4/16 Update: One of my goals is to learn more about plants. I am using the ye olde teaching strategy of activating prior knowledge and asking questions. KWL stands for: What do I know and want to know? And, after researching: What did I learn? But just I always pestered my writing students, I also want to include the “so what.” What does this topic matter to me and maybe others? First topic: roses.
Brainstorm of what I know (or think I know). Some of this is basic!
- been around for a long time
- can be a shrub, cane, or rambler (not sure if that’s the right word)
- some are scented some not
- some bloom multiple times a season
- are susceptible to disease (rust?) and critters (aphids? )
- there are natives and cultivars
- supposed to make a diagonal cut when pruning, preferably with clean shears
- don’t do well in shade
- I think the root crown (?) is supposed to be above the soil line.
- has thorns and woody stems
- rose hips provide food for birds?
- mainstay of romantic gestures, figurative language, and The Secret Garden
What do I want to know?
- why are they so revered?
- where did they originate?
- what’s the history of cultivation? what traits have been cultivated and why?
- what accounts for color, scent, bloom time/frequency?
- what’s their reach now (in what parts of the world do they grow?)
- what does the supply chain like?
- what are the ethical issues around labor practices and environmental impact
- why does Armitage Produce sell them?
- what’s the best way to prune and cut flowers to promote new growth without creating a messy thicket of akimbo branches?
- what determines where a bud will form? how does it erupt from the wood? is it always in the same spots?
- what’s the purpose of thorns (I am assuming protection but from what?)
- what are the best growing conditions? soil, light, nutrients?
Why do I care about this topic?
Out of steam. Saving this for another post.