My 2012 Rose Garden, Come-in and Smell the Roses!

Long Branch, NJ(Zone 7a)

I mentioned in one of the threads here about a couple months ago, that I was away for about a year and just came back around late February and to my surprise some of the roses were leafing out already. The weather was then pretty mild, down here at the Jersey shore anyway. Spring did came early this year and by 1st week of March I was pruning and fertilizing the roses already. Around 1st week of May, most of the roses were blooming already, which is kind of early for our area.
In my 4 years of rose gardening, this year is the best so far, not only in the quantity, but the quality and the richness of the colors in blooms. Sometimes, I'm amazed myself how the garden turned out. It's not perfect, but I'm proud of it. The garden is all 100% organic. This is the second year now with no synthetics, no chemical insecticides or fungicides. Well, last year I only did some spring prep and fertilization and after that nothing as I went away. I'll tell you guys later what I'm using this year. Meantime let's look at some photos:

First, I'm going to show some series of photos, sort of a 360 virtual tour of the gardens. No comments or description. I will post sub-groups and individual photos with names later. I just want you guys to wander in the garden. So please come-in to my garden and smell the roses! Pick a bud - or 2 - or 3.....

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And now on to the parade of roses.
First we need a Grand Marshall! I'm giving the honor to this particular rose just because of its name (not necessarily my favorite rose). Named after a famous event every New Year's day.
I present 'Tournament of Roses':

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A parade is not a parade without a band. So here's 'Brass Band' (one of my favorites):

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The rest of the participants:
First group - Lady of Shallot, The Wedgwood Rose, Ascot, and Star of the Nile. The latter 2 were just budding when this group shot was taken.

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Long Branch, NJ(Zone 7a)

Lady of Shallot: This is a second year bare root from David Austin. When I got it early spring last year it was one of the weakest among the bare roots. When I came back early this year it only got one healthy cane and did not had high hopes for it. Look at it now with all the branching just from one cane. Quite a spreader too and very vigorous. I don't even have to deadhead the blooms since it literally branch out itself while still budding or blooming. Currently it got 3 more basal shoots.

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The Wedgwood Rose - another 2nd yr DA bare root. Not much of a bloom but currently got 3 long basal shoots about 5ft high. This is a climber by the way.
Last photo also features clematis Duchess of Edinbourgh.

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Grandiflora 'Ascot' - another 2nd yr bare root. Supposedly deep pink, but more of a crimson color.

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Like the colors of an Egyptian sunset (so they say), this is the 'Star of the Nile'. Cerise pink, quite a delightful rose. Must see it in person to really appreciate it.
Last photo is with 'James Gallway'.

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Next group - The Dark Lady, James Gallway, Tamora, Tradescant, Christopher Marlowe, and Abraham Darby. All David Austin roses.

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'The Dark Lady' - on its 3rd yr, it is the 'social greeter' as it is planted right next to the steps of the walkway leading to the house. This rose is quite a spreader also.
Last photo is a trio with James Galway and Tamora.

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'James Galway' - I'm growing it as a bush, but it will have a tendency to be a climber. I'll see how tall it will get.

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Tamora - a 3rd yr own root.
1st photo - Tamora on left, also shows Chris Marlowe and Abe Darby.
Last photo - Tamora on right, James Galway on left.

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The colors of Chris(topher) Marlowe:
From red-orange as a bud to a light pink at it ages. Another 3rd yr own root and a ground hugger as well.
Last 2 photos also shows Tradescant.

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Tradescant - it's one of those 'twiggy' looking own root when I got it. Slow to develop but it's getting along just fine.

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One of my favorites - Abe (Abraham) Darby, aka Candy Rain.
4th photo - back of trellis facing the house.
5th photo - front of trellis facing the street.

Just a note: I try to capture the true colors when taking these photos. I use a Sony ax700 DSLR camera. I use 2 lenses, and mostly I use the aperture setting. Color variations may occur with the 2 lenses. Of course time of day, light, and weather can be a factor too. Not to mention - most David Austin roses changes colors depending on weather/temperature situation.
I'm not a professional photographer, but I did took a 'crash' course in photography, yet I'm still confused as ever when it comes to camera setting.
Also, all photos where taken in a span of 3-4 week period.

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Huntington Rose

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Another sub-group of David Austin Roses

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Heritage - originally belonged to my Mom. Gosh, I think it's over 15 yearsd old. How long is a rose bush suppose to live?
This is one tough bush despite the age. The blooms are sometimes a blush pink and next day it will be peach. Go figure!

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Pretoria, South Africa

I am speechless! Your garden is absolutely beautiful - I can smell the roses...

I was thinking of getting a few DAs this year.(Only a few are available to us in SA). Your beautiful photos convinced me that it is the right thing to do. Thanks for brightening a cold Winter's day.

Elsa

Long Branch, NJ(Zone 7a)

This is 'The Prince'. an own root on it's 3rd yr too. Deep crimson to 'royal' purple. I'm not to keen about the blooms. It don't produce that many in the first place. More like a hybrid tea. It does send out basal shoots to the point I have to yank them out as it gets crowded in the base.

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Thanks Elsa, and Good Morning to you! More photos are coming. I don't even have half of them posted yet.
I'm really, really tired so I may have to take a break and post more later tonight.

Shame that you can't access much of the DA roses in South Africa. Here I'm lucky because I can get it both online and in nurseries. In fact 3 nurseries in my neck of the woods all carry DA roses. And the good thing is, by the end of the season, I can get them as low as $5-$10 for a 3 gallon pot.

Long Branch, NJ(Zone 7a)

Golden Celebration - another of my Mom's rose.

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Next sub-group is Mary Rose, Wenlock, Winchester Cathedral, The Alnwick Rose, Wildeve (all DA roses), and Pink Gruss An Aachen (floribunda).
Look closely in the photos and you'll find clematis Niobe.

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Mary Rose (light pink) - another of Mom's roses.
Wenlock (dark)

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The Alnwick Rose

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Pink Gruss An Aachen - aka Irene Watts. Not a DA rose but still of European ancestry. A floribunda discovered and introduced in the Netherlands.

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Winchester Cathedral (white) and Wildeve (pink)
Winchester is a sport of Mary Rose and sometimes got a tendency to have pink splatches on the blooms.

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I need to stop for now. I will be back later tonight. I got way more roses to post.

Here's a parting shot for now, and I wan't you guys to guess what rose this is:

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Pittsburgh, PA(Zone 6a)

Oh my goodness - my mouth is drooling!

Conroe, TX(Zone 8b)

Tex68, I thought I spent a lot of time and effort with my roses, but comparatively, I feel like a real beginner when I take a look at your beautiful roses !
Thanks for the "show" !

Alba, TX(Zone 8a)

Absolutely gorgeous!

I remember last year we discussed Lady of Shalott (maybe fall of 2010). I mentioned on another thread that I had babied it through the 100 year w/100+ degree temps we had here last summer, only to have it apparently give up the ghost in late August. Three months of 100+ temps without relief seemed to be too much and all I had left was leafless and brown canes. I didn't have the heart to yank it out and this spring, as I was cleaning out the beds, I thought I had better get the job done. Lo and behold there were canes and green leaves shooting up from the base. Lady of S is now spreading out and blooming. I'm glad your's is working out as well. I think it is a sleeper of a rose and love the color. Not much fragrance, but that may develop with time.

I'll have to look at Wedgewood next. I think you went with Wedgewood and I with Tam O Shanter--which did not make it through the summer. I just don't think the new babies had enough of a root system to handle the heat. Maybe both for this fall?

Loved the photos. Thanks for posting them, you've made my day!

Swainsboro, GA(Zone 8b)

Just beautiful!

Richmond, TX

What a fabulous display! I am overwhelmed - I only wish that I could smell them too.

Could your last rose be Ketchup and Mustard?

Long Branch, NJ(Zone 7a)

Thank Y'all!
Terri - LoShallot is certainly one of the biggest surprises in my garden this year. I'm amazed myself. One of the new basal shoots is now more than 5 ft tall. I had to stake it. Out of that single shoot, it branced out 6 more branches without even cutting/pruning the cane. CRAZY! The whole bush/shrub constantly got at least one bloom because of all the branching.

Scottishgent - I think you're doing just great. But most of the roses you grow are HT or floribundas. I have those too. But they don't grow like and don't have the characteristics of DA roses. Believe me, I don't spend that much time in the garden. I have a full-time job. In fact have to work in a couple hours. Maybe an hour everyday, and maybe dedicate half a day every week. That's why I chose to grow and feed them organics. Organic is a self sustaining and a continous recycling of nutrients with the help of microbes and beneficial fungus. I will certainly discuss this at a later time and maybe make a seperate thread.

Well, special merit goes to Porkpal for guessing the last rose I posted. Yep, Ketchup and Mustard. NOT fond of the name, for such a sophisticated rose. They could have a least named it after.. let's see... a politician! He-he! Just kidding.
When I came back Feb., I said to myself I'm not buying any more roses (yeah, right!). Then around March, this was in the cover of a catalog. I went to one website to another and all were sold-out. Then in early April I happen to be in one of the nurseries here, and lo and behold there it was. Clearly it was a bare root that they planted themselves in a pot - only $18. So, I got myself another rose.

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I tried posting more photos, but this site is really slow and won't even load the photos. They need a better web server. I need to go to work anyway. I'll be back later tonight after work.

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