“First Roses”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
The first roses of the year have started showing up. They are the Cherokee roses, the Blushing Knockout, and the Lady Banks.
The Cherokee roses are large, rambling ones with canes up to twenty feet long. These do not grow on my property but do grow on the road outside our subdivision. Cherokee is a once a year bloomer, but the many, large flowers certainly makes an impression that lasts a year.
The first Blushing Knockout rose has bloomed. This is my favorite Knockout which is a softer, shell pink. I just saw the newest Knockout, White Out, in a catalog, and that is one I want to see in person. I love white flowers, and if it looks as good as the photograph I saw, it just may replace Blushing as my favorite.
Finally, Lady Banks has just started opening her roses. I have the white cultivar of Lady Banks which does not seem as popular as the yellow, but then, I have a weakness for white flowers.
After several months of no roses, it is good to be able to welcome them back to the garden.