Getting ready to order these .....
Does anyone have any track record for these in zone 5 (although with the winter southern NH has been having, who knows what zone I really live...!)
as for what they are getting into:
They are going to be good sized, coming from Greenmantle, so will go directly into the garden in April, unless they have to be heeled into the raised veggie beds until the rose garden spots are ready.
I do minimal winter protection (a pile of leaves held in place with hemlock branches on the smallest/newest roses).
I fertilize with the organic sea stuff from Maine and work in my own compost (aged chicken coop bedding plus kitchen, garden waste) top dressing every spring, another shot of the sea stuff mid summer.
I try to stay on top of the aphids by hand, but last year gave up with the tiny things under the leaves (sawfly larvae?)that nearly defoliated a bush in a weekend, so hit them with Safer's to mostly minimal effect(bushes both recovered and bloomed late). So far my chickens seem to have held the JB's down, so I don't do any other pest control. (Although Polareis was devastated by borers last year, and I had to prune it back by 2/3 to get below the knobbies).
for comparison's sake: I have had success with Therese Bugnet, Polareis (except for the borer thing), Alba SemiPlena, Cinderella, Hansa, Mme Legras de St Germain, Reine des Violettes, Quietness, Linda Campbell, La Belle Sultan, Allegra...
Given this rather lackadaisacal approach - what do you think of these four?