Love My Calendar Girl 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.

Garden Legends Live On By Designs & Impressions They Leave on The Earth | Our Hearts and Minds

‘Moonstone’ In Gaga’s Garden
Gaga's Garden Roses 2015 Calendar Cover 'Moonstone'
Gaga’s Garden Roses 2015 Calendar Cover ‘Moonstone’

Gaga’s Garden Calendar of Roses represented a dream come true. What was so special about that calendar? Here’s the back story: When my picture of a ‘Julia Child’ was chosen for the American Rose Society calendar in 2014, friends asked me, “why don’t you do your own rose calendar?”

Julia Child
Julia Child

What’s In A Name?

The calendar included roses like ‘Elle’, bred by Meilland Roses for the month of April, a rose near and dear to my heart. I planted ‘Elle’ when my first granddaughter was born in her honor. People often want roses that are named for or remind them of themselves, family members friends or celebrities. They ask me to assist them in their search to locate them. The names of roses in the garden are a topic for conversation often on my garden tours. So you see rose names matter.

“He (David C.H. Austin) used to say that the easiest way to kill a rose was to give it a bad name.” ~ Michael Marriott

'Elle' featured for the month of April, 2015 with a quote from Alain Meilland, Meilland Roses International,
‘Elle’ featured for the month of April, 2015 with a quote from Alain Meilland, Meilland Roses International,

“A rose is an argument. It proclaims the triumph of beauty over brutality, of gentleness over violence, of the ephemeral over the lasting, and of the universal over the particular. The same rose bursts into bloom on the North Cape and in the Sahara Desert.”~Alain Meilland

Neil Diamond, new from Weeks Roses 2015 Cataolog
Neil Diamond, new from Weeks Roses 2015 Cataolog

A Rose Garden Says So Much About Who We Are

A rose garden can give one a venue of remembrance, an outlet for stress, a show place for photography, a sorcerer’s delight for alchemy, a veritable rainbow of colors, and a tapestry of fragrance so deep it touches the soul. The delight and knowledge I’ve gained through conversations about names of roses has continued to inspire me. Roses offer a way to softly gain access to the five senses in the garden that then gently whisper thoughts of life and our loved ones worth remembering that only a walk in a rose garden can inspire. Listen and let the garden speak to us. Year!

The Rose Garden
The Rose Garden

Ten Top Roses For Mother’s Day, Order Her A Living Rose From Jackson & Perkins

‘A dusky pink rose named “Savannah” emerged as the morning’s star. “Savannah” took the George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose of the Trials, in other words ‘Best in Show’. “Savannah” is bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany, and also captured the categories for Best Hybrid Tea and Most Fragrant.

Order your Mom a Jackson & Perkins living rose bush today from the list below that includes winner of the Biltmore Rose Trials ‘Most Outstanding Rose’ ‘Savannah’, she’ll get her roses in time for Mother’s Day and you can enter a chance to win a $100 gift certificate!

Honor Mom this Mother’s Day with a Living Rose

Do you often hear yourself saying the same witty quips you heard your Mom say to the kids in your life? “Close the door.” “Were you born in a barn?” “Quit running in and out.” Since my Mom was a rosarian, and avid gardener I hear “Mom’s Gardening Tips” in my head! “Top off your roses with Canadian sphagnum peat moss”; “Keep water off the leaves”, “You missed some spent blooms.”

A Tribute to Moms & Caregivers Everywhere

In honor of Mother’s Day this is a tribute to Moms and caregivers everywhere that teach us all the things about gardening that we didn’t learn in books or Google Search. Since roses were one of my Mom’s favorite flowers, I wish she were here to see the first rose bloom each spring. Most Moms tell me they prefer living plants over cut flowers so this year why don’t you give living rose bushes to your Mom, Step-Moms, Mother-in-Law, and Grandmothers? You can even plant rose bushes in honor of the loved ones that have been important in your life and passed on.

85% of folks say roses are their favorite flower

They want easy-to-grow roses and prefer living plants to cut flowers. Just having returned from the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, I can tell you the world’s most prolific and famous rose breeders are listening to YOU! Each year there are better minimal care roses available that you can have great success with.

Where Can I Get Roses Like You Have?

Do you know the question I was most often asked while at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show? “Where can I get these kinds of roses?” Many people that attend the show are sophisticated gardeners that love and appreciate roses. Many have seen my website and even mention my roses, saying “We see the types of roses you have, but don’t know where to get varieties like ‘Savannah’ that swept the Biltmore Rose Trials!” People tell me often, “We don’t ever see roses like this at Independent Garden Centers.” They went on to say, “You have all these beautiful roses but where can we get them?” I’m here to tell you: you can get the very best varieties online at Jackson & Perkins.

‘Savannah’ Wins ‘Most Outstanding Rose’ at The Biltmore Rose Trials: Now You Can Get It From Jackson & Perkins

For instance the amazing rose ‘Savannah’ that swept the show while I was a judge at the Biltmore, and underwent 2 years of testing, is available and in-stock so order it now so you can get it in time for Mother’s Day.

Here’s what LeeAnn Donnelly, Sr. Publicist at the Biltmore says about ‘Savannah’ that underwent two years of testing and won ‘Most Outstanding Rose’ at the Biltmore International Rose Trials while I was a judge:

“A dusky pink rose named ‘Savannah’ emerged as the morning’s star. ‘Savannah’ took the George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose of the Trials, in other words Best in Show. ‘Savannah’ is bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany, and also captured the categories for Best Hybrid Tea and Most Fragrant.” Posted on 06/01/2015 by LeeAnn Donnelly, Sr. Publicist, Biltmore

Enter Now For Your Chance To Win A $100 Jackson & Perkins Gift Certificate

If you’re feeling lucky, enter the Mother’s Day Rose Contest for a chance to win a $100 J&P Gift Certificate, so your Mom can take her pick of Jackson & Perkin’s quality varieties. To enter the contest, simply enter your email address below!

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The Top Ten Jackson & Perkins Roses for Mom

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We Learn So Much About Gardening From Our Moms

Mother passed away in 1994, yet she walked me through every step of learning how to grow roses; I can still hear her voice in my head say “plant the graft 4-6 inches below ground to protect the rose from frost damage over the winter.” Since I can hear my Mother’s ‘gardening tips’ in my head about taking care of roses, I thought in honor of my Mom, and Mom’s everywhere that pass on crucial oral history I’d share her 5 growing tips. And I want to thank Mom’s and care-givers everywhere for the critical role they play and their voices in our head and for passing on all the vital oral knowledge that cannot be learned anywhere else and their profound wisdom that is an echo through the furrows of time.

While working in the garden this spring I was wondering how did our Mom’s know so much without ‘Google Search’, and the Internet? Oral history was key to knowledge. I’ll give you a hint: Our Moms must have read EVERYTHING!

Moms Tips To Rose Growing Success

  • Plan your rose garden where you have 6-8 hours of sun
  • Design for easy maintenance with access to water
  • Roses need good drainage
  • Space on 3 Foot Centers for most roses
  • Fertilize regularly in soil that has lots of organic matter

There’s Still Plenty Of Time To Get Your Living Roses, Order Now

Order your roses now so Mom will have them in time for Mother’s day or get your Mom a Jackson and Perkins Gift Certificate so she can choose her favorites. The varieties I listed are VERY popular with Mothers!

Read More Mother’s Day Stories

You will want to read the amazing story called In Loving Memory, discovering the hidden peonies.

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‘Stormy Weather’ Climbing Rose, Mauve or Purple?

'Stormy Weather', LCI Beautiful large flowered climber blooming in candelabra of purple blooms or do you call them mauve?

The weather across the U.S. calls for a rose aptly named ‘Stormy Weather’ for Wordless Wednesday. Join the debate, leave a comment. Color is subjective. How do you see the color of ‘Stormy Weather’?

  1. Mauve
  2. Purple
  3. Burgundy

Vote in the comment section or tweet your vote.

'Stormy Weather', LCI Beautiful large flowered climber blooming in candelabra of purple blooms or do you call them mauve?
‘Stormy Weather’, LCI Beautiful large flowered climbing rose bush blooming in candelabra of purple blooms or do you call them mauve?

'Stormy Weather' Climbing Rose Candelabra
‘Stormy Weather’ Climbing Rose Filled With Blooming Candelabra

The little ruler was provided by The Seedkeeper Company, the best source for organizing your seeds.

 

 

A Garden Is A Marshmallow World

PROVEN WINNERS © 'Magic Hibisbus Cranberry Crush'
Juxtaposition
1. The fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect. 

“The juxtaposition of country & tropical creates a marshmallow garden world.”

PROVEN WINNERS © 'Magic Hibisbus Cranberry Crush'
PROVEN WINNERS © ‘Magic Hibisbus Cranberry Crush’ 

Shown above is a Proven Winner genus of plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae known for large showy flowers simply known as hibiscus, less widely known as ‘rose mallow. The magical quality of the hibiscus enchants me to sing out loud, “A Marshmallow World.”

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Most of the mallows from the hibiscus (also known as ‘rose mallow’) have been used as food recorded throughout history by early classic writers. A dish of ‘marsh mallow’ considered an edible vegetable during Roman times was considered a delicacy. According to Wikipedia Prosper Alpinus stated in 1592 that a plant of the rose mallow kind was eaten by the Egyptians. Many of the poorer inhabitants of the world have subsisted for weeks on herbs, of which marsh mallow is one of the most common.

Hibiscus Summerific® 'Berrylicious'
Hibiscus Summerific® ‘Berrylicious’

The juxtaposed look of country; the little red barn & tropical the; the ‘Rose Mallows’ give the garden a Marshmallow World effect. You too can have a Marshmallow World. I love these Proven Winners Summerific ‘Rose Mallow’ plants, don’t you?

Hibiscus Summerific® 'Berrylicious'
Hibiscus Summerific® ‘Berrylicious’

PROVEN WINNERS © 'Magic Hibisbus Cranberry Crush'
PROVEN WINNERS © ‘Magic Hibisbus Cranberry Crush’

Proven Winners ‘Meteor Showers’ next to my conifer,  and the ‘Rose Mallow’ Hibiscus.

PROVEN WINNERS © 'Meteor Showers'
PROVEN WINNERS © ‘Meteor Showers’ | ‘Cranberry Crush’ Hibuscus

PROVEN WINNERS © 'Meteor Showers' Pollinator Attractant
PROVEN WINNERS © ‘Meteor Showers’ Pollinator Attractants

The smartest, most beautiful woman I know, my daughter-in-law said to me,

on mixing tropicals in a country rose garden landscape: “Its the juxtaposition that I love.”

Family Relationships Grow
My beautiful Daughter-In Law| The Best Mom I Know | Loves A Little Bit Of Country and A Whole Lot of Tropical  ‘Rose Mallow” This is us planting the ‘Kids Garden’ in Virginia

*Please visit Instagram where I can give some credit to my dear sister-in-law, Martha Proctor who I first saw ‘Cranberry Crush’ blooming in Wisconsin and was enchanted by it.

So I say mix ’em up Roses & Tropicals!

Proven Winners 'Summerific' Hibiscus
‘Summerific’ Hibiscus | I have a ‘Crush on ‘Cranberry Crush’ & Roses in the Rock Rose Garden with ‘Earth Song’

 

 

Mom’s Voice | An Echo For The Ages

'Black Dragon' Peony Blooms

Mother’s Day is the day we honor Mom. Do you hear yourself saying the same witty quips you heard your Mom say to the kids in your life? “Close the door.” Were you born in a barn?!” “Quit running in and out.” Since my Mom was a rosarian, and avid gardener I hear “Mom’s Gardening Tips” in my head!

'Black Dragon' Peony Tree My First Peony That I Planted to Bloom in Illinois
‘Black Dragon’ Peony Tree My First Peony That I Planted to Bloom in Illinois

In honor of Mother’s Day this is a tribute to Mom’s and care-givers everywhere that teach us things we didn’t learn in books or Google Search. Since peonies were Mom’s favorite flower, I wish she were here to see the first peony that I actually planted bloom called ‘Black Dragon’.

'Black Dragon' Peony Blooms
‘Black Dragon’ Peony Blooms | 8 Inches Deep Rose Color | Highly Fragrant

Mother passed away in 1994, yet she walked me through every step of planting “Black Dragon”; I could hear her voice in my head say “plant it level with the ground or it will come up blind.” She walked me through planting and the care of this very special peony. Since I can hear my Mother’s ‘gardening tips’ in my head about taking care of peonies, I thought in honor of my Mom, Dorothy Chisholm Proctor, and Mom’s everywhere that pass on crucial oral history I’d share her 5 peony tips. And I want to thank Mom’s and care-givers everywhere for the crucial role they play and their voices in our head and for passing on the crucial oral knowledge that cannot be learned anywhere else and their profound wisdom that is an echo through the furrows of time.

Dorothy Chisholm Proctor | Mother | Grandmother | Great Grandmother
Dorothy Chisholm Proctor

You don’t realize how magnificent a peony is until you live in a zone without peonies. We couldn’t grow this variety of peony in Texas so you can imaging how I felt when I discovered the secret garden filled with peonies on my property in Illinois. You will want to read this amazing story called In Loving Memory, discovering the hidden peonies.

'Black Dragon' Peony Blooms | Tuberous Begonias for a Size Comparison
‘Black Dragon’ Peony Deep Rose Fuschia Color Blooms | Tuberous Begonias for a Size Comparison | Very Fragrant

Back in Northern Illinois when Mom could no longer do it I would tend to her peonies each year before we pruned the roses by gently taking the digging fork around each peony bush, adding bone meal and topping each bush with love and Canadian Spaghnum peat moss. While working in the hosta this year I was wondering how did our Mom’s know so much without ‘Google Search’, without the Internet? Oral history was key to knowledge. I’ll give you a hint: She read EVERYTHING

'Double KnockOut' 1st rose to Bloom this season
‘Double KnockOut’ 1st rose to Bloom this season

Mom’s 5 Tips On Growing Peonies

  1. Plant peonies at ground level or they “will come up blind” meaning they won’t bloom.
  2. Peonies need ants to bloom.
  3. Surround the plant with Canadian spaghnum peat moss every year
  4. Divide the peony with a sharp pruning shovel to propagate the plant
  5. Add a cup of bone meal around each plant per year

“The first rule of good breeding: never mistreat anyone who is not in a position to retaliate.”~ Dorothy Chisholm Proctor

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