Ask not for whom the roses bloom,
they bloom for thee.
Christmas is around the corner: the season of good cheer, excess, and the opening of gifts (MORE STUFF!). After the last guest has departed, why not collapse on your bed with a handful of rose catalogs, pen and paper in hand and choose the roses you want to plant in the next coming year. In Colorado, it’s wiser to wait until all danger of frost is past before planting.
The photos will whet the appetite and serve as an inspiration to anyone who has ever wanted to enter the wonderful world of this garden aristocrat–the rose.
Tips for Roses
- Prepare the planting with plenty of compost and manure.
- Provide adequate water; approximately one inch per week.
- Fertilize 1st of May, 1st of June, 1st of August
English Roses – “Gertrude Jekyll,” “Graham Thomas,” “Abraham Darby”
Floribundas – “Iceberg,” “Carefree Wonder,” “Betty Prior”
Musk Rose – “Ballerina”
Canadian Roses – “Morden Blush,” “William Baffin”
The problem with growing roses is that no matter how many one has, it’s never enough. Like Oliver Twist, we want more. At the nursery, it’s better to entertain the idea of buying another rose than to actually buy it. But what the hell–as the Duchess of Windsor always said, “Nobody can be too thin or be too rich–or have too many roses.”
For more leisurely reading about roses, see Too Late for Regrets page 251!