A Rose by Any Other Name

A Rose by Any Other Name

Photo courtesy of Michelle Dennis, Stock.xchng ##974867Growing roses is a lot like playing tennis: you’ve got your weekend players and you’ve got the pros. Most of us are somewhere in the middle.

Thankfully, we don’t have to sign up for country club membership in order to satisfy our rose fix. The fact that we live in the Northwest gives us a decided advantage, as roses prefer temperate regions and thrive in heat/cold challenged climates.

As April continues to thaw (and freeze, and thaw), the almanac assures us that it is time to roll up our sleeves and get digging. According to The Old Farmers’ Almanac, the gardening jobs for zone 7b in the month of April include:

“Plant rosebushes. They often do best if planted before growth starts and buds swell. And if you want to increase their fragrance, surround them with parsley.”

If you’re looking for a great place to buy roses, check out the Antique Rose Farm, located in the antique capital of the country: Snohomish, Washington. Operating out of a 1901 Victorian farmhouse, the Antique Rose Farm is a family-owned rose nursery and a member of Heritage Roses Northwest, a group dedicated to education and the preservation of old garden roses.

Along with their “Old Garden Roses” (pre 1867), the Farm also offers a wide range of roses. They have a particular penchant for those most hardy to the Northwest. They unfortunately do not sell their roses online, so you’ll just have to take a road trip to check them out. Maybe on the way home from your next tennis match.

Rosy Links:

Rosy Events:

April 20, 2008, noon – “Growing Great Roses”

Join noted rosarian Terri Hiatt, creator of Terosa Ultimate Rose Food, for rose growing tips and techniques and her list of favorite rose recommendations.

Emery’s Garden: 2829 164th St. S.W., Lynnwood (425-743-4555)

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