Ahhh, it’s rose season again … Are yours blooming yet? What are you seeing in your neighborhood? Ours just started busting out with the few not-too-cold days we’ve had. The ever faithful Sally Holmes is climbing our fence, the Ispahan that George cut way back last season is starting to bud. The Blue Girls aren’t blooming yet, but the Graham Thomas and Butterscotch (both yellow roses) are doing great. This is a butterscotch rose. No scent, but it’s a stunning rose with colors that range from rich caramel to full yellow, with blushes of pink on the edges.
Oh, what timing! George just handed me an incredible Heritage rose that’s in full bloom and smells heavenly.
And coincidentally, the 31st Annual Celebration of Old Roses, one of the best events in El Cerrito, is just around the corner. This year it will be held on Sunday May 15th, from 11:00 to 3:30 (the week after Mother’s Day). It’s sponsored by the Heritage Roses Group and will be held at the El Cerrito Community Center, a few blocks east of the main drag in El Cerrito, San Pablo Avenue. The Center is at 7007 Moeser Lane, cross street is Ashbury. The event and parking are free.
The heart of the Celebration is the hundred-foot display of roses — everyone from expert cultivators to garden-fanatics to hobbyists to people who just have one rose bush in their yard bring cut roses to show. They are grouped and arranged, and the result is an intoxicating display of scents and colors. So pull out your shears,clip off a couple of your best roses, and bring them by! Have a rose that you can’t identify? Bring a bloom in and get an expert’s opinion…
In addition to the roses, an array of arts and crafts and rose-related products will tempt you — just view, or purchase if you can’t resist!
I’ve had a table with my artwork and crafts at the Celebration for the past six years. I’ll bring the work that I make from my original photographs, rose and flower-related, including jewelry, scarves, tiles, boxes, vases, sachets, and much more! Go to smell the roses, then stop by to say hello… If you have any questions about the show, please email me.