I miss my roses...

@dawnald (84146)
Shingle Springs, California
January 28, 2009 5:47pm CST
Three years in the new house, this spring I'm finally going to plant some rose bushes. Well we did plant some last year but only a few. Husband wants to plant all red and white ones like you see in some of the professional landscaping. Personally I want to plant all kinds of different colors and I don't care if it's a hodgepodge. Do you prefer a lot of variety or a nice uniform color scheme?
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• United States
29 Jan 09
Hi dawnald, Great topic! I'm getting spring fever! To answer your question, hodgepodge and random colors! I think it looks more natural and less predictable. Some things I might group together, but still just a random collage in my yard! I grow roses, sunflowers, clematis, strawberries, ferns, aloe vera, asparagus, phlox and hostas. I can grow just about anything if I stick to a regime of maintenance and upkeep. The funnest way to plant a garden is to take a bunch of seed packages, dump them all in a bowl, shake and throw out to wherever the wind takes them. I then cover the area with home made compost. Talk about curiousity overkill. I get the biggest kick out of seeing what will come up where. So far, I've had pretty good luck. All the neighbors think I spent hours planting flowers, etc. I never tell them any different! thanks for a great topic! meow & ciao! ^..^
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Jan 09
We did dump a bunch of wildflower seeds on the hill behind us, hope some of them come up! But as far as roses, yep it's going to be a variety. He will voice his opinion and then we will go pick the roses that I want. lol
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
28 Jan 09
In a garden I like to see a mixture just as it would be in nature. Roses especially have such gorgeous colours that I woulld find it difficult to pick a favourite so I would definately go for all the colors available. In window boxes, which is all I can do here due to lack of space, I can do olour schemes as I wish and change them every year too.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Jan 09
There are just so many varieties of roses and I'd hate to restrict myself to just one or two!
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@peavey (16797)
• United States
30 Jan 09
I vote for hodgepodge, too. When I moved into this place it had a lot of roses, but they were all pink, some dark and some light, but all pink. I hate to take out flowers, but I had to get rid of some of the pink!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 Jan 09
I'm getting a funny visual here. Thinking of Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" where the cards are singing "we're painting the roses red"... You could paint yours rainbow!
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@peavey (16797)
• United States
31 Jan 09
Sure... spray paint?? LOL
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 Jan 09
That's probably easier than the way they did it in the movie!
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@mammamuh (582)
• Sweden
30 Jan 09
I would go for several colors! The more the merrier. For me a garden is all about variety.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Jan 09
I think so too!
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@mammamuh (582)
• Sweden
2 Feb 09
It's not only the colors - it's all the different smells from different roses too!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Feb 09
Yep, I like scented roses!
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@dvmurphy (326)
• United States
29 Jan 09
I prefer one color in mass in most flowers or colors that complement each other. Roses are the exceprion. I like any color of rose. I really like the climbing Angel Face and hybrid teas. I did find a use for the Robin Hood Rose to that grows to 6' tall and spreads into a shrub very useful for keeping people from using my yard as a shortcut through the neighborhood. They are very beautiful but thorny. I got tired of people cutting through my yard and not respecting my privacy or my plants so I planted a hedge of them and they work wonders and they are beautiful from spring to fall.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Jan 09
I'm sure that was a very rude surprise for anybody who tried it! lol
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 Jan 09
I like that... But I'm not really good at planning things that way!
@doddee (53)
• United States
30 Jan 09
Hi Dawn...I love roses too and I wish that I could grow them like my grandmother used to grow them. She had a green thumb. I've never lived where they would do well but if I could grow them I would want all different kinds and different colors too. When I am given roses or flowers I always try to remember to get a picture to preserve them even longer.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Jan 09
We did pretty well with them in LA. Here in Sacramento they grow pretty well too although my sister says that the deer think rose gardens are smorgasbord. Fortunately there aren't enough trees around here so maybe the deer won't discover us!
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@riyasam (16578)
• India
29 Jan 09
me and roses,donot get along!!!i donot know why but somehow it doesnt grow at my place.i see that manure and soil is in right proportion,maybe the climate at my place,doesnot suit them.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Jan 09
I was expecting you to say something about thorns! Not good if the climate isn't right, but are people around you able to grow roses?
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
29 Jan 09
I like tea roses with lots of scent. I like old roses, and I LOVE peace roses.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Jan 09
I like scented roses too. And roses with more than one color in them!
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@Humbug25 (12551)
12 Feb 09
Hello dawny I must admit that I am a bit of a stickler for conformity and would probably opt for two colours only or at least if I was going to have colours they would have to match with each other. Maybe I am not a conformist then more likely I have a OCD!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Feb 09
Was that you out in the Queen of Heart's garden painting the roses red?
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@Humbug25 (12551)
12 Feb 09
Quite possibly!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Feb 09
That's right, admit nothing!
@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
29 Jan 09
I love roses, but it's too hot to grow them where I live, so I just have to be satisfied with pictures! When I lived in the UK, my mother had a bed of red and white roses in her back garden and in the front she had a mish-mash of all different coloured roses. (She loved her roses too). The red and white ones in the back had more of an impact than the different coloured ones in the front, although both were beautiful. If I wanted to make a statement, I think I would go for the uniform look of just two colours. What about planting a section of uniform colours and another section of all different colours? That way you and your hubby would both be happy!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Jan 09
Hm, maybe uniform colors out front all nice and prim and proper and lots of colors in the backyard!
@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
27 Feb 09
Thanks for BR Dawn!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
27 Feb 09
You're welcome!
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
28 Jan 09
Hodgepodge would be a bit of a victorian style garden and it goes great with older homes. I'd probably go with that since we have a home built in 1920. I don't have any roses at this house. I had a few with our previous home.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Jan 09
This is a newer home but I just prefer variety.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
29 Jan 09
It'll still be pretty. You can't beat roses no matter how you plant them!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Jan 09
yup... got to spray all the dang weeds first though...
@academic2 (7010)
• Uganda
22 Feb 09
I think that is a very wise idea-roses make the world beautiful and especially the colors you have chosen are generally very nice.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Feb 09
I haven't chosen colors yet, but soon!
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
3 Feb 09
I would prefer the variety. I would love lots of color. My grandfather always grew red and pink. They were actualy very beautiful beside each other. I would love roses no matter what.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Feb 09
Me too. I love a lot a variety!
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