If your city has a public rose garden, this should be an excellent time to visit it. In Portland, we have The International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park and it should be at, or near, peak bloom. It is great to visit a large rose garden and marvel at the diversity of color, flower form, fragrance and bloom size. I can never select a favorite but high on my list is the rose ‘Jude the Obscure’. I first saw a large bed of this at Heirloom Roses in St. Paul, Oregon and liked it immediately. It is a David Austin Rose and has the form of an old fashioned rose, a strong fragrance and is a beautiful soft apricot color. It is an excellent bloomer as well.
All roses grow better with the help of alfalfa meal and a good quality rose fertilizer.
About Mike Darcy
Mike lives and gardens in a suburb of Portland, Oregon where he has resided since 1969.
He grew in up Tucson, Arizona where he worked at a small retail nursery during his high school and college years. He received his formal education at the University of Arizona where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture, and though he values his formal education, he values his field-experience more. It is hard to beat the ‘hands on’ experience of actually gardening, visiting gardens, and sharing information with other gardeners.
Mike has been involved with gardening communications throughout his adult life. In addition to garden writing, he has done television gardening shows in Portland, and for over 30 years he hosted a Saturday radio talk show in Portland. Now he writes, speaks, gardens and continues to share his love of gardening.
To be connected to the gardening industry is a bonus in life for Mike. He has found gardeners to be among the friendliest and most caring, generous people. Consequently, many of his friends he has met through gardening.
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