Roses In January

Roses blooming in January are a rare site for zone 6 gardeners. I had to go to hardiness zone 10, warm and sunny Orlando, to smell these yellow roses. And yes, I not only took their picture, but really did stop to smell the roses’ light fragrance.
Yellow roses were my fathers favorite and I think they are my favorites too. That may be the reason yellow varieties tend to find their way to my garden.

Roses in EPCOT, Jan 2009

Rose petals have been found in fossils millions of years old. Hybridization has added disease tolerance and winter hardiness to the ancient rose.
I love the color variation of this rose which is about 4 inches across in full bloom. The buds start out a bold sunny yellow. As the bloom opens the color lightens to a soft pale lemon color.
Roses do well through out most of the country. Some are more cold tolerant, or can take the heat or maybe even a little shade if they have mostly Sunshine, Water, Good Drainage, Regular Pest and Disease Control, Fertilizer and Dormant Season Pruning.
You can find a suitable variety for your zone 4 to 10.

Prune to remove dead, diseased, and damaged canes in early to mid-March just before growth starts.
Find more Rose information at American Rose Society .

Click for the U. S. Department of Agriculture Cold Hardiness Zones

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