Roses for a Life Time, Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Stormy Weather, Large Flowered Climber

Sweet Home Chicago. I grew up 38 miles north ‘as the crow flies’ along the beautiful N. Shore of Lake Michigan. Next Wednesday, March 19, at 11:00 AM I’ll be talking about rosesat the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. I wish Lynn Arthur and my mother could be there. Here’s Continue Reading

December Rose Gardens by Jack Falker, The Minnesota Rose Gardener

Jack Falker of Minnesota

December is an exciting month. Have you ever noticed one minute it’s August and the next its Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and like a speeding train the holidays are upon us. The holidays offer so much to do you probably haven’t given much thought to extra winter protection for your roses. Continue Reading

Roses Fall Into Winter

Magnificent Sweet Gum Tree

I think I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree ~ Joyce Kilmer     Fall is a time for reflection. Time seems to slow down. Even the clock falls back. This autumn in Illinois the leaves took on reflective hues that seemed to dance and play in Continue Reading

Planting Roses in The Fall

'Weeping' Rose and Leaves

“The tints of autumn…a mighty flower garden blossoming under the spell of the enchanter, frost.” ― John Greenleaf Whittier   Beveridge D. Fergusson’s Scottish Proverbs circa 1641 proclaimed, “An open confession is good for the soul.” I openly confess I have never planted a rose bush in the fall. I Continue Reading

Twin Cities Rose Gardens, Rosarians With Resiliency

Jack and Eileen Falker's Rose Garden

Cataclysmic is a forceful word.   Changes to the planet are perceived as taking place gradually, like stalactites, and stalagmites that form over millions of years. Tsunamis, earthquakes, tornados have a cataclysmic impact on the earth. Such is the case is my realization of the onslaught of winter this year. Continue Reading