In general, my first foray into growing roses has been fairly successful and a true learning experience. Here are a few of my favorite photos of blooms in bud. I am not nearly as talented as Laurie, but I hope they help illustrate why I love having these beautiful flowers all around my home!
I can't reiterate enough how satisfying it is to get a few twigs in the mail and to see them literally grow before your eyes as direct result of the care that you give them. The majority of my roses were nothing but canes a couple months ago, and now, most of them have produced beautiful flowers that I've enjoyed on my patio and in my home. While there has been some frustration and learning involved (it turns out people are right, lots of things can go wrong with roses!), it's also been fun to figure out what chemicals and nutrients a rose needs in order to flourish. Yes, I know I'm a nerd, but I think it's really cool that when you sprinkle Epsom salts into your pot, the magnesium helps the rose to create buds and bloom in a few weeks.
|Pegasus, David Austin|
|In the beginning, there were twigs.|
|Christopher Marlowe, David Austin|