Thumb of 2018-11-17/AnnKNCalif/f7cc70@AnnKNCalif submitted this image in the Macros (extreme closeups, larger than life size) category of the The 2018 National Gardening Association Photo Contest .

AnnKNCalif added a caption:Close up of the classic rose Double Delight
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Dec 10, 2018 3:35 PM CST
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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I find this picture just hypnotic! Awesome photo and love the rose!
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Dec 10, 2018 8:30 PM CST

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Thank you Elena for your kind comment! Here's the original photo I cropped to get the close up. The rose had some petal damage but the center looked nice so I cropped it to get the close up.

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Best wishes,
Ann
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Dec 11, 2018 8:07 AM CST
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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I love roses but they don't love my climate. Back when I lived in NC I had some beautiful roses but only the hardiest (and mostly plainest) survive here.
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Dec 11, 2018 10:51 AM CST

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Elena - on another rose forum there are posts from rose growers in your zone and even further north. It does sound like a struggle to find roses that will reliably survive the cold. One source that I've bought from is Palatine nursery located just over the Niagara Falls border in Canada. Their roses are grafted on multiflora stock and and seem to do well in colder climates, and in my northern California garden as well! I just received an order last month and the bare roots are doing extremely well.

Ann
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Dec 11, 2018 3:33 PM CST
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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Thanks but I'm not sure those will work for me. I'm thinking it's not just the cold but the stress of being in the city. The ones I've tried in the front yard have to be in pots. They endure stray cats jumping in said pots, lots of reflected heat and sun and passing people pulling off the flowers and damaging the plant in the process. The ones in the backyard are shoved in with all the other plants I'm trying to grow in a very small space. They also have to contend with polluted runoff after every heavy rain. The only ones that have done really well for me are the Drift Roses. Those are tough! They catch most of the runoff and aren't phased one bit! All the other roses died.
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Dec 11, 2018 10:01 PM CST

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Elena - I think your conditions are too tough for roses and challenging for gardening overall. I hope you get to one day enjoy rose gardening again!

Ann
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