Deadheading already

Being outside in the fresh air and sunshine is my time to think. This year I have been thinking that my roses are blooming ahead of schedule but actually that is not the case it is just that last year my garden suffered through a nasty period of downy mildew and I had to do a second spring pruning to get rid of the diseased leaves and canes, so it felt that my roses bloomed late in 2015 and now early in 2016. They are looking fabulous now during my first flush. The roses below from top left are ‘Darcey Bussel’ ‘Boscobel’ bottom: ‘Prairie Sunrise’ ‘Show Stopper’ and ‘Mutabalis’.

The first roses of 2016

Every year we prune and fertilize and wait for the blooms to begin. Every Spring I am surprised by the special blooms that begin my rose growing season. Perhaps they are not the best blooms that will grow in my garden, but they do get all my attention because they are the first after a long, wet winter.

Large pink bloom was sold as ‘Louise Odier’ but has been questioned on a Facebook page. What do you think? Is this what your ‘Louise Odier’ looks like?

The single form bloom is rosa damacina macrophylla.

 

A few roses begin to bloom

What a difference a few warm days can make in the garden.

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This is the first bloom of ‘La France’ in my 2014 garden.

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‘Prairie Lass’ is a Griffith Buck rose I enjoy because of the stippling of the color on the petal.

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Yellow roses are my favorite and this three year old ‘Cl. Golden Showers’ is spectacular, but the foliage is showing blackspot by mid May, so I plan to remove this plant and look for a cleaner rose. Too bad because I like the flower.