 17% sulfur and 22% calcium. The 17% sulfur helps to soften clay. The harder the clay, the more magnesium it contains, and gypsum helps to break up clay into smaller chunks. Calcium is important for root growth. gypsum also helps to de-salt saline soil. Gypsum is used to break up alkaline clay, and lime is used to break up acidic clay.
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