Livin’ Easy—old garden rose

Livin’ Easy is an old garden floribunda, shrub rose that reaches a mature size of about 4 feet tall and up to 4 feet wide, if space allows. I sometimes call this the “sunset” rose because the newly opened blooms exhibit all the colors of a beautiful sunset!

Picture of orange colored, newly opened bloom of Livin' Easy rose

Livin’ Easy, Aug 10, 2013

Pros and Cons observed in my garden.

There are pros and cons about this rose. My favorite parts about this rose are; easy to grow, thrives in full afternoon sun—even blooms in 100 degree heat, very disease resistant (although I have seen downy mildew on the leaves), and the bright green leaves compliment the multiple colors of the rose.

The biggest problem I have with this rose is the very dense set of thorns that reach about 1/2 inch long and completely surround the canes—-I don’t work on this one without a good pair of  gloves made to shield hands from rose thorns!

Growning conditions in my garden.

Roses really like to have garden spaces that receive morning sun to dry the leaves and prevent diseases. If a rose is highly susceptible to black spot (a common fungal disease), then the morning sun rule is critically important. [Note:  if a rose is susceptible to black spot leaf infections, that may be enough to kill the rose as it will quickly drop leaves to get rid of diseased tissues. ]

Fully opened blossom of Livin' Easy rose.

Livin’ Easy, Aug 10, 2013

The Livin’ Easy rose grows on the South-West side of my house, so it receives very little morning sun, and considerable amounts of evening sun. After 3 years, this rose continues to thrive and through variances in drought and extreme moisture (Spring and Summer), so my experience has been that it is hardy enough to grow anywhere. (I had one on the East side that died during the drought, but it was planted farther away from the house and received less water.) A weekly watering is enough for this hardy floribunda.

Additional Rose Care

In the spring, after the last frost, I fertilize my roses with Miracle Grow for Roses. On February 14 (+/- a few days, depending on time available to be in the garden) I remove all dead canes and stems. This rose will naturally deadhead (remove spent blooms) but will more quickly add new blossoms if it is manually deadheaded with clippers.

This one’s easy to enjoy, and well worth the thorny canes!

Valentine–floribunda–New Blooms Despite Heat

The Valentine rose continues to bloom despite the heat!Valentine continues to bloom, even as the heat continues to run above 100 degrees. The newly opened bloom is surrounded by new buds — all the foliage developed over the last week and every day has been above 100 degrees (102-104).

This plant was purchased and planted in February, 2013, so I wasn’t sure how well it would perform in the heat. The rose is located on the west side of the house and gets the full intensity of the afternoon sun, so it has weathered well!



Valentine–floribunda, shrub, repeat bloomer

Valentine Rose--May2013

Valentine Rose–May 2013

Valentine is a floribunda shrub rose. This rose blooms spring through summer as long as the high temperatures are not above 100 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 10 days or so.

Valentine is an “old garden rose”; the plant above ground and the roots are a single plant. A grafted rose, on the other hand, is a rose that consists of two roses grafted together at the crown (found at soil line). Long stem roses are often grafted roses because they generally have weak root systems.

Old garden roses can be propagated using cuttings (pieces of stem inserted into the ground—in a suitable environment). This rose was purchased at the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, Texas. If you’d like to see other varieties—check the online catalog at

Valentine was purchased last year and has had several flushes of blooms—characteristic of the floribunda class. So far this year, we’ve had about 7 days above 100 degrees and Valentine continues to bloom, but each subsequent set of blooms is smaller in size and number. Valentine is a small shrub (about 2 1/2 feet in diameter) and a repeat bloomer!