We returned from our Spring Break on the Alabama Gulf Coast to a pleasant surprise. Our very first rose bloom of the season! It was the bloom of a red “Knockout” rose. Last year, our Mutabilis had the first bloom. Being the “rose snob” that I am when it comes to knockouts, I was quick with the mantra, “this doesn’t count, cause it isn’t a real rose”…. I was rightly shushed and decided to give credit where credit is due. I will admit that the bloom did raise my spirits more than a relaxing week at the beach did!
During my morning garden walk, I found buds on: Mary Rose, Benjamin Britten, Golden Celebration, Mutabilis and Iceberg. Cannot wait till the blooms start rolling in.