Starting Over With Roses

'Gene Boerner' a floribunda rose named for the man that worked his entire life for Jackson & Perkins 'aka' as 'Papa Floribunda', he hybridized more than 60 roses.

“Anyone can start over with their very own rose garden, and there’s an easy care rose for every garden.” ~ Susan Fox

What A Cool Spring!

Geese Family Welcomes Spring

What a cool spring! Weather now fascinates me. Did you ever see the Saturday Night Live skit She Turned Into Her Mother? Summary: In a horror movie spoof, a man (Tom Hanks) watches idly as his wife (Julia Sweeney) makes the full transformation into her mother. That’s now me. Here’s Continue Reading

Rose Pruning Primer: A Guide To Pruning Roses

Floribunda Rose Garden

 Pruning post traumatic stress disorder (PPTSD) Remembered Kids do say the darnedest things.” Traveling South on the N. Dallas Tollway,  5 year old Ella said, “Gaga, I’ve been thinking ’bout goin’ to church but my parents don’t even know what day it is.” “Gabi always knows what day it is Continue Reading

Heritage Garden Viola Pyramids, Guest Post by Tom Soulsby, Senior Horticulturist Chicago Botanic Garden

Finished-Pansy-Pyramids by Tom Soulsbey

  The Chicago Botanic Garden is a treasure along the the north shore of Lake Michigan. For my visit to talk with Senior Horticulturist, Tom Soulsby about the Krasberg Rose Garden the weather was a perfect 72 degrees and the sun had taken on the quality that you see only Continue Reading

Roses In The Summertime

Love Song, A Floribunda Rose in Gagas Garden Summertime 2013

Summertime and the livin’ is easy. The Illinois skies filled with billowy ivory clouds against a crystalline blue rival the big skies of Texas that enthralled Georgia O’Keeffe and me. I cannot remember a more beautiful summer. Temperatures during the day have been a perfect 72 degrees. All things being Continue Reading