Update on Karl Bapst
I got this very nice note from Rosenut in response to an email and wanted to share.
Nice to know I'm still thought of.
I've been busy at my home in Wheatfield, IN. Had to cut back on my roses. Only have a little over 300 now, all hardy own root Canadians, Bucks, hybrid rugosas, and other proven hardy types. I drive to Great Lakes Roses each February and bring back some 200 rooted cuttings to repot into larger pots and let them mature in my greenhouse to sell at a farmer's market in Rensselaer, IN. each Saturday morning and to other interested parties who stop at my home to smell the roses. I've adapted well even though I still have no use of my left side.
I feel out of touch with the Forum and am busy being the ARS website answer man and responding to the many questions I get directly via e-mail.
The last time I posted on the GW, there were so many new faces and experts, I felt I wasn't needed and being so busy, I don't have time to monitor it to keep up to date on happenings. It moves entirely too fast for me.
Right now am putting 4 inches of horse manure on all my beds. Got a source who loads it for me into my trailer, which I then tow home and empty one five gallon bucket at a time and taking it around with my Rascal scooter.
I've been made an ARS Master Rosarian but no longer go to the conventions.
I'm still pushing for greater recognition and more emphasis of Shrub roses at rose shows. I'm just not making the waves I once did. I still grow a few hybrid teas but they have to earn a spot in the garden by surviving winters with minimum protection. My winter protection consists entirely of blowing shredded oak leaves into my beds with my garden tractor. They are then left as mulch the following year.
You can post this if you wish to keep the mobs away. I'd rather respond directly to e-mails than try to keep up with the GW.
Take time to STOP and smell the roses and
don't sweat the small stuff!
Karl Bapst (Rosenut)