It is time to start Bloom Thyme Fridays even though I am currently sitting in my potting shed while the weather channel is issuing extreme weather warnings … flooding, gale force winds and dropping temperatures.
Several garden friends have asked if I will give regular updates on what is going on in the garden especially since so many of the roses and their companions were effected by the Polar Vortex kind of winter we had. I will post an article on Fridays sharing what is going on in the garden—Bloom Thyme Friday!
Today on my list is to get the barefoot roses that were delivered this week soaked in Moo Poo Tea and ready to plant on Sunday — if the weather predictions are true and the weather is much better on Sunday.
Here’ a little bit about Colette…
- Scent: Strong, Sweet
- Bloom Season: Spring to fall
- Mature Size: 8 to 10 feet
- Hardiness Zones: 7
This rose came highly recommended to me by Marci Martin (Listen to her delightful Rose Chat Podcast here.) and she knows beautiful roses!
I also surveyed my Rose Chat friends on Facebook who grow Colette to get their opinions.
Here are some of their responses.
- Colette is a Beauty!
- We just planted one yesterday for a client of ours with four pillar roses in a row growing on upright trellises. Totally lovely.
- Light color roses usually need afternoon shade here in SoCal.
- I have this rose, it’s very fragrant and looks like an old fashioned rose with so many petals. It was also very fast growing and had flowers all the way up, not just at the top like a lot of climbers. I did find that the heat took a toll on it here in CA. I might recommend afternoon shade based on my experience with it.
This beauty is Sally Holmes, a Hybrid Musk…
Hybrid Musks are a small but very hardy group of roses and Sally is one of the most popular! I have another Hybrid Musk, Francis E. Lester. You can read about him here.
Sally was introduced in 1976 and has been the recipient of countless awards. Every picture I see of Sally is breathtaking—huge 3 1/2″ blooms. I read these blooms are as fragrant as they are beautiful. I am so looking forward to having Sally in my garden. I planted her near my Potting Shed so I could enjoy her up close and personal!
- Shade Tolerant
- Very few thorns
- Zone 5 – 9
- 6’ high (or up to 12’ if trained as a climber) and 4-5’ wide
I hope you are having a lovely day regardless of the weather. Even in the storms we see the beauty and creativity of God’s handiwork and get a glimpse of His power too!
So from my Potting Shed on a very cold, stormy day I wish you a very happy BLOOM THYME FRIDAY!