All The Roses (Part 8 "R" - "S")

'Red Intuition'.  No fragrance, but what an amazing color!   I have it in a hard-to-access location so the photo isn't so great.  Outstanding Rust resistance, no mildew, and a very tall grower.  This is a florist rose, and they produce the long straight stems buyers want, getting very tall in the process.  If I could, I'd wish for a few more petals, but..light red with darker red stripes.  How cool is that?
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'Redoute'.  The lighter pink sport of 'Mary Rose'.  I dug out and discarded my monster 'Mary Rose' last year.  'Mary' was always a mildewer, and took months to repeat.  A good but not great rose here.  I learned over time that there are better pinks, and when a bargain-bin 'Belindas Dream' showed up, 'Mary Rose' got the shovel.  'Redoute' will occasionally revert to 'Mary', so in a way I still have her (and her mildew). 
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'Renae'  is a lax climber and nearly free of prickles.  It's sweetly fragrant.  An excellent climber if you've never grown a climbing rose before, but only in a warmer zone as it is not very cold-hardy.  Mine is a 60" ( 152 cm) weeping standard. 
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'Renae' is at the right in this photo.  Below the column light, salmon pink 'Bill Warriner', golden 'Eureka', and just a bit of pink 'Gene Boerner in the lower left corner.  A bit of apricot 'Top Notch' to the immediate right of the column light, and orange-red 'Trumpeter' just peeking out below that. 
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'Rose Rhapsody'.  A super reliable all-around good HT.  Some fragrance, good rebloom and disease resistance.  Tall, sturdy, vertical grower.
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'Rouge Royale' has it all--by "all" I mean every disease a rose can possibly get.  'Rouge Royale' gets Rust so badly even the flowers petals get Rust!  Of course it is paired with the best, strongest, richest, most sumptuous, glorious old-rose fragrance I've every sniffed--the absolute best.  Naturally it must also drip disease.  That's a rose. 
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'Samaritan':  beautiful little rose on a small plant, always trying to bloom.  Sweet.
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'Secret'.  Few prickles, plenty of flowers with a strong citrus fragrance.  Good Rust resistance, no mildew.  Dislikes hot weather. 
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'Secret Garden Musk Climber'.  This is a "found" rose--someone out and about found this, wondered what it was, and after years of research by a whole lot of experienced rosarians, no one yet has figured out what it is.  It may be a random seedling that never had a name.  No matter, it's a constant bloomer with a strong scent of clove.  it has zero resistance to black spot and not much cold hardiness, but here where winters and black spot disease are nearly non-existent, it's an excellent alternative to 'Sally Holmes' which doesn't repeat bloom that much in our climate.  'Sally' has larger flowers, but 'Secret' has thousands more of them.  Constantly. 
Secret Garden Musk Climber

Secret Garden Musk Climber

'Signature'  --again missing a photo.  I know I have one or two somewhere--but where?
'Signature' has perfectly formed high-centered flowers in a blend of deep pink and white.  Rust resistance is wretched.  Fragrance is absent.  Perhaps there is a reason I don't have many photos of 'Signature'?  Okay--finally found one, not a great photo, but it gives you the idea:
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'Sombreuil'.  An old classic of mysterious origin.  Here I got a little lax about pruning it:
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Nasty prickles.  Still...
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'Souvenir de la Malmaison' mildews, but I love it anyway.  Worthless in a damp climate, but this isn't a damp climate. 
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'Sweet Vivian'.  If only it had better repeat, it would be a favorite.  A huge spring flush, then light (though frequent) repeat the rest of the year.  Excellent rust resistance, no mildew ever.  Fragrance near zero, but so dainty and indeed, sweet:
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Comments

  1. Ohh, this time you have sooooo many roses I really would have liked to have in my garden! 'Red Intuition' is gorgeous, would have looked really good next to my Crimson cascade. And 'Rose Rhapsody' is just gorgeous. Sadly, none of the two I have picked today are available to buy in Britain, according to UK rose finder.

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    1. I did not realize your availability of modern roses is so different there--interesting!

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  2. Hoover Boo, plenty of eye candy here again! The garden shot with 'Renae' is just plain gorgeous. What an abundance of blooms. I also like the flowers of 'Rouge Royal' very much, too bad that the disease resistance is such a problem. Seeing 'Secret' makes me wonder if it would be a good alternative to replace the rust magnet 'Moonstone'. They look quite similar to me. Can you give me your opinion, please? I love the 'Secret Garden Musk Climber', what a beautiful rose. The same goes for your 'Sombreuil', but how do you maintain a climber like this? I can't even imagine pruning this rose. Thanks for the treat, again!

    Christina

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    1. Secret is much more pink, but it does have much better Rust resistance, and a beautiful fragrance, and good vigor, and hardly any prickles. Doesn't like much heat would be a drawback. I'm looking at 'Francis Meilland' as a replacement for 'Moonstone', but wondering about Rust resistance.

      Maintaining a climber, you cut one cane at a time, like any other rose, just a lot more to cut!

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    2. Thanks for your reply! On your photo 'Secret' doesn't look much more pink to me than my 'Moonstone' normally is, but you have the two growing in your garden and are able to compare them more precisely. I want this rose for my 'White Garden Bed', which is not completely white but the possible new rose definitively shouldn't be on the pink side. Also it is getting pretty hot here and 'Moonstone' thrives on heat. If 'Secret' doesn't like to be baked maybe it is not the best choice for me. I guess, I will look for another rose.
      Christina

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  3. Reading each description starts with so much hope, but ends with disappointment when I get to "doesn't like heat", "not cold-hardy", "gets every disease", etc. Once you're finished with this list I'm going to find more roses for my garden -- you've at least inspired me to do that!

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    1. There are great roses for every climate. You might check with a local rose society for the best performers for your particular conditions. The right rose--like the truth--is out there... :)

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  4. Very beautiful roses, especially 'Sombreul' climbing to the balcony as if cascading like a waterfall of roses. I also love your found rose 'Secret Garden Musk' it looks spectacular against the green foliage.
    xoxoxo ♡


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  5. gorgeous! blooms i take it this is from the summer?

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    1. From all different times. I tried to pick my favorite picture of each. Some are from a few days ago, others from a few years ago.

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  6. Wow, what a great specimen Sombreuil!
    I look at your blog, wonderful roses and pictures.
    Joanna.

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  7. Hi Hoovb, your pictures are always such an inspiration to me! I'm working on finding more rose companions right now in my garden. I was wondering what is that lovely grey/silver mound at the base of your Renae standard? Thank you so very much, geetha!

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    1. Hi Geetha, that is Santolina chamaecyparissus, common name Lavender Cotton. If you do not already have Geranium 'Rozanne' or Geranium 'Jolly Bee' (almost the same as 'Rozanne') those are awesome with roses.

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