Things are definitely rosier in my yard this year. Last year was such a good year for roses that I decided I wanted to add more. So far I've only added two--the new Easy Does It rose and a Rosa 'Felicia' (shown at left)--but I'm already enjoying the results.
I'm also enjoying the new rose gloves that Ethel Gloves sent me to try out. These gloves have all the sturdiness of the regular Ethel Gloves and then some. I've been doing some pruning and weeding around my roses with them and I don't have a single scratch to show for it. They have suede palms and fingers and the base of the glove covers you all the way up to the elbow. There is even a little pocket near the top of the glove, although I'm not sure exactly what you'd want to put in it. But most importantly, these gloves are tough--tough enough to even handle weeding around my extra-thorny rosa rugosa.
One thing to be aware of with these gloves, however, is that they run small. I wear a size Small in the regular Ethel Gloves, but a Medium in the Rose Gloves just fits me. The rose gloves only come in Medium and Large so if your regular size is Large, you may be out of luck with the rose gloves. But give them a try--and right now you can try them at a 15% discount when you use the promo code SPRING15. And one lucky reader of An Alameda Garden can get a free pair of rose gloves. To enter, just leave a comment here telling me what roses, if any, you're growing this year. You have until midnight, Friday, May 7 to enter and I'll announce the winner on Saturday, May 8.