Easy To Love Roses

'Miracle on the Hudson' at The Biltmore the day it swept the show winning 'Best Overall category

‘Easy Spirit’ Makes Spirits Soar

'Easy Spirit' Floribunda Rose Will Lift Your Spirit

'Easy Spirit' hybridized by Tom Carruth of Weeks Roses, Cover Girl of the 2018 #WeeksRoses Catalog is: >Non-burning>Disease resistant>Fragrant>Long Lasting #GardenLegends #video #videos #bestroses

Posted by Garden Legends on Tuesday, September 4, 2018
‘Easy Spirit’

Easy-To-Love® Rose Collection Addition

  1. Long Lasting cream flowers, non-burning
  2. Natural disease resistance
  3. Compact, beautiful glossy green foliage

‘Roses For Every Garden’. That’s the title of my presentation at the Chicago Flower & Garden at Navy Pier in March. Today, more than ever ‘roses’ are a growing category that covers ‘a lot of ground’; from shrubs to trees. Education is your key to success. Planning your rose garden is enjoyable and it opens the door to everything you dreamed your rose garden could be.

Definition of a Rose Garden

“A rose garden is a gathering place created by planting two or more rose bushes making a tapestry of nature’s color, design and fragrance a symphony of serenity to all that wander in.” Susan Fox

3 Dream Rose Garden Characteristics



Easy To Grow

Shovel Pruning Is Part Of The Plan

Right now in a good part of the country if you are having a late spring you can still evaluate your roses. The plan I have put in place is to evaluate roses that are not winter hardy and replace them with roses that can survive even in zone 3, Canada. Today I’m featuring three very winter hardy roses.

If You Don’t Have ‘Em – Get ‘Em!

If you don’t have these roses and you are out in the garden centers and see the roses described in this article get them because most of the bare root sellers are sold out.

‘Party Hardy’ – Rose Growers Dream!

‘Party Hardy’ Bred by Christian Bédard (2009) To Survive The Canadian Winters Also Is Blooming In November

‘Party Hardy’ Characteristics

  1. Winter hardy, Bred in Canada by Christian Bedard to survive cold climates
  2. Plant and prune as a shrub or grow as a climber
  3. Beautiful color, foliage, & mild fragrance

‘Miracle On The Hudson’ Best of The Best!

'Miracle On The Hudson' | Best Shrub| by Robery Neal Rippetoe @FrancisRoses Most Disease Resistant | Best Growth Habit | Overall Winner | Best Over All Biltmore Rose Trials
‘Miracle On The Hudson’ | Best Shrub| by Robery Neal Rippetoe @FrancisRoses Most Disease Resistant | Best Growth Habit | Overall Winner | Best Over All Biltmore Rose Trials

‘Miracle On The Hudson’ Characteristics

  1. Extremely Winter Hardy
  2. Naturally Disease Resistant
  3. Prolific bloomer

New from Weeks Roses

  1. ‘State of Grace’
  2. ‘Queen of Elegance’
  3. ‘Life’s Little Pleasures’
  4. ‘In Your Eyes’

All of the Weeks Roses are just planted and we’ll be seeing what they look like in about 6 weeks!

‘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.



How To Plant A Memory Rose Garden

'Memorial Day' blooming on Memorial Day Week End

'Memorial Day' blooming on Memorial Day Week End
‘Memorial Day’, Hybrid Tea Blooming on Memorial Day Week End

Planting A Patriotic Memory Rose Garden

Planting a ‘Memory Garden’ of roses gives you a connection to your loved ones that can keep your memories of them alive. Its easy. Here’s how:

  1. Decide who you want to memorialize.
  2. Pick a spot with 6-8 hours of sun.
  3. Look up names of roses to plant as a tribute to loved ones.
  4. Roses that are great roses for patriotic gardens are ‘Memorial Day’
    1.  ‘Veteran’s Honor’
    2.  ‘Memorial Day’
    3. ‘Mr. Lincoln
    4. ‘Let Freedom Ring’

“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery

  1. Veteran’s Honor

'Veterans Honor' Blooming on Memorial Day Week-End 2016
‘Veterans Honor’ Blooming on Memorial Day Week-End 2016

“Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags, Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former Union sailors and soldiers.

'Memorial Day' a Hybrid Tea blooming on Memorial Day Week-End 2016
2. ‘Memorial Day’ a Hybrid Tea blooming on Memorial Day Week-End 2016

During that first national celebration, former Union Gen. and sitting Ohio Congressman James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.

Mr. Lincoln in the Rain
3. Mr. Lincoln in the Rain

This event was inspired by local observances of the day that had taken place in several towns throughout America in the three years after the Civil War. In 1873, New York was the first state to designate Memorial Day as a legal holiday.

Let Freedom Ring photo by Dr. Tommy Cairns
4. Let Freedom Ring photo by Dr. Tommy Cairns

By the late 1800s, many more cities and communities observed Memorial Day, and several states had declared it a legal holiday. After World War I, it became an occasion for honoring those who died in all of America’s wars and was then more widely established as a national holiday throughout the United States.

'Memorial Day' a Hybrid Tea blooming on Memorial Day Week-End 2016
‘Memorial Day’ a Hybrid Tea blooming on Memorial Day Week-End 2016

When Is Memorial Day?

In 1971, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act and established that Memorial Day was to be celebrated on the last Monday of May. Several southern states, however, officially celebrate an additional, separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead, sometimes referred to as a Confederate Memorial Day: January 19 in Texas; third Monday in Jan. in Arkansas; fourth Monday in Apr. in Alabama and Mississippi; April 26 in Florida and Georgia; May 10 in North and South Carolina; last Monday in May in Virginia; and June 3 in Louisiana and Tennessee.

'Take It Easy' blooming on Memorial Day Week-End 2016
‘Take It Easy’ blooming on Memorial Day Week-End 2016

Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery each year with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Traditionally, the President or Vice President lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. About 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually.” * PBS.org educating folks on the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Army Air Force | High Flyers in England WWII
R.J. Proctor, my father 2nd from the left front row Army Air Force | High Flyers in England WWII

Daddy served in England during WWII. He never talked about the war.  Mother told me about what she knew of his experiences during the war. If you want to watch a 4 Star PBS series about living in England while England was attacked from above by the German Luftwaffe air raids and bombings during WWII watch the PBS series available on Netflix called Foley’s War. I highly recommend it. It gave me a better understanding of what it must be like to live in a country under the siege of war.

WWII Post Card My Father sent Dated Feb 23, 1942 Daddy says, "We're playing for Bing Crosby in person tonight to entertain the boys." Feb. 23, 1942
WWII Post Card My Father sent Dated Feb 23, 1942 Daddy says, “We’re playing for Bing Crosby in person tonight to entertain the boys.” Feb. 23, 1942

My father was in England during World War II, and suffered a War related injury. I would like to thank my Father and all those that paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Army Air Force WWII
Army Air Force WWII

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 


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


  • 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.









Top Ten Roses of 2015

'Easy Does It'

‘Take It Easy’ In The Garden

January is inventory month. Take a good look at your roses. Decide on next years keepers. Then begin to shop online or from your rose catalogs for new roses for your spring garden. Most rose catalogs are now online so you can preview the roses and read about them to determine which selections would be best for your garden. Go to plantmaps.com and find your plant hardiness zone and determine the last possible date in the spring to expect a hard freeze. Most rose providers will also assist you in determining your zone and ship at the appropriate time.

January is a good month for planning spring gardens and transplanting dormant roses of all types in warmer climates. Be sure to remove soil from the roots and then handle the plant as you would any new bare root rose.

Construction and renovation of existing beds can be planned or completed. Now is a good time to send off soil samples for analysis if you use soil samples in your rose program.

January is a good time to visit www.ars.org. and check out all the member benefits. I want to encourage you to find your local society and go to a meeting. Rosarians are committed to assist you in rose education and sharing their knowledge about roses.

This is when I carefully analyze the roses that worked best last season and identify those that were the top performers so you can also be able to know good roses as you choose roses for your garden. Here are the real winners of 2015* and the actual pictures from last summer. This list is Interactive. You can vote your favorite rose up or down.

Also I will be speaking at The Northwest Flower and Garden Show next month. If you are able to come please plan on visiting. Here’s the link to the schedule. Northwest Flower and Garden Show

GARDEN 101: Garden Royalty February 17, 2015
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
The Secret to Landscaping With Roses
Susan Fox – Consulting Rosarian and author, Four Seasons of Roses Monthly Guide to Rose Care

*Disclaimer These opinions are subject to change as more prolific, hardier, more disease resistant roses are produced.

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