‘Dream Come True’ rose

September 18, 2009 - My ‘Dream Come True’ rose is one of the few that wasn’t bothered a bit by the chilli thrips this summer. It grows so tall over the mailbox each bloom cycle. I think I’m going to have to move it this winter, or the poor mailman is going to stop delivering our mail because of […]

‘Double Delight’ rose

September 12, 2009 - ‘Double Delight’ has grown up nice and tall after its winter transplant. It and St. Patrick are now the two tallest bushes in the bed.’Double Delight’ has grown up nice and tall after its winter transplant. It and St. Patrick are now the two tallest bushes in the bed.

We survived the summer thrips

September 6, 2009 - Finally! The roses are starting to bloom again and ‘Dream Come True’ is looking great! It’s one of the few roses that wasn’t bothered this summer by the crazy chilli thrips.

‘Crystalline’ rose

May 30, 2009 - My ‘Crystalline’ rose has gotten huge. These blooms were striking because they didn’t have much insect damage (maybe the rains keep the insects under control?)

‘Dream Come True’

May 29, 2009 - ‘Dream Come True’ is growing huge on the mailbox. This week’s set of blooms are a striking combination of red and yellow; normally they are more of a pink/cream blend. Pretty!

‘Pope John Paul II’ rose

May 24, 2009 - ‘Pope John Paul II’ is blooming again! This rose seems to do best in spring, before our Florida summers get so hot. I’ve moved it to a pot to be able to move it around, and it seems like a bit of afternoon shade works well for it.

Rose bloom

May 17, 2009 - All the roses in the back rose bed are blooming right now and it’s fun to see all the colors together. ‘St. Patrick’ especially is blooming quite nicely…lots of blooms with no insect damage!

‘Nancy Reagan’ rose

May 9, 2009 - ‘Nancy Reagan’ is quickly becoming one of my favorite roses. Summer is arriving quickly, and our afternoon highs are in the mid-90s already. My roses miss the nice cool days of spring!

‘Honey Perfume’ rose

April 14, 2009 - My ‘Honey Perfume’ rose is doing so much better this spring! It’s blooming like crazy and has put out several new basal canes. I love the yellow blooms next to the bright red ‘Black Cherry.’

Front yard roses

April 7, 2009 - The front yard roses are really putting on a show right now! The yellow one is ‘Gold Medal’ and the red one ‘Hot Cocoa’. It’s amazing how fast they’ve grown…two months ago they were just bare canes!

‘Chris Evert’ rose

April 5, 2009 - I was excited to see the first blooms of another new Spring 2009 rose – this is ‘Chris Evert’. The bright orange blooms contrast nicely with the bright yellow blooms of its neighbor, ‘Midas Touch’. I can’t wait until it’s full-grown. :)

‘Nancy Reagan’ rose

April 3, 2009 - Today I had my first bloom from my new ‘Nancy Reagan’ rose. This is a rose I saw at Leu Gardens last year, and I liked it so much that I had to have one of my own. The colors are amazing!

Side yard roses

April 2, 2009 - The roses on the side are all blooming and they are gorgeous!! It’s too bad the wind is blowing petals off as quickly as they open…but hey, we’ll take the rain.

House finches

March 30, 2009 - As Mum-mum put it, there are sure a lot of birdie hormones flying around the yard at this time of year! It’s fun to see birds pair off, though. This House Finch pair posed for me in the oak tree. Although I suspect Peter wishes that our young Mr. Cardinal had not found a mate…he […]

‘Peace’ in bloom

March 28, 2009 - All the roses are covered in buds, and in about a week I suspect the backyard is going to be full of color. ‘Peace’ started a few days early. The bright yellow and pink blended flowers are huge and look beautiful in the morning sun!

‘Bee’s Knees’ rose

March 27, 2009 - It’s hard to believe that ‘Bee’s Knees’ was just a twig a few weeks ago. I worried that I had pruned it too harshly, but no, now it’s almost as big as the rest of my minis.

‘Bella Roma’ rose

March 20, 2009 - It’s the first ‘Bella Roma’ bloom that the insects didn’t completely destroy! I like springtime. :) Today Rich and I went to meet little Mathias Evan, the son of our friends Saidel and Jamie. He’s absolutely adorable!!