Clay and Roses

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In a June 9, 2012 Toronto Star article titled “Tips for surviving in the clay belt” an experienced gardener warns that residents of the GTA have only clay soil in which to garden, but consoles these poor clay bound gardeners by telling of the rather lengthy array of plants that will grow in clay soil. But there is a flower he forgets to mention that appears to thrive in clay, and that flower is the rose. For according to everything I recall reading about growing roses, roses like clay; in the words of Pickering Nurseries in their online instructions for “rose care” we are told:

Type of soil

Roses like clay soil, although they may be grown successfully in a variety of soils, as long as a good amount of organic matter is worked in. Very heavy soils are best improved by replacing at least half with sandy…

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