Roses March 2017

 'Bolero' above.   'The Poets Wife' below
 'Darcey Bussell'
 'Brass Band'
 'Young Lycidas'
 Let's take an Iris break
 'Lady Emma Hamilton'
 'Lady Emma Hamilton':
 'The Poet's Wife':
 'Comtesse de Provence':
 'Lunar Mist':
 'Prospero'
 'Bolero'
 'Munstead Wood'.  Wowza, what a color!
 'Young Lycidas'
'Snowbird':
 To close, how about a few more Iris?
 Happy Spring!

Comments

  1. Your roses are simply stunningly beautiful! I love, love, love 'Bolero'. The color of 'Munstead Wood' is truly amazing. I have this one on order own-root from David Austin and now I am looking even more forward to it.
    Your rose spring flush seems to be a little bit further developed than mine, maybe you are some degrees warmer?
    Looking already forward to your next installment of roses!
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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    1. 'Bolero' also has an excellent sweet cistrusy fragrance, quick repeat, and stays on the small size. Drawbacks would be slow to establish and short stems not great for the vase. Still, highly recommended.

      'Munstead' has been slow own-root; the grafted has been much faster. Still, I like own-roots best.

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  2. Yowsa, you've got beautiful roses. Your garden must smell divine and the thought of your warm temperatures and sun warm the cockles of my moldy wet heart!

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    1. With the freesias and especially the orange blossoms, it's quite divine, yes. Spring will soon be here--hold on just a little longer!

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  3. I remember 'Barcelona' as being possibly the darkest rose I ever grew, but that 'Munstead Wood' looks even darker. Ms. Jekyll would approve. And I think Marty would approve of 'Lady Emma Hamilton' because he's a huge Lord Nelson fan -- so many associations with roses!

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    1. 'Barcelona' is not quite so dark but retains the crimson--'Munstead' goes towards purple. All good. Is Marty a fan of the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian?

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  4. Your roses are glorious! I'd be hard-pressed to pick a favorite but I admit that my heart melts and sigh escapes my lips every time I see 'Lady Emma Hamilton'. I've only a handful of rose blooms thus far.

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    1. I'm out there all day enjoying them! Soon, soon. Some of your plants appear to be ahead of mine--weird, huh?

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  5. How big a bush is 'Munstead Wood'? That's such a deep color it's like a light-absorbing black hole! There are some daylilies and some foliage here that have that quality; I love them with creamy / ivory whites.

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    1. I have an own-root which has not gotten large yet, but I've read it throws 5' canes eventually. Just got the grafted version--we'll see what that one does. Mine is with 'Bolero' and a while Shasta Daisy.

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  6. Wow indeed, that Munstead Wood..I have one flower open on Duet and Bolero is close. I did a pretty heavy prune on Brass Band this year (it was time to shrink it a bit) so flowers are a couple of weeks away....maybe . We have the 70's on the horizon .

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    1. Soon, soon. Enjoy!

      80's here, unfortunately.

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  7. Munstead Wood has just gone on my list.

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