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It is a rapid growing vine whose roots system spreads out and it trunk can get big. Of course you see it planted on houses but I would not do it if it were my house.
Well, many seedlings do not bloom for many years and when they do, they fruit it will produce may not be what you expect. Good luck.
Clay soil is a tough product to quickly make great soil. I like to mix good organic matter and sand with the clay. The real problem is mixing well as the clay needs to be well mixed with the soil and organic matter so it looks like one soil. One solution is to do some raised beds.
Try digging into the holes you think are borers and see if you can dig them out. Will try to stop by but about the only time I am in Bessemer is when we eat at the Bright Star.
All of the ones I know are fragrant but none are more fragrant than the parent (Gardenia jasminoides). It can still be found in many garden centers. The second most fragrant, in my mine, is the Dwarf Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides ‘Radicans’). After these two the heavy fragrance lessens.
Frankly after reading about your issues I still am not much help. The orange material is a fungus but indicates the tree is not healthy but not necessarily dying. I would take pictures and e-mail or take them to Dr James Jacobi at the Hanna Center at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and see what he says. He is a great pathologist.
It really sounds like rosette disease, Check the pictures under knockout rose diseases. If that is the case I would pull up the plants and destroy them.
First guess is that it has been grown on the dry side. They like water and fertilizer when blooming. Second guess it is a seedling and that is what the fruit look like and tastes.
I need some help with your request. Did he buy you bagged roses or containerized roses. In either case are there any leaves present and do they have any green stems. Please respond and I will try to help when I know what you are dealing with.
They are considered a late summer to early fall bloomer, so I would feel comfortable cutting them back to mid-summer. This will still give them time to produce flower clusters for fall flowering.
A blast of soapy water that knock the off the leaves is a temporary fix. Most insecticides say they control them but for long term results dust with Diatomaceous Earth.
I think either is ok but the high middle number is phosphorus and our soil are typically high in phosphorus. I would recommend that you use 15-0-15. It will save you a lot of money and will probably get as good or better results.
With that much rain I would not seed the veggie garden until the heavy rains are over. I often time start in pots and then transplant to the garden. I am afraid with that much rain the seed will wash everywhere.
Meyers Garden Center, Hanna’s Garden Shop, and Warren Family Garden Center should be good sources. But, I would call first to make sure they have some that have not over wintered in their greenhouses
Wilson Brothers has good credentials. Have not ordered from them.