I can’t believe it’s the end of June already! Where has the month gone?  I have my double knockout rose blooms to share, so let’s get down to business.

I’d never grown knock out roses before, so last year I planted three red ones. They didn’t do much, but this year they really took off and before I knew it, all three bushes were in full bloom! This is where my beautiful blue vintage mason jars come in. I love them because they are simple, practical (like me) and look amazing with these bright red double knock out roses in them.

knock out roses

The first set of rosebuds bloomed last week.  These are on the tail end of their beauty.  New buds are all over and I’m anxiously waiting for them to bloom.

It’s very fulfilling to look at this photo I took and think -I did that!

Rosebuds

Knock Out Rose History

William Radler, a rose breeder in Wisconsin was fascinated by roses from a young age. When he was only nine-years old, he spent his allowance on a rose plant determined to care for it. As a rose breeder, he was determined to create a heat-tolerant and disease-resistant rose. He tested over 500 seedlings growing under a fluorescent light in the basement of his home. In 1988, he discovered the first Knock Out rose by cross-breeding Razzle Dazzle and Carefree Beauty.

Knock Out roses are low-maintenance roses that are perfect for people who love roses but do not necessarily have a green thumb. This breed of roses is heat-tolerant and can grow in any area of the United States. Ranging in a variety of colors such as red, pink, white and yellow, Knock Out roses can grow up to 6 feet tall and 6 feet wide if left unpruned. Their bloom period is from spring to early fall, with continuous blooms throughout which will deadhead themselves. They are ideally planted along a foundation or sidewalk area to add curb appeal to your front yard, making you the envy of the neighborhood.

I hope you grew something this year …and as always, I hope you are inspired!

– Jeanne, The Practical Fanatic