I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck“- Emma Goldman

The dead of winter is the best time to reflect on the roses of next summer. Thanks to busy rose hybridizers around the globe, there’s always room for improvement. After ten years of trial and error, our rose selection is getting close to perfect. . . we just need a little more.

We run something of a rose boot camp here: they grow in straight rows,  supported with fence, 2.5 ft apart, on drip irrigation.  Anyone who falls out of line, by which I mean succumbs to black spot, has a short vase life or wimpy growth habits, will find themselves on the compost heap.

Don’t feel bad, roses are tougher than you think – they just look delicate. They ship bare root in winter’s cold. This barren stump of twigs powers on to produce blooms from spring til frost. They hold up in boutonnieres, corsages and bridal bouquets on hot summer days. Their thorns will flatten the tires on the tractor. In fact, roses and diamonds are probably the toughest beauties at any wedding. But why choose? Have them both.