I feel the need to post something incredibly cheery in order to combat this crazy dreary morning. Here’s a reminder that in just four short months (give or take) the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden will be springing back to life, full of happy bees and happy New Yorkers! (at Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden At The New York Botanical Garden) ~AR
You’ve probably already caught wind of this little thing called “the Olympics” taking place in London right now, where the Grecian ideal lives on in force. And, for those of you watching, there’s a common color scheme in and among all the gold, silver, and bronze being flung around that the green-thumbed among you might be interested in: the Victory bouquets.
This year’s bouquets—all 4,400 of them—contain several unique varieties of rose tucked in and among contrasting cuts of green wheat, mint, and other aromatic foliage. Illios, Marie Claire, Wimbledon, Aqua—it’s a subtle combination of cultivars with a pay-off. —MN
“I always thought roses were the sort of flowers that only ‘rosarians’–-people with a sophisticated knowledge of rose cultivation–-could successfully grow … But then one day I woke up and smelled the roses.”
This is something of a wake-up call for rose-shy gardeners too petrified to take on the “notoriously difficult” world of the thorn and bloom. The author does a nice job of celebrating the qualities that make the ‘Knock Out’ cultivars such rewarding starter roses, and with good reason: they’ll survive almost anything.
This hardiness is the driving ethos behind the Earth-Kind® Rose Trials, of which the NYBG is such a proud participant. And ‘Knock Out’ features pretty heavily in our test beds. If you’ve been hiding in the closet over the thought of making the leap, fear of failure doesn’t have to be the great decider in growing roses anymore. —MN
The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is settling into its spring groove right about now. Eyes peeled for beauties like this in the coming months! —MN
Rose II by Badrul Hisham Ismail from Kajang, Malaysia