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! As a rose lover, 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. 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 at first or especially when it’s still a 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


As I said, this is a grandiflora, so it’s high-stemmed and it 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 and it’s a lot easier to grow. They may differ in 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 and it stopped blooming, then it 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 a big and striking lavender-mauve rose that’s not that fussy to grow, disease resistant, and has a strong fragrance, this rose should definitely be in your garden.


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