I began planting floribunda roses about 3 years ago. Not only to provide color for the garden, but also to try for a chance to put together an artist’s palette.
An artist’s palette is displayed at Rose Shows to showcase floribundas. The requirements for the palette are: five different floribundas at their most perfect stage of bloom. The beauty of it is that all roses entered must have been grown in your garden. For me, it’s quite a challenge.
The other day, I was out in the garden and realized that all five varieties of my floribundas were blooming at once! Even though our rose show is a recent memory, I could not pass up the opportunity to grab an artist’s palette from the garage, fill the tiny water containers, cut a few blooms and prepare one for display. I’m not so sure it would win a ribbon at the rose show, but I was very proud to see this on my garden room table!