What was your first rose?
When did it all start for you? What was your first rose(es)? How many years ago? Do you still have the original rose(es) that started your love for growing them?
Here is my story - 7 years ago I bought an old house. I was trying to figure out how I was going to re-do the un-kept yard. Roses never crossed my mind. I went to HD looking for hydrangeas, and out in the parking lot was a bunch of blooming roses. An 'orange' colored one caught my eye and thought all the different varieties were kind of cool looking. So I picked up Cl. America and Chrysler Imperial. On the way home it didn't feel like I just bought another crappy plant that was probably going to die, it felt like these plants were something special. The obsession began, and so did the research, learning, and planting of more roses. No other plant has come anywhere close to sparking my interest. I am thankful box stores carry roses, as many of us had our love at first sight moment there.
Chrysler Imperial did not do well in my garden for some reason, so it only lasted a few years. America is still going strong.
What about you?