How did the angel rose garden come to be? It was Divine intervention. Driving home from church one evening in Dallas, Texas I heard Kathleen Battle sing “All Night, All Day Angel’s Watching Over Me” on 101.1 FM. Listen to this haunting lullaby. You will never forget it. The lyrics are so simple, now this lullaby is part of our evening bed time repertoire for the babies.
How Many Roses Are Too Many?
The answer to the question is:when you run out of space. Have you noticed that most beautiful gardens are usually in back yards literally hidden from view? You work sometimes your entire life creating a stationary work of art and unless you have an “open house” only your eyes and the eyes of God will see those flowers that open once only to have the petals flutter to the ground in a season unseen.
My mantra is a “garden is meant to be shared.”
The logical expansion place for your garden is at your front door. We had over 225 roses in Texas. When we moved to Illinois I told ‘Big Daddy’ that perhaps we should have a rose garden that consisted of maybe 35 roses.
Then I changed the inventory to no more than 100.
The plan was to put the gardens in in stages and show you that everyone can start over and have rose gardens established and blooming rapidly. Thus emerged the angel water fountain and bird bath by the brick planter at the front door and the “Angel Rose Garden” because I believe a garden can be enhanced by titillating the 5 senses, sight, the sound of water or wind chimes, and fragrance.
Roses in the Angel Rose Garden
‘Cinco de Mayo
‘Yabba Dabba Doo
2 ‘Top Gun’ (Resistant To Rose Rosette)
‘Easy To Please’
*When these bareroot roses arrived some are own-root roses, which I find to be more winter hardy. I soaked all of the roses in water that I add a Haven Brand tea bag, its a product a friend makes on her Haven Farm. Its an organic, all natural, organic, American made, soil conditioner called MooPoo Tea. Call, tweet or email Annie Twitter: @GreenSoil with any questions she will get right back to you ASAP.
People asked me what else I use and I add soil amendments I used to mix myself until I found that Beaty Fertilizer makes Mill Mix. Its Called Mills Rose Magic and I add it as the totally organic soil amendments I used to buy in 40-50 pound bags at the feed store and mix myself but now its all I use
Wordless Wednesday is dedicated to a rose called ‘Children’s Hope™’ with a mission to contribute to the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation. It’s perfect for small space and container gardening. And it’s perfectly named. Here’s Weeks Roses description of their rose and what it looks like in the garden from every angle.
“We all have hopes and dreams. For children, it’s to be healthy so they can play. The Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation *helps get sick children back to good health.
Their mission is to improve treatment, help with quality of life and the long-term outlook of children with brain and spinal cord tumors through research, support, education, and advocacy to families and survivors.
Each sale of the ‘Children’s Hope™’ rose helps to achieve this mission with a portion of the proceeds going back to the foundation. The foundation contribution is an added bonus to your purchase as you are also getting a blooming machine of a rose!
Each little medium red pompom-like flower is produced in big clusters on a perfectly even rounded plant. The shorter compact habit makes this selection ideal for a smaller spot in the landscape or as a focal point in a decorative pot on a balcony or patio. If this describes what you’re looking for in the garden, don’t look any further as ‘Children’s Hope™’ has shown excellent performance in most climates of the country with very good disease resistance.
Medium red with light smoke on the edge
Slight tea to fruity
Pointed & ovoid
Old fashion, decorative & very double
Small, around 1½-2 inch diameter, in large clusters
Rounded & bushy
Glossy dark green
Sweet Chariot x (Goldmarie x Baby Bloomers)
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Starting over can be hard to do. Add giving up your award-winning dream rose garden, designed with love and filled with over 200 varieties it can be doubly hard. Living in a vibrant booming metro area, accepting the exceptional as the norm was a gradual paradigm shift for me. It never occurred to me I might have difficulty locating the rose varieties I left behind in my Plano award winning rose garden*.“
“He who would have beautiful roses in his garden must have beautiful roses in his heart.” ~ Reverend Dean Hole
My first indication it might be difficult to locate the varieties of container roses I was looking for was when I called the closest garden center (that I had to locate by going online and downloading the list of landscape & garden centers in the area) I could find and asking the garden associate that answered the phone if they had hybrid teas. Who promptly replied, “What’s a hybrid tea?”
“Where can I find roses like you have?”
The question most often asked of me at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show while I worked at the rose garden promoting membership in the American Rose Society for ten days all day every day was, “where can I find roses like yours?” Thanks to Jackson and Perkins now you can have the varieties of roses you see in my pictures without the grief I had locating them. In a populated metroplex I had become used to selecting roses from a landscape & garden center that had roses nicely potted in containers placed all in a row, alphabetized by their name that published the list of availability a season in advance to download. Moving to a rural area was a wake-up call and a learning experience.
From Gentrified Urban Rosarian To Country Rose Gardener
As a totally spoiled DFW Metroplex dweller, the garden center I chose my roses from delivered them in 5 gallon containers on a flatbed truck. They also list their roses each year on their Web site in the fall of each year announcing the roses that will be available in February of the next year.
In this rural area of Illinois now like so much of the country where so many folks live that want roses, the closest garden center that sells any potted roses in containers is 80 miles away. Then when I drove to this garden center I found the selection wanting because after having a discussion with the owner of the Landscape Center on how he arrived upon his rose buying decisions the family run store said he gave the order form to an employee and they selected roses based on whether they liked the names. His inventory had already told the story. Roses that were ‘out of patent’ that had great names were sitting on his floor.
Spoiled pampered Gentrified Urban Rosarian that I was I thought I would waltz into the local Garden Center and select my container roses growing in 5 gallon pots and have all the roses I needed ordered and delivered to my new gardens. Wrong. The closest Landscape & Garden Center with any selection of container roses is 80 miles away and they didn’t then and still don’t carry the varieties I want.
So let’s talk about the facts.
Welcome to Rural America Retailers
The rural portions of metropolitan areas with fewer than 1,000,000 residents cover 94 percent of their land areas. These areas include approximately 20 million residents, or 34 percent of the nation’s rural population. Only six percent of the land area in these metropolitan areas is urban.
Outside Metropolitan Area
This leaves a minority of 27.5 million rural residents living outside the metropolitan areas.Metropolitan areas are defined by OMB as labor markets with core urban areas between 10,000 and 50,000, and are not considered metropolitan. Approximately 98.5 percent of the land in micropolitan areas is rural. The rural population of micropolitan areas is 13 million. other 14 million rural residents live outside the micropolitan areas. However, there are still 4.7 million urban residents outside both metropolitan and micropolitan areas, with each of these urban areas having fewer than 10,000 residents.
Rural Land in Metropolitan America
Even where America is most urban, a strong rural element remains. This is illustrated in the Northeast Corridor, the “megalopolis” defined by Jean Gottman more than a half-century ago. The urbanization he identified is still short of continuous along the corridor. Rural areas interfere with urbanization in parts of Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Nearly 60 percent of the land area in these adjacent metropolitan areas remains rural (Figure 5).
Question: Where Do You Get Your Roses Now?
I get my roses from the one of oldest most trusted brand names in America, a name that is synonymous with roses: Jackson & Perkins. I remember my mother buying roses and trusting Jackson & Perkins as her rose source. Now the 3rd rose garden has been transitioned back to where my heart leads me. It’s a Jackson & Perkins test rose garden. It has 4 Jackson & Perkins roses that as of yet are unmanned. Some of the most famous rose breeders have worked with Jackson & Perkins. The roses in the garden are in the list below, you can click and vote on whether you like them. The biggest surprise I have saved for last. While in Chicago I worked, as you know representing Chicago Flower Show Director, Tony Abruscato and he partnered with Chicago Sculpture Exhibit. The artists would come and spend some time at the rose garden where we had their sculptures.
Since I was there full time representing the rose garden, I also spoke for the sculpture artists as well. Michael Young is an artist that I ended up promoting and I believe we may have sold some of his pieces and the piece that was on display. Soon we hope to have a Michael Young Sculpture to set off the beauty of this Jackson & Perkins exquisite Rose Garden.
Your comments & shares are welcome especially that I support the American Rose Society that offers so much in return for a minimal investment. Its one of the few memberships that still print a beautiful magazine 6 times a year with valuable educational information, a newsletter and an invaluable tool to choose roses: The American Rose Societies handbook for Selecting Roses, and once a year the Rose Annual. I have contributed articles to the newsletter, magazine and the Rose Annual, and would be happy to provide you with a copy of each.
*The Texas Rose Garden won Dallas Rose Society ‘Best Large Garden’ and was on the Plano Garden Tour, and was the recipient of many photography awards, blue ribbons as well, request rose bio for a list of all awards.
Memorial Day Is To Honor Those Who Have Died in America’s Wars
Planting a ‘Memory Garden’ of roses gives you a connection to your loved ones that can keep your memories of them alive. It’s a deeply rewarding endeavor and can be a family project. Here’s how:
Decide who you want to memorialize, perhaps order or make a plaque or bench for spending time and reflection. The Gardens of the American Rose Society offer ways to memorialize loved ones in their rose gardens in Shreveport, LA.
Choose a location with 6-8 hours of sun. Some roses can do fine in partial shade. Both Europeana & Iceberg became covered in partial shade in my Texas rose garden and continued to flourish. This article discusses roses in partial shade by Al Whitcomb.
You can order ‘Memorial Day’ from Jackson & Perkins’ online to plant as a tribute to loved ones. The most often asked question I had at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show is “Where do I find the varieties of roses I have?”, Jackson & Perkins online is an excellent source for Weeks Roses, Star & Certified Roses, since they are wholesale rose growers.
Here are some ideas of roses suitable for a Memory Rose Garden, and ‘Memorial Day’ is a rose that tolerates heat very well. It’s included in the June issue of the American Rose Magazine article I wrote ‘Some Roses Like It Hot’ .
‘Memorial Day’ The All-America Garden Selections said “This One Is Definitely a ‘Year of the Rose’
‘Let Freedom Ring’
“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”
James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery
In 1873, New York was the first state to designate Memorial Day as a legal holiday
During that first national celebration, former Union Gen. and sitting Ohio Congressman James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves. The tradition of laying wreaths on the graves of our soldiers that lost their lives to War is carried out in cemeteries by devoted families all across our great country to this day. In fact many family members place wreaths on graves of veterans that have passed away as well even though Memorial Day is expressly to honor our war dead.
By the late 1800s, cities all across America observed Memorial Day. Several states had declared it a legal holiday, since it was widely established as a national holiday throughout the country.
When Is Memorial Day?*
In 1971, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act and established that Memorial Day was to be celebrated on the last Monday of May. “Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery each year with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Traditionally, the President or Vice President lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. About 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually.”
* PBS.org educating folks on the true meaning of Memorial Day.
Roses Evoke Fond Memories
Memorial Gardens are becoming more popular as a way to honor and pay tribute to those that have passed on. Roses are especially popular as a flower to plant ‘In Loving Memory” because they are a trigger to so many fond memories of loved ones in our life either by their name that is like the loved ones name or our loved ones loved roses as their favorite flower. So this Memorial Day is a good time to plant a Memorial Garden and start your very own Garden of Memories. We’re only a Website away to answer your questions about rose growing. Have a blessed Memorial Day.
“Omg, that’s so exciting — I’ve never won a thing in my entire life!! So hearing this wonderful news just fills me with joy!!” ~ Trevor Singh,Winner of the Jackson & Perkins $100 Gift Certificate
The Jackson & Perkins winner of the $100 gift certificate drawing is using it to pay it forward. He wants to order roses to create a Mother’s Day Memorial Garden of Roses.
Meet Trevor Singh of Mesa, AZ., you can find his company, The Tinman’s Cellar on Facebook: The Tinmans Cellar, and Etsy where he sells the “mixed media art and jewelry, predominantly steampunk/victorian/bohemian/altered art” he creates. Though he’s fallen on hard times lately his first thoughts when we notified him that he was the winner of the Jackson & Perkins drawing was to think of others. His favorite quote is that he “loves spreading joy wherever he can”. He has a real life heart breaking Mother’s Day story that he said we could share with you. He asks me if I would please direct readers to his jewelry Website The Tinmans Cellar, its not too late to get Mom a little something special, so please visit Trevor’s site & show him you care.
Trevor said he’s using his Jackson & Perkins gift certificate to buy roses to create a Memorial Rose Garden for his best friend of 15 years who died on Mother’s Day last year leaving twin premature babies and a 4 year old daughter.
Thoughts from Trevor
“Good afternoon Susan. 🙂 Omg, that’s so exciting — I was literally just thinking the other day about how bummed I was that I couldn’t indulge in the Jackson & Perkins 50% off rose sale that ended a week or so ago because I just had a bunch of surgeries recently, so I’m trying to pay a bunch of medical bills off. In addition, I lost my best friend of 15 years on Mother’s Day of last year, so the anniversary of her death looming has been difficult to cope with. So hearing this wonderful news just fills me with joy!!” ~ Trevor Singh
Creating A Memorial Mother’s Day Rose Garden
Planting A Memory Rose Garden
Planting a ‘Memory Garden’ of roses gives you a connection to your loved ones that can keep your memories of them alive. It can help in the healing process and provide a connection to your loved one. Here’s how:
Decide who you want to memorialize.
Pick a spot with 6-8 hours of sun.
Look up names of roses to plant as a tribute to loved ones & order them. Many of them are available from Jackson & Perkins online, if not choose names that have meaning to you in a special way.
When I get my bareroot roses I soak them in water that I have added Haven Brands Soil Conditioner Moo-Poo Tea. Then I fertilize the new plant with the tea fertilizer its been soaking in after I plant the new bareroot rose.
Here are just a few Roses that are great roses for Memory Gardens for Mother’s Day that I’ve passed on for you Trevor, ‘Peace’ in particular is a great rose and Jackson & Perkins has it. ‘Beloved’ is another perfect one.
‘Love & Peace’
5 ‘Fragrant Cloud’ was my Mother’s Favorite rose. It’s still on the list as most fragrant roses in the world.
Or any rose that was your loved one’s favorite. Choose a bench or space to sit to enjoy your time in the garden. You can also carve a name in a tree or paint a stone with your loved ones name nearby.
Thank-you for sharing your story with us Trevor. Please keep us posted. And Thank-you for sharing your thoughts on a Memorial Rose Garden for Mother’s Day. We will be thinking of you and let me know how your rose garden comes along. Warm Wishes, Susan Fox.