Game of Thorns 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of year in the garden: Game of Thorns! Every since I started a garden at twenty-two years old, I’ve celebrated spring by tracking which roses open first each year, a game I call Game of Thorns. (I’m a HUGE Game of Thrones fan if that isn’t abundantly clear.) It’s only…

Thorny Thursday

Lament that roses have thorns or rejoice that thorns have roses. In my opinion, a perfect rose is one of life’s greatest pleasures and treasures. On this Thorny Thursday, I wanted to feature four of my favorites. Queen Elizabeth This pink stunner grows behind my butterfly bench, next to Golden Celebration. (Fitting, don’t you think?)…

Queen of Hearts

It’s that wonderful time of year again, when the garden is full of blooms. I am delighted to run out every morning and inspect all of my roses. It amazes me how much can happen in just ten hours. New roses planted this year: Sundance – opened today! Queen Elizabeth – no blooms yet Cherry…

September Roses

It’s satisfying to be a rose gardener in Texas. We have such a long Summer season! My roses are still going strong. My burgundy Iceberg, Elegant Lady, and Disneyland roses all have rosebuds forming for late September blooms, but it’s my Dream Come True and Over the Moon roses that I want to show you…

A Rose By Any Other Name

With a name like Katie-Rose, I was destined to become a gardener. I have eleven varieties of roses in my yard so far. I’m posting these in order of when they bloomed: Roses that have not yet bloomed: Merlot (red), frontyard Burgundy Iceberg (dark purple/red), side yard Julia Child (yellow), frontyard Dream Come True (orange/pink…