After doing some research I decided to go with Jackson & Perkins for my offerings. Home improvement stores and nurseries often have limited rose selection; and being a beginner I wanted a company that had a robust return/quality guarantee.
I knew I wanted a pink rose (I abhor red, and yellow and white roses aren’t my fav). I had considered the Social Climber because of its cheeky name; but ended up with the Zephirine Druhan because it was 50% off.
It was initially $24.95 but I got it 50%. Not one to take chances I also bought the companies’ rose food. The best part of the website is that it uses Amazon pay so I didn’t have to enter my credit card info for the billionth time.
Shipping and handling is a bit steep at $11.95 and it took ten days to get to my house. An eternity after Amazon prime has altered my shipping expectations for ever.
I already knew what to expect bc Jackson & Perkins has very helpful youtube videos (https://youtu.be/MhVKGrT8-IY).
Before we can plant the rose it needs to soak for 12-24 hours. So Ms. Zephirine will chill in this bucket for the next day or so! And hopefully when she grows up she’ll look like all these lovely plants: