“Lida Rose I’m home again Rose without a sweetheart to my name…” Here’s a pretty little thing, a seedling of the popular Hybrid Musk ‘Francis E. Lester‘ named ‘Lyda Rose’, yup, after the song from The Music Man. (Now you’re going to have this stuck in your head, too!) Between Francis and Lyda, I’d have… Read More
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… Read More
Do you ever see a rose in another garden and get that “where have you been all my life” feeling? That’s how it was for me when I met the Gartendirektor. Look at it virtually covered in roses, and oh by the way, these photos were taken in June AND October which goes to show… Read More
How yummy is this color…and those striking stamens? Hardy to zone 4 and reaching a spread of about 6′, I think ‘Golden Wings’ would make such a fresh and pretty addition to the back of a large, mixed border. I saw on my visit that this rose did have some spotty leaves–something to watch out for–and… Read More
“Look at the size of those gorgeous, fat hips!!” I exclaimed followed by laughter as my mom and I realized that a statement like that is pretty unusual. But in this case, the hips I was referring to were those on the shrub ‘Carefree Beauty’ still happily blooming away when we visited the Arboretum last… Read More
Our Flower Carpet Pink Supreme rose is still producing a smattering of blooms (see last photo taken about a week ago) but I’m remembering how early summer it looked like a pink cloud. Heavenly! Now, all those little blossoms are tiny hips that will look so charming in winter. Love this rose!