Growing Roses & Growing Friends


Through the American Rose Society, I have rose friends from all over the country that enrich my rose hobby. This society exists to promote the culture and appreciation of the rose, through education and research to members, to local rose societies and their members and to the public.

Locally our rose growing season is coming to an end, but, like NYC, the American Rose Society is an organization that never sleeps. There will be something going on all winter long. If you are not a member, isn’t this a perfect time to join! So many rosey benefits!


The ARS is having their annual board meeting this week. Today they released the year in review. Fun to seeย what’s going on in the world of the American Rose Society! Look closely, there might be a sighting of yours truly.๐Ÿ˜‰


Most ARS members are home gardeners who enjoy growing roses and want to expand their knowledge of rose culture. Starting now gives youย all winter for learningย and getting ready for spring!ย ย If you are not ready to take on a full membership, give it a try with the cost effective TRIAL MEMBERSHIP and see what you think.



  • Free advice from Consulting Rosarians.
  • Free or reduced garden admissions,ย a $25 value after just 3 uses.
  • Free online access to five quarterly bulletins,ย a $45 value.
  • 2 issues ofย American Roseย magazine,ย $16 value.
  • Discounts of up toย 30%ย at merchant partners.
  • A four-month trial membership is valued at $86 for only $10!

ARS and You (2)And one of my fav ARS member benefits currently is the monthly newsletter. I am the editor! To see aย sample of the newsletter,ย read on here.
For the trial membership,ย complete theย online formย or call 800-637-6534.

New ARS Website coming soon!


In this organization I have met some amazing people of all ages. We are all at different stages of the gardening experience and have different passions. Some are into just growing while others with the competitive spirit, enter the most amazing blooms and arrangements in competitions! We have those who use chemicals and others who are all organic. Some members have 1 rose and some have 500 roses.

But it is so much moreโ€ฆ

We spend time enjoying all things โ€œroseโ€ together. We learn, we laugh, we celebrate successes and we deal with failures & issues together. Itโ€™s not just roses that keep us together, over the yearsโ€“we have become family and you are welcome anytime!

This year we have had members coming from Marion, Kokomo, Bloomington and most of the surrounding burgs!ย 

This week we had our last official meeting of the year but are already making big plans for next year. You can keep up with what’s going onย by subscribing toย our blog at INDIANAPOLISROSESOCIETY.COM. You will receive posts in your email as we “post” them. We begin meeting again the second Tuesday in March at 6:30 pm at the Sullivan Munce Center in Zionsville. Get it on your calendar!ย 


Come grow with us!

Dr. Buck’s Quietness Rose

I did a series of reviews from my garden for the American Rose Society and here is my review of the rose Quietness.

You can purchase this beautiful rose at Chamblees…

Now about those Rugosas…


As you probably know I post a lot of pictures of my rugosas and talk about them quite a bit. More than once I have blown up your feed to share blooms!ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

I just love them. They are the main event in the spring when I’m looking for fireworks and fragrance. (More on that here.)

That first flush of spring bloom is simply amazing. However, in years past the repeat bloom has been sketchy around here. Oh, I always get a few blooms all summer long but nothing like what has been happening this year. The second flush of bloom has been amazing. While it certainly doesn’t rival the spring bloom, it has been impressive and very welcome. Tucking even one of these amazingly fragrant blooms into a bokay is a game changer and crowd pleaser.

Why all the extra blooms this year? I’m not sure. This has been a wetter season that usual–maybe they liked that.

Take a look at the repeaters.



The pollinators are totally in love with rugosas! They are everywhere. One even got a little territorial with me and gave me a bite. Owie!!!ย ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸI forgave him and all is good.ย ๐Ÿ


Rugosa roses are species roses native to eastern Asia. These profuse spring bloomers are hardy in Zones 3 โ€“ 9 and in a variety of conditions: heat, cold, wind, even salty, sandy seaside conditions. Rugosas prefer full sun (6-8 hours per day) and average well-drained soil. So, with very minimal care, almost anyone, anywhere can enjoy these dependable workhorses in the garden.ย  As for theย size of those growing in my garden, Hansa, Roseraie de la Hay, Theresa Bugnet and Blanc de double Corbertย  are 5โ€ฒ X 5โ€ฒ . Moje Hammerly is 4โ€ฒ X 4โ€ฒ and Belle Poitevine is 4′ X 4′ too. There are other rugosas that are smaller in general โ€ฆ do some investigating to find the ones most suited for your location.

These rugged plants are excellent choices for the organic gardener. Their distinct wrinkled (regose) foliage is very disease resistant. I have found that the rugosas with the most wrinkled leaves are the most disease resistant. Those with smoother leaves tend to get some black spot and occasional mildew.

In my cottage garden, rugosas are the back drop and anchor for many of my flower beds. They are not fans of pruning and do best when allowed to grow and seek their own shape, so you need to give them some space.

Here are pictures from the spring bloom!





If ย you want to read more about rugosas,ย ย go to the American Rose Society’s websiteย HERE.

Too darn hot!

Just checked the weather and the heat wave we are experincing this week will be gone next week. YES. I felt like Indiana was moving closer to the Equator by the minute. Whew! It has been hot!

Keep blooming where you are planted!
Thanks for stopping by!