As everyone knows, my growing season here is very short. That means when places are finally selling potted roses, it's a frenzy. Seriously. In the middle of April, a LGS has their "Night of Wine & Roses", but all the customers seem to understand that it's actually the "Night of the Running Little Old Ladies" as it's a serious shopping frenzy. Almost as bad as a bloodfest with sharks. I've actually seen shouting matches between people for buying all of 1 rose (sometimes Tagawas will have only like 10 of a particular rose) and not sharing with everyone else. This year has been the worst in my personal memory for a short season.. usually the Big Boxes start carrying roses in the middle/late April, but this year, they FINALLY got them in yesterday (May 5). And what makes it worse is that Mother's day is on Sunday, so everyone's out trying to find good roses for their mama's. Nothing wrong with that.
So, when I know that roses are finally in stock, I call it going out on the Hunt. I'm Hunting for roses, and I won't be happy until I get some! LOL! Last night, I ended up at 2 different Home Depots & 2 different Lowes. I have coupons for Home Depot stating buy 2, get 1 free and I see that Lowes has roses 2 for $10. So, because I snagged a flyer for Lowes, I was able to get my HD roses for $5/ea. First HD I went to, nothing. All they had was Gold Medal, Mister Lincoln, Queen Elizabeth, Peace, and a couple of others. That was IT. Talk about pathetic. First Lowes I went to, I managed to snag 6 roses (at $5/ea): Lavender Simplicity (yes, a J&P bleh), Hot Tamale, a NICE Mr. Lincoln, Outrageous, Cinco de Mayo (mine didn't make it again.. maybe it just won't survive zone 5?), and 1 other I can't remember.
So I went home, happy that I got SOME roses. Made a quick dinner and decided that DH needed to be drug along for the next hunt. So we went to our local Lowes in town, but nothing.
All they had was lots of Montezumas, White Simplicity, and Gene Boerner, plus some others. This Lowes also had the Walking on Sunshine, but they were in HORRIBLE shape, so I didn't want to chance it. So, with a semi-heavy heart, we went to our local HD. They had 5 pallets of roses right before their doors, so we parked & I started my search. Gold Medal, Mr. Lincoln, Queen Elizabeth.. boring!!
So I figured that that was it.. nothing else. I wanted to check out their annuals (can almost put them in this weekend!), and when I glanced over to where the trees are in their corral, saw about another 20 pallets of roses. Jackpot!
Moseyed over and snabbed 4 Sterling Silvers (gee, who'd a thought?), an Intrigue, and a Voodoo.
Was wandering around with their shrubs and picked up 2 more lilacs, too!
Then, went inside to pay. I had my flier from Lowes showing the price of 2 for $10.. so I got all my roses for $5/ea!
When I get off work today (Fridays I work only until 2pm), I'll be hitting Tagawas to buy my M-I-L a couple of hanging baskets (I've bought her roses 3 years in a row.. and 3 years in a row she killed 'em) for mother's day. And I'll also be hitting a HD on the way home, 'cuz I still have my flier from Lowes stating $5/ea PLUS my coupon for buy 2, get 1 free!
EDIT: Rose I couldn't remember the name? Gypsy.