Roses on My Mind!

James Galway, Golden Celebration, and Janice Kellogg rosesWhite iceberg rosesThe roses I’ve selected for my informal rose garden were often the happy result of choice and chance. Sometimes I’d look for a specific rose, like the white iceberg rose, a floribunda. Although a very popular selection in many gardens across this country, it’s simply beautiful and very productive and is a great mate for many non-rose plants!

Most others, frankly, well, I’d find them on sale somewhere and think, “This will probably work out – I don’t care what it will look like!” That was the case with the James Galway, a climbing, pink David Austin English rose. I bought it after it stopped flowering for the season and was already pruned. I only depended on the picture on the label. It paid off!

A few I would just stumble upon since I was already shopping for plants and happened to find it. Golden Celebration was such a find, a yellow David Austin English rose, as was the floribunda, the crimson Janice Kellogg. These four roses are pictured here (the Janice Kellogg is in the back, a little right of center, in the photo on the right). Adding a somewhat random or mystery element always livens things up in my garden!

SHOPPING TIP:  If you like challenges and mysteries! Lowe’s sometimes has roses (and other nice plants) on the deeply discounted rack of their gardening center, up to 75% off the retail price at my store. That’s where I picked up an amazing 8 rose plants in 2-gallon containers. They’re all now either flowering, or on the verge of flowering. Sometimes these plants need a little TLC, like a light pruning or removing old plant material, but often nowhere near the compost heap yet.

Also, if there’s a 99 Cents Only store near you, you can get bareroot roses there, at least from what I’ve seen in the past two weeks as of today (June 17, 2008). It’s supposed to not be the season for planting bare root roses, but why not take a chance? Some actually already show green sprouts on their canes. If their selection of roses pleases you, you can create your very own rose garden at a very reasonable cost! NOTE: these bareroot roses come with labels, but not pictures. Mystery lovers: enjoy!

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