Warm sunny weather needed

My first flush of roses is nearly over, but with the temps in the 50’s and 60′ for highs, the rebloom is moving slowly this year. Our Pacific Northwest District rose show will be Saturday June 4th down in Vancouver, WA and I need some sunny warm weather to compete! 

Here are today’s blooms from the first flush of some of my Austin shrub roses. 

‘Abraham Darby’

‘Graham Thomas’

‘Munstead Wood’

‘Darcey Bussell’

‘Strawberry Hill’


Portland Rose Show

The City of Roses knows how to put on a rose show. This is the second year I have been invited to judge the show and it never disappoints. The emphasis is on American Rose Society large flowers (hybrid teas, floribundas, shrub roses) displayed in single vases and the local society and the rose growing public participates. The head table trophy winners in the Novice section displayed different exhibitors in each award category. To me that says they are doing something right in Portland to fill up the Lloyd Center Mall indoor ice rink with beautiful roses. Congratulations to all exhibitors. You had much competition on Thursday.








Portland Rose Festival – June 6, 2013 Rose sprays and bouquets


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Now that my own rose garden is slowing down for the fall and winter, I will be sharing more photos I took after judging the rose show. In addition to a large judged show, the festival displays many sprays of … Continue reading

Puyallup State Fair- Second Rose Show

I’ve only been there twice but I am starting to love the Puyallup State Fair. The Evergreen Floral Building is new and the lighting is good. The workers are more than helpful. My garden was in it’s prime this week with no rain and lots of sun! I was pleased with my exhibits and enjoyed seeing others through judging. (I exhibited two HT’s, lots of Miniatures and Minifloras and judged Floribundas and classes of HT’s I was not in.)

Ready to roll…

‘Foolish Pleasure’ Miniflora

‘Randy Scott’ Hybrid Tea.

‘Green Ice’ three sprays of one miniature.

Showing Roses: The English Box Challenge


English Box Challenge

English Box Challenge

Do you see a difference between the display on the left and the one on the right? Here are some strategies to help you win the English box challenge.
1. Read the schedule carefully. Some will require six roses of the same variety.
2. All roses should be very close to the same size and open to the same degree.
3. Color placement should not be random. Place the roses so the darkest color roses are at the bottom (closest to the viewer) and the lightest color roses are at the top (farthest away). Also try them in reverse order.

Have fun with the challenge classes at your rose show!