#Roses – Wordless Wednesday

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An heirloom rosebush which came with the house.
and blooms faithfully and abundantly every year.
Behind it near the trellis is a repeat pink climber planted a few years ago.
They seem to live in harmony despite the close quarters and clashing colors.
Another climber on the back arbor……the one on the other side died from lack of sun.
An old pale pink Austen climber which gets too much shade to bloom much.
And my favorite repeat bloomer the Knock-Out rose of which I now have 25!

For more on roses check out The Subject was Knock-Out Roses – link.

29 thoughts on “#Roses – Wordless Wednesday

    • Joni says:

      Thanks Linda…..I do enjoy them and the Knock-Outs no maintenance other than a once a week water if it doesn’t rain. They dead head themselves and will start a new cycle of bloom in 4-6 weeks, although there are always some there in between. That pale pink climber is a repeat bloomer too and I have seen roses on it in October.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        They are beautiful – you are lucky they are so healthy. I had tea roses when I first began gardening, but with only one bud/bloom, then waiting another 4-5 weeks for another one, I ripped them out and put in the Home Run Shrub Roses in their stead. They have taken a beating from the two Polar Vortexes, but have rallied back, except for one with some major dead cane issues. I was sorry I could not sustain the climber – yours is beautiful. It was my first climber, “Stairway to Heaven” and I ordered directly from Jackson & Perkins. I’d never had a bare roots rose before. I ordered three and they had black spot from the first time they bloomed until I took them out in year #2 before they contaminated the other roses with petals flying off in the wind. Almost every day I was out there with fungal spray. I had an umbrella trellis and could barely get them to the top of the trellis which was only three feet tall. Sigh. I hoped to have them going up the wrought iron patio roof supports.

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      • Joni says:

        I usually use a dormant spray for blackspots in the spring, but didn’t this year, as they grew too fast before I got it on. I think the pale pink climber does well as the older heirloom bush kind of shelters it a bit. The three new cheaper climbers I bought this year were mere twigs but at $8 all I could find so late in the season so I don’t have too much hope for them. I’ll be posting about them and other new stuff next week.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        When I see your roses I do long for having a rose garden again. I just wish I had not lost so many plants and my Home Run roses are okay, but not like they looked before and I can’t prune the dead canes out without tearing my clothes or arms up, so I have left some of them intact. I worry if I plant and everything dies if we have a Polar Vortex … our weather is just so abnormal now. Now we have a very hot weekend, but only about 70 a few days next week. I thought I might go with perennials which are good for a lower growing zone than mine, thus making the chance for living greater. But many of my coneflowers and black-eyed susans were long established and still bit the dust. Someone told me if I did a climbing rose again to find a hardier rose as the one I picked was not. I picked it for the name (“Stairway to Heaven’) as it was a memorial garden for my mom and Sugar.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, I bought it for the name. I’ve never liked angels … some people do, I don’t. But I bought two angels on either side of the umbrella trellis. When they bloomed, they were a dark red and just gorgeous. I have pictures of them. Sugar was a white canary. We had a parakeet named Joey who passed away from cancer – he had a tumor on his esophagus. My mother and I were heartbroken – he was seven years old and talked a blue streak. He died in my mom’s hands. We vowed to never get another bird. We’d always had pet birds. My neighbor Marge, whom we were very close to and is the person who encouraged me to start a blog, bought a white canary and had him about five days when her mother, who lived in Arizona, took ill. It was the first week of October and Marge asked if I could come over and feed him and give him water and clean him occasionally. She left the heat very low … I told my mom it was dark all day in the house and chilly and so I brought him here to have company (for him). My mom was here all day long and the two of us at night and we spoiled him silly. Marge came home on October 30th or 31st and took him home. She started back at work and Marge was never home – breakfast with her coworkers daily, had dinner at Jeff’s home every night, to the casino several nights a week. The bird did not sing, it moped around and she asked if we wanted him. We jumped at the chance and he was a very happy bird, sang all the time, gave us a lot of joy. When my mom was bedridden, I took a table in her room and he sang all day in there. After she died, it was just the two of us and we stayed in the kitchen like before. My mom died January 31st and Sugar got a respiratory infection on Canadian Thanksgiving. I took him to the vet and left him there for ten days for oral antibiotics. He recovered and I brought him home and he died on December 9th, just before Christmas. I was upset – going to be all alone for Christmas. Marge said I needed to get another bird – I said “no” as I never wanted another pet, even though I loved Sugar. He was a companion pet. I got another bird, Buddy, and he died just a few weeks before Christmas in 2016. I had him euthanized – he had a stroke. I will never have another pet in this house. For a person who lives alone, it is heartbreaking to love a beloved pet.

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  1. Anne says:

    Such beautiful roses – and you have so many rose bushes! I inherited a couple with our garden, but after two long cycles of drought they turned up their toes and said ‘no more’. You must look forward to their blooming so much during the winter months. South Africa is experiencing its third wave of COVID-19. The bright side is that I am due for my second dose of vaccine at the beginning of July.

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    • Joni says:

      They all seem to be thriving although we did get rain the other day finally. The Knock-Outs are fairly drought resistant. We are just emerging to Step One of reopening which is a very cautious step, patios open and small gatherings, stores at 15% capacity. They are afraid of the Delta variant here which is popping up here and there. I get my second shot too in early July so am still being careful.

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  2. brilliantviewpoint says:

    I absolutely LOVE roses and pink is my favorite. I was just thinking the other day that I should say a prayer to St Theresa for whatever I need. She usually sends a sign, by our seeing a rose somewhere when we least expect it! THANK YOU!

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    • Joni says:

      TLC? Me? No! I am a lazy gardener…..other than some bone meal and CR fertilizer in the spring I don’t do anything to them, other than water once a week if it hasn’t rained. They are hardy stock. I usually spray them with Dormant Oil (for black spots) in the spring but they had too much growth before I got it on so I didn’t do that this year.

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  3. J P says:

    I love roses too, though they tricked me. There was a rose bush on the back corner of the house where I grew up. Mom completely ignored it other than cutting it back occasionally, but it gave the most gorgeous deep red flowers year in and year out.

    When I got a house I decided to plant some roses and chose red, white and yellow (that had been my grandma’s favorite). Those things were a constant struggle of fertilizer, systemic treatments, dust treatments, and they never really did get good and established over the 5 years I lived there. I have not had a rose bush since and will happily admire the roses of others.

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    • Joni says:

      You cant beat those old heirloom brands. Most roses have the reputation of being fussy things, but if you want to try again, Knock-outs come in many colors and are easy-care.

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