Roses This Spring: Old Garden Roses and the Others

They Keep On Flowering

I guess we can’t have everything.  After raining for a few days, the weather has returned to early spring in which night temperatures hover around 50°F.  It’s great for the roses but not so great for tomatoes, peppers and beans.  The vegetables grow very slowly in temperatures like this.  But the roses that survived the recent heavy rain do last longer and their fragrance is more pronounced in cool temperatures like this than in heat.

‘Heritage’ is a David Austin Old-Fashioned rose.  Aside from a strong fragrance and a lovely pale pink color, it continues to bloom through fall.

'Heritage still stands after the rain.
‘Heritage still stands after the rain.

‘MME Isaac Pereire’ is an Old Garden Rose with over 100 petals on each and highly fragrant as well.  It’s bloodline can be traced back to the 1800s.  When it is in full bloom, the flowers are so heavy that the stem can hardly hold each flower up.  It would have looked better if the caterpillars didn’t like the leaves so much.

Each flower of MME Isaac Pereire rose is so heavy that I have to stake them to keep them upright.
Each flower of MME Isaac Pereire rose is so heavy that I have to stake them to keep them upright.
MME Isaac close up
MME Isaac close up
'Eden' still blooming.  It's happier this year since I pruned the lilac next to it; providing more air flow.
‘Eden’ still blooming. It’s happier this year since I pruned the lilac next to it; providing more air flow.
Antique caramel blooms right next to Rosa rugosa 'Mrs Doreen Pike'
Antique caramel blooms right next to Rosa rugosa ‘Mrs Doreen Pike’

2 thoughts on “Roses This Spring: Old Garden Roses and the Others

    1. I never thought of growing roses but one rose leads to another. The roses I put in later are all fragrant. I can smell them all day but the fragrance is much more pronounced when the air is a little cooler in the early morning.

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