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The Lovely Cornelia.


This is Kristen's favorite rose, Hybrid Musk Rose Cornelia. She's supposed to be a bit tender but she's kept safe and warm by the radiant heat of the house and has made it through our harshest winter in 15 years with little dieback. This is a pretty big rose!

Man, look at those weeds. I blame the 5 inches of rainfall we got over the past few weeks. Damn!

Sweet Charlotte.


This is probably the healthiest and most vigorous Austin rose we grow: AUSpoly aka Charlotte. I hear some consider her to be the best yellow Austin, and even though I only grow Charlotte, Jude the Obscure and Crown Princess Margareta I have a hard time believing any of the others would do as well as Charlotte. This rose is in the bed near Simon Estes, and about 4 feet tall in her third year. She is as tough as nails and can handle being snapped to the ground by ice with no problem. She is cute, too!

The Oldest Rose.


Simon Estes, Age 4.

The oldest roses in our yard are Simon Estes, Chapeau de Napoleon, James Mason, and not-Aptos. I'm not counting Moondance because it is a POS blackspot and thrips riddled floribunda that never amounted to anything. Simon here is 4 1/2 feet tall in his 4th year, and is producing dozens of flowers that look just like this one. Fantastic!

We finally have enough roses blooming in the garden that we can bring cut flowers into the house every day. It took four years for us to get there. Constant vigilance! I have to give a lot of credit to our environment with its rich, sandy loam soil and plentiful rainfall. We also get lots of blackspot, aphids, rose chafers, ticks, bunnies and the occasional deer coming in to ruin everything. The Garden of Eden it ain't, but sometimes things turn out all right. Like Simon here.


You'll notice we have no lawn...

Paul Barden Hybrid Gallica "Umbra."


Looking a lot more shapely this year. Thank goodness this opened on a dry day. Umbra is a lovely, healthy rose but the habit is just nuts with the extremely long, poker straight canes that flop to the ground without support. I think it must have inherited that from William Lobb. Come to think of it, though, it's a lot like Gallicandy...

More Constance Spry.


She's giving it her all because she only blooms once a year!



Constance Spry is really in her glory today. It's a pity that I can't seem to capture what I'm seeing in a photo. She is amazing. Unfortunately, she also has a touch of blackspot like all the roses in the bed. Damn. I need to spray Actinovate today but it's very windy.

The Return of Iobelle.


She made it through the winter just fine in the garden. And apparently she's the only hybrid tea in our garden that feels like blooming. I love you, Iobelle!

Deep Purple.


Belle de Crecy was an absolute disaster last year with the rain and the flopping. Kristen came up with the brilliant idea of tying her droopy ass to a trellis. Viola! I'm fascinated by this grape purple Gallica Rose. I really don't care to show my body parts in photos but her blooms are all facing down...

The Bouquet Queen of 2015.


Quietness is probably the most healthy and generous modern rose that's blooming this spring. And she looks perfect in pictures. What a rose! Her flowers seem more complex than they were last season...I don't know if it's because she's more mature or because we fertilized her with Neptune's Harvest. She's been producing a lot of blooms on long stems without side buds, earning herself the title of Bouquet Queen. And her flowers last a long time in the glass. Thank you, Quietness, for being such a great rose!

Fie on this rain!


I had to cut these flowers to rescue them from the rain. The big floofy pink one on the left is Constance Spry. She is the original English Rose, a once-blooming climber with Belle Isis as a parent.

Some say she is the best Austin rose, but most people are turned off by her lack of rebloom. She is very beautiful, and as fierce a grower as any Gallica. I hope I can get some outdoor pictures of her tomorrow!