As I think about what I'm planning for the next few blogs (and including yesterday's blog), I'm afraid in danger of spending a little too much time on roses at the expense of offending those readers with broader gardening minds. But, hey, what can I say? Deep, deep down, I'm a rose guy and the Fall flush is coming. Bear with me and I'll try to intersperse a few blogs on something else.
But today I certainly can't resist showing you the candelabra growth on my young 'Queen Bee' rose, finally opening last night. I noticed yesterday that it was blooming too late to get a decent shot (or at least what I'll accept as a decent shot, poor though it would be to a professional photographer). So I ran out this morning as the sun rose to catch this glowing red rose at its best, in this case backlit by an eastern sun at 6:30 a.m. I can't wait for this rose to get some growth on it beyond this first year in the ground, because I've got a hunch that I'm going to be royally pleased with 'Queen Bee' for years to come.
'Queen Bee' is a 1984 introduction from Dr. Griffith Buck. She has dark red buds that open to cupped, very double, blood red blooms with a decent fragrance. You can see from the foliage of this rose that blackspot is not an issue here in Kansas. Since this is 'Queen Bee's first year in my garden, I can't vouch for her hardiness here yet, but this complex cross of a seeding of 'Rosali' X 'Music Maker' to another seedling of 'Square Dancer' X 'Tatjana', should be able to do fine in my Kansas Zone 5b climate. She is, however, the most floriferous of the 6 new Buck roses I planted last Spring, literally blooming her head off all summer.
I love bright red roses in general and this one is destined to become special to me.