In the mid 1970s, I had a grass lawn, fruit trees, numerous vines, several tomato plants, and…rose bushes. Six in all. The two I remember from my garden were Mr. Lincoln and Peace. It was my first, and only, attempt at growing roses. After moving from that house in 1980, I never had a lawn again and I’ve stuck with desert landscaping exclusively.
When I started garden blogging last year and began visiting other blogs, many of them featured beautiful roses. I was especially taken with the rose photos Nikkipolani posted, and was tempted to try a few roses again. Well, I finally took the plunge after 33 years and picked up three hybrid teas earlier this year. I even found some rose food from 1976 that I had stored away, along with a Caring for Roses book from that era.
The first to bloom is Tiffany, a very fragrant pink blend that I got at Wal-Mart as a container rose. It was on special for $6.00. I didn’t want to pay a lot for the roses—I’m really not into the whole rose-growing thing enough to spend a lot of money. I'm not yet sure if I want to spend the time following the endless instructions on how to care for them. I'll do the best I can with my three new bushes, and if they make it, great. If not, oh well. However, it is a thrill to see this first rose.