Pat Welsh’s book Southern California Gardening was written in 1992. If you could see the dog eared version I have you would know what a valuable resource it has been for me. For those of you that have followed my blog for awhile know that I grow primarily antique and David Austin roses in my garden. I am not a big fan of the modern roses as I am equally concerned about how they look in the landscape as in the vase. I started following Pat Welsh’s program probably twenty years ago. I have on a couple of occasions deviated from her plan and have never had even close to the same results.
Bouquet of mixed David Austin yellow beauties
Gloire de Dijon
David Austin Golden Celebration
Eden Romantica Rose
David Austin Molineux
Cecile Breuner Climbing Rose
Pat has recently come out with a totally organic version of her original book. Even though the original version relies heavily on organic means I suspect that the newer version replaces the super phosphate with bone meal, the urea with blood meal etc. If I didn’t have my little garden helper below I would adhere to the organic version. Unfortunately he would (and has) found bone meal and blood meal highly appealing.
You can find Pat’s book on Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/Southern-California-Organic-Gardening-Edition/dp/0811868796/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362679232&sr=8-1&keywords=pat+welsh%27s+southern+california+organic+gardening+month+by+month. If you live in California I would highly recommend it not only for her rose program but for a resource for all your gardening needs.
If you would just like a copy of her rose pro program email me and I will be happy to send it to you. My only deviation from her program is the addition of alfalfa pellets (2 coffee cans full) once in January (I have been known to not get this done until March and they still cooperate) and once in July.
Pat also has a very informative website with tons of helpful tips and a link to her blog here
Happy Rose Growing!