Once again, Mr. Lincoln is our final bloom of the year. Even though I had to brave a blowing rain to get it; it was well worth it. This specimen has a beautiful long stem and foliage with a bloom open almost at exhibition stage. The fragrance of a Mr. Lincoln can fill a room.
I have learned so much this year working with my roses. The one thing I learned was the importance of talking to other people who grow roses. My affiliation with the Birmingham Rose Society has helped my endeavor more than anything. Through this organization, I now know the proper care for the roses I grow in my own part of the world. I want to encourage you to get involved in a local society in your area. Most people think that they only “grow to show”, some do, but the vast majority “grow for glow”. I guess what I mean by that is they grow roses for the glow on someone’s face when they pass your house and admire your roses, or the glow on someone’s face when you present them with a fistful of blooms you grew with your own hands in your own garden. It is truly a priceless sight to see!!!!!
Just because winter is setting in doesn’t mean rest for the rose grower. We have much work to do during the winter months. Before you know it, final frost will have come and gone and it will be time to prune in the deep south!!!!!