|'Austrian Copper' 4/10/2012|
ProfessorRoush spent his lunchtime today checking in on the K-State Rose Garden, part of the Kansas State University Gardens, where he volunteers some Extension Master Gardener time. My primary goal was to toss down some alfalfa pellets to stimulate and fertilize the roses this spring, but I was also surreptitiously checking on the early bloom of 'Austrian Copper'.
The K-State Rose Garden looks incredibly healthy this year and the roses are brimming over with buds. It is going to explode in approximately 2 weeks time and I'm going to be in surrogate rose heaven between my own garden and this rose garden adopted by the EMG's. The only roses blooming with any intensity in the garden yet, however, are 'Austrian Copper' (above right) and the 'Therese Bugnet' roses that surround the bronze "girl with a rose" sculpture that is at the front of the garden (below). 'Austrian Copper' is a rose I purchased at Home Depot two summers back and donated to the garden. I had seen 'Austrian Copper' that year in Colorado and immediately purchased my own band via mail-order, only to find that Home Depot offered them in 2 gallon pots in June for the same price as the band I purchased. Who could have predicted that would happen? Because of the vibrant orange color and the early bloom, it never fails to draw comments from visitors to the Garden.
'Therese Bugnet', of course, is a stalwart rugged rose for the K-State Rose garden and envelopes the bronze statue with its furry gray-green leaves and red winter stem. They are getting big, though, and we are soon going to have to tackle the thorny creatures to restrain their exuberance. The modern Hybrid Teas and Floribundas in front of the statue are some of the recent AARS awards winners, so this display is going to change its focus from background to foreground soon. Ah, the rose year is upon us!