Bloom Thyme Friday: Friends and Roses Part 2

In most of my garden “rooms” you will find roses hybridized by this rose friend – Dr. David Zlesak.

DAY JOB: David is a Professor of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. For the past 11 years, David has been teaching undergraduate horticulture students.

HOBBY: As a kid growing up in Milwaukee, David loved being outside and gardening – especially with his grandparents who had a small farm nearby.

FUN STORY:  When David was 13 he read in the Sunday paper gardening section about Will Radler’s rose breeding hobby. So he wrote to Will for more information. Will (breeder of the Knock Out family of roses) got him connected to the Rose Hybridizers Association and with his love of art, science and roses, he was off onto a hobby that would bring him and all of us much joy in the roses that he has created.

FRIENDSHIP: I met David through American Rose Society events and we have become great friends. Actually, it is hard NOT to become friends with David as he is truly one of the nicest guys around! He is always willing to share his vast knowledge with those interested!


Petit Pink (10 of those!) (Lovely sweetheart blooms!)

Above and Beyond (Gorgeous spring-blooming climber)

The newly released Pretty Polly Lavender (Sweetest blooms and fragrant too)

The newly released Pretty Polly (So prolific and great in arrangements)


Recently I spoke to David on the Rose Chat Podcast about a project that he is also very passionate about — The Clean Plant Network and the very important work they are doing. Listen in HERE.



‘Thyme Out’ is the name for my new outdoor working space and this space is coming together very nicely. Gone are the horrible vines, roots, and trunks of the invasive Japanese Honeysuckle (if you missed that post, read on HERE.

This space has always included a potting bench but Mr. G gave the potting bench a facelift and then surprised me with a beautiful work table. After a few days of seeing me work in the space, he said, “I’m making you another table.” Seriously, I said I don’t need another one it would be tooooo excessive.” He said, “I’m making you another table.” And, he did. And, guess what? I am so glad he did! I have room to spread out! I am spending so much time in this space.






Mr. G is the best. 

To say that he ”gets” me would be an understatement.
To say that he is a craftsman, would be an understatement.
To say that he is a leader and mentor, would be an understatement.
To say that I love him would be an understatement.

And, to say that he is the very best at being a dad and papa … would be an understatement.



The roses are on steroids this week and so are many other things. Here are a few pics. For more pictures and videos go to my Instagram page HERE.


Jasmina from Kordes
My Girl – Easy Elegance Collection
Blue Angel Clematis
Blue Angel and Etoile Violette Clematis
Bokay Makers
‘You Know Who’ can’t be stopped!
Flamenco Rosita
The Faun


Friends, thanks for dropping by.

I hope your world is filled to the brim with friends and with beautiful blooms too!  😘


9 thoughts on “Bloom Thyme Friday: Friends and Roses Part 2

  1. Beautiful and thank you Honey! I only wish everyone could see and smell in-person because they have no idea how pretty and aromatic your garden is in real time. 😘❤️🐝🐝🐝

  2. Your garden is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us. Blessings for another pretty day in your heaven on earth.

  3. Thank you for your inspiration. I look forward to your blog. You can tell that you and Mr. G work in harmony. Blessings to you both. Beautiful garden.

  4. I have so looked forward to reading your Garden Diary and seeing all of your beautiful rose and flower photos, photos of Mr. G. and your children and grandchildren this Friday. I had checked earlier in the day for your blog as I always get inspired from you. I love your new work table. Mr. G. did a great job! But that IS an understatement. Such good quality craftsmanship! I sincerely hope that he has a Happy Father’s Day and Papa Day this Sunday. Did he get a new Lab puppy? Are you able to grow hydrangeas where you live? They are beautiful with roses in arrangements. Do you have Japanese Beetles, and, if so, what do you do to get rid of them? Perhaps they are not in your soil. “Beauty is not caused. It is.” – Emily Dickinson

  5. My niece and I text each other frequently now that we still are sheltering in place (home). She gets on her treadmill while listening to music. Today she was exercising to Mickey Gilley’s song, “Room Full of Roses.” I know that I had heard his name before, so I googled it and listened to his song and loved it. He is 84 years young! I think he plays the piano. Just wanted to share this with you and Mr. G. in case you want to listen to “Room Full of Roses.”

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