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Bloom Thyme Friday: Excited about everything!

The above is VERY true! Today is a wonderful day and I am excited about everything! It’s Good Friday and I know He lives. Gonna be in the 70s for the next 10 days. I planted roses today in the … Continue reading

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Bloom Thyme Friday: Getting Started

This has been a week of temps in the 70s and some much needed garden clean up and planting bare root roses. But, before I could plant the new roses, I had to remove the roses that did not make … Continue reading

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Spring Assessment…

The Polar Vortex has come and gone, although I did see that there is a bit of snow in the forecast for next week. So, those of us who thought the weather might be stuck in winter mode can now … Continue reading

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Daylight Saving Time, The Polar Vortex and Spring Chores

Okay if you are the geeky, grammar type like me and thought there was a typo in my title because I left out the S at the end of Saving, I have to tell you it really is officially Daylight … Continue reading

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All you need is love…

The Beatles sang, “all you need is love,” but when it comes to Valentine’s Day I would suggest you need just a bit more — flowers and maybe even chocolate. And, on Valentines day … the premier flower to convey … Continue reading

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David Austin Enchantment Continues

I am putting in another David Austin bed this year. I know. I know. This is not a big surprise, but aren’t you just a little curious about which ones I chose to plant in the new bed? There are … Continue reading

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Roses, Bugs and a Rose Nut

Meet a self-proclaimed ROSE NUT, my rose friend, Baldo Villegas. . . Baldo is a leading expert for the ARS on rose insects and diseases. Before his retirement in 2011, Baldo was the state entomologist for the California Department of … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

We wish you and your family and friends a very Merry Christmas and an amazing 2014! THE COUNTDOWN… The day after Christmas I will start the official countdown to spring. But, just to get you started—it’s 85 days! :) I … Continue reading

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Christmas Cran

Many of you have asked for the recipe that my daughter affectionately named “Christmas Cran.” I was introduced to this recipe when I bought my first microwave and was given the gift of a free microwave cooking class! Several of … Continue reading

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Blurring the Lines

At our house we like to blur the lines between inside and outside as much as possible. No we don’t have terra ferma for floors … yet. Did I just say that. Let’s just keep that between us. Mr. G … Continue reading

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Tools of the Trade

My good friend, Wendy Tilley, TheRoseGardener.com, and her husband, Ryan, have a garden of 350 roses and a business of caring for 85 rose gardens in the Atlanta area. So, they made it their goal to find gardening tools to … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Early Morning Snow

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2014 Introductions: Certified Roses

Certified Roses is one of the largest rose producers in the US. They have been in business for 60+ years and offer a broad selection of roses at 5,000+ retailers. In 2014 they are introducing a stunning collection, featuring six … Continue reading

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2014 Rose Introductions: Weeks Roses

This week on the Rose Chat Radio podcast, the delightful Karen Kemp-Docksteader, sales and marketing manager for Weeks Roses, joined us to chat about some wonderful new rose introductions for 2014! Podcast link. Coretta Scott King Grandiflora Rose Named for … Continue reading

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Warning, Potting Sheds Could be Infectious

As you already know, I love my potting shed to pieces. It is a tiny little space, but it does get a lot of attention. I don’t believe any gardener has ever visited my potting shed without saying, “I want … Continue reading

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It is easier to face the facts in the potting shed…

Yes, today it is official, I have to face the fact that winter is coming. Even though I have roses that are loaded with buds, the weatherman is saying frost. So, I am in the potting shed potting up some … Continue reading

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Earth Kind

I just received three beautiful roses from Chamblee Nursery–Aloha, Belinda’s Dream and Carefree Beauty. Two of these lovelies are considered Earth Kind roses. EARTH KIND Earth-Kind is a special designation given to select rose cultivars by the Texas AgriLife Extension … Continue reading

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2014 Rose Introductions: David Austin

David Austin English roses with their old world fragrance and form are modern roses that are so reminiscent of the old gallicas, musk and bourbon roses that I love. The English Roses are some of my favorites — mixing old … Continue reading

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Fall Rose Care

It’s time for me to admit that fall is here and winter is coming and it’s time to prepare the garden for it’s long winter’s nap. In my Zone 5b garden that could mean most anything as I’ve seen winters … Continue reading

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Some things are more important than breakfast…

Recently we had the pleasure of visiting the Biltmore rose garden. We arrived in Asheville on Friday evening too late to go to the garden, but that was okay with me because I wanted to see the rose garden in … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Dr. Bronner…

We have used Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap as an insecticide for many years. We find it works wonders in the garden and, if you choose the peppermint or lavender, it takes the experience to a whole ‘nother level. :) My … Continue reading

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Steve Hutton Talks Roses

This week, Star® Roses & Plants/Conard-Pyle President and CEO Steve Hutton was a featured guest on Rose Chat Radio. He spoke about new introductions for 2014, Star® Roses & Plants/Conard-Pyle’s relationship with Meilland International, and many other topics of interest…

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Rose Companions: Zinnias

I have always loved Zinnias–they are such  good companions for roses! However, this year I was given State Fair Zinnias from my friend, Ron Daniels, and the only word that comes to mind is WOW. The hotter and drier it … Continue reading

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Bloom Thyme Friday

This week most of the roses are taking a break and getting ready for another big flush giving many of the perennials and annuals their “time to shine!” And they are going for it… See what I mean… The vines … Continue reading

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From Devastation to Inspiration: Peggy Martin

Today I find myself in the middle of the most perfect weather any August in Indiana has ever had to offer. I am gardening and thinking about my morning. This morning I had the pleasure of interviewing Peggy Martin on … Continue reading

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Girlfriends and Girdles

I know it isn’t polite to talk about girdles in mixed company (I’m originally from the south and am aware that this could cause swooning) but, before you swoon, let’s take a look at the burlap girdles that my friends, … Continue reading

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Bloom Thyme Friday: Hyperion Daylilies

This week the garden is filled with color but most of the color is not coming from the roses. This is the time for the rose companions to take center stage. One of the flowers taking center stage is the … Continue reading

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P. Allen and Pesto

For weeks I have been in the mood for pesto! Maybe it’s because I saw a video by P. Allen Smith for Arugula Pesto and I love Arugula! Or, maybe it’s because my garden friend, Diane LaSauce, posted recently about … Continue reading

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Beetle Mania

Every year about this time I find my self in the throes of Beetle Mania as the Japanese Beetles have converged on my garden. Seems they love all the things I love … roses, plums, flowers, grape vines and on … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: Peggy Martin

This year I planted the Peggy Martin rose after hearing the amazing story behind the rose. Many of the  historical roses I love are true survivors, but no rose has a more amazing story than the Peggy Martin Rose. This … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: The Fairy

The Fairy Rose is a pink Polyantha rose that is part of a select group of roses designated as Earth Kind. (Read more about Earth Kind here.) This lovely little rose is disease resistant and can take the heat!  It … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: Beverly

One my favorite rose additions for 2013 is the Beverly Hybrid Tea from the Certified Roses Simply Brilliant Collection. Check out this beautiful collection here. From the beginning bud stage to fully open, this rose is so very pretty. The … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: White Out

Another wonderful ever-blooming addition to my rose garden is White Out from the great folks at Star Roses and Plants who say, “this is the best white shrub rose we have introduced since Sea Foam over 45 years ago.” I … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: The Portlands

Portland roses make up a small, repeat blooming class of old garden roses. There is some question about their parentage but they are most commonly thought to be a chance crossing of Damasks and China Roses. I have two Portlands … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: Drifts

Today you are going to see 3 of my favorite roses–Peach Drift, Coral Drift and Apricot Drift. As with all the roses in the Drift collection, these roses are amazingly disease resistant and small enough to fit into most any … Continue reading

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Now We’re Cookin’!

The great folks at Le Cruset offered those of us attending Garden 2 Blog 2013 one of P Allen Smith’s favorite baking dishes … all we had to do was chose our favorite color. Look at this beauty…. Have you … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: Black Forest

Black Forest is one of the amazing roses in the Certified Rose Simply Brilliant Collection and it is truly a simply-brilliant winner! In 2010 this rose received the prestigious German ADR award for its beauty and natural disease resistance. This … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: Graham Thomas

Graham Thomas is one of the roses that put me in the winner’s circle at the Indianapolis Rose Show last week!   (See pics of the Rose Show here.) This rose is a rich, radiant yellow David Austin English Rose with … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: Red Drift

We are more than 1/2 way through June — summer is here and she came in with some intense heat in my neck of the woods. I was up early doing some trimming and general gardening but am glad to … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: Gruss an Aachen

This light pink rose was hybridized in Germany by Philipp Geduldig in 1909 has the fragrant, multi-petaled lovely old world charm that I adore. It is considered by most to be the first floribunda. David Austin classifies Gruss an Aachen … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: Francis E Lester, Hybrid Musk

You know I love historical roses and some of my first roses came from Roses of Yesterday and Today 25 years ago. The story of Roses of Yesterday and Today intrigues me… It begins with the well-known authority on old … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: Gemini

I planted Gemini this year in my new exhibition rose bed. I found Gemini at Edmunds Roses and in the description was written, “A must have for all exhibitors. It wins often.” I bought 3. Every bloom on Gemini has … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: Celsiana

Here is the enchanting and very fragrant Celsiana blooming in my garden. Many of you were aghast when you saw this picture on Twitter very early in the season given that I garden in Zone 5b. The truth is, Celsiana … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: Gene Boerner Floribunda

Gene Boerner is a beautiful, profusely-blooming floribunda with pointed exhibition form. This rose was named for Eugene Boerner who many believe had much to do with the development of the floribundas we have today. He was hired by Jackson & … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: Carefree Wonder

I don’t know about your grocery store, but many of our grocery stores have potted plants for sale. One that does it best is Kroger. They seem to pick all of my favorites and place them right by the door … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: Reine des Violette

Reine des Violette is a lovely Hybrid Perpetual that dates back to 1860. Hybrid Perpetuals  were developed as hardy garden plants between 1840 and 1900, by crossing the Portland, Bourbon and Gallica roses and were mostly used as cut flowers … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: Sunny

Who wouldn’t love the lovely Sunny … a proud member of  Knockout family of roses. This rose just blooms and blooms and blooms. And, is the most fragrant of the Knockouts. Beautiful. Disease resistant. Adds so much to my overall … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: Madame Hardy

Now you are getting to see one of the roses that truly gets to me. I absolutely love this rose. Madame Hardy is a Damask rose dating back to 1832. She has beautiful white classic formed flowers with a tiny … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: Blanc Double De Coubert

Blanc Double de Corbert is large Rugosa rose that has been around since 1892. This rose has pure white large double flowers with a very lovely fragrance. And, this year I had the pleasure of watching these blooms stand firm … Continue reading

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A Rose A Day: Rosa Mundi

Rosa Mundi is an amazing Gallica rose with a shady past! Gallicas are the oldest of the garden roses, having been grown by the Greeks and Romans! Gallicas are spring blooming shrubs with wonderfully fragrant blooms of pink, red and … Continue reading

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