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Delayed Shipping....Choose your date!
March 20, 2017

 
 
 
Order for Spring 2016
 
 
 

 

With our delayed shipping, your ordering for Spring 2017 can be simple! Use the customer's choice of shipping dates in the dropdown box on the Checkout Page of our website to select a Spring shipping date. Ordering now ensures you have access to the roses of your choice before they are sold out and are not available until the next round of propagation for that rose.
 
We look forward to your business,
The Gardener and Mr. Blue Jeans


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Delayed Shipping
December 18, 2016

 
Order for Spring 2017

 

With our delayed shipping, your ordering for Spring 2017 can be simple! Use the customer's choice of shipping dates in the dropdown box on the Checkout Page of our website to select a Spring shipping date. Ordering now ensures you have access to the roses of your choice before they are sold out and are not available until the next round of propagation for that rose.
 
We look forward to your business,
Rose Petals Nursery


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The Cranes are Returning with their Signature Call over RPN
December 12, 2016

In the gardener's hometown of Gainesville, Florida is also the home of the University of Florida.  At the Beef Teaching Unit of UF, in the middle of town, there is a huge flock of Sandhill Cranes overwintering in the pastures with the cows.  Mr. Blue Jeans photographed these unique creatures to share with all of you.

 

 

 

According to the website Savingcranes.org, the cranes are 3-5 ft high, weight 6.5-14 lbs and have a wingspan of 5-6 feet.  Knowing all of these facts just enhances watching the flock this morning ascending and descending in flight.  With so little effort these huge birds are very graceful, almost like a ballerina.  No noise other than their very unique call.  Many times while out at the ranch or the nursery, you can hear their calls only to look upward and see them in air.

 

 

UF in the background just above the treeline.

 

 

 

 

Pecking Order we guessed!

 

 

To avoid any more meaness, this one just moved away...

 

 

The cows or the cranes were not bothered by each others existence in a very close proximity.  The cranes were bothered by people and would walk away from the fenceline as joggers or we approached.  

 

We hope you enjoy these photos, Mother Nature is fascinating!



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Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends
November 21, 2016

 

 

Beautiful Thanksgiving Day view of the Sante Fe River this year.  Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener will be traveling to our active duty son and his wife's and our only grand baby's home for fried turkey in the backyard with all of the fixings.  Our Student son willl ride up with us as he is deep into his studies at the moment.

 

Our family wishes your family a very happy and relaxing holiday.  Mr. Blue Jeans, The Gardener, Ryan, Stephanie, Kinlee Belle, and Todd.



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Top Ten FAQs
November 21, 2016

 

Top 10 FAQs

Q: What are your hours?
A: Rose Petals Nursery is open with an appointment - we ask for you to call or email giving us some advance notice to accommodate everyone's schedules. Additionally "Open Garden Days" are held most months without appointments. You can check our Event Calendar on the website for future Open Garden Days.

Q: What is the best way to contact Rose Petals Nursery?
A: Email is the best as our hands are usually in the roses. If you should need to speak with us, please email providing a good time to talk and the best telephone number for us to contact you.

Q: How do I know whether a rose is In Stock or not?
A: Our website has an "In Stock Tab" available for each rose and our inventory is continually updated.
 
Q: How do I know when a particular rose I want to obtain is back "In Stock"?
A: We offer a "Wish List" for this very reason. Register on our website and add the rose(s) of your choice on your "Wish List". You will receive an email notification when a rose on your list is back "In Stock". Remember others may be waiting for that rose too - as anyone else who has that rose on their Wish List receives that same notification.  Rose Petals Nursery does not retain access to your individual Wish Lists nor registration credentials in order to protect your privacy. Please record your credentials in a safe place so you have access to your Wish List online.
 
Q: How do I order roses from Rose Petals Nursery?
A: You may order online, by phone, email or regular old US Postal Service. Rose Petals Nursery does not retain any of your personal information to protect your privacy.  You will be asked for your shipping and payment information each time your order through any method.

Q: How many roses fit in a box?
A: Rose Petals Nursery shipping materials are set up for the quantities of roses, 1, 2, 4 and 6 box sizes. Since the common carriers now base shipping costs on dimensional measurements ordering in one of these increments will give you the most for your shipping dollar. When an order is less than one of the box counts (for example 3, 9 or 11 roses) we must include an empty container to stabilize the roses in the box. 

Q: How do I know how much shipping costs will be?
A: It's easy and quick!  Add the total number of roses into your "wheelbarrow" on our site, click Checkout.  You will be prompted to enter your zip code and click GO.  The shipping options and amounts will be shown.  It is good to remember that - per plant - shipping costs improve with the larger number of roses in the order. For example going from 3 up to 4 roses in an order will add very little in shipping costs.  Please note - Orders placed from many areas in the Western states must use the 3-Day Express Saver Option so the roses will arrive by Friday.
 
Q: How are my ordered roses shipped?
A: Rose Petals Nursery ships own root roses in one gallon pots with soil. These roses are first year plants.

Q: When do you ship so that I know when to expect my roses?
A: Mondays are Shipping days for Rose Petals Nursery. We ship on Monday so all roses arrive at their final destination by Friday. Shipping dates are available on our Event Calendar
 
Q: What methods of payment do you accept?
A: We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, Paypal, checks and cash (in store only).  


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Delayed Shipping
November 19, 2016

 
Order for Spring 2017

 

With our delayed shipping, your ordering for Spring 2017 can be simple! Use the customer's choice of shipping dates in the dropdown box on the Checkout Page of our website to select a Spring shipping date. Ordering now ensures you have access to the roses of your choice before they are sold out and are not available until the next round of propagation for that rose.
 
We look forward to your business,
Rose Petals Nursery


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Free and Fantastic Resource for Roses...
September 06, 2016

Help me find
Helpmefind.com/roses

The Helpmefind.com/roses website is a free encyclopedia of roses online. Customers may click on the HMF icon next to any rose on our website to research more information about the rose of interest. Using this icon enables you to learn more information such as growth habits, lineage, history, other members' observations, as well as viewing additional photos of the rose you're considering.
 
Until later,
 
The Gardener


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Free and Fantastic Resource for Roses
January 21, 2016

 

Help me find
Helpmefind.com/roses

The Helpmefind.com/roses website is a free encyclopedia of roses online. Customers may click on the HMF icon next to any rose on our website to research more information about the rose of interest. Using this icon enables you to learn more information such as growth habits, lineage, history, other members' observations, as well as viewing additional photos of the rose you're considering.
 
Until later,
 
The Gardener


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Delayed Shipping
January 19, 2016

 

Order for Spring 2016

 

With our delayed shipping, your ordering for Spring 2017 can be simple! Use the customer's choice of shipping dates in the dropdown box on the Checkout Page of our website to select a Spring shipping date. Ordering now ensures you have access to the roses of your choice before they are sold out and are not available until the next round of propagation for that rose.
 
We look forward to your business,
Rose Petals Nursery


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Top 10 FAQs
January 16, 2016

Top 10 FAQs

Q: What are your hours?
A: Rose Petals Nursery is open with an appointment - we ask for you to call or email giving us some advance notice to accommodate everyone's schedules. Additionally "Open Garden Days" are held most months without appointments. You can check our Event Calendar on the website for future Open Garden Days.

Q: What is the best way to contact Rose Petals Nursery?
A: Email is the best as our hands are usually in the roses. If you should need to speak with us, please email providing a good time to talk and the best telephone number for us to contact you.

Q: How do I know whether a rose is In Stock or not?
A: Our website has an "In Stock Tab" available for each rose and our inventory is continually updated.
 
Q: How do I know when a particular rose I want to obtain is back "In Stock"?
A: We offer a "Wish List" for this very reason. Register on our website and add the rose(s) of your choice on your "Wish List". You will receive an email notification when a rose on your list is back "In Stock". Remember others may be waiting for that rose too - as anyone else who has that rose on their Wish List receives that same notification.  Rose Petals Nursery does not retain access to your individual Wish Lists nor registration credentials in order to protect your privacy. Please record your credentials in a safe place so you have access to your Wish List online.
 
Q: How do I order roses from Rose Petals Nursery?
A: You may order online, by phone, email or regular old US Postal Service. Rose Petals Nursery does not retain any of your personal information to protect your privacy.  You will be asked for your shipping and payment information each time your order through any method.

Q: How many roses fit in a box?
A: Rose Petals Nursery shipping materials are set up for the quantities of roses, 1, 2, 4 and 6 box sizes. Since the common carriers now base shipping costs on dimensional measurements ordering in one of these increments will give you the most for your shipping dollar. When an order is less than one of the box counts (for example 3, 9 or 11 roses) we must include an empty container to stabilize the roses in the box. 

Q: How do I know how much shipping costs will be?
A: It's easy and quick!  Add the total number of roses into your "wheelbarrow" on our site, click Checkout.  You will be prompted to enter your zip code and click GO.  The shipping options and amounts will be shown.  It is good to remember that - per plant - shipping costs improve with the larger number of roses in the order. For example going from 3 up to 4 roses in an order will add very little in shipping costs.  Please note - Orders placed from many areas in the Western states must use the 3-Day Express Saver Option so the roses will arrive by Friday.
 
Q: How are my ordered roses shipped?
A: Rose Petals Nursery ships own root roses in one gallon pots with soil. These roses are first year plants.

Q: When do you ship so that I know when to expect my roses?
A: Mondays are Shipping days for Rose Petals Nursery. We ship on Monday so all roses arrive at their final destination by Friday. Shipping dates are available on our Event Calendar
 
Q: What methods of payment do you accept?
A: We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, Paypal, checks and cash (in store only).  


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Happy New Year 2015
January 04, 2015

 

As Always,


THE GARDENER


"Preserving History One Rose at a Time"



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Now Blooming the Confederate Rose
October 10, 2014

 

 

Hibiscus mutablis, known as the Confederate Rose is in full bloom at Rose Petals Nursery and all over North Central Florida.


Not a native of the south, rather a hibiscus that is from China, does very well in the south…..hence its name?  Or is it this story that relates to the Confederate Rose’s name?


During one particularly bloody battle of the Civil War, a slain soldier fell at the base of a Confederate Rose.  His blood spilled on the ground.  The flowers started blooming white absorbing the slain soldier’s blood through the day and turning red by evening.

 

 

 

Very hardy to us here in zone 8b, the Confederate Rose is an engima to many.  Blossoms 4-6 inches in diameter, beginning white in the morning, turning pink during noon and deep red during the evening of the same day, just as the story above is told.


The flowers resemble a large rose.  They tend to be shrub-like or tree-like and have a fast growth rate.  The “mutablis” part of its name denotes “variable or changeable.”  Height of a full grown bush can reach 15-18 feet.

 

 

 

Interestingly the uses of the Confederate Rose are reportedly emollients and cooling effects used for swelling and skin infections.  Mucliage from the flowers and leaves are used by midwives to facilitate delivery during labor.  


A little bit of trivia to add to your rose collection knowledge!


Until Later,


The Gardener

 


Preserving History One Rose at a Time”



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Open Garden Day
July 11, 2014

 

Open Garden Day from 9AM until 1PM.  The roses are doing very well and the selection is good.  The Gardener and Mr. Blue Jeans look forward to meeting new rose friends and seeing our frequent visitors each month on Open Garden Day.


Until next time,


The Gardener


"Preserving History One Rose at a Time"



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Updates from Rose Petals Nursery...
June 20, 2014

 

Rose Petals Nursery will be closed beginning today June 20th through July 8th due to a Rose Research Mission that The Gardener and Mr. Blue Jeans have taken off on.  


Shipping will resume July 7th following closely behind July 12th is Open Garden Day beginning at 9am through 1pm.  


We will check email periodically as service is available, please contact us through our email, roses@rosepetalsnursery.com.


Have a wonderful Independence Day and will chat with all when we return!


The Gardener

"Preserving History One Rose at a Time"



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Miss Myrtle's Garden
May 25, 2014

An excerpt from the Dudley Farm Journal... come by and see Miss Myrtle's garden for yourself...a fantastic piece of old Florida history!

http://friendsofdudleyfarm.org/index.html


Thank you for stopping by....


The Gardener 


"Preserving History One Rose at a Time"



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Happy 'Mothersday' from Rose Petals Nursery...
May 09, 2014

 

                                                         'Motherday'

 

 

In honor of Mother's Day, we are featuring

the rose 'Mothersday. 

 



Also known as Morsdag Red.  A polyantha

shrub of red.  Discovered by F.J.

Grootendorst in the Netherlands in 1949.

Helpmefind.com says this rose grows from 1

foot to 28 inches, however here in North

Central Florida at Rose Petals Nursery this

rose grows much taller than that.  

 



Blooming throughout the season in a large

double clustered form.  We detect a nice

fragrance which is all the more reason to

celebrate Mothers far and wide!

                         


The use of this rose is good for borders or

patio or even cut flowers.  Recommended as

zone 6b and warmer.

 


Happy Mother’s Day!


Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener


“Preserving History One Rose at a Time”



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Teas on Parade
April 19, 2014

The nursery had a nice shower today and the

teas were all polished and ready for their photo

ops.  These are just a very few that are in

bloom right now.  We hope you enjoy these....

 

Mrs. B. R. Cant - 1901

 

Souv. d' Elise Vardon - 1854

 

Duchesse d' Brabant - 1857

 

Rosette Delizy - 1922

 

Rosette Delizy - 1922

 

Baronne Henriette de Snoy - 1897

 

Mme. Joseph Schwartz - 1888

Thanks for stopping by~


The Gardener

 

"Preserving History One Rose at a Time!"



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What do Mike Shoup, Jacksonville Rose Society and Club Continental all have in common?
March 11, 2014

 

Last week, our friend yes Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener can definitely say Mike Shoup is our friend,  came to talk about roses at the Jacksonville Rose Society.  The program about Mike’s philosophies on growing, rustling, pruning and basically even how to maximize the use of our beloved Antique and Old Garden Roses, were in a word fabulous!


Mike’s down to earth, no nonsense approach is a breath of fresh air.  He is like a member of the family who has a giant and yes I mean giant nursery business.  Ships a mere 100,000 plants a year is mindboggling.  He was a mentor before we had a nursery, before we ever met him, and now is one of the most very approachable rosarians you would love to meet.


Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener joined a small group of friends along with Mike and visited the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens…wow what a wonderful place.  Krista Larsen (fellow JRS member and nice lady)  has been hired to help restore the beautiful gardens right on the banks of the St. John’s River.  A must see if you are in the area.  Krista lead us on a brief tour of the art exhibits as our time frame was short.


On to one of the coolest barbeque places we have ever eaten….MoJo’s #4.  Great food and great service, they even have a Texas Rose as one of their signature cocktails!!!!!


On to the Garden Club which just happens to be right next to the Cummer on the St. John’s River to hear Mike speak and get our coveted Empress of the Garden by Mike Shoup autographed.  Can you tell The Gardener was wowed?  Thanks to the Jacksonville Rose Society for arranging the visit with Mike Shoup.  


And then if that wasn't enough…...Karrie Massee who is owner of Club Continental personally escorted us to her lovely Inn.  The history and beauty of this place is not to be unseen.  Please take a peak at her website to see the grounds and read the history.  Our suite was on the river, absolutely breathtakingly beautiful.  The next morning Karrie met us in the dining room where it was just the three of us for a great breakfast and then on to a walking tour of the property.  Amazing….perfect venue for weddings, family reunions or even a romantic weekend stay.  Thank you Karrie for being such a gracious host.

 

 

 

 

 


 

The world of roses has introduced us to some of the most fantastic friends.  We are grateful and our world is better for having them in it.


If you are wondering what the answer to the title of this post really is - Monday, March 4th, 2014!!!!


Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy checking in on some of these links,


The Gardener

 

 

“Preserving History One Rose at a Time”



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Join us at the Roses Grow in Jacksonville Event
March 01, 2014

 

 

Welcome to all Roses Grow in Jacksonville Event featuring Mike Shoup

 

"Roses grow in Jacksonville!" - Jacksonville Rose Society welcome Mike Shoup, Tuesday, March 4th at 7pm to their regular meeting held at the Garden Club of Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Ave. (904) 728-0978.  http://www.jacksonvillerosesociety.com/

 

We hope to see you all there!

 

The Gardener


"Preserving History One Rose at a Time"

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Good Old Fashion Irrigation for Antique Roses...
February 21, 2014

 

 

Today at Rose Petals Nursery and the Lightered Wood Ranch we are receiving the best kind of irrigation..... old fashion rain!  The kind that makes the old garden and antique roses the happiest.  

 

 

Looking out of the kitchen window, all of the birds and livestock are all standing still.  Accepting the bath from the sky as gift.

 

 

The pollen has started covering all of the vehicles and this gives Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener a reprieve from taking care of that chore.  

 

 

The team at Rose Petals Nursery can also have a break from the pruning of all of our old garden and antique roses for the moment!  Thank you Mother Nature....'preciate that♥


Thanks for stopping by,


The Gardener

 

"Preserving History One Rose at a Time"



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A Special Day for a Special Man!
February 17, 2014

 

Today is Mr. Blue Jeans Happy Day!  Please pardon this brief interruption on a normally "rose oriented" and "animal oriented" blog to hail the wonderful man I'm married to.

 

 

Being a complicated sort, he loves his family and his animals and the ranch.  The kind of devotion that many don’t understand.  But The Gardener does and he makes the world a better place to live just having him in it.

 


Happy Birthday Mr. Blue Jeans!


I ♥ you!


The Gardener
 
 
 
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Does this mean Spring is really just around the corner?
February 10, 2014

 

Tulip trees at the ranch and Rose Petals Nursery are telling us Spring is right around the corner.  Robins, Tufted Titmouse and Goldfinches are here in waves to feed off of every berry in sight, thus giving them the energy to keep flying to their final destination.  Spring is coming I just feel it!

 

The roses haven't really gotten off to a big start, just peaking their heads out very carefully with their new growth.  But at least we see some new growth!!!!

 

The grass in the pastures has started to green up, making the livestock much happier than the big round bales of hay we have been dropping in the pastures.

 

Spring has so many positives and to Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener not a negative to be found!

 

Sun is out and not a cloud in the sky today, surely this isn't a tease on Feb. 10th to be a touch over the 70 degree mark!  Better go out and take advantage of it!

 

Thanks for visiting,


The Gardener


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Frequently Asked Questions of Rose Petals Nursery...
February 08, 2014

 

 

 

We have a number of questions that are asked most often of Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener.  We thought we would take pause while the roses are resting to answer some of those Frequently Asked Questions for readers of the Old Garden Rose  Blog.

 

 

1.  What does the year mean by the roses name?


Roses have a discovered or introduction date associated with them.  This means that the rose that you are looking at, whether it is in a pot or in the ground, is a piece of the named rose originating from the labeled date.  I always stand in wonder of that statement.  Just think we have roses that are 100's of years old and we still have them here to grow in our own gardens!


2.  Some roses have "Found" instead of a year associated with them, what does that mean?


There are really two answers to that question.  In some instances the records have been lost.  For example many of the Bermuda Mystery Roses, Bermuda’s Anne Olivier, Bermudas Kathleen, Ms. Atwood, etc.  Other times its meaning means just that - FOUND - You may have discovered a rose somewhere and not know what rose it is, for example your Great Grandmother's home or a cemetery.  You name it and that becomes a found rose!


3.  What is the difference between Old Garden Roses and Antique Roses?


The designation of Old Garden Rose are for all of the roses dating before 1867.  Antiques have varying definitions by whom you may talk to.  Some say 25 years old as in a car is antique.  Others say if the rose is older than me, its antique.  


4.  What does the symbol "HMF" in green mean by each of the rose descriptions on your website?


That is a link to the  Help Me Find website that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about that particular rose.  It has growing habits, pictures, member comments and ratings.  A wonderful resource for information about that rose.  And to add to that its all FREE.


5.  Is there a map on your website to show me how to get to the nursery?


Yes there absolutely is!  Under the Contact tab on the website.


5.  What are your hours at the nursery?


We are open the First Saturday of each Month from 10-2PM.  Having said that, we are available for visits most anytime.  We ask that you call ahead 352-215-6399, so that we can meet you there and open the gates.  We do not live at the nursery however, it is only 6 miles from our home.


7.  How do I get in contact with you?


The Contact page on our website gives you email, address for mailing or simply give us a call at the same phone number as above, 352-215-6399.


8.  How does one know what Rose Petals Nursery has in stock at the moment?


The Gardener tries very hard to keep our in stock page accurate.  Sometimes things do happen, beyond our control.  We are dealing with live plants and customers do come by the nursery quite often.  A quick call if you are coming by or place your order as soon as you see a rose that you would like.  We will pull the selections from the tables and place your name on it for shipping or pickup.


We hope this has answered a few of your questions.  Mr. Blue Jeans and the Gardener welcome you to the nursery and its beautiful display gardens.  


Thank you for visiting,


The Gardener


“Preserving History One Rose at a Time”

 



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The Citrus at Rose Petals Nursery...
January 13, 2014

 

 

 

Rose Petals Nursery has the great fortune of having three large established citrus trees among its 5 acres, Tangerine, Pink Grapefruit and an unknown wonderful juice orange.  As many of you know, you can only use so much citrus in one household.  We have shared with family and friends, but we still have more left to share.  With that in mind the gardener started to think how can we best use some of this citrus in ways we haven't.

Consider making your own Orange Oil.  Here are the instructions:

1)  Combine fresh orange peels with water in a crock pot. Use 2 ounces of peels                 for each gallon of water.

2)  Cover the crock pot and turn on low heat. Allow to simmer all day.


3)  Strain the orange peels from liquid. Retain liquid and discard peels.


4)  Store in a clean glass jar with a lid.



This suggestion along with some of our own come from research by several leading universities.

Cleaning Uses

Pure, undiluted orange oil is a powerful solvent and is strong enough to melt plastic. The main ingredient in orange oil and other citrus oils is d-limonene. Read our article here to learn more about citrus oils and cleaners.

Because of its strength, orange oil can be used as a cleaning agent to clean grease and grime on just about any surface including:

- stoves and ovens
- grills
- floors and walls
- tires
- you can even use it to remove crayon marks

Of course, one of the benefits of cleaning with orange oil is its pleasing aroma. You can even use it as an air freshener.


Use Orange Oil to Kill Insects

Cleaning is not the only thing you can to with orange oil. You can use it as a non-toxic way to rid yourself of ants and other pesky insects! As it turns out, the main ingredient in orange oil can deliver a devastating blow to the ant community. As a matter of fact, there's even a niche industry that makes orange oil based products that are extremely effective at ending any ant problems you may have.

Orange Oil works to kill - and even keep away - flies. Just spray orange oil on them and they go down like a deflated balloon. The wonderful thing is that there's no toxic odors left behind.

Health Benefits of Orange Oil

Just when you probably thought that it couldn't do more - orange oil pleasantly delivers. Orange oil just doesn't clean and helps get rid of ants - it can actually improve your well-being. There are other compounds in orange oil that have medicinal uses such as:

Anti Inflammatory - It can deliver quick relief from minor inflammations.

Mood Elevator - Feeling down? Well, smell an orange! The oil in oranges is used quite effectively in aromatherapy. So before you try some expensive drugs, spend a dollar or two on some oranges.

Appetite Lifter - Need to eat, but you're not feeling hungry? Bring out the oranges again for some more aromatherapy! The smell of oranges has been know to help boost your appetite.

Aphrodisiac - Claims have been made as to the effectiveness of orange oil in the bedroom. It's said to help with problems such as loss of interest and impotence. Hey, it doesn't hurt to try.

Anti-gas (Carminative) - Oddly enough, orange oil can help you relieve gas by relaxing the abdominal muscles and rectal area.

Diurectic - Orange oil acts as a diurectic and helps you eliminate toxins via your urine.
Don't Throw Your Orange Peels Away Just Yet!

We spoken about quite a few uses for orange oil - but don't throw away those orange peels just yet! Why? Because you can use the orange peels as an ingredient in your cooking.

Orange peels can be used as a dried seasoning. The thin top layer of an orange is called the "zest". You can remove the zest from an orange by using a zester or scraper to grate it off. After storing the zest in a bottle and allowing it to dry, you can then use it to enhance the flavor in sauces, meats and even desserts.

But wait, theres more. If you ever happen to be in need of building a fire, orange peels make for great kindling. The oil in the peels allow the fire to start quickly and also to burn slowly and steadly. You might even enjoy the added benefit of have a pleasing orange aroma in the background.

 

Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener will enjoy many of the above uses for our "no chemical support" citrus.  We hope this has helped many of you to enjoy your citrus in new ways.

 

Thank you for visiting with us♥


The Gardener


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We wish you the Happiest of Holidays......
December 24, 2013

 

 

Most Sincerely,


Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener

 

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Roses are Red....
December 18, 2013

 

 

As the holidays draw nearer, our Series of Red roses continues.   Today we will chat about a much beloved class of old garden roses, a bourbon.   ‘Maggie’ has captured the attention all around the world it would seem.  Largely the reason might be that she grows so well in many different parts of our planet.

 

 

Much is written about ‘Maggie’ and her many aliases.  It does seem to be the consensus that ‘Pacific’ and ‘Madame Eugene E. Marlitt’ are the most frequently referred to.  Recently at the Heritage Rose Foundation Conference, we heard a new name for ‘Maggie’.....”Deep Purple Swallow”, simply romantic!  Stories abound as to her origin and her lineage, so at Rose Petals Nursery her label reads Found.

 

 

Cerise colored fully double flowers are frequent and abundant on several of the plants we have growing in between the nursery and the ranch.  The fragrance is out of this world and it never ceases to excite The Gardener to lift a blossom of ‘Maggie’ and show someone new about this old world beauty.  A cluster bloomer and great for a cutting.


‘Maggie’ can be grown as a shrub and can also be trained on a pillar or trellis.  Almost thornless and is very disease and heat tolerant.

 

 

By whatever name you choose to call this rose, our mother plants have been sold to us with the ‘Maggie’ tag, so that is how Rose Petals Nursery will sell their plants.  Please visit our user friendly online store to order yours today.  Delay shipping, ship now or pickup at the nursery are all options.  Online purchase of gift certificates make for ease of completing your gift giving list.  In addition, gift certificates may be used online for shipment to the lower 48 except for Arizona.  


During this busy holiday season, please don’t forget to take the time to stop and smell the roses...


The Gardener


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Red Rose du Jour - 'Cramoisi Superieur'
December 16, 2013

 

 

Introduced in France in 1834 by Jean-Baptiste Paillet is ‘Cramoisi Superieur’.  A china by classification and a shrub by its growth habit.  Also called ‘Agrippina’ and many other names not as commonly known as the former two.

 

Medium red to a deep red full blossoms.  Fragrance is moderate and seems to be more of fruity scent.  Smaller flowers bloom in a cluster formation never leaving a large specimen without flowers all during the blooming season.  

 

 

‘Cramoisi Superieur’ takes pruning very well into hedge shapes.  There is a climbing sport of ‘Cramoisi Superieur’ available also.  


Both shrub and climbing forms of ‘Cramoisi Superieur’ are available and in stock at Rose Petals Nursery.  We are happy to delay your shipping until you are ready, ship now or pickup at the nursery.  

 

 

‘Cramoisi Superieur’ would make a lovely gift for anyone on your gift giving list.  Let us know so that we can include a card along with your gift.


Sending warm wishes, cause its chilly even down here in North Central Florida!


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'Nur Mahal'
December 13, 2013

 

Crimson according to the Webster dictionary is a “purplish-red color”.    Therefore, ‘Nur Mahal’ will be our Red Rose Series of the day.


Bred in 1923 by the Rev. J.H. Pemberton, one of the most strongly scented musk roses in our garden.  In fact a Hybrid Musk, the blooms are semi-double in a cluster on a single stem.  Flowers throughout the season along with nearly thornless, ‘Nur Mahal’ grows tall and branching.  Very disease resistent and another one of those great roses that thrives and blooms without a lot of fuss.


‘Nur Mahal’ comes with a great story.  Let’s begin with the translation which is “The Fairy of the Palace” or “Light of the Palace”.  Nurjahan was a beautiful Crown Princess of Persia whom met her future husband in a rose garden.  The son of Emperior of India his name was Jehangir and was not a successful ruler.  However, his wife Nurjahan ruled the country behind the scenes.  Rather than objecting to this, her husband gave her the name Nur Mahal (Light of the Palace).  


‘Nur Mahal’ is In Stock at Rose Petals Nursery now.   Our online store is very user friendly and will give you many options.  Delayed shipping, shipping now or pickup at the nursery.  Pay with your credit card or check through Paypal or Authorize.net.  Gift Certificates may be purchased online and even used online, enabling ease of completion for the rest of your Christmas gift giving list.


We are here to help, contact us at roses@rosepetalsnursery.com for questions or concerns.


Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener thank you for visiting~



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'Princesse de Sagan'
December 12, 2013

 

 

The Gardener’s most favorite classes of roses is the Tea Rose.   There are so many virtues to this particular classification.  Let me point out just a few:


Most teas are fantastic cut flowers


Most teas have a wonderful tea scent


Most teas are nicely foliated plants, hardy with good disease resistance here in zone 8b


Most teas are distinctive in appearance (whether short or tall)


‘Princesse de Sagan’ is in the classification of teas.  Some believe she may also be known as ‘Professor Ganiveat’.  


Legend has it that ‘Princesse de Sagan’ was bred in 1883 with her introduction in 1887 by Dubreiul.  


A cherry red double blossom darkening with age carries along with it a sweet fruity fragrance.  Many variables from weather conditions to time of day will determine the depth of fragrance.  ‘Princesse de Sagan’ will rebloom throughout the blooming season.  Adding one more reason to include ‘Princesse de Sagan’ in your garden is that she is almost thornless.


In Stock now at Rose Petals Nursery, order yours today.  Delayed shipping as well as immediate shipping is available, should your part of the country be warm enough to support such a delivery.  Gift Certificates are also available and may be purchased online.  The recipient may use the Gift Certificate online as well.  The elves at Rose Petals Nursery are happy to help you complete your Christmas List.


As the Red Rose Series continues….Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener wish you and yours the happiest and safest of holiday seasons!


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More Red Roses.....
December 10, 2013

 

 

Back to the Red Rose Series, today’s post will focus on a fascinating story of a white pearl and a dragon’s mouth!  Of a rose that most probably has been in cultivation for thousands of years in China.  However, the rose did not meet United States soils until the 20th Century.


‘White Pearl in Red Dragon’s Mouth’ is also known as ‘Chi Long Han Zhu’.  Loosely the translation is reported to mean, a fiery red dragon holding a (white) pearl in its gaping jaws.  Further mention that the “pearl” is of wisdom or virtue, carried in Chinese mythology by the scarlet Imperial dragon.


Flowers of our featured rose today do carry an exotic and aristocratic semi-double, deep red with the white marking centered blossoms.  Fragrance is moderate and we are rewarded almost monthly with the fiery red flowers. A shorter shrub with deep green foliage, very disease resistant and tough as nails here in zone 8b.


Rose Petals Nursery is happy to offer it in stock now.   Place your order today using our user friendly online store and request delayed shipping or we are happy to ship to you now.  Of course you are always welcome to pick up your ‘White Pearl in Red Dragon’s Mouth’ at the nursery.


Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener thank you for visiting,


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'Rose de Rescht'
December 05, 2013

 

 

A damask, a portland or a damask perpetual are all classifications that have been used to describe the next red rose in our series.


‘Rose de Rescht’ a very fragrant and long lasting flower, of very double form.  Thick lush foliage on a plant requiring more research of its origin.  Rescht a capital of Persia and some say it grows wild all over the country.  Some tell that Miss Nancy Lindsey brought it from Persia to England in the 1940’s.


Whatever the research, this deep red sometimes shading to fuchsia is a must have.  Available now at Rose Petals Nursery.  Order yours today from our user friendly online store and arrange for shipping now or whenever you are ready.  Pickup is also available at the nursery.   


Until Later,


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Continuing our Red Rose Series...
December 04, 2013

 

If you are looking for a hardy bulletproof ever blooming red rose machine…..your search may stop right here.  ‘Louis Philippe’  was bred in France by  Modeste Guerin in the year of 1834.   Classified as a China, the fragrance is absolutely amazing.  Even once the petals drop the fragrance lingers on and on.   Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener can always look forward to including ‘Louis Philippe’ in the holiday table arrangements.  

 

 

Non-stop blooming in the garden, 'Louis Philippe' has globular petals blooming in a cluster.  Standing the test of time nearly 180 years old, this rugged old rose will out perform other roses hands down.  Grown here around the ranch in pure sand with no amendments, the blooms keep on coming.  Disease free and small leaves that are so indicative of Chinas, each plant with its red flowers can't help but make you smile!  

 

 

Many authorities have placed a measurement on ‘Louis Philippe’ at maturity, however here in our zone 8b specimans grow very tall into bush forms.  Easily 10-12 ft tall and 6-7 ft wide before the pruning begins.

 

 

Louis-Philippe, King of France. Born October 6 1773 at the Palace Royale, France, passed on October 26, 1850.  

 

 

Rose Petals Nursery has in stock now 1 gallon size and 3 gallon size ‘Louis Philippe’.  We ship the smaller, however the 3 gal size must be picked up at the nursery.  Order your nearly 180 year old ‘living antique’ today from our user friendly online store www.rosepetalsnursery.com.  Let us know when you are ready for your shipment, we are happy to hold them at the nursery until you are ready.  Or give a Gift Certificate to someone on your holiday list.  They may be purchased or used online without issue and there is no expiration date to worry about!

 

 

Antique and Old Garden Roses are no fuss, just imagine where many of them still grow in cemeteries and old home places with no care at all.  With just a little care they will thrive beyond your imaginations.  

The roses that we propagate are cuttings that have come from the original plant back in 1834.  That is our mission to preserve this variety and others so that others may enjoy growing ages old beauties or worse from extinction.

Until Later....enjoy your day!


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Part 2 of the Red Rose Series
December 02, 2013

 

 

In hopes of showcasing as many of our red roses as possible, today we have included two of the roses blooming in the display garden on their own root.  Each hardy, heat tolerant, totally carefree and no spray in zone 8b at Rose Petals Nursery.  The Gardener is such a fan of these two roses as they require so little of her attention yet flower throughout the blooming season which is 365 days if we do not loose the buds and flowers to frost.

 

 

A found rose “Old Gay Hill” was discovered in Old Gay Hill, Texas.  Some believe a taller sport of ‘Fabvier’, the blooms are of semi-double form.  As you will notice in our photos of “Old Gay Hill” one stem is sufficient to display in a vase or left on the bush in your garden to enjoy.  Fragrance along with the almost thornless shrub is a must have.

 

 

The second feature of our Red Rose Series post of today is ‘Skyrocket’.  Bred in 1934 by Wilhelm J. H. Kordes II, 'Skyrocket' should be recognized as one more tough and heat resilient variety.  Classified as a Hybrid Musk, the clusters are double formed deep red and again is a bouquet of just one stem.  The fragrance has been noted by some as honey scented.  

 

 

Recommended for the easy going lifestyles of gardening now,  The Gardener is offering both of these roses at Rose Petals Nursery and are in stock.  Visit our user friendly online store at www.rosepetalsnursery.com and order today.  Shipping is available through UPS to most of the lower 48 or pickup may be scheduled at the nursery.  

 

Gift Certificates may be purchased online as well as can be used online for the rosarian on your gift list.  Another way to give a 'living antique' and spread the beauty of historic and ages old roses....just visit our online store for easy and carefree shopping convenience.

 

 

Do you have a red rose you would like to have highlighted at the Old Garden Rose Blog?  Let us know by contacting us at roses@rosepetalsnursery.com.  


More Red Roses to come……


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A Series of Red Roses...
December 01, 2013

 

 

Today, the first day of December 2013, will begin what The Gardener envisions as a month long series on the subject of Red Roses.  Education along with a newfound appreciation of ages old roses will be our goal.


Red has long been associated with December and roses.  Crossing all classifications of the rose family along with several continents, we will show you photos of the rose that has been chosen as the star.   Included in these posts The Gardener will feature histories, stories, whether the featured rose is in stock and/or maybe a tip or two.


With the announcement out of the way…..ta….da…..the first  rose to be featured is ‘Red Smith’s Parish’.  

 

 

 

As reported in the book,  Roses in Bermuda Revisited, by The Bermuda Rose Society,  cuttings from the all red branches of “Smith’s Parish” were propagated by two members of the society.  As far as is known the plants of ‘Red Smith’s Parish’ have never reverted back to “Smith’s Parish”, a white rose with an occasional streak of red in the blossom.

 

 

A china grown on its own root thrives well in our Zone 8b.   ‘Red Smith’s Parish’ traits includes a nice fragrance, disease free in a no spray garden and it blooms throughout the season here.  Growing into a large bush about 6 feet tall, the leaves are small and slender as with most china roses are.  The blooms are semi-double and do darken in color as the flower ages.  

 

 

Labeled a found rose, ‘Red Smith’s Parish’, is a true testament to the hardiness of these roses.  Its parent may also be referred to as ‘Fortune’s Five-Colored Rose’.  Rose Petals Nursery has both varieties in stock now.  Order today and choose your shipping date as well as arrange your pickup date at the nursery.  

 

 

A sweet sidenote from Diane, a wonderful customer of Rose Petals Nursery.   She tells us that either one of these varieties are a fantastic rose to give as a gift.  What more could you ask for than to receive a rose of “great fortune”?


What will be the next red rose that The Gardener will feature?  Let her know if you have a special request!


Until Later….


The Gardener


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Happy Thanksgiving to All of Our Friends and Families
November 28, 2013

 

 

Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener are so very grateful to have all of you in our lives!

 

 

Happy Holidays to everyone from all of us at Rose Petals Nursery!



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Heritage Foundation Bus Tour at Dudley Farm Historic State Park
November 25, 2013

 

Its been a whirlwind few days for Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener.  We have so many things to be grateful for during this time of giving thanks.

 

Dudley Farm Historic State Park was our second stop of the Heritage Roses Foundation bus tour.  Mr. Blue Jeans is now the president of the Citizen Support Organization (CSO) at the park.  His time and dedication to a place we both hold very dear in our hearts was, at times overwhelming during the preparation of the bus tour.  His time divided…

 


Susan our very special friend lead the buses in her 1955 restored red pickup fondly named “Rose Bud” to the park.  We thank you so much Susan for everything!

 

 

 

 


In addition to touring the 1880’s working farm, we had Joey our past president playing the dulcimer, our Park District Manager Morgan Tyrone gave us a history lesson on how the Dudley Farm became part of the park system.  The park staff were all dressed in period dress to give tours to bus and car riders of the conference.  Many thanks to all of you!

 

 

 

 


 

 

We planned for an onsite cooked barbeque with beautiful tables set up by members of the Gainesville Rose Society. Roses and linens had been donated by the varied members of the society.  A large tent provided by Rose Petals Nursery protected us from the rain we had so wished for, but not on this day!  It is with a great deal of gratitude to Ann, Dan, Bob and Linda of GRS for taking over and getting things done.  Linda provided the map of the roses at Dudley Farm where she is the head lady in charge of the roses.  Bob is the Head of the Collections at Dudley and always has many stories of the collection to tell.  The flower arrangements were color copies of labels on cans found in the original Dudley Commissary provided by Bob.  Roses along with many other flowers in more cans than I remember counting by Ann and Dan  along with linens from their own private collection.

 

 


After many enjoyed the Visitors Center, the Commissary, the tours of the farm, farmhouse and associated buildings, not to mention the great food by David’s BBQ, we were back on the bus for our last stop.  


Thanks to the Marion County Rose Society for providing a lovely dessert stop at the home and garden of the Rogers.  With our head full of roses and our tummies full of good food, we all headed back to Lakeland.


A day filled with gratitude to everyone who participated in one of the most successful bus tours for the Heritage Rose Foundation.    


Gratitude is a word for the season and Rose Petals Nursery….

 

Until Later,


The Gardener


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The Heritage Rose Foundation Bus Tour....
November 20, 2013

 

 

 

Last Friday, November 15th,  Rose Petals Nursery had the great honor to be invited to lead off the International Heritage Rose Foundation Bus Tour.  At 8am two coach bus with 70 folks aboard left from Lakeland, Florida to visit with us.

 

 


Folks from France, Bermuda and all over our great nation coming together for the love of heritage roses.  Nursery owners (LARGE nursery owners I might add), devoted volunteers and employees to some of the most gorgeous rose gardens in the world, collectors and lovers of heritage roses gathered together for this journey.

 

 

 


The rain that we had so wished for finally came on our special tour day, however no spirits were dampened, only camaraderie ensued.  Rosarians that had never known each other before shared umbrellas in order to view the roses.  

 

 

 

 

 

 


We had a small coffee/tea/water service with a mid morning snack to go along with the roses and many many family,friends and neighbors who came out to help with the entire day!  Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener appreciated their help for without them the event would not have been nearly as successful.


 

 

Visitors received maps to find a particular rose to view even though all of the roses have markers with their names and years of introduction in front of them.

 

 

 


There were actually 2 other stops after leaving Rose Petals Nursery, with “Rosebud” leading the way!   The Gardener will post about those on the next installment.  


Many thanks to you for allowing us to gush a little in sharing our news with you.  The Gardener feels like this smile may last for a very long time!  


Many thanks to all who visited and we hope to see you again one day…..the gates to Rose Petals Nursery will always be open for you♥


Until Next Time,


The Gardener


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A Poem from Rose Petals Nursery....
October 09, 2013

 

 

 

A Wayside Rose


Out on the old highway it grows,

The wayside rose,

Rooted in the hard dry ground,

Swathed in the weeds the crowded it round,

Tended by naught the rain and sun,

Its loveliness hidden, praised by none,

Contented, it blooms for the One who knows,

Why it is there, this wayside rose.


Beaten by every wind that blows,

This wayside rose,

Asking not for a better place,

Where to unfold with ease and grace,

Wasting no time for excuses vain,

It brightens the weed-filled dusty lane,

An exquisite flower that blooms and grows,

Perfect for Him, This wayside rose.


-Sarah Wilson Middleton, ARA 1926

 

Until Later,


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Now Blooming the Confederate Rose ...
October 04, 2013

 

 

Hibiscus mutablis, known as the Confederate Rose is in full bloom at Rose Petals Nursery and all over North Central Florida.


Not a native of the south, rather a hibiscus that is from China, does very well in the south…..hence its name?  Or is it this story that relates to the Confederate Rose’s name?


During one particularly bloody battle of the Civil War, a slain soldier fell at the base of a Confederate Rose.  His blood spilled on the ground.  The flowers started blooming white absorbing the slain soldier’s blood through the day and turning red by evening.

 

 

Very hardy to us here in zone 8b, the Confederate Rose is an engima to many.  Blossoms 4-6 inches in diameter, beginning white in the morning, turning pink during noon and deep red during the evening of the same day, just as the story above is told.


The flowers resemble a large rose.  They tend to be shrub-like or tree-like and have a fast growth rate.  The “mutablis” part of its name denotes “variable or changeable.”  Height of a full grown bush can reach 15-18 feet.

 

 

Interestingly the uses of the Confederate Rose are reportedly emollients and cooling effects used for swelling and skin infections.  Mucliage from the flowers and leaves are used by midwives to facilitate delivery during labor.  


A little bit of trivia to add to your rose collection knowledge!


Until Later,


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The Gardener's Apology...
September 30, 2013

 

I can hear ya’ll now….where have you been? Two quick answers…….California shipping lane and the Heritage Rose Foundation upcoming tour.  Here is the breakdown for the lack of communication between RPN and our friends.


Our friends and fellow rosarians in California have been waiting patiently for RPN to include them in our shipping clearances.  It stems from the Florida to California connection where both states are breeding grounds for soil borne diseases.  The Department of Plant Industry for the State of Florida takes this seriously as they should.  


All of our roses from inception (cuttings) to grown out plants must be 18 inches above ground in order to ship to California.  We have been in compliance now for several months, however our stock needed time to grow.  In addition our friends at Vintage were coming to a close and out of respect for them we decided to wait.


But wait no longer, RPN is free to ship to California any of our roses you see in stock.  And don’t forget the wish list in order to receive an email from us that your wish list rose is in stock as soon as we make it available.  


Today was our first California shipment and its the beginning of a great relationship with the rosarians out there!

 

 

 

Heritage Rose Foundation annual Conference will be held in Lakeland on the campus of Florida Southern College.  We were graciously invited to lead off the Friday bus tour.  We have been so excited and yet crazy busy making the nursery as perfect as we had envisioned it long term.  Many changes at the nursery not the least of which is how to accommodate a large coach bus full of anxious rosarians!   We hope to see you all there and support the HRF and their mission to save as many of the old roses before the roses become extinct.  Join the HRF or just join us here.  The Conference will have many renown speakers from all over the world. Tomorrow is the last day of the Early Bird Pricing.  Won’t you get in on the fun? 


Saturday, October 5th from 9AM - 1PM will be our monthly Open Sale Day.  If you are local please join us to see some of the changes that have taken place. Stock is plentiful and many of the climbers are a great buy for $12 a gallon before their trims afterwards.




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Where everyday is Military Appreciation Day!
September 14, 2013

 

 

Photo by Patmaniac


Here at Rose Petals Nursery where the Antique

and Old Garden Roses are in constant bloom in

the beautiful display gardens, we celebrate each

and everyday as Military Appreciation Day.



We know first hand what the loss of PEACE OF

MIND and the financial struggles that serving

causes so many of our troops and their

families.  



Rose Petals Nursery is proud to offer a 10%

discount on all purchases to Retired and Active

duty personnel.  We look to our counterparts in

the rose nursery world to match this discount.

  By doing so we show our appreciation to all of

our soldiers and what they HAVE endured and

will continue to endure to protect our FREEDOM.

 

We come from a long line of military....but for

now we thank our son Sgt. Ryan for his service

and wish him continued success in his quest for

excellence!

 

Until Later,

 

The Gardener

 

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Rose du Jour - 'Clair Matin'
August 28, 2013

 

 

Our feature rose today is a floribunda climber bred in France in 1960.  By most standards this isn't an old rose, however for The Gardener a rose as beautiful as this one deserves commercial attention!

 

The blooms are shades of pink to peach all along great outreaching arms.  For RPN the growth habit reminds us of a Hybrid Musk.  Along with the beauty, there are many other features that makes 'Clair Matin' a great addition to your garden.  Sweetly fragrant, very disease resistent especially in our no spray display gardens and blooms throughout the season.

 

One more reason to add 'Clair Matin' to your Wish List, it is a great cut flower rose.  Imagine long arching canes of flowers not just at the end of the cane, but ALL along the cane to enjoy the beauty and fragrance in your own home or to share with someone else.  A real show stopper.

 

Several are available at Rose Petals Nursery right now.  Visit our nationally acclaimed user friendly website to purchase your roses.  Arrange for delayed shipping, pickup at the nursery or ship on the next available Monday shipping date.   Check our Events Calendar for more information. 

 

Until Later, enjoy the late summer roses,


The Gardener


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Rose du Jour - 'Le Vesuve'
August 15, 2013

 

 

 

'Le Vesuve' always reminds me of Sherry Roma....of the  http://sherryocala.blogspot.com/ fame.  A good friend and fellow rosarian going through some difficult times with the love of her life Tom.


'Le Vesuve' is Sherry's all time favorite and RPN has been the recipent of many cuttings along with a shovel pruned plant from Sherry's homestead.  Let's explore what makes 'Le Vesuve' so fantastic!


A pink blended china that is aka Lemesle and "Vintage Towers Tea".  Bred by Laffay in 1825 in France.  Lovely blossoms from dark to very light in the center of the flower.  Super fragrance and reblooms throughout the blooming season.  Extremely disease resistent grows to a nice size shrub without the use of chemical sprays or fertilizers.


We have several available at Rose Petals Nursery, please check our instock listing.  If you should have any questions please feel free to call Cydney's private cell phone 352-215-6399.  


Until Later please share a rose with someone,


The Gardener


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Save the Date - Heritage Rose Foundation Conference in Lakeland, FL
August 14, 2013

 

 

 

Rose Petals Nursery is very excited to be a part of the Bus Tour on Friday....Thank you to HRF for the invitation.  

 

We hope to see all of our friends and meet new ones at the Conference in Lakeland!  Stay tuned for Registration Info!

 

Until later, 


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Enjoying the Summer....
August 10, 2013

 

 

 

and the roses!  A cool drink and chasing the shade, sunscreen and hats!  


Have a great weekend and share some roses along the way.....


Until Later,


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A Rosy Gift Story - Enjoy this Re-Post while we take a short break!
August 03, 2013

 

 

New Note:  This past weekend The Gardener had the priviledge of meeting the most creative lady who designed and constructed this beautiful quilt square for us.

Annette is a lovely gal that attends the gifter, in this case Susan's church.  As you read below Susan had commissioned Annette to make this quilt square for The Gardener.  Now having met the sweet gal who was the creator of this amazing gift, the appreciatation is even more profound.  What a pleasure to meet Annette, what a creative spirit you are♥

 

 

Susan, a very special friend of Mr. Blue Jeans and

The Gardener called yesterday to say she had

something she would like to bring over to the

nursery.  For those of you who remember the post

about Fancy Nancy and the Delectable Cupcakes,

http://rosepetalsnursery.com/antique-

rose-blog.php?s=105,  Susan is the sister to Nancy.



Now this call was a very mysterious call quite out of

the ordinary, The Gardener's curiousity was peaked. 

Not long after the call both Susan and Nancy drive

up, with a large gift bag.  Hmmmm.....



This is the background of the story and you have

seen the photo of the gift.  Here is the rest of the

story!



Susan had commissioned this beautiful quilt square

made for The Gardener.  The artist was only given

my business card and the rest of the design is all

hers.  Notice the beautiful roses in the basket.  The

artist used silk flower petals sewn in the center with

a small button to give the square a three

dimensional look.  Isn't it absolutely gorgeous?  It

takes my breath away.  



Gifts like this beautiful quilt square mean the world

to The Gardener, treasured and hung in her office at

our home.  Thank you Susan from the deepest part

of The Gardener's rosy heart~

 

Until Later,


The Gardener



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Random Catching Up...
July 21, 2013

 

 

 

 

The Gardener apologizes for being so out of touch.  It has been raining on and off for days.  We have given up and worked in the pouring rain unless of course its is storming.  We have changed clothes at least twice each and every day and sometimes even more.

 

 

 

 

 

Its about taking the nursery back from the weeds, moving/adding Antique and Old Garden Roses into the display gardens and beginning new projects.  Tweaking if you will, to better show all the visitors at Rose Petals Nursery how a particular rose grows in “no chemical and no spray” rose gardens.  

 

 

 


 

The volunteer sunflowers and butterfly perennials that birds and nature sow are being carefully groomed around.  Nature is ok with The Gardener, just please don’t choke out the roses!

 

 

 


 

All of the irrigation in the display gardens at the nursery are off. The cleanup is easier when the soil is moist from the rain, however everything (including the weeds) grow so much faster.  The pile of cypress mulch each day becomes less of a mound as the cleanup continues.

 

TIP:  Covering your clean areas with good weed free mulch is a super big wow factor to instant gratification plus as the breakdown occurs the soil beneath the mulch is vastly improved.  


 

 

 

 

Antique and Old Garden Roses, along with some other familiar favorites are being propagated daily in order to bring you a little piece of our rose collection.  We continue to build our inventory of the most difficult to find or completely out of commerce older rose varieties.  In doing so Rose Petals Nursery hopes to “Preserve History One Rose at a Time”.

 


 

 

 

To select from or just to see what we offer, please check our website often.  Under the ‘Browse Roses’ tab you will find an ‘In Stock’ category to peruse what is available.  The Gardener is proud to say that in most cases we keep this listing fairly accurate.  There are always issues in gardening outside of a greenhouse atmosphere that may cause irregularities.  

 

 

 


There is also a ‘Wish List’ system in place, so that if you see a Antique or Old Garden Rose that RPN is out of stock of, become a member and start your own wish list.  Each time one of the roses on your list becomes available, we will send you an email to let you know its in stock.  At that time you may purchase it through our user friendly website using PayPal or Authorize.net.  Along with your ordering process you may arrange for shipping or pickup at the nursery.

 

 

 

 

Until Later please take the time to share a rose,



The Gardener



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One More Item Off Of The To-Do List....
July 18, 2013

 

 

We have had this particular project “on the list” for some time at

the nursery.   Along came the honor of being including in a much

acclaimed Heritage Rose Conference Tour.  The “to-do” list just

received a designated date of accomplishment.  You all know how

this sort of thing goes.  The following is just one of many of the “to-

do” list items that we can actually scratch off the list!  Yeah....did

The Gardener yelled it loud enough, YEAH!

 

 

 

 


The polebarn that The Gardener works under along with the

Shed/Office is the place that most of what goes on at Rose Petals

Nursery happens.  We do have an air conditioned office within the

Mobile Home that sits on the property thanks to our tenants, but

The Gardener really never uses it.  If the truth be known the cool of

the A/C might never let me back into the nursery!

 

 


  

The pole barn had been a combination of brick pavers and horse

matting as one of the former uses was a 2 stall horse barn.  Mr.

Blue Jeans and The Gardener picked up all of the pavers and

loaded them to take them to another storage place on the ranch for a

future project.  All of this because.....drum roll please....Mr. Blue

Jeans had arranged for cement to take the old flooring’s place.  

Yes, all even footing with slopes for driving up and down with

wagons, riding lawnmowers, wheelbarrows and the like.  

Excited....there is no other word!!!!!

  

 

 


As The Gardener puts everything back together, we will keep you posted or you may come and see it all for yourself.  

 

 


Until Later,


The Gardener


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Rose du Jour - 'Sir Thomas Lipton'
July 06, 2013

 

 

 

'Sir Thomas Lipton' is our choice as the Rose du Jour.  Beautifully disease free Hybrid Rugosa with gardenia like full white blossoms.  You can't help but notice and appreciate their beauty.  A strong fragrance along with its shade tolerance makes a believer out of RPN.  


Bred by Dr. Walter Van Fleet in the USA in 1900, there have been reports of black spot susceptability on 'Sir Thomas Lipton'.  However, in zone 8b both at Rose Petals Nursery and the Lightered Wood Ranch, we have none what so ever.  We use no chemicals at either location and our feature rose is an outstanding performer.


We have also found a heavy rebloom on our particular cutting, we obtained from Goodwood Museum and Gardens in Tallahassee FL.  The Mother Plant is easily 8 ft tall still in her very large pot and continues to thrive with little care.


Gallon size 'Sir Thomas Lipton' are available now at www.rosepetalsnursery.com.  Get yours while we have them in stock.  Our user friendly and easy to order online website will answer all of your questions as you read through the multiple pages available.


We can be in contact through email or telephone....if you call please leave a message, most likely The Gardener is out with the roses!


Until Later please share a blossom or two,


The Gardener

 

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Out of the Rain Summer Pattern for us FL folks...
July 05, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its been raining for what seems like weeks!  The average rainfall for this time last year according to the Forest Service is 3.90 inches....we are already in excess of 7.50 inches and its still falling!


A great rosarian friend of RPN tells us that scientifically, when thunderstorms are present, more nitrogen filled water falls from the sky than water that comes from the earth.  The lightning infuses the rain, thereby allowing the more nitrogen filled irrigation.  


Roses love nitrogen and RPN loves that the roses are happy.  However......the constant rainfall and thunderstorms are disturbing the “gotta get done” list!

 

Stock and Mother Plants are huge....a great time to order if you have any that you are in the market for.

 

Guess the first of the week, The Gardener will have to sit on her rolling stool and give all of the stock a good haircut. By Fall, the nursery plants will all need another trim. And the list goes on and on and on.....


Sending our best, as a friend reminded me today....relax and smell the roses!


The Gardener

 


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Independence Day 2013
July 03, 2013

 

 

 

Wishing you all a Fun and Safe Independence Day!


Until Later,


The Gardener and Mr. Blue Jeans


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Rose du Jour - 'Varigated di Bologna'
July 01, 2013

 

 

 

Many of the roses in the  Bourbon classification do well down here in zone 8b.  We are particularlly taken with our Rose du Jour, 'Variegata di Bologna'.  

 

Extremely disease resistent and vigorous growth even while its in a pot!  Bred by Massimiliano Lodi in Italy before 1909 and introduced in Italy by Gaetano Bonfiglioli e figlio the same year. Very large full solitary blooms with stripes of cherry red and white.  Along with a strong fragrance and an occasional rebloom during the season, our Rose du Jour is a great cut flower to share or enjoy in your own home!

 

One is available now at www.rosepetalsnursery.com.  We are a user friendly website.  Please explore and find all of the answers to your questions with in the multi paged site.  

 

Please contact us if you should have further questions.  


Until Later, 


The Gardener

 

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A Rose for Hot Summer Days...
June 25, 2013

 

 

This week 'Carefree Beauty' comes to mind.  With busy times in the summer many of us need roses that are self supporters.

 

 

'Carefree Beauty' often referred as "Katy Road Pink".  Bred in the USA by Dr. Griffith Buck in 1977, this rose carries the designation of Earthkind.

 

 

Along with disease free foliage, no spraying necessary and large double pink with yellow centers all season long.  If that is not enough to tempt you, the fragrance is strong and sweet.  We have 2 between the ranch and the nursery around 13 years old each and they still continue to be blooming machines.

 

 

Order yours now at http://www.rosepetalsnursery.com and have it shipped or pick up your order at the nursery, so that you can enjoy the warm summer days with 'Carefree Beauty'.


Thanks for stopping in!

Until Later,


The Gardener

 

'Preserving History One Rose at a Time"



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Rose du Jour - 'Sydonie'
June 21, 2013

 

 

 

Our rose of the day is in a class that doesn't receive many accolades in the no spray garden world down here in zone 8b.  Typically those are leafless and full of disease.  However, 'Sydonie' defies all of those judgements and rides high with her blousy full pink blossoms.  The Gardener wouldn't fool you on this one, she promises.  This photo is exactly what 'Sydonie' looks like at Rose Petals Nursery.  And this wasn't the only blossom, there were several like this!!!!!!!

 

'Sydonie' was bred by Jean-Pierre Vibert in France back in 1847.  Let's all do the math for a minute, that's 166 years ago!  Our plant is a piece of that original plant that was discovered in 1847 and that makes one you purchase from RPN a historic piece of plant material as well.

 

Now on top of all of that fabulous news, the rose comes with a strong damask fragrance.  What more can a gardener want?  

 

If you have begun a wish listing on our website 'Sydonie' should certainly be on it and if you have not started a wish list 'Sydonie' should be your first!  Remember with a wish list you receive first notification once any rose on your listing becomes available.  You may purchase online and arrange for shipping or pickup at the nursery.  A sure way to snap up many of these hard to find roses!

 

Until Later,

 

The Gardener

 

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A Gracious Invitation....
June 19, 2013

 

 

At the most gracious invitation by the Jacksonville Rose Society, Rose Petals Nursery attended a dinner party in honor of Viru and Girija Viraraghavan in Jacksonville at the Continental Club last night.  A lovely historical setting to talk about roses and dine with some old and very new friends. 

 

 

After the dinner party, we had a wonderful presention by these great rose breeders of current and future roses to look forward too.  It was lovely and such a pleasure to meet them and we hope one day soon we will cross each other's paths again.

 

We also would like to thank Gene Waering for arranging the program.  Lovely to see you all!

 

If anyone out there reading this are close enough to Jacksonville, take the opportunity to visit with the Jacksonville Rose Society.  They are very knowledgable folks and easy to get to know.  They meet once a month beginning back to their schedule in September.  Contact Rose Petals Nursery for more information!

 

Until Later,


The Gardener


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Rose du Jour -'The Bride'
June 14, 2013

 

 

 

 

'The Bride' is one of the most spectacular blooms we have blooming here at Rose Petals Nursery right now.

 

A white with many times during the year a pink tinge to its large double bloom.  Nicely tea scented, discovered right here in the good old United States of America by John May in 1885.  A sport of 'Catherine Mermet', our rose du jour is a fantastic cut rose!

 

Down here in zone 8b it is absolutely disease free with deep dark green foliage.  RPN's mother plant is still young,  however HMF does say that the rose will grow to 4 feet by 3 feet.  We will keep you posted!

 

Don't forget we offer the service of a Wish List on our website, www.rosepetalsnursery.com.  Once 'The Bride' or any other rose you may include on your wish list becomes available, RPN sends you an email.  At that time you may want to purchase it right away through Paypal or Authorize.net and arrange for shipment or pickup at the nursery.  This ensures you get first dibs on the hard to find roses as they are put up on the website.

 

We have not forgotten how to post a blog, sorry its been awhile!  But we are back and hope to stay in touch a little more often.  Stay cool and hydrated....

 

Until Later,

 

The Gardener

 

"Preserving History One Rose at a Time"

 

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Announcing New Additions to the RPN Website
March 27, 2013

 

 

 

 

Here at Rose Petals Nursery we work together

 

with the most fantastic webmaster in all of the

 

world, to consistently update our website.  Be it

 

reaching out there to new Antique and Old

 

Garden Rose folks or keeping the content for our

 

fantastic friends of RPN fresh and informative,

 

this is one of our goals.

 

 


The Gardener is always on the move to many

 

clubs and activities that surround heritage roses.

 

 So with that in mind we have collectively

 

created an interactive calendar for all of you.

 

 Check often as we keep updating the calendar

 

to the events and places you might find us.  On

 

the front page click on the green arrow that is

 

“Events Calendar” for the most up to date

 

information on what’s happening in our historic

 

rose world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the most recent events was an invitation

 

to Rose Chat Radio.   Thanks to all at Rose Chat

 

Radio for the invitation.  Again, our great web

 

guy Phillip has put the live broadcast on the

 

front page.  Click and listen!

 

 


Until Later,

 

 


The Gardener

 

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Called it off....faked out....otherwise not happy!
March 25, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Nope no Spring in Florida either......bet we

            jump right into SUMMER.......

 

 

 

Until Later...sign me as,

 

The UnHappy Gardener

 

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The Sweetest Gift from our Rose Friend....
March 14, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

At the Post Office was the most fantastic box waiting for The Gardener.  She had not remembered ordering anything, then she saw the return address and remembered.  Our friend and fellow rosarian extraordinaire Connie of Hartwood Roses fame had been given a mother load of rose books from a friend of hers downsizing his homestead.  In the conversation she offered   to send some of these books for our collection.


Time as it always does went by and The Gardener didn't give it a second thought until the box arrived.  Incredible volume after volume even included a DVD all about our favorite subject...the rose.

Thank you so much my friend, they will have a good home in the library of our old farmhouse right up in the middle of the rose section.  Only these books will have a special inscription so that no matter how many years go by The Gardener will never forget what a loving gesture she received from Connie of Hartwood.  

Take a leap of faith, go out meet rose people they are the nicest folks you'll ever meet.  Without the Queen of Flowers, The Gardener would have never crossed paths with Connie.

By the way if you are free next weekend follow this link to a special request of our dear friend.  She is on a special mission to help preserve the roses at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Va.  A very historic and worthy cause and you know you just might meet a another rosey friend that will fill your heart with joy!

Until Later,

The Gardener

"Preserving History One Rose at a Time"

 

PS.  This is our 2nd Anniversary of RPN's Website as you see it now.  Congratulations to our most creative Webmaster of the Stars...Phillip of Live Wire Geeks!  Check out his link



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A Rose Story...1845...
March 03, 2013

 

 

Eighteen hundred and forty five, 168 years ago

today, Florida became the 27th state in the

union.  This fact inspired The Gardener to talk

about her roses....go figure!



In the same year two of the Old Garden Roses

we offer were introduced or discovered.

 

 


Madame Melanie Willermoz, a tea bred by

François Lacharme in France.  White blended

large full blooms with fragrance.  Blooms

throughout the season.  We now have only one

available for shipping....pickup is also possible.

 

 

 

 

 

Leveson Gower, a Bourbon bred by Jean Beluze

in France.  Gorgeous deep pink large full blooms

and fragrant.   Also blooms throughout the

season.  Graville Leveson-Gower (1773-1846)

was the 1st Earl Granville, British statesman and

diplomat and a long time amabassador to

France.  



Rose Petals Nursery has a great new feature,

for those of you who would love to have either

of the above roses.  Once you have registered

your Wish List on our website, our system will

automatically email you when your choices of

roses are available and in stock.

 


Happy Florida Statehood Day from Mr. Blue

Jeans and The Gardener in honor of our home

state!



Until Later,



The Gardener



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Inspiration.....
February 27, 2013

 

 

 

 

Last Sunday, Mr. Blue Jeans and The

Gardener attended an old friend's

Celebration of Life Service.  

 



He was a wonderful guy, a professor, a

chaplain, animal lover and an amazing

gardener.  Touching so many of us in his

own special way, Stuart did leave this

world a better place!



While straightening up today, his memorial

program The Gardener reread.  Instantly

inspired to share one of our friend's

favorite quotations......

 



"To laugh often and much, to win the respect of

intelligent people and affection of children; to

earn the appreciation of honest critics and

endure the betrayal of false friends; to

appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to

leave the world a bit better, whether by a

healthy child, a garden patch or redeemed

social condition; to know even one life has

breathed easier because you have lived.  This is

to have succeeded.



- Ralph Waldo Emerson




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Rose du Jour - 'Duke of York'
February 23, 2013

 

 

 

 

Walking amongst the historical Old Garden and

Antique roses a few weeks ago, our Rose du

Jour was a jewel in the crown of Rose Petals

Nursery.



'Duke of York' is a newer variety to us and to

tell you the truth has been a shining star! 

Sparkling in all of its splendid colors in the

sunlight.

 


 

 

 

Bred by William Paul in the UK in 1893, 'Duke of

York' blooms in variable colors of peach to pink

with hints of rosey red.  The flowers are large

full in appearance and the plant is floriferous in

bloom.  A China by distinction bringing to the

table a strong fragrance.  And if that isn't

enough he blooms throughout the season!

 

 

 

 

 

We will have "Duke of York' available at Rose

Petals Nursery soon.  The plant is a younger one

so this year the cuttings will not be plentiful. 

Make sure you have this rose on your Wish List

so that you can be automatically notified when

he becomes available.



Until Later,



The Gardener

 

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A Special Day for a Special Man
February 18, 2013

 

Today is Mr. Blue Jeans Happy Day!  Please pardon this brief interruption on a normally "rose oriented" and "animal oriented" blog to hail the wonderful man I'm married to.

 

 

 

Being a complicated sort, he loves his family, he loves his animals and ranch.  The kind of devotion that many don't quite understand.  But the gardener does and he makes the world a better place just having him in it.

 

 

                          Happy Birthday Mr. Blue Jeans!

 

 

                                                             I ♥ you!



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February 2013 Garden Bloggers Bloom Day
February 15, 2013

 

North Central Florida is bracing for what we

hope is our last cool spell of the year.  The

Gardener can hear y'all now north of us saying

oh you think that's bad....but seriously zone 8b

has its advantages.  Cold weather or freezing

weather is not something we dream of around

here....mild temps ok, but the low 30's no

thanks.  What was it that Groundhog said

anyway....



Before some of these are frozen away until the

next bloom cycle, The Gardener decided to

share a few Old Garden Rose blooms with you!

 

 

 

 

                                                                          'Papa Gontier'

 

 

 

                                                                 'G. Nabannond'

 

 

Both of the first two Tea roses were bred by

Gilbert Nabannond 1828 - 1903, who introduced

more than 200 varieties in France.



'Papa Gontier' introduced in 1883 is a lovely

deep cerise pink, covering the 6 foot tall shrub

at the nursery.  Many times the flowers are a

full 3-4 inches.  Nice tea fragrance and is a great

cut flower.  Blooms all year long for us here at

RPN.



'G. Nabannond' introduced in 1888 is a light pink

also double blossom with a strong sweet

fragrance.  Nearly thornless and also is a hearty

bloomer in our neck of the woods, blooming

throughout the season.

 

 

 

 

 

'Mutablis' also known as the "Butterfly Rose" is a

China rose.  The blooms are single and the

coloring of the flowers appears to cover the

shrub in butterflies.  Fragrant and blooms

throughout the season.  Bred before 1894

'Mutablis' also carries the Earthkind designation,

an extremely hardy rose.

 

 

 

 

 

'Reve d'Or' (in French "dream of gold) blooms

an amazing color of apricot to gold, large full

flowers.  Bred in France by Jean-Claude Ducher

in 1869 classified as a noisette, fragrant and

blooms throughout the season.  At RPN, you are

greeted by 'Reve d'Or' on the fenceline just as

you enter the parking area.  Easily 8-9 ft high

and 12 ft wide, quite a sight to see.



So many more Antique and Old Garden Roses

blooming over the entire 5 acres, The Gardener

will be a hoping and a praying that the cold isn't

cold enough to take our flowers away!



Until Later,



The Gardener


"Preserving History One Rose at a Time"



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A True Beaute' of a Tea...Beaute' Inconstante
February 07, 2013

 

 

 

 

Can you say gorgeous Old Garden Tea Rose? 

Can you even whisper the words Beaute'?

 

 

 

 

 

Not enough wonderful words are said to

describe Beaute' Inconstante, a Tea bred by

Widow Ducher aka Marie Veuve Ducher of

France in 1887.

 

 

 

 

 

Of an orange blend as the photos show...she is

always blended....fading as she ages.  To say

she is orange, red or yellow would be a fallacy.

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers of large double form perfect for cut

flowers and blooms throughout the season.  The

fragrance is strong only making Beaute'

Inconstante more enduring.  



Zone 8b she is a large tea, at present 9 feet

high in our display gardens at the nursery.  A

cross between a Seedling (probably from Earl of

Eldon) x Madame Falcot according to the HMF

website.

 

 

 

 

 

Available at www.rosepetalsnursery.com.  If

Beaute' Inconstante is NOT on your wish list,

please be sure to include her so you will be the

first to receive the automated notice that she

is back in stock.



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A Found Rose
February 01, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

This rose was found on an old family farm in

Newberry, Florida.  As a matter of fact there are

several roses on the property.  Many have been

identified, others have not.

 

 

 

 

 

This was Mother's favorite rose, hence its

name.  As the story goes, she was very infirmed

and sitting on the front porch with her

daughters.  She asked to be helped down the

porch stairs to smell her rose.



Her daughters did as they were asked and upon

smelling the rose, Mother Dudley passed.



A sad, but beautiful story all rolled into a true

story.

 

 

 

 

 

"Mother Dudley" has yet to be

identified....causing  many to guess as to her

real identity.  For us at Rose Petals Nursery, The

Gardener and Mr. Blue Jeans are content at

knowing Mother is looking down from above

proud to have her plant shared with all of you.

 

Please check often or put "Mother Dudley" on

your wishlist to have an automated notice from

our website (under the log-in tab) sent to you as

quickly as we have them available.

 

 

Until Later,


The Gardener



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All About the Antique and Old Garden Roses blooming NOW
January 24, 2013

 

 

 

 

Today in Zone 8b, the nursery is in its renewal

period.  New red growth on the old garden and

antique roses (and a couple of more modern

roses), many with flowers.



The Gardener cut a few that are blooming today

and posed them on the rye glass in cut crystal to

capture the sun's rays.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 


The cast of characters...'Duquesa' - Tea (2005),

'Climbing Pinkie' - Polyantha (1952), 'White

Cecile Brunner - Polyantha (1909), 'Louis

Philippe' - China (1834), 'Pink Pet' - Polyantha

(1928), 'Napolean' - China (1835), 'Winecup' -

China (Found), 'Iceberg' - Floribunda (1958),

'Nur Mahal' - Hybrid Musk (1923), 'Spice' -

China (Before 1810), 'Arethusa' - China (1903),

'Bowbells' - Shrub (1991), 'Rival de Paestum' -

Tea (Before 1843) and 'St. David's' - China

(Found).



All roses are available at Rose Petals Nursery. 

Be sure to click on the Log-in Tab to make your

Wish List so that you may receive an automated

notice when any of these roses  are available

and in stock.



Until next time,



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View from our Master Bedroom Dormer
January 21, 2013

 

 

 


This morning, was a very relaxing morning.  We

had been gone all weekend attending a

Workshop in Clearwater, Florida for

our Florida State Parks.  

 


Readying for the walk downstairs, The Gardener

took a moment to view the ranch from above.  



Our over 100 year old farmhouse has 3 dormers

and this view is from the Master Bedroom one. 

The view takes in only a very small bit of the

frontage view of our ranch, but  to The

Gardener it is the BEST view.



This morning the Redbuds are just beginning to

show, the camellias have been gorgeous this

year.  The azaleas are just budding and

flowering.

 

 

 

 

The Tulip trees are equally as beautiful. 

 

 

Some of the roses are blooming which makes

the Pre-Spring show one colorful sight.

 

 

The sky was overcast so the colors are even

more vivid.  Later today working in the roses

the blue sky came out to give us all that good

old vitamin D we "sunshine" folks love.

 

 

Until next time,

 


The Gardener




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Announcing RPN Mobile Device App...
January 11, 2013

 

 

 

We are so pleased and excited to announce the

debut of our first Rose Petals Nursery Mobile

App.  Our IT guy has been the absolute most

fantastic web designer and hand holder The

Gardener could have ever ask for.  Phillip

Whiddon is the wizard behind Livewire Web

Design.   http://livewiregeeks.com/


 

 

 

 

Now available for ease and speed RPN breaks

into 2013 with this as promised feature

mentioned in our Holiday Newsletter 2012. 

Check it out and add it to your Homescreen

making browsing and ordering so much simpler

from your own mobile device!

 

 

 

Till next time~


The Gardener

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Twenty Six Stems.....
December 18, 2012

 

 

Twenty six stems of Antique and Old Garden

Roses in rememberance of and in honor to those

of Sandy Hook Elementary School...we wish you

peace♥

 

 

 

Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener



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Sadness.....
December 14, 2012

 

 

 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you~

 

The Gardener



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Happy Holidays from Rose Petals Nursery
December 09, 2012

 

 

 

Two years have quickly flown by as Mr. Blue Jeans

and The Gardener have become the "Curators" of

Rose Petals Nursery.  2012 proved to be a very

rewarding experience for both of us.  We would like

to share with you just a few of our accomplishments

of 2012.

 


Efforts have been concentrated into "Preserving

History One Rose at a Time" and collecting rare

and historical roses.  Many of these new additions

have been out of commerce or only available through

specialty rooting.  In 2012 we have added well over

200 new varieties to our inventory with an emphasis

on the 1800's and early 1900's.


Work has been diligent to increase the volume

of stock.  We feel we have found many new

combinations in the process of propagation of our

historical roses.  Rose Petals Nursery is still

chemical free and all of our roses are grown out in

nature, not in a greenhouse setting.


Our brand new feature on our website is the Gift

Certificate module.  You may purchase online and

use a printed gift or you may simply use as an

online gift with the online code at the time of

purchase.  Gift Certificates are available for any

amount and never expire.


Another new feature on the website is the Wish List

Automated System, that allows Rose Petals

Nursery to automatically notify you when a rose you

have added to your Wish List becomes available.


Rose Petals Nursery business page on Facebook

continues to provide insight in to our beautiful world

of roses.  

 


New Features for 2013


Spring 2013 shipping will open to the great state of

California.


An Advanced Search Feature will be integrated

into the website.  Allowing you to search for a

particular rose by color, bloom feature (ie.cut rose),

growth habit, etc.


For all of our Mobile Device friends, we will have a

Mobile App up and running in the New Year.


These and many other ideas will continue to

motivate Rose Petals Nursery on our continuing

quest to "Preserve History One Rose at a Time".

 


In closing our Annual Holiday Newsletter, we send

our wish to everyone for a Healthy and Prosperous

New Year.  We look forward to spending another year

focused on the roses of your memories!

 


Happy Holidays,

The Wade's

Rose Petals Nursery

352-215-6399



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Rose du Jour - 'Mrs. Pierre S. du Point'
November 30, 2012

 

 

Our Rose du Jour is 'Mrs. Pierre S. du Pont', a

lovely large yellow hybrid tea.  Almost

thornless, lemon yellow, with a strong fruity

fragrance, blooms throughout the season.  Bred

by Conard-Pyle in 1929, the history is so

intriguing surrounding this rose.

 

 

 

 


Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954) helped to creat
e

Longwood Gardens.  He was an industrialist,

conservationist, farmer, designer, impresario

and philanthropoist. 

 

 




Charles Mallerin had been an engineer in central

heating, and retired to in property in Varce to

breed roses.  In 1929 Charles invited French

rose growers to see his new roses, especially a

gorgeous yellow hybrid tea.  The rose proved a

success in France and America under the name

of 'Mrs. Pierre S. du Point'.

 


Stock is unavailable at the moment at Rose

Petals Nursery, however we invite you to use

our automated notification service within the

wish list.  List 'Mrs. Pierre S. duPoint' as one of

your wish list items and when stock is available

you will be the first to be notified so that you

can make your purchase. 

 

If the weather isn't just perfect at the time of

purchase, Rose Petals Nursery will be happy to

hold your 'Mrs. Pierre S. du Point' until you are

ready for delivery.

 

Tomorrow December 1st from 10-2pm is Open

Sale Day, please if you are in the area stop by

to see the display gardens all in bloom.  Ask to

see 'Mrs. Pierre S. du Point' she is in bloom right

now!

 

Thanks for dropping by~

 

The Gardener

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A Love Letter from Mr. Blue Jeans...
November 24, 2012

 

 


A few days ago, Mr. Blue Jeans made some new

signage for the nursery.  Using his ingenious

skills at transforming an idea we found, he

made the signs his own.

 

He was so proud of them and The Gardener

went up the next day to see the signs.  All were

cemented into black pots so they wouldn't tip

over and as the information changes the

chalkboard is easily erased to ammend the

signage.



Awaiting on the worktable, was one lone

sign....a love letter from Mr. Blue Jeans to The

Gardener.   In all of the years other than

embellishing a card, The Gardener has never

received a love letter from Mr. Blue Jeans.  Isn't

this the sweetest thing?



It will never be erased and when it wears off

from the moisture in the air....The Gardener will

have this memory embedded in her heart

forever.....



Thank you Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener

loves you too!



Hope everyone has a good weekend,



The Gardener


PS.  GO GATORS!!!!!!



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Wishes.......
November 20, 2012

 

 

 

This photograph always reminds me of the song

we taught our boys...."over the river and

through the woods to Grandmother's house we

go!....."

 


Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener took such a

ride last fall just for the fun of driving and rode

over the Sante Fe River just north of our little

town.  Who says Florida doesn't have a change

in seasons?

 

 

We wish all of you....the very best in

Thanksgiving celebrations....to all of our friends

outside of the USA that do not celebrate

Thanksgiving....we wish you a wonderful

Thursday!  We will be back with more rose posts

very soon~

 


Until then......

"Preserving History One Rose at a Time"


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Rose Festival with Carolyn...
November 18, 2012

 

 

The first weekend in November was the

culmination of many months of planning for

what we as the Marion County Rose Society felt

would be a come one, come all Rose Festival.  



One of our members suggested we invite

author, speaker, garden designer and rosarian,

Carolyn Parker from California to be our

speaker for two consecutive days.

 

 

 

As it turned out, on one of those two days The

Gardener was her assistant....so we spent some

time together.  On day two, Carolyn's program

was on design.  The Gardener decided to take a

leap and bring a vase for Carolyn to do an

arrangement in.  The following is Carolyn's take

on the vase and arrangement......

 

http://www.rosenotes.com/2012/11/distant-drums-rose.html



To conclude today's posting The Gardener was

very touched not only with how Carolyn used

our vase, but that she chose to write a post on

her blog about it.  


Again, we thank you Carolyn for the mention of

our little specialty rose nursery in the heart of

North Central Florida.  We invite you to come

back some day and spend some time at Rose

Petals Nursery!



"Preserving History One Rose at a Time"


Cydney



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It's that time again.....
November 15, 2012

 


 

Each month on the 15th Rose Petals Nursery

joins fellow garden bloggers on May Dreams

blog for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!

 

 

Our selection is 'Break o' Day' aka 'Delta'; an

early Hybrid Tea bred in 1939 by the Brownell

Family.  As you can see, the flower is an orange,

apricot, peach blend with large double blooms,

that is 17-25 petals.  Very fragrant and does

rebloom throughout the season.

 

 

As Helpmefind.com lists this rose grows to

32 inches.  I'm betting down here in Florida it

reaches taller!

 

 

A cross between a Seedling x Glenn Dale, this

rose looks to be a great addition to every

garden.  Which leads The Gardener to remind

you of our exciting new automated notification

service when you add Break o' Day to your

wishlist or any other rose that you may like to

have first dibs on when it becomes available.

  Certainly you may also check back on our

website for availability of Break o' Day.

 

 

Thanks to May Dreams for hosting

http://www.maydreamsgardens.com/

"Preserving History One Rose at a Time"


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Rose du Jour....'General Schablikine'
November 12, 2012

 

 

 

In the class of Tea Roses there are incredible

standouts....'General Schalikine' is one (please

don't mention this to the other teas in the

garden)!



Bred in 1878 by Gilbert Nabannond in France

named for a Russian General living and/or

holidaying on the French Rivera.  Sometimes

referred to as 'Vestey's Pink Tea'.

 

 

 

A quote from Henry Charles Brougham about

'General Schablikine' and the qualities of this

beautiful Tea Rose,

 


"If a law was passed that one man should
cultivate but one variety of rose, I should without hesitation choose General Schablekine [sic]; for general utility it is without rival, flowering continuously from October to Summer, flowers of fine shape and wonderful evenness, a hundred blooms could be gathered off one plant, and everyone exactly resembling its neighbor; the flower-stalk was a peculiar curve, which identifies it from other sorts.  But little is know in England, which is surprising, as its good constitution and hardiness would almost guarantee success in a colder and more gloomy climate.  This of all roses serves us the most faithfully and generously."



At Rose Petals Nursery our mother plant of The

General as we refer to him, is over 10 feet tall

and just as wide.  The foliage is always glossy

and green without spraying.  The Gardener feels

sad that the location of 'General Schablikine' at

the nursery prevents visitors from enjoying his

presence for he lives in one of the more private

areas.  If you are ever at the nursery and wish

to see The General, please be sure and ask us!

 

A reminder to add 'General Schablikine' to your

Wish List and/or check our website often for

availability.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by~

 

Cydney

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Tomorrow is Open Sale Day at Rose Petals Nursery
November 09, 2012

 

 

One day each month we welcome visitors to the

nursery.  This Saturday is the day from 10am -

2pm.  



Folks like to browse the gardens to see what's

blooming, chat about rose questions and

thoughts and buy some roses.

 

 

 

We have many new Large Planted Pots for sale,

nice big roses ready to go straight into the

ground for our visitors only.  We are sorry at

this time we cannot ship the LPP's.

 


 

The garden is blooming up a storm, very very

fragrant.  The two Cracker Mares had a beauty

parlor day today to look their best in addition

Tom the Turkey has a treat for you.



See you there.....and thanks for stopping by~



Cydney

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Back to Roses....Tea Roses to be exact....
November 07, 2012

 

 

 

In our collection of many Tea Roses, there is

one that is said to be the very first, 'Adam'.  The

Gardener has referenced him and there are

many opinions about which tea is "first".  One

story has it named after a French breeder Michel

Adam who produced it in 1838.



 

 

 

No worries, 'Adam' doesn't mind all of the fuss,

he just blooms his heart out as an almost

thornless short climber.



Large full double blossoms of salmon, buff,

apricot and a nice tea fragrance.

 

 

 

Don't forget to add 'Adam' to your wishlist so

that as soon as he becomes available you can

purchase one for youself.  Otherwise continue to

check the website for availability.



Thanks for stopping by~



Cydney

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Shelter in Place
October 29, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Rose Petals Nursery holds you all in the storms

wake close to our hearts....



Let us hear from you that you are all ok~



Cydney

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Your Wish is Our Command...
October 21, 2012

 

 

 

 


'Lady Roberts' a tea from 1902 is on my Wish

List.  The Gardener ordered her from Vintage

and she is very very small.  One day my wish is

for her to grow big and strong to be able to offer

her to all of you!

 

A new feature has been recently added to our

website is the subject of today's blog posting.



Many of you have enjoyed the Wish List as part

of your private listing service.  Of course this

listing can be used for a multitude of reasons, ie

Christmas Lists, Birthday Lists, Mothers and

Fathers Day Lists and on and on and on.



Now there is one more service that has been

made available to you our rosie friends....a

Notification Service.  One more way to get your

rose choice as quickly as possible.


Register including your email and check your

choices to be added to the Wish List.  Rose

Petals Nursery will automatically send you an

email once your choices have been added to the

online stock.  A simple way to purchase your

roses before the general public has the

opportunity to view the "In Stock" tab of the

website.



You always have the option to delay your

shipping.  The Gardener will simply hold your

purchased roses in our "special sold area" until

you are ready for shipment.  Sometimes we

have to do some adjustment on the shipping

charges, meaning the more you ship at one

time the more economical it is.  Therefore, we

either include a check with your order and/or

give you the option to add more roses.



A win-win for everyone it seems....our

customers have their roses and we have an

automatic service that notifies our customers of

the roses they wish for!


Thanks for stopping by~


Cydney

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Scenes from Sacramento California
October 20, 2012

 

 

A tower in the baggage claim area of

Sacramento Airport.

 

 

Bridge over the river at our hotel.

 

We called it a "Pirate Boat" taking a class of

school children out on the river.

 

Notice how this bridge raises in order for the

mast to clear the bridge!

 

Old Town Sacramento, just like a step back into

time!

 

One of the trains pulled from the collections to

be decorated as the Spook Express for folks to

ride during this time of year.



 

An old timey hardware store, just as it was back

then.

 

Statue in honor of the Pony Express.

 

Signing at the City Cemetery to honor the

Sacramento Historical Rose Garden.

 

Just one small part of the presentations, but this

guy is Gregg Lowery of Vintage Gardens.  We

have ordered many rare roses from him.

 

 

Dinner Saturday night with my table guest

Peggy Martin.



Just a peak inside the 3 day Symposium, we will

be back to roses next posting!



Thanks for stopping by~


Cydney

 

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Historic Rose Symposium - 20 Years of Rose Preservation
October 09, 2012

 

 

 

Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener will be away

having a wonderful time at the Historic Rose

Symposium.  We will take lots of pics and be

sure to blog all about them when we return.

 

In the meantime, go out cut a few roses, bring

them in the house or take them to someone

who might need a little cheering up.  Your roses

can bring much happiness to you and those

around you!


Until later, thanks for stopping by~


Cydney

"Preserving History One Rose at a Time"

 

 



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Rose du Jour - Maitland White
October 05, 2012

 

 


During the 20th century, a beautiful white tea

rose was originally found in Alfred Maitland's

garden in Spanish Point, Bermuda.  It is classed

as a 19th century rose thought to be fragile for

northern climates.



The bush is fragrant and grows to 6 feet tall

and blooms in clusters of 2-3 all season long. 

The flowers show at the beginning a greenish

white opening to a creamy white and fading to

white with age.  



Some rose experts believe that this found rose

is "Puerto Rico" because that is where their

cuttings have come from.

 

 

Maitland White is available at Rose Petals

Nursery now....please check our website for

availability.

 

 


Thanks for stopping by~


Cydney

 

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Hayfield across from the Nursery
October 03, 2012

 

This time of year is haying time.  Big beautiful

rolls of gold.  Mr. Blue Jeans buys very large

trailer loads of rolls to feed all of our livestock

throughout the time that the pastures don't

produce.  That is about the first frost and until

warmer temperatures arrive in early spring.

 

 

 

We have lots and lots of mouths to feed.  We

drop the rolls in different locations in the many

pastures week after week after week.



With all of the rain we have had, ranchers

around here, including us are worried about the

lack of hay available.  As Mr. Blue Jeans

explained the other day to some folks visiting

the ranch, "the rain interrupts the cutting and

rolling process.  It has to be good and dry".

 


 

Be that as it may, The Gardener enjoys seeing

the beautiful rolled gold on the newly cut

pastures.  Adding the old oaks with the spanish

moss in the fields is just about the as pretty as

our roses!  Just about......


Thanks for stopping by~


Cydney

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New Addition
September 30, 2012

 

 

 

Wednesday we were greeted with Prairie's Mist

(Misty) and her new filly.  A day we had waited

for 11 months.  Excitement and joy only to find

that our newest addition could not bend her

neck sufficient to allow her to nurse.

 

 

 

We tried everything....Misty was so compliant,

plenty of milk, patient and loving.  



Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener decided that

the only way we could get the much needed

colostrum into our filly was to express the milk

from our mare and feed her with a syringe. 

  Guess it goes without saying how iffy a

procedure and how successful we would be.

 


 


Today is day five of her life and we can say

without reservation after several days and

NIGHTS Prairie's Misty Autumn Dawn (Dawn) is

here to stay!!!!!  She is nursing on her own,

strong and very alert.  She is running and

playing just as new foals do.

 

 

 

The Gardener will keep everyone posted as our

newest little Florida Cracker filly progresses.  As

we were out photographing her for this post, our

little darling Candy who is a month old today

wanted her pic on the post.   We have included

her with her mom Cookie so you can see how

much she has grown in just a short 30 days.

 

 

 


Just another day at the Lighteredwood Ranch and

Rose Petals Nursery......



Thanks for stopping by~



Cydney

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Todays Rooting Table Bouquet
September 28, 2012

 

 

 

Everyday The Gardener at Rose Petals Nursery

tries to stick a few cuttings.  Yes, that's right

365 days a year we put new cuttings into the

mist house to aid in our mission, "To Preserve

History One Rose at a Time"!

 

 

 

Many times the flowers are sacrificed in order to

get the variety of rose as a cutting.  It is against

the rules to throw any nice blossom away.  So

The Gardener sticks the blossoms in a cup right

on her table and enjoys the wonderful fragrance

and the sheer beauty the roses bring.



Today's bouquet is made up mostly of Rosette

Delizy with a few Climbing Pinkie thrown in and

there is one lonely Cecile Brunner in the back.

 

 

 

The Gardener hopes today's bouquet brings you

as much joy as it does for her.  Bringing to mind,

make sure you go out and smell the roses!



Thanks for stopping by!



Cydney

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Confederate Rose
September 26, 2012

 

 

 


Hibiscus mutablis, known as the Confederate

Rose is in full bloom at Rose Petals Nursery and

all over North Central Florida.  



Not a native of the south rather a hibiscus that is

from China, does very well in the south....hence

its name?  Or is it this one story that relates to

the Confederate Rose's name?



During one particularly bloody battle of the Civil

War, a slain soldier fell at the base of a

Confederate Rose.  His blood spilled onto the

ground.  The flowers starting out white

absorbing the slain soldier's blood through the

day, turning a deep red by evening.

 

 

 


Very hardy here in zone 8b, the Confederate

Rose is an engima to many.  Blossoms 4-6

inches in diameter, begin white in the morning,

turning pink during noon and  deep red in the

evening of the same day, just as the story

above is told.  The flowers resemble a large

delicate rose.



They tend to be shrub-like or tree-like and have

a fast growth rate.  It grows well in full sun or

partial shade.  The "mutablis" part of its name

denotes "variable or changeable".  Heights can

be reached of 15-18 ft.

 

 

 


Interestingly the uses of the Confederate Rose

are reportedly emollients and cooling effects

used as treatments for swelling and skin

infections.  Mucilage from the flowers and leaves

are used by midwives to facilitate delivery

during labor.



A little bit of trivia to add to your rose collection

knowledge....thanks for stopping by~



The Gardener

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Horses and Roses...what do they have in common?
September 24, 2012

 

 


Why Rose Petals Nursery of course!

 

 

 

Today The Gardener let the two mares browse

the parking area and the rose garden.  The

grass was just tall enough that Socks and Star

never lifted their heads!

 

 

 

 

Our Florida Cracker Mares reside in the acreage

behind the nursery and love it when The

Gardener gives them permission to graze

amongst the roses.

 

 

 

 

 Both girls are so very polite and good about not

stepping inside of the display garden or nibbling

on the roses.  Suppose the green grass is way

more enticing!

 

 

 

 

 

If you have the opportunity to stop by and smell

our Old Garden and Antique roses you will no

doubt hear the ladies when you drive up!  They

will whinny for food!



Our next Open Sale Day is Sunday, Oct. 7th

from 9am - 1pm.  We welcome you to our little

speciality rose garden down a scenic road in the

heart of North Central Florida.  Click the 'contact

us' tab for a map to our nursery.  Click the

'browse roses' tab for a complete listing of what

is in currently in stock.  For questions about any

of the above please call 352-215-6399.



Thanks for stopping by,

Cydney

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Earthkind Roses
September 22, 2012

 

 

Belinda's Dream - 1988

 

Antique and Old Garden Roses are among some

of the roses that have been designated as

Earthkind.  Others are more modern, and Rose

Petals Nursery carries all of the Earthkind

Roses.



A few days ago when we had a nice shower at

the nursery, The Gardener took several photos

of all of the roses in bloom.  Many were the

Earthkind Roses that we would like to share with

you.

 

 

Carefree Beauty - 1977

 

The Earthkind Rose group of roses have gone

under very strenuous conditions to be allowed to

be grouped under this very distinct title.  This is

the website  http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu

/earthkindroses/ that will tell you all about the

who, what and where of the Earthkind Roses.

 

 

Else Poulsen - 1924

 

 

Dutchess de Brabant - 1857

 

Perle d 'Or - 1884

 

Most of these are in stock at Rose Petals

Nursery.  Please check our website for the in

stock listing.



Thanks for stopping by~


Cydney

 

 



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A Wonderful Old China Rose
September 20, 2012

 

 

 

Archduke Charles, a china dating prior to 1817 is

one of most beautiful Old Garden Roses that one

could put in their garden.  Equally at home in

either a solitary rose bed or mixed with

periennals Archduke Charles is a rose lovers

dream.




With a fruity fragrance and blooming throughout

the season, the Archduke puts on quite a show.

  The flowers instead of fading in color as they

mature, dramtically deepen from the lightest of

pinks to a stunning deep red.  Quite apprapo for

royalty don't you think?  This is the story....



Erzaherzog Karl von Osterreich-Teschen born in

1771 was a nephew of Marie Antoinette and a

brother of an Austrian emperor.  He also

became a thorn in Napolean's side in battles

being named, "the Savior of Germany" in 1796.



After marrying wealthy the archduke had 7

children and lived to 76, ancient in his era. 

Even though he did not want a statue in

memory of him, his fans had an equestrian

monument in Vienna erected after his death in

1847.



Archduke Charles is available at Rose Petals

Nursery.  Please check the website often for

availability.



Thanks for stopping by~


Cydney



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A Very Special Birthday Wish.......
September 19, 2012

 

 

 

Today is our youngest son Todd's birthday. 

Twenty three years today we had a sweet

bundle of joy with the longest eyelashes

you could ever hope to have! 

 


His future is bright, he is one of those take

charge types and we know he will succeed

beyond all of our imaginations!

 


Happy Birthday to our baby, I mean our

youngest adult child.....we love you Todd!♥



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Rainbow over Antique and Old Garden Roses
September 17, 2012

 

 

 

The Gardener captured a beautiful rainbow over

Rose Petals Nursery a couple of days ago. 

Sharing photos of the nursery is as meaningful

as sharing the roses with all of you!



Happy Monday to all our "rosie friends" and

thanks for stopping by~

 

Cydney



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Teas on Parade
September 14, 2012

 

 

The nursery had a nice shower today and the

teas were all polished and ready for their photo

ops.  These are just a very few that are in

bloom right now.  We hope you enjoy these....

 

 

 

Mrs. B. R. Cant - 1901

 

Souv. d' Elise Vardon - 1854

 

Duchesse d' Brabant - 1857

 

Rosette Delizy - 1922

 

Rosette Delizy - 1922

 

Baronne Henriette de Snoy - 1897

 

Mme. Joseph Schwartz - 1888

Thanks for stopping by~


The Gardener

 

"Preserving History One Rose at a Time!"



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A Delivery of New/Old Varieties at Rose Petals Nursery
September 12, 2012

 

 

Today was like Christmas here at the nursery.

The Gardener received 25 new varieties of

Antique and Old Garden Roses this morning.  Oh

happy day!!!!

 

 

Here's a sneak peak into the delivery.....

 

                                           President Plumecocq  1931

 

                                         Mme. Nicolas Aussell  1928

 

                                                     Lady Roberts  1902

 

 

As soon as they are strong enough we will start

the propagation process to share with all of you!

 

 

Thanks for stopping by~

Cydney



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Sacramento Historic Rose Garden DVD Trailer
September 11, 2012

 

On a great rose forum the following post was so fantastic, The Gardener decided to share....

"Hi -
As part of our 20th anniversary, we have engaged a filmmaker to record the founders of our rose garden and to tell the story of it, some of its roses, and the people who support it. We will have the DVD ready for sale at our conference Oct 12-14. The plan is for it to be 30 minutes long, with some bonus material including some photo galleries from several people involved with the garden (my photos will be part of it).

Here is a trailer. There are no names - the white-bearded man at the beginning is my friend Bill Harp, who first got me interested in heritage and found roses and who now serves as our garden's volunteer coordinator. I am the woman with the dangly rose earrings. Barbara Oliva, our curator, is also in the trailer, talking about "Barbara's Pasture Rose" and some other things. There's a snippet from Fred Boutin, too, talking about the roses being works of art.

Hope you will enjoy this, and that the DVD is so terrific that you'll all want a copy. It's been fun (and a lot of work) helping to develop this.

There's still time to register for the conference, although the early bird special is over.
Anita"

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bBjIhBF3l0

 

Enjoy and thanks for visiting,

Cydney



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Touring Nurseries of the Pacific Northwest
September 05, 2012

 

 

 

One of our scheduled nursery visits while in the

Pacific Northwest last week was Antique Rose

Farm.  We drove through winding curves to

gorgeous farm land to Snohmoish, Washington.

 

 

 

Driving up roses were in bloom everywhere,

you KNEW you were at a rose nursery.  Ever

present was the old barn, just a huge presence,

giving you that warm and comfy feel, we so

adore.

 

 

 

 

We were greeted promptly and enjoyed a much

shorter time that we wish we could have spent

visiting.  Making our way back to Ft. Lewis to

pick our Sgt son up from work through Seattle

traffic isn't easy from this location.



Back to the Antique Rose Farm....lovely display

gardens, many periennals to plant along side of

your roses and antiques galore.  If the

opportunity ever arises that we are in their neck

of the woods again, we will stop in for another

visit.

 

 

 

This is their website 

http://www.antiquerosefarm.com/index.htm

and if you get a chance to stop by will you

please tell them a big ole southern hello from

The Gardener and Mr. Blue Jeans.



Thanks for stopping by~


Cydney



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The Night before the Blue Moon
August 31, 2012

 

 

 

Two years ago Mr. Blue Jeans gave The

Gardener a pair of Mini Donkeys for her

birthday.   Young, sweet and so impressionable,

they became the Mr. and Mrs. of the Chicken

Yard.  Cookie and C.J. (Calico Jack) were the

guardian angels of all things fowl.  



As time past, nature has its way, we expected a

baby mini donkey, but with pasture breeding

and the combination of genes we had no idea

what to expect.  We only knew that CJ had

come into his own as a man and that Cookie's

mammary gland was swelling.  Gestation for a

donkey is one year.

 

 

The night before the Blue Moon, the night before

The Gardener's birthday, a beautiful baby jenny

was born.  Cookie brought her up all cleaned up

and spit polished.

 

 

 

We named her Candy....only 20 inches tall and

hasn't a care in the world about humans.  The

Gardener predicts you will hear lots more about

Candy.  She is better than any diamond, any

spectacular gift a girl could hope for.....Thank

you to both nature and to Mr. Blue Jeans~

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by~

Cydney



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Once in a Blue Moon....
August 30, 2012

 

 

 

We had a once in a Blue Moon happen a day

early today.....stay tuned for tomorrow's

posting.  It is a NOT TO BE MISSED post!

 

Thanks for stopping by~

Cydney



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Mt Ranier Scenic Train Ride....
August 27, 2012

 

 

Our Sgt. Ryan, his gal friend and our

daughter Jen joined us as we took a train ride

around one of the most fantastic volcanic

mountains in the USA.  Gorgeous day and

cooler temps made for a wonderful ride.  One of

the most incredible places to visit in our lower

48.  Take the opportunity to tour the natural

beauty of this beautiful place. 

 


History and trains always cross each others

paths.....our way to view a most spectacular

site......

 


Thanks for stopping by~

 

Cydney

 

All photography by Jen Wade

 

 

 

 



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Flowers of Washington State
August 26, 2012

 

Enjoy flowers from Washington State!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by~

Cydney



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Rose Garden and Tacoma Rose Society
August 24, 2012

 

 

 

Our visit to the Point Defiance Rose Garden while vacationing in Washington was a great experience.  Meeting like minds in a common interest is always so much fun. 

 

 

The Rose Garden has been opened to the public since 1913.  One tree rose is estimated to be at least 75 years old.   Maintained in partnership with Tacoma Rose Society  this is just one of their community projects.  Lovely bunch of folks, 15 members in total had gathered this Thursday and every Thursday from mid June through September pruning the roses in the garden and teaching the public how to prune. 

 

 

 

They were expecting our visit, but I can honestly say they are the warmest bunch of folks you would ever want to meet.  I hope to stay in contact with them in the future and of course invited them to stop by and smell the roses in our display garden and nursery. 

 

 


 

 

We will keep you posted as we experience many more rose adventures while out here in the Pacific Northwest!  Stay tuned......



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A very special birthday wish!
August 20, 2012

 

 

 

As a family of four daughters, The Gardener has the priviledge of being the eldest.  Each of us so different from the other, yet so alike in many ways.


Today is my baby sister's birthday.  Born  10 years and 10 days later than The Gardener. 

 

Micky is a wonderful mother to her grown son Jamie, an amazing sister to all three of us sisters and our Mom would say she is a very attentive and loving daughter.

 

Mr. Blue Jeans and The Gardener wish Micky the happiest of birthdays and also that she enjoy many many more!

 

Happy Birthday Micky!


Thanks for stopping by~

Cydney



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News from the Shipping Dept at Rose Petals Nursery
August 20, 2012

 

 

 

Dozens and dozens of Antique and Old Garden Roses left the nursery today headed to several rose addicts across the country.  



Shipping our roses in their potted 1 gallon containers requires great care in order for them to arrive at their destination healthy.  



Our friendly local UPS store owner Brenda is always there with a smile ready to accept the shipment no matter what the size is.  Thank you to Brenda and her staff, they help make the final part of the our shipping process much nicer!

 

Thanks for stopping by~

Cydney



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Ready to Go August Stock
August 16, 2012

 

 

 

We are proud to bring our customers a current

listing of what is being put out in stock before

the website is completely updated.  Many of the

following roses will become active on our site

Saturday morning.  Some were updated a few

days back...but the majority of the list below is

not currently on the web.



As you know, many of these varieties go

quickly, so if you are interested in any of them,

please be sure to place your order as quickly as

you see them available.



On another note, Rose Petals Nursery will be

closed for shipments, pickups and appointments

from August 21st through September 4th.  All

orders that have been received as of today and

have not chosen deferred shipment will be

shipped on Monday, August 20th. 

Shipments/orders received after today will

resume September 10th.  Mr. Blue Jeans and

The Gardener will be on another "rosie

expedition" in the Pacific Northwest.  



A quick reminder that our Open Sale Day is the

2nd Saturday of the month, September 8th from

9am - 2pm due to the Labor Day Holiday.  



We will continue to check messages in order to

best stay in touch with all of you.  



See everyone when we return,

Cydney


August Release in Gallon Size Only 

$10 each plus shipping/handling~



10 Lilian Austin
9 Duquesa
2 Mrs. Dudley Cross
2 Old Blush
2 Mme. Lombard
11 Cherokee Rose
4 Mozart
3 Natchitoches Noisette
1 Veilchenblau
4 Mutablis
2 La Reine
1 Altissmo
2 Papa Hemeray
10 Perle d 'Or
1 Jean Bach Sisley
2 Spice
10 Iceberg
10 Julia Child
10 Cracker Rose Pink
5 Bon Silene
2 Baronne Henrietta de Snoy
4 Alexander Hill Gray
1 Mme. Joseph Schwartz
1 Red Smith's Parrish



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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.....
August 15, 2012

 

These are just a few of the old garden and

antique roses that are blooming today

in our display garden.  Wishing you were here to

share in our peaceful rural rose garden

and nursery!

 

 

'Rh. Jules Gravereaux'   1908

 

 

'Skyrocket'   1934

 

 

'Bridesmaid'   1892

 

 

'Mme. Melanie Willermoz'   1845

 

 

'Maitland White'   Found

 

 

'Rose du Roi'   1812

 

 

'Marchal Niel'  1857

 

 

'Rival de Paestum'  1843

 

 

'Mother Dudley'   Found

 

 

We are joining 

http://www.maydreamsgardens.com/ for

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for August 2012.

  Thank you MayDreams for hosting and for

helping us to share with everyone the delight in

GROWING HEIRLOOM ROSES

 

"Preserving History One Rose at a Time"!


Have a good day and thanks for stopping by~


Cydney



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Antique Rose du Jour....
August 11, 2012

 

 


Its been a beautiful day in the Old Garden and

Antique Rose Garden here at

Rose Petals Nursery.  Butterflies, hummingbirds

and songbirds abound...a

paradise...with the fragrance of roses blooming

all through the garden.  Our

Florida Cracker Horse mares offer sweet

wheenies just to let The Gardener

know they are close.  


Bumble bees, feral honeybees along with all

sorts of insects, none very

distrubing....nature at her finest!



Our antique rose of the day is White Maman

Cochet.  An amazingly gorgeous tea

rose available in both shrub form and climbing

form.

 

 

 

Discovered in 1896 in both Australia and the

United States, described as a cream with rose

accents on its outer petals.  The tea fragrance is

unmistakable. 

 

According to HMF will grow from 3-8

feet tall and a width of 2-8 feet for the

shrub version.

 

 

The climbing version was discovered in 1907 as

a sport of the shrub, grows 8-12 feet  tall and a

width of 8 feet.

 

 

The blossoms are large and full, will make a

great cut flower, blooming throughout the

season.

 

 

Both varieties are available at Rose Petals

Nursery http://rosepetalsnursery.com/, please

check often for availability.



Thank you for taking your time to visit with

us....♥



Cydney



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Antique and Old Garden Rose Eye Candy
August 02, 2012

 

 

'Duchesse d' Auerstadt'

 

The Gardener decided to tempt you with what is

blooming at the nursery right now!

 

'Rose du Roi'

 


As many of our faithful rosie friends know the

first Saturday of every month we have Open

Sale Day.  That means we are open usually for

about a 5 hr period.  During the summer we are

open from 9am-1pm and during the fall, winter

and spring we are open from 10am-2pm.  All

other times are by prior arrangement.



This Saturday, August 4th we will be open from

9am-1pm.  We hope to see you all there!




'Maitland White'

 

 

'Dortmund'

 

'William R. Smith'

 

'Rival de Paestum'

 

'Mother Dudley'

 

'Comtessa du Cayla'

 

'Mrs. Pierre S. duPoint'

 

'Marechal Niel'

 

'Kathleen'

 

'Mme. Melanie Willermoz'

 

'Bridesmaid'

 

'Darlow's Engima'



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Bermuda Mystery Roses...
July 31, 2012

 

Did you know there are many mysteries in the

world of Old Garden and Antique Roses?  One of

those mysteries surround the island of

Bermuda.

 

 

Bermuda's Anne Olivier

 

Bermudas Kathleen

 

Many years ago, settlers to the land of Bermuda

brought roses from their homelands to plant in

the landscape.  As the story goes, the history of

the roses were lost, thus becoming "mysteries".

 

 

Brightside Cream

 

Belfield

 

The cultivars bloom almost every 30 days or so,

are on own root and thrive in the harsh island

weather.  With little care the Bermuda Mystery

roses can be lovely in your landscape.

 

 

Emmie Grey

 

Carnation

 

The listing of the Bermuda roses are long and

there are many more available at Rose Petals

Nursery, however we will show you pictures of a

few of them.  We encourage you to visit our

site http://rosepetalsnursery.com/

and seek out these wonderfully adaptable old

garden and antique roses.

 

 

Miss Atwood



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Rose du Jour - Safrano
July 28, 2012

 

 

 


The Gardener thought we needed a hard

working Old Garden Rose that stands up to the

heat to be the Rose of the Day today and

Safrano is just that OGR.



Classified as a Tea rose, Safrano is a strong

growing antique dating to 1839.  Large double

flowers of apricot blending fading to cream in

the heat of the day.  A lovely tea scent for

fragrance and re-blooms all through the season,

Safrano grows to an average of 5 feet high.  In

our zone we have seen it grow much larger.



A cross between Park's Yellow Tea-Scented

China and Desprez, our Rose du Jour played an

important role as parent in many later teas.



Bred by M. de Beauregard,  The Old Rose

Adviser, tells us that he was from Angers and

was a devoted rose amateur, reserve officer,

and chevalier in the Legion of Honor.



Safrano grows abundantly in our Display Garden

here at Rose Petals Nursery, please check our

website for availability.

 

PS.  Sorry I've been away so long....and thanks

for visiting!



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Save the Date for ALL Rosarians...
July 20, 2012

 

 

November 3rd and 4th, the Marion County Rose

Society is hosting Carolyn Parker, author,

garden designer and blogger at our annual Rose

Festival.  This event will be held in Ocala,

Florida at the Marion Co. Ag Center.  Doors open

at noon on Saturday the 3rd with many

activities for the newest rosarian to us "old

timers"! 

 


Don't miss hearing Caroyn speak along with

book signings!  Need more info, call or email

The Gardener!  This is a must be there event!

 

 

Roses from A to Z logo

Arranging Roses
pristine close-up
Rose Leaves
Book Jacket

 

Welcome to what I hope is a rose treasury of beauty, information, inspiration, and story telling. This is an archive of my photography and writing from 2006 to 2008. In the mediasection you'll find two years worth of my newspaper columns,and a good many articles.There are lots of rose sources on the linkspage, and for the rest of the site––click, discover, and have fun!

My present work in photography and writing is on my blog, Rose Notes.If you subscribe to it, you'll receive the posts as I write them.

 



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Happy Birthday Roses....
July 17, 2012

 

As one of 4 daughters, "the girls" always seem

to make a special occasion one that is a

remembered point in time.  It might be births,

birthdays, Mother's Day or any of the normal

holidays the ladies' and I try to make the event

very special....



Sometimes they are small and sometimes they

are LARGE!

 

 

 

Yesterday was my Mom's birthday....the age,

well that is TOP SECRET....but let's just say it's a

significant birthday!  Mom has never looked her

age and this year is no exception.  



She is self described as "disgustingly healthy"

and it's so very true....a testament to "the girls"

to strive to emanate.  A variety of activities lead

to such a wonderfully independent lifestyle.  We

four daughters of this great lady and my late

father stand in awe as to how Mom

accomplishes all she does.

 

 

 

Spending the week at the beach is just one way

to celebrate her birthday in style...hours out of

her day devoted to the four daughters she loves

most, what more could a daughter ask for?



We love you Momma and wish you so many

many more....la da de dah........♥



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Rose Envy and Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.....
July 15, 2012

 

The Rose Petals Nursery Antique and Old

Garden display garden is alive....with

bloom.....we thought we would share it will all

of you!  Some are far away....some are

experiencing intense heat....some are in the

dead of winter....

 

 

Bermuda's Anne Olivier

 

Baronne Henriette de Snoy

 

One picture one thought one love, brings us all

closer to the most postive of addictions....Rose

Envy....RAA....is what we call it around here.



Rose Addicts Anonymous....we love roses!  We

love them all and hopefully lift your spirits if you

are one of those that can't stand to not think of

them!

 

 

Cecile Brunner

 

Clotilde Soupert

 

Comtesse du Riza Parc

 

Duquesa

 

Mme. Lombard

 

Moonlight

 

Joining Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and giving

you a sneak peak into the

display garden at just SOME of the blooms of the

day....



Don't forget to stop and smell the roses!



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Military Appreciation Day....
July 13, 2012

 

 

Photo by Patmaniac


Here at Rose Petals Nursery where the Antique

and Old Garden Roses are in constant bloom in

the beautiful display gardens, we celebrate each

and everyday as Military Appreciation Day.



We know first hand what the loss of PEACE OF

MIND and the financial struggles that serving

causes so many of our troops and their

families.  



Rose Petals Nursery is proud to offer a 10%

discount on all purchases to Retired and Active

duty personnel.  We look to our counterparts in

the rose nursery world to match this discount.

  By doing so we show our appreciation to all of

our soldiers and what they HAVE endured and

will continue to endure to protect our FREEDOM.

 

We come from a long line of military....but for

now we thank our son Sgt. Ryan for his service

and wish him continued success in his quest for

excellence!



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A Found Rose Maggie......
July 10, 2012

 

 

 

Maggie is a found rose, that has many names

according to which source of her background

you choose to believe.




Botanica's Roses, The Encyclopedia of Roses


Book  (1999)  Page(s) 387.



‘Maggie’. Syn. ‘Pacific’. Old. Bourbon. Medium

red. Repeat-flowering. This rose was found by

William Welch in Louisiana and has become very

popular in the USA. Most agree that there is

some China in its background. The full, globular,

bright red flowers have overlapping petals that

darken in cool weather. There is a pronounced

spicy scent and it makes a fine cut flower. It has

a bushy growth habit, reaching 4-6 ft (1.2 -

1.8m) high, is almost thornless and does well in

rich soil. This rose, which makes a wonderful

hedge or pillar rose was found by Welch at a

farm of his wife’s grandmother, Maggie. Some

claim it is one of the roses created by Rudolf

Geschwind, like ‘Gruss an Teplitz’ or ‘Eugene E.

Marlitt’. Zones 5-10. Found in 1980. Parentage

unknown.

 

 

 

 

Rosa Mundi: Journal of the Heritage Rose

Foundation Magazine  (2006)  Page(s) Vol 21

No.1. 



 “Maggie”, a rose that seems to be very familiar

to American rose lovers. I got this rose about 15

years ago from a Texan friend as a mystery

rose, perhaps identical to a lost Geschwind rose

called Eugenie E. Marlitt, which was introduced

in the United States in 1908. Comparing it over

the years with numerous roses in the

Sangerhausen and Cavriglia collections, Martin

Weingart identified it as Julius Fabianics de

Misefa, a rose that does very well in cold areas

like Sweden as well as in the hot climate of

Texas.

 

 

 

 

Whatever her TRUE identity is, The Gardener

must tell you that 'Maggie' is a rose that will

wakeup your senses, her fragrance, her form

and her lack of thorns, not to mention what a

great cut flower she makes, this is one rose you

should have in your rose garden.



Rose Petals Nursery has a great selection of this

rose in stock.  And maybe if you visit she will be

blooming for you to experience her beauty first

hand.  Please check the website for easy online

ordering.



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Introducing a New Feature to RPN Website - The Wish List!
July 03, 2012

 

The Gardener is so pleased to announce a new

feature to the website....The Wish List!



One of our best customers requested a Wish List

and so after talking to our IT guy, well its now a

reality.



On each individual rose there is a little lilac bar

with the words Add to Wishlist.  Simply click on

that  lilac bar and you will have your very own

wishlist to forward to others for gift giving ideas

  (family and friends will love this) or to help to

narrow down all of your wants and your needs

(don't ya love that word?).....

 

Log in to our site with your own private log in

and passcode and add to your hearts content. 

The Wish List is just a holding spot for your most

wanted roses now or in the near future.  You

may add roses or delete roses as you wish.  Its

YOUR WISHLIST!


If you have questions call or email The

Gardener and she will direct you to as

many of the answers as she knows and for the

rest she will redirect those to the IT Guy!


Have fun and don't forget to use this to your

complete advantage during any and all holiday

gift giving events.  We can ship your

living antique to most of the 50 states.

 

PS.  Open Sale Day is Saturday,

July 7th from 9am-1pm, see you there!



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Rose du Jour...Grace Darling....
July 01, 2012

 

'Grace Darling' is one of our newest Old Garden

Rose varieties we have added to our collection.

 

 

 


A beautiful tea rose with a wonderful story

named in honor of Grace Horsley Darling

(1815-1842).



The story goes in 1838, she was a 15 year old

daughter of a lighthouse keeper on the English

coast.  She and her father rowed out into heavy

seas to rescue survivors and crew of the

steamship Forfarshire.



Declared a national heroine, she received a

letter from Queen Victoria and many offers of

marriage.  However, at the age of 26 she 

succumbed to what was thought to be

tuberculosis.



Still being honored, the Royal National Lifeboat

Institution names boats in honor of Grace.



A medium size bush, with a wonderful fragrance

and repeat blooms throughout the season, this

pink blended full blossom would be a great

addition to the front of your garden.

 

 

'Grace Darling' would also be a great cut flower

for you to enjoy or to allow

someone special in your world an opportunity to

appreciate!

 

 

Please check the website often for availability.

 

 

PS.   Open Sale Day is this Saturday, July 7th

from 9am-1pm, see you there!



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Running Between Raindrops.....
June 24, 2012

 

 

 

The Gardener guesses by now, everyone has

heard of Tropical Storm Debbie, making her way

across the Gulf of Mexico giving Florida some

much needed rain.



Average rainfall for our county to date is about

17 inches, however we should be closer to 22

inches for year to date.



Last month before Tropical Storm Beryl our

county was under an "exceptional drought". 

Rivers, springs and lakes are all at their lowest

levels, in some cases the lakes and springs have

just dried up!

 

 

 

At the nursery its been a struggle...but today,

well today if you had been a songbird in the

nursery you would have thought The Gardener

was loosing whatever marbles she still has!



In the torrential rain, 2 hats, 2 raincoats,

running around fertilizing all of the stock and in

ground roses to gain the maxium use of the

watering in process.  Yes, you might say

crazy....but sometimes you gotta do what you

gotta do!



With fire season right around the corner Mr. Blue

Jeans and The Gardener are crossing our fingers

that Tropical Storm Debbie will be a game

changer!



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Rose Du Jour at Rose Petals Nursery...
June 15, 2012

 

 

 

Carefree Beauty a lovely shrub rose from 1977

doesn't suggest old or even antique rose, but

The Gardener couldn't help but share with all

you rose lovers and addicts a gorgeous shrub

blooming in our display garden at the nursery.

 

 

 

Some interesting information about Carefree

Beauty is this rose was bred by Dr. Griffith Buck

and yes is in fact a part of the Buck Rose

Collection.  Also a part of the Earthkind

Collection bodes well for a great no spray rose

garden.  



Very disease resistant, tolerant to cold and

heat.  At the nursery we have very clean foliage

on our plant and Carefree Beauty does bloom all

during the bloom season.

 

 

 

Large pink double blooms sometimes 4 inches

across with a sweet fragrance.  According to

HMF, this rose is great from zone 4b and

warmer.  



If you are looking for a great all around rose for

your no spray rose garden, please give Carefree

Beauty an opportunity to show you how

impressive this rose can be.  We do have some

available at the nursery now, please check our

website for more information,

www.rosepetalsnursery.com.



Carefree Beauty is just one of the roses

blooming in our gardens so today we are joining

up with May Dreams Garden Bloom Day. 

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Happy Days at Rose Petals Nursery......
June 11, 2012

 

 


Today was a beautiful day at the nursery

complete with wild life, flowers and all day

sunshine!  No rain today, the first day in what

seems a lifetime.  Now don't get me wrong we

need the rain, we have been bone dry for too

long.  Typical summer weather here is afternoon

showers just in time to cool off the evenings and

water all of the flowers.  



Our pattern as of late has been rain most of the

day, which makes for a not so fun time in the

gardening world.  Adding to which the weeds

seem to take permission from the rain that they

can go hog wild.  Gotta start the Roundup

mission again.  Just another thing added to the

list.



The Gardener is working hard at starting lots of

new varieties of old roses as well as the ones we

have carried all along.  Ten additional varieties

that Rose Petals Nursery has never carried

before are on their way to the nursery as we

speak.  Thank goodness Mr. Blue Jeans never

limits The Gardener in her dreams.....



Also in the works is an Advanced Search Feature

that will enable you to search a particular color,

year, type, etc of a rose.  So many possiblilites

to help you find the most perfect Old Garden or

Antique Rose for you.  Check back often for all

of the new stock and new features right here at

Rose Petals Nursery.



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A Rosy Gift Story - Enjoy this Re-Post while we take a short break!
June 07, 2012

 

New Note:  This weekend I had the priviledge of meeting the most creative lady who designed and constructed this beautiful quilt square for us.  Annette is a lovely gal that attends the gifter, in this case Susan's church.  As you read below Susan had commissioned Annette to make this quilt square for me.  Now having met the sweet gal who was the creator of this amazing gift, the appreciatation is even more profound.  What a pleasure to meet Annette, what a creative spirit you are♥

 

 

Susan, a very special friend of Mr. Blue Jeans and

The Gardener called yesterday to say she had

something she would like to bring over to the

nursery.  For those of you who remember the post

about Fancy Nancy and the Delectable Cupcakes,

http://rosepetalsnursery.com/antique-

rose-blog.php?s=105,  Susan is the sister to Nancy.



Now this call was a very mysterious call quite out of

the ordinary, The Gardener's curiousity was peaked. 

Not long after the call both Susan and Nancy drive

up, with a large gift bag.  Hmmmm.....



This is the background of the story and you have

seen the photo of the gift.  Here is the rest of the

story!



Susan had commissioned this beautiful quilt square

made for The Gardener.  The artist was only given

my business card and the rest of the design is all

hers.  Notice the beautiful roses in the basket.  The

artist used silk flower petals sewn in the center with

a small button to give the square a three

dimensional look.  Isn't it absolutely gorgeous?  It

takes my breath away.  



Gifts like this beautiful quilt square mean the world

to The Gardener, treasured and hung in her office at

our home.  Thank you Susan from the deepest part

of The Gardener's rosy heart~



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Rose Addicts Anonymous...
June 03, 2012

 

 

 


My name is The Gardener and I am a Rose Addict.  Shewww, got that part over with!  Seriously though its an illness, we can never have enough Old Garden and Antique roses.  

The Gardener isn't any different than the rest of you.  The need for older, different varieties of heirloom and old fashioned roses goes on constantly.  God grant me the......

Reading some of the many rose books in print, a new story about a variety will come forth and that rose will become a must have.  Someone may write or call and ask about a certain variety that we do not carry, that particular one
becomes a must have.  

Maybe a color of rose is the hole to fill, maybe a picture from someone's garden shows a stunning rose that becomes the need, it is all about never having enough roses.

The Gardener has put great thought into this so called "illness".  Here's my take on it:  each of the Old Garden and Antique Roses have a story, a history, a mark in their own time.  Some varieties are very popular, for example Cecile Brunner or Louis Philippe.  There are others that are a bit more rare and harder to come by, for example William R. Smith or Duquesa.  

One of our missions here at Rose Petals Nursery is to keep as many of the Old Garden and Antique Roses in commerce as we can.  Helping to make folks aware of these roses and save them for posterity.  Times are tough and collections of Old Garden and Antique Roses all over the country are in danger of being lost.  

June is National Rose Month, The Gardener offers up a challenge to each of you.  Plant an Old Garden or Antique Rose in a garden, your garden, your childs school garden, a friends garden or maybe even a nursing home or hospital garden.  Help someone new to the world of Old Garden and Antique Roses understand that these roses are truly living antiques.  Spread the word....if nothing else The Gardener may have some company in her support group of Rose Addicts Anonymous!

Happy National Rose Month.....



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Rumor Control at Rose Petals Nursery.....
May 30, 2012

 

 

Lafter - Hybrid Tea 1943


This Saturday, June 2nd is Open Sale Day at the

nursery.  And yes the rumor is true, back by

popular demand is the BUY 3 FOR THE PRICE OF

1 Promotion. 



Four different varieties will be offered for this

promotion.  Purchase 3 smaller potted roses of

the selected varieties will be only $10.  This

promotion is for pickup only, no shipping, also

this is good only for the June 2nd Open Sale

Day. 



Please note new hours for the Open Sale Day

9am until 1pm. 



Also you may want to mark your calenders for

the next Open Sale Day which will be Saturday,

July 7th from 9am - 1pm.   There should be lots

of new stock added for that sale date. 



On another note, the Gardener received the

sweetest email today from one of our customers

she would like to share....



    "We purchased some Alachua Reds, a Zepherine D., a Miss Atwood, and a Peggy Martin in April. They are all doing great, and all have lots of new growth.  The climbers are already heading for the top of the fence.  We really appreciate your care advice (especially the alfalfa pellets, which have also made my other plants go nuts), and that you were both so kind and knowledgable.  We loved looking around at the beautiful specimens on the nursery property.  My sister and mother, from Tampa, are really enjoying all of the roses that they purchased as well, and we all think that your prices are amazingly low."



Notes like this make all of the hard work seem

so worthwhile!  Thank you JH, you made my

day.....♥



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Decoration Day....
May 28, 2012

 

What does Memorial Day mean to you?



Does it mean family cookouts, maybe honoring

veterans within your family?  Do you go to a

ceremony that honors veterans or quietly

remember deep in your heart?



However you choose to spend today, there a

few facts about the day that might interest you.

  Did you know:



    That Memorial Day was once called

Decoration Day because that is when

flowers all over our great country were in

bloom in decorate the war dead?



    It wasn't until 1971 that Memorial Day

became a federal holiday.



    Flags should be flown at half-staff until noon

and then raised to the top of the staff.



    Red Poppies are recognized as the Memorial

Day flower.



    At 3pm local time, Americans should pause

for a moment of silence or listen to "Taps".

 

 

 

 

 

As many of you know Veterans rank pretty high

in the Rose Petals Nursery world.  Mr. Blue

Jeans is a retired officer and of course our oldest

son is currently a Sargent climbing the ranks

very quickly.



In honor of our family of veterans and all of the

veterans out there, Rose Petals Nursery will

now offer a 10% discount on roses for Active

Duty and Retired Military Members.  



Ordering online there will be a checkbox in the

ordering process that you will need to check in

order to receive the discount.  Instore sales

please be sure to mention your service before

the end of the sale.



Rose Petals Nursery feels this is the least we can

do to give back to our veterans who give us so

much.  We challenge our counterparts to give

back also, for we ALL know Freedom Isn't Free~



        And I'm proud to be an American,

        where at least I know I'm free!

        And I won't forget the men who died,
        who gave that right to me.
        ~Lee Greenwood



Have a fun, safe and memorable Memorial Day

from all of us here at Rose Petals Nursery!



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There is No Place Like Home....
May 24, 2012

 

 

Photo on the way to the Rose Petals Nursery tonight

 

As Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz said, "there's

no place like home" is so aprapo for me. 

Traveling almost 1,000 miles all tolled on the

one week trek to North Carolina and back to

Florida, with all of the stops in between surely

makes you want to click your heels.  



It was inspiring, fun and overwhelming to see all

of the many gardens we visited, twelve in total. 

We were left with many ideas, tired bodies and

many new friends from all over the globe.



Coming home, back to the ranch, back to the

nursery and back to my family was the best

part.  The Gardener missed them all so much!



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An Antique Rose for Mothers Day....
May 13, 2012

 

 

 


In honor of Mother's Day, we are featuring the

rose "Mothersday".  



A polyantha shrub rose of deep red.  Discovered

by F.J. Grootendorst in the Netherlands in 1949. 

Helpmefind says this rose grows from 1

foot to 28 inches, but here in North Central

Florida at Rose Petals Nursery this rose grows

much taller than that.  



Blooming throughout the season in a large

double clustered form as most polyanthas. 

Fragrance is always in the nose of the beholder,

however we detect a nice fragrance.   



The use of this rose is good for borders or patio

or even cut flowers.  Recommended as zone 6b

and warmer.



Our Mothersday stock should be available in the

fall.  Mother Nature always dictates to us, so

this date is a prediction, not fact.  We grow

outside open to the outdoors, not in

greenhouses.



A beautiful rose in honor of a very special day.



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New Stock of Antique and Old Garden Roses Potted Up!
May 11, 2012

 

Last night the Gardener potted up 40 new stock

plants from the transition area in front of the 

mist house.  This means that by the time I get

back from the rose buying trip/Garden Bloggers

Spring Fling, there will be 40 new pots of roses

to chose from at the online store or at the June

Open Sale Day.



Roses like, Moonlight, Mons. Tillier, Safrano,

Prosperity, Souv. Francois Gaulain, Crepescule,

Rosette Delizy,  and Papa Gontier.



Take a peak at them in the

Helpmefind.com/roses website.  In the

meantime here are some photos we have taken

to show you how pretty they are.  Enjoy!

 

 

Rosette Delizy

 

 

Prosperity

 

 

Papa Gontier

 

 

Mme. Lombard

 

 

Crepescule

 

Safrano

 

Souv. Francois Gaulain

 

Moonlight



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Rose Petals Nursery News...
May 06, 2012

 

Each year a special get together of Garden

Bloggers gather in far reaches of our great

country.  This year the event Garden Bloggers

Spring Fling is being held in Asheville, North

Carolina.

 

 

   

 

The Gardener and her sister are on the road

again to learn from all of these great folks tips

for better blogging and tour great gardens in

and around Asheville.   Due to this little field

trip, the nursery will be closed for appointments

from May 13th through May 29th.  



In addition, shipping will also be put on hold

after May 7th ship day.  Shipping will resume on

June 4th.  If your order is already in, the

Gardener will be shipping tomorrow, May 7th as

normal.  Any orders from now until the end of

the month will ship unless otherwise specified

June 4th.  



No worries about being excluded from our trip,

the Gardener will continue to send out blogs to

keep you in the loop.  We have several venue

garden tours, inclusive of the Biltmore Gardens

and NC Arboretum and several private garden

tours all in the cool mountain air of Asheville.

 

 

 

Our next Open Sale Day will be June 2nd with

hours from 9am-1pm.  Please notice the change

in hours and that is due to the heat!!  So please

mark the day and also the change in hours so

you don't miss a thing.

 

 



We had a great day yesterday honoring Mr. Blue

Jean's Mom.  As a wonderful friend and rosarian

said in her condolence note, "Roses will be

growing all over in her honor"!  Thank you all

and know Mr. Blue Jeans and the Gardener feel

like we have the best customers of any nursery

out there.

 

 

                                 



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An Uplifting Story of a Rosarian
May 04, 2012

 

 

 

 

An article in the Spartanburg, South Carolina

newspaper profoundly touched me tonight.  So

much so, the Gardener just had to share.

 

Harry Dallara sounds like a man this Gardener

would have loved to meet.  Enjoy....bet he is

tending to heavens rose garden right now as we

speak....

 

 

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20120502/ARTICLES/120509911/1088/sports?p=1&tc=pg&tc=ar



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Buy 3 for the Price of 1 Rose Sale
May 01, 2012

 

In honor of my Mother In Law Marzilla Waters,

Rose Petals Nursery is having a "mother" sized

Special for all of the visitors to our Open Sale

Day, Saturday, May 5th from 10am - 2pm.  



This Special includes the following roses:

 

 

  Louis Philippe

 

Alachua Red/Red Cascade

 

 

Cracker Rose Red

 

Cracker Rose Pink

 



The Special is Buy 3 of these roses for the price

of a normal one gallon size rose

of $10.00.  This size rose regularly sells for

$5.00, but for 4 hours on Saturday,

May 5th, you will be able to get 3 of a select

group of Louis Philippe, Alachua

Red, Cracker Rose Red and Cracker Rose Pink

for just $10.00!  



This size is perfect for a gift for your Mother on

Mother's Day.  Also think of friends,

neighbors, co-workers, teachers and Mothers

that don't have their children near to help

celebrate their day.  Give them one or all 3 and

watch their eyes light up!



Be sure to take advantage of this one day

Special at the nursery only.  No

shipping on this particular grouping of roses will

be allowed.



We look forward to seeing everyone there and

know that Mom Waters has a big

smile on her face for roses were her favorite

flower.



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Loss...
April 27, 2012

 

 

 

Today after a very gallant fight, we have lost Mr.

Blue Jean's Mom.  She taught so many of us to

love unconditionally.  Now don't get me wrong

she had strong opinions about things, but down

deep it just wasn't important when it came to

giving and sharing her love.

 

 

 

We will miss you Mom~



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Most Wanted
April 11, 2012

 

Eggs at the ranch are beginning to be plentiful

again.  Perfect timing most will say and Mr. Blue

Jeans and the Gardener couldn't agree more.  



With more than 100 hens and 7 roosters (but

who is counting),  we typically gather 3 dozen

eggs a day.  We know what you are thinking,

what in the world could you possibly do with all

of those eggs?!



We have a refrigerator in the barn and a slotted

peanut can on the "egg table".  Folks come from

near and far to take their chances on eggs in the

barn fridge and drop their donated $1.50 for

each dozen they take.  Everytime the Gardener

gets her hair cut she takes an ice chest full to

the salon and before the end of the

appointment, all eggs are gone.

 

 

 

Mr. Blue Jeans is the quarter tour manager,

friends will bring friends with children out to the

ranch just so they can collect their own eggs and

take them home.  The children are amazed at

how friendly the hens are and they just stand up

in their nests and let you take the eggs.



As you can see none of our eggs are the same,

each with their own coloration, shading.  We

have several varieties but to name a few

Cuckoo Maran, Aracuna and Barred Rock.  



All of our chickens are completely free range,

they tour the twenty acres around our house

each and every day.  They all go back to the hen

condos that Mr. Blue Jeans had built with netted

covering tall enough for him to stand up in. 

They all know they are safe in the condos from

owls, hawks and other predators.  



The 50 chicks we had delivered in January are

out of the nursery and roaming with all of the

big chickens.  The Gardener thinks there might

be chicks up at the feed store....shhhhh don't

tell Mr. Blue Jeans, it's a secret just between

you and me!!!!!!!

 

 

 



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Old Barn
April 09, 2012

 

 

Once upon a time over a 100 years ago, our ranch was a turpentine plantation.  Many 1,000's of acres were encompassed in the plantation, only a smidgen of those do we own.  Our ranch is the old home place with a couple of the original barns on the property.

Owned by the Marchant family, we feel honored to be the caretakers of these pieces of history.

It was quite the place back then with a railroad running through the property to pick up the turpentine, its own commissary with its own money and full staff with quarters for the staff.  Some of the real old timers remember as kids coming out here to see family.

Well as time would have it, trees grow larger and some even loose their limbs, which is exactly what happened to one of the old barns on the property.  The tree eventually lost the battle and  because of its extreme size 16 1/2 feet around, we have to find someone with a large enough blade to level it to the ground.  The poor old barn just couldn't take the two different limbs that were felled upon it, smashing through the tin roof.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Blue Jeans and the Gardener made the decision to bring down the old barn, saving as much as we could in the process.  You are seeing before and afters photos of the process.  It feels a little sad, but also we are excited about the new use of space where the old barn stood.  

The relocation of Rose Petals Nursery will be at this location in the future, and we are in the planning stages of a Gathering Area where the old barn stood.  A facility to use as family gatherings, club meetings, classes etc.  Stay tuned as our ideas become reality!



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Random Posting for the last day of March 2012
March 31, 2012

 

 

Its a rainy day here at the Lightered Wood Ranch and Rose Petals Nursery.  We are so grateful, the rain makes the pastures grow, means less haying for the livestock and the rain makes the roses grow!

As the Gardener looked at the date of the last posting of this blog, she realizes how quickly the world is turning.  The last few weeks have been a complete whirlwind.  

Sgt. Ryan arrived, calving season is in full swing, activities around the nursery have been very successful and asking for your thoughts and prayers for Mr. Blue Jeans' Mom, facing end of life issues.

Random pictures for some of the latest events here around the nursery.

 

 

Views from the front door here at the Lightered Wood Ranch.

 

The Relay for Life was a huge success with Team Rose Petals raising over $1300 in just 40 days!!!!!!  Thanks to all of you who supported the American Cancer Society and Team Rose Petals.  We are forever in your debt!

 

 

While at the Kanapaha Spring Plant Festival it was Mr. Blue Jeans and the Gardener's wedding anniversary.  So as a thank you to the wonderful man the Gardener is married to she surprised him with a wedding cake that we all shared in to celebrate our day!


Thanks to all of you who have been patiently waiting for the next posting.  The roses are blooming and we are looking forward to seeing all you at our next Open Sale Day a week from today, Saturday April 7th from 10am until 2 pm.  Bring your Easter Bunny along to make sure all of your Easter gifts are taken care of with the gift of a living antique from Rose Petals Nursery!



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Our Soldier Son Is Home for a short Vacation....
March 21, 2012

 

Sgt Ryan is home for a nice vacation away from

Ft. Lewis in the Pacific Northwest, where just

yesterday as he picked up a few things at the

Mall, it was sleeting.

 

 

 

His Momma - the Gardener is happy happy! 

Our oldest son has been away from home for 6

months and may be on his way to his second

deployment this one will be to Afghan in May. 

So this visit was imperative for many reasons.

 

 

 

It never matters to a Mom how old her children

become, she still loves them and tries to guide

them in the best way possible.  This soon to be

26 year old is a great catch for the right young

lady.  Firm into his career, makes decent

money, loaded with benefits and on top of all of

that he is so handsome and he loves his Momma

and Daddy and isn't afraid to say it.



Our son the Sargent now and forever climbing

the ranks!  We're proud, very very proud!



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Fancy Nancy and the Delectable Cupcakes
March 19, 2012


Once upon a time, the Gardener had two different Rose Society Meetings on the same day.  Many miles apart from each other, both with very important programs and both needed the Gardener's support.  What's the Gardener to do?

Recruit Mr. Blue Jeans seemed like a plan.  Each meeting would have one of us to support and bring the refreshments as previously committed to.  

Now, as many of you know, rose societies need "special" refreshments!  The Gardener has blogged about her friend, that is a baker extraordinaire, however this time she exceeded all expectations.  

 

 

 

Aren't these the most beautiful little cupcakes you have ever seen?  They each had a chocolate kiss inside, just the right size to take just a bite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two dozen for each society with the large center piece cupcake with pearl dusted roses, HANDMADE!!!!  Can you believe it?

It was all the rage, everyone was so amazed and Fancy Nancy does rein as the Cupcake Queen with the most delectable cupcakes in the world!

 

 

 

 

 

                                               THE END~



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Whats Blooming at Rose Petals Nursery
March 15, 2012

 

 
The gardener is beginning to round the corner after that devastating freeze the day before Valentine's Day.  Yes, right here in North Central Florida it hit hard and took many of our young roses.  

However, its warming up and raining!  The roses are springing forth in new leaves and blossoms.  I sorta want to go up on the front steps of my pole barn and speak the words of Scarlett O'Hara, "As God is my witness, as God is my witness they're not going to lick me. I'm going to live through this..."

 

                                                     Papa Hemerey

 

                                        Mme. Laurette Messimy

 

 

                                                                                                                                   

                                                         Emmie Grey

 


                                                 Archduke Charles

 

                                                          Clair Matin

 

                                                    Climbing Pinkie

 

                                                             Mutablis

 

                                                  Rosarie d La Hay

 

Enjoy the blooms of early March in zone 8b, I'm linking up to May Garden Dreams, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.  Happy Gardening!



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A Gift from Mr. Blue Jeans
March 10, 2012

 

 

 

Garage Sales have a certain pull for many folks. Mr. Blue Jeans is one whom has a certain "nose" for good sales vs. a junk sale.  His uncle use to tease him about passing a garage sale sign, he would say, "Does that SMELL good to ya?".  

Yesterday was no different, he "smelled" this good one out.  While the gardener was in town Mr. Blue Jeans called and told her about a bottle tree he had spotted.  The gardener said please send a picture (don't you love modern technology).  Well needless to say it was a must have and texted back, see if you can get them to drop the price, you know negotiate!

Upon returning from town, the gardener stopped by the nursery to water a few of the pots that don't get the timed sprinklers and what do you know there was a bottle tree sans the bottles waiting for me! This gardener was ecstatic, always did want a bottle tree.  Most of the ones have not been her cup of tea.

Later on that evening, we were talking about what else Mr. Blue Jeans found at the garage sale.  He asked the gardener did you find the bottles?  Do you know he brought home all of those beautiful blue bottles too?!!!!  

The overjoyed gardener now has a beautiful blue bottle tree from her beloved Mr. Blue Jeans.  I ask you what more could a girl ask for?



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New Calves This Week
March 04, 2012

 

 

Even as the roses are waking up, so the Momma

Cows are 'springing' forth with new births.


                                          Mary Beth and Mack

                                                  (the knife)

 

Mary Beth gave birth to bull calf Mack and Dora

gave birth to bull calf Don Juan.  If you have

been a reader of this blog in the past, you know

that we name our calves with the first letter of

their Momma's name.  Hence Mary Beth - Mack

and Dora - Don Juan.  The gardener says Mack

the Knife...but Mr. Blue Jeans says just

Mack....hmmm.  In a small way this helps to

track the lineage 'real quick like'!

 

 

                                                         Dora                                                                                                           

 

 

                                                          Don Juan


We are just in the beginning of calving season

2012.  Stay tuned....there will be lots more....

Reporting from the field.....

Sign Me.....

The Rancher's Wife aka The Gardener!



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Team Rose Petals Needs your Support for the Relay for Life
March 01, 2012

 

 

 

RELAY FOR LIFE

JONESVILLE, FLORIDA

MARCH 16, 2012

 

As many of you may or may not know, I am a Cancer Survivor.  In 2005 at the age of 49, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colo-Rectal Cancer.  A great team of North Florida Regional Doctors and 7 yrs later, I'm leading a healthy and productive life.  However, my father, and numerous family members some younger than I am, passed in their first year of diagnosis. 

 

On a personal level I have attended many Relay for Life events.  In fact I took my first Survivor's Lap at the Newberry Relay for Life just 5 years ago.  I have the banner!  Emotional to say the least!

 

Many of our family and friends have set wonderful examples over the years helping this great organization to beat this horrible disease.  Now Rose Petals Nursery wants to help. 

 

We are looking to all of our family, friends, customers, rosarians and gardeners to come together to support Rose Petals Nursery in this fight!  Please help us to make our mark on this event with a donation that shows your dedication to help to support this cause in the names of all whom we have lost and all of us survivors that without this fight might not be here. 

 

Rose Petals Nursery has made it very easy to donate.  On our front page of our website is a "Click and Donate" button.  You may also send your check made out to the American Cancer Society to our address at PO Box 173, Archer, Fl.  32618.   Remember your donation is  tax deductable.  We appreciate all of your support!

Sincerely,

Art and Cydney Wade



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Education and Propagation Workshop at High Springs Community School
February 29, 2012

 

 

Monday, February 27th, Rose Petals Nursery conducted an Education and Propagation Workshop with two of Ms. Ashley Young's  Ag Classes of eleven to thirteen year old students.  All 39 students viewed a short PowerPoint presentation produced by our son Todd Young full of educational facts about Old Garden and Antique Roses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the presentation each student received hands on instruction from Rose Petals Nursery and planted 3 Louis Philippe roses for propagation in High Springs Community School's greenhouse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Workshop was a great success in educating a new generation about these great living antiques.

 

 



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Rose Oiled Rosewood Rosary
February 26, 2012

 

Say that real quick 3 times...just teasing...Each

time the gardener takes out her rosary, she is

reminded of my Mom who thought enough while

in Italy in 2005 to go out of her way to get it

blessed by the then Pope, his holiness Pope John

Paul.  There is even a little prayer that he used

to bless the rosary with that Mom stuck in the

little box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost seven years later the gardener's rosary

still smells like rose oil.  What a wonderful gift

to give a daughter that loves her roses and

always has!  Thank you Mom~



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Gardening Responsibly
February 23, 2012

 


Many folks have Carolina Jasmine and think its so beautiful this time of year.  But did you know that this vine is toxic to livestock?

 

 

 

How often have you seen a horse browse over its head in trees?  This is an accident waiting to happen.  Of course cows are equally prone to the same exercise.

Each year the gardener tries to pull the Jasmine during its bloom cycle out of the trees where nature has helped to plant it.  Its so much easier to spot when blooming.  Thank goodness this limb fell in a recent rain storm to give aid to this project.

 

 

 

Please if you choose to grow this invasive species of jasmine, garden responsibly.  Our agriculture depends on us to keep our livestock free of toxic and noxious weeds and plants.

 

Postscript:  There were 8 robins in the picture on the former post, good for you if you found them all!



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The Robins are here
February 21, 2012

 

Childhood memories of spring always included my mother telling the gardener and her three sisters that when the robins come we know that spring is right around the corner.

 

 

So the robins are here in North Central Florida.  They are crazy loud with all of the chatter and their erratic flight all over seems as if they are on a sugar high. 

 

 

Mr. Blue Jeans snapped some photos of these hyper birds.  Beautiful as they are the cars, trucks and driveway are a testament to their arrival, y’all know what the gardener means!

 

 

Take a close look at this photo; you’ll see more robins than you think at first glance.  How many robins can you count?  The answer will be in the next post. 



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Antique and Old Garden Presidential Roses
February 20, 2012

 

As we spend our day of leisure (ha-ha) celebrating President's Day, the gardener thought of the roses that we have or will have available to purchase at Rose Petals Nursery.

 

 

 

President Herbert Hoover is a gorgeous Hybrid Tea introduced in 1928.  With its pink, yellow and orange tones it is one that the gardener is looking very forward to seeing mature.  Herbert Clark Hoover was our 31st president, born on August 10, 1874 in Iowa and died on October 20, 1964 in New York City.  This rose was introduced on the day Hoover was elected President.

 

 

 

Souvenir du President Lincoln, a beautiful deep red Bourbon bred in 1865 has a strong fragrance and blooms throughout the season.  This is another Mother Plant the gardener can't wait to see mature.  The breeder Moreau-Robert named this rose in honor of President Lincoln in the year of his death.  Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809.

 

 

 

Jefferson Rose often called Softee really has nothing to do with our President Jefferson.  It was found on the side of the road in Jefferson, Texas.  However, the gardener thought just because of the name of this rose, we should include it in the post.  With white to yellow blossoms on a smallish shrub, fragrant and blooms throughout the season.

 

There are a couple of "First Lady Roses" in the Rose Petals Nursery stock available now.  Abigail Adams and Mary Washington.

 

 

 

 

 

Abigail Adams, is a more modern multiflora, bred in 1995, this rose is a hardly ever without beautiful clusters of blooms.  Pink aging to white, fragrant and reblooms throughout the season.  She is very hardy here in zone 8b.  Abigail Adams was the wife of President John Adams and the mother of John Quincy Adams, who became the sixth president of the United States.

 

 

Mary Washington is also a cluster bloomer.  White noisette, fragrant and reblooms throughout the season was introduced before 1890.  Although Mary Washington was not a first lady she was the mother of our first president George Washington.  The home President Washington bought for his mother in Fredricksburg, Va is now called the Mary Washington House.

 

Rose Petals Nursery wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday~



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A Special Day for a Special Man
February 18, 2012

 

Today is Mr. Blue Jeans Happy Day!  Please pardon this brief interruption on a normally "rose oriented" and "animal oriented" blog to hail the wonderful man I'm married to.

 

 

 

Being a complicated sort, he loves his family, he loves his animals and ranch.  The kind of devotion that many don't quite understand.  But the gardener does and he makes the world a better place just having him in it.

 

 

                          Happy Birthday Mr. Blue Jeans!

 

 

                                                             I ♥ you!



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Peggy Martin Rose
February 17, 2012

 

Our Rose of the Week is the Peggy Martin Rose. 

Many of you know this rose as the Katrina Rose,

the rose that survived Katrina.  After being

under 20' of salt water for 2 weeks, it not only

survived but bloomed!  Imagine that!!!

 

 

 

 


Peggy Martin Rose is named after the woman

that grew this rose.  She received the cutting

from a friend and starting to grow this mostly

thornless rambling rose.  Currently we do not

know the "proper" name for this rose.  But as

some have reported Peggy is determined to find

out.



As stated above Peggy Martin is a rambling

rose, meaning less formal that a climber.  She is

vigorous and blooms in clusters of pink roses at

the ends of each of her tendrils.  She is

completely disease free and has also been

reported to grow all over the country, even in

the colder climates.  



The gardener thinks that Peggy Martin would be

a good choice for an arbor or as pictured to

cover a tree stump or maybe to let it go up a

tree.  Such a carefree rose is so welcomed and

such a respite from our busy lives to just let this

rose make our world more beautiful!



Rose Petals Nursery has Peggy Martin Roses in

stock.  Please use our easy Online Shopping

Cart or call 352-215-6399 for a visit to pick one

up!



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Pink is the Color of the Week at Rose Petals Nursery
February 13, 2012

 

Last week as the gardener was tending to her rose garden, she noticed all of the pink around the nursery.  Thinking this was just to nice to keep all to herself, she has decided to share them with all of you!

 

 

                                              Tulip Magnolia Tree

 

                                                              Camillia

 

                                                              Camillia

 

                                               'Dolly Dudley' Rose

 

                                                Phlox Groundcover

 

                                                            Hycinath

 

                                                 'Formosa' Azalea

 

                                            Closeup of Tulip Tree

 

                                                       Lorapetalium

 

                                                        Redbud Tree

 

                                                      'Belfield' Rose

 

                                                  

                                                    'Hermosa' Rose

 

                                                   Peach Blossoms

 

Joining Carol at Maydreamsgardens.com and her Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.  Happy GBBD!!!!!



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The Chicks are Here
February 09, 2012

 

 

 

Our new chicks have arrived to begin the 2012 season of eggs laying.  We have been keeping chickens for over a decade now and throughly enjoy them.  They free range all over the ranch and keep the bugs down and lay us nice eggs in their chicken condos.  Yes the gardener said plural.  We keep around 100 all year through, this shipment is 50 to pump up what the older hens are not doing.

 

 

We have lots of friends and family that enjoy our eggs, so having 3-4 doz a day isn't a problem.  

These are half of  the heavy brown assortment and half aracuna.  The gal that feeds at our barns for us always puts the eggs in the egg crates alternating colors of eggs.  The aracuna is the blue/green egg layer, so its 1 brown and 1 blue/green and so on.  Makes for that wow factor when you open up the egg crate!

 

 

Mr. Blue Jeans and I are looking forward to these hens running around with all of the other hens in a few weeks.  We keep them in the nursery for a while.  We will allow them out on their patio in the sunlight in a few weeks just for the day, but then they go back in their nursery at night.  They lay out flat on their sides basking in the sun and taking dirt baths.

 

 

Staying in the nursery until they a good size is a must for Mr. Hawk and Mr. Owl would enjoy a tender morsel such as these~



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New Varieties of Heirloom Roses
February 07, 2012


Rose Petals Nursery is and has carried many varieties of roses.  Many that span the gamut of Old Garden Roses to the more Modern Roses.  From Buck Roses to Earthkind Roses.  In an effort to find a better fit for our future, we have a desire to concentrate on the "older roses", the varieties that we feel many of our customers would like or are asking for.  The lack of care that many of these heirlooms require is remarkable.  They fit so well into our fast paced lifestyle.  

Oh there will still be some more recent introductions, those that the gardener just can't live without.  For example Carefree Beauty and Belinda's Dream.  If we find a need to change this school of thought, we are open to that idea.

In the meantime we are adding new varieties of the heirloom roses, just last week we added 22 new varieties.  Many may not be available for some time because our "mother plants" are small.  We do not offer any rose that we do not have a "mother plant" for.  Sometimes we can only cut off very little in order not to compromise the "mother plant".  Please check the website often for availablility!

As you surf through the listings of roses we offer and you see a rose that is more modern, that may be the last time we have these particular roses.  We feel that this is a good time to give everyone a "heads up".  That way your rose choice can be yours!



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Roses Are Waking Up!!!!!!
February 02, 2012

 


 

 

Today at the nursery was a picture perfect day, 81 degrees, a slight breeze, not a cloud in the sky!  

A secret between you and the gardener the roses are waking up!  New lime green and red foliage all over the display gardens.  Even 4 blooms!  As the gardener was pruning, feeding and watering, the gardens spoke and released a big sigh of relief.  

While pruning the gardener took off several buds that would have bloomed.  This process encourages stronger growth down the line.  Of course these are repeat bloomers and not one time bloomers, the blooms will be back and even better!

 

 

 



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Relay for Life
February 01, 2012

 

RELAY FOR LIFE

JONESVILLE, FLORIDA

MARCH 16, 2012

 

 

 

As many of you may or may not know, I am a Cancer Survivor.  In 2005 at the age of 49, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colo-Rectal Cancer.  A great team of North Florida Regional Doctors and 7 yrs later, I'm leading a healthy and productive life.  However, my father, and numerous family members some younger than I am, passed in their first year of diagnosis. 

 

On a personal level I have attended many Relay for Life events.  In fact I took my first Survivor's Lap at the Newberry Relay for Life just 5 years ago.  I have the banner!  Emotional to say the least!

 

Many of our family and friends have set wonderful examples over the years helping this great organization to beat this horrible disease.  Now Rose Petals Nursery wants to help. 

 

We are looking to all of our family, friends, customers, rosarians and gardeners to come together to support Rose Petals Nursery in this fight!  Please help us to make our mark on this event with a donation that shows your dedication to help to support this cause in the names of all whom we have lost and all of us survivors that without this fight might not be here. 

 

Rose Petals Nursery Team Page - http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=team&fr_id=37562&team_id=1086146

 

Thank you for your support of Rose Petals Nursery and the Relay for Life!



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Sandhill Cranes
January 29, 2012

 

In the gardener's hometown of Gainesville, Florida is also the home of the University of Florida.  At the Beef Teaching Unit of UF, in the middle of town, there is a huge flock of Sandhill Cranes overwintering in the pastures with the cows.  Mr. Blue Jeans photographed these unique creatures to share with all of you.

 

 

 

According to the website Savingcranes.org, the cranes are 3-5 ft high, weight 6.5-14 lbs and have a wingspan of 5-6 feet.  Knowing all of these facts just enhances watching the flock this morning ascending and descending in flight.  With so little effort these huge birds are very graceful, almost like a ballerina.  No noise other than their very unique call.  Many times while out at the ranch or the nursery, you can hear their calls only to look upward and see them in air.

 

 

UF in the background just above the treeline.

 

 

 

 

Pecking Order we guessed!

 

 

To avoid any more meaness, this one just moved away...

 

 

The cows or the cranes were not bothered by each others existence in a very close proximity.  The cranes were bothered by people and would walk away from the fenceline as joggers or we approached.  

 

We hope you enjoy these photos, Mother Nature is fascinating!



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Linda and the Jasmine Circle of Gainesville Garden Club
January 27, 2012

 

One of the many clubs that the gardener is a member of had their gathering last night.  The guest speaker was Linda Rengarts.  Her program was the Dudley Farm State Park Roses.

 

 

As most of the readers of this blog are aware, Dudley Farm State Park in Newberry, Florida is near and dear to both Mr. Blue Jeans and the gardener.  For those of you who are not familiar with this Florida treasure here is the link  http://friendsofdudleyfarm.org/learn/history.html


 

 

Linda has been taking care of the Dudley Roses since 2005.  This takes great care and love for many of these roses are original to Dudley Farm and carry many of their family names.  In her program she tells of personal history of each rose, photos of each of the namesakes and little tidbits of Dudley family history.  The ladies loved the program and now are so excited about visiting to see these roses up close!  Many thanks Linda, whom we call a good friend.

 

 

On another note we had the most beautiful little cupcakes called 'Poppers' by the creator Nancy.  The gardener thinks they are too pretty to eat, but Mr. Blue Jeans thought otherwise~

 



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Tulip Trees at the LW Ranch
January 24, 2012

 

Love love the Tulip Trees at the ranch!  Sure sign of Spring on its way when we see the Tulip Trees blooming and the robins flying through the trees.  Almost fills the empty spot that Old Man Winter made when he froze all of our rose blossoms!!!!!



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Frequently Asked Questions of Rose Petals Nursery
January 22, 2012

We have a number of questions that are asked most often of Mr. Blue Jeans and the Gardener.  We thought we would take pause while the roses are resting (another blog post upcoming) to answer some of those FAQ for readers of this blog.

 

1.  What does the year mean by the roses name?

 

Roses have a discovered or introduction date associated with them.  That means that the rose is a piece of the rose originating from that date.  I always stand in wonder of that statement.  Think some roses are 100's of years old and we still have them here to grow in our own gardens!

 

2.  Some roses have "Found" instead of a year associated with them, what does that mean?

 

There are really two answers to that question.  In some instances the records have been lost.  For example many of the Bermuda Roses, Anne Olivier, Kathleen, Ms. Atwood, etc.  Other times its meaning means just that - FOUND - You may have discovered a rose somewhere and not know what rose it is, for example your Great Grandmother's home or a cemetary.  You name it and that becomes a found rose!

 

3.  What is the difference between Old Garden Roses and Antique Roses?

 

The designation of Old Garden Rose are for all of the roses dating before 1867.  Antiques have varing definations by whom you may talk to.  Some say 25 years old as in a car is antique after 25 yrs.  Others say if the rose is older than me, its antique.  There is an exception to this rule and that is for another post to come.

 

4.  What does the symbol "HMF" in green mean by each of the rose descriptions on your website?

 

That is a link to the  Help Me Find website that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about that particular rose.  It has growing habits, pictures, member comments and ratings.  A wonderful resource for information about that rose.

 

5.  Is there a map on your website to show me how to get to the nursery?

 

Yes there absolutely is!  Under the Contact tab on the website.

 

5.  What are your hours at the nursery?

 

We are open the First Saturday of each Month from 10-2PM.  Having said that, we are available for visits most anytime.  We ask that you call ahead 352-215-6399, so that we can meet you there and open the gates.  We do not live at the nursery however, it is only 6 miles from our home.

 

7.  How do I get in contact with you?

 

The Contact page on our website gives you email, address for mailing or simply give us a call at the same phone number as above, 352-215-6399.

 

We hope this has answered a few of your questions.  Mr. Blue Jeans and the Gardener welcome you to the nursery and its beautiful display gardens.  And just one more thing, don't forget to stop and smell the roses!



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Citrus at Rose Petals Nursery
January 20, 2012

 


Rose Petals Nursery has the great fortune of having three large established citrus trees among its 5 acres, Tangerine, Pink Grapefruit and an unknown wonderful juice orange.  As many of you know, you can only use so much citrus in one household.  We have shared with family and friends, but we still have more left to share.  With that in mind the gardener started to think how can we best use some of this citrus in ways we haven't.

Consider making your own Orange Oil.  Here are the instructions:

1)  Combine fresh orange peels with water in a crock pot. Use 2 ounces of peels                 for each gallon of water.

2)  Cover the crock pot and turn on low heat. Allow to simmer all day.


3)  Strain the orange peels from liquid. Retain liquid and discard peels.


4)  Store in a clean glass jar with a lid.



This suggestion along with some of our own come from research by several leading universities.

Cleaning Uses

Pure, undiluted orange oil is a powerful solvent and is strong enough to melt plastic. The main ingredient in orange oil and other citrus oils is d-limonene. Read our article here to learn more about citrus oils and cleaners.

Because of its strength, orange oil can be used as a cleaning agent to clean grease and grime on just about any surface including:

- stoves and ovens
- grills
- floors and walls
- tires
- you can even use it to remove crayon marks

Of course, one of the benefits of cleaning with orange oil is its pleasing aroma. You can even use it as an air freshener.


Use Orange Oil to Kill Insects

Cleaning is not the only thing you can to with orange oil. You can use it as a non-toxic way to rid yourself of ants and other pesky insects! As it turns out, the main ingredient in orange oil can deliver a devastating blow to the ant community. As a matter of fact, there's even a niche industry that makes orange oil based products that are extremely effective at ending any ant problems you may have.

Orange Oil works to kill - and even keep away - flies. Just spray orange oil on them and they go down like a deflated balloon. The wonderful thing is that there's no toxic odors left behind.

Health Benefits of Orange Oil

Just when you probably thought that it couldn't do more - orange oil pleasantly delivers. Orange oil just doesn't clean and helps get rid of ants - it can actually improve your well-being. There are other compounds in orange oil that have medicinal uses such as:

Anti Inflammatory - It can deliver quick relief from minor inflammations.

Mood Elevator - Feeling down? Well, smell an orange! The oil in oranges is used quite effectively in aromatherapy. So before you try some expensive drugs, spend a dollar or two on some oranges.

Appetite Lifter - Need to eat, but you're not feeling hungry? Bring out the oranges again for some more aromatherapy! The smell of oranges has been know to help boost your appetite.

Aphrodisiac - Claims have been made as to the effectiveness of orange oil in the bedroom. It's said to help with problems such as loss of interest and impotence. Hey, it doesn't hurt to try.

Anti-gas (Carminative) - Oddly enough, orange oil can help you relieve gas by relaxing the abdominal muscles and rectal area.

Diurectic - Orange oil acts as a diurectic and helps you eliminate toxins via your urine.
Don't Throw Your Orange Peels Away Just Yet!

We spoken about quite a few uses for orange oil - but don't throw away those orange peels just yet! Why? Because you can use the orange peels as an ingredient in your cooking.

Orange peels can be used as a dried seasoning. The thin top layer of an orange is called the "zest". You can remove the zest from an orange by using a zester or scraper to grate it off. After storing the zest in a bottle and allowing it to dry, you can then use it to enhance the flavor in sauces, meats and even desserts.

But wait, theres more. If you ever happen to be in need of building a fire, orange peels make for great kindling. The oil in the peels allow the fire to start quickly and also to burn slowly and steadly. You might even enjoy the added benefit of have a pleasing orange aroma in the background.

 

Mr. Blue Jeans and the gardener will enjoy many of the above uses for our "no chemical support" citrus.  We hope this has helped many of you to enjoy your citrus in new ways.



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Goodwood Museum
January 18, 2012

 

On Sunday after our Deep South District Mid Winter Rose Society meetings we headed up to Goodwood Museum in Tallahassee, Florida.  It was a cold winter morning, the truck thermomenter read 26 degrees in North Central Florida!

 

                                                                   

Once we arrived and moved around this early 1800's southern plantation, the day heated up to a beautiful shirt sleeve kind of day.  Restoration is an ongoing project both of the buildings and the gardens.  Many of the old garden and antique roses in the Rose Garden, a former tennis court, have perished.  Rose Petals Nursery will help to replenish these roses to ensure the Rose Garden to its former glory.

 

                                Cupola on the main residence

 

 

The Water Tower built in the 1800's helped to provide surface and ground water to the plantation.  In addition, the family also captured rain water in cisterns and the water that flowed down the hillsides around Goodwood. 

 

 

The Coach House and stables rebuilt after fire, now are used for all kinds of gatherings

 

 

The weathervane on top of the Coach House and stables

 

If you are in the neighborhood of Tallahassee, Florida, please make a point of stopping at this wonderful historical site.  You will find yourself at the highest point in Tallahassee our Florida state capital.  Explore now online http://www.goodwoodmuseum.org/index.php

 

 

 

Great use for an old syrup kettle



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Getting Ready for the DSD Mid Winter Meeting
January 11, 2012

 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday begins our Deep South District Mid Winter Meeting of rosarians from several southern states.  We have referenced the DSD meeting in this blog here http://rosepetalsnursery.com/antique-rose-blog.php?r=ARS-Deep-South-District-30th-Annual-Mid-Winter-Meeting


My sister in law Lorrie has become quite the rosarian.  She has planned to join the gardener at this 3 day event.  We are both excited and looking forward to catching up with old friends and meeting so many more.  This gardener believes growing roses makes people kinder.  

 

 

Mr. Blue Jeans thought Lorrie and the gardener needed shirts with the nursery's name emblazened on them for Saturday at the DSD meeting.  He did a nice job don't you think?  We will be sports with our Columbia Fishing Shirts!

 

Thank you Mr. Blue Jeans♥



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Thank you Florida Gardening Magazine
January 08, 2012


Thank you to the Florida Gardening Magazine http://www.floridagardening.com/ for including us in your Dec/Jan 2012 issue.  On page 39, Rose Petals Nursery is included under the Florida-Friendly Internet Resources with our web address and information about the nursery selling "living antiques". 


We also appreciate the section under the Dudley Farm State Park article, page 18 as having Dudley roses available.  We do have them for sale and will continue to propagate the Dudley Roses. 


Please check out the Florida Gardening Magazine out on your newstands currently.



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Saturday, January 7 Open Sale Day
January 05, 2012

 

Well folks, the gardener HAD a beautiful display garden to show you.  The roses and camillias WERE an amazing sight to see.  We have had record low temperatures both at the ranch and the nursery.  What does this all mean?  NO more COLORFUL blossoms on anything, just BROWN ones.  

 

 

Good news, stock is good, the old roses are troopers.  We'll be open on Saturday 10-2pm.  Come on out and let's all dream of beautiful flowers back on all of our roses!



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First Sunset of the New Year 2012
January 01, 2012

 

As the gardener was leaving Rose Petals Nursery on this first day of Two Thousand Twelve, the horizon was all ablaze.  So spectacular that Dixie (our yellow lab) and the gardener pulled onto the shoulder of the road and took photos to share with all of you!

 

 

Both Mr. Blue Jeans and the gardener wish everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous 2012.



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ARS Deep South District 30th Annual Mid Winter Meeting
December 28, 2011

 

 

 

The Bradenton-Sarasota Rose Society cordially invites you to the 30th annual Deep South District’s Mid-Winter meeting to be held January 13-15, 2012 at the Best Western•Gateway Grand in Gainesville, Florida. This new location (one minute NW off Exit 390 of I-75) has a large banquet room that will give us some extra elbow room for our programs. It also provides a scrumptious continental breakfast including Belgian waffles. There is free Wi-Fi, a computer room and a large, outdoor pool area right off the main lobby. The outdoor area has comfortable chaise lounges, a hot tub, and a fitness room downstairs for guests. If you need a Publix, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Subway, Walgreens, golf course or restaurant, this exit has them all.

 This year there will be two large rooms for the vendors to occupy. One room will house the nurserymen selling rose bushes (place your orders early), Jim and Daisy Mills of K and M Roses, Geoff and Debbie Coolidge of Cool Roses, Tim Myers and Jinger Gordon of Jinger’s Jungle. The other room is for Wendy Tilley of The Rose Gardner, Jim Young of Purely Organic, Clayton Beaty of Mills Magic and several vendors that have been invited but not yet responded. This vendor area will be set up with every rose related item you could possibly need, and most of the vendors accept credit cards for your convenience. For those ladies who love rose jewelry, you will be delighted with vendor Valerie Frayer (she is tentatively committed). Her rose jewelry is beautiful and she is also known for encasing ARS Bronze medals in beautiful copper bezels.

We have a wonderful hospitality suite for you to visit during the weekend. It is a beautiful room with a very large balcony (extra seating) that overlooks the pool area. Stop by and chat a while or lounge in the sunshine while sipping a delicious beverage and check out the rose bushes near the pool. There will be plenty of goodies and beverages for all. Because of the hotel’s restrictions on food brought into the main dining area, there will not be a formal dessert party on Friday night of this year. However, they have informed us that anyone can bring in goodies for the hospitality suite on Friday and Saturday! We do hope that some of those incredible carrot and chocolate cakes, brownies and cookies that were brought to the dessert party last year can make it to this year’s hospitality suite…..how sweet it will be!!

We would like to extend a special invitation to all rosarians who have never been to a Mid-Winter meeting. It is a wonderful way to make new rose friends while attending some very informative programs. We are offering an exhibiting workshop, on Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM called “Winning with Roses,” taught by Ralph Stream and others, featuring Satish Prabhu and Bob/Sandy Lundberg among the speakers. It will be a workshop designed to help you improve your edge on growing and competing with roses. This class will fill up quickly so register early.

Friday evening we will enjoy a delicious welcome buffet followed by a short presentation by Nancy Fischer of Visit Gainesville informing you of what major attractions you can enjoy over the weekend. After that, there will be pertinent information for us from our DSD director, Karen Prevatt. In closing the evening we will have a delightful program given by Steve Jones, past-president of the  American Rose Society (then visit the hospitality suite if you can). By the way, the Best Western Hotel will extend your reservation at the same room rate ($79 for a double, $99 for King) on Thursday (12th) and Monday (16th) so you can visit this charming city.           

Saturday, we have great programs lined up for you. Satish Prabhu of South Carolina, an accomplished national exhibitor (along with his lovely wife, Viyaya), will be speaking on “A New Look at Our Old Hobby.” Next, Stephen Hoy, acclaimed newsletter editor will give his program called “A Spotlight on the Roses Bred by Amateur Hybridizers". Lynn Griffith of A and L Laboratories from Deerfield, Fl, follows with his very informative program called “Common Rose Growing Misconceptions.” Alabaman, David Clemmons, hybridizer of great mini, miniflora roses named after racehorses, will speak on “Joy in the Thoroughbred Rose Garden”. Capping off the speakers’ programs will be Sandy Lundberg, accomplished national exhibitor of the Bob and Sandy duo, talking about her favorite new cultivars. This program is called “Sandy’s Pics”.

Saturday night we will have a wonderful dinner buffet (see registration for details), and then the bronze medal winners and the Anita Smith DSD award will be presented. We are happy to announce that our keynote speaker for the evening will again be Steve Jones, ARS past president, talking about his ten country tour last summer of rose gardens of the world. His PowerPoint presentation promises to be an extraordinarily, beautiful one.

The Sunday morning Consulting Rosarian School will wrap up the weekend events.  If you plan to take the test to become a CR or audit to renew your certification, you will need to promptly contact Ralph Stream (streamj@gmail.com). If you have any questions about the Mid-Winter Meeting, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail. Contact Connie Vierbicky at 941-922-6006, gatorrosequeen@verizon.net or Vinny Celeste at 941-358-6991, vincentceleste@verizon.net

Please refer to the registration form for the hotel information and make your reservations early, as the DSD low rate rooms will only be guaranteed until mid-December. After that these rooms it will be based on availability at the hotel. We believe this is the best hotel rate the DSD has had in several years. A dinner count of all rosarians will be required of the BSRS five days before the conference. This is so the hotel can prepare for the appropriate number of meals to serve. If you wait and do not register until after the 8thth of January, you may not get to eat with the group, so please register early.

We hope you can make it to this “Champions of Roses” Mid-Winter Meeting this coming January, 2012. We know you will find it to be a fun filled, informative, and action packed, rosy good time.

 

For all of those who would like to attend, this is the Registration Form link - http://www.deepsouthdistrict.org/mwm2012/DSD%20Mid-Winter%202012%20Registration.pdf

 

Please be sure and say hello, we all wear nametags so you can find us!  A great event for all Rose Lovers! 

 



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We had a Special Delivery Today
December 23, 2011

 

 

 

Today Ms. Bea gave us a beautiful Brahma Bull Calf, who we have named Butch.  A little background information is probably necessary to explain our choice in names for our livestock.  In order to keep the bovines organized, we name our calves with the first letter of their Mom's name.  Hence Ms. Bea's calf is now Butch.  If you remember last week, when we announced Ms. Lily's heifer calf, we named her Lacey.  Pretty smart, right?

 

 

 

Zeus who is the Brahma Bull always gets his way in the coloring it seems.  I so wish for a little heifer the color of Ms. Bea.  I thought she looked like the color of honey, so when she was just a babe herself, I named her Ms. Bea.  Really she is a Red Brahma and Zeus is a White Brahma.

 

 

Butch is a good looking healthy bull.  He will be someone's stud someday down the line.  Both Ms. Bea and Zeus have a good deposition, but when these Momma Cows just have babies, they are really feeling the "good deposition".  I think you can see that in Ms. Bea's facial expression while Mr. Blue Jeans is snapping pics.  And if you think about it can you blame her?

 

 

 

 

We thought you might like to see how Ms. Lily's heifer calf Lacey is doing so Mr. Blue Jeans took the opportunity.  Ms. Lily still isn't too keen on people up close to Lacey and that is why she is giving Mr. Blue Jeans the "evil eye"!  Get a load of those ears on Lacey, do you think she'll be made fun of in school?

 

 

Wishing everyone a very Happy Holiday from all of us at the Lightered Wood Ranch and Rose Petals Nursery~



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Holiday Wishes
December 20, 2011

 

December 2011

 

We Wish You and Yours the Happiest of Holidays,

Rose Petals Nursery wants to thank all 
of you for a very successful 2011!  
Without your support and patience we 
would not have had nearly as much fun.  
This new adventure with roses has taken 
us to places we could have only 
imagined.  The new folks we can now 
call friends are too numerous to 
mention here.  Know that we have the 
greatest respect for all of our 
compadres in the rose nursery business. 
Many have given us ideas, inspiration, 
encouragement or advice, and of that we are so grateful.  Also 
our fellow members of associated clubs, have been a great source 
of encouragement.  But mostly we thank all of our customers, we 
would not be where we are without all of you!  

The future of Rose Petals Nursery in 2012 holds so many 
possiblilites.  One big area you can look forward to are many 
new varieties of roses that the nursery has never offered before.  
We are always on the lookout for roses that are requested but we 
do not have, or for unique varieties that we think our customers 
may have an interest in.  

Our growing blog, which can be accessed from our website will give 
updates about happenings around the nursery and ranch.  Lots of 
fun and sometimes useful information!  We will regularly update 
our Facebook Page with quotations to give you motivation and 
inspiration.  Check us out!

Our next big outing will be at the Kanapaha Spring Festival in 
Gainesville, Florida, March 24th - 25th.  It will be in conjunction 
with the Gainesville Rose Society.  Please come by and say hello, 
we are always happy to meet new friends and visit with old friends.

This is the link http://www.kanapaha.org/spring.htm

Please remember and support our soldiers and their families without 
their soldiers throughout this season.  Its always a tough time, 
but we thank each of them for their service to this great country!

In closing, we wish a healthy and prosperous New Year to each and 
everyone!  Come out and visit us at Rose Petals Nursery the first 
Saturday of each month or you may call us for a personal visit any 
other time. 

The Wade's
Rose Petals Nursery 

.
 

Rose Petals Nursery
16918 SW 15th Ave
Newberry, Florida 32669
US

License# 48009500

Phone number 352-495-8412

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Camellia Collection at Rose Petals Nursery
December 19, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day
December 15, 2011

 

 

At Rose Petals Nursery in Zone 8b (Fl), many of our roses are still in full bloom.  The gardener mentions that as a statement in fact, not in a bragging sort of way.  Sharing is every gardeners passion, so this gardener would like to share with you some of what is blooming today.  All roses are grown on their own root, in a no chemical spray garden.

 

 

 

                                                      'Miss Atwood'

 

                                                    'Mme. Lombard'

 

                                                         'Clair Matin'

 

                                                   'Perle d' Jardins'

 

                                              'Mme Antoine Rebe'

 

                                                         'Reve d' Or'

 

                                                                'Lafter'

 

                                                          'Old Blush'

 

                                                     'Louis Philippe'

 

We are linked up to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day hosted by http://www.maydreamsgardens.com



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Announcing Lilys Heifer calf Lacy
December 14, 2011

 

 

 

Today was a beautiful day, warm almost 80 degrees and sunshine.  We have had some really wet, cold weather lately.  After all we live in Florida for a reason, right?  We like warm sunshiny days. 


It was perfect for working at the nursery, propagating new roses to share with all of you, planting a few in larger pots, also pulling a few weeds and then I got the call.  We have a new baby on the ground.  Off to another pasture where our Brahma herd resides. 

 


A beautiful little heifer, not even completely dry, was still trying to get her “sea” legs.  Her Mom, Miss Lily, has given us many babies over the years and has always been the best at mothering.  Never neglectful or inattentive, she always has her eye on her baby.  

 


Zeus our bottle fed bull is a registered Brahma, and is the Daddy.  Take a look at him as compared to my GMC Envoy SUV.  He is a big, big bull.    Always easy going, never charged anyone.  He has been off of the property to service other herds, but always comes back sweet. 

 


 

 

Lacy will be a great addition to the Lightered Wood Ranch.  Just love it when we have new babies!



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You have to love a good story about Antique and Old Garden Roses
December 11, 2011

Once upon a time there was a fantastic rose garden in Ocala, full of lovely antique and old garden roses.  The gardener full with knowledge labored to make her soil and food for the roses just right.  The gardener succeeded, so much so that many of her roses grew well passed their intended spots in this beautiful rose garden. 

As the gardener fretted, oh what shall I do, a vision came to her, "I will create a new place filled with roses and daylilies".  She went about her vision to find the best, the most lovely and the healthiest daylilies in all of the land.  Now she said, its time for a redesign to include these wonderful daylilies.

Putting a pencil to the test, the gardener would draw out her intended new area.  As she created this new living space for her roses and daylilies, boundaries changed as did walkways. 

As in all things in life, change is something we can all count on.  In this rose garden in Ocala, we can always bank on change, yearly the gardener tells me.  This was the time to relocate roses that had grown pass their boundaries and reposition other roses to accomodate all of the new daylilies. 

 



Enter a gardener from a bit up the road, she would provide the foot power and the next home of these beloved roses.  We couldn't be more proud to help this old roses to live out their lives with adoring fans ohhhing and awwwwwwing at their wonderful blossoms.

 



The trailer was stuffed, for their final destination.  And tonight they are taking a warm bath in their new nursery.  In the morning they will be in good soil and rewatered to make everything all good!

 



All that begins well ends well don't you think? 

Thanks to my friend and rosarian Sherry Roma!  May she design year after year after year!

                                        The End

 

PS.  Watch her transformation as she posts on her blog http://sherryocala.blogspot.com/

 

All Photographs were taken by Sherry Roma~



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Images from Cane Days at Dudley Farm State Park
December 07, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of the photographs are courtsey of our son Todd~



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Loosing an old friend
December 05, 2011

One November afternoon, with no wind at all, one of our old oaks lost it's top.  When I say "old", this laurel oak is around 100 yrs old and  16.6 feet in diameter at its base. We have watched our kids swing from it and climb it.  Just imagine all of the stories it could tell. 

 

It had grown into one of the antique barns on the property and the old oak had lost a huge part earlier in the year demolishing the old antique barn.  Still the gardener felt sad to see the old oak finally have to be completely taken down.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Blue Jeans and the tree guy trying to figure out the best way to move all of this oak...

 

This old oak was so large and so tall that we had to have the tree service bring in a crane.

 

Here is a closeup of the climber positioning to make his cuts...

 

One limb at a time, slowly the dismantling of the old oak.  Notice the measure on the crane's boom, crazy high...

 

 

 

 

Another closeup of the climber making his last cut.  We will have to have another service with a longer blade on their saw to drop the final portion...

 

 

This is the last section of the old oak lowered to the ground...


The good news is we have lots of firewood to share and tons of mulch to use under the roses.  Sad news is the loss of an old friend...

 

 

 

 

 



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Christmas Spirit
December 03, 2011

 

Last year at this time, I left for New York City, with my youngest sister.  We were to spend a glorious week soaking up the holiday season in the Big Apple.

 

 

Among many places on our list to visit was St. Patrick's Cathedral.  A very emotionally charged experience as I sat through a Mass in this most spectacular cathedral.  

Afterwards, I made my way back to the Gift Shop.  To my surprise and complete joy, I found a Nativity Scene that was perfect for our home.  Sadly, they had just sold out.  However, they promised to reorder them in 2011 and send it all the way to Florida.

 

 

It arrived last week and it is beyond description.  So detailed, I had to send a little of our Christmas spirit to you.  

Peace be with you all~



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We have a lot of BULL around here
December 02, 2011

 

Carlitos el Segundo, is our Registered Florida Cracker Bull.  

 

 

Zeus is our Registered Brahma Bull.

 

They both are so sweet, you can walk around their individual pastures and never feel threatened.  They both do their job well, we have many of their progeny.

 

 

 

And then we have Harvey the Bull, we affectionally know him as "Rose Bull"!  He presides over the nursery garden.

Does he do his job well?  I would say yes, however he does hangout in the carport a lot.  

Maybe Carlitos and Zeus should have a chat with Harvey!  On your next trip over to the Rose Petals Nursery to check out the Antique and Old Garden Roses be sure to look Harvey up~



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Nannys Rose
November 30, 2011

 

This is my Great Grandmother Tyler and her home in Ellenton, Florida.  Everyone just called her Nanny.  She came across this great country of ours in a covered wagon to Florida as a young girl.  The mother of 4 children, she turned her large Victorian style home into a Boarding House, pictured here.  The rose below grew at this house and was lovingly tended by Nanny.

 

 

 

These are pictures of "Nanny's Rose" in front of our potting shed here at our home.  Isn't she just beautiful?  This time of year she puts on quite a show.  She does also bloom throughout the season, but when everything is kinda just green around here, she is a spectacular sight.

 

Nanny has been gone from this world for 54 years, but to me she lives on through this rose.  Do you have a special rose in your life, one that perhaps has a story?  We would love to hear about it, just click on the comment button below.



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A Story of Climbing Souvenir de la Malmaison
November 27, 2011

A few weeks ago my friend Sherry, one heck of a rosarian and blogger, wrote about returning Climbing Souvenir de la Malmaison back to Rose Petals Nursery. 

 

http://sherryocala.blogspot.com/2011/10/redo-relocate.html

 

 

 

Sherry was redesigning her rose garden and needed the room this rose had taken over.  This gardener was ecstatic!  We chatted and arranged a time for pickup.

 

After our Marion County Rose Society meeting would be the time, right at dusk, darkness closing in on us quickly, we raced over to Sherry's to put SDLM into my SUV.  This gardener is wondering why she didn't bring her trailer?

 


Between the laughter that we look so silly trying to STUFF this HUGE rose into my SUV and having our blood drawn from SDLM's prickles, we had a time.  Pulling, tugging, pushing and ever so carefully coaxing SDLM inside the car.


This gardener was SURE that we would never get SDLM out of the SUV in one piece!  HOWEVER, to our surprise, SDLM came out so much easier than she went in.


After sitting out in the garden to acclimate,  today is SDLM's planting day.  Stay tuned, for followup photos.  She will be seated to the right of SDLM shrub, across the driveway back to the 3 acres.  It will be so fantastic when they bloom in unison!  Now this gardener needs to head for the nursery to get some of her chores scratched off the list.  Happy Day to all~



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Reminder Dec 3rd Open Sale Day will be at Dudley Farm State Park
November 26, 2011

 

Just a quick reminder we will NOT be at the nursery Saturday, Dec. 3.  Intead we are helping to support Cane Days at Dudley Farm State Park from 9-3pm.  Please come out and visit this most unique state treasure.  We will have limited roses, so if you have a particular rose in mind, please let us know! 

 

 

                                       See you there~



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Happy Thanksgiving to All of Our Friends and Families
November 23, 2011

 

We are so grateful to have each of you in our lives.

 

 

From all of us at the Lightered Wood Ranch and Rose Petals Nursery



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The Apple of His Mommas Eye
November 22, 2011

 

 

Gorgeous, Handsome, Sweet, Willing and a little Mishchievous all describe our Dancer.  Triple registered, Spotted Saddlebred, Pinto and Medicine Hat, he has been a joy since the day he arrived.



 

One of our amazing horse friends, bred his Mom to a chosen Stud.  Planned from the beginning to be who he is today.  He is one of those types of horses that would crawl up into your lap.  Can you tell we love this guy?

 

 

Do you have a wonderful animal in your life?  Send us a picture and tell us about your incredible friend, just click on the comment button below~



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A Wayside Rose
November 20, 2011

 

 

A Wayside Rose


Out on the old highway it grows,
The wayside rose,
Rooted deep in the hard dry ground,
Swathed in the weeds that crowd it round,
Tended by naught but the rain and sun,
Its loveliness hidden, praised by none,
Contented, it blooms for the One who knows
Why it is there, This wayside rose.

Beaten by every wind that blows,
This wayside rose,
Asking not for a better place,
Where to unfold with ease and grace,
Wasting no time with excuses vain,
It brightens the weed-filled dusty lane,
An exquisite flower that blooms and grows,
Perfect for Him, This wayside rose.

--Sarah Wilson Middleton, ARA 1926



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Cecile Brunner Spray
November 18, 2011


Today's heirloom rose focus is Cecile Brunner Spray, also known as Spray Cecile Brunner.  

An amazing polyantha that blooms his heart out here in Zone 8b Fl.  Discovered/introduced in 1941 by the Howard Rose company, a sport of Cecile Brunner.  According to Help Me Find website, "DNA analysis by Florida Southern College establishes that 'Cécile Brunner Spray' is virtually identical to both 'Cécile Brunner' and 'Cl.Cécile Brunner,' suggesting that 'Cécile Brunner Spray' is a sport of the group."

As the photos to follow suggest, he is a light pink, with a wonderfully strong peppery fragrance.  We can smell it all over the nursery.  Blooming throughout the season keeping you in happy flower clusters.  You can't help but look at this heirloom rose and be so enamored of its disease free foliage and long buds.

One of our friends who was a former florist told me he made a child's funeral blanket of this tiny little buds.  Such a labor of love!

Ours at the nursery is easily 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide and that is only because we keep him pruned to that level in our display garden.

Maybe you have a place for Cecile Brunner Spray?  Maybe you already have Cecile Brunner Spray, why not click on the comment buttom below and tell us what you think of our focus heirloom rose of the day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Saturdays Garden Tour
November 14, 2011

      This Landscape Designer reuses "rust" in wonderful ways!

 

Saturday brought with the day two garden tours with my Garden Club.  The second tour used our Antique and Old Garden Roses in the most unique ways.  The gardener just had to share with you just how versatile the antique and old garden roses really are! 

 

The night before this tour we had a touch of frost, thus the weeping bananas leaves in the background.

 

Notice the berm done in complete white perfection, Prosperity, a hybrid musk introduced/discovered in 1919.  A wonderful fragrance and blooms throughout the season.  Outstanding use!

 

 

This rose and the following photo are using Red Cascade in a most perfect application, ground cover.  Over native limestone or on an old rusty wheel.  Red Cascade is a minature, climber introduced/discovered in 1976.  A mild fragrance and blooms throughout the season. 

 

 

 

The next two photos are over an enormous berm, just take a minute and size it up.  Then look very closely at the middle layer.  Yes, those are Louis Philippe, the wonderful china that is truly indestructable.  He has the most wonderful fragrance even after the petals have left the stem.  Down here in Florida we often use these roses in our Christmas arrangements.  Blooms continuously throughout the season.  A true Old Garden Rose with his introduction/discovery date as 1834.

 

 

 

 

Another wonderful idea that this Landscape Designer had was to use peanut shells as mulch.  He says it last longer than the traditional mulch and its less expensive.  The gardener loved how it gave a cushiony feel to the mulch instead of the normal flat feel of mulch.

 

I hope you will have some inspiring ideas from this tour to use heirloom roses.  This gardener surely will.  Let Antique and Old Garden roses make lasting memories in your garden!



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New Feature to Rose Petals Nursery website
November 12, 2011

 

Announcing a new feature to the website that the gardener is very very excited about!!!! 

 

On each page all you have to do is type in the first letter or two of the rose you are looking for and the website finishes the name of the rose for you.  No more knowing the exact spelling of the rose, no more having to search through all of the roses we offer. 

 

 

We know this will make your shopping the world of antique and old garden roses in the Rose Petal Nursery world a whole bunch easier!  We would love to hear your comments, just click on the comment button below.  Happy surfing~



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Antique and Old Garden Rose Nursery
November 10, 2011

 

Wish you all could come and sit with me at the nursery!  So peaceful~



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November Blooms
November 08, 2011

                          Papa Gontier and Belinda's Dream

 

Beautiful roses blooming in the display garden and what a lovely mix of colors.  These two are a picture as you look through the arbor.  The gardener had to share these beautiful November blooms with all of you!  Don't forget to stop and smell the roses~



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December 3rd Open Sale Day
November 06, 2011


          Fred the Mule, turning the cane press at Dudley Farms.

 

                                                   Scenes from Dudley Farm

 

Our December 3rd Open Sale Day will be held at Dudley Farm State Park in Newberry, Florida from 9-3pm during their Cane Day Celebration. 

 

One of our state's most treasured state parks, a real 1800's working farm.  Roses galore, along with fresh made cane syrup from cane grown right on the premises.  In addition, this annual event is held to celebrate Miss Myrtle Dudley's birthday.

 

We will have a smaller selection of roses available.  If there is a variety of rose you would like to see or an order you would like to place for pickup at Dudley Farm, please contact us.  We will be available for those whose schedule does not permit them to come out to Dudley Farm's Cane Day Celebration, for a private visit to the nursery at a later date.

 

Please help us to support this great Florida State Park.  This is a link to the Friends of Dudley Farm for more information  http://friendsofdudleyfarm.org/events/cane.html



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Open Sale Day Saturday Nov 5th 10 to 2pm
November 03, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oops, sorry but she just had to have her pic in the November blooms show!



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All Hallows Eve
October 31, 2011

 

In celebration of this day, this gardener thought she might take a tour of her family's cemetery, Laurel Hill Cemetery in Archer, Florida.  

The earliest grave in the cemetery is dated 1833, the average age of those buried is thirty-two and a half years, and the remains of many children are buried here. A plaque commemorates twenty to thirty Civil War soldiers.

 

 

 

In this historic cemetery there is only one rose.  But she is a beauty.  We now have her rooted at the nursery and she is called appropriately 'Laurel Hill'.

 

 

At the Wade Family Cemetery in Lee County, Virginia, the family chose the top of a mountain for their final resting spot.  A couple of weeks ago, we went back and also collected roses from that cemetery.  This one will be called the 'Wade Rose'.

When you are collecting roses from various places, there are rules of etiquette to be observed.

  •     Never trespass
  •     Ask permission    
  •     Never trim more than the plant can handle
  •     Follow up with a 'thank you'


This gardener always takes a camera with her, to document what the bush looks like, the blooms, the leaves and any other elements that might be of interest to help you identify this rose later down the road.  Notes are always good, the conditions of where the rose is growing, soil condition, shade or full sun, maybe some health issues this rose may have had.


Half of the fun of collecting these roses were the sacred places that they came from.  Where have you collected a special rose?  Rose Petals Nursery would love to hear you stories or see your pictures, just click on the comment button. 


Happy Halloween from all of us at Rose Petals Nursery and Lightered Wood Ranch!



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A Spot of Tea
October 27, 2011

 

Won't you join me for a cup of Antique and Old Garden Rose Petal Tea?  Anyone can make it with a few fresh rose petals.  Not to mention its pretty in a perfect antique teacup paired with your favorite heirloom roses in a special vase.

Our teacup today is one from the set of my husband's maternal Grandmother Raulerson and the vase is one of a pair that rode in a covered wagon across the country to Florida with my paternal Great Grandmother Tyler-Hardin. 

This gardener can just imagine that our two grandmothers are smiling down at us for they were both great rosarians.  Memories along with just that perfect sip of warmth!  Enjoy~



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Rose Du Jour
October 22, 2011

Our beautiful Lafter Hybrid Tea Antique Rose is putting on quite a show in the fall rose garden.  In one of the descriptions I read recently Lafter’s blossoms were described as “cantaloupe-orange, but perhaps more poetically described as the color of a glowing sunset” a true description for this gardener.  One that is truly indicative of the color of this rose. 

 


The breeding of this rose is by Brownell, in 1948, crossing the Hybrid Perpetual ‘Général Jacqueminot’ and the Wichuraiana and Tea cross, ‘Dr. W. Van Fleet’.   A wonderfully continous blooming shrub with glossy leaves and is very healthy here in the North Central Florida area.  The fragrance is strong and lends itself well to cut flowers, staying for more than a couple of days.

 

 

 

Lafter, (Pronounced: LAFF-tur) is very tolerant to poor soil, however does need full sun.  Deadheading is welcomed, promoting new blossoms.  Lafter is very disease resistant, heat resistant and drought resistant and also cold hardy.  Irresistible, in a word  would categorize this antique rose!



 

 


Lafter is listed as growing to a 6 ft font, however here at Rose Petals Nursery after its February pruning to 5 ft, its now 8 ft high.  This gardener recommends Lafter, a very robust rose for our area and a great performer.   



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Magic at Rose Petals Nursery
October 18, 2011

                                 

                                   Statue at Long Ago Roses                                                                                          


As the photo above indicates there is some magic going on at Rose Petals Nursery.  We are preparing to open the November Open Sale Day, Saturday, November 5th with our newly rooted roses of the season. 

 

We have over 1,000 new strong plants started in the fields, on an average of 6-8 inches tall.

 

There will be the old favorites, but there will be some new and different rose varieties.  Prices for the newly rooted roses will stay the same - $9.00 a gallon.  However, last years rose plants will now be $12.00, simply because they are now Yearlings and of course much larger.  At this time we will not be able to ship Yearlings.  They will be for pickup only.   The Large Potted Plants (LPP) are $16.00. They of course will also be pickup only.


Within the Yearling roses and the LPP (Large Potted Plants) roses, you will find many roses that we are phasing out.  This is for no other reason than we have made the choice of focusing on "old roses" ONLY.  This will take some time, as we sell out these selections.  In the meantime, we will continue to bring in newer "old rose" varieties to share with you.

 

Our mission is to enable these old varieties to live long past us.  Just as we breed the Florida Cracker Horse http://www.floridacrackerhorses.com/ and the Florida Cracker Cow, http://crackercattle.org/ both on the endangered list as critical, to live long past us also.


If you should have any questions about a specific rose, please feel free to email or phone 352-495-8412.

 

Additionally, we are on Facebook, please visit us at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rose-Petals-Nursery/136143489766332 for in between Blog Posts and 'Like Us'.  We will post Rose Triva, Announcements and updates to the Blog.  Be the first to receive those updates!

 

 

 




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Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants
October 15, 2011

Tufton Farm is one of Thomas Jefferson’s satellite farms, about 1.5 miles from Monticello and it now houses the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants.  Just this much excites me, but then you throw in that there is the Leonie Bell Rose Garden and the Rose Border at Tufton Farm, well this stop just had to be on our list.

 

 

“The garden, designed by Charlottesville landscape architect and historian C. Allan Brown, is reflective of 18th and 19th century Rosary Gardens, which were planted generally in a circular design creating an intimate enclosure of roses either festooning as garlands or freely flowering as bushes. Tufton's garden is octagon shaped, one of Thomas Jefferson's favorite forms, with paths bisecting the center and surrounded by eight-foot posts connected with chains for the climbing sorts.”

 

 

“At present, the garden contains thirty different Noisettes, with more to come. In addition to the obvious varieties, 'Champneys Pink Cluster', 'Blush Noisette', and the parents 'Old Blush China' and 'Double White Musk', the garden includes many one-of-a-kind selections. Doug Seidel personally donated his "Aunt Louisa Rose" from the garden of President Garfield's Aunt and "Faded Pink Monthly," from Creekside, home of pioneer old rose collector Mrs. Frederick Love Keays, who acquired her plant from the descendant of a slave who rooted a slip before the Civil War.”

 

 

We were fortunate enough to have the farm entirely to ourselves to tour at leisure.  It was amazing the horses and the colors of fall in the background and the beautiful gardens right in front of us. 

 

 

 

 

If, you ever have the opportunity to visit this charming farm and might I say what a fantastic mission they are accomplishing, please take the time. 

 



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Rose Petals Nursery visits Hartwood Roses
October 13, 2011

 

Rose Petals Nursery visited Hartwood Roses, located in historical Fredericksburg, Virginia on the first leg of the trip.  Connie is just as warm and full of information as she appears in her blog.  Out pulling weeds as we arrived, she gave us the “grand tour”.  I mean this as it sounds, her place is “grand”!  Her lovely home is now on the list of National and State Historical Places and it is beautiful in just a word. 

 

 

Hartwood Roses is in the country on 9 acres, most of the fence lines were lined with ramblers and climbers.  Although not blooming, it must be a sight to see when they do. 

 

 

We fell in love with her barn, as the ranching family that we are.  The restoration was beautifully done and makes for great eye candy as you tour the many roses out back.  The rose field went on for what seemed like forever.  Connie graciously gave us the number of roses in each bed, but to be honest a weeks worth of tours and those numbers evade me. 

 

 

Her family and of course Daniel (the greyhound), were as pleasant as Connie.  We had a wonderful lunch in a special place that Connie loves, Amy’s Café, http://www.amyscafefalmouth.com/.  The weather was picture perfect, so we sat outside and chatted for what seemed hours!


We invited Connie down to Florida to spend some time with us at our “younger” historical home and grounds, we hope one day she will.  If she does, we’ll be sure to let all of our friends here know, so you can meet another charming rosarian and one we call our friend.  Thanks Connie for your hospitality, hope to see you real soon!

 



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Somewhere out there
October 08, 2011

 

We haven't forgotten about y'all out there.  So many roses to see and smell along our road trip.   We'll be sharing soon some of our photos along the way.


Meanwhile, a couple of reminders, it is time to gently prune and deadhead our roses along with a good feeding to induce your next bloom cycle. 


Also please mark your calendars for the Festival of Roses at the Marion County Agricultural Center Auditorium in Ocala on October 29th from 1-5pm.  Here is the link for more information http://www.marioncountyroses.org/marioncountyroses.org/Home.html

Scroll down to see the flyer for all of the particulars.  Lots of fun, hope to see you all there!


Check back so you can see the most up to date posting! 



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Update on Maria
October 04, 2011

 

Today is her 19th DAY birthday.  Just yesterday these photos were shot to show you just how sweet, tame and just darn right cute she is! 

 

 

Art’s sister was here with her family to include her granddaughter Skylar Dawn.  Skylar is 7 years old, but already she is a beauty!  Mix both Skylar and Maria together and you have some gorgeous Florida Cracker Beauties! 

 

 

 

Skylar loved Maria and Maria LOVED LOVED LOVED Skylar Dawn!  Enjoy the totally unrelated Antique and Old Garden Rose shots of the Lightered Wood Ranch and one of its treasured family members!

 

 

                                                                                                           

                                                       ♥THE END♥



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Thank you for a great response to our first promotion
October 02, 2011

 

We had a great turnout yesterday and lots of folks were able to enjoy the day along with our first promotion.  Everyone took advantage of the Buy 3 get one FREE! 


We had wonderful weather, even all of the bird, butterflies and bees were active! 


We are taking a much needed break for a “rosie getaway”, checking out other nurseries, meeting up with old friends and planning on making a bunch of new friends.  Blog reports on the nurseries and of course all of the colors of the mountains from “leaf peepers” (what they call us Floridians that come up just to see the fall leaves)!


A few of the nurseries we intend to make stops are Hartwood Roses, Fredericksburg, VA; Monticello and Tufton Farm, Charlottesville, VA; Witherspoon Rose Culture, Chapel Hill, NC; Long Ago Roses, Granite Hills, NC and Roses Unlimited, Laurens, SC.


We’ll try blogging from the road, stay tuned!  We can’t wait to share the rose discoveries we make with all of you! 



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Buy 3 get 1 FREE
September 24, 2011

 

For our October 1st Open Sale Day, we will be running a Buy 3 get 1 FREE sale on all 1 gallon roses in inventory.  The promotion is for PICKUP only, it does not include shipping.  All of these roses are last year’s cuttings and are VERY large for a 1 gallon container.   Once they are either put in the ground or up potted they will grow and bloom even more.


All sales can be paid for in advance of the October 1st Open Sale Day through our website.  We will simply pull those “paid for” roses out of the stock area and put them on hold for pickup.


Our inventory is easily viewed at our website, by clicking on the “In Stock” area of http://rosepetalsnursery.com/.  First come first served, no roses will be put on hold without being previously paid for.


October 1st Open Sale Day hours are from 10AM until 2PM.    


Contact information is available on the website.


PS.  Don’t forget the HMF button by each rose description, this will open to a new window and tell you all you ever wanted to know about that particular rose at HelpMeFind.com/roses.



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Great Fragrance, Great Cut Flower in an Antique Rose
September 19, 2011

 

Today as this gardener walked the garden, one of the roses just stood out among all of the others.  Has that ever happened to you?  One of your roses, just speaks to you?  You have seen it bloom so often, but this particular time this rose, Baronne Henriette de Snoy says, “I’m the most beautiful in the entire garden”!  And you know what, this gardener think she is right!

 

Take a look at these photos, isn’t she absolutely amazing?  She stands easily 12 ft tall and if the gardener would let her, she would grow 6 ft wide.   The blooms are amazing, three gorgeous 4 inch blooms on one stem.  And folks, this is a totally "no spray garden" here at Rose Petals Nursery.  Beautiful foliage and gorgeous roses, what more could you ask for?

 

 

Baronne Henriette de Snoy was introduced in 1897.  That means that our rose in our garden was a cutting from the rose that was introduced 114 yrs ago.  It also means that any Baronne Henriette de Snoy rose you buy from our nursery is a cutting from that original rose introduced 114 years ago.  What would you pay for any other Antique 114 years old?  Here you pay $9.00 for a one gallon plant of a rose that is 114 years old. 

 

 

 

She is classified as a tea, pink in color.  Baronne has a strong fragrance and a lasting cut rose for the vase. 

Here at Rose Petals Nursery, we will have Baronne Henriette de Snoy available soon.  Please check the website http://rosepetalsnursery.com/ often, as the gardener will add her as quickly as she is available. 

Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses~



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The Rose: A Poem
September 18, 2011

The Rose
 
When God created his kingdom,
He thought and then he chose
That nothing small, nor anything great
Shall be as lovely as–
the Rose.
 
The morning sun so beautiful,
The evening moon that glows,
The stars that twinkle silently,
Are but shadows to–
the Rose.
 
The brilliant desert sands,
The mountains bright with snows,
The forests ablaze in greenery,
Are but dull beside–
the Rose.
 
And, oh, the oceans glorious,
The bubbling brook that flows,
The rivers so mysterious,
Are but dry beside–
the Rose.
 
The birds in grace and splendor,
Every creature that comes and goes,
Elegant in his own respect,
Yet awkward to–
the Rose.
 
O’ the beauties of the universe,
Are endless so I pose,
But none, are, were, or eer shall be,
As lovely as–
the Rose.
 
—Leon Nelkin, 1969


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Antique Rose Story
September 17, 2011

 

As the story goes, Miss Ellen Willmott had been given family money to garden her three homes, an English Country House, her French Chateau and her Italian Villa.  Eighty or more gardeners tended her gardens.   Miss Willmott was an author of a classic book on species roses, now out of print, Genus Rosa and was given an award honor.  She also funded several rose expeditions out of her own pocket.


All of the niceties aside, she had a bit of a personality among folks.  Wonderfully generous one moment and cantankerous the next time.  At one point in her rose growing career she grew 100,000 species.  Amazingly, she did not like to share cuttings or plants with visitors.