Living in the land of minis

kathy9norcalMay 18, 2012

Everyone should be able to grow minis. They are so pretty and easy to care for. I have sp'd many in the process of learning which I like the best.

Here are some of my favorites, the ones that last in my garden.

Graduation Day blooms prolifically, next to Fuzzy Wuzzy Red. Both are in pots on the deck.

Gourmet Popcorn as a standard next to climbing Candy Cane

Just a grocery store mini, a pure yellow I love

Little Artist, a mini standard, is dwindling away. I will have to root a cutting this winter.

Life Lines, a climbing mini

Bees Knees blooms prolifically but fades to an ugly white pink too fast. Still, I love it.

Another grocery type mini, Amber Kordana, I think. It stays small and compact and covered with blooms.

Gingerbread Man in spring bloom.

Amy Grant blooms infrequently for me but at Michaels, where I saw it first, it was in a pot and covered with blooms. Mine has never gotten that way. Maybe it needs to be potted again.

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seil zone 6b MI

Those pretties should make anyone want to try minis! I love your color combos!

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 10:38AM
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TNY78(7a-East TN)

Beautiful! I love Little Artist and Graduation Day! Your Gingerbread Man is doing much better than mine...mine is a blackspotted little monster already! :)


    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 10:52AM
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They are very charming, thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 10:39AM
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Big OOPS. That is not Fuzzy Wuzzy Red--it is Cherry Hi in the first photo. How did I do that?

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 5:53PM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

I'm quite taken with Life Lines--cheerful, attractive. Don't think I have ever seen a real live climbing mini, however. Do you have a picture showing it climbing and in relation to some standard size HTs or something like that? I'd really like to see it.


    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 8:03AM
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Kate, here is a full photo of Lifelines, a few years ago when there was a clematis growing with it and Midnight Blue next to it. Now, the clematis has gone and MB has moved to a sunnier spot. Dublin Bay is peeking in on the left side!

Here is Candy Cane, another climbing mini. Right of it is mini Gourmet Popcorn standard. Left is Lavaglut, right is Crimson Bouquet.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 7:10PM
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Kathy - the one you labeled "Just a grocery store mini, a pure yellow I love" - how large is it? I have a thread under Rose Forum -, where I'm trying to identify a yellow I have. The only one I've seen look like it is this yellow mini of yours...

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 4:26PM
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Harmonyp, your thread says yours is a non-mini, right? Mine doesn't have a name as far as I remember. It is growing narrow and upright, about 2 feet so far. It is definitely a mini or miniflora.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 7:40PM
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Well - I was thinking mine wasn't a mini, until I saw yours. But I've heard that sometimes mini's can get oversized. I was trying to measure it better yesterday, and it really isn't 3'x3' - it's more 3' high, but barely 2' wide. And the flowers are only a little over an inch in diameter. Thanks for answering. And sorry to sidetrack your wonderful thread - your minis (and photos) are absolutely stunning!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 10:10AM
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Really nice mini's.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 7:30PM
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