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Quietness of Many Petals. by Leenechan
Quietness of Many Petals., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

Well, Quietness here has been in the ground since June 2012 and is looking good. We just ended up having to sink Lady Emma Hamilton and Princess Alexandra of Kent. I had been planning on keeping both of those roses are potted plants, but AUSbrother got waaaay too big in her first year, and I thought that since AUSmerchant has been having problems with powdery mildew she'd be better off in the ground in an airy location. So she's been planted near Duc de Guiche #1 and Heritage. Lady Emma Hamilton has been planted in front of Alchymist, and near Darcey Bussell. I do like orange and deep red/purple roses planted together. They make me think of peach melba!

Next roses to go in the ground are Wildeve and Reine des Violettes. That's right...our puny little Hybrid Perpetual has finally decided to fill out her pot. And Wildeve has been looking so damn chlorotic for the entire season that I'd have to think he'd do better in the ground. I have my fingers crossed.

I repotted Julia Child this evening. She is looking fly in her new green 5 gallon pot!

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Home-grown Tamora. by Leenechan
Home-grown Tamora., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

When I got this rose in May she came with three little beaten-up buds that miraculously opened up into three decent-looking, great-smelling flowers.

Here is our first home-grown Tamora blossom. Compared to the earlier flowers it's big and luminous. Tamora hadn't bloomed in so long that I had almost forgotten about her...not any more!

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Oh, the glories... by Leenechan
Oh, the glories..., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

I'm having one of those moments when you walk outside and see your rose looking just as perfect as it did in all those photos you admired. Chapeau de Napoleon might only bloom once a year, but he is so worth it!

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More Margareta. by Leenechan
More Margareta., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

I guess that if you start with a 3 gallon Austin rose you're going to get the real deal with the first flower!

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Thankfully Madame Hardy still has quite a few buds to open. I am going to miss her once she finishes blooming for the year!


Jun. 16th, 2013 12:32 pm
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She spots badly in the rain, but she's a pretty, delicate thing with many petals.

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Evelyn Cluster. by Leenechan
Evelyn Cluster., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

She's a short climber in her second year at 36 inches tall, but she appears to have every intention of growing taller. She still has a touch of blackspot...like most of the roses in the yard in spite of our spraying. Well, when you get 10 inches of rain in a week, what can you do?

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Wow! by Leenechan
Wow!, a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

The latest bloom from Simon Estes measures 5 inches across! What a rose!

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The first one to bloom for me, anyway!

I had wanted to leave this on the plant to photograph, but we got the cold, rainy side of a nor'easter yesterday and that would have ruined everything. When I cut this flower it looked like a rag, but see how pretty it is now that it's opened up!

The flower is small. I'm not sure if KvD will have larger flowers once she matures. If she doesn't, that's okay. This is very nicely formed!

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For this year, at least. Paul Ricault has finished blooming, and I must say that all four of his flowers were gorgeous. Unfortunately, he's a naughty boy who only blooms at the tops of his canes. We are going to have to peg him soon!

I don't think I've posted any photos of Claire Austin yet. I did take a few, but unfortunately her flowers have becomes martyrs to the elements, covered with hot pink rain spots. Good thing she's an ever-bloomer.

James Mason did open his first flower, but it was bug-mauled since birth and I didn't feel like sharing. I haven't been happy with this rose, but it's not his fault. The caterpillars just won't leave him alone. They even laid off Siren's Keep after awhile, but not James Mason!

For some reason, the only Gallicas we grow that don't get their buds ruined by bugs are the Barden hybrids. I've noted before that the caterpillars seem to hate Paul Ricault, which is probably why I love him so much right now, LOL...

Another rose I love right now is Chapeau de Napoleon, even if he got off to a rocky start. His flowers are just perfect to me--I adore big, squashy centifolias even more than perfectly quartered Gallicas. I kind of want to use one of his blooms to powder my face! His habit looks a bit stupid right now--he's got two short canes on one side and a 38-inch long cane on the other with at least eight buds hanging off it. He doesn't look quite as stupid as Mme. Hardy, though. She has a bunch of little canes at her base and a 52-inch monster growing out of her middle. She looks like she's flipping everyone the birdie! XD

I hope that the two day dry-out helps our roses out a little. Konigin von Danemark's flush has probably been ruined.
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Nice Chapeau de Napoleon. by Leenechan
Nice Chapeau de Napoleon., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

CdN had a nice display for us this morning. The flowers are so cute and squishy!

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First Chapeau de Napoleon! by Leenechan
First Chapeau de Napoleon!, a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

Chapeau de Napoleon has been suffering from our excessive rainfall more than the other roses. One of his buds has botrytis, and his first flower would have balled if I hadn't broken open the outer petals. The flowers are bigger and puffier than they were last year. I wonder how many of his flowers I'm going to have to help along? It's too bad, because there are so many of them. I hate to see them spoiled by fungus.

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"Madame Hardy." by Leenechan
"Madame Hardy.", a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

That's how I feel about my other white roses now that Madame Hardy has bloomed for the first time.

Yeah, the flower is a little misshapen. But there are more to come! That flower is blooming at the top of a fifty-one inch cane, and I had to bend it way down to get a picture. Mme. Hardy has mean thorns but they aren't as mean as Polareis'!

It's hard to tell because it's been raining so much, but even though I think that Mme. Hardy is more beautiful than Mme. Plantier, Mme. Plantier has a better fragrance.

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The plant is tiny right now, and that flower has a very weak stem. It's absolutely beautiful in person, though, and it's a shame that red and purple roses are so hard to photograph.

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Guess Who! by Leenechan
Guess Who!, a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

This is the first of Evelyn's 17 buds to open, and it's one of the smaller ones! The color seems a lot more orange and less pink this year. Oh, me and my orange roses...

I cut this one for a vase right away, because we're supposed to get Big Rain again tomorrow. Since we haven't been getting the ridiculously hot temperatures so far this year, Evelyn's new canes are growing in thicker and straight up rather than flopping around like an octopus' tentacles. We have her tied to a fan trellis now. It's hard to believe that this is only her second year.

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Quiet Heart? by Leenechan
Quiet Heart?, a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

The bugs do, that's who!

Well, I do, too...but it's too bad that the foliage has been beetle food.

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Two Carding Mills. by Leenechan
Two Carding Mills., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

If you all haven't figured it out already!

Carding Mill keeps popping out flowers, and I love the fragrance more than anything. I'm not sure why helpmefind has it listed as "myrrh" when it's a fruity, peach scent. I'm not sure what class of rose that comes from, or if only modern roses can come with a fruit rather than floral scent. I love it! It's a real pick-me-up and doesn't give me a headache like the tea fragrance.

Nice Form.

Jun. 8th, 2013 03:17 pm
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Another Paul Ricault. by Leenechan
Another Paul Ricault., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

Paul popped his second Ricault today, and I think it has a much better form than the first one! This one has a neat inner spiral, while the first bloom was a deformed monster with three centers. I am a sucker for the centifolia roses in spite of their issues. Some sources list Paul Ricault as a Hybrid Perpetual, but he does not rebloom!


Jun. 6th, 2013 03:41 pm
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Rose gardening can be frustrating, especially in the Northeastern US, where you have to deal with blackspot, powdery mildew, rabbits and bugs, bugs, bugs all the time. If you persist, however, you will sometimes find yourself rewarded with something truly glorious.

So here's Carding Mill today, looking glorious.

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