Bloom Thyme Friday 2014

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.

IMG_9078Last Sunday I was able to plant two new roses: Climbing Colette and Sally Holmes.


Climbing Colette

Colette comes to us from our great rose friends at Star Roses and Plants. I purchased Colette from S & W Greenhouse and received a very healthy barefoot plant.

Here’ a little bit about Colette…

  • Scent: Strong, Sweet
  • Bloom Season: Spring to fall
  • Mature Size: 8 to 10 feet
  • Hardiness Zones: 7
    to 9

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!

Other details…

  • Shade Tolerant
  • Very few thorns
  • Zone 5 – 9
  • 6’ high (or up to 12’ if trained as a climber) and 4-5’ wide



The Potting Shed on a much warmer day!
The Potting Shed on a much warmer day!


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!


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13 thoughts on “Bloom Thyme Friday 2014

  1. I love your Blog AND your garden and am an avid follower. I am in So California and for the first time my 33 roses (hybrids, shrubs & climbers) all have Black Spot! I did all the right things this pre season and even sprayed Immunox before I saw any disease or pest just 10 days ago and was horrified when I saw Black Spot on almost every single rose. Do you have any advise for me? I’m so disheartened!

    1. Black Spot can spread like wildfire but you CAN get a handle on it and it usually is not fatal to roses (they will just go through an ugly period), so don’t worry! First of all, is there a Rose Society near you? There is the Santa Clarita Rose Society in LA area and the San Diego Rose Society … Rose Societies are the best way to get regional help. In my area we have very cold winters — therefore a dormant season. Before my roses leaf out in the spring I trim them back, clean up all leaves on the ground around them and spray with LIME SULFUR dormant spray to kill over-wintering fungus spores (Black Spot and others). But rose growers in your area will have very specific information for you on what has worked best. Rose growers love to share their knowledge! If you are a member of the American Rose Society ( ) their website if filled to the brim with tips disease treatments.

      In general, remove all the diseased leaves from the plant and those on the ground and treat with something that kills the fungus. There is an organic product called Green Cure that many have used with success and if you want to read about other treatments, has a comprehensive list of products that they sell.

      Best of luck to you. Let me know how it goes!

  2. will the climbing corlettes canes die back in winter? I sometimes see sally holms at home depot, might try it once I get my rose bed done which I probably would of by now if the cold did not hang on to long stupid winters. now that it is possible I will be doing so once the weather clears, I like to work when it is sunny and warmish, just makes my heart sing. those pictures of the flowers were pretty. hope these do well for you. cabin/spring fever really sucks when the weather wont cooperate.

  3. Would love to see more pics inside the potting shed and all the roses I know you have soaking!!!!

  4. I am a most liberal in trying zone-fussy plants, even tropicals, 4 colors of Bouganvillea, on their fourth year in zone 5b-6a (depends)-Canada, however, Cl. Colette is clearly listed as USDA 7B or warmer?

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