With the forecast of a strong El Nino (our winter rains) on the horizon at the end of last year, I felt hope, that despite our four year drought, I will be able to continue to grow beautiful roses in 2016 as well and decided to order four precious new ones.
The new rose babies arrived yesterday and their arrival coincided with the fourth day of consecutive torrential rains here in San Diego. I consider that a good omen!
I ordered the own-root roses from Chamblee's Rose Nursery, which is located in Tyler, Texas. I did buy roses from this nursery before and got exceptional nice and healthy roses, so I was curious about the quality of the roses they would sent this time.
As you can see they were very well packed...
...and each of the two gallon containers were wrapped in its own plastic bag, which kept them moist.
In case you are curious, which varieties I have ordered, here are the names:
'Love Song', a lavender Floribunda.
'Koko Loko', a milk chocolate, lavender Floribunda.
'Gruss an Aachen', a peach/yellow older Floribunda, bred in Germany,1909.
'Souvenir de la Malmaison', the famous light pink Bourbon rose.
I can't wait to see these babies grow and flower for the first time. I am especially anxious about 'Love Song' and 'Gruss an Aachen', since I have never seen these roses bloom in person. Aaah.., the joyful excitement of growing new rose varities is hard to beat.
Did you get/are you getting any new roses for 2016? And if so, which varieties did/will you choose?
Wishing everyone a nice weekend!
See you in the garden!