American Rose Society Calendar of Roses 2018 | Photographers | Roses

‘Dick Clark’ in the American Rose Society 2018 Calendar

The American Rose Society prints a calendar each year. They choose pictures from roses submitted from members and sell the calendars to support the American Rose Society. Anyone can buy them and they are very reasonably priced at $15.00. I just bought 7 of them and I probably will buy more because they make perfect gifts. Today I thought I would share my pictures that will be in the American Rose Society 2018 Calendar, and these are the pictures by other members:

Roses For Each Month | American Rose Society Calendar 2018

Most of us use our phones for planning and scheduling but it helps to have one physical calendar to be able to see and write down plans for what everyone is doing for the year. If you are going to have one print calendar make it the most beautiful one available, make it the one from the American Rose Society. 

My next picture chosen was ‘Abraham Darby’ on the January, 2018 page by David Austin Roses

‘Abraham Darby’ by David Austin Roses 2018 ROSES Calendar

ROSES Calendar COVER: ‘Grand Dame’ by Jane Ann Long

JANUARY Major: ‘The Charlatan’ Photo Cliff Orent.
Minor: ‘Abraham Darby’ Photo Susan Fox.
Minor: ‘Canasta’ Photo Mara Friedlander;
Minor: ‘Chicago Peace’ Photo Debbie Friedlander.
Minor: ‘Stranger’ Photo Teresa Mathers.

MAJOR: ‘Bouquet Parfait’ Photo Dona Martin.
MINOR: ‘Easy Does It’ Photo Sue Tiffany.
MINOR ‘Gold Medal’ Photo Richard Bennett;
MINOR: ‘Disneyland Rose’ Photo Kim Harris;
MINOR: ‘Mister Lincoln’ Photo Tom Mayhew.
MAJOR: ‘Dr John Dickman’ Photo Richard Bennett.
MINOR: ‘Love and Peace’ Photo Teresa Mathers.
MINOR: ‘Jacqueline du Pré’ Photo Elena Williams;
MNOR: ‘Aromatherapy’ Photo Scott Becker;
MINOR:‘Watercolors Homerun’ Photo Tina VanCleave.

MAJOR: ‘Reunion’ Photo Richard Howard.
MINOR: ‘Purple Splash’ Photo Scott Becker.
MINOR:‘Iceberg’ Photo Mary Chang;
MINOR: ‘Cl Candy Land’ Photo Jamie Becker;
MINOR: ‘Lovers Lane’ Photo Vicki Agee.
MAJOR: Stanwell Perpetual’ Photo Lou Evans.
MINOR: ‘Social Climber’ Photo Harlow Young*
MINOR: ‘Mermaid’ Photo Susan Brandt Graham;
MINOR: ‘Strike It Rich’ Photo Richard Howard;
MINOR: ‘Fragrant Cloud’ Photo Stan Griep.

MAJOR: ‘Abby’s Angel’ Photo Kathy Kozemchak.
MINOR: ‘Flower Girl’ Photo Richard Bennett.
MINOR: ‘Sunny Sundays’ Photo Richard Howard;
MINOR: ‘Tiddly Winks’ Photo Stan Griep;
MINOR: ‘Touch of Class’ Photo Craig Jansen.

MAJOR: ‘Julia Child’ Photo John Mattia.
MINOR:’Dick Clark’ Photo Susan Fox.
MINOR: ‘Dublin’ Photo Bill Kozemchak;
MINOR: ‘Rainbow Sorbet’ Photo Mariette Riedell;
MINOR: ‘George Burns’ Photo Teresa Mathers.

MAJOR: ‘Playgirl’ Photo Rich Baer.
MINOR:  ‘Cajun Moon’ Photo Cindy Dale.
MINOR: ‘Sunsprite’ Photo Elena Williams;
MINOR: ‘Miss Congeniality’ Photo Jamie Becker;
MINOR: ‘Rose de Rescht’ Photo Elena Williams.

MAJOR: ‘Darcy Bussell’ Photo Bill Kozemchak.
MINOR: ‘Rainbow Knockout’ Photo John Mattia.
MINOR: ‘Dream Come True’ Photo Stephen J. Feltoon;
MINOR: ‘Floranne’ Photo Linda Burg;
MINOR: ‘Hannah Gordon’ Photo Clive Nickerson.

MAJOR: ‘Honey Dijon’ Photo Vicki Agee.
MINOR:  ‘Prairie Sunrise’ Photo Elena Williams.
MINOR: ‘Lucille Ball’ Photo Cliff Orent;
MINOR: ‘Marilyn Monroe’ Photo Dona Martin;
MINOR: ‘Honey Perfume’ Photo Judy Frederick.

MAJOR: ‘Dark Desire’ Photo Harlow Young.
MINOR: ‘Crescendo’ Photo Gregg Ganas.
MINOR: ‘Sunglow’, Photo Linda Burg;
MINOR: ‘Prospero’ Photo Dona Martin;
MINOR: ‘Paul Ecke, Jr’  Photo Kathy Kozemchak.

MAJOR: ‘Dona Martin’ Photo Tom Mayhew.
MINOR: ‘Tess of the D’Ubervilles’ Photo Mary Chang.
MINOR: ‘Sterling Silver’ Photo Lou Evans;
MINOR: ‘The McCartney Rose’, Photo Reese Amorosi;
MINOR: ‘Glitter Girl’ Photo Teresa Mather

About the American Rose Society

*If you haven’t checked out the American Rose Society, current President of the American Rose Society, Pat Shanley believes in sustainable rose gardening and is dedicated to every aspect to growing better roses. She also oversees the magazine the “American Rose” magazine, along with Executive Director, Laura Seabaugh. This magazine is completely dedicated to promoting gardening, education, preservation and appreciation of the rose. The American Rose Society is one of the few societies left that continues to publish a print publication 6 times a year along with several newsletters/bulletins and provides each member with a “Handbook for Selecting Roses” and “Creating a Beautiful Rose Garden” booklet. 
Former president & rose education advocate Jolene Adams believes that the only way to dispel the myth that roses are difficult to grow is rose growing education. The American Rose Society is dedicated to providing you the gardener with education on how to grow better roses. If you haven’t check them out. Rosarians are standing by to answer your questions. 

*Correction: Please note the calendars printed the rose: ‘Social Climber’ with Susan Fox as the photographer however the rose was submitted and photographed by Harlow Young.





Roses Welcome Pollinators

'Above and Beyond' Today With a Bumble Bee | Roses Are Pollinator Attractants
'Above and Beyond' Today With a Bumble Bee | Roses Are Pollinator Attractants
‘Above and Beyond’ Today With a Bumble Bee | Roses Are Pollinator Attractants

‘Above and Beyond’ with a bumble Bee this morning. It’s Pollinator Week, June 15-21. Roses are pollinator attractants.

'Kimberlina' Floribunda Rose with a Bumble Bee
‘Kimberlina’ Floribunda Rose with a Bumble Bee

Background of Pollinator Week
Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership.

“Eight years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations.

'Sunsprite is a Pollinator Favorite
‘Sunsprite’ is a Pollinator Favorite

Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. The growing concern for pollinators is a sign of progress, but it is vital that we continue to maximize our collective effort.  The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture signs the proclamation every year.”*

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Pollinator on Lantana & Silver Mound
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Pollinator on Lantana & Silver Mound in the Rose Garden

The Pollinator Partnership includes both the  U.S. Department of Agriculture &

U.S. Department of Interior announcing that June 15-21 is National Pollinator Week. Let’s Celebrate It!

Red Spotted Purple Butterfly
Red Spotted Purple Butterfly

“Pollinating animals, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and others, are vital to our delicate ecosystem, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more. Therefore, Pollinator Week is a week to get the importance of pollinators’ message out to as many people as possible. It’s not too early to start thinking about an event at your school, garden, church, store, etc. Pollinators positively effect all our lives- let’s SAVE them and CELEBRATE them!” According to the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign

‘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.



Wordless Wednesday | A Hibiscus In The Rose Garden

Surprise! A hibiscus with the Little Red Barn!

Hibiscus and The Little Red Barn
Hibiscus and The Little Red Barn

The floribunda rose garden in its second full bloom cycle.

Floribundas in Bloom in July
The Illinois Floribunda Rose Garden is in its second full Bloom Cycle in July

‘Anna’s Promise’ by Weeks Roses with rain drops.

'AnnasPromise' with Rain Drops
‘AnnasPromise’ with Rain Drops

‘Watercolors Homerun’ debuting at #Cultivate15 in Ohio this week.

Watercolors Homerun Knocks it Out of the Park
Watercolors Homerun Knocks it Out of the Park

‘Pink Cupcake’ one of Proven Winners Oso Easy Series of roses.

I just pruned all of them with the hedge clippers that’s how easy they are. I will have a hedge of roses for fall.

Oso Easy 'Pink Cupcake'
Oso Easy ‘Pink Cupcake’

‘Veteran’s Honor’ the morning of the 4th of July. 

Veterans Honor with rain drops in full sun at sun rise
Veterans Honor with rain drops in full sun at sun rise on the 4th of July

‘Love & Peace’ Pictures worth a thousand words. #WordlessWednesday

Love & Peace is simply glorious
Love & Peace is simply glorious

Roses Fall Into Winter

Magnificent Sweet Gum Tree

I think I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree ~ Joyce Kilmer

Fall is a time for reflection. Time seems to slow down. Even the clock falls back. This autumn in Illinois the leaves took on reflective hues that seemed to dance and play in a slow waltz as the inevitable drift toward winter. The whole process of fall color is fairly well understood, yet so complex the reason for it is less clear.

Our country lane at sunset in the fall
Our Illinois country lane at sunset in the fall

Suddenly this year as the days got cooler, vibrant colors of gold, yellow, purple, red and brown began to emerge. The shimmering light of sunrise and sunset lit the forests as if they were bathed in liquid gold.

Rock Path Garden, Tall Grasses
Rock Path Garden, Tall Grasses Kissed with Golden Sunshine

Most everyone thinks cool weather or frost cause the leaves to change color. Temperature can affect the autumn color and its intensity, but temperature is only one of many factors that play a part in painting the woods in glorious color.

Fall Leaves | Blue Skys | Lil Red Barn
Fall Leaves | Blue Skys | Lil Red Barn

This year we had a growing season with ample moisture that was followed by a dry, cool, sunny autumn that has been marked by warm days and cool but frost-less nights that provided perfect weather conditions for the brightest fall colors. Lack of wind and rain prolonged the brilliant displays until the recent strong storms across Illinois. This article includes a pictorial of the beauty of the autumn this fall.

'Weeping' Rose and Leaves
‘Weeping’ Rose and Leaves called Oh My in Weeks Catalog | Dad’s Day by ARS classification

Fall Into Winter

Thanksgiving is this week. With winter just around the corner here’s a simple and concise “Winterizing Your Roses Tips” from Witherspoon Roses. Witherspoon Rose is the rose supplier that I ordered grade 1 bare root roses from for the 3rd stage of the rose garden.  I wrote about and included pictures of these roses all this season as a first year garden.

October Rose Garden
View of Witherspoon Roses, St. Patrick in the forefront

Some of the most spectacular include Love Song, Dick Clark, and Legend, just to name a few, which are all Weeks Roses and first year roses in this garden.

Top 10 Tips for Winterizing Your Roses



 Re-printed Courtesy of Mary Alice Pike, Witherspoon Rose

The blooming season comes to a close in autumn. During this dormant stage, take care of important gardening tasks, to ensure your next spring is as breathtaking as you always dreamed!

1.      Plants should be reduced in height (waist high) to prevent breakage from winter winds.  Climbers remain tall but should be secured to the trellis or fence.  Cut leggy branches from Tree roses to produce a rounded shape.

2.      This is a good time to apply lime as needed to obtain a pH of around 6 to 6.5. (The local Agricultural Extension Agency is a great resource for soil testing & evaluation)

3.      Mulch should be mounded around the base of rose plants to protect from winter freezes.

4.      Timed irrigation systems should be shut down for the winter.

5.      Container grown plants should be moved closer to the house to protect against winter winds. Extreme climates would require more drastic measures.

6.      Check the health of your plants and place an order for fresh bareroot roses to arrive  January through mid-April.  Replace plants that are spindly or reduced to less than 3 healthy canes (pencil diameter).

7.      Dilute Lime-Sulfur with water and spray over entire bed including the ground.  This is very important to rid your garden of pests and black spot spores that would harbor over the winter.

8.      Transplanting roses can be done successfully during this dormant stage.  Carefully prepare the new spot 16″ deep, enriched with cow manure and soil conditioner.  Placing spade 10″ from base of plant dig straight down into the bed in a circle around the plant, trying not to cut roots.  Lift the plant with the shovel and carry it directly to the new spot.  Fill in soil and cover the plant with a mound of mulch.  Water 3-5 gal.

9.      Make plans for new rose beds or additions.  Autumn is the perfect time to prepare the soil for winter or spring plantings as the soil has time to set and stabilize.  Turn over the soil 16″ deep and apply proper soil amendments to produce a light loamy mixture.  (Or call a professional rose specialist)

10. Clean, sharpen and oil shears and pruners to prepare for spring pruning.

Pet Turkeys George Washington and his Brother Harry on my Neighbor's rescue farm
Pet Turkeys, George Washington and his Brother Harry on my neighbor’s goat, alpaca and animal rescue farm

Happy Thanksgiving from pet turkeys George Washington and his brother Harry that live on my neighbors animal rescue farm down the road.