Saturday, January 7, 2012


I made my annual trip to Green Thumb Nursery with Victor to view the new selection of bare root roses.  There were many new varieties and some oldies but goodies have been re-introduced.  Previous years I have purchased roses based on color.  The past couple years I have considered fragrance above color.

The visit to the nursery was fun.  I came across a rose called the Queen Mary II.  The fragrance was described as a combination of banana with mild traditional rose.  I found another rose that has a subtle citrus fragrance.

Look at all those amazing roses!  I love roses!

Queen Mary 2 is at the far left in this picture.  It is a very full rose.  Since I already have a full white rose, I decided to select a different white rose:  "White Majesty".  The image of this rose is located in the center of this photo.  This rose is a long stem rose with dark green foilage.  Since I make flower arrangements from the flowers in the yard, I decided that this was a better choice.

I really enjoy the roses from the "sterling" family.  In the past I have planted a "Silver Sterling" and "Blue Girl"  Both of these roses have a fruity bouquet.  I planted these bushes in the backyard.  The dogs destroyed both bushes.  This year I decided to purchase "Barbara Streisand".  This rose bush is a little darker than a "Silver Sterling" and has a fuller bloom.  The image of this rose is located second from the left in this photo.

I have toyed with the idea that a black rose would be fun to have in the yard.  "Black Baccara" is a variety that I have not seen before.  I mentioned to Victor that I was interested in this particular rose.  He promptly placed it in the wagon.  I guess he wants to try a black rose too.  "Black Baccara" is in the center of this photo.

When Victor buys roses for my table he selects roses that have two colors.  When we purchased bushes for the yard we selected roses like "Joseph's Coat" and "Betty Boop".  We found a red rose that will feel right at home in our yard.  We chose this year to add "Fire 'n' Ice".  This rose is located third from the left.

This coming week, the planters on the front yard will be prepared for planting and the new bushes will be added.  Rose bushes are pretty easy to plant and there are only a couple simple rules to follow.  Instructions for planting rose bushes will be provided; along with pictures in my next blog. 

Happy Planting!

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