I don't claim to be a master gardener -- I just dig in the dirt and hope for the best.
My favorite flowers are rose and iris. We moved frequently during our 28
years in the Army and many times we planted rose and iris beds, only to abandon them after
a couple of years.
Two years ago I put in some roses at our home in NE TN -- had a tough time with them,
lost 4 of 12 bushes. I'm still not certain what happened but I suspect fungus got to
them. I nursed the remainder back to health and this summer -- 2002 -- we have some
These two are spectacular. The rose is "Veterans Honor" from Jackson
and Perkins. As you see, it's a deep red rose with a classic shape to the bud and
the flower; it has a light fragrance. Here are two examples. The one on the
top has been in a small vase for a week and the blossom is still perfect. The rose
in the bottom photo was cut this morning (July 28, 2002).
This blossom has been in the vase for 7 days. Look at the shape
and color -- just about perfect.
This one was cut five minutes before the photo was made.