Col­lect­ing roses

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It’s no se­cret that I’m crazy about roses. the Gar­den.” There is no other flower that can so eas­ily be de­scribed as el­e­gant and ro­man­tic.

I’m not go­ing to tell you the ba­sics of grow­ing roses. I won’t tell you that you need a min­i­mum of six hours of full sun, welldrained com­post-rich soil or that you need to pro­tect your roses in win­ter — you can get that in­for­ma­tion from a va­ri­ety of sources.

In­stead, let me tell you about the per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion and joy I get from my gar­den. I have what I de­scribe as a “rose col­lec­tion,”

I’ll plant a spe­cific spec­i­men to com­mem-

va­ri­ety, in hon­our of my part­ner’s sig­nif­i­cant

My rose gar­den is at the front of our house and, at the risk of sound­ing like a brag­gart, my roses are some­what fa­mous lo­cally. When peo­ple ask where I live, I need only men­tion the roses and they know which house I mean. I even re­ceived a note through my door at Christ­mas-time from a neigh­bour I’ve never met, thank­ing me for the sum­mer “show.”

I look at it al­most as my gift to the com­mu­nity. But I’ve also met so many neigh­bours who are walk­ing by while I am out front tend­ing my roses and peo­ple driv­ing by who stop their cars to com­pli­ment me on my gar­den and ask rosegrow­ing ad­vice.

In­evitably, I re­place a few shrubs ev­ery spring be­cause some may not have sur­vived the win­ter or some I feel just don’t per­form well. But mainly it’s be­cause I love choos­ing a few new va­ri­eties ev­ery year.

An old love or a new one, ev­ery spring my love af­fair is re­newed as the roses go through their June bloom, first flush and con­tinue through the sea­son.

sum­mer of ro­manc­ing the bloom.

To say that Tim Tanz is crazy about roses is the un­der­state­ment of the year, as il­lus­trated by his pho­tos of his dra­matic front gar­dens.

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