February 9, 2017
Earlier in February, Tom Carruth, Curator of roses at Huntington Gardens, spoke to the Westlake Village Garden Club. His talk of many roses included comments about David Austin roses that I found interesting. Many are grown at this garden and yet he finds most of them lacking in much repeat bloom here in So Calif. The ones he recommends for size and good repeat bloom are: Molineaux, a yellow; Pat Austin, a copper; Munstead Wood, a crimson; and Carding Mill, a combo of colors giving apricot look.
Tom has talked in the past about the rose garden at Huntington being organic with no spraying, fungicides or pesticides. But with the arrival of the chilli thrip he has changed his tune. He now uses monthly spraying with Captain Jack and occasional use of systemic pesticides.
Having heard the talk by Cory Welles of Lotusland, promoting all organic compost teas for disease and insect control, as well as the growing of pollination friendly plants to bring in good biological controls, it will be interesting to see if and when Chilli thrips get to Santa Barbara, what measures Cory takes.
Our members at VCRS can share their thoughts at the next meeting.