Friday, August 5, 2011

Rose Delights

We have had a fairly gentle summer so far, and I am seeing lots of new canes develop on my roses. Two of my roses have been especially enthusiastic with basal breaks this year. One is William Shakespeare 2000, a shrub rose from David Austin.


This cultivar is known for producing horizontal canes, and on my two bushes a lot of canes still want to lie on the ground weighed down by lots of heavy blooms. But the four new basals above all stand up.  Can it be a new, and a better, trend?



The other one is Jude the Obscure, another English rose with a delicious fragrance reminiscent of fruit and sweet white wine. It has been in my garden for quite a while, always a demure well-behaved bush, nicely rounded and not at all aggressive in its growth habit.

Jude the Obscure last year


But this year it started producing 6' tall canes! I wonder if it is eventually going to be so tall (too big!), or is it getting ready to climb? If you grow this rose in a warm climate, please let me know :).



The three new canes it gave me had big clusters of blooms and were waving around in the wind. I was afraid they might snap before they harden off, so I cut off all the blooms and put them in a vase. The fragrance is wonderful!


41 comments:

  1. Masha, your William Shakespeare 2000 and Jude the Obscure are unbelievable beautiful and vigorous rose bushes! I am wondering if the "new trends", WS 2000 growing more upright basal canes and JtO more taller canes are lasting ones. Would appreciate an update in the future especially since I grow both roses myself. The bouquet of Jude the Obscure is so pretty! Nice and very elegant glass vase, too! Thanks for sharing!
    Christina

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  2. Your roses really are a delight to the eye.

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  3. Such scrumptious, delicious roses Masha... and stunning phography too! A wonderful walk through a Garden of Eden. Many thanks for sharing these. Jane Gray

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  4. Hi Masha! Another lovely post. I missed you on GardenWeb when you stopped posting there regularly, but was thrilled when I found your blog, which I enjoy immensely. I should have let you know much before now how much pleasure your posts give me.

    Your William Shakespeare 2000 and Jude The Obscure look stunning. You must be absolutely delighted. I have seen neither rose in person!

    I live in the Bay Area - mid Peninsula. Yes, it's a cool summer we are having. My Belle Storey is in it's "fall" flush, and it looks like Rose de Rescht is fooled as well!

    Cheers,
    Jo

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  5. Thank you, Professor. I am glad you liked them.

    Christina, thank you, and yes, I will give an update. Those huge canes on Jude are too BIG! I am looking forward to seeing if they will branch or not... I will let you know.

    Greenapples, thank you for the compliment.

    Jane, thank you. I appreciate your compliments.

    Jo, I am sorry I stopped posting on GW - I just can't keep up with everything! I miss GW and should go there more often. Thank you for letting me know that you read my blog. I am very happy that you enjoy it. A lot of my roses are flushing too, and you are right, they look much better than the usual August flush, with more petals, bigger blooms, better color and stronger fragrance :).

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  6. Gorgeous Roses, so many flowers! I'm glad the all have scent, I don't see the point otherwise.

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  7. Wonderfull roses. English roses are so beautifull and elegant!

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  8. More beautiful, wonderful roses. I love all of these and it would be something else to have them growing in my own gardens. I'll just enjoy them in yours and imagine the scents.

    Thanks for sharing these gorgeous bloomers.

    FlowerLady

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  9. Send me some of your weather.

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  10. Beautiful pictures!

    Regards Janny

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  11. My gosh! That Jude! David Austin should ask you to use that for his advertising. Makes me want one!

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  12. Your roses look perfectly gorgeous!

    You asked about the rugosa ~ that one is rubra. Foxi Pavement does get a lot of hips too.

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  13. Bridget and Corina, thank you. Corina, I agree, English roses are lovely.

    FlowerLady, thank you. I know if you chose to grow them, they would be even better than mine.

    Greggo, I wish. I hope your heat wave ends soon.

    Janny, thank you for your compliment.

    Holley, it is a very good rose in my climate. I don't know if it will be the same for you...

    Sweetbay, thank you. The hips on rubra are spectacular. Thank you for the answer.

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  14. Both of them are outstanding, but I like Jude the Obscure more.Anyway, the photos you share with us are great.

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  15. Thank you, Mihai. I enjoy your compliments.

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  16. delights, indeed:-) come to my blog and take an award!

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  17. Masha, Both William and Jude are simply stunning! I have overcrowded many on my roses and when I see yours with lots of airy room around them, I feel that I must do better by my roses in the future.

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  18. Megimoher, thank you for the compliments and the award! I am honored. I will stop by for sure.

    Dear anonymous, you can see in my previous post that my roses are pretty crowded too (I have a small garden and an irresistible collector's urge to buy more). I think sometimes that when my roses get really big I might have to reduce them to two or three canes each :). So far, with ruthless pruning, they have all been all right. My WS2000 grows in the street strip (aka hell strip), and is surrounded by the driveway, the sidewalk and the street.

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  19. Masha, I am speechless . THE ROSES !

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  20. Thank you very much that you joined my blog "seittitakiainen"! I love also roses and I love your pictures, they are marvelous!! I want more roses in my garden, but here we have very cold winters that rose don't like :( It'snot a good thing but I want to try again, again and again and sometimes I see beautiful roseflowers :)

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  22. Masha, zapraszam do mnie po wyróżnienie...
    pozdrawiam serdecznie...

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  23. Wonderfull!
    Dein Blog ist eine Pracht!

    Liebe Grüße Annette

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  24. Hvor er de smukke.
    Man kan næsten mærke duften.
    Tak for kigget.

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  25. I have a W. Shakespeare rose that I moved from one part of my garden to another and it's still recovering. I love how full the flowers are. I can hardly wait until mine is as lush as yours! I'm planting a Jude the Obscure this fall and I'm really looking forward to the fragrance. Yours are both gorgeous!!

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  26. Twoje róże mają tyle kwiatów. Wygląda to cudownie i możesz być z nich dumny. Pozdrawiam ciepło

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  27. Oh my ... So much beauty! That Jude rose is breathtaking!

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  28. Jude the Obscure wants to show off! Both are gorgeous shrub roses.

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  29. Dani, thank you. I am glad you liked them.

    Ansa, I am happy to meet you! There are lots of roses that do well in cold climates, especially once-bloomers many of which actually hate my warm climate :).

    Gabi, Annette and Landbohaven, thank you! I am so glad to hear from you.

    Casa Mariposa, good choices! Jude the Obscure is my very favorite for fragrance. I hope they do well for you, and am looking forward to reading about them on your blog.

    Giga, thank you. I am enjoying them more now that they are more mature.

    Thank you, Christine and Deb. That picture is one of the best I have ever taken!

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  30. Jude, the Obsecure is beautiful. My Golden Celebration puts out long canes in the summer. I just peg them down. You also get the joy of lateral growth too! Awesome photos!

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  31. The David Austen is beautiful. Love the vibrant pink and the many, many petals. I wonder if it would do alright in my Zone 5B garden?

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  32. RR, thank you. I don't want my Jude to be the size of GC! I always thought it was a smaller rose :).

    Heather, it is hard for me to say because I am in zone 9b and have never gardened in zone 5. My best advice is to check out the site www.helpmefind.com, find that rose in search, and check out the gardens tab to see if any people in your area grow it. You can then contact such people directly and ask them. I hope it helps.

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  33. Masha, your roses are so gorgeous. I can almost smell that beautiful bouquet.

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  34. Thank you, Olga. I am glad you liked them.

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  35. Wow, I simply sighed throughout this post. I love Jude the Obscure!

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  36. Masha, your roses are just... breath takink! I failed to get Shakespeare myself, and seeing your's I am really thinking it was a big mistake... I grow Tuscany Superb , but the blooming time is soo short! lots of greatings!!

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  37. Thank you, Beth. I love it too!

    Rosa complicata, thank you. WS2000 is not too close to Tuscany Superb, but it is a great rose here (unlike Tuscany Superb) :).

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  38. Masha you asked about dealing with glare... I have a lot of problems dealing with it. I just use a lens hood and end up deleting a good number of pictures.

    I don't see any glare in your photos at all, they are gorgeous. In fact I was wondering how you dealt with glare! lol

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  39. I use a lens hood too, but I can't take pictures when the sun is shining, especially of dark-colored flowers... On the other hand, when it is overcast, lots of things look a little dead :), that play of light and shadow really adds to the pictures. I struggle, and, like you, delete a lot.

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  40. Hi Masha, just catching up on your blog here. These are super lovely... I'm wondering, what have you decided to do with the monster canes on Jude? I'm never quite sure what I should do, and in my climate this happens frequently to many of my rose varietals.

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