Friday, May 11, 2012


'Carefree Spirit'
The last few roses to bloom for me are streaking into full display right now, so I thought I would take a few moments this morning to look through this year's pictures and identify those roses that I think really made a spectacle of themselves this year.  Not those roses that just bloomed well and often, but roses who literally bloomed so freely that you "couldn't stick a finger into them without hitting a bloom."  There were several of those, and it also struck me that most of the overachievers are also peaking right now, later blooming than most of their cousins.

'Carefree Spirit' is a relative youngster, in its 2nd full summer for me, but already it is living up to its promises. Carefree blooming and with a willing spirit, those are traits we all love in a rose.

The biggest overachiever in my garden may be my miniature climber 'Red Cascade'.  I took this picture this morning and its quality suffers as the eastern sunrise gives it an unnatural orange tint, but take a gander at a rose that is very well-named; a waterfall of bright red flowing over the limestone blocks.

'Red Cascade'

Hybrid musk 'Ballerina' is a timeless rose and provides me a more pastel-colored vision to salve the burns on my cornea, but she is still blooming like a champ right now.

'Jeanne Lavoie'
It is not so unusual for classy blooming miniature  'Jeanne Lavoie' to have a first bloom as flush as this one, but once again, she proves that she is a beautiful lass and a workhorse in the garden.  Five feet tall and growing, she should top that trellis by next year.

'American Pillar'
I always look to rambler 'American Pillar' to finish out the show for the first bloom cycle, and again this year, it isn't disappointing me.  This picture, taken this morning, reflects the fact that I didn't properly trim it and tie it up this year, but, regardless, this monster of a rose certainly has its ostentatious side.

Among the more double-flowered and larger-flowered roses, I have to give special recognition here to red 'Hunter' on the right and bright pink 'Morden Centennial' below, both of which are now fading.  'Hunter' stands proudly among the young Monarda seedlings in the picture, and 'Morden Centennial' is now far past bloom, but they bloomed their heads off in their own times just to make me happy.  Both are always dependable roses for me but their early exhibition this year was more spectacular than I remember ever seeing either of them.  Thank you, girls, for adding a special splash to my rose season!  

'Morden Centennial'
As I scroll through my photos, there were many other well-blooming roses this year, the expected visual bounty from roses such as 'Champlaign' and 'Chuckles' and others, but the roses above were the cream of the crop in my rose parade.  What roses outdid their usual beauty for you this year?  What roses were your showoffs this year?


  1. Our mild winter meant little to no dieback for my roses, and they've had a spectacular bloom this year.

    Hawkeye Belle, Aloha, Excellenz von Schubert, Distant Drums, Caldwell Pink, and Sally Holmes were beautiful with blooms.

  2. I was very excited when I found your blog last night. Right now I have a question about Red Cascade. Do you think it would be suitable for planting on my canning cellar, so that is might cascade down the front? The canning cellar is a stone arch structure with dirt on top, but that dirt isn't very deep. And of course, under the stone arch it's vacant air. So I'm wondering if both of those things could be strikes against it. But I love the idea of this. I'd send you a picture of it if I could. Right now I have sedum, penstemon, salvia and yarrow planted over it, but they're a lot different than roses! Thanks.

    1. It would be gorgeous in a southern exposure but you’d want to keep it trained around the doorway. I think it would look great, but personally I’d try to find one with a little more fragrance to walk through Red cascade had none.


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