Since Spring 1992 when the roses I planted along my driveway first started to bloom, I have declared a winner of the “first to bloom” rose competition. Back then, I had more roses and more color varieties. Over the years, as roses have died or I have removed them for failure to flourish, I would replant with what I could find at the time I felt compelled to replace the rose bush. Since then, I have replaced very few and the remaining roses all seem to have similar color palates. One of these days I’ll get around to planting roses with different colors, like my all time favorite rose, the delicate and fragrant lavender floribunda, Angel Face. But until then, most of my roses have a golden peachy color with coral or red accents. Two were actually tied for the first rose to bloom this year, Sheila’s Perfume a floribunda with a gorgeous fragrance, and Betty Boop, another floribunda with almost no fragrance but that seems to grow a bouquet on a stem. I didn’t like the shots I took of Sheila’s Perfume so I am giving Betty Boop the 2016 “First To Bloom” award.