I've never been very good at taking care of my plants. My dad has always been an amazing gardener and I've admired his ability to cultivate and care for his garden. The cover of last summer's J.Crew catalog was this model with this giant flower pin that resembled an English rose. I saw that and had to have it- well, really I decided to try and grow them. I researched everything about rose care including yearly pruning, soil amendment, supplements, what's best for our region, disease resistance, hardiness, etc before beginning. A year later, I am really quite pleased with how my English roses are doing. It took a whole year in order to get blooms this big and abundant especially with the burning Texas heat. I have ordered more and am looking forward to planting them in the front flower bed (yes starting all over again). All my current ones except for 2 mini rose bushes were put in containers at the back of the house, near the detached garage, so we could enjoy seeing them when we drove home. The lighter pink roses has a light lychee fragrance- my new ones I just ordered (apricot color) smell even more amazing than these. Lots of work to do but very excited!