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RE: Everblooming Climbing Rose (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: roseseek on 04.05.2011 at 03:31 am in Roses Forum

Actually, there are many. What zone do you live in? Of course I am prejudiced, but a rose I raised fits that bill quite well. Annie Laurie McDowell is extremely fragrant, shade tolerant, completely thornless, very disease resistant and flowers year round in Valencia and Encino California. Here are photos of it on Help Me Find. She's a joy to train and dead head because she doesn't bite! She's available from Burlington Roses with more sources coming along in spring. As with many continuously flowering roses, it will often flower at the expense of growing so if you want it to climb faster, prevent it from blooming to encourage more growth, faster. Kim

Here is a link that might be useful: Annie Laurie McDowell on HMF


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RE: Best Tree Roses (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: decobug on 07.30.2009 at 07:43 pm in Roses Forum

Playboy Tree Rose


Mary Rose

Electric Blanket

Citrus Tease

Knock Out Tree Rose

Pink Dbl Knock Out tree rose

Double Delight


'weeping' tree roses


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A Rose garden in Sardinia

posted by: morrisnoor on 02.27.2007 at 09:30 am in Antique Roses Forum

Hi guys :o)

I'm very happy to show you some photos of my garden. I would like to spend few words abut the garden and it's setting before... Well, if you don't know, Sardinia (you can read more about here: ) is an island, situated just at the center of the Mediterranean Sea. We are surely more renowned for sea, beaches and food than gardens... all my neighbours are filled with cheaper gardens with Pinus,Acacia, Eucalyptus and Melaleuca in awful arrangements :o/ Climate is a tipical hot, dry Mediterranean climate (like the California chaparral), with long, very hot summers and no freezing in humid winther. Not the ideal place for Roses...

So, about 10 years ago(I was 17 years old!) I fell in love with Old Roses, looking for a "english-style" garden, with mixed planted borders, Roses, perennials, and designed by colour schemes ...
Step by step, I designed my garden in "rooms" where Roses are the absolute favourites.

Look at the surrounding landscape

I've started in 1996 with the now called "Rose Garden", where is the largest part of Roses in the garden
A vista in 1999

And some more recent photos ;o)
The central path

The borders

The pergola, with 'Little White Pet' in the foreground and 'Mme Hardy'at right

And the main entrance.To the left is 'Buff Beauty', and to the right 'Mayor of Casterbridge', with 'New Dawn', 'Albric Barbier' and 'Cline Forestier' in the pergola. (The path was just covered with Nepeta... :oP)

(To be continued... ;o))


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Iris and their companions * lots of photos *

posted by: gottagarden on 03.16.2011 at 01:19 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

Spring is coming, and to get you excited about iris season coming up, here are some photos of iris and companion bloomers from my garden.

iris "Gypsy Romance" - my favorite. this is not photoshop, colors are really that brilliant

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

Got the blues . . .

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

Samurai Warrior and blooms of 'ravenswin​g' cow parsley

From Iris 2008

iris samurai warrior in front of red barberry

From Iris 2010

baptisia australis(​wild blue indigo) makes a great foil for this particular iris - late and tall

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

iris Dover Beach - photo is inadequate to how gorgeous these were, and long blooming too.

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2008

From Iris 2008

prettiest flower of all (and look at the size of those blooms!)

From Iris 2008

BTW - I'm cross posting to iris forum.


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Potager pictures--new fence! (Picture heavy)

posted by: lisa33 on 06.21.2010 at 05:47 pm in Potager Gardens Forum

Hey everyone!

Well, my long-awaited fence was installed over the weekend. I'm mostly pleased, although the fence guy short cut one thing that really impacted the overall design. I'm trying not to fixate on it!

Here it is:


Potager fence

Garden gate

I'm so grateful for this forum. The support has been fantastic. I'm also so glad you encouraged me to get the taller obelisks. I think it works really well and shorter ones would not have had the same impact. Mao_tse_mom (I think that's your screen name!), thank you for the observation about the golden ratio! Brilliant.

Besides the look of the obelisks, look at the beans and tomatoes....



And here's a shot of my herb bed and little cafe set. I didn't do it intentionally, but I really think that Lavender Lass gave me a theme. I hadn't been consciously thinking "Provence" but after she posted about that, I started thinking about the fact that my potager really has a bit of the feel of Provencal fabrics. I found a nice set of cushions for the chairs with that look.

Herb bed

Still lots of planting to do in the perennial beds that border the raised stone beds. I have lots of perennials in pots that need to go in the ground when we have a break in this heat wave. Poor things! I thought I'd have them in the ground long before this.

I also had the fence guy leave the western side fence posts high so I can plant climbing roses or vines there. I'm also creating beds outside the fence (both in front and on the western side).

Blah, blah, blah...thank heavens for this forum because you are the only people I can drone on and on to about this stuff! Thanks for looking and reading.



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RE: Pictures of Arbors!! (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: katefisher on 01.19.2009 at 09:03 am in Rose Gallery Forum


If you need some assistance with the embedding process email me and I would be glad to walk you through it. Thanks.


Eden and jean la joie


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Pictures of Arbors!!

posted by: jess2132000 on 01.13.2009 at 03:17 pm in Rose Gallery Forum

I have a few photos one is not mine but wish it was!!! Anyone have a arbor photo to share??
Cecile Brunner
Gold Badge


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RE: Choose One Climber for Your Garden (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: ceterum on 05.29.2010 at 12:10 pm in Roses Forum

Yes, I do have all those climbers I referenced in my yard, except Red Eden that I sadly gave away because as I mentioned it never opened in my very humid east coast coastal climate.

I will be killed if I keep posting the very same photos all over again, especially because I am such a lousy photographer.

Here is Laguna. I would recommend a much bigger structure for this rose that mine if you get it from a good vendor grafted.

Closup of some of the blooms:

Laguna in full bloom

Colette in 2008 (before last year's spider mite attack)

Colette behind Floral Fairy tale

a bloom of Colette:

Colette Bloom



a bloom of Crepuscule:


I don't have whole bush photos of my Compassion only of some of the blooms. I just asked DH to take some photos - he will have a difficult job though because poor gorgeous Compassion is behind a Japanese maple that during last year's unending rainy weather forgot that it was supposed to stay "dwarf". We will see what comes out of those pictures beside the Compassion blooms on the top of the maple.


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RE: Why don't people share more pics of their gardens? (Follow-Up #69)

posted by: hosenemesis on 09.03.2010 at 01:47 am in Perennials Forum

I usually don't post over here, but I wanted to thank everyone for taking the time to post photos of your gardens here. And since I already have photos on Photobucket, I thought I'd share some of the overall garden shots.

I am amazed at the size of many of your gardens. I cannot imagine how much work you must put into them, and I marvel at how well planted these huge areas are.

I also love looking at your beautifully landscaped front yards and pretty houses (I live in the land of the 1970s stucco tract home and bermuda lawn).

Here is my garden at various times of the year.

Path to veggies with Wheeler's Dwarf Pittosporum, Sprenger Asparagus ferns, bower vines, Santa Barbara daisies, echeverrias and wire plant.
Potager from pond

Roses, foxgloves, lamb's ear, columbine, irises, daylilies, paludosum daisies (annual):

From the other side, Total Recall iris:

The front of the house in March with white Banks rose in bloom and carex and fescue grasses:


From the other side, zoysia grass, sword ferns and podocarpus hedge, Walnut tree:

The pond with flag irises, tropicals and agaves:
pond 2005

From the other side:
pond 2005

Bridal Wreath Spirea underplanted with Santa Barbara daisies:
bridal wreath spirea

Climbing Pinkie Rose:


Brugmansia, gold edged Duranta, Pyracantha, and sad impatiens:

Sorry if I posted too many photos. I got carried away.
Thanks for looking.


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RE: Ghislaine de Feligonde (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: palustris on 04.28.2008 at 01:17 pm in Antique Roses Forum

Here is a picture of the entire plant. This is actually two plants, one on either side of the arch. These plants are over 75 years old and I have seen a black and white photo of the roses taken in 1926. This house is just down the street from me.

Ghislaine de Feligonde


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RE: Garden shots (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: moodyblue on 02.05.2008 at 03:08 am in Rose Gallery Forum

Here goes - gee that was a lot of head work picking through. Anyhow, the first two pictures is how are roses looked about ten years' ago before we started to get years of deer devistation. The roses in the front garden where also in a bad way and some were actually killed off by the constant abuse. We finally installed a deer fence around the back and last spring 2006 continued to find homes for a lot of roses from the front into the back. We created a large amoeba shaped bed and planted some very pathetic looking roses....and I think we made the sign of the cross on each planting. :) I have been giving my poor roses such extra TLC. My aim is to get them looking like they used to be. I think this year will see a huge differenc. I needed a lot of new basel canes to help beef them up, and I think the alfalpha has helped me out there. So this year I am keeping my fingers crossed. They grew quite tall and leggy last years so my aim is to try for shorter bushes which may have a lot to do with taking off more than I have been when deadheading.
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With this picture I won second prize in Pickering Nurseries garden photograph competition. I was so thrilled and they sent me five free roses of my choice. They had the picture up on their site for a couple of years. Unfortunately they do not do that anymore. I would not be surprised if someone from GardWeb came in first, seeing what I see here now! Of course I did not know anyone here then.
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The start of the new bed last year when finding homes for my older and a few new roses.
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Amazing how they came on by the end of that season 2006
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......and 2007 even better - a couple of views from our bedroom balcony to give you an idea of the lay-out
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Middle of August 2007 - showing the new bed - there was an annoying smudge on my lens which I did not notice at the time, but shows on these last pictures
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New rose bed to the left in this picture
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Just hopoing for fuller rose bushes this year.
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As long as you are not bored, I have more which I could post but have to stop here for now. Unlike most of you, I have no roses on order, though I have made out a list and hope still to put an order in. Just had other stuff going on, but I can get back to thinking about the rose season soon.

OK, Next,please! Dying to see your gardens. Hope some of you who have shown us some great pictures before, would not mind doing it again. :)
Pauline - Vancouver Island


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RE: House photos with roses please!!! (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: hoovb on 03.15.2008 at 01:09 am in Roses Forum

Sorry but these are old pictures...I've got some old ones from a couple years ago and last year. I need to take some new ones this spring.

The big rose here in the first picture is Madame Alfred Carriere which was too big for the spot. It was engulfing everything. There in the picture it had recently suffered a hard pruning. It got so big, that you couldn't get through the little double gate there.

front beds

Last year we got rid of the green shutters which could not hold up to the sun, so the house looks a little different. Here is the angle from the street. That purple/blue flower there is Limonium perezii. Molineux, Day Breaker, Top Notch, etc.
From Street

Here is Sombreuil over the front door with Hoover hanging out waiting for me to finish taking the picture and water that poor brugmansia already. We'd had a wind storm the week before and Sombreuil half came down but there were so many flowers I just left it the way it was. This year it is more securely tied.
Sombreuil and Little Hoover

That's Altissimo the big red climber...French Lace and a baby Louise Clements in front of it.


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RE: arch for climbing rose - need ideas (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: carolfm on 03.03.2008 at 08:58 am in Roses Forum

They get pretty big here. I have my two on an arbor. Sank the posts, added trellis to the sides and wooden slats across the top.



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RE: Suggest some pink continuous blooming giants (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: jerijen on 03.11.2008 at 06:59 pm in Antique Roses Forum

White Maman Cochet:


Niles Cochet


But I would keep in mind that while Tea Roses can become this big, they won't do it FAST. It's going to take time for them to build up that structure. And of course you're not gonna be doing a lot of pruning.



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RE: More Garden shots (Follow-Up #48)

posted by: moodyblue on 02.16.2008 at 02:00 am in Rose Gallery Forum

A few more different shots of the back!

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Pauline - Vancouver Island


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RE: Favorite Florabundas? (Follow-Up #64)

posted by: rosebud on 04.02.2006 at 09:16 pm in Roses Forum

Nearly Wild is a good one:


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Woodland garden in July, pics

posted by: Raney10 on 07.20.2005 at 06:23 pm in Woodlands Forum

I just got new pictures and thought you might enjoy a couple of my favorite.


This is view from my northeast corner we call the Sunroom

A stroll along the garden path


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RE: Anyone want to share garden pictures? (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: spazzycat_1 on 01.12.2008 at 02:21 pm in Carolina Gardening Forum

Geranium macrorrhizum 'Bevan's Variety'. Probably one of the best groundcovers for shade.
geranium macrorrhizum 'Bevan's Variety'

Knockout rose and Nepeta 'Walker's Low'

Drought-tolerant garden on top of stone wall.

Planter w/ Canna 'Pink Sunburst', Sweet potato vine (Sweet Caroline Bronze), and a Salmon-pink bicolor Agastache


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RE: Climate and Soil - Why so often do we ignore it? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: reg_pnw7 on 10.13.2007 at 12:15 pm in Roses Forum

You are so right. We ignore climate and soil because they're so complex and most gardening books don't go into them much - botanists generally don't know much about soil science it seems. But after moving from one extreme soil type to another (heavy adobe clay to glacial gravelly till), I learned the hard way just how critical soil type is to gardening!

Jim, it's easy to figure out generally what kind of soil you have. The USDA has done soil surveys for most counties nationwide and you should be able to find your county's Soil Survey at the library or at an Ag Extension office. Those things are loaded with more information than you can shake a stick at.

You can also do a mason jar test yourself. I did a presentation for our local rose society on soil hydrology and how to do a mason jar test so you can figure out how often and how long to water your roses. Take a quart mason jar with tight lid, and fill it about half way with soil from the garden. Then fill it the rest of the way with water. SHAKE it up well to break up and suspend the soil in the water and then put it down. Have a ruler and paper and pencil ready. After one minute, the sand will have settled out, measure that. After 2 hours, the silt has settled out, measure that. Clay can take days to settle out - you can either let it sit for a couple days, or you can measure the total height of soil before adding water and figure the clay is what's left after measuring the sand and silt.

Now you take your measurements and calculate the percentages of sand, silt and clay. Then you look at a soil triangle and find the intersection of the three lines - percent clay, percent silt, percent sand, and it will tell you if you have sandy loam, or clay loam, or loamy sand, or whatever.

The link below takes you to an online triangle with calculator, pretty neat! and there's a separate one for the Canadian soil classification system too.

Soil makes all the difference in how plants grow! it determines how water and nutrients are or are not available to plants, and the environment in which the roots are living. It's complex and opaque but we need to do our best to understand it!

Here is a link that might be useful: USDA Soil Triangle


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RE: Any gardens I shouldn't miss in South Carolina? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: anntn6b on 09.30.2007 at 03:13 pm in Roses Forum

The garden in Orangeburg is a huge collection of modern roses and a really good place to see how roses make it through a hot summer (not much applicable to your garden, but really useful for some of us).
Hampton Park is a Noisette Study Garden and still has noisettes, although not as large as I'd expect them to be. And there is a rose trail through Charleston. Google may find it, or a call to the visitor's bureau.
For large noisettes, the RiverBank Zoo and Botanical Garden in Columbia SC has a great collection of REALLY BIG roses as well as a lovely formal water garden where I wouldn't mind being a contented frog.
In Asheville NC, (on your way and not that far from the Interstate) there is a no spray garden at the American Red Cross (Take the northern interstate through town, the Merriman exit, US 25, go north until you see an Atlanta Bread restaurant, and turn right just before Atlanta Bread, Red Cross will be on your right. I think you might enjoy seeing the rugosas there as well as the huge Mermaid on their fence.


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Afterglow from visit to FW Botanical Garden

posted by: gnabonnand on 09.23.2007 at 04:14 pm in Antique Roses Forum

I made a quick trip to the Fort Worth Botanical Garden this morning, before it got too hot. For those of you in other parts of the world, it is still very hot here during the days, well over 90F. It was a good visit, here's my observations on the many roses they have growing in their gardens there. These are just my opinions, this and $5 will get you a cup of Starbucks.

The most beautiful, and heat tolerant roses in the garden were surprisingly in this class.

Maggie: lots of shapely, well-formed, fully petaled blooms that'll be remembered for a long time. I've seen a lot of photos of this rose, but none of them begin to approach the true beauty of the bloom color on Maggie. You have to see it "in person" to fully appreciate how special this bloom is. Heavily thorned.

Souvenir de la Malmaison: Like a heat-seeking missile. Like Maggie, made for Texas. Very productive here, especially during this time of year. Heavily thorned.

Souvenir de St Annes: The apple didn't fall far from the tree. Just beautiful. Nice foliage, shapely short bush, lots of big semi-double blooms. Heavily thorned.

Fortunately, the management of the gardens have the good sense to have included lots of this class in the garden.

Ducher & Spice: Among the very best bush forms of the china roses. Very full, with foliage all the way to the ground, and nicely wider than tall. Beautiful garden plants. Both are very lightly thorned.

Arethusa: Hey, this china is fragrant. Very substantial plant in size and fullness. Nice and unusual bloom color. Loose bloom form, but quite a few petals. Heavily thorned.

Cramoisi Superieur & Louis Philippe: There is no confusing these two. Cramoisi has many more petals, and a more shapely bloom. It is much more beautiful that LP to me. However, the plants themselves & their leaves do look nearly identical. CS looked moderately thorned, LP lightly thorned.

Napolean: Lawdy, this is a big plant in the south. Moderately to lightly thorned.

Caldwell Pink: Looks much more like a china than a polyantha, so I'll include it here. Extremely healthy and productive, with very thick bush growth. Covered in tight pom-pom blooms. Moderately thorned.

Mutabilis: This far south, this rose is at its best grown as a small ornamental tree, slightly limbed up. Grown that way, it has a very graceful, oriental look. To say it's a big plant is an understatement. Awesome looking specimen when viewed from a distance growing among shorter, smaller plants. And blooms are interesting viewed up close as well. One of the most impressive images I saw today. Moderately thorned.

Archduke Charles: The most interesting of the china blooms (except perhaps Cramoisi Superieur). Plant habit is a little zig-zag looking. Airy plant habit. Lightly thorned.

Hermosa: These plants are always too tiny when I visit, and always look like they are trying to get established. I wanted to be blown away by this rose, but I haven't yet. I'll continue to monitor it on future visits.

Old Bush: Interesting to me mostly for its history. I do respect this plant. Lightly thorned.

Several of them, but none of them held my attention. Perhaps it is because none of them looked fully established. Blush Noisette looked kind of nice.

Two of this class clearly stood out to me. Madame Antoine Marie & Duchesse de Brabant.

Madame Antoine Marie: Lots of them, and I can see why. Everything that a true tea rose should be. By far the best plant form of all the tea roses ... short, fat, bushy, graceful plants. Perfectly beautiful, rich-looking, unique leaves. Much, much more twiggy than all the other tea roses, more like a china (a very good thing in my opinion). Of the purest, most unblemished bloom color. Lots of blooms. Bloom size is small in this heat and kind of starry on the fully opened blooms, but charming immediately upon opening from nice buds. I can't say enough about how impressed I was with this rose. If you would like to grow a tea rose in a large container, don't even think about which tea you should choose ... this is the one!

Marie Van Houtte: Always the picture of health on every visit to this garden. None were currently in bloom, but nice, large, disease-free plants. Moderately thorned.

Bon Silene: A tree. Huge. Moderately thorned.

Mrs Dudley Cross: What are they feeding these things? I've never seen so much fresh new growth in 90F+ weather. All new growth was beautifully burgundy in coloration. Not many blooms, but the ones that were there were large and more shapely than are currenlty on my own MDC. Extremely healthy foliage on their specimens. No thorns at all.

Monsieur Tillier: Big, thick, healthy. Small, but plentiful blooms of interesting color. Lots of petals, pom-pom shaped. Moderately thorny.

Duchesse de Brabant: Near perfection in a rose. Deserves to be painted by talented artist. The most exquisite blooms of all the teas in the Fort Worth garden. Also the most fragrant. Fruity. Why do they only have one specimen of this jewel? Moderately sprinkled with insignificant looking, small prickles.

Safrano: In my opinion, this tea is not praised enough. Blooms are beautiful in bud and when first opening. Interesting, soft color blend. Fading quickly when open, and maturing quickly to a loose form. Loved it. Lightly thorned.

Isabella Sprunt: Not nearly as captivating to me as the momma plant. I didn't care for this tea.

Adam: He appears to have died or been removed.

Comtesse du Cayla: I'm listing here in the tea roses, because after close inspection, there's no way this is a china rose. The thorns, foliage, and plant habit don't look at all china to me. There were a lot of these at the garden. All of the fully open blooms were fried, even in mid-morning sun. However, the buds and newly opening blooms were things of beauty, with very intriguing color. All specimens looked healthy. A light scattering of very large, thick, un-china-like thorns.

Always a rare privilege to be able to view up-close one of these roses in a Texas garden.

Ispahon: I must revisit the garden next spring to view the blooms on this rose. Photos I've seen of the blooms are incredible. The plant was doing nicely in the Texas heat. It was upright in growth pattern and looked healthy and rather happy. Not a large specimen ... it may not have been in the garden for very long. Moderately thorny.

Kazanlik: Looked to be doing fine. Not a large plant. Slim build at this point in its life. A fairly t***** ****** thing.

Autumn Damask: No leaves, just a lot of thorns on long canes. On this day, this was an ugly plant that probably deserved to be moved to another climate.

Madame Plantier: Not much plant there, few leaves, a new specimen. Lightly thorned.

Not a great class for Texas, and as such very few in the garden.

Marchessa Boccella: The only HP that has truly thrived over the years in this garden. It's a great plant, with nice blooms. Apparently the most frequent repeat bloomer of all the HPs in Texas. It has been in bloom no matter when I have visited this garden. Maybe it's really a Portland? Very thorny.

A delight to see first hand.

Fortuniana: Lawdy. The biggest plant I've ever seen. Downright scared as I walked under it. Very few thorns.

Chestnut rose: Didn't quite know what to think of this one. I think moderately thorny, although it didn't hold my attention long enough to really remember.

Swamp Rose: How cool is this one! Very interesting. Architectural growth habit. I'd love to have the room to grow this one, in a kind of out of the way place. I want to return in the spring to see it in bloom. Must be fantastic at that time of year, because I loved it even now. Leaves like a willow tree! No thorns seen on its canes, also could not feel any prickles under its leaf mid-ribs.

HYBRID MUSKS: Although not technically a true OGR class, they definitely qualify as "antique" due to their age. And they belong in any garden of those who love old roses.

Bishop Darlington: There were several of these. Unlike the other HM's, they were really upright and tall. Loose, almost single blooms. I didn't care for this rose. Very thorny.

Kathleen: A lot of this one too. The single blooms were much more appealing to me that the previously mentioned rose. More lateral growth too on the plant. Kind of nice. Very thorny.

Lavender Lassie: A really big plant. Unfortunately, no blooms today. Moderately thorny.

Prosperity?: I think this is the HM that they had tons of. Very spreading growth habit. Was just okay to me. Took up lots of real estate with its extremely thorny canes.

Nur Mahal: Loved it, loved it, loved it. One of the very first roses I check on every time I visit this garden. Not a large plant, yet has graceful, arching canes. I can no longer go without this one. Beautiful and unique foliage. I am going to place an order today with The Antique Rose Emporium for delivery in March. This rose is mine. No visible thorns on any canes of their specimens, and better yet ... absolutely no small prickles underneath the leaf mid-ribs either.

I'm not a huge fan of this class, but many of them are certainly well-adapted here, and prove it in this garden.

Perle d'Or: Several of them in this garden, and they are all healthy and productive. The most impressive to me of the polyanthas. Nice, moderate sized plant (not small but not huge). Charming, special blooms, none other just like it. Unique color. Good fragrance. A light scattering of very large thorns.

Marie Pavie: Looked fine. Not as big of a fan as I used to be, but nice plant.

Clotilde Soupert: Not in bloom. Been there, done that, with this plant.

About half of their large rose collection is in modern roses.

Knockout: Far too many of them. The only ones that were notable were the Rainbow Knockouts, which were not uninteresting.

David Austin English roses: They have all been removed from the garden. Hmmm ... what does that tell me about their long-term durability in our harsh climate? Nonetheless, I would be willing to baby my 'Heritage' for all of eternity if necessary (so far that hasn't been necessary to do so in my own garden).

Buck Roses: Geez, they've put in a lot of them lately. I didn't get too enthusiastic though, except for Awakening and Distant Drums. The attraction to Awakening may be because its blooms somewhat reminded me of SdlM's blooms. I'd have Distant Drums if it weren't so viciously thorned due to it heavy dose of beauty (the plant itself seems to be struggling and it is not a new planting). There were a lot of Carefree Beauty roses, and deservedly so, as they are very well adapted here.

Julia Child: Very productive plants. Very nice bloom color too. I'm not a huge yellow rose fan though, because the yellow blooms often blend in a little too well with a rose bush's yellowing leaves. Julia Child was no exception to that rule.

Gruss an Aachen: Conspicuously absent. The cluster of GaA roses that was there a couple of years ago have all either died or been removed. Perhaps they are giving more space to the tougher china roses, or the growing number of Buck roses.

Lafter: Thankfully, there are very few hybrid-tea roses in this garden. Lafter is the exception. There are several specimens of Lafter, and it so deserved to be included. Just beautiful. Very thorny.

Puerto Rico: The other hybrid-tea that thrives in this garden. Lightly thorned.

Wild Blue Yonder: One of the few modern roses that captivated me. Very, very nice. Lots of thorns.

Miniature roses: Eeew. No leaves, few blooms. Tiny sticks. Wasted space.

Belinda's Dream: Lots of them because they rock here. Moderate thorns.

Basye's Blueberry: A simple thing with great stamens. Love it. No thorns at all.

New Dawn: Really nice blooms. Really large plant. Lots of thorns in the way.

Republic of Texas: I wanted to love this one. I didn't. Looked only slightly better than Rise-N-Shine. Moderately thorny.

Sweet Pea: Probably looks good in the spring. Didn't look good today. Too tiny to notice nature of thorns.


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Big Hullabaloo This Morning

posted by: hoovb on 07.25.2007 at 01:10 pm in Rose Gallery Forum

The mockingbirds were screeching and squawking this morning, so when I went outside to check why, this is what I saw:


The mockingbirds have fledgling babies out in the rose garden, so they were doing their best to protect them. The hawk flew off finally. It may have been hunting lizards instead of fledgling Mockingbirds, or it may have been eyeing my Koi.

Since this is the Rose Forum not the Hawk Forum, better add some roses: Secret, a fine and fragrant HT.
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Marie Pavie hedge (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: patricia43 on 06.13.2007 at 01:32 pm in Antique Roses Forum


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Ramblin' Red over an arbor, finally! (large files)

posted by: pappu on 06.07.2007 at 12:16 am in Rose Gallery Forum

This is it's third year and finally, it is over the arbor. The April cold snap severly reduced the bud count and reduced the quality of the blooms, but nonetheless a stunner!


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RE: Do you have this yellow English Rose? (Follow-Up #37)

posted by: morrisnoor on 02.23.2007 at 12:21 pm in Antique Roses Forum

Molineux, I completely agree with you, 'The Pilgrim' is one of the best yellow Austin's. I think too that this rose as the most pure Tea fragrance. Flowers are glorious, full of petals and have a delicate shade of lemon yellow; rebloom is good but not continuous.
I hope you like some picture of mine: i've planted it, grafted from David Austin Roses in UK, maybe 8 years ago, the bush is 2 m wide and 1,5 m high, pegged down and hardly pruned to contains his rampant growth.



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I'm getting over it..

posted by: kaye on 05.24.2007 at 04:59 pm in Antique Roses Forum

that is, the loss of the spring flush. It's never happened before here and it was with a sinking feeling I watched the roses freeze and dry up. But, guess, what? I got over it and so did they. I was taking a stroll this afternoon before the rain came and noticed how certain pairs play off each other (yeah, I mix 'em up a lot).

Kronprincessin Victoria with Singing in the Rain

Hot'n'Spicy with LaBiche (yard art in the background needs a clear shot of the Southern sky and this was it)

Martha Gonzales and Love

Tournament of Roses and Crocus Rose

Promise of more to come


Love the paths
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Marie Pavie and the back view

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Disneyland in the Leap Year

posted by: hoovb on 05.02.2007 at 01:48 am in Rose Gallery Forum

Sleep, Creep, Leap: this is my Disneyland's leap year. It was a J&P own root.


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Why they are so popular here

posted by: hoovb on 05.10.2007 at 12:38 pm in Rose Gallery Forum

Why is Iceberg so popular, even overplanted, in Southern California?

This is why:

The Neighbor's Icebergs

These are my neighbor's Icebergs. They liked our roses so much they wanted some too, but something easy care because they are very busy and not gardeners. Just a glorious sight on this May morning. That is a red Meidiland groundcover rose below.


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RE: Bring out your Blues! (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: mrmorton on 04.23.2007 at 10:56 am in Cottage Garden Forum

All this thread is doing is reminding me of my distinct LACK of blues in my garden. At least the TRUE blues anyway. I've got plenty of Catmint and Salvia.
I'm trying Delphiniums AGAIN, and will also be attempting Lakspur, so hopefully something will work for me this year.
Six Hills Giant Catmint with Peonies about to pop:
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I'm rather fond of this double balloon flower:
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Salvia 'Blue Hills' w/ Coreopsis 'Moonbeam'. The pic is almost 2 years old, but I still have these two together. Great combo.
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I also have several varieties of geranium, some which come close to being blue. This is 'Orion':
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Third pic...
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RE: wanting photos of mature 'Altissimo' climbing red rose (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: hoovb on 04.20.2007 at 12:29 pm in Rose Gallery Forum

Mine is much much smaller. It is grafted. I planted it around 2003, I think.


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It's almost TOO much

posted by: cweathersby on 04.23.2007 at 10:27 am in Antique Roses Forum

The roses looked beautiful yesterday. Unfortunately I was stuck inside with allergies.
Here's some pictures.
La Reine, pegged:
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Altissimo seedling:
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Abraham Darby with Pillow Fight in background:
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Prosperity on pillar:
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That's Buff Beauty under the bird house:
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Bronze Star:
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Brass Band:
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Pat Austin:
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Day Breaker in front of Lamarque:
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Random Garden Scenes (VERY big/long)

posted by: tivoli_rose on 08.12.2006 at 08:44 am in Rose Gallery Forum

It's been forever since I posted! Here are a few images, chosen at random. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them!


Small summer flush on Abe

William Morris (left), Evelyn (right)

Lobelia in antique pot I found in Denmark

Abe (rear), Cape Cod (front left), Camisole (right)

Abe (rear)

Just Joey (far right) Those tall lillies are in 2 spots in the garden

Baby Jubillee Celebration, the chair will move to another spot next year! of my favorites

New show yet and that's just the back of it!


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RE: Ground cover between rose plants (Follow-Up #29)

posted by: diggerndeb on 04.19.2007 at 04:55 am in Roses Forum

Nancy, we have stepping stones placed where can walk. I have to expose them with a weed wacker every week. To work closer to the roses we just step or kneel in the alyssum. It springs back up.

That is is the only area where alyssum is not confined by borders where we can sit on the lawn and work with the roses.

Thanks Carol :)


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Some 'overhead' pictures of the garden

posted by: vikki1747 on 06.16.2006 at 08:47 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

Took these pictures from upstairs in the house. Its fun to see the garden from this perspective.
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You can see a portion of the new deck we had put on in March. The old deck was lumber and after 20 yrs it had become slippery moss and a mass of splinters. Love the thing I ever did.
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RE: What are your theories of landscape design? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: harryshoe on 09.21.2006 at 07:21 am in Roses Forum

My ideas are constantly changing. I don't plan, I take my shovel and start skinning the turf off until the bed is a shape I find inviting. I spend little or nothing.

There are some rules by default. There cannot be a hint of formality in order for the landscape to accurately reflect the pig who designed it. No straight lines. Soft, smooth, natural and relaxing are the themes. General goal: to create a nice place to smell flowers, rest and drink beer.

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RE: show your birdhouses please! (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: shirl36 on 07.20.2006 at 09:27 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

I too like Bird Houses....but I only use them as props among my flowers and on the front porch...

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RE: Hot Cocoa (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: caffiopeia on 04.14.2007 at 03:35 pm in Rose Gallery Forum

Lovely pic. I also have Hot Cocoa.

Let's see if I can get your pic to post:


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RE: Welcome all hill dwellers! (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: jeanner on 08.15.2006 at 10:13 pm in Hillside Gardening Forum

Heres some pictures of one of my slopes. This is our most gentle slope and the only slope that faces the house. It is also my primary garden area (for now). This slope was regraded when the house was built and then left to erode for three years by the original owners. I hauled 4 yards of compost and countless yards of mulch to get the erosion under control.

This is a picture from last year. This year I have been replacing many of the plants with bushes - I have found that there are more bushes that look good from the bottom and they require less water once established. Besides I needed more structure, less foo-foo. And yes, I do need lessons in constraint :^)

This is the view from the top. I actually prefer this view as the plants look much better!

This weekend I will post pictures of a deck that we are building that hangs out over the hill in front of the house, a lookout deck of sorts. We still have alot of work to do on it and the surrounding area.


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hello!! My HILLSIDE pictures

posted by: tinkster on 08.23.2006 at 10:42 pm in Hillside Gardening Forum

I am also struggling with a huge hillside that is almost vertical in drop and is right in my back door almost .... I dug a pond and put in a waterfall which took a lot of the bank up but now trying to landscape it.. its a bugger.. I am finding grasses just love the dry dry sandy wasteland :) going to try to get into more of the ornamental grasses and arrid loving plants..

So glad this is here and hope to learn some things.. sure like the tip on planting in the pots!





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Snow, snow, go away...

posted by: brother_cadfael on 03.11.2007 at 10:27 pm in Rose Gallery Forum

...(sigh)...Is it spring yet???

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RE: Need ideas for additional trelllising for climbers (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: sandykk on 04.12.2007 at 04:16 pm in Roses Forum

I have one New Dawn on each side here and all I can say is build something sturdy. Last week I was out trimming these babies and they have grown huge!! This is only their third year and the canes are really big and heavy. I'm so glad I have the fence to let them ramble on because they want to grow everywhere. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine.

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Beginning of Autumn

posted by: deanneart on 09.26.2006 at 08:30 pm in Perennials Forum

It is difficult to believe that October is just around the corner and the first frosts are just as imminent. Where did this year go? It seems that only in the last week or so I was finishing potting up the containers and now it is time to take them apart. Seems so sad but if the truth be told Im about ready for a rest from tending everything outside. I took a walk around with my camera yesterday and enjoyed some of the views I still have. The annuals are now the shining stars in the gardens and are definitely worth all the work to have so much color at the end of September.

The terrace gardens are just about finished up except for the sedums but the variegated foliage of the Nora Leigh phlox still sparkles in that border. The fuchsias are as happy as can be with the sunny days and cool nights and putting on quite a show to finish up the season.

The dogwood is just beautiful this time of the year and has more berries on it than Ive ever seen before. The birds have stripped the Mountain Ash and have started working on the dogwood in the last few days.

The containers are just full of color and it seems a crime to dismantle them before the cold but Id better start taking them apart soon. I think Im in frost denial mode at the moment.

Thanks again Eileen for this wonderful Illustris! Ive enjoyed it tremendously this summer. Im hoping I can successfully winter it over.

This container has been just terrific this whole season and there are no flowers in it! I love that it looks so great and doesnt need the constant deadheading of the arrangements with flowers. That Plectranthus Lemon Twist is an amazing and wonderful plant. It always looks great, takes to pruning well and grows like its on steroids. I love it! The other plants in this are one of those Cordyline australis, a Strobilanthes, Coleus Gays Delight and a Ipomoea Sweet Caroline Purple

Another absolute favorite form this year with an Abutilon pictum Thompsonii, Abutilon Bella hybrid, Plectranthus Lemon Twist, Coleus Dappled Apple and a lantana that didnt have a name. I want to do this arrangement again next year but replace the orange flowered abutilon pictum with the one that has yellow blossoms. I thought Id call it the Lemon Meringue container. LOL

This has been so nice also with the Sedona and Tilt-a-Whirl coleus with the scavola and fuchsia. The green spotted leaves are Calla lily Flame that unfortunately never bloomed. They were pretty small corms that came from HD so Im hoping if I save them and replant next year Ill get some flowers. Cant you just see this arrangement with those orange calla flowers? That would have been great.

This container on the patio has gotten gigantic. I think the abutilon in this one is about five feet tall now.

Here is the other side

The containers on the front steps are still looking nice as well. I just cant tell you all how much Im loving those fuchsias. The only problem with this picture is that canna lily was supposed to have more of a pink flower instead of that coral one and it just clashes with that dahlia in that upper container. Wont make that combo again. LOL

The breezeway entrance with my helper posing for a pic. You can see one of my Hydrangea Little Honeys and one of the purple pots I bought in Rochester when visiting Mary.

The asters have opened in the driveway garden are look terrific this year.

OK I guess Id better quit before this thread doesnt open. Enjoy!


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RE: Beginning of Autumn (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: deanneart on 09.29.2006 at 10:35 pm in Perennials Forum

Thanks Bug and Eden. Much appreciated.

I'm addicted to snapping photos lately. I just want to capture every last bit of beauty before the frost takes it away.

Here are another few from my ramblings with my camera in the last couple days.

This line of containers on the fence line has turned into a tapestry of color.

The hayracks have really performed well this year.

This container has my three year old Iresine herbstii and the Fuchsia 'Blacky'

A window box on the shed.

The alyssum is billowing out of the rose garden now. I pruned it back about three weeks ago and the cooler weather has spurred it onto some beautful new growth.

My brug is finally putting on a lovely flush of blooms. It had a bad case of mites this summer and looked miserable for a month or so but oh the rewards when they finally do bloom!

I sure hope I can get another couple weeks out of this season.



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RE: Please post pics of Rosette Delizy and Clementina Carbonieri! (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: carolfm on 07.29.2006 at 04:49 pm in Antique Roses Forum

Rosette Delizy


Clementina is a big girl.



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RE: What I have learned about roses (Follow-Up #26)

posted by: ronda_in_carolina on 06.21.2006 at 09:16 am in Antique Roses Forum

Some things I have learned:

When life turns difficult, Gardening is as good a therapy as any money can buy.

Sometimes you have to see a rose in person to really see the beauty. I have spent countless hours on the gallery and in my catalogs only to visit RU and have a rose that I never even considered grab me Sometimes the rose bush in a natural setting has amazing qualities that do more for you than just the bloom up close.

Roses have shown me that I do have artistic ability. I am able to blend my perennials, evergreens and roses in the same way my sister works in pastels. Although I never though I had the artistic flair present in the rest of my siblings...I now have found that I paint on nature's canvas. I also have a good eye for lighting and therefore photography. If I had never started gardening, I would have never known that I possess these qualities...its a satisfying personal journey.

Oh and....

Set an alarm if you have something in the oven and you decide to just go 'have a walk about the roses'. Ask me how I know....



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Morning Pix, June 12th

posted by: joyce on 06.12.2006 at 11:13 am in Rose Gallery Forum

Mini Rose 'Why Not'

Tequila Sunrise


Something that was supposed to be Blue Girl, VERY fragrant a BIG blooms.

Mini 'Pink Poodle'...fragrant!

Outta The Blue

Crested Sweetheart

All my roses are suffering from too much rain/rain damage. :(


Yup, Crested Sweetheart is the yummiest smelling rose I have ever sniffed. ;)
One flower in a bud vase scents my entire kitchen, which is pretty big! Joyce
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