I've had a long history with roses. I can remember gardening with my grandmother whose name was Rosalie. My grandparents lived in downtown York, Pennsylvania in a row house. My grandfather had his barber shop there. In summer I would spend more time with them. My mom always said that the soil in my grandmother's little yard was the richest in York. She could grow anything. But what she loved the most were her roses. I remember pruning a red climber with her as well as hybrid teas.
|Love and Peace Rose|
My middle name came from my aunt, my godmother, whose name was Rose Marie. I also think it originated in my family's love of roses.
We have several gardens now and many of them contain roses. The Knockout roses are show stoppers when they are in bloom with flowers all over the bush. They are hardier than hybrid tea and heirloom roses and more disease resistant. But I still favor hybrid tea roses, probably because they bring back memories.
|Knockout Rose bush|