roses galore!

by Sharon Santoni

It is the season for roses galore! Who doesn’t love rose season?! That moment in May and June when roses climb up the facades of houses and tumble down over stone walls. They can be admired where they grow, or picked and brought inside.

Here in our garden, I try to add new roses regularly (although I’m definitely running low on places to plant now) and I’ve noticed they take a year to settle in, work out who their new neighbours are and then start to really develop in their second season.

Whenever possible I’ll buy varieties that flower several times, and for that one of my favorite roses remains Polka, who generously blooms from May to October.

We have had a ridiculous amount of rain this spring, and that is something that roses don’t love. They put on a brave face through the first couple of storms and showers, but when it is as consistent as it has been this non-Spring, they finally surrender, and let their petals absorb the water. If they are re-flowering varieties, this is the moment to grab the secateurs, and cut off the flowering branch in order to provoke new growth.

Bring them inside!

And of course, when the forecast is rainy, then the best thing is to pick a huge bouquet before the rain falls, and enjoy the colour in your home.

I love bringing roses indoors. A big spectacular arrangement is always fun, but even just a couple of blooms in a small vase for my desk, or vanity. They’ll put a smile on my face for a couple of days.

Feed them with love!

Feeding roses is important. We mulch heavily during the winter, and come spring we nourish regulalrly with a good organic fertilizer to keep them looking happy and bright.

Do you grow roses where you are? and if so, which are your favorite varieties?


Natalia June 19, 2024 - 5:31 pm

This is absolutely wonderful! My favorites!!
Especially the antique varieties!
( is that Souvenir de la Malmaison?)
Thank you for sharing with us!
I can almost inhale their sweetness!

lorieverett June 23, 2024 - 10:05 pm

I love your coral and pink together in these pictures…Also great to understand need to allow time to let them get established. I have had to move several rosesfor hardscape changes then they are starting over…so frustrating but relieved they survived. Im going to order Polka.

KATHERINE June 24, 2024 - 7:17 am

Sharon I’ve never been to France currently my husband and I live in Oro Valley Arizona those are absolutely gorgeous roses wow

DD June 23, 2024 - 5:03 am


Joyce Ramsay June 23, 2024 - 6:25 am

Thanks for this posting. Roses are very tough. But in my current desert outback location they are out of the question. I can’t wait to retire to a more reasonable location and get started on my rose patch. I love the tea roses with good long stems and virulent climbers, but also love the old-fashioned heavy blossoms. Actually, I don’t think there has been a rose grown I don’t like.

Franceil Parde June 23, 2024 - 6:03 pm

STUNNING!!!! ❤️ franki

Kelly Archer June 23, 2024 - 6:30 pm

My favourite rose is Pierre de Ronsard. After moving I didn’t have this rose in my garden for ten years until now, and I’m so pleased I now have it again.

Adeline June 23, 2024 - 6:46 pm

Beautiful. Any problems with black spot and what can I do to prevent this?
Thank you.

Pam June 23, 2024 - 7:45 pm

Absolutely beautiful, I love rose’s , I love Tea roses.

Barbara Carbajal June 23, 2024 - 9:10 pm

Beautiful, thanks for sharing!

Vicky from Athens June 24, 2024 - 1:06 am

Alas! The deer that invade my yard each evening have devoured my roses and most everything else! I did plant two David Austin roses in pots this Spring – a climber, Generous Gardener and a shrub, Desdimona. I have them covered with a wire cage and am hoping for the best. One of my favorites in days gone by was a very fragrant lavender rose, Lagerfeld, but eventually the deer got to it and devoured it.

Susan June 25, 2024 - 3:35 am

Hello Sharon,
Thank you for sharing your roses and the arrangement you created. The kinetic energy you created by the placement of your branches is wonderful.

Maxine Lynton June 27, 2024 - 4:25 am

Howdy Sharon,
Thank you and what a feast for your eyes in sharing your rose creation, stunning hues. I adore standard iceberg roses in white as they cascade down and you have a night garden and adorn with fairy lights amidst. Very pretty and calming. Alas, here in Western Australia we have chilli thrips which feed on our roses. I love my book in my package from our boutique “The Flower Hunter”. You fill our life with wonderful inspiration.

Badland July 4, 2024 - 6:33 am

This is a great tip for gardeners who want continuous color.

Badland July 4, 2024 - 6:34 am

It’s understandable that too much rain can have a negative impact on roses, especially for gardeners in similar climates.

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