Wednesday, February 10, 2016

For Love of Roses

I ordered two new roses yesterday from For Love of Roses, a nursery in Tennessee.

One is 'Candy Cane', a rare climbing miniature rose that I used to have.  It died, because I didn't make a spot for it in the garden and I left it in its too-small pot for too long.  My fault, and I've been disappointed in myself for being so neglectful.



The other one is 'Dorothy Rose' ... which happens to be our Dorothy's full name, though there is no connection between our cat and this rose.



I have lusted after 'Dorothy Rose' for a while, but it has not been in commerce until now.  A rose friend in California sent cuttings to me once, but none of them rooted for me.  

For Love of Roses is a nursery that fills a desperate need in the rose world, specializing in Miniature, Miniflora, and Single-flowered roses.  Many of these roses are not available anywhere else.  They truly do this for the LOVE of roses.  I am happy do what I can to send to attention their way, and to order their roses for my garden.  (My new roses will ship on April 20.  I will be holding my breath till then.  I'm SO excited!!)

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  1. Hi Connie, I really like both roses that you ordered! There is something about Single-flowered roses, isn't it?
    I have never heard about the 'For Love of Roses' nursery and I am happy that you bring attention with your blog post to it. We have lost so many rose nurseries in the last couple of years that it is worth supporting the ones that are still out there. Specializing in Miniature, Miniflora, and Single-flowered roses seems to be a real niche even in the already small world of roses.
    Have fun with your new rose babies!
    Christina

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    1. Singles are my favorites! Do you subscribe to Stephen Hoy's 'Singularly Beautiful Roses' newsletter?

      I first met Richard Anthony a few years ago, when he was in the process of opening For Love of Roses, and I sent him some cuttings from my garden. He recognized that there was a huge hole in the market where his favorite roses used to be, and he set about to fill that need. Gotta love someone like this, and do whatever we can to support them.

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    1. In person, Candy Cane has the most delicate stripes. I was so disappointed when I realized that I had accidentally killed it.

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  3. I also tend to kick myself for things like this. I've killed a couple of plants due to procrastination and just being busy, and had a few near-misses with others. No one is perfect though, and sometimes things just slip by us due to life happening. Onward and upward!

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    1. We do so much that it's inevitable for certain things to fall through the proverbial cracks.

      Onward and upward, indeed!

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  4. Aren't they lovely! What an interesting job you have.

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    1. Job? That's funny! (just kidding) Roses are a hobby gone wild for me. I turned them into a career about ten years ago, running the nursery and now doing speaking engagements and working to help preserve and distribute the rare ones before they are lost. It's fun, and I get to know some really interesting people.

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  5. They're both stunning, Connie! Have you ever tried growing any inside? I know they'd never make it here in Zone 2 nor with the voracious deer, but I'm wondering if a small one might do well in our sunroom.

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    1. Zone 2? Thinking about this makes me want to run upstairs and put on another layer. For the most part, roses want to live outdoors in the sunshine. But ..... I have never been one to let someone tell me no when there's something that I want to do. In fact, telling me no is probably the best way to motivate me to try it no matter what anyone else says. How about a rose in a pretty pot that spends the warm season outdoors with other potted plants and winter indoors?

      Roses indoors are a challenge, but it can be done. The biggest problem indoors in winter is pests. I have baby roses (from this fall's cuttings) in my basement grow room right now. I am always on the lookout for things like spider mites, scale, and aphids, and I give them a 'shower' with insecticidal soap when necessary. (I only do this indoors, not in the garden. Outdoors, I do not use any sort of insecticide. There are all sorts of predators that will happily take care of pests for me. Indoors, I am the predator, and I take my job seriously.)

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  6. These will make lovely additions to your gardens. I visited the website to check out the singles, and my favorite is Halo. Singles are a favorite of mine too, the beaut in their simplicity I think.

    Happy Valentine's week ~ FlowerLady

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    1. You and I share a love for singles! I have my eye on 'Maroon Eight', but I have to be a good girl and put it off for now. I'm SO close to having all of my pot-ghetto roses planted! I made an exception for these two, because I have wanted them so badly for so long.

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  7. Both are so lovely. I'll look forward to seeing your garden in bloom.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. You and me both!! I am SOOO anxious for spring!

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  8. The Dorothy Rose is really beautiful! I'm re-learning rose growing here in Iowa. I used to grow David Austin roses with a lot of success in Michigan, but I find the winters here a lot more unpredictable. Every climate takes some adjusting of one's gardening habits, but I still envy people in slightly warmer zones. :)

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    1. I love the weird stripey roses! The fact that it, coincidentally, has the same name as OUR Dorothy makes it totally irresistible. It's not a mass-produced, big-name-company introduction, but a lovely rose hybridized by an amateur enthusiast.

      Gardening anywhere different is an adjustment. I'm still in the same zone as I was before, but I have much more sunshine and completely different soil here, and the pressure of a seemingly-infinite bank of weed seeds. I think I MAY have turned the proverbial corner and am at least heading toward the right track.

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