Roses are some of my most favorite flowers. Luckily, they grow very well in Arizona, too. So, this makes it a lot easier for me to grow them successfully. Not like my efforts with tomatoes (that will be another post).
One year, in those leisurely days between Christmas and New Year's Day, I went to a local nursery which was known for its wonderful bare root roses. I asked for the sturdiest, hardest rose, and the gardener, who was helping me, pointed at one label which said: "Opening Night". It is a velvety, red rose. That's what started my rose garden.
"Opening Night" Rose - in its 2-nd year
I joined a Facebook Group, named Arizona Rose Gardeners, and started enjoying photos of the beautiful roses members grow in their homes. I also discovered that roses have very interesting names, too - Perfume Factory, Mr. Lincoln, The Lady of Shallot, Silas Marner, Strike It Rich, Don Juan, Gemini. The administrators of the group post a very comprehensive Monthly Rose Care advisory on topics like pruning, feeding, topping, deadheading, 5-leaf rule, etc. They always make me think of my monthly market update videos.
Once I started caring for our roses, I noticed how many neighbors have roses in their front yards. In our community garden I was so impressed with the rose bed of a member and their skill to grow super fragrant and attractive flowers. They had posted a sign inviting people to help themselves to free roses in the vases but to return the vases for re-fills. I always enjoy a bouquet as a gift, but to stumble upon one while walking in the neighborhood is a pleasant surprise, too.
Just typing a search phrase "Commercial production of roses in Arizona", returns journalist research that around 75% of the US rose bushes are produced in Arizona. Arizona climate allows rose bushes to bloom for eight months in a year.
Here are a few photos of favorite roses:
"Strike It Rich" Rose
"Perfume Factory " Rose
"Savannah Sunbelt" Rose
"Firefighter" Rose - 1st year after planting bare root in January 2023
This is my entry for Debe Maxwell's May 2023 Challenge. Such a fun challenge.
"A flower's scent - invisible yet real,
has long been the emblem of the human soul" - Beverly Seaton