If only she didn't have blackspot...
I have Evelyn growing behind my garage, so I feel like she's my little secret. Maybe a rose like this would be a good showpiece for the front yard, but she probably wouldn't do as well without all that acidic gutter water flowing into her bed.
If only she didn't have blackspot...
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!
David Austin English Rose "Crown Princess Margareta.", a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.
I'm not sure where the 'winter' comes from. Maybe the original intended name was Winter's Tale, or something.
Anyway, I like her! Maybe I love her!
This rose will eventually reach 12 feet!
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?
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!
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.
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.
I'm sorry. I just think that Gallicandy is so freaking cute. The flowers are actually a little more purple than the picture shows. It's funny how such a mean-looking plant can have such child-like crayon-colored flowers. They remind me of those "dancing flowers" they used to sell at novelty shops in the '80s. Maybe I should find a little pair of sunglasses for this bloom?
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.
David Austin English Rose "William Shakespeare 2000.", a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.
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.
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.