Learn About Weeks Roses


By: Stan V. Griep, American Rose Society Consulting Master Rosarian, Rocky Mountain District

By Stan V. Griep
American Rose Society Consulting Master Rosarian – Rocky Mountain District

Weeks Roses are loved and admired the world over and are considered to be some of the most beautiful roses available.

History of Weeks Rose Bushes

Weeks’ Roses is a Wholesale Rose Grower here in the United States. The original company was founded by O.L. and Verona Weeks in 1938. The company was located in Ontario, California. Mr. “Ollie” Weeks was recognized for his excellence in the field of commercial horticulture and was a highly respected Rosarian. He and his wife, Verona, ran and grew the rose growing business into a multi-million dollar enterprise that spread over 250+ acres. They had many roses that were named All-America Rose Selections over their nearly 50 years in the business. Weeks loved roses; they were his hobby and his livelihood according to those whom knew him. Having the love of roses in common, I would have loved to have met and spoken with Mr. Weeks in person. I am honored to be able to enjoy some of his roses to this day.

Mr. Weeks retired from the rose growing business and it was sold. Weeks’ Roses is now part of International Garden Products, Inc. (IGP). Weeks’ Roses has grown to over 1,200 acres of production facilities. A research, marketing, and licensing office is located on the Cal Poly Pomona Campus along with the Weeks’ Roses hybridizing greenhouses and their display & test gardens.

Weeks’ Roses Research Department has been under the direction of Rosarian Tom Carruth since 1988. Each year, they hand-pollinate around 50,000 rose blooms to produce approximately 250,000 rose seeds. After a meticulous 8- to 10-year period of evaluation, some rose bushes are submitted for further testing in the All-America Rose Selections (AARS) Trials. Out of several roses submitted to the trials, only about 3 or 4 varieties come forward from the group as superior and market-worthy rose bushes. As you can see, it is a painstaking process to be sure. However, it is all very much worthwhile, as Weeks Roses has brought us many beautiful rose bushes for our rose beds and rose gardens over the years.

List of Weeks Roses

Some years ago, Mr. Weeks and a Mr. Herbert Swim put their Rosarian heads together and produced a rose bush named Mister Lincoln, a beautiful and highly fragrant hybrid tea rose that is still very popular in the markets of today. Another such rose bush is one named Angel Face, a floribunda rose bush with a beautiful lavender color and heavenly fragrance to match. I have several Weeks Roses in my rose beds and love them dearly!

To name just a few of the wonderful, award winning Weeks Roses, look for these beauties at your local nursery or garden center:

  • About Face Rose – Grandiflora
  • Betty Boop Rose – Floribunda
  • Cinco De Mayo Rose – Floribunda
  • Dick Clark Rose – Grandiflora
  • Ebb Tide Rose – Floribunda
  • Fourth of July Rose – Climber
  • Hot Cocoa Rose – Floribunda
  • Memorial Day Rose – Hybrid Tea
  • Moonstone Rose – Hybrid Tea
  • Scentimental Rose – Floribunda
  • St. Patrick Rose – Hybrid Tea
  • Strike It Rich Rose – Grandiflora
  • Sunset Celebration Rose – Hybrid Tea
  • Wild Blue Yonder Rose – Grandiflora

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WTI oil, the US benchmark, crossed $60 a barrel

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  • European stocks jumped and US futures rose, although US markets are closed.
  • WTI oil rose past $60 for the first time since January 2020 as demand bounces back.
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European stocks jumped in early trading on Monday, US futures rose and Asian equities climbed overnight as investors doubled down on bets that coronavirus vaccines and government stimulus will power a rapid rebound this year.

Meanwhile, West Texas Intermediate oil rose past the $60 for the first time in over a year as tensions in the Middle East and a cold snap in parts of the US.

Europe's Stoxx 600 index was up 0.8% in morning trading, while the UK's FTSE 100 was 1.39% higher.

Futures for the US's S&P 500 were up 0.29%, although trading will be closed on Monday for Presidents' Day.

Markets in China and Hong Kong were shut for the Lunar New Year. But Japan's Nikkei 225 jumped 1.91%.

The MSCI All World index ended at a record high on Friday in a sign of investors' confidence that economies will heal quickly in 2021.

"As the virus count falls in major countries and the vaccine roll-out proceeds with fits and starts, the mood in markets is improving," said Marshall Gittler, head of investment research at trading platform BDSwiss.

"It helps too that financial conditions are extremely loose, meaning there's a lot of money floating around looking for a home," Gittler added. "As a result, stock markets are moving further into record territory."

Expectations of a strong rebound in demand as economies recover have pushed oil prices to one-year highs.

Crude prices extended their rally overnight after a Saudi-led coalition said it had intercepted a drone fired by the Houthi group, which is aligned to Iran, according to state TV.

The possibility of higher tensions in the Middle East combined with a possibly disruptive cold snap in Texas to send WTI crude to a high of close to $60.80 a barrel. It was last up 1.87% to $60.57, trading at levels not seen since January 2020. Brent crude was up 1.33% to $63.26 a barrel.

Richard Hunter, head of markets at Interactive Investor, said: "Hopes of increased demand in the coming months along with controlled supply has been positive for an oil price, which has risen by 22% in the year to date."

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The dollar index fell 0.19% to 90.31 as investors moved out of the greenback into equities. Its fall helped push the British pound up 0.39% to $1.3898, its highest level since the spring of 2018.


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