“I came to admit I was powerless over”…..roses! (Please click to enlarge).
Which is why I planted more bare root roses last fall in exotic colors, and why they are blooming now.
“Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”
I see this power in all the creations of nature.
Can you see the divinity of a rose?
These are Koko Locos. Chocolate roses, that bud brown, and turn lavender. I only learned of them last year.
And now they are blooming.
Cheers to you and may roses bring their peaceful power to you~
All of those are in your garden? Wow! I only have knockouts, but they bloom hearty and stay healthy.
Hearty and healthy work for me and I love knockouts!
I just committed a deadly sin – on Good Friday, of all days.
I felt a stab of envy over those beautiful roses.
I’ll take just another peek, and then I will envy no more….
Laughing! Since you confessed and are sinning no more, I think it might be okay….but I am no ecclesiastical expert! 😉
Those chocolate roses…wow! I didn’t even know that there’s one as such. Beautiful! 🙂
I fell in love with them when I first saw them and planted two! I am fascinated by them! So glad you like them too~
Incredible! I love them all.
So happy you do! Thank you~
Beautiful photos Cindy!
Merci beau coup~
Beautiful Roses Cindy !!
They do tend to brighten one’s day considerably! 😎
I love them all. But the fourth one has caught my particular fancy. Very lovely.
Yes, the sunburst! Aptly named! 😎
Happy Easter to you my friend
Cindy, these roses are awesome. Thank you for sharing these pictures of them. Hugs! Veraiconica
Hugz back to you and so happy you enjoyed! <3
a wanderful series!
Happy Heaster too you
Buona Pasqua! <3
From the snow-weary north, I offer my gratitude for the beauty your work brings into my life 🙂
Ohhhhhh, this makes posting so worthwhile to me!! Hugz and hoping for sunshine!
The Koko Locos will be much better for bees, as they give easy access to the pollen. Some roses which have been bred to have tightly packed petals (like the top rose) are useless to pollinators. I adore the smell of roses and often can’t resist poking my nose in them.
I had no idea! How fascinating and it makes perfect sense. Wonderful to hear from you and hope things are buzzing along smoothly for you~
Absolutely vibrant and so many unique colors of flowers!
Color=Happiness=Roses! Cheers to you~
Schöne Ostern und viel Spaß beim Eier suchen 🙂
Frohe Ostern, mein Freund und ich danke Ihnen!
The purple rose is absolutely striking.
The deep velvet purple is something special isn’t it! So glad you noticed~
What was interesting about that particular one is that the color was real. I’ve seen it when they create purple roses by artificial means, this one was different. The color is deep in the pedal itself.
Yes the dyed flowers are interesting, especially orchids which look amazing, but roses, don’t want to mess them up!!
Easter is a promise of joy and renewal
May this one before us
Marks a new beginning
Of happiness, love and prosperity.
Wishing you a Happy Easter!
With love Maxima
Oh how thoughtful and how lovely! Thank you my friend and the Happiest of Easter’s to you~ <3
Oh, Cindy, I like the velvety look of the second one – one can almost feel its smoothness 😀 Happy Easter!
It is hard to resist a deep velvet rose isn’t it! Paște fericit pentru tine, prietene! <3
spectacular pics 🙂
😉 Happy you enjoyed!
I envy you- my roses are deers lunch all the time! Great pics!
UGH…….I do not like that problem so I sympathize sincerely! I have to encase my roses roots with chicken wire to protect them from the gophers, but deer must be a a major challenge!
No words can really express the beauty displayed in these photos.
Well your comment is quite eloquent and very much appreciated! Cheers to you and thank you~
Wow so beautiful, I can even smell them!
If only I could post their incredible scent!!! Happy Easter my friend~
I love the beautiful roses,thanks Cindy.
Merci mon ami~
If you nibble the Koko loco bud would it taste like chocolate? 😉 😀 I am powerless against roses, too. Oh, and chocolate.
Laughing…..Yep, that’s about all it takes for me, roses and chocolate!!! 😛
I love roses and these are beautiful 🙂
So glad you do & cheers to you too~
Gorgeous! I can practically smell them from here. 🙂
I wish, I wish, I wish….well a good imagination can accomplish anything!
I can completely understand why you are powerless over roses. These are gorgeous roses! Such colorful and perfect shapes.
They seem intent on being beautiful, and they do it so well!!! Laughing~
Beyond beautiful! Do they all have a scent?
Happy Easter to you and yours!
Yes they do! Each subtle and different. Happy Easter to you too!
Beautiful, Cindy. I recall that Anne Bronte once said something about if you are going to smell the rose or maybe lust after the rose you must be prepared to grasp the thorns. I’ve always loved that beauty/danger aspect of roses. And the smell so wonderful.
YES!!! A favorite of mine as well! “But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.” It tells us there is no joy in life without pain. Powerful! Happy Easter my friend~
Can almost smell them. . .
Oh I wish I could post that online!
Cindy, What a beautiful flower you have found. But you are the one who nurtures them and makes them beautiful. He lent them to you because he knew you would care for them and share them with others.
Oh my dear friend! Gratitude and hugz to you and your family and Happy Easter!
HAPPY EASTER to you and your family also.
I called the local flower nursery and they had not heard of it yet. I found some root stock on Michigan Bulb but would rather purchase one locally. But first I must wait to see if my two Don Juan climbers made it through the winter. It was so cold and I planted them next to the garage to climb up a trellis. I am worried that the concrete foundation of the garage may have held too much cold for too long. We will see.
There are other deeper chocolate roses that don’t change color that I probably will plant once I get more drip irrigation set up. I want another row. Google chocolate roses and google-image search chocolate roses to look at them. They really are exceptional looking. Let me know what you plant!
Beautiful roses extraordinary
So kind & so appreciated!
I love your roses! Awesome colors with great depth! Happy Easter Hugz Lisa and Bear
Hugz back to you guys and don’t let Bear chase the Easter Bunny!
Those are beautiful and some I never heard about.
I am happy my yellow roses are blooming again. We have two other rose plants, but I love the yellow ones. Yes, there is some kind of universal power in plants–especially roses.
Plants are the bomb! They comfort the soul, and they take in carbon dioxide and give back pure oxygen…..and flowers and fruit! What else does this much good in a single day!!
Such rich textures to the petals. I love how the bee is so well centered in the last photo. Wonderful pictures, as usual. 🙂
There is also a sneaky hiding fly that I didn’t even see until after I posted!! Laughing~
Probably just jealous of the bee. 😉
I’m so stunned by these gorgeous roses, and they are from your garden! Thank you so much for sharing. Hope to smell your roses in your garden someday 🙂 Happy Easter, Cindy!
Amy, the day you visit will be a special treat! Happy Easter to you and yours~
Oh Cindy… The day may come, so looking forward to it. Same to you and your family.
Cindy, I am drooling. OMG! I am drooling. My heart is in my throat. I have at least 30 rose bushes and to SEE them again, well, this rose right here just got my yearning so powerful I feel like bursting. This rose is INCREDIBLE! Whoa! Love, Amy
I never intended to plant any red roses but this variey captured my heart. I was mesmerized by the deep crimson centers darkening to black at the edges, all covered in deep, rich velvet! So special! I am really glad you noticed and eagerly await your blooming!
Cindy, when you see my Roses, you will understand why I yearn and long to see them. I still have at least another month before I see any blooms. (sigh) When I saw you Rose, I drooled, really drooled. How sensual and how graceful and how romantic!!! Lucky you!!! xx Amy
a bed of velveteen rose petals, is where i’d like to sleep.
i’m partial to the mauve tipped, peach variety, beautiful work Cindy!
Each one, so beautiful in it’s own way! And I think the bee and the fly may have stolen your bed! Cheers to you my friend~
Beautiful shots Cindy. Know what they mean now when they speak of a blood red rose. 🙂
Yes a depth of red richness that is hard to describe so this descriptor fits beautifully!
I love roses too. They are so pretty
Yay!! Happy you enjoyed~
Your roses are stunning, Cindy! And I also love how the first two have such a nice velvety look to their petals, and with such rich colours.
Thanks for sharing this beauty. It’s so uplifting! 🙂
The flowers and photos are beautiful. I have ask what is a “knockout”?
They’re beautiful 🙂 Pawkisses for a Happy Easter 🙂
The Koko Locos are just gorgeous!
simply stunning Cindy … roses are not happy here … but I can enjoy yours!
The photos are so crisp and beautiful I feel I could just pluck them from the page. Such unusual colours too.
I’m hypnotized by the beauty of this post!
I don’t think I have seen anything so perfect as your photos here – especially #1. Very exciting and oh so beautiful.
Awww you are just a sweetheart and you are very appreciated! <3 <3
Stellar! 🙂 I’m pinning the first pic!
So thoughtful….but then that is you Resa! <3
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Thank you for sharing these with us Cindy! I love roses. Many of the old China roses bud one colour, bloom another and then fade to a darker shade.I hope to someday have a garden full of them since unlike the hybrid teas, the old Chinas are well adapted to the ridiculously hot, humid climate of the Southeastern United States. I bet Paul Neyron would thrive in your climate!
Yes the hybrid teas I mostly stay away from because they attract fungus here and are too difficult to deadhead. I like the floribundas, disease resistant, blooms well and easy to trim. I didn’t know about the Old China roses, the kokos were the first I heard of this presto-chango color metamorphisis. I’m looking up Paul Neyron now……….Hugz to you my dear friend and gratitude too~
Floribundas are my favourite too! I forget which type Paul Neyron is only know he is an antique rose with big cabbage type blooms. The. Butterfly rose I think is the common name for the popular China that has a gorgeous colour effect with multiple stages of bloom in different colors making the plant look like a flock of butterflies; -)
I have a wonderful book you might like even tho its ostensibly for the South as they do mention some California growers if the roses. It is called Landscaping with Antique Roses. The photos and the stories of “rose rustling” the antiques from old farmsteads and such are worth reading even if the advice weren’t as useful as it is;-)
I didn’t realize the koko rose was not a hybrid tea! I hadn’t looked closer when I saw it in the catalog because it was in with them. If it is a floribunda I may end up with one eventually as they grow much better here as well.
The books sounds incredible. I know nothing about the process of hybridizing roses and I would like too. I am googling the butterfly rose right after this comment. Roses do become an obsession in the best meaning of the word, something you love and tend. Here at The Holler we have room for them which is a joy, as are you!
I am not at all surprised you love roses. Us rose lovers need to stick together~ Thanks for all the interesting info I am now going to follow up~
So beautiful Cindy. Have a great Easter !
Happy Easter to you and I know you will be enjoying a wonderful feast!
Thank you Cindy, I hope you had a good easter break !
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Sie sind so freundlich! Vielen Dank! Ich bin sehr glucklich, Ihnen meine Rosen mogen. Frohe Ostern!
Beautiful series of shots Cindy, spring is in the air!
Yay!! The bees are buzzin and the flowers are bloomin! What’s not to love~
Yes, nothing quite like a nice spring day to bring a smile.
Here’s one for you 😎
Magical and beautiful, dear Cindy!
You are a sweetheart! <3
Perfect beauty for a wonderful Easter morn. Wishing you a wonderful Easter, Cindy! 🙂
The Happiest of Easter’s to you and your family Linda!
Exquisite and I loved the bee in the centre of the last one which came as a nice surprise when I enlarged it on my screen! Happy spring…although none of our flowers have yet to bloom thank you for sharing yours.
What really surprised me was the hidden fly in the purple rose!!!! I didn’t see it until the photo was on the screen. Happy Spring to you and well and hoping your flowers bloom soon!
These are absolutely lovely! I used to grow old fashioned roses….but these new ones are superb!
About 30 years ago I spent a summer in Burford UK in a 400 or so year old Gardeners Cottage on an family owned estate. It had Dutch doors in the front and back, and the stone walled back yard was filled with ancient roses that had completely taken over the entire yard. I, to this day, have never again seen roses like this. I picked boquets all summer long and filled every room. It was incredible, so old fashioned roses? I was sold long ago. They must have been truly lovely~
what a wonderful place that description is — lovley
Very pleased and happy you enjoyed! Cheers to you~
Such a great word! Mil grazi~ 😎
The final photo with the bee inside … beautiful, they all were but that one just captured my imagination. Lovely Cindy. Happy Easter.
Happy post Easter to you too my friend & cheers to you~
Oh my God Cindy these are gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. And I am impressed with your rose growing abilities to boot! 🙂
If it’s green, I understand it!! Plants are pretty straightforward that way, Laughing….so happy you liked the roses! Us rose lovers need to stick together!! 🙂
Tolle Rosen wünsche einen schönen Ostermontag.Liebe Grüße von mir.Gislinde
Gislinde, du bist so schon! Danke, dass du mein Freund. 😎
What a striking post during this time of year- so full of hope and life.
Awwww…..so glad you think so! Cheers to you~
That purple rose is absolutely magnificent, Cindy! I love old roses 🙂
Wonderful aren’t they, so happy you enjoyed them! Cheers & thanks~
Oh My Goodness, breathtaking, I wish I could smell!! Beautiful.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could include the scent with the post……Google, are you listening????? Laughing……
Amazing pictures of my favorite flower!!
Ahhh a fellow-rose lover….we speak a common language! 🙂
Yes we do, but your camera speaks much more fluently than mine 🙂
So not true, I am enraptured by your photos!
Great capture almost feel could touch this
That fabulous rose velvet, the only thing I have felt that rivals it is the velvet on the new horns of deer and elk!
I CAME TO BELIEVE THAT I WAS POWERLESS OVER MANY THINGS 😉 I WISH ROSES WERE ONE OF THEM, THEY SEEM MORE MANAGEABLE THAN MY DEMONS.
Oh yes, take heart, we all do. It would have been more accurate for me to say that nature’s creations function as a link to my higher power, helping me to work to keep my demon’s in check. Find yours and put those inner demons back in the lock box where they belong! Best of good luck with this. It me eons to get here, but it does work~
I know it works, I kept coming back 🙂
These rose photos are so vivid, even tactile, that I can almost smell them. Lovely photos, lovely roses.
Oh thank you, the amazing thing about roses is their multiple sensory inputs, visual of course, olfactory yes, but also the more elusive tactile textures, their soft velvet skin. Thank you for noticing~
I have never seen or even heard of chocolate rose!
It is so beautiful. Its color is so rich and mild at the same time.
I never thought I’d find such color in a flower!
Thank you for sharing these photos, Cindy!
I had exactly the same reaction as you more than a year ago when I first learned of them! Just remarkable. Now I want to get my hands on the newly invented blue rose from Japan!
Blue rose? I saw them on the news a few years ago. Does the Japanese gov allow the flowers to be exported out of the country now?
I think so but am not sure. They somehow spliced Blue Hyacinth genes into a white rose. I hear there are some glitches, but I would so love to see one! The eternally sought blue rose afterall is almost a holy grail!
Excellent collection …. and the third one is my favorite.
The variegated! They are so beautiful and I am glad you enjoyed them! Mil grazi~
Traumhaft schön ….
Vielen danke! 🙂
I’d never heard of a chocolate rose before, Cindy. Mathair and I have quite different tastes in flowers. I prefer simple ones like daisies and dandelions, while Mathair loves hydrangeas and poppies, but I have to say that the chocolate rose is climbing high on my list thanks to your breathtaking image. 🙂
Well consider one would have to please both of you…….maybe the koko would do it because after being chocolate, it turns to lavendar!! 😉 Hope you both are doing awesome~
Fabulous roses, Cindy. The chocolate rose is something new to me. I love it. 🙂
Yes, I would pretty much hooked with the first one I saw. Apparently chocolate roses have always grown in Greece. Who knew?
So gorgeous…I can smell their amazing scent from your stunning images. Thank you for the powerful beauty. xo
The appreciation is even more beautiful. Thank you~
Wow, such amazing colors. I had never heard of Coco Loco, such a perfect rose for the desert, hidden secrets and metamorphosis. 🙂 What a great place you have!
It is perfect for here. Has anyone told you that you have a fertile imagination and a way with words and imagery?????
This is a rhetorical question…….
LOL Perhaps… Hugs, Brenda
Wow – the first two almost look like they are made of velvet, really beautiful flowers! 🙂 All in your garden?
Yes and so happy you noticed the texture. Roses impact us on so many sensory levels don’t they~
Les roses en leurs jardins sont reines
Et vous photos sont si belles
Que vous en mériteriez mille
A poem for Cindy, by FGM
(Roses in their gardens are queens
And your pictures are so nice
That you’d desserve one thousand)
Kind regards, FGM
C’est un beau poeme! Merci beaucoup mon ami! <3 <3 <3
These photos are superb and the subject is one of natures most beautiful.
On top of that you grew them, they take the ‘Blue Ribbon’ on all counts Cindy.
Awwww, you are a nice person Jack and I appreciate your kindness sincerely!
I try very hard to always be honest.
Well, you temper it with gentleness and kindness and that is even more special~
Is that your professional diagnosis? 😉
Yep! It is!
Such vivid colours, Cindy. Gorgeous photos.
Awww, mil grazi!
My pleasure, as always.
Now I finally believe that a rose is special for a woman. 🙂
Yes! Very special indeed!!! 😉
Beautiful roses Cindy and photographed superbly. One of my favourite flowers, especially the scent of some species 🙂 Cheers Cindy, have a nice weekend 😎
Cheers to you my friend and wonderful to hear from you too!
I was almost afraid to enlarge them! Their beauty is breathtaking!!!
Awwwww, so appreciated!
Cindy, these are beautiful! 🙂 I love the bee,
So happy you do!! Thank you!
Wow! But Wow!. They are fab. I wish I had slightly greener fingers. Alas, I have an unfortunate tendency to kill off my plants. Those really are lovely. Especially the peachy one at the end and the dark red one you started with. Great photos, too. I can almost smell them.
I am feeling so good and having a great pleasure looking at the beauty and divinity you placed on your blog… Thank you for your sincerity and feelings you share with us. Bravo!
Welcome & thank you for your very kind words! Cheers to you~
Beautiful roses, Cindy. I love having roses everywhere and had to be firm with myself this year and not plant any new roses.
Well you did better than I, I planted four new!!! Laughing…..cheers to you my friend~
It’s back to the 12 Step Program for you my friend!
Yes for compulsive rose planting addiction. On second thought, I like dong this and don’t think it’s a problem…….
Uh oh, now I really sound like an addict!!!
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I admit… I am powerless over roses.
It is a wonderful, life affirming addiction to have as they add so much beauty to our lives! Thank you my friend for your continuing kindness~
So happy you enjoyed them & cheers!
OH MY GOSH! I have never seen more gorgeous and unique Roses! I MUST get some! I am writing their name down now. I am swooning! Love, Amy
They are blooming up a storm right now. They are really profuse bloomers and the color change is remarkable. You won’t regret getting some!
Cindy, I have some bushes that don’t seem to be doing well anymore. I was thinking of putting them in the Rose Cemetry and buying bare roots next Spring. Where did you get your Roses from? They really are outstanding, both in color, and in shape. The first one in fact, I have never seen a Rose form like that. Roses are not easy to grow, as you well know, but I absolutely LOVE them. Your photographs as well are outstanding, finding my mouth hanging wide open as I viewed each one. You have given me ideas on how to shoot a little differently and experiment more with light. So that is another thank YOU. (((HUGS))) Amy
I buy my roses at a place called “Plant World,” in Escondido CA. I research before I go, but always end up with at least one unplanned. I like to google roses and learn about the profuse blooming, hardy varieties which I tend to favor. So far they all are thriving. I use Bayer 3 in 1 Rose Food for them twice a year. It stops rust, black spot, and powder mildew which can be problems out here and it has a systemic fertilizer. Roses out here need this extra help. I have used this for years and swear by it.
That purple rose looks just like velvet. I can almost feel the texture by looking at it. Phenomenal. xo
The velvet appearance of some of these deep hued roses is amazing isn’t it! Thank you so much for noticing~