A Year of Roses In loving memory of june grube who would have loved this project

This is a tribute to my grandmother June Louise Grube who passed on her love of roses to me. This project is a photo gallery & slide show of the roses in my garden through the year 2017.

The History of Roses

Roses have a long and colorful history. They have been symbols of love, beauty, war, and politics. The rose is, according to fossil evidence, 35 million years old. In nature, the genus Rosa has some 150 species spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from Alaska to Mexico and including northern Africa. Garden cultivation of roses began some 5,000 years ago, probably in China. During the Roman period, roses were grown extensively in the Middle East. They were used as confetti at celebrations, for medicinal purposes, and as a source of perfume. Roman nobility established large public rose gardens in the south of Rome. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the popularity of roses seemed to rise and fall depending on gardening trends of the time.

This excerpt on the history of roses was pulled from the Unniversity of Illinois Extension Our Rose Garden site at https://extension.illinois.edu/roses/default.cfm.

My Roses

Just Joey

The town of Colchester in England is one of the oldest on record and has a climate that is superbly suited for the hybridization of high quality roses. It is here in the year of 1765 the Cants of Colchester was established who have been engaged in hybridization of roses since the past 245 years. Being a family business to this day, the Cants of Colchester were equipped with a long history of rose hybridization. During the 1970s, the company trialed with compositions of hybrid perpetuals and old fashioned tea roses to create a cross between them in an apricot flavor. Driven by this inspiration and experience, Roger Pawsey of Cants of Colchester created the Just Joey in 1972. Just Joey was a massive success and is considered one of the master creations hybridized by the company owing to its unprecedented characteristics and qualities. Just Joey is revered as one of the top five roses in the hybrid tea rose category when considering the beauty, fragrance, color, compressed form and resistance to disease.

The orange color pointed buds of the Just Joey are trademarks of hybrid tea roses and open up into the large blossoms. The plant is covered in these large apricot colored blossoms measuring an average of 4 to 6 inches in diameter. The edge of the Just Joey’s petals is not perfectly smooth, but is slightly crimped. The petals of new blossoms bear a rich apricot color which lightens out to a peachy pink or light peach towards the outer edges during maturity. With a beautiful fruity-like fragrance, the blossoms often occur in clusters but single flowers are also seen at times. The glossy dark green leaves of the Just Joey rose are very disease resistant.


Just Joey roses exhibit their best colors in regions with hot summers and a plant in full bloom is a delightful sight. Gardeners with small gardens love this as it grows in a sort of rounded bush-like shape that reaches a height around 3 – 4 feet but may even stay around 02 feet and widen out its branches. Exceptionally suited for borders and flower beds, its long stems make it an excellent candidate for cutting and flower arrangements. This medium sized rose plant is and its unprecedented characteristics paved the way for it to be introduced into the World Rose Hall of Fame in 1994.

Happy Go Lucky™

BIG fragrant & full old-fashioned blossoms of pure yellow have all the charm of an English rose, but born on this side of the pond.

Yet, it easily bests the disease resistance of any English variety hands down retaining its gown of rich green foliage. The vigorous bushy plant flowers like a fool well into the season without turning into a sprawling stingy space-eater in the landscape. With a bloodline like this, you know it’s gotta’ be good.

Happy Go Lucky™ Grandiflora Rose

Cultivar: WEKsirjuci

Pink Peace

This derivative of Peace had great aspirations to match the fame of its parent. It never quite made it that far, but it’s certainly a splendid pink rose. The rounded vigorous bush produces large shapely lustrous clear pink flowers with a sweet fragrance and deep green foliage. Performance improves with warmer temperatures.

Pink Peace Hybrid Tea Rose

Fragrance: Strong rose

Flower Form: Very double

Flower Size: Large

Petal Count: 50 plus

Hybridizer: Meilland—1959

Parentage: (Peace x Monique) x (Peace x Mrs. John Laing)

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Bouquet of Just Joey, Happy Go Lucky, Yves Piaget, Peace, Pink Peace, Chris Evert roses...

Just Joey, Happy Go Lucky, Yves Piaget, Peace, Pink Peace, Chris Evert roses...

More Bouquets.

There are so many wonderful combinations of roses and no two bouquets are ever the same. I love them all. The colors and fragrance combinations always bring me great joy.

Hot Cocoa, Honor and Queen Elizabeth or Cecile Brunner
Queen Elizabth or Cecile Brunner with Hot Cocoa, Just Joey and Happy Go Lucky in the back.
Yves Piaget... and friends.
Created By
Alison Grube


Created by Alison Grube

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