January’s Celebration of Roses


Here in the N Hemisphere, we celebrate a month of roses in June, which makes sense since they tend to look their best then. But between you and me, I’m very busy in June not just thinking of roses, but enjoying them, live and in person. A celebration of roses in June is all very […]

The Many Moods of ‘Grüss an Aachen’

Gruss an Aachen A | Hedgerow Rose

When our daughter was younger, she loved the movie Stuart Little and it was on a lot in the background. Remember the scene where the actor Taylor Negron, a mall salesman, tries to sell a wardrobe for Stuart that is fashioned by a Ken doll and he refers to the costume changes as “The many […]

Revisiting ‘Iceberg’ Floribunda Rose

Iceberg rose in container

So I decided last spring to give ‘Iceberg’ a chance to redeem herself. I’ve grown her in a garden past and enjoyed the fresh white blossoms, but frustrated by her susceptibility to blackspot thought this was a rose that I would never grow again. That was until I saw these photos on 66 Square Feet of […]

Introducing ‘Julia Child’ Floribunda Rose


I thank my rose gardening pals on Twitter for introducing me to ‘Julia Child’ because I probably would have never bought it otherwise. After seeing photos and hearing her charms praised I thought this may be the answer to my yellow rose conundrum. So far, she has proven a justifiable purchase producing fluffy yellow roses […]

Growing ‘Grüss an Aachen’ Floribunda Rose


‘Grüss an Aachen’ was bred from the Hybrid Perpetual Frau Karl Druschki, and is recognized to be the first of what is now the repeat-blooming floribunda class. As we near the end of June and National Rose Month, allow me to share with you a little rose that has been full of big surprises, ‘Grüss an Aachen': […]