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What was your first rose?

Posted by northtexasdude 7b (My Page) on
Fri, Nov 2, 12 at 21:09

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?


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The first three roses we bought were 'Reine des Violettes,' 'Mme. Isaac Pereire,' and 'Rosa Mundi.'

We were on the right track with Old Roses -- but the wrong track with the families of roses ... having read the books from England, which are not useful here.

Between Bob Edberg, at Limberlost Roses, and Mike Shoup's first book: "Landscaping With Antique Roses," we finally got on the right track, and started adding Teas, Chinas, and Noisettes.

Thomas Christopher's "In Search Of Lost Roses" introduced us to the concept of Found Roses, and our first sight of the Sacramento City Cemetery sealed the deal.

Jeri


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  • Posted by TNY78 7a-East TN (My Page) on
    Fri, Nov 2, 12 at 23:57

Hmmm...my first named rose was Christian Dior. Oddly, I hardly ever buy modern roses anymore.

My first rose that really spawned my interest in roses, was an old found rose that was growing in an empty lot behind my house when I moved in. It was beautiful and I tried like heck to get it to root, but it never happened. Prob some type of centerfolia I would guess. Two years ago the water company dug in that area and nearly killed it. Its trying to regrow, and I really hope it makes it :)

Tammy


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I have always loved roses, and many years ago began collecting all things decorated with roses, but didn't grow the real thing. In the 1970s I began my designing work and roses figured more and more in what I created--still from photos, not the real thing. Then I read about two sisters who lived in a great old Victorian house, and they raved about Fairy Roses. I must have those, I decided, even though I knew nothing about them. It was the wonderful name that drew me in. And so my daughter, who had just moved into a new home, and I ordered enough Fairy roses to make a small hedge for each of us in our gardens. I have never looked back, as roses became my passion. Diane


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Madame Gregoire Staechelin and Zephirine Drouhin. I had the smallest walled garden imaginable so went for the scramblers and ramblers rather than shrubs or bushes - a habit which has remained despite the pressing need for ever more timber structures. Of course, a woodland is going to create a whole lot of new challenges but I am guessing that both Madame G and Zepherine will be following me northwards (and what better home for the rampant field rose, Ayreshire Splendens, currently causing confusion at the allotment.


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Spring of 2010 was my first rose purchase. We had just moved into a property in fall of 2009 that had 3 little roses by the well, all 3 looked like mini roses. I dug them up, and put them next to the house. Within a few months all started blooming. Two were little reds, the other, looking not so little anymore, beautiful yellow. And I thought - well, heck that was easy. Who knew? And something in me was saying - try another, try another. So off to the local nursery I went. And I was quite smitten by Blueberry Hill (loved the lavendar), and cl. Aloha (especially since she had two color roses on her - pinks and reds - little did I know the reds were Dr. Huey!). They went into shock for about a month and I had trepidations. But, I also decided to start planting some other flowers, and started inspecting flowering plants at both Lowes and Home Depot. I couldn't believe you could buy roses there for $8 that were big and in bloom. That's when the craze started. It was now near fall, and they were clearing out their roses. I was taking so darned long deciding at Lowes (at this point trying to decide which colors I wanted, knowing nothing about names or difference between HTs and Grandifloras and Floribundas) an employee came up to me and said - we really need to move these, you can take them for $3 or $4 (don't remember which) each. I think in the next week I ended up with 3 Chrysler Imperials, 3 Crimson Glories, a Just Joey and Blue Girl. I just went over 100 this week.

Thank you for starting this thread. It's fun to relive that start. And starting into roses was really a life changer for me. It gives me a constant in my life, of sharing with mother nature some of her grandest beauty, insane fragrances, a love for mucking around in the dirt, and the fascinating little creatures you come in contact with in the garden. Almost makes me start into tears thinking about how happy these roses make me.


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First rose I ever saw was when I was a small kid in South Dakota. Suddenly there was a larger bush--single white blooms, yellow center growing on the south side of the porch (don't know where it came from). I loved it. Next year it did not return. Mom said it was too cold in South Dakota to grow roses. That's all I remember--except I was so disappointed that we couldn't grow roses.

Fast forward about 25 years (late 1960s or early 70s). I was living in Nebraska and one spring suddenly thought, I want to grow roses. Went to the garden center a few blocks away and said, I know nothing about roses but want to grow them. They said, here's an easy one--guaranteed to grow and not cause problems for a beginner. What was it? Eutin (floribunda with hybrid musk in its ancestry). In case you don't know that one, here is a picture--the red one in the center:
Eutin & Cherry Parfait bushes--spring  '12

I was so thrilled that I bought 13 of them. Ever since that, wherever I moved to, I always bought at least one Eutin for my garden. The last 20-25 years in my present home, I've had (and still have) three Eutins--faithful to my first rose to the end.

I've always had at least several roses in my current garden, but was much more heavily into planting trees, bushes, perennials, and bulbs for about 20 years or so. Then one day, I thought, I want lots of roses. That was 10 years ago. I now have 65 roses and would have more if I could take care of them. I almost cannot keep up with 65 roses, unfortunately, and may need to cut back in the near future--but I've been saying that for several years now. Best I can do is not to buy a rose unless it is replacing a roses that died or was given away.

Interesting, now that I think of it, how the stages in my rose addiction came upon me kind of like a revelation--like "I need roses" coming to me suddenly out of no where. Guess it was destiny!

Kate


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  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 3, 12 at 11:18

It was about '92, and it was 'Evelyn', a sad dried up end of season body bag, and still have her, and she is a monster.

Also 'Iceberg', which also started out as a sad dried up end of season body bag. I remember getting that Bayer 2-in-1 and putting it on and watching the aphids just fall off the buds. Never used 2-in-1 again. Still have that 'Iceberg' though it has morphed into a climber, a great climber as a matter of fact. 'Paradise' and 'Double Delight', long gone.

'English Garden', the other Austin from '92, still have that one. A truly pathetic little 2' plant with no vigor, but once a month it gives me one or two absolutely perfect blooms. Never more, never less. It's like going to See's Candy once a month and getting one perfect chocolate truffle and savoring it. I wish I could get some growth out of it, have never figured out how. 2' tall for 20 years!

English Garden


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What began my obsession with old roses was the sight of a magnificent 8 foot tall plant of Mutabilis, covered from top to bottom in blooms of many colors, at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, many years ago. I was thunderstruck. I never know a rose could be this beautiful and mysterious, unlike any rose I'd seen before. I began to read books, many books, bought a Mutabilis of my own, and gradually many other roses, most of them old and, as passions do, it's changed my life. Few things give me so much pleasure every single day.


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  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 3, 12 at 12:33

The first one I can clearly remember picking out with Mom was Golden Celebration. Thing is it wasn't the one we picked. I don't remember the name of the one we wanted now but Austin was sold out of it so they substituted GC instead. We never regretted that!


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1992, Lagerfeld, 20, yes. Followed the next year with Pink Peace, an unnamed J&P test rose, Marchesa Boccella, White Pet, Cardinal de Richelieu, Spice Twice, and a lot that are now gone.


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Olympiad, Crystalline and Pristine were my first three and all bought at the same time. Bought some Austins shortly after that and from there it was right into OGRs. And now it's everything!


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We moved here in 2000. I've never really gardened before, except helping my mother in her yard. Somehow I received the Jackson Perkins catalog. I ordered the 'Fragrant Rose Collection' which was Fragrant Lace, Meldoy Parfume, Double Delight, Fragrant Cloud and Mr. Lincoln, Rose Rhapsody and Diana, Princess of Wales. I also bought Teasing Georgia. I planted them all that March. I still have all of them, although some of the ones I bought afterwards didn't last that long.


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My first one was Bill Warriner, it was 1996. I saw it in the J & P catalog and it was available locally. Then, it was 1997. I wanted a pink and yellow rose. Lucky for me, Summer Fashion was also in the local nursery. It was just what I wanted. Graham Thomas and Dream Weaver also joined Bill in the garden. It was history from there.


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About 1997 my first ones were in three 12" pots on the deck - the Austins Mary Rose and The Prince and the Romantica Johan Strauss. Johan attracted every spidermite in the neighborhood and died. Mary Rose and The Prince also died, probably from the cold. I didn't buy more until about 3 years later when I had an actual garden. I killed a number of HT's until I found OGR's and disease resistant roses. I still have Sunsprite, Rose de Rescht and Bella Donna which started me on the right path.


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I was a teenager when Mom gave me a piece of the property (zone 7/8) to be "my garden." Those years don't count even in my learning curve. Then school. Then workus interruptus. Then the zone 4 garden. Then the zone 5 garden. (both as workus interruptus allowed).
My first rose was the Alchemist in zone 5. It became increasingly beautiful over the years. In those days, finding hardy roses on their own roots was very difficult. Here in zone 9, the problem is reversed - will they survive the summer? Although truth be told, my roses look no more haggard than the perennials in the heat of summer.
I do not grow the Alchemist here. Friends were sure it would be one of my first plantings, but as a gardener, the miracle of changing zones is the ability to grow plants one NEVER could before. And that's what I do. But I will always love the Alchemist.


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  • Posted by maryl Z7 Okla. (My Page) on
    Sun, Nov 4, 12 at 1:09

In 1985 my DH said that every house should grow one rose. I was against it because of the thorns and work involved in growing roses. He persisted and we brought home a rose that the nursery kid said was a good smelly one - Chrysler Imperial. My original Chrysler lasted well over 20 years despite all my newbie efforts to shorten its life. I still have another one from the early 90's. Northtexasdude: I highly suggest you try it again. You may have gotten a dud, but until you've killed a rose variety twice, you haven't really tried. Make sure if you are in the Dallas/FW area that it is on Dr. Huey rootstock. Btw, another one of my first roses from the 80's was America. Good selection on your part.......Nanadoll: I love your arrangement. Handpainted china is a favorite of mine and your plate on the left looks to be a nice example. Hard to find much of it anymore. Seems to be a dying art right along with tatting....Maryl


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Yellow Lady Banks. 1980. A huge overgrown, untended Banks rose growing on an arbor over the back door of the student residence at my undergrad school. I was the new Garden Manager, selected because I was the only one who applied for the crew who had ANY gardening experience, which consisted of pulling weeds as a teen, under close supervision. I looked up how to prune climbing roses, and got in there and cut out huge overgrown canes and trimmed back laterals, and the darn thing was covered with flowers the next spring. I was hooked.

I can't remember what was the first one I bought. I bought some to plant for my future father in law at his house. Might have been Mr. Lincoln, or Allspice, or Lavender Lassie. He had an old Sutter's Gold and Mlle. Cecile Brunner. I planted the Lavender Lassie to train onto the front porch. I think it's still there but that's in another state, 5 gardens and two husbands ago. This was all back in the 80s so you'll forgive me for not remembering the details.

Of what's in my collection right now, the oldest roses I've only had for about 10 years: Buff Beauty and The Prince.


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My first rose was still unknown to me. We bought a house which already had two mature rose bushes, about five feet tall each, pink- orange-red color. I didn't care for the color and its flower form because for me the "perfect form" was the florist kind; but they were there, we were broke after buying a house, so as well just left it there then replace with something else later.

To our surprise, the blooms kept on going non-stop from August when we moved in, to January. I didn't know what to do with it, therefore I went to Armstrong asking for advice. From there I learned about pruning and deadheading roses. We never replaced the roses and admired so much for their ability to bloom from April to Jan. Unbelievable! I was in love with roses from there on.

To this new house, I've been struggled with changing the garden to the way I wanted for the last few years. Last year in August I bought climbing America at HD. It was my first purchased rose. I like its perfect form. Then came spring this year, while my hope was high, it gave me all powdery mildew. From spring to summer it has been defoliated.

Also in August this year I bought my second rose: Trumpeter.

Currently America is giving out a fall flush, I guess, less than in the spring but more than any other time in between.

Trumpeter is drop-dead gorgeous now in full blooms. I don't know what next year will bring.


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What a great thread! It's so nice to read everyone's stories. Very inspiring.

My story starts in childhood. My mother and grandmother both loved roses. My mom had this hedge of about 150 luscious pink rose bushes along the front of our property. That hedge even won prizes from the local gardening clubs and was featured in the newspaper! My grandmother had a smaller yard, but had these gorgeous deep red roses. I've always loved them, and always knew I wanted roses of my own when I owned a home.

When my husband and I bought a home about six years ago, I planted mostly begonias, but said I wanted at least a few rose bushes to honor my mother (who had passed away about a year before). But I wanted deep red ones like my grandmother had.

One day, my husband came home with these two bare root rose bushes. The description on the tag said "white with deep red edges." He had bought them to match the begonias I had. It was so sweet of him!

The roses were "Double Delights." When they first bloomed, we were both a little disappointed, because they did not have deep red edges, but rather pink. But as time went on that summer, we really fell in love with their fragrance and large, vigorous blooms.

Since then we've planted new bushes every year. We now have thirty bushes! And we're still not done. We have an ever-progressing "master plan" for our garden. The original Double Delights are still going strong, though we've since moved them around a couple times to suit our master plan.

We're both officially addicted to collecting roses!


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I grew up in Nebraska so most of the roses around were the boring red multiflora ones. It wasn't until I went away to college that roses even caught my eye. I was taking this urban horticulture class and we went to a garden center to pick up sod. (I still can't believe I paid money to learn how to put sod in some person yard and I'm allergic to grass.) In another section of this places were roses but a beautiful white one caught my eye. I didn't know what a hybrid tea was but I thought once I got my own place, I'm going to grow that rose. Several years later, I moved into place that had limited gardening space but I got that rose. Sadly, I tried three different times to grow JFK but it kept dying. I figure I just couldn't grow roses. A few years later, I move into a place of my own with great gardening potential, well as great as clay soil would allow. I brought the few plants I had from the other place but now I room for so much more. I went to this nursery that was having a plant auction. I walked out of there with 5 or 6 roses and several shrubs. Sadly, none of them are with me now, due to errors on my part and a couple I gave away. But I do have 19 roses and one of them is the beautiful white JFK.


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The year was 1979 and we were living in Carrollton Texas. Down the street from us was a K Mart which happend to have a sale on roses. I left there with about 15 different rose bushes. I remember some of them, like Mister Lincoln, Perfume Delight, Chicago Peace, Blue Moon, Lady X, Forty niner,Double Delight and Chrysler Imperial. I lost all of them over a period of about three to four years due to neglect and diseases We have moved since then and now I have most of those plus many more. Surely the Rose is God's favorite flower.


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My mother left me her double delight in 93- and i thought it was the most garish (tacky) rose ever, till I smelled it and was hooked. I fell in love with the way it gets a suntan too. I then bought a dozen body bags (mr. Lincoln, don juan, josephs coat, Brandy, Whiskey Mac, blue girl, And Tropicana etc) - which i planted in my and my friends tiny garden spots. After i moved away, and the friends did too - most died or became fairly gorgeous Dr. Huey - except for double delight. It lived on basically wild (unwatered, un protected) for 10 years in zone 4. I still grow DD (probably always will) , and mr.lincoln and Don Juan etc--but now I prefer the English and older roses.
(So-Dr. Huey is my oldest surviving rose-LOL. The spring explosion of scarlet with a gold eye is beautiful- especially considering how it's such a survivor.)


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My mother left me her double delight in 93- and i thought it was the most garish (tacky) rose ever, till I smelled it and was hooked. I fell in love with the way it gets a suntan too. I then bought a dozen body bags (mr. Lincoln, don juan, josephs coat, Brandy, Whiskey Mac, blue girl, And Tropicana etc) - which i planted in my and my friends tiny garden spots. After i moved away, and the friends did too - most died or became fairly gorgeous Dr. Huey - except for double delight. It lived on basically wild (unwatered, un protected) for 10 years in zone 4. I still grow DD (probably always will) , and mr.lincoln and Don Juan etc--but now I prefer the English and older roses.
(So-Dr. Huey is my oldest surviving rose-LOL. The spring explosion of scarlet with a gold eye is beautiful- especially considering how it's such a survivor.)


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I volunteered to work at Tiny Petals outside of San Diego when I first started my rose life. Since I was living in a condo, miniature roses were my best choice for growing in containers.

That first day, I came home with ten plants. There were two that stole my heart and are now growing in my mountain garden in northern California, 'Yantai' and 'Grace Sewars'. my first larger rose was Kim Rupert's 'Lynnie' ... another rose that made the move. In San Diego, I thought 'Lynnie' was the perfect rose because it was gorgeous in bloom with healthy foliage, but in the mild winter down there, when it dropped its foliage, it was like viewing a garden sculpture.

There were other favorites down in my Socal garden that I no longer grow, but I have planted a rose garden in glacier slurry where I was told nothing would grow and have over 100 roses proving them wrong.

I am just wondering when the rose lust will end because I am certainly running out of room and am tired of digging rose holes in rock.

Smiles,
Lyn


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My first rose ever was a Nina Weilbull.
The poor thing was all shriveled and dying when I bought it, then I rescued it and it started growing, then it died completely with the same disease, every bare root rose sold in poundland are infected with. :\


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My first rose is this unknown knockout I have growing in front of the house. I bought it on '09 and last year, I realized how much I love it! That was the beginning of my now obsession :-)


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My first rose is this unknown knockout I have growing in front of the house. I bought it on '09 and last year, I realized how much I love it! That was the beginning of my now obsession :-)


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My first rose was something my father bought me for mothers day the first year we lived in our house. I'll never forget it. It was a Charles de Gaulle hybrid tea rose. It was so fragrant even my neighbors cold smell it from over the fence. I absolutely Loved it!! Problem is we had a very harsh winter 2 years later with lots of ice and the poor thing didn't make it. I lost all but one of my roses that year. I didn't know to wrap my plants but you can bet I do now. A neighbor a few doors down used to own a nursery and taught me quite a bit.


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Way back in 1975 I was fairly newly married and just bought a house in Hollywood, Fl. I saw some roses at a friends house and thought "I think I can do that". Heard about a rose nursery just 10 miles away and went to visit. They had a display garden and I was hooked before I even looked the at different varieties. I brought home 4 bush's. Big Ben, Christion Dior, Peace and a mauve one I can't remember the name of. They told me I had to add some top soil to amend the sugar sand soil at my home. Each rose got a big 40 pound bage of top soil mixed in good and were planted on the east facing front of the house. Using nothing but cow manure for fertilizer they grew like crazy and bloomed non stop. We sold the house and moved to central FL in 1980. Bought anothe Peace and Christian Dior along with a hand full of others. Fast forward to August 2008. RETIREMENT!!! We moved to the N. GA. mountains and started another rose garden. Peace still holds the middle of the HT bed. I don't think I'll ever be without it.


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In the early 70's at my first house, which was deep in the woods, I planted my first rose --- Angel Face --- in the only spot in my back yard that received ample sunlight. I put it directly out from my kitchen window where I could see its blooms whenever I was at the sink. Sadly, as the woodlands encroached, my rose bit the dust.

Here it is, 2013 --- ten years in a new house that gets more than enough sunlight for roses, and we have eight of them. But just this past May some urges began and I started thinking---- I want another Angel Face again! Not easy to find now, but I will.

Molie


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my first rose i got around 9 years ago. a older lady gave it to me. but 6 years ago we had to move. so i planted it here. that winter kill it. so i thought for 6 years. it had nothing above the ground for 6 years, but the stump. this spring it came back from that stump. it bloomed today. and the old lady that gave it to me past away just a few days ago. her name was betty murphy. here is the rose earlier today.


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  • Posted by rross NSW Aust (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 3, 13 at 5:47

I always loved roses but had always been told growing them was for experts. When I moved into a flat with a large, sunny balcony in 2001, I took my courage in both hands and bought one of the Love Potion roses promoted in our local KMart. I did everything wrong and the poor plant languished till I eventually gave it away to an expert.

After that, on rash impulses, I bought and gave away more roses till a friend posted me a cutting of her favourite rose. It rooted and survived - even thrived. I now have ten rose bushes, all doing well in my new house.


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My three Dollar Store specials my husband got me back in March. I have no idea what their names are; they are hot pink, red, and light pink LOL. That started the bug and when that bug bit....OMG.

I now have 28 roses, all got this year. I'm probably going to cry tears in the oncoming months as I learn my lesson on sparsing things out.... At least the house we bought will have a huge yard. That is a plus!! I also inherited about 4 more when my MIL passed last year, but they will have to be transplanted in the fall when we get settled.

Now that I've found that I not only LOVE to garden, I'm getting kinda decent with it. I have a ways to go to be good and call myself an amateur, but hey, things are growing and not dying and I think that's a good step in the right direction considering my idea of growing stuff was put it in dirt and stick it in the sun.... My luck? Hurricane season stared Sat. There is already one likely to form in the Gulf and while I would gladly welcome the rain.... I don't think my roses or veggies want that much. :( We here in my neck of Florida are sorely due for one heck of a doozy storm. It's been almost a decade since a direct hit and not a graze!

Oh, definitely not complaining either. But see, now I'm a first time homeowner AND stared a garden, so I feel mother nature is just dying to take a shot. Maybe I'm just being paranoid hehe.

My favorite rose so far is Passion. I bought it at WM and couldn't believe I found it there. Pretty much all of them have no blooms at the moment, but most have buds. :) I'm hoping at some point before November they'll bless me with a beautiful garden.


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Our start in roses is back in the 70's as newlyweds when we bought a few bushes and big pots for them since we were renting. The only one I remember is Oregold. I'd get it again if I ever saw it. When we bought our home, it came with a large rose garden which we've tended ever since. No more roses in pots.


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The roses we had back when i was teenager were planted by the previous owners of the house we moved in to in 1999. I helped my mother take care of them but i wasnt too crazy about it. One was a Josephs Coat and the other was a prolific blooming yellow (i wish i could find suh a rose again). I believe it could have been a climbing roses it bounced backed to over 6ft every time it was pruned. The unscented flowers were yellow that faded to white in the sun.

however I would consider my first rose to be one I wanted. Back around 2001 we went to the swap meet and I spotted the most beautiful rose I had ever seen until then. I begged my mom and was so ecstatic that day. It had no labels but I believe it could have either been Moonstone or Princess de Monaco. We moved out several years later and much to my dismay it was immediately removed by the new home owners.


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Musaboru, most people don't know what they have when they pull it out. When we moved into our house over 20 years ago the neighbors told us that a long time ago a women owned our house who used to be a florist. Her daughter lives a few doors down from us and she owned a nursery. I waited till our first spring in our home and till everything bloomed or grew a decent size before pulling anything out or moving it. The only thing we got rid of was the bamboo. Although it still pops up into our yard because the source of that bamboo is our neighbor and she doesn't take care of her yard at all.


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My mother loves cut yellow roses and the first rose I remember growing was a yellow hybrid tea I got her as a Mother's Day present when I was 8 or 9 years old. It died in it's first season and she has never grown another rose and believes them to be impossible, though she is wonderful with other plants.

My grandmother, like many in her generation, grew hybrid teas and I remember the heady scent of her bouquets on the kitchen table during weekend breakfasts. She died last spring and I've been meaning to move her hts (though I've never even thought about growing one myself as I prefer Austins and OGRs) to my own property and see how they do.

I have been having babies and growing vegetables for most of my adult years but this spring roses suddenly seemed important. I bought two 'Peggy Martin' roses from ARE and recently planted a 'Golden Celebration' as well. These three are the first roses that are really mine though we inherited some lovely ramblers when we bought our house six years ago.


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  • Posted by Mizu none (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 3, 13 at 14:59

Climbing Don Juan. 1993. I was pregnant with my first of three sons. My mother bought one too.

I like so many others of you came from gardening "roots" - where grandma grew peaches and grandpa complained about the geraniums. Both sides were heavy gardeners with fruit, vegetables, roses, and ornamentals. Mom had some red roses on a fence intertwined with honeysuckle. Ahh, the first honeysuckle smell in the spring is like heaven.

As an adult, at my first house where Don Juan was planted I ended up having many roses. When we moved, I tried to move them with me, all but Don Juan as he was just too big. Queen Elizabeth was the only one to make it. We had bought an old farmhouse with a house and garden that both needed to be restored. We are now eight years into it and my rose collection grows yearly - through successes and failures and whoops I really shouldn't have planted that there's (like the Cherokee rose with the fishhook thorns by the back door ;)

Yesterday, my love took me to chamblee's in Tyler to buy 17 roses for 17 years this June 11th. We ended up with 26. Oh how my garden grows...and the stories it tells, on what truly an amazing life I am having.

Have a wonderfully blessed day y'all!
Miz


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I grew up in Michigan and both of my parents gardened, so I took it for granted that if you had a backyard you grew vegetables (my father) and if you had front yard plantings you planted petunias (my mother) and made your daughter deadhead the sticky smelly things (me). When I got married here in Nebraska, we were renting and I put in some annuals and veggies again but it wasn't really my yard yet.

We bought our first house in 1997 and I went to a local garden store for advice on drought resistant plants for the dry plains states. The advice was to put two shrub roses - Champlain and Hansa - one on each side of the front door, along with other perennials. I remember thinking "roses are shrubs?" and marveling that these could be as low care as other plants. My mother had grown some body bag HTs at times when I was young but they died so quickly none of us got attached to them.

So I consider Champlain my "gateway rose". Hansa was a blackspotting mess for me, blooming once in the spring and a scrawny two cane wonder the rest of the year, but Champlain uncomplainingly put out these bright red blooms all year and sailed through some tough winters.

Consequently, when we bought our present house in 2005 with a blank slate of a garden, except for established trees and some peonies and raspberries, I resolved to make gardens all around the house. I of course put in Champlain and some other perennials, but I looked at the sunny backyard thinking "this needs some height". I put in a purple smokebush and black lace sambuca before it hit me - roses are tall! I put in a collections order at David Austin and haunted the local hardware store that had the best garden plants including $8 roses, learned how to treasure helpmefind.com, and I've been hooked ever since.

Fun stories everyone - glad to see this one resurface!
Cynthia


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For sure, Cynthia, there are great stories here ---- not only about people's first roses but even more about how we all became gardeners. That's what I liked most about this thread --- the stories, they're like a diary. So many posters mentioned first apartments and first homes, life partners, children, parents and grandparents--- how these people influenced us in our likes and our choices or were the reasons for what we created in our yards or on our decks.


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25 years ago, my husband at the time and I bought our first little house and planted 3 rose bushes and 2 climbers in a bed in the back. If I ever knew their names, I don't remember now. I loved caring for those roses until one day I came home from work to find my husband had planted creeping juniper, which I'm highly allergic to, all around them. He said he did it to keep me away from them...that I was spending too much time on them. Two kids later, we moved to a larger house, and my husband banned any roses being planted there. After ten years of marriage, I figured out that I preferred to have roses rather than him. Now 15 years later, I have 80 roses and a husband who supports my love of them.


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Good move, Pat. May you continue to grow beautiful roses and have a happy marriage. Diane


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The first rose I ever planted was a mail order sub-zero rose named Victory, it was pale yellow and not pretty at all. I wasn't discouraged though, decided I was probably in the wrong climate for sub-zero roses. I discovered Jackson & Perkins and was hooked. I remember some of my first roses were Love, Peace, Pristine and others, I loved them all, but I know the one that really got me hooked was Proud Land. Maybe it was beginners luck, but the blooms on that bush were absolutely beautiful, they looked like red velvet and had dark edges. That was the early 80's. Thinking back I don't know how my roses did as well as they did in those days, I knew absolutely nothing about what roses needed, I just knew I loved them and still do, more than ever!


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When I was around 9 or 10 years old, I got my first rose, Blue Girl. It came from some mail order company. My mom got it for me. I was attracted by the idea of a "blue rose." At the time I lived in Ohio and I remember we had so many Japanese beetles.


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I had a "blue" rose at our old house. It didn't make it more than a year because we took down the garage it was next to, and it got squashed by accident.

Now here, I bought Queen O The Lakes and a pink knockout last summer (our first summer here). I also got an unknown freebie. Something dug up the knockout last winter so I replaced it with Peace since I wasn't impressed with the knockout anyway. This spring we planted some rugosa species, and there was an existing old rose that I think is Ispahan Damask. I also got a Blaze this spring. Now I want one of Queen O The Lakes brethern, probably Victory. I have a cottage style garden, so the roses are mixed with other plants. I can't go rose crazy, but I want at least a few more!


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Hmm, my first rose ever was this Nina Weilbull.(January, this year, I was 17 at the time)
It was dry, badly treated and shriveled up from Poundland. LOL
I took care of it till I could see some GROWTH! :D
Unfortunately, there was an outbreak of black leg within all roses from poundland.
All the roses I bought from the store died of the same disease. :P (They were the Nina, Kronenbourg, Virgo and Joro roses)
From this, I have learned a lesson, roses never come cheap.lol
However, I did not give up. ;)
I still grow minis and I have just ordered a Gaujard rose and am expecting it this Wednesday! Yay me! :D

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When my Grandma passed in 1983, I moved her two standards, October and Sterling Silver, to the house we had just closed on that same day. I can no longer find the October Rose she had; but, at each new abode, I always plant a Sterling Silver in her memory, even though she is a fair maiden to sustain. And, at this first California home, I planted my first rose garden. Five bushes in a straight line (I don't do straight lines any longer). They were Mr Lincoln, Gold Medal, Peace (of course - these were from HD after all), Queen Elizabeth, and my favorite due to her exquisite scent, Sweet Surrender, with Mr Lincoln a close second. Three homes and thirty years later, I was very excited when I found my SS at Otto and Sons two years ago. There is just something very special and unforgettable about your first rose.


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The first rose that we planted was a cutting from a "June rose" hedge at my parent's house in the Catskills in NYS, now long gone. The hedge was there when they bought the house so no one knew what the roses were. The bushes were way too big to even consider moving one, which is why we took cuttings.

We took quite a few cuttings from different plants in the hedge as I recall - at least ten of them - but since we didn't know anything about roses or anything else at the time only one survived. It eventually settled into a spot at the corner of our house in NJ and it is there still, now in the back of what became our antique rose bed.

Oh, yes, the rose turned out to be "Alba Semi-plena", but we had no idea of that until much later on. Not at all rare, of course, but still a good rose and with a nice family history behind it for us.


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The first rose I can remember from my childhood was a profuse pink climber with small flowers. We had a Summer home in Carmel, and it climbed up the house and peeked in the second story windows. My Mother called it "Baby Rose", and I am pretty sure it must have been Cecile Brunner.

Years later I wanted to plant a Cl Cecile Brunner on our house. I ordered plants (twice), but after years realized I had been sent the bush non-climbing form twice from two different nurseries. So, irate, I marched down to one of our local nurseries, found a Cl Cecile Brunner which was in a pot but already 9 feet high, and bought it. It is still growing on our house - see pic.

jackie


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My first Rose moment was in Bakersfield california. We had just purchased a BEAUTIFUL turn of the century craftsman home that still had some of the original stained glass. We fell in love with that house and bought it. it was our first house and we didn't research the neighborhood. found out it was a gang/drug area. we put a wrought iron fence around our entire property and lined the interior with roses, all the way around our property. also planted roses around every window, and around the porch. I knew NOTHING about growing roses.
I amended the clay, followed the directions on the body bags (purchased them all at home depot) and crossed my fingers. After their first bloom i became a fanatic and read everything i could on roses. When we sold our house three years later, those roses were one of the selling features! I had multiples of mr. lincoln, peace, perfume delight, just joey, joseph coat, ice berg, olympiad, lowel thomas, double delight, and some handel climbers.


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Andy in the back seat of his ford....oh ...no wait.
Teasing Georgia . Blossoms looked like yellow chiffon.


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When I was about 13 I saw a Garnet rose in the Jackson and Perkins catalog (I think)..that would have been about 1959. My birthstone was garnet so I wanted that rose and my mother let me order it. I was quite disappointed with it compared to the Hybrid Teas my mother bought, and it had no noticeable scent. But that was only my first rose and I cherished it as long as it lived...a few years. My parents always had some beautiful roses and i remember especially "Medallion". That is one I still grow.,

I bought my first serious rose order after spending a year in England. I came home and ordered a special from Wayside that had Graham Thomas, Abraham Darby, Gertrude Jekyll, Fair Bianca, and Mary Rose.. I planted Graham Thomas up into a floribunda crab apple tree by the driveway and the rest of them around our back patio on the chain link fence and they grew like crazy in the cement like clay soil. I've never had as good a luck with them since....They are what made me start thinking about running a cut flower business because I wanted to share them with other people. 13 years ago we sold that house and bought 5 acres. 12 years ago I started my business and am still doing it. I grow over 200 roses now including many of the David Austen English roses, and I dearly love them. My biggest plant passion though is dahlias. I am growing about 500 of them this year, and selling flowers at our local Farmers Market. I am 67 now and feel like I am just growing into what I always wanted to do and be...


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I wanted a flower to plant near my patio. I picked up Oklahoma at Wallmart and planted it, then it bloomed and the scent was fantastic. I got interested in rose bushes, brought a few more home, did some research. I soon found Oklahoma is not hardy in my zone 4, I managed to get it through the winter with protection, it died back nearly to the crown but is doing well this year. It didn’t bloom yet but lots of buds. None of my rose bushes have bloomed yet, we can get frost here at the beginning of june. I will try my best to keep Oklahoma because it is my first, I would like to take cuttings from it in case it doesn’t survive next winter, then maybe I could keep an offspring of my first rose. Perhaps I could put one in a pot to be better able to protect it in winter.

This year, my second year, I have 44 roses. I live in New Brunswick, Canada on the shore of the Atlantic, with our high humidity and plenty of rain I suspect I will be fighting blackspots. I will try my best to stay organic, right now using hydrogen peroxide.

I find this website very useful, and would like to thank all of you.

Arnold


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  • Posted by minflick 9b/7, Boulder Creek, (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 20, 13 at 15:05

My grandmother had roses (back in the 1960's), and 1 was a deep garnet red with not too many petals. Loved the color, loved the scent, NO idea what it was named. Another was 'the baby rose'. Tall enough to be over my head; very thin and twiggy stems (don't remember EVER seeing what I know now to be a cane) and small pale pink blooms with a million petals that shed all over the walkway - also no known name. Somewhere along the line in my mid-20's, I discovered the Heritage Rose Society, and rose rustling, and I joined up and got their news letter for a few years, while growing nothing but houseplants...

The first rose I knew the name of and loved, was a Sterling Silver I walked by on the way to work. Second one was my MIL's Mr. Lincoln. Thought that rose was glorious, out in the yard and inside on the kitchen table - that was in the very early 80's.

My first experiment in purchasing roses was (2003 or so) 4 body bags from the local CVS - I got a Sterling Silver, a Double Delight, a pink something, and a deep red something. I planted them outside the goat pen fence where the goats could nibble when the plants grew big enough to go through the wire fencing. The roses were very happy there, and thickest on the side where the goats ate them! Then my father died in June 2004, and my daughter ran away the day before, so I took a day off work and indulged in some retail therapy - I bought a barrel, a pretty metal trellis, and a Cl Cecille Brunner - both as memorial to my father, and as the closest I could get to my grandmother's 'baby rose'. Barrel still holds flowers, the metal trellis got lost in a move, and Cecille Brunner is starting to cover half of the front of the house! My next rose was Oklahoma, because I went to my nice but scruffy local nursery for a Mr. Lincoln, and he didn't have one, but he did have Oklahoma, which has just sent up a new basal cane with a ton of buds at the top.

After that, I went on a March visit to Roses of Yesterday and Today, which I had known about for 10-15 years and never lived very far from, and bought 5 roses which are slowly coming along, some better than others. If Cornelia doesn't pick up her skirts and GROW in a year or so, she's getting put out by the curb for passers by....

I have never been a person who wants a single focus garden with just roses. I prefer a garden medley, with the roses living in reasonable harmony with everything else - tall bearded iris (lots), pelargoniums and geraniums (a few), dianthus (lots), California poppies (few but spreading!) bachelor buttons (lots and spreading) and whatever else takes my fancy on any given day. I'm happy that way!

Melinda


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  • Posted by minflick 9b/7, Boulder Creek, (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 20, 13 at 15:12

My grandmother had roses (back in the 1960's), and 1 was a deep garnet red with not too many petals. Loved the color, loved the scent, NO idea what it was named. Another was 'the baby rose'. Tall enough to be over my head; very thin and twiggy stems (don't remember EVER seeing what I know now to be a cane) and small pale pink blooms with a million petals that shed all over the walkway - also no known name. Somewhere along the line in my mid-20's, I discovered the Heritage Rose Society, and rose rustling, and I joined up and got their news letter for a few years, while growing nothing but houseplants...

The first rose I knew the name of and loved, was a Sterling Silver I walked by on the way to work. Second one was my MIL's Mr. Lincoln. Thought that rose was glorious, out in the yard and inside on the kitchen table - that was in the very early 80's.

My first experiment in purchasing roses was (2003 or so) 4 body bags from the local CVS - I got a Sterling Silver, a Double Delight, a pink something, and a deep red something. I planted them outside the goat pen fence where the goats could nibble when the plants grew big enough to go through the wire fencing. The roses were very happy there, and thickest on the side where the goats ate them! Then my father died in June 2004, and my daughter ran away the day before, so I took a day off work and indulged in some retail therapy - I bought a barrel, a pretty metal trellis, and a Cl Cecille Brunner - both as memorial to my father, and as the closest I could get to my grandmother's 'baby rose'. Barrel still holds flowers, the metal trellis got lost in a move, and Cecille Brunner is starting to cover half of the front of the house! My next rose was Oklahoma, because I went to my nice but scruffy local nursery for a Mr. Lincoln, and he didn't have one, but he did have Oklahoma, which has just sent up a new basal cane with a ton of buds at the top.

After that, I went on a March visit to Roses of Yesterday and Today, which I had known about for 10-15 years and never lived very far from, and bought 5 roses which are slowly coming along, some better than others. If Cornelia doesn't pick up her skirts and GROW in a year or so, she's getting put out by the curb for passers by....

I have never been a person who wants a single focus garden with just roses. I prefer a garden medley, with the roses living in reasonable harmony with everything else - tall bearded iris (lots), pelargoniums and geraniums (a few), dianthus (lots), California poppies (few but spreading!) bachelor buttons (lots and spreading) and whatever else takes my fancy on any given day. I'm happy that way!

Melinda


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my first rose was and is still a favorite. a cecile brunner grown over the front gate's arbor intertwined with perennial morning glory. what can i say? i was a first time homeowner and first time arbor builder. ubiquitous and pedestrian? perhaps, but the thrifty and fierce little rose will always have a place in my garden. now i grow it with Perle D"or and evergreen clematis over a pergola...gorgeous.


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Hello,friends, When i think about create a garden than i not think that which rose i grow. but after some time i decide red rose and yellow rose. After i successes in my first garden than i create one more garden and this garden have all types of flowers. I am making my new web site about flowers please check it for more details about flowers garden www.indianflowers.tk

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I wish I knew! When I bought my first (and only) house in 1984, I inherited 9 roses in various parts of the yard. Some of them had been started from cuttings the previous owner had taken at his church. The only rose he knew the name of was Double Delight. I suspect one of the others is Queen Elizabeth and one might be Peace, but the other 6 I've never identified. The DD is gone as is a pink that was never very good, QE is on her last legs along with a hot pink one at the back of the property. However, I still have two yellow roses that never give up, the Peace is always scrawny but is hanging in there, and there are an unidentified red and a red/orange blend still going strong.

When I first moved in, I was so afraid of killing them all that I did a lot of research to learn to grow them properly. Over the years I've added more and more roses - I think I'm up near 50 now - and to my mind, the best thing I've learned is that they are champion survivors. Whether I care for them religiously or neglect them seriously, they just keep going, still blooming beautifully! I do try not to neglect them, but I have also begun to ease off and let them do their own thing. They seem happiest that way!


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  • Posted by jim1961 5/6 Central Pa. (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 1, 13 at 18:15

This rose bush was once in our yard but I transplanted it to my moms house about 10 years ago...
This was our first rose bush. I have no idea what it was called?

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