First up, winning 4 of the 7 awards for 2017 is Screaming Neon – including Most Outstanding rose of the trial. A rose you couldn’t miss. A beautiful, healthy rose just covered in bloom. It showed no sign of disease. This rose will be beautiful in your garden or landscape!
Awards for Screaming Neon were:
Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant
Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub
William Cecil Award for Best Growth Habit
And, the George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding rose of the trial!
Ping’s roses have won in these trials before…
2015’s Gilded Age Award for Best Climber — ‘Flying Kiss.’ 2016’s Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea — ‘Double 10’
Ping Lim also won the Edith Wharton Award for Best Floribunda with the lovely Lion King.
The gorgeous Anastasia, bred by Michel Adam, won the Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid tea.
And, TADA, the coveted Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil Award for theMost Fragrant rose goes to Dee-Lish. This rose is from the esteemed House of Meilland.
Our time on the Biltmore Estate was lovely as always. It is a magical place especially when you have the opportunity to be in the garden when it is shrouded in fog. Enchanting. Magical.
If you have not visited the Biltmore, do put it on your list. You will love anytime of year, BUT ESPECIALLY when the roses are in bloom.
Come on in…
These hats & ladies are winners!
Too much fun!
Fun times with my rosebud Susan Fox
Jon Parker, Biltmore Rosarian
Up Close and Personal
Paul Zimmerman gets the party started.
All rosey with our ARS President Pat Shanley.
Chris & Tina VanCleave looking so fine!
Beauty at every turn.
Fog and roses … a winner every time!
He’s the best!
It has been quite a week. Color me a happy gardener…
Hope you have a fabulous weekend and a Happy Bloom Thyme Friday!
We are on the road to see roses in a place where there is beauty at every turn.
The mountains. The Inn. The Food. The Friends. The Roses.
This weekend is the Biltmore International Rose Trials. The history of roses at the Biltmore dates back to the very beginning. You can read about their 120-year love affair with roses here.
Since 2011, hybridizers, both professional and amateur, send their best of the best to live for two years in one of the most beautiful rose gardens in the world. These roses are judged 4 times each year by a local permanent jury and judged annually by additional jurors from around the world. Roses in the Biltmore garden receive minimal care — little water and no chemicals. Good luck to all of the hard working hybridizers who are hoping for one or more of the 12 coveted awards.
There could not be a more perfect place for a rose trial.
This garden is not only steeped in history, but is so very vital to today’s rose world as the trial brings to the public’s attention so many amazing roses.
Just walking through the entrances is an experience and once inside … Stone Walls, Pergolas, May Poles, Arbors, the Conservatory—all work together to create an enchanting place where beautiful roses and their flower companions flourish. Add to that the opportunity for rose friends from all over the country to renew friendships, to share lovely food and wine and to don our hats, grab our clipboards and get to the serious business of finding the best of the best roses for your backyard.
I believe George and Edith Vanderbilt would be proud of the valuable work being done in this garden that meant so much to both of them. A huge thanks to Paul Zimmerman for his vision, commitment and leadership in bringing us the Biltmore International Rose Trials.
MORE TO COME…
Pictures, videos and mini interviews will be posted on Facebook and Instagram. The Rose Chat Crew interviews will be available at RoseChatPodcast.com a bit later. We are also going to interview Jeff Plack about the Biltmore Wines! Did you know they were also famous for their wines?? Well they are. 🍷🥂🍷
Duty calls and I must go… Wink. Wink. Seriously, somebody pinch me! 😉
I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but around here it is HOT. As you know, it has been RAINY and I mean RAINY. Now it is HOT and I mean HOT. Or at least around here the 90s are HOT. In the deep south my friends are hotter but 90 is hot enough for me … HOT.
I thought as the temps soared, I would have very few roses blooming but that has not been the case. Although I am wilting, the roses aren’t. There are certainly a few that are laying low or sending out small blooms, but today we are going to focus on the ones that don’t seem to be bothered by the heat…
Some of these lovelies made their way to a vase…
I have a new shrub rose that I planted a few weeks ago, Sunshine Daydream.
I’m excited to see what it’s going to do. It’s another pretty, fragrant yellow! 🙂