Out of control rose obsession!

I thought I'd share some of my rose gardening experiences from this summer. Roses are my favorite, but they have a reputation for being difficult to grow. I didn't find that to be true, at least here in New Mexico. Roses love a lot of sun and the low humidity helps ward off black spot and other diseases. Here are some of my favorite rose photos from the garden:

Medallion ~ this one has huge, lightly fragrant flowers, and grew like a weed :)

 Double Delight ~ I grew this one from a little seedling that I mail-ordered from Heirloom Roses.

 Sunbright Rose, bought from Home Depot. Didn't bloom much, but that could be because I have it in a shady spot.

 Awesome "Oranges n' Lemons" orange and yellow striped floribunda rose.

 Don Juan ~ pretty velvety climbing rose that smells epic.

 Tiffany ~ another hybrid tea rose with a really strong fruity scent like Blue Girl.

 Hot Cocoa ~ floribunda rose with a funky russet color and blooms like crazy. Kind of smells like cocoa, too.

Cary Grant ~ a studly big bright coral hybrid tea rose.

New rose perfumes!

Double Delight, a spicy damask rose fragrance with Rose Absolute, carnation and layers of spices that is as true to the flower as possible. This is a more traditional rose that smells totally authentic to me.

Blue Girl, a delicate, light, youthful, not-so-traditional rose fragrance. Keeping true to the flower, I made this perfume with real Rose Absolute and notes of lemon verbena, citrus, and raspberry.