Rose Gardening with Dolly Sarrio from Hibiscus House


I’m excited to Welcome Dolly Sarrio 
from Hibiscus House.

Hello Everybody!  I was honored to be asked to guest post on Carole @ Garden Up Green.  I really like Carole’s blog.  
Do you like to garden?  I think I was born with my hands in the dirt and a shovel in my hand.  My Mama “Dot” was an avid gardener and a lot
of my memories were of her out in the flower or vegetable gardens.  She loved it and instilled that love in her
children.  She also instilled in me the love
of cooking. 

Do you have a favorite flower?  I guess mine are roses.  They can be troublesome things at least some
of the varieties are.  I love the look of
Hybrid Teas but hate the amount of work they seem to demand.  The old rose varieties and own root roses are
becoming my favorites when it comes to caring for them.
Years and years ago my sister gave me a little rooting of a
white rose that she had climbing on a fence. 
I fell in love with that rose.  It
has moved with me through three homes.  I
now have it at Hibiscus House and it never stops amazing me.  You can see this rose at my White Rose Tour. 

Paul Zimmerman a
wonderful rose expert and author told me this is a Climbing Iceberg.  That brings up another subject his book is a
wonderful tool to help you in the way you think about rose gardening.  The title is EverydayRoses by Paul Zimmerman.  

This book has made me think about rose
growing in a whole new way!  While you
are on his site look around for some great gardening advice.  He inspired me to go with more of the
substantial old rose varieties and the own root roses.  Here is a link pertaining to Planting own
root roses that you might find helpful: Planting Own Root Roses
So many people have asked me, “How do you get your roses to
grow like that?”  I have only one thing
to say at least about this white rose; Not much!  I trim back the dead of course and when this
full bloom is over they will drop leaves from exhaustion I think.

I give them a little cleanup and a huge cut
back after this bloom; that is about
it.  I have given them this year some of
my friend Annie Haven’s Alfalfa Moo Poo Tea for fertilizer and I would advise
all of you to get some because it is a completely natural way to give your
roses what they need to flourish.

Annie Haven –
Mulch is a
subject that I have gone around and around with in my gardens.  I have used the bark which looks tailored and

 I’ve had problems with that
because it molds and insects seem to love it out here. Living in South Carolina
we have an abundance of pine straw so that is what I have gone back to time and
time again.  I did a post not long ago of
having some delivered here,  I buy in
bulk.  Do you buy in bulk?  I’d like to share this post: Pine Straw by the Truckload.

I’m working on some ideas about the gardens I want to put in
here at Hibiscus House.  I envision a
secret garden enclosed, surrounded by beautiful lush evergreen trees and shrubs.  I can just imagine walking into this
garden and hopefully standing in amazement looking around at all the

Excuse me for a moment I went
into garden la la land..  I want of
course a water or I should say more water features. Do you have water features
in your gardens?  I love to hear the
trickle of water it is so relaxing and peaceful.  Do you like Koi fish?  Oh and think of the water plants we can add
to those ponds.

I love the fact that gardening is always a work in progress,
no matter how many years or gardens. You can always find something interesting
to add, change and grow!

Thank you Carole for
inviting me over to your wonderful gardening spot!
Please feel free to
visit me anytime.
I guess I’ll leave
you now with happy gardening thoughts!
(I’d like to add a note:  The books and products that I recommend on
this post are not paid advertisements. 
like to let people know of products and ideas that I find work and would be of
value to others.)


  1. monkey says:

    thank for guest hosting for carole, dolly….. every time i see your iceberg rose i just want to drive there to smell it… one is on my wish list xx

    1. I agree a great rose for my wish list too! Thanks for stopping by! -Carole 🙂

    2. Dolly Sarrio says:

      Oh Thank you so much both of you! If you're ever in South Carolina in the Spring please contact me!

    3. You're welcome Dolly – Southern Carolina might have to think about that. -Carole

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