One day at Costco in Denver, deliberating over which grower’s bouquet to buy for my dining room table. Just as I reached for a bunch of white roses, a woman pushed a cart with a child, maybe two-years-old, who shrieked in delight when she saw the bouquets. She pointed her dimpled little hand and shouted, “Roses! Roses! Roses!”
I know what she means: Roses excite me, too, but that’s not my point. What struck me was that roses are so iconic that they’re among the first flowers we learn to identify: Even a toddler can pick out a rose.
You’ll want to pick some roses for your own garden. They’re not as fussy as they’re made out to be. In fact, in Denver’s growing conditions, roses thrive. They love the Mile High City sunshine.
The topic of roses runs deep, and you can exhaust yourself studying this fascinating species rich in legend and lore. Here are a dozen links to my entires about roses. Just click on the blue titles below.
And don’t forget to stop and smell the roses–and other flowers, too.
- Virginia Woolf on June nights and roses
- Red-leafed rose rises to the occasion over several seasons
- Buck roses buck up to tough conditions
- Roses had a romance language all their own
- Miniature roses add maximum appeal for pennies
- Gardening 101: What is a lovely yet low-care, low-water plant to grow in Denver?
- Don’t be afraid to move plants: My glauca rose, my kalanchoe
- Buck roses: hardy and healthy
- These plants make scents: Top 10 fragrant favorites in my gardens
- Flower speak: Different species conveyed different sentiments
- Classical and romantic influences on gardens
••• “Cultivate your little corner of the world. You grow your garden; your garden grows you.” •••
Colleen Smith gardens in and writes from central Denver. Her first novel, titled Glass Halo, was a Finalist for the 2010 Santa Fe Literary Prize. Her second book Laid-Back Skier will be released in 2011.
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