Friday, July 23, 2010

Flowers on Friday ... Think Pink!

This week's edition of Friday Flowers features some roses from the nursery in a lovely shade of PINK.  Most of these photos were taken this past spring.  With the heat and drought we have had for the past few weeks, the flowers in the garden now are a bit small, and the bushes themselves are a little threadbare ... and it's been too hot for this photographer to spend much time outside.

Rambler, introduced in 1921

If you've read this blog for any time at all, you know how much I love growing ramblers!  They are easy care roses, that cover a lot of territory in a short amount of time ... and they produce a profusion of flowers in the spring that is without equal.  Did I mention the fragrance?

"Cato's Cluster"
Noisette, found rose

Found roses are another category that is very dear to me.  There's something romantic and thrilling about a unknown, beautiful rose discovered abandoned and neglected.  These survivor roses are a joy to have in the garden.

"Grandmother's Hat"
Hybrid Perpetual, found rose

This is another found rose that does well here.  When these roses are collected, they are given a study name to be used until the true identity is discovered.  Sometimes (as with this rose) no match can be found among known roses, so the study name sticks. 

"Natchitoches Noisette"
Noisette, found rose

This is the last of our found roses for this morning.  I love the shading and veins in the flowers of "Natchitoches Noisette"!  It usually send up shoots with loose clusters of these distinctive flowers.

Hybrid Musk, introduced in 1925

Cornelia is a well-mannered smaller climber, with fragrant, soft pink flowers, and few thorns.  This photo shows that Cornelia is lovely, even laying on the ground after a storm.

Jeanne Lajoie
Climbing Miniature, introduced in 1976

I love this rose!!  In spring, it is completely covered with clusters of these perfect petite pink flowers, and it continues to bloom off and on throughout the summer.  Mine grows free-standing beside the fence, and it has formed a graceful, arching shrub about 6 feet high. 

Here is a photo of what Jeanne Lajoie looked like this spring while we were replacing the boards on our fence.

Paul Transon
Rambler, introduced in 1900

This is another great rambler!  (I may be a bit biased, because I think they're ALL great.)  Paul Transon's canes are very flexible, making him particularly easy to train along a fence.  Remember, the more horizontal the canes, the more flowers they produce.

New Dawn
Climber, introduced in 1930

New Dawn is one of the most popular roses in history ... a distinction that it very much deserves.  If you have room in your garden for a disease-resistant climber, that blooms all the time, with fragrant flowers, New Dawn is a rose you should consider. 

Pink Gruss an Aachen
Floribunda, introduced in 1929

Pink Gruss, as I call her for short, is a lovely, rounded, short-ish shrub that looks good in the landscape ... with glossy, dark green leaves and clusters of these distinctive pink flowers.  They almost remind me of a combination of rose, a dahlia, and a camellia. 

Marchesa Boccella
Hybrid Perpetual, introduced in 1842

Marchesa Boccella (also known as Jacques Cartier) has it all!  Compact size?  Check.  Fabulous flowers?  Check.  Fragrance?  Double Check!

All of the roses you see here this morning are available in the nursery, for you to add to your own garden if you want.

I rarely mention nursery sales here, because I try as hard as I can to keep my blog and my business somewhat separate.  (I REALLY don't want you to come here and feel like I'm trying to sell you something ... that's a pretty serious turn-off.)  Right now, though, sales here are really slow ... as they are with everything, I know.  Most of us have limited resources, and roses are not really considered a necessary purchase.  While my own roses in the garden are struggling in the heat, the potted roses for sale in the nursery look amazing.  I work hard to make sure that they are healthy, and that they look their best to go to their new homes. 

Please take a minute to visit a couple of friends of mine.  Kat from Low Tide High Style is caring for an elderly dear friend, and Di, our favorite Blue Ridge Gal, said goodbye yesterday to her beloved Rottweiler, Missy.  Each of these lovely ladies could use a little bit of company and encouragement.

(written by Hartwood Roses.  Hartwood Roses blog.)


  1. It is to be 100f today, here in NC, and Cornelia is putting on a second flush. She's a tough ole bird.

  2. *smiles* Love the way some of these roses resemble a peony bush bloom. So sweet. May your week-end be filled with peace and all good things.


  3. To say that sales are really slow for us would be a gross understatement. The state of the economy, combined with the drought and this incredible heat is not retail friendly. Let's hope all of the above change soon.

  4. The cornelia in it's pink and coral and pale hues is absolutely beautiful.. my favorite in this pink series!

    We're finally getting rain, rain and more rain. Amen.

  5. Some of the roses you feature have so many petals, they almost look mumish. I love them all!

  6. I'm an old rose lover from way back and I'm seeing photos of some roses I've read of but not seen. Also beautiful photos of roses I've grown, such as Cornelia and New Dawn (I share your affection for ramblers, and found roses, too).

    Here's hoping more people realize what mood-lifters beautiful plants are, so that all you dedicated nursery folks get the business you deserve.

  7. I would love to send you some of the rain we've received! Today, its back up to 100 degrees. I am thinking that the Paul Transon would look lovely trained across my back fence. Hmmm...Love pink roses!

  8. Thank you Connie...and these pictures lifted me up today! Looking forward to our rain date!

    Kat :)

  9. Your roses are so beautiful and how you do so much is just amazing and mysterious to me!

  10. Oh, I so love your roses. Especially the Jeanne Lajoie. So beautiful. I'm a bit behind getting around, but I'll stop by and say hello to Kat and Di now. Hope you are having a great week.


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