Rose Patterns

'Uncle Joe' known for having the most petals of any hybris tea growing in the pattern of a 'T'
Gaga's Garden In Bloom
Gaga’s Garden In Bloom Takes on Similar Patterns Each Year

Rose bloom cycles have unique patterns of growth that are distinguishable upon a visual registry of familiarity. A familiarity that is built on time and and meditative reflection together with your garden. What are some of the ways you can apply your own visualization system to describe the differences you see in your own microclimate? There are so many contributing factors occurring at different times yet the same variables continue to impact what you see. Only a visualization system can fully record the full effect. Your garden takes on distinguishable patterns of growth that are determined by these factors just to name a few.

  • Dates of pruning
  • Dead-heading promptness
  • Fertilization schedule
  • Water levels
  • Sun
  • Disease
  • Draughts
  • Pests
  • Soil Type
  • Care
  • The Most Often Replicated Pattern: Gagas Garden Floribunda Rose Garden
    The Most Often Replicated Visualization Pattern: Gaga’s Garden Floribunda Rose Garden

As a former merchandiser I’ve suggested to gardeners that you keep a diary of historic natural events that impact your garden. All of our buying of merchandise was based on history. The same can be said for plans in your garden. Much of what will happen and your plans to purchase and budgets are based on historical data.

'Uncle Joe' known for having the most petals of any hybris tea growing in the pattern of a 'T'
‘Uncle Joe’ known for having the most petals of any hybrid tea growing in the pattern of a ‘T’ grows in the same shape every year

One of the most unusual patterns I’ve noticed in a visualization system of record keeping is that each rose bush no matter how it’s pruned grows back in the same symmetry. Year in and year out established bushes will recreate a pattern of growth quite similar if not almost the same in symmetric patterning. The genetic code reproduces an almost perfect replica of itself after a winter dormancy year in and year out. A mystery to me and yet one I observe and is part of my visualization system.

'Julia Child' floribunda grow in the same shapely form every year
‘Julia Child’ floribunda grow in the same shapely form every year

For your visualization system start a journal and take note of the varieties that are most likely to have the most similar growth patterns. Record these things:

  • What do you like about the growth characteristics?
  • Does the plant generate the same number of canes each year?
  • When do basal breaks occur?
  • What contributing factors change the plant growth pattern?
    Bolero'
    ‘Bolero’

    'Easy Does It' Patterned Growth Each Year
    ‘Easy Does It’ Patterned Growth Each Year

 

 

 

100 Million Roses

Will Radler's Rose 'Double Knock-Out' Radtko
American Rose Society President, Pat Shanley, John DelVecheccio, and past ARS presidents. Jim Herring, Marilyn Wellan, and Jeff Wycoff
American Rose Society President, Pat Shanley, John Del Vecchio, and past ARS presidents. Jim Hering, Marilyn Wellan, and Jeff Wycoff as she is sworn in for her term as ARS president at the Fall convention in Syracuse, NY

“100 million roses,”

Jacque Ferare VP of Business Development | Stephen Hutton President, CEO of Star Roses and Plants/ Conard Pyle, West Grove, PA
Jacque Ferare VP of Business Development | Stephen Hutton President, CEO of Star Roses and Plants/ Conard Pyle, West Grove, PA | I took this picture of them at the Independent Garden Center Show in Chicago at Navy Pier launching ‘Popcorn Drift’

“100 million roses is our goal.” Stephen Hutton, president and CEO of Star Roses and Plants* made this bold statement at the American Rose Society Fall Convention In Syracuse, New York. Rose titans from all over the globe met on the most famous week end in America, September, 11-14th.

'Radrazz' Double KnockOut Rose
‘Double KnockOut®’ Rose

Every rose you have ever seen, will ever see, or dream about may have been created by one of these quiet unassuming giants of the rose world as they quietly assembled to collaborate on ways to insure the perpetuation of better roses.

Alain Meilland, of Meilland Roses International

Alain Meilland, of Meilland Roses International, mentioned that he came in honor of 9/11.

 

MMarriott_W15Michael Marriott of David Austin Roses, UK

Princess Alexandra of Kent by David Austin
Princess Alexandra of Kent by David Austin Roses
Alexander Kordes of Kordes Roses, Sparrieshoop, Germany and Thomas Proll, Lead Rose Breeder of Kordes Roses at The Fall American Rose Convention, Syracuse, NY September, 10-14, 2015
Alexander Kordes of Kordes Roses, Sparrieshoop, Germany and Thomas Proll, Lead Rose Breeder of Kordes Roses at The Fall American Rose Convention, Syracuse, NY September, 10-14, 2015

Alexander Kordes and Thomas Proll of international famous Kordes Roses from Germany and our own best and brightest Dr. Dave Byrne, Agrilife Research Horticultuirist from Texas A&M, College Station and Dr. Jim Sproul the General Director of the Rose Hybridizers Association, Bakersfield, CA. are just a few of the rose dignitaries that assembled in Syracuse, NY. Behind the regal eminence of the rose a battle rages.

American Rose Society Executive Director, Laura Seabaugh

American Rose Society Executive Director, Laura Seabaugh

It’s about change and keeping pace with our environment and giving gardeners the roses they want. Did you know while you and your families go to gardens all over the world these folks work with the best hybridizers in the world to create better roses. What’s a better rose you say? What qualities do a better rose have?

Form – you said you want a rose to look like a rose;

Fragrance – you said you want a rose that has a lovely fragrance;

Disease Resistance – you want and require easy-to-grow and minimal care especially due to time constraints;

Color -  is a must for you;

Beautiful Foliage – you don’t want your roses to ‘drop’ foliage due to disease;

Winter Hardiness –you want to keep your investment over cold winters.

Rose Titans like Will Radler who with one single rose Knocked it Out of the ball park and changed the face of the landscape around the entire globe. He said he will be creating more roses like his KnockOut® rose.

Will Radler, Creator of The Knock Out® Family of Roses | He changed the face of the landscaping with a single rose bush
Will Radler, Creator of The Knock Out® Family of Roses | He changed the face of the landscaping with a single rose bush
Will Radler's Rose 'Double Knock-Out' Radtko
Will Radler’s Rose ‘Double Knock-Out’ Radtko | The rose that changed the face of landscaping around the globe and made roses fashionable everywhere.

The pace of life continues to speed up. You have spoken. You say yes to roses in your garden. And now you can have exactly the kind of rose you want.

We can do it folks. You see there is a rose for everyone. Get out there and lets plant 100 million roses! With results like we had at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show we can do it. Did you know The American Rose Society signed up almost 400 trial memberships and 100’s and 100’s of new folks for the ARS & You newsletter? If you belong to organizations that membership is dropping the reality is if you offer value folks will join and the American Rose Society offers far more value than the cost. We handed out thousands of brochures and folks want to learn about roses. Opportunities abound where people and roses come together to educate folks about the fact that there is a rose for every gardener.

Karen Kemp-Docksteader, Sales & Marketing Manager for Weeks Roses
Karen Kemp-Docksteader, Sales & Marketing Manager for Weeks Roses
Weeks Roses | Best Sales Team in the World | Jerry Amoroso, Philadelphia and Mark Adams Chicago
Weeks Roses | Best Sales Team in the World | Jerry Amoroso, Philadelphia and Mark Adams Chicago #IGCShow

Tom Carruth King of the Roses – Keith Zary – Christian Bedard

*Star Roses and Plants has been acquired by Ball Horticultural Company

* Current statistics show that we sell 30 million roses in the US each year. A goal of 100 million with all of us on board is attainable.

 

 

 

 

 

Gardening News | Roses Are Sold Out!

'Easy Does It' by Weeks Roses with Rain Drops, a vision of perfection
Tony Abruscato, Show Director, Chicago Flower & Garden Show | Harry Carey's
Tony Abruscato, Show Director, Chicago Flower & Garden Show | Sitting in Harry Carey’s favorite chair in his restaurant with Mr. Fox and I out ot a wonderful dinner

Jubilance was the mood the week of the Independent Garden Show in Chicago at Navy Pier. Folks were positive and upbeat. Lake Michigan, My Inland Sea, brought a very real sense of a ‘sea change’ wafting in the air to the beautiful shores of Chicago. There’s a pulse to a trade event. The feeling is as palpable as a heart beat. Perhaps it’s the Lake Effect, however I say the sense of fortunes about to change was reflected in the attitudes of the folks and businesses that bring life to your gardens and stores.

Sales & Marketing Manager Karen Kemp Docksteader
In the Trenches with Sales & Marketing Manager Karen Kemp Docksteader

Every wholesale rose grower I talked to said that their roses are already sold out. Last March, at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, a public show that brings over 50,000 visitors to Navy Pier, true visionary, Show Director, Tony Abruscato, believed we could build a rose garden for the public to educate them about roses. Through much travail, Blood, Sweat, & Tears we managed to pull it off. The public show was primarily sponsored by wholesale rose growers, Star Roses and Plants, Weeks Roses, and Certified Roses grower of ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ winner of ‘Best Overall’ rose at the 2014 Biltmore International Rose Trials. Our fertilizer company was Mills Magic, and Gethsemane Gardens brought their own David Austin Roses that they had Ted’s Greenhouse force into bloom for the show. Several other folks sponsored as well and I surely want to be sure you are given accolades! Check out Chicago Flower for the full list.

David Austin Display at the Independent Garden Center Show
David Austin Display at the Independent Garden Center Show

What’s radical about a rose garden in March in Chicago?!

  • We ask wholesale growers to partner with us to do a public show.
  • We needed to have roses blooming in March in Chicago.
  • Roses don’t bloom in March in Chicago! Not by themselves they don’t!

Wholesale businesses normally don’t do this. I am going to make a marketing case study of an entire segment of business opportunities that your wholesale business is missing by not creating a ground swell by a multi-prong marketing effort involving creating demand by including the consumer. Sure you would like to pass off all marketing costs to the retailer, but what if they don’t know jack about marketing your product? Its really fun to sell-in, stack it high and watch it fly, if only it was so easy. I say lets make the public want and ask for ‘Easy Does It’, ‘Popcorn Drift’, ‘Drop Dead Red’, ‘Milwaukee Calatrava’ & ‘Litchfield Angel’ & ‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’. Or do you just want to hand the order sheet (yes I saw them in your stores) and let a clerk order thing becasue she like the name. Or you can stay traditional and order ‘Peace’, ‘Mr. Lincoln’, ‘Fragrant Cloud’,  and say I can’t sell David Austin Roses because they are too expensive. That’s a quote right from the booth at the #IGCShow from a major owner of an Independent Garden Center near St. Louis.

The Gardening Tool Legends Derk and Sietse DeWit
The Gardening Tool Legends Derk and Sietse DeWit from Holland!

In marketing we call this creating public demand in a muti-prong appraoch.  Independent Garden Centers owe a debt of gratitude to their wholesale suppliers for investing marketing dollars in roses at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. And to the 100’s of American Rose Society volunteers that worked for almost two weeks educating the public that roses are easy-to-grow.

Tu Bloom CEO Bloom Designs, Chicago
Tu Bloom CEO Bloom Designs, Chicago

The public cannot buy what they don’t know about. Tim Wood and Karen Kemp Docksteader both came to the event and provided education to the folks that were starved for information on rose growing tips.  We handed out thousands of rose catalogs all provided by your rose wholesaler. Folks wanted all the education we could provide. The show in March was the perfect launch vehicle for new products.

Espoma Sales Vice President John Harrison
Espoma Sales Vice President John Harrison | This is a very good organic product

Executive Director of the American Rose Society (ARS), Laura Seabaugh, sent by ARS Vice President and Membership Chair Ms. Pat Shanley and an army of committed consulting rosarians came to the gardens every day to educate visitors about roses. The American wholesale rose growers, Weeks Roses, Star Roses and Plants sent 1000’s and thousands of expensive print catalogs that we handed out to ‘the public’, knowing this would create demand. How could they do this? The catalogs were year-end. Where do these usually end up folks? Listen to me – all you wholesale folks who don’t do consumer shows. Marketing can be a multi-prong approach creating demand in a ground swell.  Those of us who write about a gardening lifestyle make an impact statement to all folks via education and dispelling the myth that “roses are hard to grow”. The chemical companies of yesterday had to give roses and many plants a bad name to sell their products, now we have to clear their reputation. Let me spell it out my friends, this case study is all about wholesale folks mixing it up with the public.

Star Roses Forced Bloom In The Rose Garden In March At Navy Pier

Star Roses on Parade

Here’s what’s going on in the world of the Independent Garden Center. Click the link for an album of pictures:

Independent Garden Show Album

A Sea Change  Ball Horticultural  Star Roses And Plants

Ball to Acquire Conard-Pyle

Purchase creates the opportunity to combine Ball Ornamentals’ strength in woody ornamentals with Conard-Pyle’s market-leading position in roses

The phrase is a quotation from Shakespeare. It comes from Ariel’s wonderfully evocative song in The Tempest:

Full fathom five thy father lies:
Of his bones are coral made:
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.

Ball Horticultural Company Joy and I talking about the acquisition of Star Roses and Plants
Ball Horticultural Company Joy and I talking about the acquisition of Star Roses and Plants
Tony Abruscato, Show Director, Chicago Flower & Garden Show | The Seedkeepers
Tony Abruscato, Show Director, Chicago Flower & Garden Show | The Seedkeepers | Outside on Navy Pier at #IGCShow
'Easy Does It' by Weeks Roses with Rain Drops, a vision of perfection
‘Easy Does It’ by Weeks Roses with Rain Drops

Recipe For A Rose Garden

'Julia Child' by Weeks Roses featured this shot of 'Julia Child' in The American Rose Society 2014 Calendar
The Rose Garden
The Rose Garden

Key Ingredients : Weeks Roses 

'Neil Diamond' 2nd place winner hybrid tea Digital Photography Photo Contest Novice Class
‘Neil Diamond’ 2nd place winner hybrid tea Digital Photography Photo Contest Novice Class

Ingredients:

Roses of your Choice I chose Weeks Roses for this Recipe or you can choose from Star Roses, David Austin Roses of which I have some of each kind in this garden.

Remaining ingredients:

Canadian Sphagnum Peat

Mills Magic Rose Mix Fertilizer*

Soak in Haven Brand Soil Conditioners

6-8 hours full sun

Water

Tools I used Corona Gardening Tools for this Recipe

Love

'Easy Does It' by Weeks Roses with Rain Drops, a vision of perfection
‘Easy Does It’ by Weeks Roses with Rain Drops

Optional Ingredients:

Wind chimes

Fountain

Decor

Companion plants (Proven Winners)

Champagne

Iced Tea

'Julia Child' by Weeks Roses featured this shot of 'Julia Child' in The American Rose Society 2014 Calendar
‘Julia Child’ by Weeks Roses featured this shot of ‘Julia Child’ in The American Rose Society 2014 Calendar

Preparation: Select a location with 6-8 hours full sun where you want to spend time that has a water source. Add elements for the pleasure and perception of your 5 senses, Sight; the roses and companion plants that attract pollinators. Hearing; wind chimes or a water fall type fountain for the relaxing sound of water Smell; fragrant roses and flowers, and add the beverage of your choice champagne, wine, iced tea, coffee. And we can add thermoception (temperature differences) by carefully choosing the location of a bench or swing in the shade or sun. Sound; wind chimes or a water fountain, Wind chimes, sound; the roses, sight; touch, textured companion plants like Mondo grass; smell, roses. Add your favorite beverage for taste, like champagne and hear the tinkling of the bubbles. Meditate, pray and stimulate the 6th sense plant these three roses according to instructions, add a fountain, decor, like wind chimes, a beautiful bench and companion plants and you’ve got your self a rose garden. Children and grown ups alike love my geese girls that I dress for holidays. The most important ingredient of all is Love. A garden is a gathering place for loved ones.

The Geese Girls in their Patriotic Regalia
The Geese Girls in their Patriotic Regalia
Erik Posing Naturally by Europeana
Erik Posing Naturally by ‘Europeana’

*Mills Magic Rose Mix is the perfect blend of organic soil amendments that I personally used to buy separately in 40-50 pound bags at the feed store, transport home and mix in a huge wheelbarrow and separate in 5-gallon pails. Now I just use this product exclusively. So if there is a secret to rose success this is it.

Corona Tools Needle Nose Pruners
Corona Tools Needle Nose Pruners

 

People Make Plants Come Alive at IGC

P. Allen Smith & me holding his beautiful rooster Edwin at #G2B14 in Little Rock, AR
P. Allen Smith & me holding his beautiful rooster Edwin at #G2B14 in Little Rock, AR
P. Allen Smith & me holding his beautiful rooster Edwin at #G2B14 in Little Rock, AR

Do plants give life to people or do people give life to plants? It’s the age old chicken or the egg causality dilemma, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” At The Independent Garden Show last week in Chicago, August 19-21, I had reason to ponder this theory. When I post pictures of the people behind the plant scene y’all say, “What’s with all the people?! We want to see plants and roses! Show us what new plants are there!” OK. Then when I post the newest plants inevitably y’all say “Who was there?!” Here is my theory:

Kate Porter from David Austin Roses, UK
Kate Porter from David Austin Roses, UK

People give life to plants

The Independent Garden Show Jeff and Cheryl Morey, Show Owners and their Management Team know and apply this theory quite well and brought us a world class event in the most idyllic setting along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan at Navy Pier, captivating the gardening world with new and exciting things we want to see, offering information we are eager to learn, while entertaining us and engaging the larger audience via multi-channels of social media.

Jeff kicked off the show by interviewing key note speaker Martha Stewart in a comfortable morning talk show setting where Martha was at ease sharing pictures of her garden and tips to a standing room only crowd.

Martha Stewart Live with Jeff Morey at IGC
Martha Stewart Live with Jeff Morey at IGC

 

Here are 3 takeaways from Jeff Morey’s talk with Martha Stewart:

  • Folks want plant variety that only an Independent Garden Center offers
  • Smaller plants are a much better value for today’s gardener and for the financially strapped shopper her advice is “they’ll grow.”
  • She knows time is also of short supply so easy care plants are essential

 

Jerry Amoroso, Mr. Rose of Weeks Roses
Jerry Amoroso, Mr. Rose himself, truly a ‘Class Act’ of Weeks Roses

 

 

 

Here are the key people behind the scenes that give life to the plants that you love: Weeks Roses was there with Karen Kemp-Docksteader and her sales team including NE Sales, Jerry Amororso who I coined, Mr. Rose himself. They were debuting their 2015 rose collection including famous Downton Abbey’s ‘Anna’s Promise’.

 

 

 

 

David Austin Team at IGC, Kate Porter from the UK & Shellie Reese, Tyler
David Austin Team at IGC, Kate Porter from the UK & Shellie Reese, Tyler

Kate Porter, commercial & projects manager for David Austin Roses had flown over from the UK and Shellie Reese from the Tyler, Texas office was there as they showed the David Austin beautiful new collection of roses. The David Austin Team was constantly busy with new orders. Their “Simple-to-Grow Roses” Campaign and demand of English roses is growing in the US and I witnessed it in action while I was at their exhibit.

David Austin Rose 'Carding Mill'
David Austin Rose ‘Carding Mill’ at the Independent Garden Show in Chicago

 

 

 

Shannon Springer Up Close with New Proven Winner shrub rose 'Livable La Vida'
Adorable Shannon Springer Gets Up Close with New Proven Winner shrub rose ‘Livable La Vida’

The Proven Winner’s Team was there with so many beautiful plants. Of course I saw that doll Shannon Springer who was at P. Allen Smith’s Garden 2 Blog 2014 event with me. And I can’t forget ‘John Vodka’, (Josh) and wonderful Jeanine Standard! These folks are all the people that bring us the plants that we love. Tony Abruscato, owner of The Chicago Flower & Garden Show, Greenmark PR and The Seedkeepers Thank-you one and all!

Jeanine Standard of Proven Winners kindly said "Susan you get on over there by 'Vermillionaire and I'll take your picture" So here it is! Great picture Jeanine! ;)
Jeanine Standard of Proven Winners kindly said “Susan you get on over there by ‘Vermillionaire and I’ll take your picture” So here it is! Great picture Jeanine! 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Abruscato, Mr. Chicago Flower & Garden Show and I pause for a minute to take in all the excitement at the great show!
Tony Abruscato, Mr. Chicago Flower & Garden Show and I pause for a minute to take in all the excitement at the great show!

Tony Abruscato, owner of The Chicago Flower & Garden Show as we put our heads together already talking about the show in March! There were so many wonderful people there that are behind the scenes that make the plants that you love come alive everyday. Look for the album that I will post to Facebook with more plant pictures.

Shannon Springer of Proven Winners and Sue Markgraf of Greenmark PR
Shannon Springer of Proven Winners and Sue Markgraf of Greenmark PR

 

 

Chris Thier from Laguna Ponds, Star of P. Allen Smith's G2B Happy Dance Video, See the video on my home page!
Chris Thier from Laguna Ponds, Star of P. Allen Smith’s G2B Happy Dance Video, See the video on my home page!

 

 

Garden Girl Gloves
Garden Girl Gloves