Roses, Roses, Roses!

Introduction: Roses, Roses, Roses!

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Wenlock / Shrub / 1984 (Above)

In this post you'll see Roses, Roses and more Roses - not the plants, but just the flowers. Be warned - this post has many photos of Roses! I decided to stop by the Rose Garden (owned by our city) across from the Santa Barbara Mission on my way home from Pilates early last Monday evening. I thought I'd take a few photos to put on Facebook and Twitter but ended up with more than enough for a blog post. For those of you still making up your minds about what Roses to choose this year, I hope this helps!

First, a little background on this city-owned garden which has the historic SB Mission and the Santa Ynez Mountains as a backdrop. It is called the A.C. Postel Rose Garden and originated in 1955 with a donation of 500 Rose bushes and in 1962 the Santa Barbara Rose Society began sponsorship.

The garden now has over 1500 plants - many of which I did not take photos of. The All American Rose Selection (AARS) committee has accredited the garden and it receives Roses donated by growers one year in advance of their being put on the market for sale.I have arranged the pictures of the Roses by color and also label what type they are and the year it was introduced.

This post contains a lot more pictures of roses for you to see. Just head over to my blog here my blog here & you'll find pictures of red, apricot/peach, bi-color & white roses waiting for you.

The ones with AARS before the year denote they have exceptional qualities as only a few of them get chosen. If you'd like a few pointers on their care that I've picked up through my years as a professional gardener, then scroll all the way to the end - it may take you a while to get there though!

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Step 1: Knockout / Landscape / AARS 1999

Step 2: Erfurt / Hybrid Musk / 1939

Step 3: La Sylphide / Hybrid Tea / 1848

Step 4: Roseraie De L’Hay / Old Garden Rose /1901

Step 5: Archiduc Joseph / Hybrid Tea / 1872

Step 6: Strike It Rich / Grandiflora / AARS 2007

Step 7: Danae / Hybrid Musk/1913

Step 8: Baby Love / Shrub / 1992

Step 9: Sunshine Day Dream /Grandiflora /AARS 2012

Step 10: Celebrity / Hybrid Tea / 1988

Here are a few tips:

Amend the soil with compost every year, preferably at the start of their growing season. Most Roses need full sun – make sure they get it. The different types of Roses get pruned in different ways – make sure you’re clear on this first. Be certain the terminal bud faces out.

Roses get aphids – best to just spray them off with the hose. They’re not drought tolerant – water them regularly. I always fertilized Roses with alfalfa meal, chicken manure or worm castings and rose and flower food 3 times during the growing season.

Make sure they’re all organic .

Do the 1st application right after the threat of frost has passed and the last application no later than the end of summer. I go into much more detail in this post and video on feeding roses organically and naturally with great success if you’re interested. I live in California where Roses are pruned in January and fertilizing begins in March. That being said, I hope these pictures have wet your appetite for a Rose or two and that they are always in bloom!

And to see the rest of this gorgeous roses head over to my blog here.

Happy Gardening!


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