Friday’s Flowers

As the leaves begin to make their change, our roses also begin a change. The blooms of the autumn season always intensify and we see some of the finest blooms of the year.
This week’s blooms are no exception:


Moonstone – Hybrid Tea

I love how the pink coloring around the edges of Moonstone is intensified. The spring blooms have an almost pencil like edge to them, but in fall they seem to fill the center with color….



Sedona – Hybrid Tea

Sedona is a rose that typically has a darker center, but in fall you see a much more even toned bloom with intense hues of pink.


Scentimental – Floribunda

Is it just me or does this rose tend to produce more white/red blooms in fall??? It seems to me that in early spring we see more red/white colored blooms…. hmmmm


Fall Zinnia Blooms

I always sow a few packs of zinnia seeds in late summer in the hopes of having a second crop of blooms in the fall.  Zinnias are a favorite in our garden and are probably the easiest of all flowers to grow from seed. We use them in our fall arrangements.

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Visions in White

Two white roses in my garden that I wouldn’t be without.


Moondance is a beautiful floribunda with classic form. This rose has a creamy white center. Blooms in flushes throughout the blooming season. Moderate to good disease resistance.


Iceberg aka “America’s Rose” is widely grown and for good reason! Beautiful full shrub that blooms from spring till fall. White blooms open quickly to reveal pretty yellow stamens. Excellent for hedges or as a stand alone shrub. Great disease resistance.

I have had a recurring dream for sometime that I am standing in the middle of an all white rose garden and that I am the only colorful creature there. Wonder what it means????

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Roses On The Rise – Neil Diamond – Roses You’ll Want To Grow In 2015

Neil Diamond - Hybrid Tea - Weeks Roses

Neil Diamond – Hybrid Tea – Weeks Roses

If I were you I would prepare yourself to be “WoW’d by this rose! Neil Diamond, a new hybrid tea rose introduced by Weeks Roses has been a real winner in our garden this year. Planted in a less than ideal spot in the garden, this rose has thrived. We love the pink to reddish and white blooms. Disease resistance has been great. With a steamy hot summer, we have had very little disease on this rose. The look of this rose is enough to get your attention, but you’ll also be glad to know that it is also a fragrant rose!  Thus far, this rose has also held up well as a cut rose in a vase, so after one year in the garden, i’m placing it on my list of Roses on the Rise for 2015!

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

I’ve been singing “Sweet Caroline” all day….

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Roses On The Rise – Doris Day – Roses You’ll Want To Grow In 2015

Growing up, I remember watching the Doris Day show. It came on right before my favorite show – Gunsmoke! I think my favorite movie featuring Doris Day would be “The Man Who Knew Too Much”, a Hitchcock thriller that had me on the edge of my seat with anticipation of what would happen next. They don’t make movies like that anymore…..

I was thrilled to hear that they were naming a rose after this iconic star. The Rose, ‘Doris Day’ is a yellow floribunda being introduced in 2015 by Weeks Roses is one that you’ll want to get to know.

Doris Day

Doris Day

I have been growing ‘Doris Day’ this year as a trial rose in my garden. I have two shrubs of this rose and I can report that it is a prolific bloomer and is quite disease resistant. Of course one year in the garden doesn’t tell the whole story, but I typically do not see such stellar blooms in the first year of growth as I have with this rose.

Doris Day Floribunda - Weeks Roses

Doris Day Floribunda – Weeks Roses


Doris Day – Floribunda – Weeks Roses

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Roses on the Rise – Bejazzo – Roses You’ll Want To Grow In 2015

Bejazzo - Kordes - Biltmore International Rose Trials

Bejazzo – Kordes – Biltmore International Rose Trials

There are several new roses this year that have caught my attention. Roses that I have grown or have observed growing and I think are one’s to keep an eye on as they become widely available in 2015. One is Bejazzo. This rose caught my eye immediately as I entered the walled rose garden at the Biltmore Estate. I was there to judge the Biltmore International Rose Trials and knew immediately that this rose was one to watch.

A climber being introduced by Kordes roses from Germany, it has an awesome growth habit and as you can see produces a magnificent flush of multicolored blooms. The one thing that impressed me the most with this particular rose was its resistance to disease. The Biltmore Rose Trials is a no-spray trial and it was refreshing to see a climber with no disease whatsoever blooming away in the garden.

This rose is definitely one to watch.

Stay tuned. Tomorrow: Neil Diamond takes the stage as another Roses on the Rise for 2015

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What’s Blooming Today – Roses

Below are just a few of the roses blooming and our Alabama rose garden today


Iceberg Floribunda

Love this white rose. It is a prolific bloomer and lights up the garden at night.


‘Tahitian Treasure’

Second year trial rose in our garden from Star Roses & Plants. This one is a keeper. No Spray. Beautiful blooms. Vibrant color!


‘Munstead Wood’

Finally, a waning bloom of Munstead Wood. Just had to post this picture. To me, the bloom looks like its on fire. Didn’t notice the bee until I uploaded…..

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Friday’s Flowers

TGIF! So glad to see this week come to an end. A steady rain fell last night in the garden. At this time of year this rain always brings with it cooler temps and seems to help the leaves make their change from green to more soothing hues or yellow, orange and maroon. I was able to walk the garden last evening and captured a few shots.

St. Patrick Hybrid Tea

Open bloom of Francis Meilland Hybrid Tea

Open Bloom of Sedona hybrid Tea

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Recent Rose Chat Podcasts You May Have Missed

If you’ve been following this blog a while you know I love roses. I love to grow them, show others how to grow them and I love to talk about them. So much so that I created the Rose Chat Podcast. Available for FREE via BlogTalkRadio, on iTunes and also Stitcher Radio apps, you can listen and learn as we chat about the world of roses. I hope you’ll take an opportunity to listen to some of our broadcasts. To date, over 313,000 have listened in….

Here’s what you’ve been missing: Click on any photo to access to podcast.

Nathan Beckner on Growing Roses In Containers

Nathan Beckner on Growing Roses In Containers

Nathan had a rose garden on a rooftop in Chicago! Hear his tips for growing roses in containers….

Michelle Endersby on an Awakening around Roses

Michelle Endersby on an Awakening around Roses

Michelle Endersby is an artist from down under with an inspiring story and an awakening around roses that has inspired her to create beautiful art with roses.

Ann Chapman's  'The Women in my Rose Garden

Ann Chapman’s ‘The Women in my Rose Garden

Ann Chapman brings us the fascinating histories surrounding roses named for famous and infamous women….

Hope you’ll take a moment and listen to one or all of these podcasts. The shows are co-hosted by Teresa Byington of She is a master gardener and fellow rose fanatic with over 200 roses in her garden.  I’d love to know what you think of the show. Comment here or on iTunes ratings.

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Fall Blooms Are Best

Don’t get me wrong, the first blooms of spring are met with great anticipation but the most beautiful blooms of the year are our fall blooms. The colors more vibrant, the blooms almost reach a state of perfection. Here are a few of the roses that are really putting on a show in the garden this fall:

OSO Happy Smoothie - Proven Winners Rose

OSO Happy Smoothie – Proven Winners Rose

Francis Meilland - Hybrid Tea

Francis Meilland – Hybrid Tea


Belinda's Dream

Belinda’s Dream

All of these are no spray roses and have performed exceptionally in our humid conditions.

Are your fall blooms the most magnificent of the year?

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A Long Hot Summer

Wow! What a roller coaster of a ride this summer has been. With the loss of about a dozen or so roses due to the #PolarVortex, we have now replaced all with new varieties. Mainly David Austin varieties.  It was hard to see the old roses go, but have had a great time selecting new ones and watching some of those new roses come to life in the garden.

'Scentimental' floribunda

‘Scentimental’ floribunda

In July, I lost a dear friend and work colleague. We worked daily together for several years and her loss was a blow to me not only professionally, but personally as well. I was asked to assume her duties until a replacement could be recruited. This was one way I could honor someone who spent her entire 30+ year career in the pursuit of excellence. To be able to come along side her team and guide them using the foundation she prepared is something I have taken great pride in.  In doing so, this blog has not had the attention it deserves.
I still walk my garden every single day and take photos. Those of you who follow me on Facebook & Instagram have seen some of the spectacular blooms we have seen.

Some of the new David Austin Roses we've added this year:  Darcy Bussell, Gentle Hermione, Crown Princess Margareta,  Munstead Wood and more....

Some of the new David Austin Roses we’ve added this year:
Darcy Bussell, Gentle Hermione, Crown Princess Margareta, Munstead Wood and more….

A replacement was named for my friend last week. Cooler temps and lower humidity has returned to the garden and my thoughts once again turn to the garden. Despite all the summers events, we must stay focused on what really matters in life. People…. Go hug someone you love and stay tuned….. The best is yet to come.

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