Favorite flowers, Mr. Lincoln
My favorite hybrid tea
I have a confession to make….
My favorite flowers in the whole world are roses. Okay, that isn’t my confession, but I will get to that later.
In my previous home, I had over 40 rose bushes that I had planted and lovingly cared for, which I wrote about in an earlier post, which you can read here if you like.
Okay, so here is my confession….I do not have any roses currently growing in my garden. Sad, isn’t it? As much as I write about roses, I think that it is tragic that my favorite flower in the whole world does not currently have a place in my garden.
I have made two attempts at growing roses in my current garden with mixed results. I believe that the reasons that I did not succeed were that the exposure was just not right. They were located next to a brick wall, which tends to absorb the heat of the day and does not cool down in the evening and so does not allow the roses to take a break from the heat. The other reason is that back then, I spent my work days designing and maintaining landscapes and at the end of the day I was too tired to work on my own garden and give my roses the attention they deserved.
John F. Kennedy (Hybrid Tea Rose)
This was one of my attempts at growing roses in my current garden a few years ago.
Well, I have decided that life is too short not to grow the flowers that I love most. That and the fact that since I now work solely as a Landscape Consultant, I instruct people on how to achieve the garden they want; I don’t do the work myself, so I have lots more energy to work on my own garden.
I have also found a new area in the garden that I think will work. It faces east and will receive afternoon shade, which is important in the summer months, because roses do not like the intense desert afternoon sun.
I have decided to try growing 3 different varieties of English Roses. In my previous home, I grew mostly hybrid teas and a few English Roses. I love the appearance and fragrance of the English Roses and from my experience, were easier to maintain.
Here is another one of my early roses, but I cannot remember which variety it was.
So now, I am happily trying to decide what 3 varieties of English Roses I will try. Bare-root season for our area is in January. So I have to make my decision now, so I can place my order.
For those of you who have grown English Roses, what are your favorite varieties? I could use some suggestions. I have grown Abraham Darby and Sweet Juliet in the past with good results, but I would love your input.
**From my photos of hybrid tea roses, it should be obvious that I don’t have any photos of English Roses, so I hope my English Roses take off quickly so I can take lots of pictures of them to share with you.