The ‘Story of Roses Grows On At The Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Star Roses & Plants Conard - Pyle Executives pictured with Susan Fox at IGC Show

Susan Fox Roses for Every Garden

Chicago Flower & Garden Show ~ Navy Pier, March 20-23, 2019

CHICAGO (March 15, 2019) – Susan Fox, of Gaga’s Garden, Central, Illinois will dazzle visitors on how to choose the perfect rose based on their lifestyle when she attends the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, March 20-23rd at Navy Pier.

Tony Abruscato | Chicago Flower & Garden Show Director | Rose Garden Visionary
Tony Abruscato | Chicago Flower & Garden Show Director | Rose Garden Visionary

“People say that roses are their favorite flower and they want them in their garden. Roses have been growing in the wild long before they had to be ‘pampered by people’ so come to the show and let Susan Fox educate you in what’s new in the world of minimal care roses that you can add to your landscape,” says Chicago Flower & Garden Show Director Tony Abruscato.

“FLOWERTALES: The Story Grows On.”

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

2019 stands to be a blockbuster year when the creators of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show host “FLOWERTALES: The Story Grows On.” Chicago’s oldest event turns the page to the next chapter telling the story of entirely new interpretations of the unique roles flowers, plants and gardens play in the stories of our lives. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is Wednesday, March 20 through Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Navy Pier.

Oldest Garden Show In America

Diane Sommers American Rose Society Celebrity, Board Member, Docent and Rosarian Extraordinaire Ecstatic at Our Turn Out for the Show!

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is one of the country’s top three consumer garden shows and one of its oldest, with roots that date back to 1847 as the Chicago Fruit and Flower Show. It was also one of the first consumer shows ever held at Navy Pier.

Sauk Trail Rose Society Docents from left to right Thomas Bolden | Center Susan Fox | Right Frank Devries
Sauk Trail Rose Society Docents from left to right Thomas Bolden | Center Susan Fox | Right Frank Devries

Roses That Love Where You Live

Ms. Fox will show visitors how easy growing roses can be. These darlings of the garden respond quite nicely to a little TLC. She’ll explore this topic with attendees in an interactive and highly visual intense presentation and further discuss what visitors want to achieve in their garden with roses. Today there are so many types of roses to choose from that suit any lifestyle. Ms. Fox plans to explore the exciting, easy care varieties of roses suitable for busy lives that include environmentally friendly and minimal care plants. Remarkably, many gardeners perceive roses as difficult to grow and are hesitant about adding roses to their garden landscapes, Ms. Fox will dispel that myth via education.

The Rose: Americas’ Favorite Flower

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

Fox claims that a large percentage of gardeners that seek her advice tell her that they want to add roses to their landscape but are hesitant due to either a lack of knowledge about caring for roses or a perception that roses are just too hard to take care of. Her presentation is about education and matching the right plant to the person’s lifestyle and goals for their garden. She states that today there are roses to choose from that fit any personal style. She plans to explore the methods and easy steps that produce quick and lasting results with these wonders of the garden world.

“The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is excited to announce that Susan Fox of Gaga’s Garden will attend the Chicago Flower and Garden Show in March of 2019. Ms. Fox is a consulting rosarian, award-winning photographer, event planner, and a Biltmore Rose Trials judge with gardening in her blood. We are honored to have her representing one of America’s favorite flowers, the rose. Ms. Fox is a wonderful representative of the public education of growing roses. We look forward to our continued partnership with her,“  says Mr. Tony Abruscato, Director of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

“FLOWERTALES: Every Garden Has a Story to Tell” will present volumes of practical and pretty ideas, highlighting the season’s styles, colors, and textures through more than 20 display gardens and more than two dozen points of gardening interests. There’s something for every person and lifestyle; from balconies, patios and small-space designs to creative vegetable and herb gardens, inspiring water features, and glamorous perennial beds.

Susan Fox | Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Susan Fox | Chicago Flower & Garden Show

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is open to the public from March 20-23, 2019. Evening in Bloom, a show preview that will benefit show partner Bernie’s Book Bank and the new Get Growing Foundation, is from 6:00-9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2018. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Save some “green” by purchasing group and individual day and evening tickets online at www.chicagoflower.com.

           For more information about Susan Fox of Gaga’s Garden www.gagasgarden.com for the very latest updates and unique extras, on Facebook/.com/gagasgarden and tweet with us on Twitter @chicagoflower @gagasgarden throughout the show #ChicagoFlower #gagasgarden

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Susan Fox, is a consulting rosarian that speaks, grows, photographs, and shows roses. Company founder of Gaga’s Garden®, she was awarded the American Rose Society’s (ARS) Presidential Citation “for Promoting the Rose and Rose Education Via Social Media.” At her heart is a commitment to generating educational, entertaining content that profiles specific products, personalities, places and events that engage the larger audience through targeted social media campaigns. This and other acknowledgments in the gardening community has firmly established Susan as one of the most highly regarded rosarians and gardeners in the industry with a special talent for promoting garden related products, people or events via social media and content marketing. The Website at www.gagasgarden.com features a sample of Gaga’s Garden® content and story telling graphics that keep readers coming back for more!

Flower Show Productions, Inc. is the production company for the annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show and for grand-scale public events that celebrate sustainable living and eco-friendly lifestyles. The company provides year-round messaging, education and information about the benefits of earth-friendly choices to yards, neighborhoods, communities and the planet. The 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show runs March 14-18, 2018. The “Evening in Bloom” shows preview benefitting area charity organizations is Tuesday, March 13, 2018. For year-round inspiration and great ideas, please visit www.chicagoflower.com, and find the show  on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chicagoflower and Twitter @Chicago Flower.

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Easy To Love | Easy To Grow |Roses

Pretty Lady Rose
Pretty Lady Rose

An Easy To Love |  Easy To Grow | Rose Garden

“Roses Are For Every Garden” at  The Chicago Flower & Garden Show, interview with

What Jodie Henke of Living the Country Life radio (a Meredith, Better Homes & Garden property) will air across the U.S., on

85% of folks say roses are their favorite flower. They want easy-to-grow roses. Rose breeders are listening to YOU! Each year there are better minimal care roses available that you can have great success with. Here are some of the  Conard Pyle Star Roses and Weeks Roses, that I researched and have personally grown. I included them because of their beauty and ease of care. Star Roses and Weeks Roses supplied the roses for the Chicago Flower & Garden rose garden his year and last year  had been planned to be at the show. They are minimal care roses bred for their easy to grow qualities. I can vouch for their high degree of success in the garden. Christian Bédard told us ‘Pretty Lady Rose’ may be the best rose he’s ever bred and I can tell you its at the top of my list for perfection.

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Hybrid Teas Roses | Americas Favorite Flower

Hybrid tea roses are perfect for any rose garden. They are perfect for cut flowers and creating our own bouquets. A hybrid tea is easily identifiable by their large shapely single flower blooms on long stems. Here are a few of the very best hybrid teas that are true winners.

‘Pretty Lady Rose’ New 2016 | Weeks Roses 2nd in their The Downton Abbey Series

  • Dark even rose pink almost fuchsia
  • 4-5 “ Large old fashioned ruffled petals
  • The smell of peonies with a hint of spices

'Francis Meilland'
‘Francis Meilland’

‘Francis Meilland’ 1996

  • Color: Very large shell pink flowers
  • Winter hardy disease resistant
  • Winner of Biltmore International Rose Trials Best Hybrid Tea
  • Strong fruity and citrusy fragrance

Award of Excellence Best Established Rose | Bred by Dr. Walter E. Lammerts (United States, 1954).
Award of Excellence Best Established Rose

‘Queen Elizabeth’ 1954

  • Pink 4” with large petals, and pointed buds
  • Moderate rose fragrance
  • Won ‘Best Established’ Rose at The Biltmore International Rose Trials when I was a judge in 2015

For Hedge and Borders I love Shrub roses because they grow from 5 to 15 feet in every direction based on your climate and growing conditions.

'Watercolors Homerun'
‘Watercolors Homerun’

‘Water Colors Home Run’ by Weeks Roses

  • 3 colors showy flame red | yellow gold pink blush | Hot Pink
  • Medium height and bloom size
  • Winter hardy and disease resistant

'Drift® Chamboeuf'
‘Drift® Chamboeuf’

‘Drift®’ Groundcover Roses by Star Roses and Plants

  • 8 colors from White Drift Rose to Red Drift Rose
  • Blooms 1 ½” -3” bushes about 2 feet tall spreading
  • Winter hardy, disease resistant, and easy to grow.

Bonica, Shrub rose always the first to bloom in the spring in my Texas rose garden
Bonica, Shrub rose always the first to bloom in the spring in my Texas rose garden

Bonica® – Shrub

  • The Bonica rose has been voted the World’s Favorite Rose in by the World Federation of Rose Societies and an All-America Winner
  • Pastel pink, 3” blossoms, about 5’ tall spreading
  • Slight fragrance

For containers you can plant Miniature or miniflora roses known for novelty and versatility.

Some of the most beautiful and hardy are:

'All a Twitter'
‘All a Twitter’

‘All a’ Twitter’

  • Twinkling brilliant orange
  • Tall, medium size blooms
  • Winter hardy

‘Be My Baby’

  • Incandescent pink
  • Large round blooms, medium tall
  • Fragrance mild tea 

‘Sunblaze®’ Miniatures by Star Roses and Plants

  • All colors from amber-to yellow, vigorous, disease resistant, winter hardy.
  • 12-18 inches compact
  • Slight fragrance

For walls, fences, and pergolas we want climbing or rambling type roses for their unique long arching canes, and their ability to climb fences, over walls, through trellises, arbors, trellises.

‘Above All’

  • The old classic ‘Westerland’ raised modernized with 21st century ‘best-off-best’ qualities!
  • Salmon-orange blend, repeat blooming, 10-14 feet
  • Old fashioned, 3 ½”-4” blooms, fruity fragrance

Bee on Fourth of July Climbing Rose Bush
Bee on Fourth of July Climbing Rose Bush

‘4th of July’

  • Gorgeous Red striped and bright white
  • 10-14 feet canes
  • Fresh cut apple and & sweet rose fragrance

‘Pretty in Pink Eden’ or ‘New Dawn’ (Light pink)

  • All qualities of highest rated, award winning rose ‘Eden Climber’ also known as ‘Pierre de Ronsand’ only deep pink
  • 10-12’ with gorgeous very double blooms 70-80 petals
  • Vintage rose fragrance, vigorous and disease resistant 

Floribundas

Beautiful Roses for the garden known for their profusion of bloom are floribundas. They bear flowers in large clusters and trusses with large clusters of and trusses. This class is unrivaled for providing massive colorful lasting garden displays that are hardier, easy care and more reliable in wet weather than their hybrid tea counterpart.

'Bolero' blooming as a perfect heart in nature
‘Bolero’ blooming as a perfect heart in nature

‘Bolero’

  • White, large blooms with 100 petals
  • Old rose and spicy fragrance
  • Bushy and about 3 feet tall

'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

‘Julia Child’

  • One of the top selling roses in the world
  • Butter/gold color, medium very full 3-4” blooms
  • Strong licorice fragrance

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

‘Easy Does It’

  • Gorgeous Mango Peach
  • Ever blooming with a moderate fragrance
  • Disease resistant, one of my all time favorites!  

Be sure and join us at The Chicago Flower and Garden Show. This is only the 2nd year we will have roses blooming in March in a rose garden setting in Chicago at Navy Pier. We’ll have American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians there to answer your rose growing questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Legends |Their Story & Roses

Jackson & Perkins Floribunda. New Generation Roses ® Collection. Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary, U.S.

Jackson & Perkins Floribunda. New Generation Roses ® Collection. Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary, U.S.
Jackson & Perkins Floribunda. New Generation Roses ® Collection. Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary, U.S.

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

Garden Legends are stories about people, plants, & companies and how their passion for creating better, more beautiful, easy to grow plants will live on as a tribute to them by rooting and grounding beautiful plants across the land in the hearts and gardens of people everywhere. Two of the most notable American Rose Breeders; Bill Warriner often called “the No.1 rose breeder in the United States.

Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1972). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. as 'Heirloom'.
‘Heirloom at Sunrise’
Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1972).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. as ‘Heirloom’.

While working with Jackson & Perkins Roses,  – at the time a nearly 80-year-old rose propagation company in Newark known for its award-winning roses named for famous people, Warriner introduced the prize-winning hybrids ‘Gay Princess’, ‘Gene Boerner’ and ‘First Prize’.

He later won 19 All-America awards for his rose introductions while working on J&P hybrids.

Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1990). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins (Wholesale) in 1991 as 'Barbara Bush'. Hybrid Tea.
Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1990).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins (Wholesale) in 1991 as ‘Barbara Bush’.
Hybrid Tea.

His hybridizing accomplishments were outstanding. In his job as overseer of some 100,000 seedlings in the Jackson & Perkins research facility in Irvine, CA where he developed new rose strains, he became the only rose hybridizer in the 40-year-old All-American Rose Society to win All-American honors for three new breeds, Love, Honor and Cherish, in one year, 1980.

Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, before 1977). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 1980 as 'Love'. Grandiflora.
Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, before 1977).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 1980 as ‘Love’.
Grandiflora.

He retired as director of Jackson & Perkins research after working with the company for 25 years and developing 150 varieties of roses. His creations have continued to gain prestige since his retirement. Bill Warriner passed away at the age of 69 in 1991.

Exhibition name: Brigadoon ™ Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1991). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 1992 as 'Brigadoon'. Hybrid Tea. New Generation Roses ® Collection.
Exhibition name: Brigadoon â„¢
Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1991).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 1992 as ‘Brigadoon’.
Hybrid Tea. New Generation Roses ® Collection.

Dr. Keith Zary now with Gardens Alive! was also a rose judge with me at the Biltmore International Rose Trials along with his wife Debbie Zary in 2015. The awards his roses have won include three major European Rose Trials. Dr. Zary also bred ‘Bill Warriner’ a wonderful fkoribunda which I had in Texas. It blooms non-stop and I have pictures of it that I will post when I locate the negatives.

Pink blend Hybrid Tea. Registration name: JACnepal Exhibition name: Gemini Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, 1991). Introduced in United States by Bear Creek Gardens, Inc. in 1999 as 'Gemini'.
Pink blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: JACnepal
Exhibition name: Gemini
Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, 1991).
Introduced in United States by Bear Creek Gardens, Inc. in 1999 as ‘Gemini’.

We sat at the same table during the awards and it was so interesting to hear the story of how learn that ‘Kimberlina’ was actually named for the exit that Jackson & Perkins was located off of in CA when he worked there.

Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, 1999). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins (Wholesale) in 2009 as 'Kimberlina'. Floribunda.
Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, 1999).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins (Wholesale) in 2009 as ‘Kimberlina’.
Floribunda.

Dr. Zary is only the second US rose breeder to win the President’s International Trophy (PIT) and Gold Medal Award of the Royal National Rose Society. The rose that won is called ‘Greetings’, a white centered, purple shrub/landscape-type rose that is currently not available in the US, but is sold in England.

Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary, U.S. Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins
Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary, U.S.
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins

‘Terra Jubilee’, a cream-to-light-pink floribunda, won the Netherlands’ Golden Rose of The Hague.
Dr. Zary joined Jackson & Perkins in 1985 as only the fourth breeder in the company’s 126-year history. He is responsible for growing some 400,000 varieties of roses in the company’s 20 acres of research gardens and greenhouses. Ultimately, out of these hundreds of thousands of roses, only a select few will be chosen.

Texas Rose Garden | 'Brigadoon'
Texas Rose Garden | ‘Brigadoon’

Here’s my brag book of roses by Bill Warriner, and Dr. Keith Zary two Garden Legends bred while at Jackson & Perkins.

Those of you that read my writing know what a wake-up call it was for me starting over with the rose gardens of Illinois. I had to drive 90 miles to Rosey Acres to get the first potted roses to plant. The solution is to buy fine roses from a great online rose provider. And people want roses like these roses. Planting bare root roses is easy Here’s How To Plant A Bare Root Rose While researching some info I discovered that many of these roses are only now available via Jackson & Perkins online with free shipping for orders of $75.00! JacksonandPerkins JPFree75

Gaga's Garden Floribunda Rose Garden in Illinois
Gaga’s Garden Floribunda Rose Garden in Illinois Featuring Gene Boerner

 During the Biltmore International Rose Trials

Susan Fox | Debbie Zary at The Biltmore Rose Trials, Ashville, NC
Susan Fox | Debbie Zary at The Biltmore Rose Trials, Ashville, NC

 

 

 

 

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Roses, Natures Heart In Nature

'Dick Clark' opening as a perfect heart

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller

'Dick Clark' opening as a perfect heart
‘Dick Clark’ opening as a perfect heart in nature

Einsteins Theory of Relativity* in a nutshell says that in the moment that it takes you to read this sentence the room has changed around you. The unseen world is more real than the seen world and is constantly changing. Every rose that we capture in a shutter frame is for ours alone to see and share and gone in a fleeting second.

'Bolero' blooming as a perfect heart in nature
‘Bolero’ blooming as a perfect heart in nature

Showing roses showed me that some folks have a magician’s touch with roses. One such person is Past President of the American Rose Society, (ARS) Don Ballin. Don, prior to being elected President of ARS was president of the Northeastern Illinois Rose Society when I was a member. Don is a rose whisperer. He and his wife Paula played a role in having the rose named as our National Floral Emblem, going to Washington and watching President Ronald Reagan sign the bill into law. I’ve seen Don and Paula ‘blow’ open a rose at a National Convention with a whispered breath. They can force into bloom perfect roses suitable to win the Horace McFarland Memorial National Trophy*, not once, but more times than I can remember. And yet no one on this earth that I have seen can open a rose into the form of a perfect Heart In Nature.

'New Zealand' a perfect heart blooming in nature
‘New Zealand’ a perfect heart blooming in nature

With the wonder of a perfect bloom in mind can you imagine what it means to happen upon nature’s Valentine? A perfect heart opening to wish you a Happy Valentines Day. Happy Valentines Day from my perfectly formed hearts-in-nature Valentines to yours. Love, Gaga.

Dublin Bay a perfect red Heart in Nature
Dublin Bay a perfect red Heart in Nature Back Lit by the Sun

* Einsteins Theory of Relativity

a theory, formulated essentially by Albert Einstein, that all motion must be defined relative to a frame of reference and that space and time are relative, rather than absolute concepts: it consists of two principal parts.

'Moonstone' blooming as a perfect heart in nature
‘Moonstone’ blooming as a perfect heart in nature

** Horace McFarland Memorial National Trophy

An entry of six -seven hybrid tea specimens, each of a different variety, correctly named and exhibited in separate containers

Horace McFarland Memorial Trophy won by John & Donna Hefner
Horace McFarland Memorial Trophy won by John & Donna Hefner, Indianapolis Rose Society, September, 2015

 

 

 

 

The Fall of Roses, Sunrises & Sunsets

'Crimson Bouquet' at Sunrise in November

'Crimson Bouquet'
‘Crimson Bouquet’ a Meilland Grandiflora Rose at sunrise in the garden

Light dances with nature creating a symphony each second, every snapshot a mystery. A myriad of colors, reflections and pools of light bounce along twinkling as if the very eye of creation winks and says “Catch me if you can, for I’ll be gone forevermore into the space of eternity like the sands in the hourglass of time.”

Glistening at Sunrise with the Burning Bush | The Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima),
Glistening at Sunrise with the Burning Bush | The Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima),

This Thanksgiving I want to share how thankful I am for Illinois fall colors. This autumn is the most beautiful I can ever remember in Illinois. Most folks probably would not think of Illinois when they think of fall colors, however Central Illinois with its rolling hills, bountiful corn fields and soybeans that my Mother and Dad often said “feeds the world” is awesomely beautiful.

'Crimson Bouquet' at Sunrise in November
‘Crimson Bouquet’ at Sunrise in November

The roses intensified in colors and played off the sunlight and fall color of the leaves all season long. Here are the factors at play:

  • Changes in temperature;
  • Hours of daylight;
  • Wonders of nature (who knows how many variables!)

'Europeana' After the First Frost
‘Europeana’ Kissed By Jack Frost

The following factors all play a role in having a powerful affect in making each autumn and rose unique. So let’s look at how the three basic pigment groups: carotenoids and two types of flavonoids – anthocyanin and flavonols affect flower color:

'Europeana' with Ice Crystals
‘Europeana’ with Ice Crystals

Carotenoids Hold Color

During the hottest summer days the bright yellow and orange flowers tend to hold their color because the carotenoids are the most stable of the flower and fruit pigments.

Doris Day on a Fall Day
Doris Day on a Fall Day

They are enclosed in their own little compartments, called “plastids,” nestled inside the cytoplasm of individual plant cells, out of reach of many of the substances that a plant absorbs. Pesticides don’t reach them, nor do most of the nutrients and toxins plants absorb from the soil or air. When damaging substances do manage to get to them, these carotenoids have a second line of defense in their anti-oxidant actions that protect the plant even further. So the carotenoid pigments last and last. Whatever color the flower opens with, it maintains that color until well after it folds back up.

Legend | A Roses As Big As A Barn ;)
Legend | A Roses As Big As A Barn 😉

Hot Weather Increases Carotenoids I remember the most basic things my mother taught me about growing tomatoes: you have to have heat and sun to have a bountiful crop, and the fact that tomatoes are high in carotenoids is why.

With all pigments, the more pigment the flower produces in the bud, the brighter its colors will be. With carotenoids, a little bit of pigment makes a soft yellow flower. As the pigment levels increase, flowers become increasingly vivid yellows, oranges, and reds. This is the progression that a tomato follows as it ripens, gradually increasing production of carotenoids until it is fully ripe and red.

Princess Alexandra of Kent by David Austin
Princess Alexandra of Kent by David Austin Roses

Anthocyanins
The Blues Purples Pinks Reds  Anthocyanins are Unstable

Fall leaves change color in response to weather and this is an indicator of anthocyanin pigments. Anthocyanins are best known as the red pigment in fall leaves.

Did you notice how as the weather cools the red roses turn redder?

Colors fade almost completely as Anthocyanins & Flavanols burn away.

Anthocyanins are are much less stable than carotenoids.

Red Roses Turn Redder as The weather Cools Because

Anthocyanins Increase and Turn Red in Response to Cold

Burning Bush | The Old Oak Tree | Mexican Feather Grass
Burning Bush | The Old Oak Tree | Mexican Feather Grass

Nature does do some things that alter ph and other anthocyanin characteristics of plants. Functioning almost as a sort of anti-freeze in plant sap anthocyanins respond to dropping temperatures and produce more anthocyanins and become redder. For some reason, redder anthocyanins seem to have a more protective anti-freeze effect in plants. This happens in maple leaves.

maximize anothocyanins, to turn leaves their brightest reds and oranges, and to increase and darken the reds and pinks Maximum Anothocyanin Formula for Fall Color

The perfect weather is a factor for beautiful fall colors.

Bright sunny days

Less rain

Cold

Anthocyanins Degrade and Disappear with Heat 

Flowers that fade quickly in summer heat are high in bands of anthocyanin pigments. These flowers tend to intensify and are more beautiful in cooler weather since some anthocyanins are very sensitive to heat.

Sunset in Illinois
Sunset in Illinois

Source American Scientific *Carotene pigments (which are carotenoids) produce yellow, orange and red colors whereas anthocyanin pigments (which are flavonoids) produce red, purple, magenta and blue colors. Most red flowers use anthocyanin pigments to produce their red coloring (although some use carotenoids). On the paper strips, the anthocyanin pigments may have appeared as a purplish-reddish band. If different red flowers made similarly colored bands around the same height on the paper towel strip as one another, then they likely have the same pigment. If the bands are different colors and/or at different heights, however, then they’re probably different pigments. Carotene pigments are more commonly found in vegetables, and, in fact, they are what make carrots look orange. Yellow and orange flowers can have carotenoids or flavonoids, and blue flowers often have anthocyanin pigments that are modified. Some flowers even have chlorophyll that gives them green coloring.