Roses

It goes without saying that roses are one of the most classic beauties of all time. Everyone has seen a rose at one time or another. At one point, I thought they were too common and spiky to grow. The spiky stems made it even harder to like. However, overtime they grew on me because of their beautiful petals and sweet fragrance. I am very partial to scented flowers!

“At Last Rose”

The all time favorite rose in my garden right now is this “At Last” rose. It has shades of deep orange like the above picture and then it also has a lighter peachy color like the ones below as well. Every time I see them bloom it always amazes me by how beautiful the colors are. So far this one is fairly easy to maintain. When I have time I will probably propagate this plant and spread them all over my garden.

Roses are one of the moderately easy to grow flowers. I say moderately because they are not the kind of flowers you can just leave them dry or unattended like succulents. They require regular pruning to encourage new flowers, particularly after they bloomed. If they get too leafy and had too many side shoots, you have to prune those so that the plant spends its energy on flower production instead of more leaves. They need fertilizer to keep them blooming. They also need moist soil. All those things will help them to be prolific bloomers.

I love pink roses and have been looking for many varieties of pink roses. The rose on the top left is called “First Prize” has a marbleized effect. The one on the top right is the “Peace” hybrid tea rose and it has shades of peach and pinks that sometimes changed throughout the day, like captured on the bottom right. I love it best when it is both pinks and peaches together. Extremely exceptional!

The yellow mini roses are such cuties. They are mini in every way and one of the most adorable! I wish I can place them all over in my yard as well. I started to like yellow flowers because of them.

This reddish, with a hint of pink rose above is the “Oklahoma” hybrid rose, I put my hand next to it for comparison of the size of the flower. It was almost 5 inches in size.

The above gorgeous reddish pink rose bush was supposed to be an indoor plant but I put it in the ground and it seemed to like its new home because it is blooming heavily.

This mini pink rose is also most ADORABLE! It started out a light pink like above and then faded out to white after long exposure to the sun. It was another one of the mini roses that should have been in a container but I liked the colors so much I wanted it to survive and multiply outdoors. I tend to over-water container plants and eventually kill them so whatever plant I treasure, I put it in the ground. I dislike growing things in containers!!!

Take time to enjoy all the roses out there in the world. They can be found almost anywhere in warmer or cooler climates. Once established in the ground, they are extremely hardy and can tolerate just about anything. The best thing is that they bloom almost year-round if you live in warmer climates.

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