Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

As I mentioned before in a previous blog, I received Everyday Roses by Paul Zimmerman as a gift from the #GardenChat event in Chicago last month.  This is such a beautiful book, it is almost too difficult to part with it.  However, I live in an extremely dry, USDA Zone 6A.  Oh, yes...have I mentioned that we have deer, elk, badgers, porcupines, jack rabbits, wild bunnies  (yes, those are different than jack rabbits) and rattlesnakes?  OK, so the rattlesnakes probably wouldn't touch the roses, but I just thought I would mention it.

Rosa 'Radrazz' The Knock Out Rose
I would love to experiment with roses at some point. There are a few wild and hardy climbing roses that I would love to incorporate into my garden. I think roses can really have a place within a desert landscape.  

In the past, the only roses that I could get to thrive in Central Oregon were the Knock Out Rose and Rosa Rugosa families. At some point, I would love to test out other rose varieties to see how drought tolerant and tough they really are.
Rosa Rugosa via

But, in the meantime, I would like to do my first blog reader giveaway. 

Whoo Hoo!

Roses have always been very special to me.  My grandmother had the most beautiful rose garden when I was young.  I remember the varieties she loved and the time she enjoyed caring for them.  

I think Everyday Roses is a great guide for inspiring gardeners and for those that want to explore other varieties of roses and improve in the caring for their existing ones.  

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on the blog mentioning your favorite rose.  If you would like a double entry, share this link on your facebook or twitter page with the hashtag #roses and #bdgiveaway.

The winner will be announced on our Blooming Desert facebook page Friday, September 27th.

This giveaway is available for U.S. residents only.

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