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  1. laura says:

    THAT is not just a great hair stylist. She sounds like a great friend. I love your new Blog 🙂

  2. Wanda Starks says:

    Thanks for helping me get down and dirty!

  3. Wanda Starks says:

    So you think he really did not want to stop by?

  4. laura says:

    I really like the Oui Theory. I’ll have to subscribe to this new way of seeing the universe. I wonder if “we” will accept this new universe? I’ll let you know!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      They say the Universe is expanding all the time and Oui theory really is expanding mine at a rapid rate. I’ll send instructions on RSS subscribing.

  5. Jim Muhlenbruch says:

    I think Katherine already figured this one out. Like “Oui can plant a rose bush here”. All oui have to do is dig a hole in limestone.

  6. Wanda Starks says:

    Correction- No One – I mean NO ONE- Did I say NO ONE is more dedicated to her roses than the queen of the garden herself, SUSAN FOX. Susan you make me smile. Forever your student of the garden and blackspot eradicator.
    Wanda

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Wanda,
      You are a joy to have as part of the Gaga’s Rose Garden Growers Group (GRGGG). And I admire your dedication. I bet when your mother came to see you for your birthday there wasn’t a sign of blackspot was there?
      Gaga

  7. laura says:

    I don’t have a single rose in my garden….yet. But this blog is inspiring me to add them. We have the typical English garden up here in New England, and the only rose we have had was a pasture rose or beach rose as they are called here. Will have to find some locations to plant them, but I must say I’m a bit intimidated by the thought!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Laura,
      Roses are the perfect addition to the English Garden especially now with Knock-Out Roses that are so easy and care-free for the landscape. Also during the winter months we’ll be talking about planning the rose garden. I’ve promised to upload my brochure Rapid Fire Results with Roses and that’s coming soon. Gaga

  8. laura says:

    I was thinking the whole time I read this “I wonder if they have a Oui Ones Garden…” I think those babies are very lucky to have a grandmother like you. And yes, they are like clay, moldable and open to the possibilities of the world. Thanks for posting this sweet story 🙂

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      The Oui Ones are amazing. When Oui want to feel like Santa Claus Oui go see them. And the celebrating begins with sqeals of joy, a dance aptly named happy feet and lots of hollering our name. It’s like Christmas, Santa, and his reindeer all just arrived. Oui get unconditional love showered on us and pure powerful dangerous entertainment because you will swear they are trying to kill themselves most the time. Love, Gaga

  9. Jim Muhlenbruch says:

    All OUI who know Gaga worship her creativity and sense of humor. OUI always look forward to her next postings. Keep it up Gaga!

  10. stacy says:

    Wow! Had forgot all about that one..love that memory. Was thinking of the time she prayed for safe driving with papa. You are sure speading some good joy for the soil..i mean soul! Love me osme soil food!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Irreplaceable, Unforgettable, Quotable Stacy, remember when Lily was praying fervently in church and you leaned over and asked your dear child what was she praying for and she said “I was praying God would hurry up and get me outa here!” Love, Gaga

  11. Linda F. says:

    That was indeed a priceless memory! I tried to come up with one somewhat equal to it, but I am having one of my usual “senior moments.” I am loving all the updates on your family. And I might even learn something about gardening!

  12. Lorrie Stacy says:

    Gaga’s an excellent name! That story was so sweet and colorful!. Enjoyed meeting you tonite. I’ll keep checking your posts. My daughter is coming in for the weekend from U of Arkansas…Go Hogs!…. so perhaps the following weekend I can plant the lariope.

    I would love to see your landscape, so maybe I could call you sometime to stop by briefly, while I’m walking my furry bestfriend, Spunky?

    Keep in touch. Hm 972.985.7843 mobile 469.231.1532

  13. Linda F. says:

    I love the pictures you posted with this entry and look forward to the glamorous shots you have promised. I don’t think I know the Lollipop Guild song so I will see if I can find it on Youtube.

  14. Wanda Starks says:

    Beautiful pictures in this entry. Can’t wait to see Kim’s shots of your garden. I looked at her webpage nature photos – WOW. This is going to be good!

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    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      According to Kim Ritzenthaler “Asking the question “what kind of camera should I buy?” Is like asking “what kind of car should I buy?” There are many questions to answer first about how the camera will be used and what are the needs of the buyer. Are they are looking for a basic point-and-shoot or an advanced system with interchangeable lenses, etc…there’s quite a range of products out there.”

  16. Donna says:

    You are so stinking funny!! Can’t wait to see more pics!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Gorgeous Donna, And I have to say you are pretty stinkin’ funny yourself!I’m laughin’ just writin’ this note. I’m thinkin’ of a Jack Handy Quote right now and laughing
      “I hope they never find out that lightning has a lot of vitamins in it, because do you hide from it or not?”
      Love You Girl

  17. Very interesting perspective, post, and tie-in, my friend 🙂 Well done!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Margie, I am so excited to see my Tweet Mentor and Ad Agency Maven Extraordinaire at gagasgarden. I hope you will be a frequent visitor. Thank-you

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  19. Thank you so much for this very sweet write-up 🙂

    1 correction – -our actual URL is http://www.clayad.com, in case anyone is interested 🙂

    You’re a superstar of gardening & of Social Media. You’re gonna outpower me in no time!

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  21. Jaimee says:

    Beautiful pictures! and I’m pretty sure you are cross dressing one of them… 🙂

  22. This is a good post and may be one to be followed up to see what goes on

    A neighbor emailed this link the other day and I am eagerly hoping for your next write. Continue on the excellent work.

  23. Wow, I’m so glad you sent this post my way. I’m definitely going to have to think about this. Very interesting and beautifully written! 🙂

  24. Hockey Forum says:

    This a fabulous post and may be one that you should followed up to see how things go

    A friend mailed this link the other day and I am excitedly waiting your next content. Continue on the remarkable work.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Hockey Forum, I am working quickly because I am sure you know about cold. I have been talking about cold and building a greenhouse and am feeling the pressure. So tonight I had to get going on the greenhouse post. Now even my son who I have mentioned would rather have his back ground off with a sander than be bitten by chiggers is nagging me about getting posts up, you can read about him further down in the BLOG. Keep reading, I’ll keep writing 🙂 Gaga

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  26. roclafamilia says:

    Helpful blog, bookmarked the website with hopes to read more!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      “OUI” have a live time of gardening experience and information and will keep providing it as long as we are growing and learning. Thank-you for your comment. Gaga

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  28. Linda F. says:

    I doubt that the pop-up greenhouse would hold up in our West Texas winds, but it sure would be an easy solution. I’ll be looking for your pics of the finished greenhouse you all are building.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Linda, Who happens to be my cousin in West Texas! It’s finished and it is sturdy. Last year it was constructed of 2 X 4’s but the visqueen blew loose in the gale force winds on the roof and of course we had 12-18″ of snow, so Richard thinks he has addressed the design flaws and it only cost $125.00 which is only $25.00 more for the upgrades over last years design. I should have the materials list and the write up by tomorrow night and pictures. Richard is in Illinois with the receiot or I would write up the materials! I am watering the plants inside the greenhouse as we speak because it’s pretty warm in there right now. And it is quite a bit larger than the one I took picture of. How did you like the little mouse? And btw lots of ants are in the pots already too!
      Love,
      Gaga

  29. Magical Thoery… decent roses.. still worried about getting a bunk into that greenhouse… Oui

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Stan, The green house is getting crowded. While watering the first occupants I was covered with fire ants swarming out of the lantana. What is going on? And where’s the mouse going to live? Everything and everybody want to live in the green house and I must say the view is specatacular. Gaga

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  31. Linda F. says:

    I’m impressed with your grandkids picture, your greenhouse, and your builder! Does the greenhouse have a roof?
    Your cuz

  32. Great blog Gaga! Wow you read my mind lol I’ve really been thinking about making one of these for a long time. Although I’ve been thinking to make it cover my entire garden for a lot of reasons. Your great blog has got me thinking! Thanks 🙂

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Sebastian,
      OUI are there to assist with any questions you may have. OUI have tried to think of every eventuality. Let us know. OUI are there for you. Gaga

  33. Big Green Thumbs UP! Cheers tequila!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Mr. Yoga Army Himself Sebastian,
      Remember to drink your water because you can’t quench your thirst with tequila! 😉 Gaga

  34. Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

    Dear Aparadekto, Thank-you for this comment and I will look into fixing this

  35. You have such a lovely writing style. I love reading your posts a great deal.

    Kids do pick up on the darndest things though, don’t they?

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Margie,
      As I do love reading your comments. One can say many things, then one little slip and you can be sure a child will remember that quote perfectly, forever and quote it back to you at the most inappropriate times :). “Remember, Gaga, when you said…?” At least it is important to drink your water because you shouldn’t quench your thirst with tequila. You’ll really get dehydrated.
      Gaga

  36. joserfina says:

    just popped on, enjoying the read; what does OUI stand for?

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Joserfina,
      If you scroll down the posts and read about OUI Theory it explains “OUI” means “YES” in French and my husband is a willing participant (sort of) 🙂 when it comes to the projects “OUI” work on so it translates to “YES Dear” . I started the concept of “OUI” can do this project, as in yes “OUI can. And he says Yes dear. Thanks for asking and keep on reading, Halloween story later today.
      Gaga

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Joserfina,
      “OUI” mean “yes” in French as in “yes dear” 😉
      Gaga

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hello Joserfina,
      It means “YES” as in “Yes Dear”!
      Gaga

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  38. laura says:

    I’m glad you are feeling better Suzy~

  39. Linda F. says:

    Cousin Suzy, I must correct one of your quotes just as my sweet little Mother (and also your great aunt) corrected me. In her 97th year when I told her (after one of her falls because she thought she could do without her walker once again) that “pride goeth before a fall,” said, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall!” Very appropriate in your situation. Hope you are recovering quickly.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear LInda,
      For those readers that don’t know, Linda is my dear cousin that lives in Brownfield, TX. Her mother was my Great Aunt Louise Chisholm Harrell who was one of the finest women that ever lived, a career educator and Sunday school teacher. I want to thank Linda for catching and correcting my quote “Pride cometh before the fall”.
      Gaga

  40. Wanda Starks says:

    “Intelligence in males is like mother like son”…..That explains my son’s brilliance! Ha- Ha ! 🙂 I am so glad that the great pumpkin angel broke your fall!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Wander Woman,
      I knew my loyal readers would be able to get lots of mileage from that article. That’s why I have kept that reference material under lock and key since 1996.
      It’s valuable. Sometimes online archives are difficult to reach. I have the original clipped article as backup to support my own research and evidence; and now I see your evidenc supports this theory as well. Or as it is said “living proof 😉
      “Ed” agrees I’m sure.
      Love,
      Gaga

  41. Susan says:

    I am so thankful that you are going to be alright. That fall sounds terrible. We all know someone who has been there/done that and never wants to be there again. When my friend, Jerry, was stuck in the ceiling with legs below and head in the attic, waiting for the Fire Department rescue team, his wife took pictures. At least your sweet hubby knew better.
    We love you and wish you a quick recovery.
    Susan, Jen and Julie

  42. That picture makes me hurt for you all over again. GOODNESS woman!! (hugs)

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  44. A Daddy Blog says:

    Oh, my goodness. As painful and damaging as your fall was, I can only imagine how much worse it could have been. I hope your are recovering well, or as well as can be expected.

    On an unrelated note, my wife is new to North Texas (coming from Ireland where she was when we met and then New York City where she was when we started dating) she’s not used to growing flowers in Texas.

    I may send her your way if she needs some tips. Have a great weekend.

    –Michael (aka: http://adaddyblog.com)

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Michael,
      Thanks so much for visiting and comments. I would love to assist your wife. Starting over to grow roses in North Texas after growing roses in Northern Illinois was like a foreign land so I think I can be of some assistance. I look forward to reading your blog, my son Mike has three children and it is a free for all and non-stop entertainment all the time! Last night Ella, almost 2 years old was running in a circle to her favorite music stopped grabbed a wash cloth and washed the big black Labs face, then put down the wash cloth and took off running to her favorite song! It never stops. I’m getting ready to post my next post about roses.
      Gaga

  45. laura says:

    Thank you for that lovely introduction to your love of roses.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hello Dear Laura,
      It was so special to get such a gift from my mom and there are so many thing we forget to thank them for because when we are kids we just don’t really pay attention. And weeding and working in the yard was pretty far down on my list of things I wanted to do. Now there is seldom a day that goes by that I don’t think of her and how she influences me and hope I can be as strong as she was.
      Love,
      Gaga

  46. Wanda Starks says:

    NO wonder a roses are known as a symbol for love! Thank you for sharing !

  47. Anonymous Tree Hugger ;) says:

    This is just absolutely beautiful, not only are the heartwarming stories fantastic, I especially enjoy immersing myself in the detailed trials and triumphs of roses…. 😉

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Anonymous Tree Hugger,
      I had to get a tissue I was so moved by this beautiful message until I saw it was from the one and only person who posed and stood in for the rose bush killer, the one and only Jaimee. Still the message is poignant, did I spell that right? perhaps you should get a new email to match anonymous tree hugger and then we could exchange beautiful sentments as if you were a true tree hugger. Perhaps a tree hugger in the rough we have here.
      Love,
      Gaga

  48. Linda F. says:

    Wow, I am impressed by the intelligence of your cat Izzy. Maybe Michael needs to take lessons from her!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Linda,
      You know that is a good tip. It appears the cat may be a little smarter than Mike is. He was locked in the car and couldn’t get out and I had my cell phone in the store and yet he called his Dad at home to report me, LOL
      Gaga

  49. Anonymous Tree Hugger ;) says:

    You have done this to me before as well…stopping and picking up lunch for someone else…I’m just saying 😉

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Anonymous Tree Hugger,
      This is one sad story and let that be a lesson to you. If you shop with me you better get the keys or I’ll lock you in and set the alarm!
      Tough Love,
      Gaga

  50. GREAT blog Gaga! Izzy The Cat LOL Great cat! I love how cats can be so intelligent. Wow Gaga you are one trooper! Falling through the ceiling, you get back up and are ready to Rock! You have such a positive attitude. Blessings to you!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Sebastian,
      That cat Izzy is one smart cat and can be very vindictive but is great company! I am very fortunate that I wasn’t hurt worse but it’s true Mike and Tanna are hounding me like I have been a lay-about or something and need to get more content rich gardening blog info and interviews going so no more whining about falling out of the attic. LOL Thanks for commenting Sebastian and we need to get your blog going!
      Gaga

  51. Looking forward to your next blog! Thx for kickin’ me in the butt LOL I have got to rock some more blogs!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Sebastian,
      I have the draft up of a garden tour video and I am writing some rose garden tips and more winter protection info and will post this week-end
      Thanks for all your encouragement!
      Gaga

  52. Nancy Healey says:

    Dear sweet Susan,
    It delights my heart to read your beautiful words.
    What an incredible blessing you are in the many lives you touch and especially all the little ones.
    I love you with all my heart.
    Nancy

  53. Erin Patrick says:

    What a lovely lovely story. Children are so amazing with their pure points of view. This blessed me very much!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Erin,
      This little prayer was such a blessing to me as well and I am so glad I could share it. I have this plate sealed in a plastic bag and have since 2003. I washed in and sealed it and tucked it away. Should God come to lunch he has a cheetah plate to have his lunch on.
      The heart of a little child is such a beautiful gift and I feel I have felt the presence of God more while being a little child than at any other time. Thank-you for your wonderful comments, for reading and for following on Twitter my dear Twitter gem 😉
      Warmest regards,
      Gaga

  54. Halim says:

    I like to read your posts dear . i often come to your blog and read your nice words . its good to have God in hearts . God words always make us feel humble and it softens our hearts . God Bless you All
    Halim

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Halim,
      Your kind works humble and encouragement me. It truly is good to have God in our hearts and to hear words spoken to God straight from the heart of a little child is the most precious gift of all.
      God bless you Halim.

  55. Genevieve says:

    Gaga, I have just rolled with laughter reading this post. Your cat Izzy is somethin’ special, and I agree with you that your son needs to just keep more alert next time!! Thanks for a fantastic post.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Genevieve,
      I am so glad to hear it affected you the same way it did me when my 40+ son said “I called Dad and told him I’m reporting you to CPS, you locked me in the car and I’m dressed in all black!” I about died laughing and he kept setting off the car alarm on top of it all while I was getting kitty litter! My cousin said maybe the cat is smarter than Michael because why didn’t he call my cell instead of his Dad’s cell? lol Hope you read “Are You Haunted By the Ghosts of Plants You’ve Killed with Kindness.” I couldn’t read it aloud to my husband without laughing too hard. I tried three times. If you enjoy the blog please share it with your friends and Web site visitors. I would love to learn more about your company. I do interviews with readers and followers. Next post will be about Annie Haven of The Haven Brand. She sells Moo-Poo, soil conditioner.
      Warmest Regards,
      Gaga

  56. Linda F. says:

    I love Gabrielle’s “Cheetah plate prayer.” What a precious memory. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving-we did with all my grandkids. We played Apples to Apples all afternoon-hysterical when played with grandkids ranging in age from 11-22 plus grown kids. It’s gonna be cold tonight!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Linda,
      What a gift this little prayer was. Can you imagine? Little children think about things like this and she was determined God would have her cheetah plate because it was so special. I am glad you had a great Thanksgiving! It’s very cold in North Texas as well. But I love it, it’s very holiday-ish!
      Love,
      Gaga

  57. Halim says:

    Nice post with useful information’s . keep it up Gaga . i like your posts .
    Halim

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Halim,
      It is always good to hear from you. What makes it even more special is that you are so far away and from a place I always wanted to visit, Egypt. Your comments encourage me greatly. Thank-you and please keep visiting gagasgarden. 🙂
      Your friend,
      Gaga

  58. WOW awesome blog Gaga! I love it! My family has been organic farming for well over 30+ actually it’s prob. about 40. I remember when it wasn’t cool and everyone used to say what? why? for whom? I remember when I was young and being a vegetarian also when it was really hard…. every restaurant had lard in the beans or msg. It’s been a hard path but obviously now it’s much much easier as many have become enlightened to healthy eating habits. Although, most Americans are still terribly unhealthy especially in their habits… needless to say, we have still come a long way!

    Annie Haven is a real progenitor in the field. It’s great to hear about these unsung giants in the industry. Thanks for bringing her to my attention!

    Blessings!
    SSG

    Great blog

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Sebastian,
      Thank-you for reminding me how difficult it was just a short time ago to get a vegetarian soup in a restaurant that wasn’t a bouillon base. We have come a long way but have a long way to go. The progress is because of our community supported agriculture, providers of good healthy natural food source providers like you and Annie, and the communities that need to and do support them. When I was a kid we always bought from the farm stands all over Northern Illinois. I see a return to this type of thinking which is so great. We all need to get behind Community Supported Agriculture in a big way for all of our own good. Thank-you for your support and encouragement Sebastian, it means a lot to me.
      Warmest Regards,
      Gaga

  59. Bren says:

    Thanks for mentioning me on your beautiful blog. I am a big fan of Annie ‘s Haven Brand Brewing Teas – In Fact, it is all that I use in my home and greenhouse! We are currently working on a fast way to brew it in large quantities. You are going to love her product. I have never seen blooms last as long or as many in my 20 years plus of gardening. I also want to add the best thing about the product is it is GOOD for my family and home because it is clean.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Bren,
      Thanks for letting us know more about Annie’s products. She is a wonderful lady and I am so glad we are getting to know her and her fine products. I have been using organic soil amendments as long as I have been a gardener and I know what a difference they make. Thanks so much for commenting and for letting us use your great shot of Annie’s brew. 😉 I want to invite everyone that visits gagasgarden to go to your beautiful site and blog at http://www.bggarden.com
      Gaga

  60. Gaga, I hope the other half of your OUI Team recovers quickly. Have a merry Christmas!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Chris,
      He is a good natured guy, except when he is a patient! He does not like to have to ask anybody to assist him! But he is a sweetheart and doing well. Thank-you for your kind thoughts, I will tell him. We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!!
      The other half of the banged up OUI Team 🙂
      Gaga

      Gaga

  61. laura says:

    Sounds like “oui” are in good hands! Thank you for sharing this lovely story. Please dispense hugs for a quick recovery. OUI need you!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Laura,
      I have missed you! I hope you’ll be back all the time! He is so easy to hug but not a good patient! He doesn’t want to ask for any assistance! 🙂
      Hope you and your wonderful family have a joyous holiday season.
      Love,
      Gaga

  62. Linda F. says:

    So sorry that half of ‘oui’ had to have surgery, but glad it is over and successful. What beautiful pictures from the hospital you have posted for our enjoyment! Keep those gardening tips coming-who knows, I might be motivated to get up and do some of them! Just returned from a Christmas lights trip to Fredericksburg and San Antonio by way of Johnson City. The lights at the Johnson City Electric Coop need to be seen by all!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Linda,
      He is doing well. I am getting back on schedule with some soil interviews and garden planning for spring! Thanks for the Christmas lights tip, maybe I’ll gather up the kiddos and take a little trip. 😉
      Love, Gaga

  63. I so enjoyed the post! And please tell the wonderful partner that I’m going to explain the Oui theory to my guy. I hope it is as successful! Hope yours is healing well.

    But oh, the pictures really made this great! I loved seeing the trees, and the kids’ shining faces.

    You do good work and good things, Gaga!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Paula,
      I reinforce that theory often and every way I can so you can count on me telling him. He is sitting at his desk across from me and I’m telling him as I type. Paula, I wish I had had a camera for the look of amazement on his face that first day he got it about “We can spray on Monday.” while I was at work. Priceless.
      Take care and work on refining the theory,
      Gaga

  64. Danny Shook says:

    Love the story. I have a brother who could not pronounce words with tr, he used the f. My step father was a truck driver. Needless to say what his occupation was when anyone asked 🙂

    Cheers, Danny

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Danny,
      Children just melt my heart. That is the cutest story. I bet all the brothers and sisters loved to get him to say words that started with tr! Thanks for visiting and sharing the story. Gabrielle has been such a joy as I am sure your grandchildren are to you. Sometimes the pesky parents get in the way, lol. I hope you will go to the post called God’s Cheetah Plate, an actual prayer I was fortunate enough to hear and share with y’all.
      Please visit often,
      Gaga

  65. A funny story. So, was your iPhone in the garbage? By the way, you can download Apple’s free Find iPhone app that will allow you to log into me.com and play an alert even if your iPhone is in silent mode. Cool!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Grandpa Shayne,
      It was on the table in the bedroom! And by the way you should have seen poor Grandpa in the dark, poor dear, with his cane and his grabber trying to go through all the garbage, because he just had his hip replaced at the time two weeks ago! I thought I could get an app like that but how would I hear it, do you locate it on your computer? Sorry for the late response I have been taking a little time off on the blog during the holidays.
      Happy New Year,
      Gaga

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Grandpa Shayne,
      I was going through comments & somehow I had missed yours. Of course it was not there! It was right in plain site with the ringer off in the house! And my poor husband with his new hip replacement had searched for hours! I did take your advice and download the app you are talking about but don’t know how to use it! HA! Please stay in touch. Our move to Illinois slowed me down on writing and I had to have surgery on my finger to fix my finger from my fall out of the attic, chronicled on the Web site, now I am ready to “hit” it as they say. So thanks Grandpa Shayne for your kind compassion!
      LUV!
      Gaga,
      BTW did you ever read how I got my name, Gaga long before anyone ever heard of the other one? See one of the first entries on http://www.gagasgarden.com, by your picture with your grandbaby I know you will love it!

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    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Margie,
      And you are one of my favorite ladies by far. I must admit this post is one of my favorite writings as well. Thank-you for being such an avid, staunch supporter. It encourages me daily. I need to get going on 2011. Your work is brilliant and it spurs me on to do more. I believe you are an example to so many people. Thank-you Margie.
      Warmest Regards and Happy New Year,
      Gaga

  67. Linda F. says:

    I also have a grabber. Very handy to have around. We also have a cat named Rosy that lives on our patio with a house and a heating pad. She is a real scaredy cat-won’t hardly let me touch her, but we keep her well fed and good shelter. Joe rescued her from the middle of the cotton field about 13-14 years ago; she never leaves the back yard. She also sneaks in the house through the doggy door when it thunders.

    Merry Christmas from west Texas to you stove-up people!
    Cousin Linda

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Linda,
      What did we do before we had a grabber? Dick is just an extension of his former self! And that neighbor cat just glares at Izzy like you spoiled cat, I want your life! I love that Merry Christmas to you stove-up people-you funny, funny lady! Dick also better quit giving the neighbor cat catnip so he quits trying to run in the house! Happy New Year, come see us you rich West Texas Folks who cry poor mouth all the time and say the crops are all failing and y’all are ’bout to starve to death lol!!
      Love
      Gaga

  68. Wanda Starks says:

    What a lovely New Years post! Happy new year Gaga!

  69. Nancy Healey says:

    Dear sweet Susan,
    Thinking of you always brings warmth to my heart.
    All the precious memories of days long gone will always remain with me.
    You and your beautiful flowers truly compliment each other.
    The beauty, the freshness and being able to see God’s presence in your garden of love is a joy to all.
    I love you dearly my divine friend.
    Nancy

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Nancy,
      What a beautiful, precious thing to say. We do have some wonderful memories in the garden. Remember how we all would stroll out back and how Jack loved to see the garden? It’s that core essence that makes the garden a gathering place for souls to remember.
      Love,
      Gaga

  70. I’m so jealous of your gardens, Gaga. I’ve heard that roses are really hard to take care of – very needy plants. You must be extremely skilled.

    Happy New Year to you! 🙂

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Margie,
      I have often said it, roses aren’t difficult. You just put them on a schedule and stick to it. But they can be very forgiving if you slide a little. I worked for a president at Zale who said I’ll do roses if you can make it easy and I wrote Rapid-Fire Results with Roses. A one page guide that said essentially, if you do this you get great roses. I thought I posted it. If not I’ll send it to you.
      Your friend,
      Gaga

  71. I enjoy your shares and your Re-do looks wonderful : ) Annie

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Annie,
      I took 2 year old Ella to the salon with me for the first time on Saturday. She got a sucker for being still and getting her bangs trimmed. She also did a little reading in her stroller on potty training. All-in-all in was a good trip.
      Warmest Regards,
      Gaga

  72. Gaga…do you think.. that an upside down greenhouse might float ???

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Stan,
      There is a good possibility if we engineered it just right. We might put that in the plans next year. Is the snow melting and flooding issues occurring in the UK? How about supplies?
      Gaga

  73. SanDanYi says:

    I love your writing style it is real you write just like you speak and that is not easy to do!
    The comment “she cries at mall openings” is classic!

    Keep up the great work!

    San

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi San,
      It is so encouraging to hear comments like yours. It makes a difference and keeps me motivated. Please continue commenting I love to hear what you think & would also like to hear what you might like to have me write about.
      Warmest Regards!
      Gaga

  74. Linda F. says:

    I enjoyed meeting your friend, Karen, via this blog. You two sound like a delightful combination. I wish you were here to design, plant, and maintain a rose garden for me! But you’re not, so I think I will just look at your pictures!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Linda,
      Karen is a priceless gem! She is a true friend a a dedicated rose student for life. We can work on your garden design from here!
      Love,
      Gaga

      • Linda F. says:

        Design was only the first part of my wish! How about the plant and maintain parts?

        • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

          Dear Linda,
          Well…with Southwest air fares its a hop, skip & a jump to Brownfield, Texas. Maybe I’ll just have to start doing rose garden house calls!
          Love,
          Gaga

  75. Wanda J says:

    Just wanted to say Thank you for All the Tips And Info. I am really Njoying All your Info here very helpful!! and such beautiful pic’s. :-}

  76. Wanda J says:

    Oh I love the Hybrid Teas!! i grew them yrs ago. Yellow ones of course :-} and 1 was over 12ft tall! hehe I need to get back into it now that I have you to help me. LOL

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Wanda,
      So sorry I missed your comment and now I am going through comments and saw it! thank-you! You are right they can take over if you let them!
      Love,
      Gaga

  77. Chris says:

    I think you are onto something here. I was once, in a fit of anger and went out into the garden with my shears. About an hour later, my wife came out and cautiously said “are you ok”? I was standing in front of a pile of clippings of what once was a 5′ hedge row, now neatly trimmed to under 3′. I replied, “I am now”. I did feel much better after releasing my stress on the shrubs. I approach rose gardening with a little different outlook. Hybrid teas are pruned low for long stemmed roses and (exhibitions), floribundas and grandifloras and Austins get a light clipping. All old gardens roses, I usually trim once a year after the first flush of bloom. As for crepe murder, it happens here and I hate it!!!!! The Grumpy Gardener doesn’t live that far from me!!!!! Great post!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Chris,
      I so appreciate your comments. They’re wonderful and funny, lol! My dear friend insisted on trimming a very large tree into a little tiny Christmas tree shape and regularly thrashed up those bushes pretty good. I would love to have you do a guest post on pruning. The Crepe Myrtles are being slaughtered here at an alarming rate. I’ll contact you about an interview if that’s OK with you. So glad to have met you via Twitter. 😉
      Warmest regards,
      Gaga

  78. Chris says:

    Would love that. Thanks!

  79. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Chris VanCleave, Gaga. Gaga said: Strand Theory, It's Cutting Hedge 😉 http://bit.ly/e9zrcW […]

  80. What an interesting article Gaga! It was packed full of valuable insight – something attained from both success and mistakes which we’ve all made. Many, many years ago (giving myself away here), I had a conversation with an Ag agent that was to retire soon. I asked him how he had learned the things he did. With that, he smiled and mentioned in a very matter of fact tone, that he was still learning and this was after nearly 40 years of experience! That alone should comfort any gardener 🙂

    Now, to the Strand Theory, I think that your observations are on target. If you’re asking me to commit to the type of pruner I am (in general terms), it would be a moderate. That said, I have absolutely no fear of either the light or the heavier handed pruning as well. It simply boils down to what the plant and/or situation calls for. If in doubt, I start with a light prune. Because I have small hands, I don’t use hedge trimmers and things like chainsaws. My preference is a good pair of very reliable clippers/pruners, hand saws, etc. These tools afford us the opportunity to do the job right. The larger unmanageable jobs, I’d have no problem calling in a pro!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Arbor & Vine,
      You are so right I have made so many pruning mistakes and don’t we learn from everyone of them painful as they may be! Like you I too choose moderate pruning methods and also have learned that if I go with a heavier hand the plant can be very forgiving. Thank-you for your valuable insight. I love your Tweets and your beautiful web site. Thank-you for your comments and I would love to interview you for a post. Perhaps I can get your thoughts further on some key topics for a post.
      Warmest Regards,
      Gaga

      • Thank you so much Gaga. We have a great deal in common. There was many a day and time that a plant at our nursery required a major overhaul. Sometimes, it went well beyond the pruning we’ve been speaking of. There are times that root pruning was/is required as well… either that, or allow the plant to basically strangle. In that case, we used machetes to root prune or to split border grasses, foxtail ferns, palms, etc. The plants were a lot happier and healthier – no doubt, thanking me or the other help. The majority of the time, they’re just fine or possibly have a bit of shock; but, if done right, it’s minimal. Regardless, I’d like to think that they forgave me. Now, where can I get something to prune?! I look forward to sharing the growing season with you 🙂
        Best wishes to you gardening friend,
        Kathy

        • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

          Hi Kathy,
          You are so great to share this wonderful information and so funny! See! Maybe we could do a post together called what to do when you feel a whack attack comin’ on, lol.
          We could write about plants that are more forgiving when we get carried away! It’s always so good to hear from you. BTW it’s 20 degrees in Dallas and we were without heat or power for 10 hours. The Cowboys Stadium in preparation for the Super Bowl is exempt from the power outages. The show must go on. 😉
          Trying to Stay Warm,
          Gaga

          • Got me there Gaga! It would be so easy to step outside and start trimming/pruning away….You know, the whack attack. It usually takes place for a lot of gardeners as they gaze upon their gardens, reviewing the carnage of winter’s wrath. That’s where it gets tricky and logic should prevail. Hold steady now and resist the temptation to prune. It’s early yet and we don’t want to encourage new growth just yet. Can’t stand it? Okay, fine…Try your hand at pruning a Crape Myrtle. Now’s the time – and seriously, no Crape Murder allowed. Wishing you considerably warmer days ahead Gaga or at least, with consistent heat (minus power outages).

            Kathy

  81. Haha, well, maybe those controlling types need to get into bonsai. Bonsai is nothing if not helping control how a plant grows – though you do have to be patient, which is often hard for those folks 🙂 (I speak from a point of knowledge here!)

    I thought you were going to do a side-by-side review – a person’s shrubs, a person’s hair. There’s a belief out there that people end up getting pets that oddly look like them. Maybe the same is true for people and their plans 🙂

    A joy to read, as always!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Margie,
      An interesting concept for sure and now that I pause to reflect several hedge trimmings I’ve seen do look rather like their respective owners, lol. You are correct Bonsai is the way to really get control of plant growth. It’s ruthless emotions that take a toll on these poor bushes though, and they are defenseless I say, just defenseless! They can’t actually retaliate, lol. It’s always fun to read your comments Margie, thanks so much!
      Warmest regards,
      Gaga

  82. I think we need hammocks & them we can leave the shoots on the floor S

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  84. Laura says:

    welcome to my world suzy! not since 1893 have we had this much snow in one month, january alone. we are bracing for more this week. stay warm and remember that in texas, it can snow one day and be flip flop weather the next!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Laura,
      When are you going to start emailing me everyday? Please plan a trip to see us. Dick and I would love to see you and John. Bring Ben & Ethan and grandbabies if you want to.
      Love,
      Suzy

  85. Bren says:

    It is a ‘white out’ outside my office window right now. Stay save because I use to live in Atlanta and I know what it is like when you all get this crazy white stuff.

    Thank you for sharing your pruning tip as well. I look forward to tweeting with you during #supersowsunday while the boys are watching the football game!

  86. Hello:

    You take care and stay warm there I will send you some Southern California weather soon…Hugs Annie

  87. Linda White says:

    Wow! Amazing pics, Gaga! Stay warm and toasty – hot tea and throws – books and movies. 😉 It will be green soon enough.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Linda,
      I am so glad we connected on Twitter and that you love the pictures. I’m sure we’ll talk more soon. It’s supposed to be 60 today, crazy!
      Gaga

  88. Love to see the wildlife and to see you posting again I hope all is growing well with you and yours : ) Annie

  89. Anonymous Tree Hugger ;) says:

    One night not long ago…I was peacefully sitting on my couch in Richardson Texas, not far from the “urbane Plano” – My daughter’s little white Chihuahua mix “Snowflake” was barking outside, which wasn’t abnormal, but he wouldn’t stop, and I was getting annoyed…So I finally went to go see what the problem was (it was usually a bird taunting him) and walked out onto my back porch to find a Bobcat fixing to eat him, his annoying yapping saved his life…I would recommend calling Animal Patrol however, they don’t care…They’ll come knock on your door and ask you all these questions, while skeptically looking at you, and if you tell anyone else (like your friends or family) about the mysterious Bobcat… they’ll think you’re crazy and that your blowing a simple house cat out of proportion….Just saying 🙂

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Anonymous,
      I may call you anonymous if that’s not too personal, may I? When I heard the bob cat in question make his first kill in the yard I thought I had heard a tiger attack, it was a terrifying sound. A creek also runs behind my son and daughter-in-law’s house and they had a bob-cat family with babies and they see them all the time right in town only 1 1/2 miles down the road. I just ask you where are these poor creatures supposed to live after we have taken up all the land they used to roam free?
      Just sayin’
      Love,
      Gaga

  90. Linda F. says:

    Suzy, all your wild critters in the big metro area are fascinating-lots more than I’ve see around our neighborhood. Now out on the farm is a different story! We do have plenty of skunks around, but have never had any to get into the back yard, except for their “aroma!” I hear reports of bobcats around. Hope you stayed warm during all this cold weather.
    Your cuz

  91. Chris says:

    Bobcats are seen here in the urban sprawl of north central Alabama, as are foxes! I spied one about 5:30 one morning on the hill behind our house. Bout scared me to death! The bird feeder issue bothers me. I never realized we were setting them up for disaster. We have the same hawk problem here. My wife “stands guard” in the Spring with the wrens and cardinals have their young in nests on our place to keep the hawks away. It is usually an exercise in futility…. It’s been warm here this week. My roses are starting to put out!!! Will prune in early March, then WATCH OUT – Roses Galore!!!!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Chris,
      I also read a strong counter point to that article. It seems when the author wrote the article it raised a very big stir as you can imagine in the urban bird feeder community. I just could not get over the irony of never having seen a hawk after my little birds UNTIL I read the article. By the way I sent you an email about inviting you to do a guest post. Thank-you so much for featuring my RT’s on your Paper Li. I am a big fan of yours – Mr. Redneck Rosarian!
      Gaga

  92. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Chris VanCleave and Gaga, Gaga. Gaga said: President's Day PPTSD, that's Pruning Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, http://bit.ly/hEx6v3 […]

  93. Profile photo of chris says:

    Awesome post! Have been wanting to prune my roses for the last two weeks. I must hold out until the 2nd week of March. I want magnificent blooms for the Birmingham Rose Show, Mother’s Day Weekend! Your roses are gorgeous!

  94. Sharon Briggs says:

    I would love to have your “rapid-fire results with roses”. I’m still trying to find my way with roses in Florida – entirely different than growing them in Oregon. Also, I’m one of those intelligent people who loves murder mysteries and am always looking for author recommendations. Would you be willing to share your favorites? Thanks!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Sharon,
      I will email you the pdf. of Rapid Fire Results with Roses that I wrote for the President of the Fine Jewelers Guild when I was working there; a division of the Zale Corporation. I also love murder mysteries and have a list of the best murder mystery authors around. I have been reading all of Greg Iles mysteries and have enjoyed him so much because I love historical mysteries surrounding the Mississippi River. I l simply love his style of writing and I planned a trip down Highway 61 based on going to the cemetery where some of his stories were based along the Mississippi River. It is called the Natchez Trace. I also love absolutely Nelson Demille! If you read all of their books you will be so absorbed I will not see you back at the blog for a very long time. 😉
      http://www.gregiles.com/books.htm

      • Sharon Briggs says:

        I didn’t get the email of “Rapid Fire Results with Roses”. I’m not sure what email address you have – am trying this one to see if it will work. Thanks for the recommendations for mystery authors – I’d not heard of Nelson Demille and will definitely check him out. I am a fan of Greg Iles and have read every book! Thanks, Sharon

      • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

        Dearest Sharon,
        I miss hearing from you. Are you still out there gardening away? Please send an email. Love to hear from you.
        Love,
        Gaga

  95. Chris says:

    Wow! You have been busy! You will love “Julia Child”. We have two and they are bloom machines! We just planted two “Lavaglut”, based on the ratings from ARS. I keep the handbook for selecting roses in my backpocket… LOL (Seeing them on the show winners table each year did’nt help either) I will be excited to hear your garden report on the other new ones when they bloom! When Tina heard you say you loved floribundas on the raido show, she said “AMEN, GaGa!”

  96. Nancy Healey says:

    Susan, you are a jewel upon the earth.
    I love hearing about you and your garden.
    Continue to bloom along with your beautiful roses.
    I love you dearly.
    Nancy

  97. Chris says:

    Love this post! Cannot tell you how many Rose ER calls I’ve made! Very rewarding to see one of our beautiful roses bushes spring back to full life! Roses are tough!

  98. Erin says:

    This is all absolutely so true! I love how you make the comparisons! I will try to remember all these tips on my next blog post!!!

    Thanks,
    ~Erin

  99. Anonymous says:

    Great advice on social media and gardening. It was easy to digest and the metaphors were fun.

    I have a concern with the wild bunny in the photos. Please don’t ever pick up a wild creature even if you don’t see the mother around. A human scent will not only cause the mother distress if she IS around (and will kill her own babies to stop others from harming them) but any predators will gladly follow human scents to the food – because where there are humans there is almost always trash/food.

    If you think a wild creature has been abandoned it is always best to get in contact with a wildlife shelter of some sort.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Anonymous,
      Thank-you for this sound advice. It is good to keep this in mind. This particular baby was actually born in the rose pot and had to be re-located or it would have drowned. I didn’t know it was in the pot until I was watering.
      Thank-you for caring enough to comment. 🙂
      Gaga

  100. Wonderful post establishing “it’s all about the soil” establishing a healthy root system is key in business as it is in gardening : ) Annie

  101. Chris says:

    As a rose gardener, facebooker, tweeter and blogger, I can so relate to this post. This is solid advice for all who read in and out of the garden. Thanks!

  102. Chris says:

    GaGa, I love the new blog design! Your the best!

  103. Wanda says:

    Awesome!!!! Amazing!! and so very helpful!! I love how you have done this! this is really neat! :-}

  104. Thank you so much for the timely post Margie. You’ve made lots of valid points; some of which I had not considered. With Spring here, I feel renewed. Thank you too Gaga. You’re a true garden inspiration!

    Kathy

  105. teresa says:

    Enjoyed your post. it’s so true, patience in gardening patience in the cyberworld.

  106. Chris says:

    Great interview. There is so much more I have to learn about the world of organic gardening. Thanks for further broadening my knowledge with this post. I also enjoy listening via podcase to the Organic View raido show. As always GaGa, You’re the best!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Chris,
      My thoughts are exactly the same. Always learning from people as we grow in the gardening community.
      Gaga

  107. I know June stoyer mostly 11 month ago through Twitter and then through her blogs and also “long talk radio”, June is an encyclopedia about all organics, her programs are rich of information that can help persons like me and others who are addicted to gardening and interested in planting and composting to get more ideas and more trucks that June offer in everyday radio show ” with her splendid beautiful voice”!
    Great interview!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Fatin,
      Thank-you for your comments. June continues to bring exciting guests that are a wealth of knowledge and entertaining as well each and every day. Her talent and ability is truly amazing. Thank-you for listening to her show and reading the interview. It was such a pleasure to get to know her. I hope you will also be a frequent visitor to gagasgarden.
      Sincerely,
      Gaga

  108. Chris says:

    GaGa, Tina and I laughed and just about cried reading this story. It’s amazing how something as whimsical as the “Geese Girls” can bring a community together. Keep us posted.

  109. Oh, I’m sorry to hear and I hope they return home. Annie

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Annie,
      It is sad to think someone wanted them so badly to steal them. They put lots of effort into taking them.
      Gaga

  110. Laura says:

    Poor Geese Girls…(I still believe one was suppose to be a Gander)…Plano is just not safe if your made of concrete. I think you owe it to them and the neighborhood children to continue the cycle and get new ones. Maybe they ran away cause you keep dressing the boy like a girl…lol

  111. Linda F. says:

    Oh, I am so sorry for the abduction of the innocent Geese Girls! Their clothes were lovely. We used to have some of their relatives here in our little town, but I think they must have moved. I enjoyed their wardrobe changes, just as your neighbors did. It seems that there are no-good scoundrels no matter where you live.

  112. Nancy Healey says:

    I feel very sad for your loss. Actually it is a loss for all.

    Whoever took them will have bad karma.

    I love you Susan. I hope you and your family have a beautiful day.

  113. Kathy says:

    Hello Gaga,

    I have to tell you that I’m surprised that someone would steal the geese girls! Have you posted “Wanted/Stolen” signs throughout the city? Let’s hope that both return home to their family where they belong! It’s a sad, sad day 🙁

    Kathy
    Arbor and Vine

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Kathy,
      I did! They certainly must have wanted them. I think it was a planned kidnapping, they were heavy! I am sad about it but have a happy story soon.
      Love,
      Gaga

  114. Vicki Trattar says:

    I believe Michio Kaku has a chapter on “Oui Theory” in his new book, “Physics of the Future.” With Oui Theory, the future is now.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Vicki,
      Forgive this late response! I am amazed at your knowledge and love it! I visited and will study Mr. Kaku for inspiration.
      Please be a frequent visitor. I will be back at writing. Work has kept me tied up a bit.
      Gaga

  115. OurEquation says:

    Dear Gaga,

    Nice development. The blog design is really great!!!

    OurEquation

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear OurEquation,
      Thank-you so much for your comments. My son @michaeldarinfox designed it. He just graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas in Interdisciplinary Studies. We are very proud of him.
      Gaga

  116. Chris says:

    GaGa, What a treasured memory of your mom and now to find the “hidden treasure” of those peony bushes tucked away for you is such a wonderful blessing. This generation of women were of a calibur we seldom see today, these women who held us together during war and peace. These women who “kept the home fires burning” for a generation and for generations to come…… Thanks for a wonderful post, it brought back a flood of wonderful memories…

    Much love to you and your family,
    Chris

  117. Teresa says:

    Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Teresa,
      Words cannot fully explain what a wonderful woman my mother was and the devotion she had to my father. I was so moved to find those peonies and I hope the emotion of that revelation came across.
      Sincerely,
      Gaga

  118. What a beautiful share GaGa, I thank you for bringing us in to your world with your blog posts and sharing your Mother and her passion for life and the beautiful Peony what a blessed find in the garden that must have been for you : ) Hugs Annie

  119. Lynn says:

    Comments are hard to write as I wipe my tears. I too miss your wonderful mother along with mine and our other mom, Aunt Theresa. May all be remembered and a smile cross your face with the memories or our past and future to come with them.

    Love you,

    Lynn

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Lynn,
      Your mother, I believe was surely an angel on this earth. I remember how the children from her Sunday school classes openly sobbed at her memorial. She is missed by so many and she touched so many people’s lives as well as mine and our cousins.
      Love,
      Gaga

  120. Melinda says:

    Thanks for a beautiful rememberance. My father was WWII veteran and my parents were actively involved in veterans causes. My father also died in his 50’s, mom carried on the volunteer work until her death from cancer 3 years ago. She enthusiastically sold “Buddy Poppies”, small crimson paper flowers wired together, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields”. They truly were the greatest generation.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Melinda,
      Thank-you for sharing that your father too was a WWII vet. It is so important that we remember the ultimate sacrifice given by so many for us. The sermon Sunday was also poignantly phrased to remind us not to waste our Freedom. And then for your father to continue to serve others is a testament to his character as well.
      Your friend,
      Gaga

  121. Dearest of the most dear Gagas, my mom has grown double pink peonies for as long as I can remember. They have always fascinated me and have always been a symbol of home for me. Just that fact alone really makes this post resonate, but your sharing of your memories, and tying those memories to flowers, is such a beautiful post and thought.

    Sending big hugs your way, my friend.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Margie,
      It was seeing the pink peonies that made the anniversary of my mom’s death even more poignant. She was such a special woman in so many ways and she never forgot those that fought and died for our country including my father. The way in which this hidden garden and the peonies were revealed to me was such a mystery and I marvel at it.
      Thank-you Margie for your beautiful comments,
      Sincerely Yours,
      Gaga

  122. Laura says:

    I love this entry in your blog. It is so touching, thank you so much for sharing it.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Laura,
      Forgive me for this very late reply. Moving has been a transition that I am just now going to write about. Thank-you for keeping up with gagasgarden. There’s lots more to come.
      Love,
      Gaga
      I hope you still laugh like me so I can remember how to do it, lol!

  123. Katherine says:

    Thank you for this wonderful tribute to your mom. As a child, I loved thinking I was her favorite but I know she made everyone feel that way. I enjoy picturing her and her sisters are nurturing a garden in heaven. Love you.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Katherine,
      My Mother, your Aunt Dorothy made each person that she loved feel they were the most special person on earth. And she made them know they could accomplish anything they wanted if they set their heart and mind to it in this life. What a legacy…The only other person who could fill her shoes was your Mom my Aunt Theresa.
      Love,
      Suzy

  124. […] by my friend Gaga with dry eyes, you’re a stronger person than I am. Please read and absorb In Loving Memory, and send peony thoughts to Ms. […]

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Margie,
      I just saw this beautiful message. Please forgive me for missing it and thank-you from the bottom of my heart.
      Love,
      Gaga

  125. Linda F. says:

    Dear Suzy, aka Gaga,
    I loved this memorial to your mom and my cousin. Because of the difference in our ages and the distance between us, I really did not know her very well, but I have loved getting to know her daughter! And I do see her spirit in you! She came from very good stock, you know. I’m glad you are back home in Texas where she originated. You need to come out here to West Texas for a visit to your roots!
    Love,
    Linda

  126. […] to” information is this post by Susan Fox. In her characteristic style, Susan makes rose pruning seem entirely […]

  127. Chris says:

    Thanks again for an awesome night at #GardenChat. Your contributions to this virtual garden are invaluable to those of us who love to grow our National Floral Emblem. Thanks for holding the standard high and leading the charge for growing beautiful roses where ever you may roam……

  128. Wanda Starks says:

    Gaga,
    This post makes me want to grow Peonies! Thanks for sharing this touching story…
    Love,
    Wanda

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Wanda,
      I know that I saw that Calloway’s Nursery in Texas was selling a type of Texas peony hybrid but it really doesn’t look like a peony to me. You might try to buy one. Texas is just not the climate for peonies though. This last spring central Illinois had the most beautiful profusion of bloom for peonies I ever remember.
      Love,
      Gaga

  129. Teresa says:

    A beautiful new place for a beautiful lady. Look forward to more pictures.

  130. Chris says:

    GaGa, So glad to see this post. Wow. What progress you have already made. Can’t wait to see more!

  131. GAGA!!

    This is just the type of update I was hoping to see from you!!! So neat and exciting and so lovely to see a post from you 🙂 🙂

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Margie,
      There it is! I missed it! Your comment was there all along! Thank-you so much for your wonderful unfailing support!
      Love,
      Gaga

  132. Katherine says:

    Lovely garden for my lovely cousin. Dig your new toys (pun intended :O)

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Kathy,
      These are the best toys yet! And oh how Erik loves them! They also haul the boxes I haven’t unpacked out of my way 😉
      Love,
      Gaga

  133. Susan Hemann says:

    An exciting adventure. I wish you happy days in your new home!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Susan,
      Thank-you so much! Is it ever an adventure! I hope I can just get through the boxes ever getting unpacked! I really appreciate all your support and RT’s on Twitter.
      Love,
      Gaga

  134. Laura says:

    I had no idea you were moving! What a great place to spread your roots and love on the land. Will look forward to the transformation!

    Hugs

    Laura

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Laura,
      It was kind of quick. Hope you and John will come visit us! Please tell John Michael would love to hear from him.
      Love,
      Gaga

  135. John Healey says:

    Hi Susan,

    I love your new barn and tractor. You are going to have so much fun with your 3 acres!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest John,
      I would love for you and your mother to come and visit us. Please tell her you have an open invitation!
      Love,
      Gaga

  136. Wanda Starks says:

    I am amazed at the transformation…..and you are right…you’ve only just begun…. That reminds me of a song…….

  137. Linda F. says:

    It’s looking beautiful, Suzy! You have already done lots of work. I hope you love it there.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Linda,
      We still have so much to do. It is a little daunting but it takes time right?! I hope you and Mary Lou will put us on your circuit!
      Love,
      Gaga

  138. Well this is weird. I totally commented on this post but my comment isn’t here. I was absolutely delighted to see this!! It’s everything I was hoping you would do!

    Now hopefully this comment STICKS! 🙂

    ((big hugs))

  139. Donna Wares says:

    WOWOWOW! You are such a talented woman. I miss you so much. We are awfully close in terms of proximity….let’s get together soon! xxxxxxxooooooo

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Donna,
      Can you believe it? It’s a work in progress. Richard is the true talent: carpenter, plumber, electrician, painter, etc! We still have lots to do but I intend to keep everyone in the loop. Hope you are doing well!
      Thanks for the talented part about me!
      Love,
      Gaga

  140. June Stoyer says:

    What great photos, Gaga! I love the picture of you on the tractor! You are really going to have such an adventure with this new plot!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest June,
      I thought you called me but I did not see a message. Going to Saint Louis Botanic Gardens today, would love to talk about it with you later.
      Love,
      Gaga

  141. Stacy says:

    Love and MISSSSS YOU!!!!! So glad you are happy and enjoying your HAPPY GOLDEN YEARS!!!! You deserve it my dear friend. Love your new ride..:)

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Stacy,
      When are you going to visit even with your Southwest Airlines flight attendant girl friends for a girls retreat? All inclusive. We have a spa down the road. This is an all inclusive invite. Wine and roses included.
      Love,
      Gaga

  142. Linda F. says:

    Cute, cute, cuties! I see they have already been up to visit the Grandparents! Some of us Texas relatives still live out in the wide open spaces-a far cry from Big D. Sounds like such a great place to live!
    Your Cuz (one of the many!)
    Linda

  143. Teresa says:

    That was a fun read. Looking forward to hearing all about your new home and garden! Especially the roses! Enjoy!

  144. Jeavonna says:

    Reminds me of my grandson chasing the peacock, until he caught it. Ooops! Kids in the country-side, made for each other.

  145. Wonderful post I’m so happy to be in the garden with you and I wish you and yours a wonderful warm and loving Thanksgiving Holiday Hugs Annie & the Moo Poo Crew

  146. mustafaelsahli says:

    Nothing is out of place in the multiverse ..everything belonged..everyone belonged ..ppl r like “”leaves of grass”” each growing each important to the whole
    It is time to get our Oui ones connected with nature especially gardens they want to dig in dirt ,,plant..they r looking forward to be with us ….i remember when i was 10 years old i had a desire to get connected with everything anything tangible …now i realize the source of this desire..it is cuz the tangible is made of the same elements which we own ..the structure of everything is composed of the same elements we have this is why we r longing &desiring to be in connection with them…this is why everything belonged everyone belonged

  147. […] In Loving Memory, by Susan Fox (aka […]

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Margie,
      Thank-you so much for including this post in your collection of Favorite Blog Posts of 2011. I am indeed honored. Your recognition inspires me and encourages me to reach inside to the source of better work, my heart. You have and will continue to be a beacon of knowledge to me.
      Thank-you,
      Happy New Year,
      Gaga

  148. […] That’s how “Oui” protected our potted plants from a fairly severe Texas winter, http://www.gagasgarden.com/?p=135. Now in Illinois, the plant zone is now USDA Hardiness Zone 5b: -15F to -10F using updated climate […]

  149. Donna says:

    The best ever…..makes me cry every time I read it. What a blessing….

  150. […] “OUI” plant them or who messes with them. Others make life and death choices for them. Are you haunted by the ghosts of plants you’ve killed with kindness? Croton Called Audrey Gaga's […]

  151. Nick Kellet says:

    That’s an amazing carousel.

    And yes I’m haunted my plants I’ve under and over watered:) Not even a smidge of green in my fingers.

    I love the title. That’s a great mindset. Plants don’t have the choices and freedom we do. Sadly it’s often those choices that strangle us. Plants get on with life without question.

    Plant metaphors. What a great way to begin a Sunday:)

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Nick,
      You Super-Star! You have made my day by visiting, reading and commenting. It’s clear to me you have enough “energy & enthusiasm to get you through more than most things” – but I love the “including lack of clarity/brevity” part 🙂
      Yours Truly,
      Gaga
      p.s.
      Is that a cap & gown? 😉

  152. Laura says:

    Sweet story….

  153. Lovely story *giggles* and ‘tears’ and so much happier Annie

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Annie,
      So good to hear from you. I love your comment! I am also thrilled to hear you are happier. Spring is around the corner.
      Love,
      Gaga

  154. Chris says:

    Great Post GaGa and so very true! Our Christmas cactus is… well, big as Christmas and hasn’t bloom in two years. Maybe next year! So glad to see you blogging again!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Chris,
      Isn’t that the most gorgeous bloom and on Halloween! Things are blooming so beautifully in Illinois you just wouldn’t believe it, like the Desert Rose that never did well in Texas! I was so shocked to see the Christmas Cactus bloom after I thought it was so sun-burned from being outside.
      Thanks for always being on top of your game,
      Gaga

  155. Teresa says:

    Love this post. Beautiful pics-especially the carousel rider!! My sis and I share pants that span several states. I have a sedum in my Indiana garden that once lived in my mother’s garden in Tennessee. And, I have a Christmas cactus that also hears a different drummer. Add ’em all together and those are some memories that enrich a life!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Teresa,
      It’s wonderful to share family history with our plants, I do wonder what the life span of a croton actually is. Thanks for sharing your story. I’m glad you like the pony and riders, one is very special.
      Love,
      Gaga

  156. […] to consider when planning new rose selections. Is the rose you want in your new garden cold hardy? See Plant Zone Defense. Selecting roses for a new garden is an adventure in emotions. It’s like the football draft. […]

  157. beautiful share thank you for the splendor and touch of color <|;-)

  158. Chris Brewer says:

    Thanks for following me on twitter. My wife loves to garden, so I’m going to make sure she sees the blog. I’m too busy with seo services and seo marketing to go out and work our garden. Keep the great posts coming!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Chris,
      Thank-you for taking the time to comment. Gardening surely soothes the soul, and I’m know you enjoy the results when you can. I look forward to hearing from your wife.
      Wine & Rose tours begin with the spring bloom,
      Take Care,
      Gaga

  159. […] a rose garden because the rewards are so great for our efforts. In one blog post alone I mention wine, minosas and mint juleps. I planted a spindly oak tree in the Plano, TX  home I built in 1989. When it grew to be a mighty […]

  160. I love how skilled gardeners can create a vision just by looking out over a yard and then make it all come true. You have a real gift, Gaga. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  161. Laura says:

    I can’t wait to see the fruits of your labor in your new home! I imagine it to be lovely.

  162. Patricia Tryon says:

    What a lovely take on rose growing expertise. And I love the props you gave Chris, one of my favorite rose growers (even if I do get jealous about what he can grow that I can’t up here in Zone 5b!).

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Patricia,
      Thank-you for your kind and thoughtful comments. Chris is such a great support and so committed to perpetuated rose growing, he is a gem. I look forward to you being a frequent visitor. I’m in 5a now so we shall see as well.;)
      Yours truly,
      Gaga

  163. Teresa says:

    I am so excited about your new garden. Gonna be a blast getting to see it from the ground UP! Thanks for sharing!

  164. Teresa says:

    And, your rose pictures are so lovely!

  165. What a lovely post! I look forward to reading more of them in the future.

    Sending you rosie wishes,
    Cydney

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Cydney,
      Thank-you for your lovely comment. I hope you will be a frequent visitor. Rosie wishes are always welcome. I look forward to visiting Rose Metals Nursery.com
      Yours Truly,
      Gaga

  166. Cherry Floribunda, lovely. Really like reading these posts, though I have to admit to a time shortage so the longer ones get speed read. This length is ideal 🙂

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Christina,
      I can’t imagine how you accomplish all that you do. Thank-you for taking the time to read and comment.
      Warmest regards,
      Gaga

  167. Linda F. says:

    I admire your knowledge and energy! Your first rose is beautiful! You have your work cut out for you getting all of this started. Good luck!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Linda,
      It will be a labor of love. I will record the progress and share as I grow.
      I hope you are doing well in W. Texas winter.
      Love,
      Your cousin.

  168. […] Becoming a Rose Sommelier – grape goddess Catherine Fallis and Kron 4 TV http://www.gagasgarden.com/?p=388 […]

  169. […] had several new devotees determined to have their own rose gardens. I’m not afraid to name names, Karen, Stacy & Wanda all put in rose gardens for the first time under my tutelage. They were all […]

  170. Chris says:

    Awesome post. We are introducing new categories for knockouts this year at the rose show in the hope of drawing folks just only have landscape roses. Can’t wait to see how your new garden comes together.

  171. Beautiful thank you for the share so much fun growing with you

  172. mustafaelsahli says:

    Beauteous ,luminous gaga,,u proved with no doubt,that linkage and bond between what is spiritual and what is worldly,,,u made us feel that we r human-beings

  173. Chris says:

    Great advice for anyone who’s growing roses…. Thanks for the mention!

  174. Teresa says:

    Great tips! The warmer-than-usual temperature are making it harder not to get “out there” and get started. I know all too well that March and sometimes even April can “turn” on us! Thanks for all the inspiration! Lovely Lovely Lovely pictures.

  175. Marvelous advice, for anywhere in the World I think. We have bitter winters here usually but this has been particularly mild. I have a Hillingdon Rose in bloom now, so pruning this year has been quite a conundrum!

  176. Susan Hemann says:

    Love your post and your rose garden plans. It is awful when you plant something and cannot remember the name!! It becomes an obsession, trying to find out. I do hope someone knows. Well good luck with your roses.

  177. Barbara Buckland says:

    Susan, Your home is going to be as georgous outside as it is inside. I hope all your roses grow strong and well and bring you years of pleasure. And how great is this weather we are having currently?!!! AND halelujah-hooray for this great time change that brings us an extra hour of daylight in the evening. Smiling……..

  178. Chris says:

    Great Post Gaga! Can you believe my ‘All A Twitter” already has a bud????

  179. Wanda Starks says:

    My Fourth of July is flowering !!!

  180. Chris says:

    Great post. Glad to see the geese girls guarding the gate!

  181. Linda F. says:

    Sounds like you made a good move from Big D back to Illinois! That was a sweet story!

  182. Teresa says:

    So glad you “saved” the lilac! Beautiful story! Like you fragrance has a great impact on me. Remembering the smell of old roses as a child sent me in search of them as an adult!

  183. Awesome Gaga! You have such an Awesome touch!!! You amaze me with your never ending passion 🙂 I love lilacs ~ soooo beautiful! Many Luminous Blessings to you :))))))) Xoxoxo Sebastian

  184. rogers kromarte says:

    I love your lilacs gaga!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Rogers,
      After living in Texas since 1987 I am ecstatic to be back in Illinois and have my very own lilac bush. It’s true I saved it from destruction. Big Daddy is ruthless with that tractor on a mission. 😉 To see it bloom was very special. Thanks for commenting I hope you will be a frequent visitor.
      Yours Truly,
      Gaga

  185. Chris says:

    Wonderful post. As you know, Mrs. Tina is a huge fan of floribundas! Julia Child is a particular favorite

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi GamerO,
      Thanks for your comment! I hope you will watch the garden tours on YouTube as well. Thanks for reading and your comments are always welcome.
      I have been putting in new country rose gardens in Illinois and will have lots of new stories to write about.
      Gaga

  186. […] white peonies. I never saw such a gorgeous array of peony blossoms everywhere. If you read my Memorial Day post last year you know the story but I will tell it briefly again. We were in the garage working when a […]

  187. Carolyn Haynie says:

    This was so beautiful, it made me cry.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Carolyn,
      Thank-you so much for writing. It is so beautiful to reflect back on all the beautiful things our Mother taught us to love. I wish she was here to see these peonies. I know you miss Jeanette and I do to. Happy Mother’s Day, I am thinking of you.
      Love,
      Suzy

  188. Chris says:

    Our mother’s leave with us such a rich legacies. I can see how you were inspired by her. Happy Mother’s Day!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Chris,
      Thank-you so much. I hope you and Ms. Rose Diva have a beautiful day. You look like you cleaned up at the rose show. Congratulations!.
      Gaga

  189. Linda F. says:

    I love your blog entry today about your parents and the info on C.S. Lewis. The beautiful roses so aptly named were a lovely tribute to your mom and dad.
    Impressive!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Linda,
      Thank-you as always. Mother, just like your Mother, my Aunt Louise always did the right thing and our parents taught us so much about how to carry on the tradition of respect for the sacrifice of those that gave so much. Thank-you for always reading and your wonderful comments.
      Love,
      Suzy

  190. Chris says:

    What a beautiful remembrance of your dad and all those who served our nation. So many today do not realize that the blanket of protection we sleep under each night is a result of their sacrifice. Happy Memorial Day.

  191. […] Memorial Day, Garden of Memories Filed Under: Family History/Genealogy/Legacy, Gardening, Holidays, Memorial Day, Parenting/Family/Lifestyle Tagged With: Fox Susan […]

  192. Laura Your Daughter says:

    That was truly awesome!! My Grandfather was such a goodlooking man! My Grandmother was just a Beautiful Amazing woman and the best Grandmother I could ever ask for..Love You Best Mom!!!!!!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Laura,
      I truly have to agree. Remember they are from the The Greatest Generation.”
      Love,
      Your Mother

  193. Beauties, each and every one!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Elena,
      Thanks for visiting. The Eddie Edwards roses are just turning out to be spectacular. And they are first year roses planted as bare root! Each day is like another surprise and wonder. I’ll keep taking pictures since they are new to me. Also since they are on multiflora root stock we will see how they do this winter.
      Susan

  194. Katherine Muhlenbruch says:

    Cousin Gaga – Keep showin’! Your roses make me smile

  195. Jim Braswell says:

    Sorry for the loss. I’ve heard of such things happening around here, too. They’re sure cute and sorely missed, I’m sure. Maybe they’ll find their way back one day :o)

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Jim,
      I took the loss quite personally. Someone had to be very serious about acquiring the geese girls. They weighed at least 50 pounds each and were right by the front door. I hope they have a new happy home 🙁 I have adopted a new family.
      Take Care and hope you will visit often.
      Gaga

  196. […] Oui Theory, by “Gaga” Susan Fox. I love this post, the tonality, and what it […]

  197. Linda F. says:

    Ditto, your roses are gorgeous!

  198. Pamela Foster says:

    What, you don’t like mint juleps?! It’s my excuse for using up the mint, well mojitos work too! My grandmother was great with roses, as was my mother. I myself have been a ramblin rose, moving a lot so have now only settled down to try my hand with the prickly plants. You have given me some lovely ideas.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Pamela,
      I love the thought of Mint Juleps! I love the sterling cup, the shaved ice, sipping them under the old oak tree, its the Kentucky bourbon I seem to have a problem with. I even want to go to the Kentucky Derby and try one with a very expensive hat on my head. So glad you visited. I love your site. I tried to log in but WordPress wouldn’t seem to acknowledge my password and let me like the link you send me, Downton Abbey or Sherlock. Please be a frequent visitor.
      Sincerely,
      Gaga

  199. Chris says:

    Your business acumen is amazing. As a 20 yr bank operations veteran, planning is the key. As the famous football coach “Bear” Paul Bryant once said, “you must have the will to prepare to win”… This is so true in business. Great post.

  200. Great post Margie! As a woman in business, I say you nailed it… Wonderful read Thank you Annie

  201. Nick Kellet says:

    Gardening metaphors are popping up everywhere:)

    Here’s a link from @casudi’s post.

    I’m not a gardener, but this appeals. I like the metaphors

    Me, I’m a fluid guy. I have a mater plan, but I’m fluid and I look for the fast moving water. I’d try stuff in different spots. I’d be the lean gardener. Don’t dig it in until you know it looks happy with the spot:)

    http://casudi.esse-group.com/entrepreneurs/cultivate-your-garden-like-a-start-up/

  202. tyann says:

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  203. Gloria Wilson says:

    Only God can create a flower as beautiful as a rose. It is God’s Art Work.It also takes special people to grow and nuture them to keep them alive. Thank you for sharing your beautiful entries.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Gloria,
      Thank-you for your comment. What a wonderful thing to say. I truly appreciate it. I hope you will be a frequent visitor.
      Gaga

  204. I do a bit of both but, being a creative, that is probably a good way to be. I can over plan sometimes and, rarely, am too haste, but I really learn from those times!

  205. tyann says:

    Wonderful! Can’t get enough roses! Thank you for sharing!

  206. Bren says:

    These images of your roses are breathtaking – thank you for sharing your knowledge of roses Susan. I feel so bad I missed your move! WELCOME BACK to the North!

  207. Teresa says:

    Love the new blog! Looks like your roses are growing great! No rain in Indiana so we are watering like crazy … fulfilling my CWO duties …. Chief Watering Officer!

  208. Laura says:

    love the new website Suzy!

  209. Chris says:

    Excellent information! Diane is a wonderful rosarian who has contributed many years of her life for this cause.

  210. Teresa says:

    A wonderfully personal article, Susan. I especially enjoyed hearing about how she was inspired to grow roses and how she has shared her hobby with others!

  211. Dr. Tommy says:

    Spoken like a true “Rose Evangulist” … as Rev. Dean Hole (UK) once said “she …. must have roses in her heart”.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Dr. Tommy,
      Thank-you so much for your wonderful quote and comment. Like you I believe Diane “must have roses in her heart”. And like her mentor Dr. Hussie I believe you and so many continually give so much to the cause of perpetuating the love of roses.
      I hope you will be a frequent visitor. I welcome your thoughts and ideas on rose growing.
      Sincerely,
      Susan Fox
      aka
      Gaga

  212. Richard J Anthony says:

    A great interview with the candidate of choice for the American Rose Society VP position. Not only does Diane grow great roses she willingly shares that knowledge with others.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Richard,
      Thank-you for your comment. I found Diane to be open, friendly and a delight to talk to about our shared passion for roses. I hope you will be a frequent visitor and I welcome your thoughts and ideas on rose growing.
      Sincerely,
      Susan Fox
      aka Gaga

  213. Linda F. says:

    The pictures of her rose garden are gorgeous!

  214. […] OUI moved heaven and earth for a rose garden. Have I ever told you why. Let me count the ways. I have decided to compare it to Sonnet 43. […]

  215. Teresa says:

    Well that was breathe of fresh air on a hot hot hot day. Yes, I love my roses in a similar way. Isn’t morning in the garden just the best!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Teresa,
      Morning in the garden truly restores one’s soul. Thank-you for being such a wonderful support. I was thinking this post was just too romantic but it is how I feel about the garden, I’m glad you do too.
      Warmest regards,
      Gaga

  216. Chris says:

    Such a beautiful post. Mornings in my garden provide much needed “spiritual” energy to start my day… For me, it is the breakfast of champions…

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Chris,
      Mornings are definitely a time that is cherished in the garden. Thank-you for your lovely comment. Say hello to beautiful Ms. Rose Diva 😉
      Gaga

  217. […] OUI moved heaven and earth to put in an elevated rose garden that virtually has served up a feast for moles, voles, gophers and my personal favorite Japanese beetles. Jolene Adams incoming President of The American Rose Society on hearing I was squishing the nasty little creatures said don’t squish them due to a pheromone they give off that may attract their buddies. That thought conjures up Japanese beetles in a silent scream saying, “oh no she’s killin’ me boys come eat all ‘er roses!” So while trying to follow the elegant instructions “brush them into soapy water with a gloved hand” that’s when things went horribly array and I almost got a mouth full of Japanese beetles. Then I could have provided a complete study including a taste and texture of Japanese beetles that don’t want to drown elegantly in soapy water because they can fly away. […]

  218. Linda F. says:

    Beautiful roses-and what a great husband to actually make that elevated rose bed for you! You really have heart and soul invested in your roses. And about moles-we have them here in west Texas also. Don’t know that I’ve ever seen a mole but I sure see their (or something’s) holes.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Linda,
      It’s true, he has done everything to be sure I have a rose garden. It’s really been quite an undertaking to get roses established but well worth it. Heart & soul is what it takes I guess and a little fight to battle the critters. 😉
      Love,
      Suzy

  219. Jeavonna Chapman says:

    Funny story. I have felt the pain of losing my roses to critters, pests, blight. Very frustrating. Just need one rose or rose bush to survive to give me hope.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Jeavonna,
      It’s been quite a battle this year. I know gardeners everywhere are fighting issues on so many fronts we may as well face it with a sense of humor. Our in town hardware store owner quoted Mark Twain, “Everyone complains about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it!” Probably paraphrased.
      Take Care, and always nice to hear from you.
      Gaga

  220. Teresa says:

    There’s a lot of truth in these words GAGA. Gardening is surely not for the faint of heart. Oh what we won’t do for our families AND for our gardens!! Loved the article.

  221. […] Japanese beetles and drought. But I need to tell you we fought for the lives of 100 year old trees, the little lilac bush, hedges, peonies as well while trying to conserve a precious valuable resource, water. […]

  222. Teresa says:

    Yes, we are all in this together! Great tips! Thanks.
    Last night be received our first REAL RAIN of the summer … 1 1/2″. Everything looks healthier today. Even the orchid in my potting shed bloomed! A garden hose cannot replace rain and even though we want more, we are very grateful for last night’s nourishing rain.

  223. Linda F. says:

    And we need rain in West Texas as usual. Our dryland cotton is very thirsty — and even the irrigated. Your roses are beautiful with the rain drops and the bees. You have done so much work since your arrival in central Illinois!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Linda,
      It’s been a labor of love but the challenges have been many and difficult with this summer of drought. The Japanese beetles were probably the most devastating. Throw in the moles, voles and maybe gophers and I was tearing my hair out. Fun, that’s what I’m talking about. But yes its all worth it on an early summer morning before the scorching heat sets in. What else do I have to do but work my fingers to the bone, right?! lol
      See you in a few weeks.
      Love,
      Suzy

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    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hello Gloden,
      Thank-you for your kind comment. I appreciate your remarks and welcome you back often. The post you enjoyed was a guest post by the excellent and talented Margie Clayman. You can also visit her blog at http://www.margieclayman.com. Thanks also for sharing on your social networks.
      Sincerely,
      Susan Fox
      aka Gaga

  225. Teresa says:

    Hard to believe that you’ve had so much to battle for your first year in Illinois! But, we are glad you are here in the midwest! Lots of pretty blooms you have there. Enjoy them.

  226. Linda says:

    Thanks for educating me on the way to deadhead properly. Your roses are beautiful and in good hands!

  227. tyann says:

    Thanks for sharing! Wow! What a move with all of your roses! You have winterizing to look forward to doing next! I love the picture of the red roses with the red barn in the background! How perfect! Great advice too! 🙂

  228. Katherine Muhlenbruch says:

    Your roses are beautiful cousin…just like you. Thanks for the sharing the beauty

  229. Linda says:

    All the roses with rain drops are gorgeous. Glad you are having rain (courtesy of the hurricane). We had a dab here in West Texas-almost too late to help this year’s crop. But the saying is that anything after September goes toward next year’s crop, so it is welcome. I will listen to the podcast.

  230. Beth says:

    I am also known as Gaga – a name given to me by my granddaughter too! I also told everyone she could call me whatever she wanted. I never expected her to call me Gaga but boy – when she did it was the cutest and most precious word to come out of her mouth!

    I love your website/blog. I need serious help with my roses so I plan to do plenty of reading for a while!

  231. Teresa says:

    The catalogs are starting to come and I love pouring over them and dreaming and planning!! Look forward to hearing about your dreams and plans too! Nice post!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Teresa,
      I know its wonderful to shop the rose catalogs. I just vowed not to have 200 roses to take care of again!
      Susan

  232. Louise says:

    Great suggestions for the fall garden. I don’t mind the garden looking a little unkempt in the fall.

  233. Teresa says:

    I love to dig in the dirt and my rose garden is my happy place where all is right with the world! I vote yes for gardens! Super post!

  234. You have my vote! I love my roses and they give me so much pleasure. I always have a fresh rose in my kitchen and bathrooms all year long. Whenever I go to a rose garden I must smell each one. Wonderful post my friend.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hello Robert,
      Thank-you so much for your thoughts. How lovely that you always have a rose in the house. I find all eyes are drawn to cut flowers don’t you?
      Regards,
      Susan

  235. mustafa says:

    When human being knew roses ,on that day he turned from a lower creature into a supreme one ,and by knowing &understanding the significance of roses ,LOVE was discovered

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Mustafa,
      Thank-you for your kind and thoughtful comments. They are so insightful. Hope you are having a lovely day.
      Gaga

  236. You have my vote I so enjoy my morning garden walks and taking pictures of my roses <|;-)

  237. Katherine Muhlenbruch says:

    I’d vote for you anyday!

  238. Really well done and most enjoyable! Thank you for the link and Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  239. Laura says:

    Adorable!!!!!!!!!!

  240. Lois W Merritt says:

    Where are the peas? Sounds delish anyway!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Lois,
      I laughed so hard! How could I forget to list the key ingredient?! That’s not starting off to a very lucky start! I quickly edited the recipe. You add 3-4 cans of black-eyed peas with jalapeno peppers if you can find the brand that has jalapenos otherwise just cans of black-eyed peas are fine. Thanks for your great comments and the laugh! It is a wonderful salsa type dip that everyone can’t get enough of!
      Gaga

  241. Teresa says:

    Southern Girl Confession! Not a fan if black eyed peas! Your recipe sounds yummy!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Teresa,
      I just had a comment that had me rolling! I forgot to list the black-eyed peas in my list of ingredients and Lois says “where are the peas???”
      Like where’s the beef? Funny, huh?, lol
      Love you girl!
      Happy New Year, try this I guarantee you will love it. I absolutely crave it.
      Gaga

  242. Linda says:

    I love black-eyed peas and used to always either can some or freeze some. With all the kids gone, I don’t do either any more and forgot to buy any but I will head over to the store for some. Love black-eyed peas and cornbread! I may even make a much smaller batch of the dip.

    Have a great new year!

    • Yesica says:

      YuliaAugust 12, 2012Hello Vinita,how happy I am to come accross your demos and to find your site,You are a pecfret on line tutor and I loved your calm but dynamic pace, your fun and elegant and loose paintings and your desire to pass on best attitude to watercolours: fresh and crispy. I am too late for your latest on line course but will be watching your site closely. Good luck with your creativity!Yulia, from Scotland

      • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

        Yesica,
        Thank-you for your wonderful comments. I hope you are a frequent visitor. All the graphics are pictures I have taken with a few that I have been given permission to use and you can see the photo credits. Thank-you for your appreciation.
        Sincerely,
        Susan Fox

  243. Carl Watts says:

    Beautiful website, great poem 🙂

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Carl,
      Thank-you so much for your kind comment. A garden in snow can serve as inspiration for many a poet. I enjoy your tweets.
      Sincerely,
      Gaga

  244. Chris says:

    Susan, wonderful post. Love the photos of snow covered roses, but not nearly as much as I do the one’s in glorious bloom! Roses bring such joy and enrich our lives in so many ways. your sentiments capture that beautifully.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Chris,
      You are so right. The snow does serve to remind me of the life giving moisture we need though. The drought last year was brutal.
      Thanks for being so supportive.
      Gaga

  245. Your roses are beautiful in every season! Looks like you are having the same snowy weather we are! Stay warm and cozy. Hugs!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Teresa,
      I just am thankful for any form of moisture after the dreadful drought last summer. I wonder if an early spring will be like last March when we had 90 degree days.
      Warm thoughts your way,
      Gaga

  246. Jeavonna Chapman says:

    Only 68 days until spring. Can’t wait.

  247. Good reminders! Thanks. ‘Dorothy Rose’ cuttings are looking good so fat.

  248. Chris says:

    Lord have mercy, I need to clean out my garden shed! It is full of last years experiments…… Thanks for these tips. They have prompted me to start.

  249. Teresa says:

    What great reminders!! Love the excel spreadsheet idea! Last week I started purging “stuff” in the potting shed… And there’s plenty more to do!! Nice to know “oui” are all in this together! Garden hugs!

  250. Lynn Hunt says:

    Some great reminders! I’m ready for spring already — just ordered some new rose gardening gloves.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Lynn,
      I too am ready for spring, however I need to do lots of the things on the list. I find spring can descend upon me quickly and I am trying to get things in order and it causes lots of stress. So I was talking to myself that’s for sure. Thanks for your comments, and you can never have too many great gardening gloves. I should have included them in the list!
      Gaga

  251. Thanks , I’ve just been looking for information approximately this topic for a while and yours is the best I have found out so far. But, what about the bottom line? Are you certain in regards to the source?|What i don’t realize is in reality how you are no longer actually a lot more well-preferred than you may be now. You are very intelligent.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Friesner,
      I appreciate your comments very much. Are you looking for more information on rose growing specifically and gardening? Please let me know how I may be of further assistance. Also if you wish to have any questions answered by Paul Zimmerman I can put you in touch with him as well. Thank-you again.

      Sincerely,
      Susan Fox

  252. Nancy says:

    Your list of 10 this will help now – lift my spirts and in the spring have me ready to go!
    Thanks
    Nancy

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Nancy,
      Thanks so much for your comments. Spring really isn’t so far away! It was in the 90’s last March.
      Susan

  253. I am a huge fan of floribundas! Hard to believe it took them a while to catch on! Very hard to pick a favorite rose but I sure like the “rose” featured with Uncle Joe in the pretty hat!

  254. Beautiful post Susan wonderful shares

  255. Chris says:

    I now much have an Uncle Joe! I have three each of Cherry Parfait and Julia Child and can sing their praises all day long!

  256. Great pruning tips. Most usually we start the pruning process here in my neck of the woods (Zone 5b) when the forsythia starts to bloom. Late frost is indeed a “killer”. I lost many of my old rose blooms to a late frost last spring. 🙁

  257. I can see why it gets in your blood. This year I plan to move over to the dark side and start showing roses. I’ll be needing a few tips from my award-winning friend Gaga for sure!

  258. As a horticulture therapist, I know how strong lilacs are valued by my seniors at work. Living in FL we all pine for the scent of lilacs.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Robert,
      I was so thrilled to discover that I had lilacs on the property. We had a lilac bush when I was growing up but this little bush was in pretty bad shape when I discovered it here on the 3 1/2 acres we restored. I managed to save it but I hope it is OK after the terrible drought of last summer. It suffered pretty badly.
      Thanks for your comments Robert. I do so admire your work.

  259. Chris says:

    Great info and tips here Susan! Thanks for sharing your Canadian Honkers with the world!

  260. Linda says:

    Suzy, we get lots of the Canada Geese out here in west TX also. They bed down on our little pond in town. Lots of info you included in your post. Hope you have another great crop of roses this year!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Linda,
      Clearly I need you to get out there, don’t drown and snap a picture of a reaL Canadian Honker. The geese girls don’t really look like Canadian Honkers now do they? And look at their wardrobe, they look a mess.
      Love,
      Suzy

  261. Having your back ground off with a sander IS being infested with chigger bites. Though it was almost worth it to hear my doctor call it an “Arthropod Attack”

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Amy,
      You are the funniest person on Twitter. My mom once told a very pretty woman in our Sunday school class “Yvette you’re the second prettiest woman in this Sunday school class.” I am gonna have to take the back seat to you Amy ’cause like Larry The Cable Guy says I don’t care who ya are doggone it you are funny!
      Now back to chiggers. My husband & I went to the neighbors party behind the house & we knew there were chiggers behind the fence. When we were leaving, their guests had gone out there to play horseshoes. It was too late to tell ’em. Later the neighbor calls and tells my husband they ended up in the hospital covered in chigger bites and my husband hollers in the phone “chiggers?” I hate chiggers and they itch for a month!
      You are funny Amy Arthropod Attack would have been preferable to a bunch a chiggers!

  262. […] time together will ensure a happy marriage. Now this love language is very easy for me it has OUI Theory written all over. I live it every day. If you haven’t read that post its time you did because […]

  263. Laura says:

    I prefer a mixed bouqet over a bouquet of all red roses…and White roses are my favorite…

  264. Lovely 🙂 Thanks!

  265. Nancy says:

    I still love the 12 red roses the best.

  266. Susan Silver says:

    Interesting run down here. I have seen many posts dedicated to Lincoln. He seems to be a great hero to many, I won’t argue with that. It is a shame that I still haven’t seen the movie that came out last year!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Susan,
      Thank-you for your comment. We just watched Killing Lincoln last night and it was very interesting. There certainly is a big resurgence if his popularity. My interest also is that there is a beautiful rose named for him, Mr. Lincoln as there is one also named for JFK and General Washington. It was difficult to locate the rose called General Washington. I wrote an article referencing the presidents in honor of Presidents Day. I hope you will be a frequent visitor. I surely appreciate your comments. The full article talking about the other presidents is at
      http://www.theonlinesafehouse.com. I hope you will visit and comment.
      Sincerely,
      Susan

  267. Lovely pics and great articel about the greatest gifts of the garden! Thanks! Have a great new week!

  268. Nancy says:

    I believe that The Knock Out rose is not a fad, they are great because of the disease resistants. I currently have both the Knock Out and the classic roses in my rock garden. The Knock Out roses are easy to care for and fit into my lifestyle.

  269. Faye says:

    If you want color in your yard, it’s Knot Out Roses, but if you want the traditional rose it requires some work. Nothing is more beautiful than a Hybrid Tea. I have about 100 roses.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Faye,
      I agree completely, and thank-you for your comment. So true, I have a Radrazz Knock Out for color and the rest are hybrid teas, floribundas, grandifloras, minis and a few climbers.
      I hope you will be a frequent visitor. I look forward to your thoughts and comments.
      Susan

  270. Larry says:

    Here in St. Louis area Knockout is a Rose Rosette magnet

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Larry,
      Rose Rosette is something we are definitely on the look out for among Knock Outs. I hope this issue can be resolved with a tendency for this devastating disease. Thanks so much for your comment and I hope you will be a frequent visitor and share your thoughts.
      Susan

      • Mark says:

        We care for many rose gardens in North East Oklahoma and for the last several years we have been busy digging up Double KO’s with rosette disease. In gardens of mixed roses the DKO are almost always the first to get Rosette. I quit selling them in 2010 when the rosette begin to run rampant among that cultiver.

        • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

          Hi Mark,
          Sorry for the delay. I have been researching Rosette because I know it is a very serious issue and I wanted to have more information. I have talked to a few people and hope to do an in-depth article when I have more information. We had a speaker on Rosechat that was very well versed on the topic. I personally have found it difficult to identify but it is a dreaded disease. I heard from a grower in St. Louis that has removed all Knock Outs due to Rosette as well. So I will continue to research the topic. Thank-you for commenting. I am in S. Central Illinois about 1 1/2 hour from Saint Louis so it is a concern. Please stay in touch. Are you a nursery?
          Sincerely,
          Susan Fox

  271. Dr. Tommy says:

    Nancy:
    That is one of the wonderful aspects of rose growing … there is a form and color to suit every taste. My comments are not meant to disuade you from growing KO merely to discuss why breeders are turning to pay prime attention to disease resistance. Enjoy.
    Dr. Tommy

  272. Clif says:

    I have one K O and it is not winter hardy here, not exhibition either, so will not get more. Have over 1000 roses so know how much work exhibition roses are in IA and think K O is for casual gardeners, but rose shows are where a lot of them get the desire to grow roses and K O won’t be there. Being an exhibitor may cloud my vision on the K O, but so be it.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Clif,
      I think you have hit the proverbial nail on the head. I don’t see where you are located but I assume its far North. Having shown roses I agree with you, showing roses is far different than selecting roses for color and casual gardening.
      As a landscape shrub the Knock Out can provide color and rapid bloom cycle and as I mentioned I have one Radrazz for just that reason but my classic rose garden has only hybrid teas, grandifloras and floribunda roses. Thanks so much for your comment and I hope you will be a frequent visitor and I would love your thoughts and comments.
      Susan

      • Clif says:

        I am about half way between Larry and Dr Z, trying to grow roses in Iowa. CRs are always accused of favoring exhibition roses, but we do see the usefulness of shrub roses for some gardens. Everything is beautiful in it’s own way.

        • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

          Clif,
          I couldn’t have said it better myself. I think like you and Diane Sommers its nice to see the color they offer across the landscape due to rapid bloom cycle and easy maintenance. Having shown roses you bet there’s a mystique about which roses will get you “on the table.” 😉
          Thanks so much and I love hearing your thoughts and comments.
          Sincerely,
          Susan

  273. Dr. David Zlesak says:

    Thank you Susan for this article about Knock Out and how it has/is inspiring people to grow more roses and jumpstarted a trend for newer roses with increased disease resistance. I look forward to more and more great rose options ahead in a diversity of flower and plant habits that also have high levels of disease resistance.

    One thing that struck me yesterday from your post (and several of my rose friends) is the reporting that Knock Out came about quite by accident. We are still scratching our heads in bewilderment. That is clearly an understatement. The steps Bill took to build disease resistance in his breeding program that led to Knock Out and the resistance levels in Knock Out and his other roses is one of the most strategic efforts in rose breeding history.

    Bill Radler has been a great mentor and inspired me to start breeding roses as young teen in 1984. Knock Out was a seedling in 1989 and before that Bill has been breeding roses or a long with the goal of increasing disease resistance. Bill strategically selected for increased levels of disease resistance generation after generation well before Knock Out was born. During that process he brought different isolates of black spot to his garden to make sure he had a diversity of strains. His very strategic sequence of breeding and selection for elevated levels of resistance led to increasing horizontal resistance and accumulated vertical resistance factors for black spot that really sets Knock Out apart from other roses, especially in humid climates. He did and still does face fertility challenges in his breeding, but thankfully he didn’t give up and it is no accident he presses forward with his breeding lines which mostly have limited fertility as he pursues combining disease resistance and beauty. His vision, focus, and persistence led to his success in spite of relatively limited resources. Reporting Knock Out came about “quite by accident” is not accurate.

    Bill had amazing vision and what he did has been reported and understood widely to date. Many know his work well and have credited and celebrated his commitment to his multi-decade endeavor that led to the development of Knock Out. He was the director of Boerner Botanical Gardens and as he cared for the typical modern roses in the gardens, he recognized people desired less dependent and demanding roses. He desired to deliver the kind of roses the public wants and he has and continues to do so. He knew what he was aiming for in terms of elevated disease resistance and thankfully stuck to and carried out that vision brilliantly. Knock Out and many other roses out of his breeding program confirm a strategic accumulation of resistance factors and his achievements clearly were far from an accident. He, as well as other breeders, are thankfully combining a diversity of floral traits into roses with elevated disease resistance levels for us all to enjoy.

    I politely share this information for clarification. Many people know the story of Knock Out and its strategic development and it is wonderful to celebrate the truth that Knock Out did not come about quite by accident. The strategic efforts of other breeders to lift the bar higher for disease resistance now in all rose classes is a wonderful testamony to Bill leading the way as an example of what is possible when a goal is highly prioritized and stuck with.

    Thank you Gaga for your promotion of roses. I’m thankful too for Tommy’s promotion of roses as well.

    Sincerely and respectfully,

    Dr. David Zlesak

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Dr. Zlesak,
      Thank-you so much for your insightful and thoughtful comment. It appears you are carrying the torch forward in this great endeavor with rose research. I admire and respect the work you are doing at The University of Wisconsin and the progress you are making characterizing rose viruses with Dr. Ben Lockhart. Having first learned to grow roses in Northern Illinois I am particularly interested in your work developing roses that can sustain extreme cold temperatures. I was particularly interested in Lena, Sven, Ole, Brite Eyes, John Davis, William Baffin, and Baby Love. Perhaps you could share your thoughts on these roses. I was wondering how they might grow in S. Central Illinois. So I look forward to the future roses that you are developing. Like you I too admire the work of William Radler, its difficult not to when he has dedicated a life time to his passion and accomplished so much. The phraseology used by Dr. Cairns to describe Mr. Radler’s discovery after dedicating 15 years of his life to researching just that may be a matter of semantics and perhaps is relative to a conversation Bill Radler and Dr. Cairns had in person. You may want to ask Dr. Cairns about it.
      Thank-you,
      Susan Fox

  274. Diane Sommers says:

    The great thing about Knock Out is that it has re-energized the gardener’s interest and enjoyment in roses. It has revised the general perspective on roses from “hard to grow” to that of knowing that varieties have different disease and hardiness qualities and the concept that eveyone can grow roses. If I think back to my early days of growing roses, the early success of plants growing and blooming has blossomed into a vast, vibrant garden – early success with easy to grow varieties certainly contributes to the ongoing interest and success. While Knock Out may not be my “favorite” rose variety, I still enjoy the view!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Diane,
      Like you I am delighted to see Knock Out roses used as part of the landscape design now. Most every where you look you can see the beauty of more color due to their rapid bloom cycle and easy maintenance.
      I tend to think of them as a landscape shrub and for that they will continue to grow the public’s desire to have them. I have one beautiful Radrazz for color that my sweet husband requested so there you have it.
      Thank-you for your comment. I always welcome your thoughts and comments. I surely did appreciate your great support during Dan Keil’s segment about how to grow your local Rose Society Chapter on Rosechat. 🙂
      Susan

  275. Ted Mills says:

    Susan:

    I love the comments about how you received your pet name “Gaga”. Nicknames have a way of holding on. I was a little red headed boy in youth. My friends called me red (now I’m silver). I am 90 or will be Apr 24th. Your web page is very colorful. Congratulations.

    Ted

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Ted,
      Thank-you for your wonderful comments. Do they still call you Red? I bet they do. 90?! I can’t believe it! And you have accomplished so much. I loved your article on Knock Outs as well. It was truly insightful. Thank-you for sharing it with me.
      I hope you are a frequent visitor.
      Sincerely,
      Susan Fox aka Gaga

  276. mustafaelsahli says:

    I like what u write ,,have a great day Luminous

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Mustafael,
      Thank-you so much for your continued support of my writing. I do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful day.
      Sincerely,
      Gaga

  277. This is SOooooo cute! Love the back story also.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Elena,
      I was so sad when the original Geese Girls were taken literally from the front door in Plano. And did you know my sweet husband was the one who first bought the geese. So you see I am quite taken with them. And I have clothes for all seasons. Kids young and old do enjoy the frivolity of them. I’m glad you like the story. Happy Easter dear lady!
      Warmest Regards,
      Susan

  278. Jeavonna Chapman says:

    Poor baby. It will melt soon. [This is exactly why I don’t live in Illinois anymore.]

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Jeavonna,
      I wish you did live in Illinois! Then you could come visit me. In fact come visit anyway. I’m told my guest room is like a well run hotel, lol.
      Warmest Regards,
      Susan

  279. Oh my goodness! Love the garden geese. I’m sure they are ready for some sun on their feathers.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Mia,
      My husband first introduced me to these delightful creatures! My first set was stolen in Plano and I wrote about it. I have outfits now for the new family for all the holidays and all the neighborhood kids, young & old really delight in seeing them. I’m glad you like them.
      Warmest Regards,
      Susan

  280. Chris says:

    Great post! Cute Geese Girls!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Chris,
      I am so glad I have my geese family back. They warm my heart. And how do you like the little baby in her bonnet? Did Tina get any geese?
      Love,
      Susan

  281. Nancy says:

    Happy Easter to you and your geese family! I love their outfits and look forward to seeing more of them.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Nancy,
      Happy Easter to you and Randy! Yes they are all decked out and next holiday I guess is their Memorial Day outfits!
      Love,
      Susan

  282. Diane Sommers says:

    I enjoyed your articles and pictures! I have pictures of my garden in snow mid April and use it in programs as a reminder to be patient and wait for spring!

  283. Wow! Thank you! I continuously needed to write on my blog something like that. Can I implement a portion of your post to my website?

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Buy Apples Here,
      Thanks for the comment. Please send me your email and your site with more information. Then we can discuss what you would like to do.
      Your email doesn’t show up in the comment section.
      Sincerely,
      Susan Fox

  284. SO glad you found some dreamy roses. Wow that was a fair distance to drive. We have some of the same problems here too. I mostly by online for that reason. Enjoy these lovelies.

  285. BREATH-TAKING! I can’t wait to hit the garden centers to enjoy the roses they are selling this spring. Seriously, it is like a walk in a park.

    I hope to visit your garden someday Susan. Your shares totally inspire me to grow more roses.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Bren,
      It’s so much fun. It is simply my favorite thing to do! I wish you were here! Wouldn’t we have fun?
      Love,
      Susan

  286. Chris says:

    Great tips. I enjoyed the time Mark spent with us on Rose Chat Radio the past weekend. Here’s a link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rosechat/2013/04/13/mark-chamblee-chamblee-rose-nursery

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Chris,
      The information that Mark shared has been a treasure trove to the gardener. As you know first hand good soil is at the heart of great plants. As always thanks for your comments.
      Susan

  287. Good article. I have some nasty clayey soils here to deal with. I found a bagged product called Clay Buster Soils Amendment. It works very very well along with some good compost to make things right as rain.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Stan,
      That’s good to know. The expanded shale was kind of expensive but as Mark says its a one time expense.
      Love your work and articles. Would you be willing to do a guest post?
      Sincerely,
      Susan

  288. Great info Susan. We have our fair share of clay here in Indiana too!

  289. I’ll immediately seize your rss feed as I can’t to find your email subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly allow me understand so that I may just subscribe. Thanks.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi,
      The RSS feed is at the top of the page to the right. Please let me know if you still have a problem locating it.
      Thank-you so much.
      Susan Fox

  290. Rose McDonald says:

    What sweet memories you helped bring back. I always loved those first pink blossoms in the spring. The promise that winter was officially over. Reason enough to have them. Thanks again.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi,
      Thank-you for your comment. That is so true. The first signs of spring and that fragrance in the air are truly unforgettable.
      Susan

  291. Old Garden Roses are so amazing …. fragrant, beautiful, rich history, stories of survival! So wish I could have heard Dr. Libertia. Thanks for the great recap Susan!

  292. Sue Tiffany says:

    Hi Susan,

    I loved your story about your little pink rose. Have you gone back to Beach Road to see if any of it remains? We have found some old home sites here where the roses live on EVEN after been plowed under! I have one in my backyard that came from such a site. BTW, I have a cutting of ‘Seven Sisters’ started for you.

    I need to write that story for you and I will.

    : )

    Sue

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Sue Tiffany, Of ARS & You
      I really appreciate your lovely comment. That’s a great idea to go back and see if I could get a clipping of that little single petal pink rose bush.
      What an honor to be able to grow and carry on the tradition of the great story of a rose called “Seven Sisters.” I can’t wait to publish your beautiful family story and how a rose keeps you remembering each other and linked to your ancestors and a past filled with sacrifice. It needs to be preserved so people know how their loved ones live on.
      Sincerely,
      Susan

  293. Sue Tiffany says:

    Opps! Would you add my last name to my comment? I forgot that my e-mail won’t show so no one will know it’s me.

    Your cousin,

    Sue Tiffany

  294. Nancy says:

    I d o not have any roses from my grandmother BUT I do have a house plant that has lived in 3 different states and 6 different homes. It is only about 60 plus years young and I hope has many more years left.

  295. Laura says:

    Hilarious!!!! This is one of my favorites

  296. Elena Williams says:

    What a great story to welcome in Mother’s Day!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Elena,
      Thanks so much for your comment. When David told me about how he came to the decision to name this most special rose for his Mother it touched me deeply. He is such a wonderful person as well.
      Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!
      Warm Regards,
      Susan

  297. Nancy says:

    A wonderful story for Mother’s Day!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Nancy,
      Thanks so much for your comment. What a beautiful gift he could give to his mother. I’m glad he shared the story with us.
      Warmest regards,
      Susan

  298. Dan says:

    what a beautiful story Sue!

  299. What a great story and tribute! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Mia,
      Thanks so much for your thoughts and comment. It means so much.
      I hope you had a great Mother’s Day week-end.
      Sincerely,
      Susan

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  301. Linda says:

    Suzy, love the decking around the elevated rose garden! Would like to see it. You have been busy with all your planting and so has your talented hubby!

  302. Beautiful roses to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Glad you shared them.~~Dee

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Dee,
      Thanks so much for your lovely comment. I hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day week-end. I appreciate you and all you are doing for Oklahoma tornado victims. Take care.
      Susan

  303. Sue says:

    Hi Susan–This is a lovely tribute to those who have died in service to our country. I also like to remember those who’ve lived but have also paid great price. Bless you for the many kind things that you do!

    Sue

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Sue,
      I appreciate the continual support that you give so many American Rose Society members through the hard work you do with ARS & You. ARS & You continues to be such a great recruitment and teaching paper for all of us. And your comments mean so much to me personally, its thoughts like yours that motivate me often times to continue striving for good subjects to write about. Thank-you.
      Sincerely,
      Susan

  304. Becky says:

    Wow. The roses are absolutely stunning. You have a gift!!!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Becky,
      Thank-you so much for your encouragement and lovely comment. I hope you will be a frequent visitor.
      Only God can grow the roses, I’m just the gardener 😉
      Susan

  305. a says:

    This is good, helps me a lot, thanks.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Writer,
      It’s always good to hear from those that are kind enough to send their kind comments.
      Thank-you,
      Susan Fox

  306. Sue Tiffany says:

    Hi Susan–I’m sure your Daddy would love your story. I did, too. Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs! Your cousin,

    Sue

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Sue,
      It was a poignant memory. I now am on the hunt for the rose. I am sure he would. I do so appreciate your comments.

      You will never believe this! My ‘neighbor’, 5 miles or so away has the rose Seven Sisters and out of the blue started telling me a story about it and thought the name was 5 Sisters! lol How is it coming along?
      Your Cousin,
      Hugs!
      Susan

  307. Have you ever considered about adding a little
    bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is fundamental and all.

    Nevertheless think about if you added some great graphics or videos to give your posts more,
    “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and clips,
    this site could certainly be one of the greatest in its niche.
    Excellent blog!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Kristi,
      Thanks so much for your thoughts. I have thought about videos and it is a great suggestion. Most all graphics are my own and there are lots of them so I’m not sure what type of graphics you may mean.
      If you have more thoughts I welcome them. I really appreciate your great feedback.
      Sincerely,
      Susan

  308. Nell Foster says:

    Bees are just wonderful Susan as are roses. It’s always a pleasure to see the bees doing their “job”. To me, it’s means the environment is healthy.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Nell,
      It always makes me happy too Nell. And it makes me smile to see your lovely face and a comment from you!
      Thank-you and happy gardening!,
      Susan

  309. Chris says:

    Jolene, you truly are a champion. Thanks for all you do for the American Rose Society.

  310. Sue Tiffany says:

    Jolene is a Rose Champion and she champions them in all that she does. She is indefatigable in reaching out to all 18 districts in the American Rose Society (ARS). I admire her greatly for her vision and goals for the future of ARS.

    It is a privilege to be the Chair of the Local Society Relations Committee and the publisher of ARS & You.

    Thank you, dear Cousin, for writing this great article about Jolene. Congratulations on your well-deserved Presidential Citation.

    Keep up the good work!

    Sue

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Sue,
      Thank-you so much for all of your support. I agree with you completely. Jolene is truly a Champion of The Roses and supports rose growers every way she can. She and people like her are the future of getting more people especially children out into the garden to enjoy growing beautiful roses and I know you are also working so hard through the wonderful publication ARS & You. Thank-you.
      Susan

  311. Dan says:

    I have met Jolene twice and we became instant friends. It helps to have friends in high places!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Dan,
      Jolene is someone you can instantly warm to. She definitely has a heart for roses. Thanks so much for your comment. And it surely never hurts does it 🙂
      Yours truly,
      Susan

  312. Teresa says:

    Great article and pretty pictures. I may have to give Hot Cocoa some serious thought. 🙂

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  315. Tiffany Bunger Mazur says:

    you know there is a rose
    named Tiffany

    she can be
    Pretty but watch out for her t horns

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Tiffany,
      Yes I had the rose Tiffany and its so true the thorns especially in Texas can be fairly sharp. Thank-you for your comments. 🙂 Its great to have a rose in your garden that shares your name.
      Susan Fox

  316. It was wonderful to finally met you in person Susan after many years of tweetin’ with ya! IGCshow is a great place to connect with product providers as well as the gardeners who love to share using social media. I look forward to attending the event with you next year in Chicago!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Bren,
      Thank-you so much for inviting me to attend your GardenChat Live event and to finally meet although we have been friends for so many years VIA social media. Your dynamism and hard work was evident through-out the entire show. Your charm, work ethic and high energy is contagious. It is a pleasure to work with you. It is no wonder GardenChat is so successful and continues to grow in popularity and numbers. And your event was such a wonderful launch for the show! Thank-you again Bren 🙂
      Warmest Regards,
      Susan

  317. Mike bourke says:

    Dearest Susan, Meeting you at the exclusive P. Allen Smith dinner party was the best part of the evening—just behind the grilled nectarines with blue cheese! Oh! How I loved sharing that scrumptious dessert with you. What fun we had at that shared table, meeting new friends, sharing recipes and gardening tips! You were a joy to be with; Melvin and I enjoyed our time with you tremendously.
    It was even better the next day to run into you agian at the show! Like running in to an old friend! You are simply the best.
    If ever in Cincinnati do call us!
    Fondly, Mike Bourke

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi MIke,
      It was great to be invited to the exclusive P. Allen Smith event. I must say you and my dinner companions made the evening a total delight! And I shall never forget that taste treat that you so eagerly encouraged me to try, yummy! And that lovely wine to wash it down with. I’m not sure whether it was the nectarine or the blue cheese that I liked better 😉 Quite memorable for sure. Hopefully we will see each other at another show in the nearer future, maybe Chicago Flower and Garden. And old friend …you are simply the best 😉
      Warmest regards,
      Susan

  318. Dorine says:

    What’s up, all the time i used to check web site posts here in the early hours in the daylight,
    for the reason that i like to gain knowledge of more and
    more.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Dorine,
      I attended the Independent Garden Center Show in Chicago and wanted to share all the products and people that were there. I will get back to sharing stories and gardening information you can be sure. Thank-you for telling me what you like.
      Please keep telling me what is important to you. What do you want to hear about?
      Sincerely,
      Susan Fox
      aka Gaga

  319. Susan, FINALLY, we meet! It was such a pleasure and I enjoyed our conversations. I hope to see you again soon! What a great summary of the IGC events this is.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Kylee,
      It was so great to meet in person. I admire your work and writing so much. You continue to make such a delightful contribution to the gardening world. I do so appreciate your comment. Thank-you! 🙂
      Warmest regards,
      Susan

  320. Sue says:

    Susan—You are a constant source of inspiration. How wonderful to meet all of these movers and shakers in the plant world. Knowing you, you were also spreading the good news about the American Rose Society and all that it has to offer. Your contributions to the gardening world and to me, personally, are greatly appreciated. You greatly inspire me to learn more and to try different methods of gardening. Keep doing what you do so well!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Sue,
      As editor and publisher of ARS and You, the highly popular newsletter with a circulation of 8000 members of the American Rose Society and beyond I must say you are a constant source of inspiration to me. The joy of gardening and rose growing in particular give back so much to me and sharing what I know with people only increases my knowledge while expanding a sense of friendship and camaraderie. Gardeners are wonderful people. Thank-you for your thoughts and support Sue. It means so much to me.
      Yours Truly,
      Susan

  321. Great photos from your district show. I miss these folks.

  322. Sue Tiffany says:

    Susan–Another great article. It touched my heart. Rosarians are wonderful, friendly people. In my home, it’s: “Must love dogs! Must love birds! Must love roses. Must like people!” You surely care for them all and it shows!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Sue,
      Your comment touched my heart. It means so much to have thoughtful caring reader comments. Thank-you for your kindness and support.
      Warmest Regards,
      Susan

  323. Great article. Beautiful roses. I love the reference to “finding your tribe” – isn’t that the way it is with gardening?

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Nancy,
      You are a perfect example of a member of my tribe. We found each other through the mutual passion we have for gardening. We have fun and share pictures and I learn from you almost everyday. You just identified a plant I love but didn’t know what it was. Also you offer great encouragement. Thank-you for being such a great gardening friend. 🙂
      Your fellow tribes-woman,
      Susan

  324. Hi Susan, You covered my friends very well, I am so glad that the circle of rose friends is expanding. They took you to all the right places in the Twin Cities! Sue and Chris look cold.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Elena,
      Such a delightful bunch of caring people! Everyone was so warm and welcoming and several people came up to say hi from you! Thank-you dear lady!
      Sincerely,
      Susan

  325. Susan Youngdal says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Susan. It was a pleasure to be able to show you a bit of our area. Please do come back when the weather is a little more summer like.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Susan,
      Thank-you for being so kind and such a gracious host. It was a lovely day with you and Chris. I loved the Minneapolis gardens.
      Thank-you,
      Susan Fox

  326. Simply Stunning !! I love this time of year, and the sunlight plays such a big part in showing off all the colors of fall.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Nancy,
      Thank-you for your lovely comment Miss Nancy! Kay Bischoff of @freshgardenlive on Twitter tweeted me and said she thinks the grass is Miscanthus and I think that is the right name don’t you. The colors have been as if lit by fire every day lately.
      I’ve never seen it prettier.
      Luvya lots,
      Susan

  327. Too funny. And, love the rose pics. Hope you are completely recovered from your tumble in to the roses! 🙂

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Teresa,
      Yes I am fine! I know you are in heaven with that beautiful grand baby! Can’t wait to see more pictures!
      Love to you and Mr. G
      Pa and Da

  328. OH SUSAN … I’m loving that Rainbow Sorbert! LOVELY share … you always brighten my day with your rose gardens!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Bren,
      It can only be fraction of the joy you bring everyone with your delightful, generous spirit and sharing of your garden, Miss Boo and beautiful gourmet food shots. Its an inspiration to all of us who love the earth and all of its bounty.
      We appreciate all you do.
      Love,
      Suzy

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Bren,
      And I meant to mention that everyone can jump in and have fun with you, me and new people from all over the world to Connect | Share | and Grow on your #gardenchat on Twitter every Monday night at 8:00 CST. They can learn about it on your blog and your Facebook page @TheGardenChat 🙂
      See you there,
      Susan

  329. Thank you for sharing this … excellent information Susan!

  330. Thank you for sharing these treasures. They are gorgeous.

    • Profile photo of admin admin says:

      Hi Rosemary,
      Thank-you for your comment. I now have a stainless Christmas Tree ornament hanger so we can enjoy them all year long. I’ll post a picture when I re-hang them on it. Have a wonderful holiday season.
      Susan

  331. A beautiful combination of old and new … the combination that make us whole. You know, GAGA, apple pie is my favorite! And, that one looks amazing! Did you get a new puppy? Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Teresa,
      Apple pie is my favorite too. And I made two of them. Now I have had some and this has to be one of the best I ever made.I hope you and Mr. G. had a wonderful holiday and had some time with that new grand-baby.
      Love,
      Gaga and Big Daddy
      p.s. Yes I was shocked at his heart attack statement 🙂

  332. so my question is … how old were you when you flipped over the handle bars of the dirt bike? #OUCH!

    Thank you Sunshine for sharing in the blog fun – you so deserve this Sunshine Award because I love how you share what is on your heart!

    Happy New year – Bren

    • Profile photo of admin admin says:

      Dearest Bren,
      I met Martha when she was 17, and had hair to her waist and was going to the show with my brother bare foot in hip hugger jeans. We’ve been like sisters ever since. I think the dirt bike incident was in our 20’s , lol
      Dick came out and said “just get up” 🙂
      Thanks for the award. It was fun.
      Happy New Year
      Susan aka Gaga

  333. Loved the 10 facts about you. Impressive genealogy, and loved it that you named your dirt bike…was this before or after you flipped over the handlebars.

    Thanks for including me in your blog list. I like fried okra, too…and yeah, for some reason babies smile at me which my wife and daughters find funny.

    • Profile photo of admin admin says:

      Dearest Brian,
      Montesa Honda is the brand. It was a 125 trials bike designed to go where a goat can’t go off road. It was a kick starter that was a beast to start! Babies smile at you because you love babies like I do! I hope you will participate and write the post. My husband said to tell you at one time we had 7 motorcycles in our garage, 2 were street bikes. All the kids had one. Happy New Year!
      Susan

  334. roseman7stan says:

    Just ordered a copy of your four seasons book. Looking forward to checking it out. Very nice article here too about writing the book. Well done my Rosarian friend. Well done.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Stan,
      I am such a fan of you and your work. I believe your photography is among the finest that I see on the Web so coming from you as they say “to be recognized by one’s peers is the highest honor.”
      Thank-you dearest Stan,
      Sincerely
      Susan Fox

  335. Marci Martin says:

    This is just lovely, Susan! As someone who loves to teach rose growing and appreciation, I feel we are kindred spirits. Thanks for sharing!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Marci,
      My dear friend Dr. Ray McClung said “With God their are no accidents.” I do feel we are kindred spirits meant to know each other. I think dearest Baldo made sure we were communicating! And I love your posts at “Everything Roses” on PlantersPlace.com and I hope readers will go and read your posts as well! Thank-you for your sweet comment 🙂
      Love,
      Susan aka Gaga

  336. Carol Yemola says:

    I have a huge rose garden and am always looking for great information on growing them. This seems like a must have resource!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Carol,
      Thanks so much for your great comment. I love to assist gardeners and rosarians with their roses, whether its talking about or sharing stories. I hope you are a frequent visitor. There’s lots of wonderful new things happening we can always talk about.
      Yours truly,
      Susan aka Gaga 🙂

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Carol,
      P.S. I would love to see pics and hear more about your roses!
      Susan

  337. Teresa Mosher says:

    Susan,

    Your Four Seasons of Roses, is a wonderful and easy way to show how easy it is to grow great roses. The monthly guide with a notes section is perfect. I’m always taking notes in my garden to learn from year to year.
    I will spread the word this Rose Care Guide.
    Teresa Mosher
    New England Rose Society President

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Teresa,
      Thank-you so much for this wonderful review. It is said one of the best compliments is to be recognized by one’s peers and as someone who really respects your work and rose photography in the rose community and American Rose Society I consider this such an honor to have you say this. Thank-you so very much.
      Sincerely,
      Susan Fox

  338. Donna Hedrick says:

    I Love your Pearls of wisdom.Thank You

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Shepherd Pillot 59,
      Comments like yours inspire me to continue to put pen to page or leave a digital footprint from the mud and flowers in my garden and the place they have in my heart as well as the people in my life. Please be a frequent visitor and be sure to leave your thoughts and comments, I love them.
      Sincerely,
      Susan aka Gaga

  339. Jan Bills says:

    Thank you, Susan! Cannot wait to meet you in person!

    May all your gardens grow,
    Jan

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Jan,
      You have the greatest smile. It is infectious! I’m sure you are a joy to be around. It’s still frigid but I know it will be spring soon.
      I look forward to seeing you in May. Are you going to be at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show March 15th? I’m going to talk about roses there. 🙂
      See you in May.
      Susan

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Jan,
      Thanks so much for your comment. It is going to be a wonderful time. Looking forward to it.
      Susan

  340. You all are going to have a great time … P. Allen is an amazing host!

  341. Linda F. says:

    Hi, Suzy,
    Loved reading about your passion for roses! I admire you and I know for sure that you grow beautiful roses. You have really moved into the “big time” with your speaking engagements. Good luck and have fun! You have lots of knowledge to share.
    Love ya,
    Linda

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Linda,
      Hope you and Mary Lou will come back this year. We sure did enjoy your visit. It was a wonderful event in Chicago. I spoke to a full house!
      Y’all come back Ya hear!
      Suzy

  342. Oh those days when I “feel” my mother!!! Lovely stories. The Polar Vortex has left us with stories to tell for a long long long time I’m thinking! 🌹💚 We are ready for some warmth here in Zone 5b.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Teresa,
      I just couldn’t believe it, Not only should they have cancelled the flight she had an emergency landing! I just about never lived it down and she never brought it up! So like her.
      Take Care and thanks as always for your wonderful comments.
      Susan

  343. Diane Sommers says:

    Enjoyed your comments although I don’t ever expect to hear myself say that I prefer cool to warm weather. I am looking forward to getting rid of this cold winter!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Diane,
      Just wait until its 100 degrees, you will miss this cool weather, HA! Are you moved into your new house? Pretty soon you will have to start all new gardens. I mentioned you in the last Rosechat podcast, talking directly to you!
      Thank-you for your comments as always,
      Susan

  344. Linda says:

    Love the story about your mom, my cousin! Some experience- and I just bet you miss some of our warm weather down here-not the hot but the warm! Beautiful Bonita rose bush-
    Linda

  345. Impressive — thanks for the article and information. We who love to garden forget that few of us do – garden that is

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Shenandoah,
      I do so appreciate your comment. It was such an inspiration to see the work that LaManda Joy is accomplishing in the city of Chicago by teaching people how to grow their own food. One person can make a big difference in the lives of so many.
      Thank-you,
      Susan Fox

  346. Sue Tiffany says:

    Nice vignette, Susan. I feel like I know John. He is definitely your kind of person as he is as enthusiastic and caring as you are. I can tell this was a great show and that you were uplifted by it.

    Keep up the good work!

    Sue Tiffany

  347. […] the ole gray work horse pick-up, and drove it 700 miles from Plano, Texas to Central Illinois with Audrey. Named affectionately after Little Shop of Horrors, monster sized plant Audrey, Audrey is a rescue […]

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Ava,
      Thanks so much for your comment. Sorry I missed it. I just saw it. I hope you’ll visit often.
      Susan

  348. HouseplantGuru says:

    Susan, as soon as your perennials are up and blooming send pics! If I can’t identify them, my expert sister-in-law at Steinkopf Nursery can! Thanks for mentioning me! Have a great weekend!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Dear Friend,
      I surely intend to. You never let me down and we always get them identified! I think they are fall bloomers. They have that Chrysanthemum-y look, lol The only concern I have is I planted them too close to the day lilies because they had died back some in the fall and now they are taking over and are all over them. 🙂
      Take care and talk soon darlin’!
      Your friend,
      Susan

    • I really like these phots with roses.

      • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

        Hello Calogero,
        Thank-you, I am so pleased that you like them. What type of roses would you like to see more of. Also, are there things you would like for me to write about? I would love to hear from you.
        Sincerely,
        Susan Fox

  349. My favourite flower as well, and what a beautiful story and tribute.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Kaarina,
      I do so appreciate your thoughtful comment. Thank-you for always being so supportive. I hope you have a lovely Memorial Day.
      Yours Truly,
      Susan

  350. Congratulations to all the winners! How wonderful that you got to be part of this amazing event. I hope to visit Biltmore someday.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Miriam,
      It was an opportunity of a lifetime. I was very honored to be there. And I learned so much from many of the world’s Master Rosarians including President and Vice President of the American Rose Society respectively Ms. Jolene Adams and Ms. Pat Shaley who were both in attendance and serving as judges as well. I want to thank Paul Zimmerman, Consultant to the Biltmore Estate and the Horticultural Team at The Biltmore, especially Lucas Jack, Rosarian and Trials Manager, Parker Andes, Director of Horticulture and LeeAnn Donnelly Marketing and PR Manager for inviting me to participate, it was indeed an honor and a privilege.
      Thank-you for your comment. I hope we can bring more of the HomeTalk wonderful audience and gardeners into the rose growing community.
      Warmest regrads,
      Susan
      Warmest Regards

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Miriam,
      Forgive my late reply. The event and the people were all part of an unforgettable experience. I hope to be able to acquire theses roses so we can grow them and write about them as well. Thanks so much for writing and your support. Hopefully you can come next year.
      Susan

  351. Dee says:

    ‘Tequila Supreme’ is one I wasn’t familiar with, but what a beauty. How much fun you all must have had. I’ve enjoyed seeing the photos and your tweets and facebook shares.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Dee,
      It was truly an extraordinary event. I was very honored to be part of it. The roses that won were really exciting and I can’t wait to see them as part of the American landscape.
      Thanks for your comments. You are always so supportive and I appreciate you and your work.
      Sincerely,
      Susan

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Dee,
      I am sorry for the late reply. The roses and the folks were just wonderful. I hope to get most of these roses of course!
      Thanks so much for your comment. Love hearing from you as always.
      Susan

  352. It is so hard for us to fully understand what the went through. Lovely post, Susan. 🌹

  353. Cindy says:

    I love your story, especially reading about how Lynn Arthur took you under his wing. My dad was the pastor of the Libertyville First United Methodist Church in the late ’60s and early 70’s. Lynn was a member of the church there and he also took my dad under his wing. He came to our house and helped prepare the beds for dozens and dozens of rose bushes. I remember they dug down deep and then layered a proper mix for growing roses. Lynn also encouraged my dad to enter rose shows and I have some of his “Grand Award” ribbons. So fun to “google” Lynn Arthur and find such a lovely story!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Cindy,
      Please forgive my late reply. I must have missed your message. Wasn’t Lynn the most amazing man? And it wasn’t easy for him to keep going. He really wanted to pass on his knowledge. I am so glad you took the time to write. Please stay in touch. Is your Dad still with us? I loved the Libertyville area. We are closer to St. Louis now, since we moved back to Illinois from Texas. Dr. Andy Plasz was also a member and he still is in the Rose Society and I just saw him 2 weeks ago! These folks had a tremendous impact on my life. I love them dearly
      Take care and please write again.
      Susan

  354. chris aka monkey says:

    hi gaga i am new to your blog and i can truly say i love it…the pictures of the roses make me swoon… i am also new to growing roses only have 4 so far as budget lets me buy more and one did survive this past horrid winter and she is covered in pink roses as we speak i will be back thanks xx

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Chris,
      Sorry for the late reply! I must have missed your message. I will try to do better. Keep coming back and be sure to go to my 3 Facebook pages http://www.facebook.com/gagasgarden, gagasgardens and gardenlegends. during the blooming season I keep pictures up as fast as I can. I am the full time gardener. 🙂
      Sincerely,
      Susan

  355. Sue Tiffany says:

    I could not be more thrilled to see that my friend, Jim Delahanty’s rose ‘Pookah’ won in the “Best Open Group”. Polyanthas are my favorite rose class and ‘Pookah’ is a beauty. I’m glad you had a wonderful time. Your photos are outstanding!

    Sue

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Sue,
      You and me both! Isn’t this rose the most adorable thing you ever saw! I really want this rose!
      I did get some fabulous pics!
      Luvya Cuz!
      Suzy

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Sue,
      Isn’t that the prettiest rose ever! I’m sure there will be a place for that rose. Every inch of it was covered in blooms!
      Luvya Cuz,
      Suzy

  356. Great memories! And pretty roses. Great combination. I’m sure your dad would loved your roses! I do. 🌹💚🌹

  357. david pike says:

    Susan, I m glad that you were apart of the Biltmore trials, it was a pleasure to meet you and to judge the roses. it was a great experience.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      David,
      It was such an honor to be among the judges and to meet you in person. It was a magical and memorable day I shall truly never forget. I’m glad we were able to have some quality time in the Biltmore Rose Garden. Everyday many in the business world suggest that social media is a panacea although social media is just another channel to engage and form “relationships”. Although nothing takes the place of face-to-face though does it? Here’s how I came to be such a fan of Witherspoon Roses: When I worked more closely with Rosechat we interviewed David Strickland with your company and we thought he was so knowledgeable and did a fantastic interview for your company. Later when I couldn’t find any potted roses because I am about 60 miles from a major metro and any large Independent Garden Center that carries the types of roses that I would have an interest in, that’s when Chris Van Cleave suggested why didn’t I call David Strickland. I sent David a list, and he had Seth get my order and send it. All of the first roses I planted in the third stage rose garden are from Witherspoon Roses. (I’ve since added some in the garden that are directly from Weeks Roses and from Proven Winners and Conard Pyle Star Roses and Plants) I’ve been writing articles about transitioning from and leaving 200 roses of my award winning rose garden in Texas to starting over in Illinois and putting in all new rose gardens. The plants I received from Witherspoon Roses selected by Seth (who by the way told me he never looks at all the positive PR I have given y’all;) ) were the most high quality bare root roses I have ever received from a provider of bare root products. I have readers from all over the world, over 4k twitter followers and they want to know who to trust for good plants. The reason I am telling you this David is because everyone knows a company can pay for advertising but third party endorsement is invaluable. Read my LinkedIn profile, as my background is in marketing advertising and PR, social media, etc. My readers need to know about good plants and many of them are afraid of planting bare root plants. I am working to educate people about getting good plants and being successful with roses, that’s why I was awarded the ARS “Presidential Citation for promoting the roses and rose education via social media”. Getting quality plants is key. All through my articles I attribute the success of the third stage of my rose garden to the quality of the plants I received from Witherspoon Roses and write about this often David because of the work David Strickland did in taking the time to select such grade 1 plants that arrived in perfect condition, his interview on Rosechat and taking the time with Seth to give such good customer service. Is this measurable? According to my son who is the Head of Digital Analytics for Mesa Boogie, Napa Valley CA, yes it is. Also when I was looking for the rose ‘Nevada’ I called many rose providers and only one source had them, High Country Roses, in CO. I posted a simple post about Matt at High Country Roses in Colorado he told me how many roses he had in stock, and personally answered the phone. I posted this information on Facebook. Matt messaged me to say thank-you and as a result of a simple post he got 9 new customers. Exponentially who knows how much more growth of a result of a simple post? I haven’t kept up. If you would like to visit more just email me. Take care David. I arrived home and Dr. David Zlezak had sent a box of more test plants I need to plant. He is the hybridizer of some of the ‘Oso Happy’ series of roses. David I didn’t know the Biltmore photographer had taken our picture and that picture went in the Ashville, NC paper. The former American Rose Society President of Bermuda of all places sent it to me! He messaged me and sent me a link to a Rotogravure –
      the Times-Citizen from http://www.citizen-times.com/story/life/2014/05/28/winners-named-biltmore-international-rose-trials/9693143/
      Sincerely Yours,
      Susan

  358. Happy 4th to you, dear Susan! 🙂

  359. Will make every effort to join in!!

  360. Great to see what’s going on in the garden! Always changing and fun! And, I think I just may need a butterfly swing! 🙂 xo

  361. Alice Saunders says:

    I would love to know the name of the Knockout Rose that is pictured at the beginning of this post. I have not seen that particular variety – deep pink, fading to white/yellow in center. It is lovely, and I don’t seem to see it elsewhere when looking for images. My landscape designer has not seen it either.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Alice,
      I am fairly certain it’s Rainbow Knock-Out but I will confirm this with Dr. Cairns and get back with you. I grew Rainbow Knock-Out in Texas and it is beautiful. You will be very happy with it. I see your email and I will talk to Dr. Cairns and then email you directly. Did you see the 40 pictures I posted on Facebook on my page http://www.facebook.com/gagasgarden? I think you would love it?
      Sincerely,
      Susan Fox

  362. Bill Blevins says:

    You absolutely need to give us a heads up before your next visit! The PlantsMap.com office is within walking distance from all of your photos from your recent trip to Fredericksburg!!!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Bill,
      That is so exciting! We plan on being back for the holidays! I love the town and especially the Hyperion.
      Michael said y’all were so great.
      See you soon. Thanks for all of your wonderful support and I love Plants Map! Say Hi to Nick and Tracy. 🙂
      Susan

  363. Great Post Susan! History and roses… Doesn’t get better than this.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Chris,
      I agree. The town is so beautiful and historically relevant. It is the boy hood home of George Washington. I do so wish we could slow down as a country and appreciate the past a little more.
      Thank-you for being such a great and supportive friend. Say hello to lovely Mrs. Rose Diva.
      Susan

  364. Sue Tiffany says:

    Great story! Virginia is such a lovely place. I felt as though I were walking through the streets with you.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Sue,
      Most likely our great, great, great, grandparents were hanging out there together. It was a hauntingly spiritual place. I don’t quite know why but it did seem very intense to me.
      Love,
      Your cousin

  365. Gisela says:

    The meticulous details of the text, introduces us to the history. Thank you!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Gisela,
      I found this place to be very hauntingly beautiful in so many ways. It is a very wonderful place to visit. I am so glad you read it. Hopefully you can visit one day. Thank-you for being such a great support.
      Love,
      Susan

  366. Great blog Gaga!!! Wow long time! Second time – first my computer crashed. I have never been to Virginia but would love to some day as I Love Washington, Roses and History! Great pics!!! Thanks 4 sharing!!! ++++ vibes and blessings to you! Seb

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Sebastian,
      You are and always will be special and one of my favorite people on this very planet! Fredericksburg is a place you would love and you have to go to the Hyperion coffee shop! It has the best coffee ever! Stop in on your way to see me in St. Louis out here in the middle of a corn field on your way darlin’!
      Love You!
      Susan

  367. ha says:

    Hi..would you give name of roses next to gene boerner..the bicolor red edge with yellow

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi,
      The rose directly next to ‘Gene Boerner’ is ‘Betty Boop’. It’s an amazing rose. The blooms last longer than any other rose in the garden. I think you will love this little rose in your garden. Thanks for you comment and for asking. 🙂
      Susan Fox

  368. ha says:

    Hi Gaga, what is the name of roses in the picture of ” blue rose arrangement” ?

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Reader,
      The name listed is called ‘Applause’. If you have trouble locating it it was released by the hybridizer in Japan I believe.
      Warm Regards,
      Susan Fox

  369. Debra May Gallagher says:

    I just wish to express my thanks for your beautiful and informative site. I am addicted to the contents and must tear myself away to plant several summer bulbs that await me. I promise to look you up in the near future. Thwnk you so very much. I realize this is a work of love.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Debra,
      You and folks like you are the reason I write. When you said this writing is a work of love I know that you truly hear me. What I say is from the heart. Thank-you so much, your words inspire me to keep on writing. Please keep sending me your thoughts and what you would like to hear about.
      Love from the garden,
      Susan Fox

  370. Hi Susan, what a nice homage to the men, family, and friends.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Diane,
      Thank-you lovely lady. How did the sale go? I just know Mom is seeing your peonies and knows we are ‘Doing Our Bit” on Memorial Day by sending them via post.
      Thank-you for allowing me to use your picture. And I meant to link your blog so I am doing it now.
      Love,
      Susan

      • Know that your mama and papa are with you, sending love from above…xo

        • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

          Hi Diane,
          Thank-you Diane for the beautiful peonies and lovely thought. I think they are too. I hope you have a beautiful day.
          So glad destiny brought us together, and the amazing Teresa and P. Allen Smith.
          Love,
          Susan

          • Have an easy day Susan…with happy memories. xo

          • Indeed Susan, life is good for us garden bloggers. Allen is a true inspiration and such a generous spirit! xo

          • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

            Diane,
            Each time I experience the blessing of being invited and get to know Allen a little better I see the depth of his knowledge, caring and kindness. I truly love what he stands for and his giving nature. I also try to emulate him in many ways. He has so much to offer. And I treasure the gift of meeting people like you. I also adore Mimi, she is possible one of the smartest most talented marketers I’ve ever known and that’s my profession, see my LinkedIn profile 😉
            Love,
            Gaga

  371. Thd kids are having a blast … So nice to see them getting dirty planting!

  372. What a lovely post – great to see the kids planting and dreaming of their own gardens!

  373. […] Arkansas . Thanks to P. Allen Smith and Mimi San Pedro and her Team each time I visit Arkansas at Garden To Blog. I discover more that I love about the State of Arkansas. So pile the kiddos in the car and take […]

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Laura,
      Arkansas is a beautiful place to visit and each time I go there I find more reasons to love it. Thank-you for your wonderful comments!
      Love,
      Susan Fox

  374. Laura Ray says:

    Looks to be an absolutely beautiful place to visit!! I want a Dragon topiary in my yard! Thank You for sharing such a magical experience!!

  375. Will be nice to have everyone together!

  376. […] Love You Best, Mom – This is truly a beautiful blog post that Susan Fox (aka gagasgarden) wrote about her mother […]

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Margie,
      This ping back just came in form your comment about “Love You Best Mom”. I love that you love this post about my Mother and peonies. It makes me cry everytime I re-read it. I wish I had more peonies. I planted some and they just didn’t turn out like hers did.
      Love,
      Susan Fox

  377. Erik sure brings the sunshine in!

  378. […] What’s radical about a rose garden in March in Chicago?! […]

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi,
      Roses don’t bloom naturally in Chicago until about Father’s Day in early June or late May if its a warm season. It’s can be cold and even snow and ice in March in this zone so we had to plant the bare root roses in a greenhouse around Christmas and create light and warmth conditions suitable to be sure the roses would bloom 3 months earlier than they would normally bloom.
      Susan Fox

  379. Your photos are absolutely stunning Susan!!! Don’t tell me they come from an IPhone…!!!??? xo

  380. I agree, “less is more.” As I age, I employ more sensible care techniques throughout my gardens…and Sunny and Tiny apparently thrive…amongst many other growing types of perennials.

    Gaga, your garden photos are simply dreamy…wish that we were neighbors! xo

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Diane,
      Have you ever ‘Killed a beloved plant with kindness’ by over watering, or fertilizing too much? One thing good about over fertilizing in summer, Mother said if you see the leaves starting to look a little crispy “just get the water to it!” I remember so many little tips my Mom taught me. They just pop in my head. We seem to learn by osmosis all the things our parents taught us. I guess that’s why good and bad parenting reflects in our society and continues to show being there for our kids matters. Thanks for caring and sharing lovely, beautiful lady!
      Love,
      Gaga
      BTW My baby grand-daughter called me Mama-Dah-Dah
      She can’t say Gaga and she combined Mama-Gaga and melted my <3 to a puddle!

      • I tend to plant them well and then let them be. IF plants are persnickety, they tend to depart. If they are invasive, I delete with nary a care! During my strolls, I tell them all how lovely they are. Love the Mama-Dah Dah!
        Enjoy your holidays sweet one!

  381. Have fun at the flower show!

  382. Laura Ray says:

    Excellent capture of nature’s splendor! Gorgeous

  383. Sue Tiffany says:

    Great page, Susan! I’ve always wanted to know more about Bill Warringer. Thanks for putting this together.
    Sue Tiffany

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Sue,
      Thank-you for your wonderful support and great comment. Each time I think of you I smile. Can’t wait to see you. Perhaps you can come see us this year!
      Love,
      Suzy

  384. Beauty in your garden and in friendships. Roses are always bringing people together! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone could have s rose garden!

  385. […] filled with peonies on my property in Illinois. You will want to read this amazing story called In Loving Memory, discovering the hidden […]

  386. ivor ace says:

    ‘Joy to the World’ We grow and show Joy in the United Kingdom, and its the number one miniature rose here to.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Ivor,
      David Clemons is one of the true genius rose breeders. I feel I am honored to have been able to interview him. He is also one of the nicest people you will ever speak to.
      Thank-you for your kind comments, I hope David is aware of this data. Do you know who is the largest seller?
      Regards,
      Susan Fox

  387. Thanks for the story. Now I feel like I know your mother better! She was special. I can see you learned much at her knee. 🙂

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dear Teresa,
      Mother was such a remarkable woman in so many ways. She was wise, kind, and a Bible scholar. She was always there for all of her family. We miss her as I know you miss your parents. Thank-you for your friendship.
      Love,
      Susan

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Dearest Teresa,
      You can say that again! And it’s planted in the Illinois sandy loam with considerable clay! It’s pretty happy there!
      I’m sure you are going to love yours, make plenty of room!
      Love,
      Gaga

  388. Laura Ray says:

    Beautiful!!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hey Laura,
      You know what’s beautiful? You are? The most beautiful flower in my garden!
      Love,
      Your Mother

  389. Barb says:

    Very beautiful! I loved my visit to your rose garden and getting a chance to see all of your beautiful roses.

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Babs,
      You are a star! “Living on the edge of fame” agrees with you my dear! You are welcome anytime.
      The Dewit Garden Tools Manufacturers from Holland, thye wanted to see my operation so they came over for a visit yesterday, they are in the States for the Indy 500! ‘Big Daddy’ treated them to an All-American barbecue! I think they loved it! We are so blessed to live in this beautiful State-of-Illinois! Thanks for being my BFF!
      Love,
      Gaga

  390. elenawill says:

    Looking good there in the midwest!

    • Profile photo of Gaga Gaga says:

      Hi Elena,
      It’s been really hot & unusually dry. It finally started to rain and cool off a bit. I hope the fall yields a pretty bloom. The spring bloom has been one of the prettiest I’ve seen in Illinois. I’ve cut back pretty severely now. Thanks for your comments. I do still want a ‘Dorothy’ rose. How are your ‘Dorothy’ roses doing?
      Warm regards,
      Susan

  391. Such a lovely time and we get real work done too! Win. Win.

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