Lemon Zen is a cheerful Noisette rose initially developed by John Starnes around 1990. John lived in Denver and was a frequent visitor to the nursery all the way back to the 1980’s. I first met him as teenager and let’s just say John had a personality you would never forget. His eccentricity served him well as a rose breeder. Lemon Zen is curious cross between R. moschata and the David Austin rose Graham Thomas. The flowers are beautifully single with pronounced
Choosing the Right Rose
Okay, this seems like an obvious choice. Of course I like the rose named after my mother, but my affinity for the variety runs a little deeper than maternal allegiance. I first came to know this rose in the late 1980’s. It cropped up in our family garden in Denver as yet another rose that my mother was trialing for “Ralph”. By Ralph, I mean Ralph Moore. You may know him as the Godfather of miniature roses, or the owner of Sequoia Nursery, or simply as a rose industry
Here at High Country Roses, all of our plants are grown on their own roots. That simply means that we produce our roses by method called Asexual Vegetative Propagation. In more practical terms, we induce roots to grow on sections the rose’s stem through the application of plant hormones. Sometimes the process is referred to as cloning because the resulting plant is genetically identical to the parent. No matter what you call it, we produce between 50,000 and 70,000 cuttings each year.
by David Mulholland It might be another month or two before spring has sprung, but that means it’s time to start planning.
Shhh! Do you want to know the single greatest success factor for growing great roses? Pick your roses to match your environment instead of trying to change your environment to fit your roses. I get it, we all do it. You’ll be shopping at the garden center, big box, or even the grocery store and see a beautiful plant at a great price and you snap it up. Then it turns out the plant has not hope surviving in your climate and it turns into one expensive annual. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be