I grow lots of minature roses because they are so easy! They are hardy to my zone, return every year and bloom all Spring and Summer and Fall. They are fragrant too and are charming in mini arrangements. They are edible! Plus I can make rose water for my face spritz!
This morning I harvested a dozen minature rose blooms. I put them in a glass pitcher and covered them with my favorite water, Penta. I drink one Penta a day, www.pentawater.com
I used room temperature Penta water and let the petals steep for the day. Than I strain and put some of my rose water in a crystal perfume atomizer for my lavatory. So lovely to look at. Off and on during the day I spritz my face. So nice to keep the face hydrated. Out of the refigerator the water will stay fresh for three or four days. The rest of the water I store in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for a week. I only do eight to ten ounces at a time. If I want I can do up a large pitcher of filtered water add a dozen rose blooms, steep for a day and add the water to my bath. Smells divine in the tub.
The petals I roll into small beads for rose beads. These I string while wet and than let them dry. Come next December I will have a large garland of rose beads for one of the trees I do up. This year I am adding a rose bud inbetween each bead. That will look pretty. I do this all growing season. The roses are in bloom for the gardens, that is pretty and smells nice. Harvesting keeps them budding. I have roses for the house and for my rose water.
I buy the minature plants in November, December and January. When I really need flowers to keep my spirit joyful. Usually they are at the grocery store. I keep them alive until spring and than plant out in one of the gardens. I have a nice grouping of minature roses. A full use sort of plant. I like minature roses. They only need coffee grinds and egg shells for mulch. They grow for years. Some of my yellows are six years old!