You’ll Be Oso Happy® with Oso Easy® Roses! They’re Proven Winners!

o Easy® Cherry Pie, Paprika & Fragrant Spreader as a beautiful border of color
Oso Easy® Cherry Pie, Paprika & Fragrant Speader, Above and Beyond
Oso Easy® Cherry Pie, Paprika & Fragrant Spreader, Above and Beyond

This week I pruned my Oso Happy® with Oso Easy® Roses with the hedge clippers. My husband was tickled about it. The roses were in his way when he mowed. Now we shall have an English style prim and proper hedge of Oso Happy® with Oso Easy® roses in the fall to show you they are indestructible. Here’s the rotogravure of what the Proven Winner Oso Happy® with Oso Easy® rose bloom has looked like all year.

Oso Easy® Double Red Landscape Shrub
Oso Easy® Double Red Landscape Shrub

Today time and investment are factors that affect our decisions in everything we do. Most folks tell me I would have a rose garden if I had the time or roses weren’t so difficult to take care of.  Shannon Downey at Proven Winners had asked me to try something new; plant Proven Winners shrub roses in the fall. So I planted all the Oso Happy® and Oso Easy® roses in the fall of 2013 that same year I had also had the good fortune to meet Dr. David Zlesak at the Twin Cities Rose Club.

o Easy® Cherry Pie, Paprika & Fragrant Spreader as a beautiful border of color
Proven Winners Oso Easy® Cherry Pie, Paprika & Fragrant Spreader as a beautiful border of color

He has been doing remarkable work to develop winter hardy, disease resistant roses and roses that are resistant to just about every other hindrance that would keep folks from growing roses. Here’s his apricot climber, ‘Above And Beyond.’ Dr. Zlesak sent it to me to test grow it when I returned home. Many of the ‘Oso Happy’ roses were created by him as well. Winter hardy, disease resistant, they bloom like mad and you can prune them with the hedge clippers, they are real winners in every way.

Above And Beyond by David Zlesak | One of the most beautiful apricot climbers I have ever seen
Above And Beyond by David Zlesak | One of the most beautiful apricot climbers I have ever seen

This rose is spectacular.  I planted it in the fall along with all of these Proven Winner Oso Easy Roses that Shannon Downey sent me. We agreed to conduct our own test. I have never planted roses in the fall. It subsequently was the coldest winter in Illinois recorded weather history the winter of 2013. This is the second season for the Proven winner shrubs. Last winter the temps were were down to zero. I’m happy to report not one Oso Happy® or Oso Easy® rose was lost to the winter cold. Thank-you to Proven Winners for making these wonderful roses available to the world hybridized by world famous rose hybridizers all listed below: the Meilland Roses International and Chris Warner, UK. What amazingly wonderful plants they are. You truly can’t go wrong with these roses.

Series One: Oso Happy® roses
Oso Easy 'Smoothie' by Proven Winners
Oso Easy ‘Candy Oh!’ by Proven Winners

All bred by David Zlesak:  Oso Happy® Candy Oh!

Rosa Petite Pink by Dr. David Zlesak
Rosa Petite Pink by Dr. David Zlesak

  Oso Happy® Petit Pink

o Easy® Cherry Pie, Paprika & Fragrant Spreader as a beautiful border of color
Proven Winners Oso Easy® Cherry Pie, Paprika & Fragrant Spreader as a beautiful border of color

Oso Happy® Smoothie

Series Two: Oso Easy® roses
Varieties bred by Chris Warner, UK:
Oso Easy® Fragrant Spreader
Oso Easy® Honey Bun
Oso Easy® Honey Bun 

Oso Easy® Honey Bun

Oso Easy 'Italian Ice by Proven Winners
Oso Easy ‘Italian Ice by Proven Winners a rainbow tapestry of color.

Oso Easy® Italian Ice

Oso Easy® Lemon Zest
Oso Easy® Lemon Zest

Oso Easy® Lemon Zest

Oso Easy 'Mango Salsa' by Proven Winners captured in all the glory of a late fall bloom
Oso Easy ‘Mango Salsa’ by Proven Winners captured in all the glory of a late fall bloom

Oso Easy® Mango Salsa

Oso Easy 'Paprika' by Proven Winners captured in a late fall bloom.
Oso Easy ‘Paprika’ by Proven Winners captured in a late fall bloom.

  Oso Easy® Paprika

Oso Easy® Pink Cupcake
Oso Easy® Pink Cupcake

Oso Easy® Pink Cupcake

Varieties bred by the late Colin Horner, UK:
Oso Easy® Peachy Cream (Not Pictured)
Oso Easy® Strawberry Crush
Oso Easy® Strawberry Crush

Oso Easy® Strawberry Crush

Varieties developed by Meilland, France
Oso Easy®
Oso Easy® Cherry Pie

·         Oso Easy® Cherry Pie
·         Oso Easy® Double Red (new to retail 2015)*

*Thank-you to Shannon Springer of Proven Winners for providing this information

Here is a List of The Proven Winner Oso Happy® with Oso Easy® Roses! Roses. Its Interactive! Click To Vote If You Like The Rose, Add Your Own To The List!

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Plants That Soar | Hear Them Roar |Visit Arkansas

Dragon Topiary at Garvan Gardens
Garvan Gardens, University of Arkansas
Garvan Gardens, University of Arkansas

Garvan Gardens, Hot Springs, Arkansas

It’s the dog days of summer. Now’s the time for one Last Hoorah. The pace of life speeds up in the fall as you get lots of work done before the holidays. Soon its next year’s budget, planning, and projections, etc. it’s the rhythm of life. For a fun affordable, centrally located place to go, go to 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 off before the school year starts. Because the next thing you know its Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, the New Year, Passover, Easter, Spring Break and we start all over again. Either way August is a time to spend quality time with our families or just be good to yourself and go see the beautiful Garvan Woodland Gardens for a quiet time of reflection. The less time you spend traveling the more time you have to enjoy the destination. Click on the pictures in my Listly List below. You can vote on the places I’ve listed if you like them and you can add places you have visited. Its great fun!

Garvan Gardens Tour in Hot Springs with Lunch at The Ohio Club

Garvan Gardens is one of the most extraordinary gardens you can imagine. The videos tell the story. The kids will love it because of the Mystic Creatures. Here’s Seraphina, the Phoenix, Roarin’ Rodric, the Sea Serpent and Jolly Roger, the Sasquatch all topiaries that make plants really come to life for kids and adults alike.

The Parisians’ have the right idea in Paris, France everyone closes their shops and go to the seaside in August. You don’t have to cross the pond to find exotic places. Arkansas has some of the best-kept secrets waiting for you and your family to discover together. So pack your bag and pile the kiddies in the car with their iPhone, iPad, and iPods, iTouch, and head to Arkansas where family fun is affordable.

Garvan Gardens State Park
Garvan Gardens State Park

In May after I attended P. Allen Smith’s Garden To Blog 2015, I was invited by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism’s agency CJRW in Little Rock, Arkansas to check out a few of Arkansas’s hidden treasures. And I do mean hidden. Until you saw one lucky lady on the news show off her find, an 8.2-carat diamond from the Crater of Diamonds State Park did you know that Arkansas has a State Park you can dig for diamonds? I didn’t even know diamonds were above ground.

All That Glitters Is Not Gold | Its Diamonds In Arkansas

8.2 Carat Diamond Found at Crater of Diamonds State Park shortly after I was there!!
8.2 Carat Diamond Found at Crater of Diamonds State Park shortly after I was there!!

I thought they were like coal, underground! I can write a book on “The Prone Grandparent’s Games For Kids”. Here’s a new one for parents. Take a cooler, an umbrella chair, your favorite reading material, and go to the Crater of Diamonds State Park early. You parents can read and snooze all day and turn the kids loose hunting for diamonds! You heard me correctly.

Crater of Diamonds State Park, 209 State Park Road, Murfreesboro, AR 71958
Crater of Diamonds State Park, Swimming Pool 209 State Park Road, Murfreesboro, AR 71958

Does it get better than this? And they can run in any direction for about a mile and you just lift your head up from your snoozing and you can see them. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a swimming pool there that was as big and nice as those at a water park. When I was there it was practically empty, and fenced in so the kids can’t run off. So let the kids get hot looking for your new-found fortune and while you are purveying their dig let them cool off in the pool so they can start the next round of digging for diamonds.

You can also call Moss Mountain Farm and schedule a tour of P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm and see the Rose Garden its simply a dream garden. 

P. Allen Smith's Rose Garden at Moss Mountain Farm
P. Allen Smith’s Rose Garden at Moss Mountain Farm

The Ohio Club in Hot Springs has all the ambience so many places try to achieve but can never have, because it’s so real from the days gangsters like Al Capone would frequent it. They told me Mae West did her last performance on a small stage upstairs. You ‘feel’ the atmosphere when you walk in the door.

Ohio Club, Hot Springs, AR | Genuine Old World Atmosphere
Ohio Club, Hot Springs, AR | Genuine Speak Easy, Roarin’ Twenties Atmosphere

I would go back to Hot Springs just to stay at The Arlington. Bath water steams from the faucets in your room directly from the hot springs at a temperature of a natural 145 degrees. Your skin feels renewed and you look like a newborn baby after your bath. Bands play with a 40’s style dance floor and an old world elegance is natural to this, of course, “haunted” hotel.

The Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas | A Beautiful, Elegant Dance Floor
The Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas | A Beautiful, Elegant Dance Floor

We stopped for Happy Hour at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn hosted by Ray and Kristie Rossett. I would definitely book a special stay at this 5 star lovely resort. Beautiful beyond words it’s the perfect anniversary or honeymoon spot overlooking the Arkansas River with gardens tended to perfection. Check out these other great places.

Hi Laura formerly of CRJW now at FLEXJET!

Laura Arnold FlEXJET Global Marketing Manager formerly of CJRW Ad Agency, Little Rock, AR Agency for #ARStory sits by me on the plane!
Laura Arnold FlEXJET Global Marketing Manager formerly of CJRW Ad Agency, Little Rock, AR Agency for #ARStory sits by me on the plane!

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Hi Laura from FLEXJET!

 

 

Wordless Wednesday | A Hibiscus In The Rose Garden

Surprise! A hibiscus with the Little Red Barn!

Hibiscus and The Little Red Barn
Hibiscus and The Little Red Barn

The floribunda rose garden in its second full bloom cycle.

Floribundas in Bloom in July
The Illinois Floribunda Rose Garden is in its second full Bloom Cycle in July

‘Anna’s Promise’ by Weeks Roses with rain drops.

'AnnasPromise' with Rain Drops
‘AnnasPromise’ with Rain Drops

‘Watercolors Homerun’ debuting at #Cultivate15 in Ohio this week.

Watercolors Homerun Knocks it Out of the Park
Watercolors Homerun Knocks it Out of the Park

‘Pink Cupcake’ one of Proven Winners Oso Easy Series of roses.

I just pruned all of them with the hedge clippers that’s how easy they are. I will have a hedge of roses for fall.

Oso Easy 'Pink Cupcake'
Oso Easy ‘Pink Cupcake’

‘Veteran’s Honor’ the morning of the 4th of July. 

Veterans Honor with rain drops in full sun at sun rise
Veterans Honor with rain drops in full sun at sun rise on the 4th of July

‘Love & Peace’ Pictures worth a thousand words. #WordlessWednesday

Love & Peace is simply glorious
Love & Peace is simply glorious