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Roses are the Sweetheart of the Garden

FEBRUARY 12TH, 2013 by guest blogger Annette Howard
Roses are the Sweetheart of the Garden

Roses, once the fame of Mentor, OH

Valentine’s best loved flower is the rose, a symbol of love for all time. Times have changed however…. flower shops have closed down, grocery stores are selling month old roses at the register and we’ve all seen the ads online for FTD. Gone are the days of men spending $75 for a dozen of these beauties!

It’s also getting more difficult to find the roses you think of for Valentine’s Day at your local nursery. These are hybrid tea roses and although the roses are beautiful, the foliage is often leggy, riddled with disease or covered in bugs. Many landscapers are planting and recommending the new shrub roses as an alternative. Shrub roses have been improved and are anything but “shrubby”.

The relatively new Knockout series offers an almost true red, pink, and yellow and most are available in both single and double flowers. They bloom just about all season! These plants are tough and compact, they tolerate pruning and resist disease. These roses are popping up in landscapes everywhere from homes to commercial plantings. They are even drought resistant once established!

If you would prefer a shorter selection of roses than the 36” Knockouts, try the Fairyland series that is hardy, covered in blooms and pretty much maintenance free. They reach a height of 24”. There are many shades of pink, red, white and yellow in this series. Both families of roses make a gorgeous vase all summer long in your house and will be a colorful shrub in your landscape.

Although you cannot find shrub roses at the garden center this time of year, true romantics out there are welcome to pick up a gift certificate at their local garden center that their Valentines can use when it does warm up. Think about adding an “I’ll plant it for you!” note in the card – Now that’s romance!

Don’t just make it “Another Year”

For those of you that are following my blog….you will kind of find this one out in left field but New Years is fast approaching and I see so many emails and comments on my LinkedIn that talk about the future year ahead and I couldn’t help but add my thoughts!

  Make 2011 a year to remember!  So many people spend lots of time coming up with “to do” lists for the coming year or “goals” or that awful word “resolutions” but come a few days later…..back to the grind!

STOP! Think about what really makes you happy. Is it your home, your car, your family, your work, your hobby….what is it that makes you tick? Everyone down deep wants to be a better person but in order to be a better person to others, you must be happy inside.  Share your best attributes about yourself with others, really get to know someone new, do for others (and I don’t mean writing a check!), make a friend, start a new project….again…things that are going to make YOU happy inside.

I know some of you are out there going BLAH BLAH BLAH….another cheerleader out there in the webworld but just think about it. Everyone is so rushed all the time, running from here to there, but when it comes down to it….life is about living and being a good person and enjoying it all at the same time.

Take the time so smell the roses, step back and focus on the beauty around you every day, stop complaining (no one wants to hear it anyways!), SMILE, share, and LISTEN to the people you love or even those you don’t! Stargaze, watch the water on a lake, birdwatch, take a look at the sky, check out a tree you drive by everyday, people watch! Seriously, GOD put it all there….take  a look, a real close look and I think you’ll be amazed to all that we take for granted and don’t appreciate enough!  We’re all guilty!

If we all take 5 minutes everyday to just sit back and LOOK and get tuned in…imagine the possibilities! I wish you all the best this coming year!  Thanks for taking the time to read my post (if you’re still with me here at this point!:) and have a great day! Be safe and well.

Annette