Anna and Mike Cordelli
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First of all, thanks to everybody all over the world who have taken the time to drop me an email to say how much they enjoyed the pages. It's your encouragement that helps me to find the time to keep updating this, your notes are sincerely appreciated. I know I'm a bit behind, but working to catch up.

I'm not a botanist and I don't play one on TV. I don't grow flowers for a profession, I'm a Manager of Information Technology who finds that some time in the garden producing beautiful flowers and good tasting vegetables makes the day to day insanity somehow more sane. I'll often wake up early to get in an hour or so before work, come home at lunch time to tend the roses, and spend more time when I get home at night, if it is still light out.

Sharing my experiences with others, whether it be people who have never grown roses, or those who have yet to realize the plants can flower all summer long, giving you hundreds and hundreds of flowers each season only seems natural. It was the sharing done by others on the internet that has helped me be successful in my garden, and there are so many places on the internet that seem to be bothered by people who are just getting started. It's like paying back the good will of others.

The number of places beginners can turn to for assistance is getting smaller and smaller on the internet, some of the newsgroups and forums are now "bothered" by somebody asking a simple question. It's certainly not unique to this subject, it's happening all over the place, a few people think they "own" some corner of the internet even though it is an open forum, and don't want anybody bothering them. That won't happen here, everybody is welcome, and while it may take a few days, I try to answer every e-mail I receive.

Click on any of the pictures on this page for a larger version and a few words on my experience with the plants. Click on the Mikes Rose Care Link for my version of the How to Grow Roses Guide.

Email me with any corrections, suggestions, etc. Thanks to all of you who have emailed to say thanks for the pages.

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For what's going on in the rose garden in 2003 click here

The Winter of 2002-2003 was brutal to my garden, indeed it was one of the worst winters on record in the NorthEast.  We had long periods of time when the temperature never got above freezing.  We had snow on top of snow, on top of snow (from Christmas through sometime in March or April there was never a time without snow in my yard).  Relentless wind, etc.  It devastated the gardens, with dozens of plants not making it through.  The pictures below represent roses that have been in the garden, but not all of them may still be growing.  More will certainly be added.


Apricot Nectar 


Saint Patrick


 John F Kennedy


Bella'roma, new for 2003


 Sheer Bliss

Billy Graham Karen Blixen   Sheila's Perfume  
Black Magic  Lady X  Spellcaster

Blue Girl


 Spice Twice  

Buttercream, new for 2003 Love   Sunset Celebration  




Capt Harry Stebbings 

 Melody Perfume


 Chicago Peace

Mr Lincoln  


Dolly Parton


Tournament of Roses  

Double Delight  



English Sonnet

New Zealand

 Ultimate Pink     



  Unknown Rose 

First Prize

Opening Night

Veterans Honor

Fountain Square



 Fragrant Cloud  

  Pearl Essence


 Fragrant Plum  

Perfectly Red


Fragrant Rhapsody  



 French Lace

Princess Diana


French Perfume

Proud Land



Rose Rhapsody


 Golden Masterpiece

 Queen Elizabeth


 Grand Finale  



Grand Impression







About all the pictures on these pages -

The pictures on these pages were all taken by me of my flowers. These are the actual flowers you would see if you came into my yard. In case you are interested, they were taken with a 14 year old Olympus OM2s, a 70-300 zoom on macro most of the time, close up filters others, and color print film. Only natural light was used, the camera was tripod mounted and an electronic release was used to keep it from shaking. Some were taken with one of the Sub compact Olympus Stylus zooms, and now some are taken with a Olympus Digital.

The prints were scanned with a $99 scanner (it was low priced at the time), and very little touch up was done on them, when necessary only brightness and contrast were adjusted, the color was never touched. They are all compressed to save bandwidth and download time, depending on your screen resolution you may see some color blotching.