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Just a few more early blooms.

Posted by KSGreenman 6a (My Page) on
Thu, May 16, 13 at 21:48

Spring blossoms are still a bit late this year. I usually take blooming plants to the graves of my ancestors on Memorial Day, but at this rate I'm not sure enough roses will be blooming to do that for all of them this time. Anyway, here are a few that started this week, plus a few more new bands that I allowed to have a bloom on.

First, towering above me, 7 feet tall from a 16" pot, Duplex.

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The same blossom a couple of days later

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Then, the blossom from the first bud to form this spring, but not the first to open. The blossom is kind of stunted, I guess a bud that takes 6 weeks to open isn't going to have the best show. You can barely tell its Paradise.

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Next, the also very tall Hope for Humanity, though I photographed some of the lower branches.

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The other established rose to bloom already is the venerable and somewhat despised Soleil d'Or. Okay, so it is also the only rose to already have a bad case of blackspot. But, here it is blooming while most others are still green buds. Take that you young whipersnappers!

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And now a few of the bands that are blooming. First, one of the Vintage candidates for the rambler Flora--they have 2 possible candidates, I chose the one with the higher fragrance rating.

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same blossom a day later--looks quite different doesn't it?

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Hippolyte--lovely, not as fragrant as I'd hoped.

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Rosa Sancta Richards not Andrews

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Sappho, the petals fell off before the end of the day it opened.

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Well, thats all for now. Photobucket is harder to use than it first appeared--they keep changing the way it seems to work, or else I don't know how to keep the same settings. Half the time it isn't able to load the page I want or get the link I want. Anyway, hope to have some more--maybe even a lot more--in a few days.

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RE: Just a few more early blooms.

Your roses are blooming early.
We don't have any buds, as yet.

RE: Just a few more early blooms.

They are looking pretty! Love the coloring of Soleil d'Or. Happy Spring! My buds are just beginning to open here too. (Those that the deer haven't eaten, that is.)

RE: Just a few more early blooms.

Here's a few more that were open this morning:

another blossom of Soleil d'Or

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Its parent Persian Yellow, which was rather hard to photograph--the petals kept reflecting too much light.

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another of Persian Yellow's decendents, Harrison's Yellow. Looks quite similar doesn't it? Actually Persian Yellow's blooms are a bit larger.

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Stanwell Perpetual is very chlorotic this year, so much so that its blooms are white instead of pink. Its actually going to a new home later today, hopefully it will be happier there.

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Reine des violettes is not looking so violet--I guess is got too hot too quickly to see the really purple blooms it had last autumn.

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and one more blossom from the Rosa santa Richards not Andrews band befoe I remove it and the rest of the buds and give it a chance to grow. This blossom shows off a bit more of its pink tint than the last post did.

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I had a few more blooms, but the one of my very favorite rose, Geranium Red, was looking rather battered and I refuse to photograph him looking less than his best. But oh, the fragrance!! Speaking of which, I've always heard Persian Yellow and Harison's Yellow had very bad fragrances, but I found them mild and pleasant.

RE: Just a few more early blooms.

Lovely! Thank you for sharing!

RE: Just a few more early blooms.

oops, here's one more blooming band, Rose d'Amour. Its was a very tiny blossom.

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RE: Just a few more early blooms.

  • Posted by TNY78 7a-East TN (My Page) on
    Sat, May 18, 13 at 15:01

Love Duplux! I would live to see a whole 7ft shot of it :) I almost ordered Flora #1 from Vintage, you'll have to tell me how it does for you. Maybe another vendor will pick ii up. I've noticed RVR has started to carry some of the roses that only Vintage was there's still hope!


RE: Just a few more early blooms.

  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Sat, May 18, 13 at 19:28

They're all really beautiful, KS! You are way ahead of me for blooms. I've had a couple of the minis that were in the greenhouse for winter bloom and my Mutabilis but the rest are just green buds yet.

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