Roses for Veterans’ Honor

Veterans' Honor at Sunrise in the Rose Garden

Thank-you to all of our Veterans for their service to our country. ‘Veteran’s Honor’ Hybrid Tea, was bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, 1997). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 2000 as ‘Lady in Red’. History of Veterans Day* “World War I – known at the Continue Reading

Rose Pruning Deja-Vu

Gaga's Garden Floribunda Rose Garden in Illinois

“It’s like déjà vu all over again.” ~ Yogi Berra Have you ever experienced déjà vu and wondered: was that true déjà vu or have I actually done the exact same thing at the same time last year? My rose pruning, is a ritualistic Rite of Spring. The ‘Rite of Continue Reading

Fantasy Pick Roses

Love Song a floribunda

Fantasy Pick Roses for 2013    Sports analogies dig deep into the heart of the American landscape.  Rose gardening can be a tough physical sport. A helmet is my next gardening fashion statement. It shall coordinate with my leopard rubber boots. This fall, during an attempted shovel pass, I did Continue Reading

Texas Caviar, Good Luck Food From The Garden

Good Luck for the New Year Eat Black-Eyed Peas!

The holidays are steeped in traditions.  Mother said you need to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s day for good luck all year. Am I superstitious? Maybe, maybe not but what can it hurt to gobble down a few black-eyed peas to guarantee your health and prosperity for the coming Continue Reading

Love You Best, Mom

“Love You Best” was what she said. Mother made every person feel they were the person she loved best. Peonies were her favorite flower. Every year in northern Illinois in preparation for the spring bloom I would take the hand tool and cultivate around each peony bush, add peat moss Continue Reading