The Great Pacific Tea Expansion
No, not the grocery store.
I just noticed that I have been expanding in the tea class over the past couple of years. The following tea roses are growing in the ground in my Olive Tree bed already:
These are sizing up in gallons in my pot ghetto:
Edith Perry (seedling of Bon Silene)
White Maman Cochet (bush form)
Rhodologue Jules Gravereaux
Plymouth Fence Tea
And as of today, these are on order:
Madame Jules Gravereaux (Miss Atwood)
Etoile de Lyon
Westside Road Cream Tea (5)
Those last two were added (from Chamblees) because I thought I might be getting a bit too pastel in the new tea bed and I wanted to add a bit richer color. I hope I can find room for them! That makes twelve roses for the planned Pine Tree bed. I'd been thinking nine so it will mean a bit closer planting than I had in mind. I hope I'm not making a mistake here.
The 5 Westside Cream Tea roses go in a different part of the garden to make a curved hedge along a walk. I know they can slowly build up to 4 or 4 1/2 feet, but I'd like to keep them around 3 or 3 1/2 feet. Is this reasonable?