Roses in the Desert Southwest


Roses can be grown in the Desert Southwest with a little care and feeding, along with a lot of water. I began growing roses here in 1985, and in 1999 began to increase the number I had to over 150. At that time, New Mexico was desert but not in the extreme drought we are in today, and at that time it was thought the aquifer had plenty of water. I began this gardening blog with a focus on roses. As I write this paragraph on February 2, 2015, I am rethinking the most responsible way to have roses at the present time. I am reducing the number of roses I am growing, which is difficult, because I love them all. The photographs I have taken in the past and am currently taking are becoming very important to me as reminders of the beauty of the rose.

There are two pages of rose photographs here: those taken 2004 – 2013, and those taken in 2014. The earlier ones were taken with a Nikon Coolpix and, later, a Canon G9.

The ones from 2014 were photographed with a Canon 5D Mark II.

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