Welcome to The Rose Journal. Let us introduce ourselves. We’re Angelina and Mike Chute from East Providence, RI and have been growing roses for over 20 years. Between our two rose gardens and the roses we grow in containers, we have over 300 roses. Besides growing roses, we exhibit roses, write about roses, talk about roses, and teach about roses through our consulting business RoseSolutions. We also wrote a book about roses: Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening (Forbes River Publishing, 2010).
Several years ago we established a web site, http://www.rosesolutions.net/ where you can find information about different varieties of roses, especially vintage Brownell roses and sustainable, easy-to-grow roses as well as numerous articles about rose horticulture. When we’re not working in the garden or giving lectures at Flower Shows or garden clubs, we travel as much as possible, always looking for gardens to explore.
Other interests include visiting art museums, and since I (Angelina) am an avid needlepointer, we include visiting needlepoint stores wherever we go. A popular subject of my needlepoint projects is, of course, roses! (A few years ago Mike drove me across the state of Arizona to a town called Surprise only to find the needlepoint shop there closed…surprise!)
We’ll be posting frequently to our blog – information will vary from what’s going on in our garden or the rose world to the interesting sights and gardens we’ve visited on our trips. We will include a lot of pictures, like this one of ‘All the Rage’ (hybridized by Ping Lim) – the first rose that bloomed in our garden this year. It is also a very sustainable, disease resistant rose and we ranked it as our Number 1 favorite rose of 2010.
We look forward to reading your comments and invite you to visit our web site (http://www.rosesolutions.net/)