This is the last post on our tour of the roses and they follow the fence line along the north end of the property. The planting is not at all creative but together these roses make a very nice display and add some privacy to the backyard. The fence makes a good support for the climbers and lax growers in the bunch. I am beginning with my unabashed advocacy for Twister. I think Twister is overlooked and under grown. As it begins its third year Twister has grown as tall as or taller than the four foot tall chain link fence. This Ralph Moore creation is classified as a climbing miniature and it certainly fits this category, but it also grows well as a stand alone shrub where its growth spreads nicely. Its flowers are also very full old fashion formed, very fragrant, and open flat to 2 1/2" wide. Once they start blooming in the spring, there will not be a day until November that I cannot go out and take a couple of flowers for a vase.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I think miniature roses serve as a warm welcome to any home. I might think this because my mother had and still has a nice row of miniature roses that greet you as you come in the front door. Most of her roses were planted in the early 70's and were always there in my memories. Ours do well despite being on the west side of the house and exposed to the greatest heat of the summer sun, but hey, that's where the front door is. The minis are Autumn Splendor, Tattooed Lady, Sorcerer, and Vi's Violet. The bed also includes three English Roses: Heritage, Mary Rose, and St. Swithun.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Last week I took a few steps back to show you the development of our rose garden. From that southeast corner of the house in the backyard we're going to work our way around to the front this week and then work our way around the rest of the house finishing full circle in a couple of weeks. This section south of our house is an area about twenty four feet by forty feet and as you walk through you have roses all around you. Here Graham Thomas is in full bloom, reaching up at the beginning of its third year.
Friday, April 13, 2012
I have grown roses for over twenty years but for most of those years, I have simply grown roses. I would acquire one here and one there and plant them in the next available spot. When we moved to Prague three years ago I decided I would grow a rose garden. That may sound like a subtle difference but it is one that is noticeable when comparing my current garden to places I have lived before.
Siren's Keep is just starting its second year. It is proving to be a prolific and early bloomer. Its flowers have about 40 large petals loosely filling 4-5" blossoms. The color is somewhere between red-fuchsia-pink and its blooms are a real eye catcher. Behind Siren's Keep is DayDream. Planted at the same time one has grown more upward while the other is more spreading while Lavender Lassie overlooks them both.
I wanted to get a picture of Rhapsody in Blue with the purple Iris blooming just beside it. I think the colors go pretty well together. Just to the left is Jude the Obscure and it is still a long way from blooming. It felt like Jude's color would provide a nice complementary color. And just in front of both is Jack, our Italian Greyhound. Jack just can't resist getting in on the action. Unless it's cold or wet, he is my constant companion when working in the garden.
The longer I work in the garden, the more I find myself taking a step back and seeing the big picture. This takes you through a good section of half of my roses. I will take you through the other sections in the next two posts.