Fragrance surprise

This unassuming rose was planted because the description said it would be ok in light shade. I was really surprised at the delicious fragrance of this rose.

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Warm sunny weather needed

My first flush of roses is nearly over, but with the temps in the 50’s and 60′ for highs, the rebloom is moving slowly this year. Our Pacific Northwest District rose show will be Saturday June 4th down in Vancouver, WA and I need some sunny warm weather to compete! 

Here are today’s blooms from the first flush of some of my Austin shrub roses. 

‘Abraham Darby’

‘Graham Thomas’

‘Munstead Wood’

‘Darcey Bussell’

‘Strawberry Hill’

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’.

“My love is like a red, red rose.”

Robert Burns said it best.

A Red, Red Rose
by Robert Burns

My love is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June :
My love is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I :
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun :
And I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only love,
And fare thee weel a while !
And I will come again, my love,
Thou’ it were ten thousand mile.

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Portland Rose Show

The City of Roses knows how to put on a rose show. This is the second year I have been invited to judge the show and it never disappoints. The emphasis is on American Rose Society large flowers (hybrid teas, floribundas, shrub roses) displayed in single vases and the local society and the rose growing public participates. The head table trophy winners in the Novice section displayed different exhibitors in each award category. To me that says they are doing something right in Portland to fill up the Lloyd Center Mall indoor ice rink with beautiful roses. Congratulations to all exhibitors. You had much competition on Thursday.
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Do photographs every day

A few weeks ago I was at the American Rose Society convention in San Diego and took a one day seminar about rose photography. This seminar yielded a lot of motivation for me to get back into a favorite aspect of my rose hobby. The advice was to do photographs every day. So today I am sharing the a wonderful rose photographed today, in a typical Seattle drizzle.

‘Prairie Sunrise’ is a Griffith Buck rose.

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Ole, Sven and Lena

Ole, Sven and Lena jokes

It’s time to rerun some of my favorite blooms from the 2013 season, since none are blooming in my cool winter garden that is light starved. When I lived in Minnesota people would tell really clever joke stories about Ole, Sven and Lena. During the early 2000’s the University of Minnesota had a rose hybridizing program and named three small shrub/polyantha roses Ole, Sven and Lena. The roses are nostalgic for me and always bring back memories of my life far away.

'Ole'

‘Ole’

'Sven' is very fragrant

‘Sven’ is very fragrant

'Lena'

‘Lena’

Portland Rose Festival – June 6, 2013 Rose sprays and bouquets

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Now that my own rose garden is slowing down for the fall and winter, I will be sharing more photos I took after judging the rose show. In addition to a large judged show, the festival displays many sprays of … Continue reading