Dreaming Of The Gentleness of Spring

Rosa 'Darcey Bussell' fries to a beautiful rich purple:
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One of those not uncommon out-of-season heat waves has hit.  Some roses hold up better than others.  The first 'Perle d'Azur' opened without an issue:
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'Iceberg' with 'Glamis Castle' and 'Irish Hope' at its feet looks fine as well.
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'Julia Child' is waning and bleaching out:
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The dark colored roses like 'Darcey' and the roses with tissue-thin petals like 'Cressida' fared the worst.  The puppies also needed relief from the heat.  I pulled out the tub so they could splash around in cold water.
Gee, how did everything get so wet?
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I'm cool, I'm cool!
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It will cool off this week, but it's a reminder summer is on the way.
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We must enjoy the gentleness of Spring while we can.
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Up early to avoid the heat,  I've noticed the garden has a bit of maturity now.  The small trees are now large enough to provide backdrop and a touch of shade.
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Though not too much shade--this is mostly a rose and succulent garden, after all...
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I'll be dreaming of the gentleness of spring all through the hot dry summer.
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The puppies will be more sensible:  get wet and lay behind the garbage can.
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Comments

  1. Your rosegarden looks so beautiful and your puppies are adorable.

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    1. Thank you Janneke. I do adore those puppies!

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  2. I'll be envying your "hot, dry summer" in time! The view of all the climbers and other plants in front is great, and your buddies look very happy with some moisture splashed around.

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    1. That is true, it's hot but not nearly as harsh as yours. Must keep things in perspective! :)

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  3. I really like 'Iceberg' and the other white flowers.

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    1. 'Iceberg' is great here. I like it more and more every year.

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  4. Great photos of your garden dear Hoover and those playful puppies; I love the photo of Boris? cooling his paws. I hope your Summer is not too hot, it is mid-Autumn here and still too warm, not a good sign.
    xoxoxo ♡

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    1. I'm wishing for a merciful summer--hope yours was not too terrible.

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  5. So how much maintenance to you have to perform on the Iceberg climber? Looking for a climber.

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    1. Greggo, 'Iceberg' is the perfect rose for Southern California, but it's a terrible blackspotter elsewhere. Prairie land: you need cold hardy--look at 'Quadra'. Others...you might see if one of the Kordes climbers is cold hardy enough for you, 'Laguna', maybe. 'New Dawn' and 'Dortmund' are old classics. Look at the Palatine website for cold-hardy rose advice--palatineroses.com. Radler has a new white climber, 'Cloud 10', supposed to be very BS resistant and hardy. That's a white one.

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    2. Forgot to add, maintenance on that Iceberg is regular deadheading to keep it looking great--no spray here. A hard prune every three years, light prune in the off years.

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  6. Such a beautiful garden you have. Love that tall Fourth of July climber!

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    1. 'Fourth Of July' has been a great climber here, lots and lots of flowers all season, if deadheaded. Otherwise forms enormous clusters of orange hips. I have to keep up with the deadheading as it blooms so much. Nasty prickles.

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  7. 'Irish Hope' is new for me this year. My 'Glamis Castle' survived the drought last year. I hadn't thought of growing them all together.
    My dogs just swim in the horse troughs. I spray the horses down with the hose; they push each other out of the way to get to it. Silly critters!

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    1. Irish Hope gets very, very tall--I hope it grows well for you. I spray the hose for the puppies and they bite at the water and bark at it. Silly critters here, too. :)

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