After The Rain, and a Little Something Extra

ingrid_vc so. CA zone 9October 26, 2011

It wasn't really much rain, but around here we'll take anything we can get and call it good. I think the roses appreciated it too.

Cels Multifloria, hanging its head(s)

Duchesse de Brabant


Le Vesuve

William R. Smith

Belinda's Dream

Yves Piaget

Souvenir de la Malmaison

Reblooming Irises in late October

A gathering of roses

I love these roses


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I do too. Can you identify them for us?


    Bookmark   October 26, 2011 at 11:13PM
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strawchicago(zone 5a)

Ingrid - that was a feast for my eyes - very delightful. I love it. Your Yves Piaget and Apoline are incredibly beautiful - and your cut flowers are to die for. I'm so excited that I'll go ahead with making a full sun garden for new roses in the front - that is, after the rain ends here. Many thanks for posting those delicious pics.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 9:27AM
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Oops. I mean the cut flowers. You already kindly identified the growing roses.


    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 9:31AM
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seil zone 6b MI

Lovely blooms, Ingrid, and the bouquet is beautiful!

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 10:13AM
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Mendocino_Rose(z8 N CA.)

Remember that old song "Favorite Things"? The first line is "Raindrops on roses" How pretty!

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 10:14AM
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I am firmly convinced that roses get much more benefit from natural rainfall than from irrigation. Every time I see roses after rainfall, this impression is reinforced. Your roses look beautiful -- and happy.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 12:15PM
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Brittie - La Porte, TX 9a

William R Smith sure looks yummy. I love the Iris too!

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 12:38PM
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ingrid_vc so. CA zone 9

Cath, I knew what you meant and I should have included that information. In the first picture in the bottom middle and just above slightly to the right are William R. Smith. The large rose above it is Souvenir de la Malmaison. The left bottom and top buds are Mrs. Dudley Cross. On the lower right is Souvenir d'un Ami.

In the second picture the large rose in the middle and the bud below it are one of my favorite roses, the Austin St. Elizabeth. To the left and below it is Mrs. B.R. Cant and above it is Souvenir d'un Ami. The "ears" sticking out on either side are Mrs. Dudley Cross buds again. I can't wait for them to open up further.

Strawberry Hill, I'm thrilled that these pictures inspired you to have a front rose garden. My only small suggestion would be to incorporate companion plants such as irises and daylilies and other perennials that grow well for you for contrast with the roses. I'm sure it will look spectacular. Please keep us posted on your plans.

Thank you seil and Pam, so glad you enjoyed the pictures.

rosefolly, I couldn't agree more. I swear the roses know the difference between the "real thing" and irrigation water. I'm hoping they'll get to experience a lot more of the good stuff. I noticed that my roses really started to put on growth after the winter and spring rains of the last season.

Thank for for all your kind comments.


    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 12:45PM
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jerome(z9 CA)

Very beautiful photographs. William R. Smith is a great rose. They all are, but WRS is a particular favorite

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 3:15PM
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Just beautiful...Love your bouquets,too! Lesley

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 6:54PM
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OH dear. That sure is a sumptuous SdlM bloom. Mine was such a black spot disaster, I wasn't all that sad when it grew backward and disappeared. BUT I could get another, put it in a pot and protect it from rain so the leaves stay dry all the time .... why oh why do I look at these pictures. So tempting. No no no. I swore I would wait until I could find a Madame Cornelissen somewhere. But that sure is a sumptuous SdlM bloom ....

    Bookmark   October 28, 2011 at 12:17AM
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What beautiful bouquets. The blooms are so sumptuous.

Lovely pics, Ingrid. The raindrops look so refreshing.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2011 at 8:58AM
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Ingrid, Thanks for sharing your pictures. All your roses look great. I have a very young William R. Smith that hasn't bloomed yet. I appreciate the inspiration from your photographs.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2011 at 7:46PM
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Wow they are gorgeous. Love roses or any flowers with the glistening drops of rain. I agree, the roses do seem to love the rain much better than our water from the tap. Now when it warms up I gotta go fix me a bouquet from the slim pickings I have left. Thanks for sharing, Judy

    Bookmark   November 5, 2011 at 10:27AM
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