The first wiff of 'Sharifa Asma' and others... (large pics)

brother_cadfael(z5 seWI)May 28, 2010

It's a beautiful morning here in Southeastern Wisconsin...

As I stepped out onto the patio and had a morning stretch, the first 'Sharifa Asma' bloom caught my eye and my immediate knee jerk reaction was to say her name in a Ricardo Montalban accent and bury my nose deep in her petals and inhale the sweet perfume... say it with me, like Ricardo, "SHARIFA ASMA". :)

'Tamora' arrived this morning as well. Although here scent is divine... Ricardo chose not to endorse her as he did Miss Asma...

'Christopher Marlowe' heard all the commotion on the patio and perked up...

'John Cabot' is finding his place in the world... or TAKING it, I should say...

'Quadra' jealous of Ricardo's love for Sharifa, thought "This place needs a little eye candy", and kicked up her heals this morning too...

Enjoy the show... oh and by the way, it was the Ricardo from Fantasy Island... not Star Trek... I'm not so sure Kahn would approve. :)

Rob

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lucretia1

Quien es mas macho--John Cabot or Christopher Marlowe?

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 11:03AM
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Krista_5NY

Lovely pics of Sharifa Asma.

James Galway likes to grow tall, mine is over 6 feet tall, almost 5 feet wide. It's a great rose.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 11:10AM
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vuwugarden(Central TX 8b)

say it with me, like Ricardo, "SHARIFA ASMA"

LOL! LOL!! LOL!!!

I said it out loud in the office and everyone looked strangely my way :)

Beautiful pic of Ms. Asma!!!! What's your secret, besides the sweet talk with an accent....

Audrey

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 11:33AM
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sammy zone 7 Tulsa

The pictures are outstanding, but especially Sharifa. When I decided to discard all roses that required spray, it hurt me most to give up Sharifa. The picture is beautiful and accurate.

Sammy

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 1:13PM
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aimeekitty(9-10, SW 18)

gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

you're cementing my desire to put a climbing rose next to my A/C unit!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 2:46PM
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zeffyrose_pa6b7(6b7)

Your roses are gorgeous--I love the trellis under your climber--

From what I've read you must like the "Myrrh" scent--you should try Constance Spry---a great climber with a strong myrrh scent.

Florence

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 6:16PM
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judith5bmontreal

Wow, they are all just so pretty! I am anxiously awaiting blooms on all my Austins....they'll be early this year. Lovely pics!
Judith

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 6:58PM
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ceterum

Sharifa Asma is one of my favorite Austins because of her outstanding, fabulous fragrance. Surprisingly her foliage isn't that bad either in this awfully humid climate and the flowers always open as opposed to my other favorite Austin as fragrance goes, Abe Darby, the balling king.
Your photos are absolutely breathtaking!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 3:59PM
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greenhaven(SW MI z6)

Oh, Rob, these are SO lovely! I think I am going to have to replace my Coral Dawn with Quadra, as much as I love CD's blooms. :o(

I think we need to make a road trip. :o)

    Bookmark   May 30, 2010 at 12:15AM
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rosymominzone9

Beautiful and I loved the Ricardo M comments!

    Bookmark   May 30, 2010 at 12:19AM
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jaxondel

Sharifa would probably have been more turned on by an Omar Sharif accent. Her namesake is Omani, you know, not Hispanic. :)

    Bookmark   May 30, 2010 at 8:02PM
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holleygarden Zone 8, East Texas

How funny! Like Audrey, I said it outloud, and DH looked at me with a puzzled face. :/ Love your pic of 'John Cabot'. Just gorgeous - all of them.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2010 at 8:44PM
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socks

Lovely roses! I just bought Sharifa today and put her in the ground, so I especially enjoyed the picture. She's a beaut.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2010 at 9:29PM
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stlgal(south z5)

Gorgeous, gorgeous....I await Sharifa's blooms to open here, especially now that I've seen these (first year plant from Heirloom). My Tamora and Chris Marlowe are also putting on a good show.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2011 at 12:46PM
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ingrid_vc(Z10 SoCal)

Wonderful to come upon this thread in the morning. Your roses are so beautiful and just covered with buds and flowers. But now you may have to learn Arabic since Sharifa Asma was an Omani princess.......

Ingrid

    Bookmark   May 30, 2011 at 1:10PM
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floridarosez9

But there is no accent so romantic as Ricardo, and that is certainly a romantic-looking rose. Say it in whatever accent rocks your socks, I say.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2011 at 4:56PM
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ingrid_vc(Z10 SoCal)

Florence, your picture is stunning too. Why oh why does a rose that gorgeous have to bloom only once? We'd all have it in our gardens if it rebloomed.

Ingrid

    Bookmark   May 30, 2011 at 7:39PM
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gardennatlanta(z7atlantaGA)

Rob, Thanks for sharing your pictures. I have Sharifa and love the fragrance, too. Right now, mine is resting before the next flush. Glad to see some blooms, even if they are from a garden far, far away.

I can't quite manage a Ricardo Montalban accent but I can certainly imagine one.

Love the pictures of Christopher Marlowe. Is that the usual coloring? What is the fragrance like and how strong is it?

Great looking garden, BrotherC. Jeff

    Bookmark   May 30, 2011 at 9:21PM
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roseberri, z6(6)

Wow thanks for the show! I don't see any bug holes!
if you don't have any sawfly worms,I just might have to move to Wisconsin!
roseberri

    Bookmark   May 31, 2011 at 12:17PM
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lovemysheltie(5/6 Chicago)

Awesome!!! Look at the amount of buds on Christopher!

    Bookmark   May 31, 2011 at 4:48PM
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lagomorphmom(z10Coastal and z8Mtn CA)

Careful, Rob. Should Ricardo cast an eye on her in the late afternoon to dusk, she appears to glow. He may well want to carry her off into the sunset!!!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2011 at 8:43PM
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Mendocino_Rose(z8 N CA.)

They just take your breath away!

    Bookmark   June 2, 2011 at 9:53AM
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