Chicago, part deux

flaurabunda(6a, Central IL)October 3, 2010

Marilyn Monroe

This one was a totally pleasant surprise introduction. This is a shrub called Midwest Living. They have it planted on the backside of a bed of Crimson Bouquet, and it's very vigorous, large, and blooming like crazy. Smells nice and has good form for a shrub.


Jim had posted some pics of Outta the Blue and it stoked my curiosity. It's certainly a beauty in person, and the blooms were a lot larger than I expected. My husband's hand is in there for comparison to hold it still in the wind:

By far, this rose bed attracted the most attention from visitors in the garden. Nobody could pass by without stopping & gasping for breath. Talk about a mini with some serious punch! Here's Rainbow's End:

Rainbows End in the foreground, with Love and Peace behind:

Strike it Rich packs a lot of color into its medium to small blooms:

This was one of my top 3 after seeing it in person. It's Winter Sunset, and it is gorgeous, hardy, pure in color and form, and has no browning or fading anywhere:

Happy Sunday everyone!

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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Winter Sunset is lovely.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2010 at 6:28PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

All your roses look great flaurabunda! I see you have Outta the Blue, is yours grafted or own-root?

    Bookmark   October 3, 2010 at 6:37PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

I just noticed that your pics are from the Chicago Gardens. lol.
So, never mind my question above. lol
You took some great rose pics, I'm going to check out Part 1. Thanks for sharing these!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2010 at 6:41PM
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flaurabunda(6a, Central IL)

Oh Jim, if only mine were that large & lovely....we were just lucky that so many were blooming when we got there.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2010 at 7:59PM
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Those are some clean and healthy roses. Thanks for sharing. -Paul

    Bookmark   October 3, 2010 at 8:55PM
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