Hello to all my rose friends,
I have been kind of absent for a while and not often on DG .But here is a brief update on my gardens which are more of a Cottage garden nowadays than a Rose garden .Or more like a Secret garden for our many grandkids.
As some of you remember I start it with a clean slate.
Have not done a lot with the upkeep of my gardens,even though I keep planting away happily.Not so many roses this year but many peonies since 2-3 years ago.Love the combination !
We've lost several trees where some of my roses and clematis were attached and they're all alive but never been put on new structures.Have to wait until next spring.Time seems to be running away from me.
This is one of my RUGOSA's
POLAR ICE or Polareis ( Bred by Dr. Dzidra Alfredovna Rieksta (Latvia, 1963).
It is lovely with the color combination of pink and white.
This is again a very beautiful shrub rose by Kordes 1988 ( the Kordes family has sold and hybridized roses for 4 generations )
the deep purple rose in the background is "Wild Blue Yonder " by Tom Carruth 2004
Thank You for the compliment.
Yes,It is a real joy for me to see the labor of love :-) especially since I did it all basically by myself,at least all of the planting.
Most of my roses are just beginning to bloom.Many more pictures to come.Some of my OGR have hundreds of buds :-))
Brigitte, your hard work has paid off, your garden is absolutely beautiful!
You know, I have had the greatest luck with the Kordes roses, there is a ton of them and they all perform wonderfully for me.
My polar Ice, or polaris has really taken a hit by thrips this year and all the blooms were brown and went quickly. I am trying systemic with it and giving it some Orthene in a root drench. Hope it helps,. Rugosa roses don't like to be sprayed. My bush is around 8' tall now and is quite the monster. So... I can enjoy yours this year until my problem clears up.
Thanks for sharing your pictures and keep them coming!!
my roses haven't had too much insect damage so far but some of the OGR's are also bothered by the thrips.Not to may aphids but I dread the time when the Jap. Beetles will arrive.But thank goodness the OGR's will have bloomed by then.
You will LOVE it I know you will.Here is another picture just for you :-)
Very dainty but so hardy.I forgot to plant this rosebush and left it in a bucket throughout our harsh winter last year .
When I found it after the snow had melted it was frozen in the bucket and I felt so GUILTY but it rewarded me with beautiful blooms !!!
View of my wooden picket fence I had put up last year.It's really a show with 1000's of buds and beautiful blossoms.
These are all ALBA'S,planted in 2007.Ordered from Palatine/Canada
Have to look tomorrow to see which one the middle one is.The one on the right is "ALBA MAXIMA" and on the left is "CLORIS".
Good morning everyone :-)
It is still raining here but have enough to do inside the house.Was hoping to go out with the camera though.
Thank You :-) I am very pleased and always so happy with my once blooming OGR.They bloom their little hearts out.
Would like to share a little story from a few days ago when my husband noticed a group of schoolchildren and several teachers going by.He heard the teachers telling the students not to touch but to smell the roses.Individually one by one stopped briefly and smelled the roses.Wish I'd have been home to see it myself but it brings a smile to my face just thinking about it.
I had a couple of rugosas including Hansa. I remember one plant that did really well was 'Little White Pet' which was planted by the previous owner. It was sad just being able to grow some roses as annuals - I remember being heartbroken when my 'Hot Cocoa' didn't make it. I have it over here (it's known as 'Hot Chocolate' in the UK).
Peonies on the other hand do extremely well there. I inherited some fabulous 'Festiva Maxima' and a NOID double pink. I had bought a tree peony just a year before I left so often wonder what happened to it.