Friday, June 25, 2010

Flowers on Friday ... Crepuscule

cre·pus·cule (kre-pus-kyool)
n.  Twilight.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin crepusculum, from creper, dark.]

I make no secret of the fact that I really don't like the name of this rose.  I know ... 'twilight' ... such a romantic time of day ... but 'Crepuscule' always gets stuck on my tongue.  To me, it sounds like something you need a vaccination to prevent.

I may not care for its name, but I sure love the rose.

'Crepuscule' is a Tea Noisette, introduced in France in 1904 by Francis Debreuil.  It will easily climb 12 feet, covering a structure with its sweet smelling, golden apricot flowers.

I planted Crepuscule on the East Fence in the Rose Field, in a spot that gets full sun all day.  I keep it trained relatively flat to the fence, spreading the branches as horizontally as possible to encourage more flowers.

I resisted adding this rose to the garden ... it was the name.  I still can't hardly say it.  Crepuscule.  It's not getting any easier.

Whatever you call it, this is one great rose! 

And now the moment you've been waiting for ... the winner of the June Giveaway is

Since she lives in Arizona, and I'm not licensed to ship plants there, I'll go to my stash of lovely rosy treasures and send her something special.  (Please contact me with your mailing address, and I will get your package into the mail right away.)

(written by Hartwood Roses.  Hartwood Roses blog.)


  1. Ooooo, she's a beauty! Congrats to the winner.

  2. Love the rose, hate the name, as you said.. sounds like something you need a fungicidal remedy for.

    Have a great weekend Connie :-)

  3. Congrats to A Write Life, and I know you, you'll find quite the rosy treasure to send along! Silly Arizona and their plant shipping laws! ;-)

    That rose is a beauty even if it's name is not! I hope you have a good selling day tomorrow!

    Kat :)

  4. What a gorgeous rose, and such a delicate color! Congrats to "A Write Life"! My neighbor took down her fence, so I've room for another climber! yeah!

  5. Connie, did you go to the Ashdown seminar with David Stone? His pronunciation of it was lovely. Kray-pes-cule. To hear him say it with his British accent, you'd love it. Mine did well this spring but is now in too much shade. I may have to take some branches off of the tree near it.

  6. This is such a dreamy rose. I wish I could have all the Roses I admire growing in my own garden.

  7. I bought your Crepuscule baby at Lewis Ginter's plant sale, to give my Mother for her birthday. Your baby is safely tucked into a one-gallon pot until it's big enough to plant on her south-facing brick wall, where I'm sure it will take everyone's breath away! It's even more beautiful than you described. I love your photography.

  8. Hi I am loving all the roses on your site! Dancing Doll is my favorite! Great photos!
    Happy Gardening!

  9. Connie, I've been a bit under the weather this weekend and just saw that I won your giveaway. Yeah! I emailed my address to you. Thanks.

    Beautiful roses.


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