Made a few possible realizations about various roses in my garden/climate today.
I think Hybrid Perpetuals are just a bit lack-luster here. I planted two big bands 10/20/10. So they’ve had a good 3 years. They’re big pretty healthy plants now with big canes and I get a big spring flush, but not much periodically throughout the year. And even with the spring flush, I get a lot of balling. (Ie roses that don’t open and just brown in the bud) even in our hot dry climate, even when it’s not raining.
I’m also disappointed at how slow my old tea Mme. Lombard is growing. Planted 9/10/10. It’s supposed to be this giant rose, but it’s hardly grown or bloomed at all since I got it.
On the other side, I’m really pleased with Bermuda’s Kathleen, James Galway, Madam Alfred Carriere, The Faun, Lyda Rose, Valencia and Sombrieul. All are nice big healthy bushes now and bloom enough. I think next spring I might do another evaluation and I’d be tempted to replace a few poor performers with ones that I love or try some more bloommasters like chinas or floribundas or… The two big Hybrid Perpetuals are in really good showy spots in the front yard, so they really need to perform more than once in the spring with lots of balling.
A shot from my garden yesterday. Jude the Obscure (one of my most fragrant roses) with some guara and James Galway in the back. I sure love my Jude….!
Today it’s “dangerously” windy. I’ll be staying inside and hoping the roses don’t completely depetal. Maybe I should run out and grab a couple Jude blooms…
A few more rose photos from my yard!
Glitter Repink Iris
La France Cl. Rose
James Galway Rose
This is what happened when I transplanted Eden cl… (this came back! It’s whatever Eden was grafted to…) Oops.
Maman Cochet cl.
First bloom on Anna Jung!
I felt the need to post something pretty today. Here’s some flowers from my yard.
This is Madam Alfred Carriere climbing up the front of my house. This year she’s really starting to fill her position!
One of the only once-blooming roses in my yard, Alchemist.
Total Recall Iris
La France Cl.
Carding Mill with Total Recall Iris and Daughter of the Stars Iris
Tipsy Imperial Concubine.
From the left, La France Cl, Larry Daniels, Sombreuil, Alchemist.
The first year my wisteria is really blooming properly!
La Reine and Baronne Prevost on the left. Carding Mill in the middle.
It’s been raining this week so there are extra petals from Madam Alfred on the ground. It’s very romantic to me!
What roses are blooming in my SoCal garden right now…? (The Doctor and Dian were also blooming!)
La France Cl.
October Moon (smells so nice!)
My mom came out and we did some gardening maintenance!
– after having black plastic covering the patio for a few months, we finally killed most of the Mexican primroses that had completely taken over the patio and surrounding areas. DO NOT PLANT Mexican primrose! So invasive!! We also put out some “Amaze” to try and kill anything that might come up after. I’ll have to replant the patio in a few weeks, but it’s better than the fight I’d been having with the primroses. We did a ton of weeding all over the yard.
– I finally got rid of most of my rose pot ghetto! Aimee Vibert, Gardens of the World, Pink Rosette, October Moon, Anna Jung, Excellenz Von Schubert, Pomponella (and probably something else I’m forgetting) all went in the ground. The only ones remaining in pots are those I want in pots, the alkaline hating Reine des Violettes and the miniatures Hi, Dian and Golden Buddha. Hopefully all the transplants will take off well!
– We planted 2 pink jasmine vines on the back fence. The label SAID fast growing and vigorous and good for covering a fence, so we’ll see. I really want that back fence covered this year. I’m tired of waiting for Lady Banks and some other roses to grow up and the pink jasmine is evergreen, too!
– Along the lines of filling in the yard with some evergreens, we planted 3 decent sized Breath of Heaven. That already makes the yard look better. I need to plant a few more things like this though, so I’m giving it some consideration… More rosemary? More Breath of Heaven…? Something else…?
– also planted a bunch of baby dianthus and lambs ears to try to fill in the front border a bit. I should plant even more of them, nepeta and santa barbara daisy.
So this post has some color, here’s Mortimer Sackler.
There’s a few more photos on my other blog: