Where have all the flowers gone? (Long time passing.)

Where have all the flowers? indeed…I can’t wait for winter to be ovah! so I can start seeing my beautiful roses coming back to life! In my attempt to be a “wannabe” rosarian, I managed to grow about 20 plus roses in my yard. It’s not that difficult to grow them, as some may say. The most important thing to know is that these plants need full sun. Breasts don’t grow in shade girl, like Joan Rivers said, therefore, ergo, (this is hard logic, ok?) plant your roses in full, hot, burning sun!. 🙂 They also need regular soaking/watering and regular maintenance care from rusts, blackspots, fungi, cane borers, slugs and some other animals who may want to have them for a buffet.

One of my most favorite rose in the garden is the one that looks very different from the rest. Its color is peculiar, which makes it a real standout.


rosa sweetness


Pretty and unique, this rose is called Sweetness by Jackson & Perkins. Bred from the Lagerfeld rose with Melody Parfumee. It’s a grandiflora with light purple or light lavender petals that comes slightly white as a rose bud. It has an ovoid shape, pointed and high-centered. It’s probably around 4.5″ in flower bloom size, and really goes into full bloom during early to late summer. It’s hardy from zone 5-10, and the entire plant grows to about 5 ft in height. What I love about this is its strong strong citrus scent. It’s strong enough that you can smell it as you approach the plant.


rosa sweetness


This rose is a grandiflora so it’s high-stemmed and blooms in clusters. It also has a dark green foliage that’s quite healthy and seemed to resist dark spots better compared to other roses. However, you still need to spray. Remember kids, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound cake of cure.


rosa sweetness


If you’re familiar with the fussy “Angel Face” rose, this one’s a good alternative. They may differ with the form of their petal’s edge, but this one won’t disappoint. Speaking of disappointment, I once had an Angel Face rose, but it’s so fussy that it got sick, stopped blooming and eventually died. I tried planting it the second time, but still, the same thing happened. So I euthanized it and off it went to the dumpster. So long…good riddance!


If you want big striking lavender-mauve rose that’s not that fussy to grow, quite disease resistant and has strong fragrance, this rose should definitely be in your garden.


This rose is available at http://www.jacksonandperkins.com