I spent a great number of years cultivating roses. Mesa, Arizona is not the rose capital of the world. It is moderately difficult to grow roses when summer temperatures are close to 120 degrees. The flowers have a tendency to dry up before they fully blossom. I may go back to growing roses, but for the time being, I am enjoying my cactus. Meanwhile, I can enjoy roses where I find them, usually in places outside of the desert, but not always.