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Roses! Yes, they will grow here!

Doesn't everyone love roses?  They make spectacular cut flowers, smell heavenly, and come in all shapes and sizes.  Unfortunately, the south is not a hospitable place for most roses.  Tea Roses, the ones that bloom so well and make such great bouquets, require nearly constant spraying for molds, mildews and pests here in the south.  For me, this means finding an alternative so I don't feel cheated that I do not garden in California. Roses can be complex.  There are Old…

Irises

I am an iris fiend.  To me, they are a spectacular bloom.  With falls, crests, beards and the myriad of colors and varieties they come in, they just cannot be beat.  And most of them grow in my zone and climate. Those who dislike irises cite their relatively short bloom time.  That's it.  That is all they have to complain about.  Yes, it's true the bloom time for each variety can be short.  But for the rest of the year you…