Sunday, November 18, 2012

Enjoying Late Season Roses

The rose season is winding down and I made the effort today to go to the Heritage Rose Garden to take some quick pictures. 

Puerto Rico, tea
We have been having some light rain.  

Jean Bach Sisley, china

I am sure the plants are enjoying it but many blooms have been ruined: balling, rain spotting, and botrytis have all reared their ugly heads again. However, I will spare you the distress and instead will show you mainly those cultivars (quite a few of them) whose blooms stood up well to the weather.

Mel's Heritage, hybrid wichurana, the rose I was most taken with on this trip. The blooms open well and never look messy. The color is pleasing and plum colored canes are an added bonus.

More Mel's Heritage. The fragrance in the moist air was unbelievable.

This is by no means an exhaustive list: I only had an hour, and there are a few thousand roses blooming. 

Lady Hillingdon, tea

Enjoy, and I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.

'Bermuda's Kathleen', found rose 

Rubens, tea. In spring there are lots of rain spotted blooms on it, but not this time.

Lupe's Buttons, hybrid musk. Also rain spots easily, but I did find one good looking cluster, and with hips too.

'Legacy of Elinor Pimentel', found rose 

'Burnett Pink Tea', found rose. These blooms are not really holding up to the rain well, but I love the soft peach and pink tones.

Weisse New Dawn, large-flowered climber

Mme Berkeley, a tea. This one is in my garden.

Mistress Bosanquet, bourbon or china

Rita Sammons, polyantha, looking almost like a cherry tree in blossom

'Old Korbel Gold', found rose, pernetiana. This one is in my garden too, and showing unusually bright color.