Early summer is rose blooming time. It's also a great time for weddings, strawberry socials and hanging out on the patio with friends and family. Roses only help to enhance these wonderful experiences.

Plant your roses now and look for new varieties that are resistant to disease and insects.

Cut rose blooms and bring them indoors to enjoy throughout your home.

When the first flush of blooms is finished, cut off the spent stem. This will assure that more blooms come later in the season.

Fertilize roses now and again in a month's time. Also, water your roses deeply in the event of drought.

Finally, remember to stop and smell the roses. And if someone ever promises you a rose garden ask to see the receipt.

Mark Cullen