Thursday, June 26, 2008

More Parade of Roses

I went through a period of obsession with roses and collected quite a few. I love the bloom, the fragrance and the romance. It started with some antique roses. Next several of the Canadian roses and rugosas hybrids were added. Then came hybrid teas. When the English roses were developed, I had to have several of them too.

Roses are a lot more work than many perennials. It's difficult to grow them well without chemicals. You have to really love them to spend the extra time involved in caring for them.

This post is for my old garden roses. Most of these roses bloom a little earlier than my hybrid teas. They are also tougher. Not so disease prone.

First my favorite Paul Neyron is an old hybrid perpetual. This rose produces huge blooms 6 or 7 inches across. A fat pink cabbage of a rose with lovely fragrance and a thorn free bush. Paul blooms off and on all summer. He can be a little temperamental, but I'm happy to give him whatever he wants .


Grus an Aachen is small. Both the bush and blooms are petite. A very pretty little rose for the front of the garden. Grus is another repeat bloomer with a nice fragrance.


This is an old once blooming rose whose name I've forgotten. Lovely fragrance pretty cup shaped blooms.


Another of Grus an Aachen. Early in the season it has more pink. Later the blooms fade to almost white.


Reines de Violettes (Queen of Violets) another hybrid perpetual that repeats through the summer. Flowers not as large as Paul Neyron, but there are many more blooms per bush.
Nice fragrance, no thorns.


Thanks for looking at my rose parade. Hybrid tea photos coming in a few days.

18 comments:

Darlene said...

Your rose photos are beautiful. I used to live at this beautiful place in Maine that over looked the bay. There were 17 acres that rambled down to the water, but the land that surrounded the house was used to grow about 300 varieties of roses, which were on display and then there were roses in pots for sale. What a site that was when they were if full bloom.

I look forward to reading and viewing more of your blog.

carolr said...

I love your roses, dogs, and cats. After viewing your roses, I am going to try to plant some. Do you have any suggestions for a novice? Also, my cat, Ebenezer, is a rescue cat too. We got him from Friends of Animals. He actually was on a local TV show(many animals were featured), but no one adopted him. Lucky for us. I also love your collie. It looks like Lassie

beckie said...

I love the cabbage roses. They bring to mind a more genteel time. Your hard work has certainly paid off with gorgeous blooms.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hello Darlene, I so glad to came by to visit and look at the roses. Your Maine house sounds beautiful. I would have been at the nursery taking photos all the time.

Good luck with your new blog. You have a very interesting life. I looked at your photo site and especially liked the goats. Hope to see them on your blog. I've always wondered about having a couple?????
Marnie

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hello Darlene, I so glad to came by to visit and look at the roses. Your Maine house sounds beautiful. I would have been at the nursery taking photos all the time.

Good luck with your new blog. You have a very interesting life. I looked at your photo site and especially liked the goats. Hope to see them on your blog. I've always wondered about having a couple?????
Marnie

Roses and Lilacs said...

Carolr, Your cat is the polar opposite of my two black long hairs. I'm glad for you both, a happy ending in one cat's life.

Here are a couple tips on planting roses.

I would recommend the English (Austin) rose Mayflower. Quite disease resistant so no spraying every couple weeks.Plant it about 4-inches deeper than it was growing in the pot. If you get a bare root, plant the graft 4-inches below the surface. It needs 5-gallons of water every week, twice as much in hot summer weather.
You and Ebenezer enjoy the day!
Marnie

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Beckie. As a kid I remember the cabbage roses on my Grandmother's wallpaper. I fell in love with them. Thought that was how roses should all look. Round and packed with hundreds of petals. Some old garden roses and David Austin's roses look like that ideal.
Marnie

Rose said...

You have so many lovely roses! I've always been afraid to plant most roses, for fear I'd kill them. I do have two knockout roses which seem nearly indestructible, but are there any of these that a novice (and often neglectful) gardener would be successful with?

Roses and Lilacs said...

Good morning Rose. If you want to try a rose or two, why not get a couple cheapies $5 at Home Depot next spring. Try to get them planted in April as soon as the soil is workable. HD is selling some antique rose (bare root in bags). They require none of the spraying hybrid teas need.

Check out this site for lots of info and often photos.
http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/rosesant/

Have a great weekend, Rose.

tina said...

I have one David Austin rose and a few polyantha and floribunda. No hybrid teas. Too much work and not enough sun. I love that David Austin one though. I will remember the name soon. It is so fragrant, full and easy to care for AND it is growing in semi sun! Can you believe it? It does have a bit of blackspot now but basically is an all around good rose. I can't believe how good. Thanks for sharing the old roses. Looking for pics of the hybrid teas.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Tina, I agree, David Austin's roses are beautiful. They are like heirloom roses but Austin's bloom all summer long and most have fragrance. They are reliably winter hardy here too. I have several and love every single one of them.
Marnie

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Wow Marnie,
You are really serious about your roses! Kudos to you! My dad (my gardener inspiration) was a fanatic about roses as well, but honestly, I've never had much interest in growing them. I do find them lovely in all their variations, but we think they're too much fuss (I'm no Carolyn Burnham from American Beauty!) I admire gardeners who are willing to devote the time and effort to growing them!

I'll just enjoy yours as they continue their parade! Thanks for sharing ...

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Iowa Victory Gardener. I'm following in my Dad's footsteps (gardener) too. But it was because of my Grandmother I got my first roses. I wanted some like she grew to remind me of her garden.

I'm getting away from the fussy ones. You're right, some varieties are a lot of bother. The old heirloom ones don't require anything but pruning.
Marnie

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