Sunday, February 2, 2014

Rose Alphabet: C

Carding Mill (shrub, Austin, 2004)

This is one of the best Austin roses for my area.  Beautiful blooms with a heavy myrrh fragrance come in regular flushes and stand up to heat well. Very clean.

Cécile Brunner (climbing polyantha, Hosp, 1894)

An aggressive space-hogging house-eating monster....

.... with dainty blooms and tiny perfect buds worthy of a Victorian buttonhole.

Many "clones" of it are essentially once-blooming (as is mine), although the sheer abandon with which it blooms in spring surely makes up for the lack of flowers the rest of the year. It is very healthy and low-maintenance (other than keeping its exuberant growth in check).

Embracing Zephirine Drouhin

Chandos Beauty (hybrid tea, Harkness, 2005)

Beautiful fragrant blooms, and a good healthy plant own-root. I was so impressed with Chandos Beauty, International Herald Tribune and Easy Does It (which I don't grow but have heard many good things about) that I specifically sought out other Harkness roses. I bought L'Aimant and remained very impressed. Then I got Tower Bridge and my enthusiasm deflated rapidly (it is a miserable weakling even in our perfect rose-growing climate). I guess it is a hit or miss with any group of roses, although I remember hearing that Harkness floribundas are generally better than their hybrid teas, so maybe that's a better guide to acquiring their roses :)

Chrysler Imperial (hybrid tea, Lammerts, 1952)

A classic hybrid tea, it is my favorite rose for cutting. The blooms are extremely fragrant. It is one of the dark red roses whose blooms "blue" as they age (which I don't mind at all). My rose mildews a bit, but has no rust.

Classic Woman (hybrid tea, Meilland, 2007)

A typical stiff hybrid tea with giant blooms on thick stems (often in clusters).

The blooms remind me of big scoops of vanilla or strawberry (depending on temperatures) ice cream.

They are fragrant and seem to last forever in the vase and on the bush (hanging on as big dried-up brown globs long after they should in all decency fall off). Damage from thrips (brown petal edges) is very noticeable all summer long. It also develops late season rust.

Colette (climber, Meilland, 1994)

I saw it blooming at a nursery and fell in love with its clusters of old-fashioned blooms with swirls of soft apricot, yellow, cream and pink petals. Even though my plant is grafted, it is not a vigorous climber for me. After a few years, it has finally covered most of a 7'x15' fence. I can detect no fragrance :(. Rebloom, as with many other climbers, is rather short of excellent. It is a healthy plant.

Comtesse de Provence, a.k.a. Liv Tyler (hybrid tea, Meilland, 2001)

This is another good cutting rose, although it tends to bloom in clusters. The blooms are beautiful, old-fashioned in form, with many petals and very fragrant. Typical hybrid tea growth habit :)

Condesa de Sastago (Pernetiana, Dot, 1930)

One of the first bicolored roses, it starts out brilliant red with yellow reverses, and ages to pink.

The colors are eye-wateringly bright, which sometimes makes me wonder about the personality of Pedro Dot's benefactress, for whom the rose is named.

My plant rusts in spring. The blooms are only moderately fragrant and not long-lasting.

Crépuscule (Tea-noisette, Dubreuil, 1904)

A wonderful landscape rose which provides lots of color at frequent intervals with its informal blooms. In fact, few roses rival it for generosity of bloom. It is thornless, which is always a bonus especially in a big rose. I grow mine espaliered against a fence. At the Heritage it is grown like a giant haystack between four sturdy posts. My two plants mildew a little on and off.

At the Heritage

Crown Princess Margareta (shrub, Austin, 1991)

It is a big rose with strong canes, and can be grown as a free-standing shrub. I grow two on both sides of an arbor.

It is essentially spring-blooming for me, with only sporadic rebloom. I cannot detect any fragrance from my two plants :(. The spring flush is very generous, the blooms are sumptuous, well-formed with a beautiful color. My plants are healthy.

Cynthia Brooke (hybrid tea, McGredy, 1943)

I bought it after reading its description in the Vintage Gardens catalog.

It said more or less that it is a rose whose blooms look like those of Soleil d'Or (i.e. beautiful)
but which behaves like a good garden rose (which Soleil d'Or is not). I tried to grow Soleil d'Or twice for the beauty and fragrance of its blooms and for the historical significance of the rose, and I killed it twice (still don't know how). Cynthia Brooke's blooms do have a superficial resemblance to Soleil d'Or in color, although it is obviously a very different rose. Mine is grown in a pot where it blooms a lot and stays healthy all year long.

 It is a twiggy plant. Blooms have a strong tea fragrance, but don't last long at all in spite of their deceptively substantial appearance.

Cyril Fletcher (hybrid tea, Bees, 1983)

I bought because it is supposed to be vigorous, healthy and fragrant. Mine is a young plant, so not much to say at this point.

At the Heritage



  1. Hi Masha, so nice to see the second installment of your rose alphabet. I got really excited when I read that you also grow 'Chandos Beauty' and especially because yours is doing well. I just planted mine into the ground from a 2 gallon container a few weeks ago and have not seen a fully developed bloom from this rose yet, but judging from your experience I might be in for a treat. She is producing her first bloom in the new location in the moment, which should open any day now. I can't wait!
    All your roses are very beautiful, but there are two that I personally like best: 'Classic Woman' (too bad that it is prone to thrip damage) and 'Cyril Fletcher'. I am truly in awe of the beautiful bloom form and color of the latter. I am curious to hear how it will do for you in the future. Looking really forward to part III of your alphabet. Wishing you a nice week!

    1. Thank you, Christina. It would be fun to compare notes on Chandos Beauty, and maybe I can send you a cutting of Cyril some time. It looks vigorous.

    2. Yes, lets compare our 'Chandos Beauty' roses as they grow, that would be fun. I intend to blog a photo of mine, soon. A cutting of Cyril? Yay! Thank you so much for the generous offer!

  2. What a treasure to the eyes Masha. And I am amazed how big some of your roses are.
    I can't wait to see your next post.
    Have a wonderful day.

  3. Masz cudowne róże i tak obficie kwitnących jeszcze nie widziałam na własne oczy. Widok jest piękny. Pozdrawiam.
    You have a wonderful roses and flowering so profusely I have not seen with my own eyes. The view is beautiful. Yours.

  4. I was all set to say Carding Mill was my favorite ... until I saw Chandos Beauty ... and then the Condesas ... and all the other ones! You live in paradise!

  5. I loved seeing all of these roses. So beautiful!

    Your Cecile Bruner always amazes me. It is so gorgeous.

  6. I have never seen a Rose with so many blooms as your space hogging monster. David Austin Roses didn't grow well in Aberdeen, must try them again now that we are in England.

  7. Querida Masha
    Passo y repaso por tu magnifico blog,como me gustaria visitar tu jardin,me parece una belleza el colorido de tus rosas,suponho que tendrás el jardín bien situado,y además cuidado con cariño
    Yo le puse amor y empeño,pero es una lucha continua contra el clima
    Un afectuoso saludo

  8. Hi Masha, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  9. I love Carding Mill and Colette ! Thanks for sharing !


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