Monday, January 23, 2012

Spring is in the air in Tampa

What a delight to see and smell blooms on 'Mme. Antoine Marie', "Pink Cracker Rose", 'Marechal Neil', "Barfield White Climber", Rosa bracteata, "Fairmount Prosperpine', my own hybrids 'Gainesville Garnet', 'Sarasota Spice' and 'Gold Blush' plus 'Reve d'Or', "Maggie", 'Teasing Georgia', 'Archduke Charles' and 'Cramoisi Superieur'.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I was blown away yesterday ...the mailman brought me a GIANT specimen of a mega-rare climbing rose I've wanted since 1994....'Easlea's Golden Rambler'. And it was FREE from Cliff Orent of Desert Roses! I was on the phone with a local friend as I opened the box and got teary eyed when I read the tag! Attached is a link to a site with data and photos, plus I will attach a pic posted here recently by a Canadian rosarian of a PORTION of his monster plant. I've only met it twice....once at Peter Beales' nursery in England, and in author Bill Grant in Aptos, California, a huge hulking plant the size of a large garden shed. Thanks Cliff!!!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Woo Hoo!

Yesterday I got my roses' sales royalty check for 2011 from the good folks at The Antique Rose Emporium.....$35!  I better work harder promoting my rose breeding work!