Saturday, July 21, 2012

Una Grande Condesa

I have been admiring the latest flush of my Spanish beauty, Condesa de Sastago, a 1930 hybrid tea. It is one of a class of roses called Pernetianas in honor of the 19th century French rose breeder M. Pernet-Ducher.



 Pernetiana roses are known for their vibrant multi-hued flame colors and fruity fragrances (as well as a propensity to blackspot, I might add).


In my garden, the temperamental Condesa is prone to bouts of fungal diseases. Blackspot is rare in my climate but this rose can have both rust and mildew, although foliage clears up in summer.



 However, it blooms a lot and the colors are brilliant. It reminds me often of a flamenco dancer in a bright multi-colored swirling skirt.



It took me a few years to get my own root plant. For quite a while, only one mail-order vendor offered it from time to time, and no matter how fast I ran to the computer it was out of stock before I could click on the "Order" button.



I tried it in the ground at first and it sulked, so I finally put it into a pot.



I find that some roses, such as own root hybrid teas, which are too weak to grow and flower well in the ground, do very well for me in big pots with lavish doses of fertilizer and ample water.



Growing large roses in containers is a lot of work, but for me the rewards are definitely worth it.

15 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous rose. I love the blend of colors.

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  2. Lovely rose. Its one of a kind. It will be one of my favorite flower from now on. I adore its vibrant color and looks.

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  3. It's stunning rose, its petals are pink on top and are yellow from the other side! You're right: the rewards are worth it.

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  4. Love this rose...but it sounds like a little trouble to grow. Amazing, these colors are similar to the new 'Ketchup and Mustard', which I hate, but they are much more subtle here and thus the effect is much nicer.

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  5. Dbałeś o nią, bo Ci na niej zależało i masz piękne efekty. Róża jest prześliczna.Pozdrawiam.
    Take care of her because you wanted on it and you have beautiful results. Rose is very beautiful. Yours.

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  6. Your condessa is lovely beyond description. Its very difficult to cultivate roses in my country so I shall just admire yours and keep my rose bushes to a minimum.

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  7. Just gorgeous rose with amazing colors!

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  8. Beautiful! Those colors are spectacular. I especially like the look of planting a companion plant along with it.

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  9. What a beauty this rose is. Great photography.
    Have a nice eving Masha.

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  10. Took my breath away, again, Masha! That Rose is a stunner! I would never think to grow Roses in containers. But I suppose they wouldn't survive in pots during a harsh winter because of the freeze/thaw--even if they were dormant. I love the blend of colors on Condesa!

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  11. Wonderful color on this rose. I love roses with multiple color variations.

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  12. She is an absolute beauty Masha. I have often said that I am not so keen on Roses in containers, however I have been having more success with this in recent times.

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  13. Such a beautiful rose Masha. All those colors in the blooms are fantastic. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. What a gorgeous rose!! I love how round the flowers are. They remind me of a bright Jude the Obscure. Your comparison to a flamenco dancer is perfect. I have two roses in containers, too, and so far they're doing well.

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