Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Rose Overload!

The past two weeks have been a blur!  As soon as spring weather arrived, I spent every available bit of time for weeks, working in the garden and getting the roses ready for their big show in May and June.  I try to do what I can to have the garden look its best when visitors come.  Whenever I'm outside, I have my iPhone in my pocket ... which is really handy for taking photos.  

Here is a selection of roses that have been photo-worthy so far this year ... in alphabetical order, because that's how they end up being arranged in my blog photo file.  This post is a long one.  Settle in, and ENJOY!!  (Highlighted rose names are links to take you to the rose's description page on Help Me Find, the best rose reference site on the web.)


'Alida Lovett', Hybrid Wichurana rambler. 1917.

'Annie Laurie', Floribunda, 2001.

"Arcata Pink Globe", Hybrid Setigera rambler, found rose.

'Augustine Girault', Hybrid Wichurana rambler, 1907.

'Baby Betsy McCall', Miniature, 1960.

'Climbing American Beauty', Hybrid Wichurana rambler, 1909.

'Coral Creeper', Hybrid Wichurana, 1938.

"Dennis's Not-Anemone Rambler", Hybrid Setigera Rambler, history unknown.

'Fabvier', China rose, bef. 1829.

'Garisenda', Hybrid Wichurana, 1911.

'Ghislaine de Feligonde', Hybrid Multiflora, 1916.

'Glenn Dale', Hybrid Wichurana, 1927.

'Gold Coin', Miniature, 1967.

'Golden Arctic', Large-flowered Climber, 1954.

'Golden Glow', Hybrid Wichurana, 1937.

'Grace Seward', Miniature, 1991.

'Green Ice', Miniature, 1971.

"Green Mount Red", Noisette, found rose.

Detail of front yard Hybrid Tea garden.  The pink rose in the front is 'Mme. Joseph Bonnaire'.

'Janna', Miniature, 1970.

'Mary Guthrie', Polyantha, 1929.

'Mary Washington', Noisette, bef. 1890.

Detail of Miniature Garden with Ramblers on the fence.

Detail of the Miniature Garden with Ramblers on the fence.

Detail of Miniature Garden with Ramblers on the fence.

'Moonlight', Hybrid Musk, 1913.

'Mrs. Robinson', Floribunda, 2008.

'New Dawn', Large-flowered climber, 1930.

'Orfeo', Large-flowered Climber, 1963.

'Pink Pillar', Large-flowered Climber, 1940.

'Robin Hood', Hybrid Musk, 1927, and 'Maid Marion', Hybrid Musk, 1930.

Unknown China with Virginia provenance, grown from cuttings from Sacramento City Cemetery rose garden.

"Setzer's Noisette", Noisette, found rose, said to have been taken cross-country from Virginia in the 19th Century.

'Shailer's Provence, Hybrid China, 1799.

'Shailer's Provence', Hybrid China, 1799.

'Silver Moon', Hybrid Wichurana, 1910.

"Single Pink China", China rose, found rose, thought to be a sport of 'Old Blush'.

'Verdun', Polyantha, 1918.

'White Quill', Mini-flora, 2003.

I can honestly say that my roses have never looked better.  My efforts to attend to things before they become a huge problem (like weeds and blackspot) are really making a difference.  Our rainy, cool spring helped, too.

In case this wasn't enough for you, there's still more to come.  Stay tuned!


  1. All this is one place? Stunnnnnning. Absolutely gorgeous. That miniature garden looks fabulous. It was engulfed not too long ago by weeds, right? What a rebound.

    1. Yep ... my place! I have about 500 roses planted here, and most of them are blooming their little heads off right now. You're right about the Miniature Garden. Weeds were, and still continue to be, an issue. I think I may have a handle on it. Fingers crossed.

  2. Everything looks absolutely gorgeous, Connie!

  3. They are all just so very lovely, Connie! What a wonderful way to start my day. Thank you for sharing with us! I'm looking forward to the next round. :-)


    1. Shirley, I halfway thought that you would end up here during Open Garden. There's still a lot to see, if you want to come over this way one day soon. Roses for as far as the eye can see!

  4. Aw, to live among the roses must be like heaven!

  5. Connie, I thought about you off and on all day and wondered how it was going. I hadn't planned to come because we went camping on our property near Luray on the Shenandoah River with our son and a bunch of his buddies. Then we got rained out Sunday afternoon and headed home. Then I thought you still might get "rained out" (although I know your event was "rain or shine") but Monday didn't turn out too badly. But our son was here visiting from NYC and in the end I didn't want to miss out on any time with him. I would love to stop by though--thanks so much for that offer. I will email you, Connie!

  6. Oh my gosh! I love them all and can just imagine how happy with their growth and blooms this year. How wonderful to have so much 'rosey' beauty surrounding you.

    Looking forward to seeing more.


    1. The garden has been so lovely so far this year! It's a delight to get out and work and enjoy the sights and smells.

  7. So beautiful! I shall live vicariously since my puppy has decided that tearing the rose canes out of the ground is great fun... sigh.

    1. We don't do puppies, but I have had new dogs who think that gardens are their own private playgrounds. In order to get them used to their boundaries, I keep them leashed while they get used to the rules. Ruby was my worst offender, so I kept her on a 20' training lead while we were in the yard. Eventually, with consistent praise and rewards, she got the idea that the grass what where she was supposed to be. Maybe that would work for you?

  8. OOOOH!
    This is WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!
    Thank you!

  9. They are all stunning. Thank you for hosting the small group on Saturday, your gardens are an inspiration. I came home and in the rain toured my little garden!


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