Saturday, August 6, 2011

Carlin's Rhythm and Dragon's Blood

As yesterday's delivery from Rogue Vally Roses arrived the temperature was reaching 110 degrees for the 4th time this year.  Not my most well thought out plan but I can easily get these small roses full of potential to survive until they are ready to be planted in September.
The flower in the above photo is what was waiting to surprise me upon my opening the package which had just traveled halfway across the country.  Carlin's Rhythm is one of Kim Rupert's creations.  Kim runs the rose blog Pushing the Rose Envelope and has been an encourager of my budding interesting in growing a few roses from seed this coming year.  I'll tell you more about that later.  Carlin's Rhythm is a lavender single floribunda or shrub rose and is very fragrant, at least the one flower I have enjoyed.  The breeding behind Carlin's Rhythm holds some interesting possibilities as it brings several species roses in through its parents Lilac Charm x Basye's Legacy.
I will just have to dream of the other rose's flowers for now.  It is Paul Barden's dramatically colored shrub rose Dragon's Blood which I have almost ordered several times before.  You can follow the link in the previous sentence to see a few pictures of the flowers but let me also tempt you by saying that its flowers can be a smoldering fire orange/red.  You can find out more about Dragon's Blood and Paul Barden through this link. 

For now they are potted up and in the widow sill waiting for the promise of Wednesday's projected high of 98, a cool 10 degrees cooler than today.  They will live in the shade until they are ready to make their next move.  I think today makes 44 days now of 100 degrees or higher this Summer.  When we hit 50 it will be the hottest Summer on record for Oklahoma.


  1. A projected high of 98? Must be a cold front coming through! ;) Really, I feel for you in Oklahoma. I think your temps have been worse than Texas, and it's bad here. How exciting to get a brand new rose and have it blooming already! Very pretty!

  2. I don't know about Dragon's Blood, but I need to see if Golden Buddha, pictured on your blog at the right, is hardy here...what an orange beauty!

  3. Lovely specimens. I hope you get relief from the heat and drought soon.

  4. Rain has final come on several occasions this past week. We have had two rains of 3/4" each and a few days below 100 (even one day below 90).

    Prof, Golden Buddha is not always that dark and intense. If you have grown Graham Thomas you know that it can sometimes be a rich yellow and sometimes more buttery, that is more typically the range. It is a very differant plant. Not two feet tall, blooms constantly, but the blooms can't take the heat. When it gets hot done count on any flowers to survive.

  5. I really, really like Carlin's Rhythm. She's pretty snazzy.