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After our rainy, cold spring it took a little longer for the roses to burst into bloom, but they are sure blooming now, and man, I understand why they are often called the “queen of flowers.” They are so beautiful, it’s amazing really.
And thanks to my daughter’s cool photography skills, I’ve got some great pictures to share with you:
David Austen English Roses are my favorite for their scent and old fashioned look. This is a bright pink one called “Mary Rose.”
This lovely, blush pink traditional rose is called “Pretty Lady.” It is a floribunda-type that is relatively new, but has proven pretty disease-resistant in my garden. Which is saying a lot because I loose lots of leaves to blackspot starting…well, just about now. In fact, most already are starting to loose some lower leaves, sadly.
This, of course, is the well-known Abraham Darby, an English Rose by David Austen. It has the strongest scent of all the roses I’ve grown- truly heavenly. And the color? A muted combination of apricot and pink. As it matures like in the picture, it opens to a slightly yellow center.
Words really don’t do this one justice.
You know those little roses that are meant for gift-giving as an indoor plant? This is one I got a couple of years ago and I stuck it in the ground when it was looking pretty sad, but wasn’t dead yet.
Sadly, that happens quite a bit around here.
It shocked me by actually growing and has produced a couple of these creamy blooms. Trouble is, the grafted root has sent up a three foot stalk in the middle of the plant that is full of little yellow-red buds. I don’t have the heart to cut it off yet with all those buds ready to bloom, but it’s day is coming…
Alright, now it’s time to show us what’s going on in your gardens.
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