leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
lovelyqueen

It's our very first AUStiger bloom! Like her parent Charlotte, she stands up very well to the sun. I don't know why this rose is listed as having no fragrance, though...smells pretty nice to me.
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
Sometimes it really sucks to be rose gardener in southern New England.

These are the everblooming roses that have no blackspot:

Quietness
Simon Estes
Paloma Blanca
Darcey Bussell
Lady Emma Hamilton
Charlotte
Julia Child
William Shakespeare 2000
Scepter'd Isle
Typhoo Tea
Iobelle
Carding Mill
Lady of Shalott
Crocus Rose
Young Lycidas
Aptos
Ambridge Rose
Tamora
Polareis

These have one or two spots:

Honeysweet
Jude the Obscure
Heritage
Claire Austin

The rest of them are horrible...
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
greatfp

Felicite Parmentier has been blooming for ten days so far. Not bad for her first flowering season! I think she'll carry on for at least four more days. I really do love this rose. I have her in a horrible spot, and nothing is touching those perfect pink flowers. Her leaves are spotless. And since I am a sissy with allergies, I do prefer the sweet alba fragrance to the damask perfume.

FP, you are so cute. I would love to have at least two of you in my garden. It's a pity that she's not so easy to find.
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
lovechapeau

Chapeau de Napoleon was the first OGR I ever wanted. Seeing him bloom for the third time this year, I don't think I will ever love a rose as much as I love this rose. Sure, he has an ugly habit, and many people only grow him for his unique mossed buds, but to me his flowers are the most beautiful in the world.

Whenever I show him off to people in person they never seem impressed. It's no wonder I'm such a lonely person, LOL...I want people on the street to gawk at him and appreciate his robust blooms. People only seem to notice the asters in the fall!
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
marilast

These are Marianne's last blooms of the year. Fare the well, ARDgoldeneyes! I hope that next year you'll bloom in dry weather!

I think that Scepter'd Isle is finally starting to edge out Heritage in my mind. It's been in the mid-80s lately, and Heritage cannot stand up to the heat.

For the record, these are the Austin roses I've grown that can take direct sun and 80+degree temperatures without shriveling up their flowers like used Kleenex:

Darcey Bussell
Charlotte
Princess Alexandra of Kent
Wildeve
Lady Emma Hamilton
Scepter'd Isle
Evelyn
Crown Princess Margareta
Winchester Cathedral

It's not like I'm living in Texas...jeez.
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
stingyjoy

I can't believe that Allegra only produced two flowers this year! It must be Saint Swithun's influence. Duchesse de Montebello is a great bloomer!

Still, this flower is gorgeous. If there were a rose that looked like Allegra and bloomed like Marianne, it would be the perfect plant.
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
mysticopen

Mystic Beauty is a sport of a sport of the famous Bourbon Rose "Souvenir de la Malmaison." Compared to SdM, it's supposed to be healthier and less prone to balling. I can't vouch for the similarity of the blooms, because this is a flower from an immature plant. Nevertheless, this rose is quite pretty. It has strange wine-like fragrance...
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
orangeemma

The CT Rose Society website had AUSbrother here as a featured rose a few years ago. She got a lot of blackspot last fall, but miraculously suffered no dieback. Planted close to Darcey Bussell, she is looking great today. She had a bit of a rocky start, but I do like her a bit more than Carding Mill. She has a wonderfully fruity fragrance, and she is shamelessly orange.
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
bigbonny

This rose looks nothing like he did last year!

Wildeve is supposed to have pretty big flowers, not the little waterlilies he came with last May. Not that those didn't have their own charms. We have this boy planted next to Princess Alexandra of Kent(which is doing a lot better this year), and the blooms are about the same size. They're both beautiful, heat-tolerant roses. I think they were made for each other!
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
fppink

I guess I just don't understand the strange ways of this rose. I've never seen anything like it. The flowers are like tiny pink cabbages! I'd like to give her the My Favorite Alba Rose award, but Chloris is pretty cute, too. Even though she didn't bloom at all last year, I have a feeling that this girl could stand up to anything. I planted her in a horribly, ugly spot under the dappled shade of a forsythia bush, and all the other roses in her bed get blackspot. She may have disobeyed me and done a center relocation in an attempt to crowd out Evelyn, but I wouldn't mind another FP. She's a much bigger boss than Konigin von Danemark.
Well worth the wait!
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
madamenice

I hate what happened to this rose this year--damn caterpillars--but the flowers they left her with are pristine and perfect. Madame Hardy is such a beautiful rose. Her foliage is actually starting to recover. Too little too late!

I wish that someone could make an artificial version of this flower for a centerpiece.
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
alextwo

This is Princess Alexandra of Kent's first blooming season in the ground. I keep reading that it's recommended for growing in a pot, but in the front border of a garden bed it is a pretty pretty pretty rose. And it doesn't have mildew this year!

I want Jubilee Celebration!
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
sweetreine

Not the easiest rose to photograph, but look at that color! Isn't it fabulous?

It's amazing what a little dry weather can do. Pretty much everything is blooming in the "bottom of the hill" garden, and the effect is mind-blowingly beautiful.
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
polololovely

This is probably the best picture of Polonaise I've ever taken. I've set it as my desktop wallpaper. ::snickers::

I tend to ignore this rose because it's not an OGR and doesn't have David Austin's name attached to it, but it's one of the best we grow.
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
polowonder

My new cheap-ass camera does a little better with the reds than the previous one, but I still can't seem to capture the perfect beauty of Griffith Buck Rose "Polonaise."

We've had her since the spring of 2012, and she's never looked better this year, probably because all the bugs that trashed her buds last year went after Madame Hardy. ::sobs::

She has a remarkable lack of fragrance, though. Great for allergy sufferers!
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
chapeau14

Chapeau de Napoleon. He didn't increase much from last year, being a wacky moss rose/centifolia with a seriously ugly habit, but his flowers are a lot bigger this year. I love his mossed tricorn buds and squishy blooms. I really thought he was going to ball this one, but it opened just fine!
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
unbakedfp

Such a pretty little flower. Maybe I'm not familiar with the rose, but doesn't it look a little underbaked in the center? I guess it could be because of the weather. I wonder if she'll fluff up later?

Anyway, she's a nice, shade-tolerant rose with no diseases. I planted her in 2012 as a tiny band and she's grown a lot since then. Too bad she's currently surrounded by poison ivy...
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
The rain, bugs and disease are not ruining my enjoyment of these roses:

Quietness
Simon Estes
Village Maid
Rook
Winchester Cathedral
Charlotte
Chloris
Darcey Bussell
Honeysweet
Cornelia
Winter Sunset
Griff's Red
Polareis

A short list when you consider how many roses I grow. But still a good list, I suppose.
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
soggyalchymist

Grrrrr......
leene_chan: (New Lucas.)
rainyevelyn14

I swear the same thing happened last year. It's been raining all week, and it's going to rain all next week. Why does this always have to happen when the once-bloomers are supposed to be blooming? Is this what it's like to rose garden in the U.K.?

This flower is the first from Evelyn #1. She's holding up a little better than the other roses in the rain. But still...she's pretty soggy.

When she's prime, Evelyn is the most beautiful rose I've ever seen. This flower would be prime if it would just stop raining!
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