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Looking Great Until The Rain Came

The weather started nicely for roses this year…cool and dry with little rain.  Our early bloomer roses formed buds profusely and they’re in the middle of their first round exhibition of colors and scents.  Then the rain came.  A nonstop deluge for a day and a half.  There are still some flowers left after the rain, though not much.  Hopefully there will be no rain this weekend so I can cut all the wet and spent flowers off before they develop mildew.

After the first round blooming, the roses in the Rugosa family (Rosa Rugosa) will continue producing flowers throughout the season.  The Rugosa rose is very winter hardy, fast to establish and grow, reliable performance through the season, fragrant, deer won’t eat them and the bees love them.  The down side:  they are very thorny and some of the the flowers don’t last longer than two days.

Here they are before the rain came.

Pure white Rugosa 'Blanc de Coubert' with citrus scent

Pure white Rugosa ‘Blanc de Coubert’ with citrus scent

Lovely pink Rugosa 'Foxi' with very strong scent.  Bees love to forage in them

Lovely pink Rugosa ‘Foxi’ with very strong scent. Bees love to forage in them

Rugosa 'Hansa' is deep pink and highly fragrant. They produce big rose hips.  I left some of the hips on so I can use them for tea.

Rugosa ‘Hansa’ is deep pink and highly fragrant. They produce big rose hips. I left some of the hips on so I can use them for tea.

Hansa, close up

Hansa, close up

Rugosa 'Doreen Pike' has so many flowers that weigh the branch down.  It's fragrance is strongest in the morning.

Rugosa ‘Doreen Pike’ has so many flowers that weigh the branch down. It’s fragrance is strongest in the morning.

Rugosa 'Doreen Pike' close up

Rugosa ‘Doreen Pike’ close up