Ahhh, Roses

Just before the freeze last week, the roses had been rejuvenated by the cooler weather and were blooming like crazy.  Now they won’t be back in their element until spring.

rosesIn the above picture are Knock outs in the front and an Earth- Kind in the back left.  To the right of that is a Mutabulis and then a climbing one on a tower.

All of these types are easy, breezy.  They pretty much perform without any help from me.  I do deadhead a little, but it doesn’t seem to be necessary for re-blooming.  The Earth-Kind is about 7 feet tall.  Last year I trimmed it down so I could reach it easier and thinned it out some.  But it’s back growing faster than I can keep up with it.

rosecluster2This climber on the tower is a Madam Norbert De Velleur.   The clusters of small roses are distinct for roses.

roseclusterIn spite of their beauty, this climber has the biggest thorns I’ve ever seen with sharp curved points on the end.  They grab clothes and skin.  I have the scratches and scars to prove it.

roses5There are two of these lower growing Oso Easy rose bushes.  The color is what drew me to them.  They require deadheading in order to bloom.

roseBelinda’s Dream is another easy care bush.  The flowers are rather large and full.

rose2When they are cut as a bud that isn’t fully opened, I use them inside.  But even those don’t last long in a vase.

roseaThe tight buds only last one morning.

rosemSo there are two problems for me with Belinda’s Dream:  first, they aren’t a viable cut flower and they tend to droop over.  I had to get down on the ground for this shot.

But they are a lovely bush rose and are covered with flowers in the spring and bloom off and on all summer.

roses6There are two bushes with yellow roses side by side.  I don’t know their names.  They are florabundas based on the fact that their blooms are clustered on a branch.

rosebThis year the blossoms were the largest they have ever been.   I forgot to get a picture on the bush, so here are some in a vase.  You can see that there is one main stem with four smaller branches bearing the flowers.

rosedI think this is an Old Blush rose.  The large rose hips look like cherry tomatoes.

rosekThis rose grew on the above bush that has the rose hips.

rosejNow, to the best part.  I love, love this Tropicana rose.  The flowers last about a week in a vase and have a wonderful aroma.

roseiI saved the best for last.   Double Delight hybrid not only is beautiful, but has a strong wonderful smell.  When I bring them inside,  I just walk by them and my nose is delighted.  And I don’t have a particularly strong sense of smell.  Just wish I could waft you a little scent.

As I write this, I keep pondering why I like roses so much.  As a child my mother would always pin a red rose on our dresses before we went to church on Mother’s Day.  She told us a red rose meant your mother was still living and a white one meant she had died.  Since we didn’t have any rose bushes, I’m not sure where she got those fresh roses.  Maybe a neighbor provided them.  That was long before people shopped at a florist, except for funerals.

Anyway, that isn’t the reason for my fondness for them.  I can’t pinpoint one particular reason.  I just plain like them.  Throughout history, roses have been used to commemorate special events.

“Life is like a rose garden.  Watch for the thorns and keep the pest dust handy.”  Unknown

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