Rainbow Colors of Weeks Roses®

Karen Kemp Docksteader, Weeks Roses, Sales & Marketing Manager

“I love you more than rainbow colors.”

Ella Claire Fox*

Jump For Joy Floribunda Rose, available 2014 from Weeks Roses
Jump For Joy Floribunda Rose, available 2014 from Weeks Roses

Roses speak to us in rainbow colors.

A single rose bud is a tapestry of color unfurling in a single day. If you could hear colors I am sure it would be a rainbow orchestra.

Roses In The Summertime on #Twitter

Tonight on @twitter I’ll be the talking about “Roses in the Summertime,” from 9:00 PM EST-10:00PM.  As Week’s Roses, an almost 100 year old company, dedicated to building relationships has graciously partnered with me and to provide three gift certificates valued at $50.00. Join me on twitter to talk about roses Just use the hashtag #roses. Of course my twitter ID is @gagasgarden.

Weeks Roses®

Available Spring of 2014

We are so excited to be the first to show you what you can put on your Roses for my 2014 wish list.

Jump for Joy™            

(cv. WEKnewchi)



Lusciously lovely, delectable peachy-pink color sets apart this sister seedling of Sparkle & Shine. They may have their differences (peach pink vs. deep yellow). But, like most sisters, they share some likenesses, too. Both are distinctive because of their large showy clusters, long-lived flowers with lovely color, round bushy super-flowerful habit, loads of glossy green leaves & consistent dark red new growth. Buy ‘em both & let these sisters battle it out for who’s the best in your garden.

Color:                    Peachy-pink

Height/Habit:     Medium/Very rounded & bushy

Flower Form:     Ruffled, in large clusters

Bloom/Size:        Medium, up to 4-inch diameter

Petal Count:       Around 25

Fragrance:           Mild apple

Hybridizer:          Bédard—2014

Parentage:          Julie Newmar x Julia Child

Coretta Scott King, Grandiflora available 2014 season from Weeks Roses
Coretta Scott King, Grandiflora available 2014 season from Weeks Roses

Coretta Scott King

(cv. WEKstohoco)



Elegant long buds of cream begin to ‘frost’ with blushes of coral-orange as they spiral open. This color persists on the blossoms for a great display of color and flower power…big clusters held high for all to see. Very good disease resistance means her ‘wrapper’ of green stays handsome in the garden for a full season of elegance.

Color:                    Creamy white blushing coral-orange

Height/Habit:     Tall/Very upright, bushy

Bloom/Size:        Double, in clusters/ Medium-large, around 4″ diameter

Petal Count:       Around 25 to 30

Fragrance:           Moderate tea & spice

Hybridizer:          Bédard—2014

Parentage:          Moonstone x Hot Cocoa

Good As Gold, Hybrid Tea Rose, New from Weeks Roses 2014
Good As Gold, Hybrid Tea Rose, New from Weeks Roses 2014

Good as  Gold™           

(cv. WEKgobafa)


Hybrid Tea

Some might say “orange”, some “gold”, some “amber” or maybe it is even double-dipped yellow”. However your eyeballs perceive it, we can guarantee it is bold & beautiful, especially with the kiss of red on the finish. This handsome bushy bouquet machine will fill your garden with loads of long-stemmed lovelies clothed with a clean gown of rich green. Certainly not for the faint of heart…nor for the lovers of pastels.

Color:                    Deep golden orange-yellow finished with a kiss of red

Height/Habit:     Tall/Upright & bushy

Bloom/Size:        Double, formal/Medium to large, up to 5″ diameter

Petal Count:       Around 30

Fragrance:           Grapefruit & citrus

Hybridizer:          Carruth—2014

Parentage:          Golden Beauty x About Face

Happy Go Lucky, Grandiflora Rose, New 2014 Introduction from Weeks Roses
Happy Go Lucky, Grandiflora Rose, New 2014 Introduction from Weeks Roses

Happy Go Lucky™   

(cv. WEKsirjuci)



BIG fragrant & full old-fashioned blossoms of pure yellow have all the charm of an English rose but born on this side of the pond. Yet it easily bests the disease resistance of any English variety hands down retaining its gown of rich green foliage. The vigorous bushy plant flowers like a fool well into the season without turning into a sprawling stingy space-eater in the landscape. With a bloodline like this, you know it’s gotta be good.

Color:                    Even pure yellow

Height/Habit:     Medium-tall/Upright to somewhat          rounded, very bushy

Bloom/Size:        Very double, old-fashioned/Large, up to 6 inch diameter

Petal Count:       Around 40

Fragrance:           Moderate fruity & tea

Hybridizer:          Bédard—2014

Parentage:          Strike It Rich® x Julia Child

You're The One, Miniature Rose A 2014 New Introduction Awarded the American Rose Society's Award of Excellence
You’re The One, Miniature Rose A 2014 New Introduction

You’re the One™  

(cv. WEKtaclagoma)



Here’s a blue-ribbon grabber that goes great guns in the garden, too. Perfectly miniature-ized Hybrid Tea shaped buds of cream open very formally with several blushing shades of pink. But beyond the show table, this baby will knock ‘em dead in the landscape with a bushy flowerful plant you can tuck into smaller spaces to create a riot of color. Loads of deep glossy green leaves provide the perfect background for the ever-changing show of plentiful pinkness.

Color:                    Ivory white blushing pink & finishing ruby

Height/Habit:     Medium-tall/Rounded and very bushy

Bloom/Size:        Medium for the class, 1½ to 2” in diameter

Petal Count:       20 to 25

Fragrance:           Mild apple

Hybridizer:          Carruth—2014

Parentage:          Santa Claus x Goldmarie

The History of Weeks Roses

O. L. and Verona Weeks founded Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc. in 1938 in Ontario, California. This highly respected company’s reputation reflects the high standards and integrity that came to be known as the ‘Tops In Roses’. In 1985 Ollie and Verona retired and sold Weeks to Charlie Huecker and Bob DeMayo. Today, Weeks Roses is part of the Gardens Alive! family of horticultural companies. Today, the name of Weeks has become synonymous with personal service and top quality roses throughout the U.S.

Weeks Roses Today

Week’s Roses state-of-the art processing, refrigeration and distribution center is located on 1200 acres of production facilities and growing grounds in Wasco, California, in the San Joaquin Valley. Wasco has deep loamy soil, plentiful clean well water and a natural climate that fits commercial rose production perfectly. There they produce strong healthy bushes that ship easily and adapt well to most climates in the US. The research and licensing office is located on the Cal Poly Pomona Campus along with the hybridizing greenhouses and display/test gardens.

Spring Shipping of Roses 

Beginning in early December and ending about mid-February, Weeks Roses ships over four million bare root roses throughout the US. Immediately following harvest, the roses are carefully graded and packed, then shipped in temperature-controlled trucks, either directly to customers or to various strategically located cold storage warehouses and made available to nurseries and garden centers.

Karen Kemp Docksteader, Weeks Roses, Sales & Marketing Manager
Karen Kemp Docksteader, Weeks Roses, Sales & Marketing Manager


Roses Celebrate National Pollinator Week

Kimberlina with a Bee 2013

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”
― Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine


Bees make us happy. We need these tiny workers. The sound of bees going about the business of feeding the world is a very good thing. Bees are attracted to roses. They particularly like Kimberlina

Kimberlina with a Bee 2013
Kimberlina, a beautiful floribunda in the early morning light with a bee visiting

Stormy Weather, and Julia Child, just to name a few. To celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 17-23rd plant some roses and your roses will attract bees to delight you.

Get close up and personal with bees


In all the years working in gardens of flowers a bee has never stung me. I have a message to those of you who may think bees present a gardening “peril;” I get very close to them to take these pictures and yet they tolerate me. I have accidentally stepped on rose thorns that pose more of a hazard than a bee; I opened a door and walked into a wasp that felt obligated to sting me although it wasn’t his fault, I surprised him. But a bee has never stung me.

Stormy Weather Spring Bloom 2013
Stormy Weather, LCI a purple climbing rose with a bee coming in for a landing

When to plant roses

 It’s not too late to plant roses unless you are in a very hot climate. It’s best to plant roses before it gets into late summer. Some shippers have actually sent me emails saying they are still shipping but it is fairly late for mail order. Due to heat in shipping I believe it’s better to try and find an established potted rose to plant at this time. I have planted roses in the summer time if I keep them watered. Dehydration becomes a factor when you plant roses in the excessive heat of summer.

Julia Child, everyone's favorite floribunda with a bee visiting
Julia Child, everyone’s favorite floribunda rose with a bee visiting

The sound of dawn


Dawn in the rose garden when the only sound is the gentle hum of the bees stirring busily moving from rose to rose, knowing that mankind’s survival rests on the wings of an unwitting, tireless tiny worker is a stirring event.

*Background of Pollinator Week  

“Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership.

Six years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations.  Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. The growing concern for pollinators is a sign of progress, but it is vital that we continue to maximize our collective effort.  The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture signs the proclamation every year.

The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that the United States Department of Interior has designated National Pollinator Week on June 17-23, 2013 by the Secretary of the Department of Interior, Sally Jewell.

The Pollinator Partnership is also proud to announce that June 17-23, 2013 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”