While it’s quite wonderful to receive a dozen long-stemmed red roses on Valentine’s Day, what better time to daydream about and plan your very own lusciously fragrant rose garden? You can then create your garden of long-lasting, disease-resistant roses in the colors and fragrances (fruits, flowers, spices and many others) of your choice.
I just can’t help stopping to smell ALL roses – even those I know or suspect do not have much fragrance. I have many beautiful roses in my garden but the loveliest (my favorites) are those with the most fragrance. ‘Sheila’s Perfume’ and ‘Neptune’ in particular are heady and powerful, and can make me forget all troubles for that brief, transporting moment.
Is it difficult to grow roses in Colorado? At the Denver Rose Society, our resounding, experience-based answer is “No!” Roses do ask for certain horticultural practices in order to thrive, and healthy roses produce more fragrance. These growing techniques can be easily learned, as our many novice rose-growing members will tell you. Successfully growing roses in Colorado means that, in the cold months of January and February, you confidently await this summer’s blooms of the deliciously fragrant roses you planted in your very own garden.
Interested in learning how to successfully grow roses here in Colorado? Join instructor Tammy Jansen for "Fragrant Roses for Your Garden" on Saturday, February 14 (Valentine's Day - what better day?!). Register online or call 720-865-3580.
GUEST BLOGGER: Tammy Jansen
Tammy Jansen was president of the Denver Rose Society in 2013 and 2014 and loves teaching others how to grow healthy roses in Colorado. As a life sciences patent paralegal, she writes, edits and facilitates projects. She has a mini-dachshund who is jealous of her garden (all of that stolen attention!), and an aquarium of fish grateful for her plant expertise. She has lived in Paris and near Boston by the sea, but is happily resettled in the Denver area.