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Visiting Teaching; I did it yesterday. It's a program in our church woman's organization that assigns every woman two lady visitors who come by, share a message, know your name, and help you when you need it. It's a wonderful program. Most of my good friends in my neighborhood are the result of Visiting Teaching. This is the first time I'd ever been to see Sister Baker.
I rounded the corner of her garage, and was about knocked off my feet when I saw
Hello, Big, Gorgeous Rose Arch. You make me think of vintage romance and picnics on an old, hand pieced quilt. You make me want to get married to the same man all over again and have a garden wedding reception; little flower girls in frilly dresses, lemonade, and mismatched vintage china...
1) Gather supplies
- Containers of soil-less potting mix
- Rooting Compound
- Plastic Bag
- Pencil or Screwdriver
2) Get a Good Rose Cutting
- You'll need about 12 inches of stem with a bud on top
- Cut the bud off of the top and remove all but the top 2 leaves on your cutting
3) Splice the Stem
- Cut the bottom of your stem off 1/2 inch below a knuckle (bump)
- Use your pruners to gently cut the bottom of the stem up to the knuckle
4) Rooting Hormone
- Dip your spliced end in water and then rooting hormone. Tap off excess.
- Don't touch it or let your kids touch it. Rooting Hormone is nasty stuff.
5) Plant Your Cutting
- Make sure that you make the hole with a pencil or screwdriver before inserting the cutting.
- Try to avoid disturbing the rooting hormone too much.
- Gently pat in the dirt around the cutting so it is stable.
6) Cover Your Cutting
- Make a little greenhouse out of your bag and cover cutting and container.
- Do what you can to prevent the bag from touching the cutting.
- Make sure the soil is moist.
Check on it in a few weeks to see if your cutting is growing roots. Roses are "relentless little bastards," (sorry mom), so this should work quite well!