Most everyone has sent a bundle of roses to a friend or lover, but not nearly as many people have grown their own.
You've got all fall and winter to plan, so why not join a rose-growing group? The American Rose Society has a pile of information waiting for you. The "1979 Handbook for Selecting Roses" contains a list of just about every kind of rose commercially available. For each type there's a rating (even roses have to measure up) and notes about color, classification and awards.
Half the fun of rose-growing is looking through catalogs to pick plants, so the rose society includes a list of nurseries, most of which will send catalogs free on request. Also in the society's package are "Rose Growing Suggestions," "Hints for Growing Better Roses," "How to Plant a Rose," and a sheet giving the formal names for rose parts. This way you'll know what they're saying at your first rose society meeting.
For the lot, send 25 cents and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to American Rose Society, Dept. FB, P.O. Box 30.000, Shreveport, La. 71130.
MORE FLOWERS-When everything's coming up roses, how about drying the results of your efforts with the help of this freebie?
"Dried Flower Arrangements" teaches four main methods-air drying, glycerinizing, pressing and dessicating in silica gel or other drying agents-and suggests additional sources. For a free copy, send a postcard request to Consumer Information Center, Dept. 679G, Pueblo, Colo. 81009.