Thursday, February 24, 2011

New Web Site Test Run- Take it for a drive.

I have talked about creating a new online presence for Der Rosenmeister Nursery for a long, long time. There were always good reasons as to why I wasn't able to get to that. But, last spring, the universe gave me a strong kick in butt. I was diagnosised with prostate cancer in May. My father died of stomach cancer in June. My wife had hip replacement surgery 3 days after his death. I had a radical prostatectomy 8 weeks later in August.

Fortunately, my wife and I are doing well now. My mom is rebuilding her life without my dad. We miss him so much. I have had time to reflect on what is really important to me and to start to adjust my life accordingly. I try not to sweat the small stuff. I try to cherish those I care for and who care for me. This coming gardening season, I will take more time to smell the roses. And I want to share my passion for life and roses with you more than ever.

So, this winter, I've been working with Alex Solla, an amazing artist, photographer and web site consultant to get my blog up and running and to create a new look for the Der Rosenmeister web site. We are currently in beta testing of the new web site. Alex and I hope to have it live in March. Here's a link, if you would like to look at it as it stands right now.

I'd love to hear your comments. If you find anything that I've missed, please let me know. And this coming June, make some time to come smell the roses with me. Thanks.


  1. Website looks good, but it loads very slowly and there are no pictures of individual roses, not are they listed except as general types - are you going to do that for schmucks like me who need all the the info? Love M The pics that are there are wonderful. I like the layout and the opening.

  2. Marlena- Not sure what's up with the slow loading. Have noticed that the past couple of days. Still investigating. It should not be that way. There are listing and descriptions of individual roses like our previous site on the Roses We Grow page. In fact, it is accessible as an excel spread sheet, so you can manipulate the information to look for particular traits. We will be getting albums/slide shows up within the week with more pics of the landscape here as well as individual roses. Thanks for the feedback. We aim to please.

  3. Ok, I found it. For me, the problem was it wasn't really noticeable. That may be just me.