yes, roses really do look better in their 2nd year. (IMG)

aimeekitty(9-10, SW 18)April 23, 2011

So you guys told me that roses look a lot better their second year, but things are really starting to bloom now, and some that I was disappointed in last year really look markedly more beautiful or complex this year.

Already posted about Carding Mill in that regard, but this week I got to see Baronne Prevost blooming. Last year I planted a 2 gallon from Antique Rose Emporium and I was pretty underwhelmed by it's blooms. I thought they were flat, simple and boring (not simple in a good way). I was almost tempted to replace it, I disliked it so much.

The blooms this year are almost like a totally different rose (and I love it)

Baronne Prevost Last August:

Baronne Prevost This Year:

La Reine Last July:

La Reine This Year:

Madam Alfred Carriere, planted 11/15/09 as a band from VG


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Wow, BIG difference! In another couple of years, your whole area will be full of beautiful big roses.

I will say, my Mme Alfred Carrierre has turned into a monster, a good 10' tall and about 15' wide, but did get her much more under control with some heavy pruning which didn't bother her at all.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2011 at 11:34AM
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that is the thing about gardening; it is a patience game.
sometimes the greatest rewards are years down the road.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2011 at 11:47AM
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aimeekitty(9-10, SW 18)

ogrose - my MAC is in a somewhat shadey position, so I think I kinda need a monster to get any size on her! Her sister is in slightly more shade and is about half the size. But they're toughing it out anyway. :)

    Bookmark   April 23, 2011 at 1:27PM
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ingrid_vc(Z10 SoCal)

It's almost like a gawky, awkward teenager turning into a beautiful young lady. Even better, with the old roses they continue to become more spectacular with every year.


    Bookmark   April 23, 2011 at 2:32PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Lovely lovely, though I will say that trellis is completely inadequate for Madame Alfred. She'll get huge, shade or no shade.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2011 at 8:20PM
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trailrunner(AL 8)

Beautiful. My MAC is also shade at her feet and sun at her head. She is happy as can be , just starting her 2nd year. Her blooms have the fragrance of lychee. We just love her. I too have experienced the huge change in roses from 1-2-3 yrs. They really come in to their own. Yours are really lovely. c

    Bookmark   April 23, 2011 at 9:02PM
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Yes, they are really lovely, but I just told you that on your blog. So happy for you. Be prepared for the day when your garden is really FULL of roses. It'll come sooner than you think. Keep posting pics!


Here is a link that might be useful: If only sweat were irrigation...

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 12:33AM
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aimeekitty(9-10, SW 18)

ah, well, what kind of trellis should be there for MAC? I attached these with liquid nails. D:

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 7:03PM
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