Miracle on the Pier

The 'Classic Rose Garden' at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ― Albert Einstein They said it couldn’t be done. I was almost convinced myself that we weren’t going to have a rose garden at Continue Reading

Happiness = Managing Expectations

Star Roses 'RadRazz' A KnockOut Kissed with Ice Crystals

This is a glimpse at the simplicity of managing life’s expectations. The family was all sitting around visiting. I said “I’m writing a Thanksgiving post about what I’m thankful for.” Out-of-the-blue, Big Daddy announces, “I’m thankful I haven’t had my first heart attack.” You can imagine he’s a pretty happy Continue Reading

Love Planted A Rose Garden | June Is National Rose Month

June Spring Bloom | The Floribunda Rose Garden in Full Bloom

“Love planted a rose and the world turned sweet ” ~ Katherine Lee Bates Floribunda Rose Garden in Bloom June was declared National Rose Month by Ronald Reagan in 1986. The Northeastern Illinois Rose Society was proud to play a role in having the rose named America’s floral emblem while Continue Reading

The Coolest Winter Roses

Oso Happy Candy Oh!

Fall of 2013 was the first time I planted roses in the fall. Stunningly naïve of what winter had in store for us I now call the surviving roses the ‘Ice Princesses.’ I usually buy roses in the spring and plant them well after any chance of a late hard 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