Monday, April 30, 2012

The Fence Line

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.
Planted on either side of Twister are two larger striped roses, Scentimental and Moore's Striped Rugosa.  I really like to plant Twister in groupings of three as seen here.  This is the second time I've done this the first was in 1999 when it was first introduced. 
This row of roses is held down in the middle by the older roses and has expanded each direction with new additions each year.  From the top is the newest and just off camera is William Shakespeare 2000, Carlin's Rhythm, Abraham Darby, Climbing Rainbow's End, Ballerina, Linda Campbell, St. Swithun, Scentimental, Twister, Moore's Striped Rugosa, Heritage, Dublin Bay, Dragon's Blood, Belinda's Dream, and Flower Carpet Red.  This was not my most thought out arrangement but I like it.
This is the start of Cl. Rainbow's End's second season which began as a cutting from my mother's plant. 
Below we have two of Moore's rugosa hybrids flowing off the edge of the picture (Linda Campbell left and Moore's Striped Rugosa right).  Linda Campbell is quickly joining my list of favorite roses.  Two of my other favorites, St. Swithun and Twister, are also pictured here.
While still a tiny plant, Carlin's Rhythm is beginning its first full season by producing huge (4-5") single and very fragrant blossoms.  Kim Rupert says that the blooms never get this big in California where he created it, but it has never been smaller than 4" here in Oklahoma.  I may be looking forward to what this rose does this year more than any other rose.


  1. I have never heard of Twister until now. It looks spectacular!

  2. The only place I know to get Twister is at Burlington Roses, the legacy nursery to Ralph Moore's Sequoia Nursery. I have a link to it in my rose resource list. Its a great nursery with a poor website.

  3. Wow! Twister is a real stand out. This is a new rose for me. I'm gonna have to put it on my "list".....

  4. Very nice rose indeed. I have not heard of 'Twister' either. Your roses look beautifully cared for.

  5. I used to grow Twister, but it did not survive transplanting a few years ago. I must get this one again. Ralph Moore roses, especially his STRIPED roses, are superb.

  6. Your property must smell absolutely heavenly!

  7. This is a fantastically beautiful rose! Wish we could grow it in zone 5...... I'll have to stick with Moore's Striped Rugosa