Sunday, April 28, 2013

In bloom in my garden

Here are some roses from my garden, cut today.  The apricot-colored hybrid tea is "Abbaye de Cluny." It's one of several modern bred roses known as "Romantica" - intended to bring back fragrance to large-flowered hybrid teas. However, in my garden, it's fragrance is eclipsed by the other roses sharing its vase.

The two big pink roses and the darker red bud are "Star of the Nile" - this rose is not as vigorous as I'd wish it to be in my garden, but the blooms have the most amazing fragrance, which probably comes from its parent, the Austin rose called "The Yeoman." A strong and penetrating fragrance evoking the Oriental resin myrrh, this rose perfumes the entire room.

The yellow is a David Austin rose called "Happy Child" - its a low-growing version of his famous "Graham Stuart Thomas." Also fragrant, but in a kind of wholesome, apple-fruity way.

The light pink rose, nodding its head down, is another Austin, "Sharifa Asma." It also has a wonderful, intense fragrance.

What's in bloom in your garden?


smalltownme said...

Roses! I love roses. My husband just planted two new rose bushes for me. Damn, that ground was hard and rootbound. I'm not sure of the names...ok, I just went out to look at the tags but could only read one. "Ebb Tide," a dark purple! The other is a deep vibrant red.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Simply gorgeous. Last week, I planted some sunflower seeds in front of the house- a lot of twelve-footers fronted by some 5-6 foot tall chianti-colored hybrids. In the meantime, my stinging nettles are coming up all over the place, so I will be eating a lot of creamed nettles soon.

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

Oh, once again garden envy strikes. I can only get knockout roses to reliably grow in our yard year after year. It's a bit of a bummer.

If you can find them, look for McCartney Roses. Big pink flowers and AMAZING scent. You can smell them from across the garden.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Those look very nice!

Anonymous said...

Right now, weeds are growing in my garden, brightened up a bit by daffodils. I'm envious of your beautiful roses. Thanks for sharing.


Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

How beautiful!

I haven't planted any roses yet. I need to, they were my mother's favorite and I would think of her fondly if I were to have some outside my living room window. Maybe by next year?