Hello everyone. I'm new here and to the world of roses.
I recently built a 25'x4' raised bed and have planted 7 very nice, healthy plants. The bed was built with advice from someone who is VERY knowledgeable about roses. He was the president of a state rose Association. He also happens to be my father in law! It is built from 6x6 treated lumber and is 24" high. I get just over 6 hours of sunlight per day in the location, the soil was "made" specifically for this bed. The current line up is: April in Paris, Black Magic, Mister Lincoln, Tropicana, Double Delight, Solstice and Gentle Giant. I am watering via a drip system. Each plant has it's own 1gph dripper and I am currently watering 3 hours a day 3 days a week. It is hooked into my current in ground watering system on its own circuit. This leads me to my first question.
We are in a severe drought area. We currently have a ban on any outdoor water usage. I have applied for, and gotten a waiver from our state AG department that allows me to water this bed for 10 weeks. Just how much water do my plants need to survive once the waiver expires? I have a lot invested in this little bed including my little girls hopes.
Next question is about signage. I would like to label each plant with a sign. Where can I get custom engraved 4x2 plastic signs? Next question: Other than the rose's name, what should I include a text on each sign?
I look forward to learning about what you all have done. Maybe I can get some ideas for the future expansion of my garden.