All The Roses ( Part 9(!) "T" - "Z")

No "Z" roses.  I tried 'Zephirine Drouhin', as many people do, but discovered Zephie does better in colder zones, with a winter chill and less mildew pressure.  It doesn't perform well in Southern California.  Buh-bye, Zephie!

In contrast, 'Tamora' is great.  Nasty prickles, one of the nastiest, but lots and lots of consistently beautiful flowers, with a strong myrrh fragrance.  It forms a thicket of twiggy canes.
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'Tangerine Streams' bears a strong resemblance to 'Pure Poetry', without all the prickles on a shorter plant.  It's been slow to get going, but I appreciate the small stature of the plant, still only about 30" tall.  Very little fragrance and Rust resistance isn't great, but the flowers glow.

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'Top Notch' is a fabulous rose.  This past year was the first I noticed any fragrance at all, and it was myrrh.  Short stems, but if you get a lengthy stem, a good cut flower.  It gets black spot but handles dry heat pretty well.  It needs prompt deadheading;  otherwise it rapidly produces very small, deformed new flowers from right below the old flowers, and the small deformed flowers are not nearly as good as the ones you get if you deadhead promptly and take off a few inches of stem.  Roses do what they do, the rosarian adapts. 
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'The Ambridge Rose' has made a good hedge.  It's prone to rust, but I like it all the same.  A sweet myhrr fragrance, far sweeter than 'Tamora'.  It took two or three years to rebloom well;  now I can always find at least a few flowers blooming, usually quite a few.
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'The Endeavour'.  Something of a small climber, prone to black spot even here where black spot is rare, no fragrance.  Can be quite pretty--but it's not one of the best of the best Austins--though it's not one of the worst by far. 
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'The Prince':  would be flawless if it had some vigor.  It must be babied, even here in roses-are-easyland.  The flowers are gorgeous, the fragrance, rich.  However, foliage is widely spaced, making the thin canes canes vulnerable to bad sunburn, so afternoon shade in sunny climates will help.  
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'Tradescant':  this has been a good rose for me, but apparently it's not all that great in most other gardens.  There's a beautiful fragrance, but it's ephemeral and fades to nothing after the flower is fully open.  On the plus side, a good cut flower, for an Austin.
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'Trumpeter' is so-so in my garden.  Lots of Rust, little fragrance, though the frequency of  bloom partially makes up for that. 
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'Tuscan Sun'.  Why can't I find a photo of this one?  I group it with 'Disneyland' and 'Easy Does It'--three smallish floribundas with good bloom production in the orange-yellow-pink range.  'Tuscan Sun' has the most vigor and best disease resistance of the three, the least pretty color (slightly muddy) and the least fragrance.  'Disneyland' has the best landscape display,  'Easy Does It' the clearest, most pure coloration and a sweet Tea fragrance.  Pick your must-have virtue--they are all good performers here. Photos of 'Tuscan Sun' here (link).

'Veteran's Honor':  I used to like this rose a lot more than I do now--'Firefighter' usurped it's position as my favorite red Hybrid Tea.  A fascinating raspberry fragrance, but it's not strong.  It's actually prettier than 'Firefighter', but 'Firefighter' blooms twice as much, has better stems for cutting, better Rust resistance, and ten times the fragrance.  'Beloved' is a full sibling of 'Veteran's Honor' with less fragrance.  It's slightly prettier.  Now, I am not saying 'Veteran's Honor' is a poor HT rose--on the contrary--I just prefer a strong fragrance.
Rosa 'Veteran's Honor'

'Vineyard Song' is a rose that kept ending up in poor locations, and it's never done much.  I move it, it has a temporary improvement, and then it dwindles back to a stick once again.  I should probably dig it up and replace it with 'Sweet Chariot' so we can both stop being miserable. 
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'Wildeve' is fairly good, just not fantastically good.  It's the lack of an alluring fragrance.  Just hasn't grabbed me, except by its plentiful prickles.  Photogenic, I must say!
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'Wildfire'.  After six or seven years of languishing in a too-shady location, it got full sun this year when I cut down the Cercis trees.  It responded by growing like a weed and blooming like crazy, with two or three dozen blooms on it at any given time all year. "Surprise!", it said to me.  Not much fragrance, but in this case I don't mind. A big weed with flowers like this?  I'll take it.
Rosa 'Wildfire'

'William Morris'  Ever photogenic, doesn't bloom all that much, but unlike its parent 'Abraham Darby' it doesn't rust.  Typically a cluster of bloom at the tip of a 2 meter (80") cane.  Little fragrance. 
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'William Shakespeare 2000'.  Awkward growth habit, good rust resistance, beautiful, beautiful flowers with very good productivity.  Its fragrance is elusive to my nose, though visitors have ooohed and ahhhed over it. 
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'Windermere' would be a superb rose if only the flowers lasted more than two days.  A wonderful fragrance very similar to 'Jude the Obscure', though not quite as strong.
Rosa 'Windermere'

'Young Lycidas'  awkward grower with sparse foliage and large, fragrant, gorgeous flowers.  Well, nobody's perfect, right? 
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'Yves Piaget' has a big beautiful flower.  Here it has needed plentiful fertilizer and water to produce said monster blooms, but that only makes sense.  I sense it being usurped in my heart by 'Princess Alexandra of Kent', which last week produced the most sublime fat pink flower I've ever seen in my garden, with a wonderful fragrance.  We shall see if PAOK produces more of those.  If it does, 'Yves' is in trouble. 
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And there you go, all my roses, except the ones I forgot.  They're out there somewhere...

Comments

  1. These roses are all beautiful, I really love 'William Morris', the colour is so lovely.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful roses with us dear Hoover, it has been a delightful experience.
    xoxoxo ♡

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    1. Thank you Dianne, happy you enjoyed them!

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  2. Thank you so much!

    Now, how about a few "top" lists? Top 5 performers, top 5 for fragrance, top 5 favorites, etc. :)

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  3. Performers: Belinda's Dream, Firefighter, Bolero, Tamora, Gruss an Aachen/Pink Gruss an Aachen.
    Fragrance: Firefighter, The Prince, Jude The Obscure, Evelyn, Secret.
    Favorites: Belinda's Dream, Firefighter, Bolero, Tamora, Gruss an Aachen/Pink Gruss an Aachen.

    :)

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  4. Honorable mention in all catagories: Golden Celebration.

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    1. They do start to add up after a while.

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing all your roses with us, I know that was a lot of work!

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    1. Thanks for having a look at them! It was actually quite fun.

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  7. Contre Qui, Rose
    Against whom, rose, have you assumed these thorns?
    Is it your to fragile joy that forced you to become this armed ting?
    But from whom does it protect you, this exaggerated defense?
    How many enemies have I lifted from you who did not fear it at all?
    On the contrary, from summer to autumn you wound the affection that is given you.
    -Reilke

    Thanks for sharing your tremendous collection with us!

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  8. Maybe you need to introduce Secret Musk to the rest of the world? It looks unusual enough to fill a niche and sounds like a good performer. And when you introduce it be sure to give it a Z name! Over the years (mostly my early ones) I've grown something 120 varieties and species, but it's surprising what little overlap there's been between your collection and what I grew. Shows you that even in this day of sinking rose sales, it's still a big world of roses out there!

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    1. Hi, SGMC is indeed "out there". I'm not the "finder". Here's a link with a bit more information on this rose:
      http://www.helpmefind.com/rose/l.php?l=2.5674

      It is a blackspotter and none too cold hardy, so California seems to be its ideal niche.

      Yes roses are kind of the "gateway drug" of gardening, but nothing wrong with that.

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  9. Oh my gosh, one rose is more beautiful than the other again in this post! As usual I have a few favorites. Your 'The Ambridge' rose hedge just looks fantastic and I love the color of Tradescant. The photo of 'William Morris' just blew me away. Too bad that it is not a great bloomer.
    I am growing 'The Prince' as well. He is just in the ground for a short time, so I can't say too much about the vigor, but the absolutely gorgeous flowers fry very easily in the summer in my garden, even though the gets afternoon shade. Still he is worth the bother to me because of the outstanding color of the blooms and fantastic fragrance.
    Too bad that the alphabet hasn't more letter, I will miss your rose posts. Thank you very much for this lovely serious of blog entries!
    Christina

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    1. So happy you enjoyed them. It ended up being a lot of fun.

      I'm thinking about growing a few roses under shade cloth (what the florist industry does) for really perfect flowers and 'The Prince' will probably be one of them.

      And after all those posts I'm going to dig out some non-performers and try some new ones, so there will be posts on new roses this year. Perhaps that will be of interest?

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  10. Wow. Beautiful rose collection!

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