Tuesday, May 8, 2012

William Shakespeare 2000

I think it is one of the best English roses for my climate.



I love it for its rich color, generosity of bloom and good health.



I grow two, flanking my driveway. I find that their color stands up well against the grey concrete. It seems to like heat and sun: here it is in 2010...




....and this spring, grown quite a lot. It sprawled as a youngster, but seems to improve in stature with age.



Even though I enjoy it so much I rarely photograph it: the color is so complex that my photography skills cannot do it justice. No matter what settings and light I try, it never comes out right. I can only hint at the beauty and elegance of its blooms...


33 comments:

  1. Oooh I love love love that color! And it looks so healthy. Does it get blackspot for you at all? I'm always wary of red roses...

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  2. Appropriately named! It's as lovely as this Shakespeare sonnet (98):

    "Nor did I wonder at the lily's white,
    Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
    They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
    Drawn after you, you pattern of all those...."

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  3. Oh was für eine wundervolle Rose, ich werde ganz schwach... gut das sie als Kleinkind auch in meinem Garten steht. Ich werde mir den ganzen Abend die Bilder anschauen. So schön!!!! Liebe Grüße Annette

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  4. I love the color the William Shakespear. Amazing to see your roses are full of flowers. Overhere no flowers or buds to see. Beautiful photograph's
    gr. marijke

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  5. Hi Masha. Oh what a beautiful rose it has. Your bush is just beautiful. I love the deep red petals. Have a wonderful week!

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  6. Thank you!

    Spurge, we rarely get blackspot here, so I can't really comment on William's resistance. We get a lot of mildew and rust, and it doesn't get either, at least not really noticeably.

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  7. I'll have to try that one out....it is indeed rich in color. But if you can't capture the color, my photography skills won't even show that it's red..ish.

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  8. I have the same rose and it's blooming right now, too. :o) Such a tough rose. One of my dogs once dug it up three times and ran around the yard with it in her mouth. It survived and is still growing. :o)

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  9. The color and pattern are remarkable. The roses really draw one in.

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  10. Masha, these English roses , I think David Austin Roses, are beautiful!

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  11. Beautiful color, Masha. I see it seems very happy in the hell strip too. That says quite a bit about the rose.

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  12. A stunning beauty. Will have to see if I can fit this one in my garden... Excellent.

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  13. Masha, I wish I was your neighbour! Believe me, your photography skills are outstanding and the photos are superb. What a magnificent rose.

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  14. Beautiful roses, and is that a picture of the hummingbird on your Header? It is my most beloved bird.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  15. A gorgeous rose with such rich color! I image it's quite fragrant, too? A David Austin, I presume?

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  16. I just planted this rose! I hope it is as beautiful as yours.

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  17. Regarding the mosaic pot - the concrete does make them heavier. I have no plans to ever move the giant pot I made! The next one I make will be much smaller.

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  18. Thank you!

    Red Rose Alley, it is indeed a humming bird. They are territorial, so this is one I regularly see in my garden. He (or she?) is very vocal in expressing his feelings about what I do (especially planting or pruning his favorite plants), so I call him "the Boss".

    Camissonia, it is a David Austin rose. It is supposed to have a strong fragrance, but to my nose it is variable: sometimes there, sometimes not. I am told that our arid climate is hard on fragrances, unlike places with high humidity.

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  19. So breathtaking. You did justice with your shots.

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  20. One of my favourites too. I've got WS (the old one) and WS 2000 (darker than WS). In bouquets they are marvellous too. Your photos are always delightful.

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  21. Chère Masha, je suis très heureux de retrouver votre blog, les rosiers sont si beaux et les photos toujours aussi réussies, merci beaucoup !

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  22. Your camera does a fine job as far as I can see! The closeups are great, they show the different shading and hues that a rose of such saturated color can display. Bravo!

    CCG

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  23. Yours look fabulous, do you prune them at all? The fragrance is hit-and-miss here as well, and your photos look pretty successful to me!

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  24. Thank you et merci!

    Hoovb, oh yes, I do prune mine. Even with year-round pruning by the end of summer people walking by the house end up jumping like kangaroos over the stray branches. Most of the upright growth is last year's three or four new basal canes which are the thickest and most able to support the blooms without falling. My camera has a problem with blue reds which mostly come out as orange reds. It requires so much tinkering to try to bring out the true color that I often just give up. Thank you for the compliments and I am glad you liked the pictures.

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  25. Il est magnifique !
    Ici, j'ai l'ancien qui est souvent malade !
    MC

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  26. Masha, photography skills!! behave yourself, this English Rose looks fantastic. Can you imagine here in the UK David Austins Roses are wonderful in their homeland of England but here in the North East of Scotland just a few hundred miles further north, the performance of them are extremely poor, so frustrating.

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  27. Thanks Masha, I am going to nip mine back this year then and see if it looks better. I got a new camera lately and it handles crimson and the WS2K color so much better...it was worth the 7 year wait! :)

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  28. Masha your photography skills are extraordinary. The depth and shading of color of WS is gorgeous!

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  29. Bonjour Masha,
    Votre blog est magnifique, vos photos saisisantes, en un mot je suis jalouse disons envieuse. En effet dans quel pays vivez-vous pour que tout apparaise si beau !? Chaque fois , vous vous débrouillez pour nous jouer une partition de couleurs et de sujets super intéressants et beaux !
    Vous nous présentez des rosiers plus alléchants les uns que les autres, ils sont tellement beaux que je n'ose pas venir vous le dire à chaque fois mais je m'arrêterai sur "Pénélope" aujourd'hui car il m'a énormément touchée ! Si lumineux et soi-disant si parfumé ! Depuis, je vais reniflé 'Cornélia' et je le trouve bien fade ! Et ce 'Shoen Ingeborg" qui n'apparaît nulle part aussi beau qu'au bout de votre objectif ! Je me créve les yeux sur inter-net pour voir des photos de "Rosette Delizy", d'"Elie Beauvillain" effectivement les pépiniéristes s'écrient "magnifiques roses" ! Aussi, me voici pleine de bonne humeur car j'ai contacté la roseraie du désert afin qu'ils me servent ces belles ainsi le coeur plus léger je peux vous joindre et vous remrcier de toutes ces belles choses que vous nous avez montrées durant toute la saison car tout est un superbe régal !! Bien sûr ! Par moment, je me calme un peu, je me dis : oh ! C'est la photo ! Oui, mais bien sûr, c'est la photo mais c'est rudement beau ! A bientôt masha, merci pour toute cette beauté et votre générosité à tout nous faire partager ! Viviane

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