Bloom Thyme: What’s Bloomin’ This Week

The evenings are very cool, leaves are falling way too fast, but many of my roses are doing great things! There is a lot said about the last rose of summer and much of it is sad. I tend to get sad as the days get shorter and I remember what winter is like in my neck of the woods. But no sadness today … many of my roses look great — especially if you don’t look too close at some of their late season “naked knees”! 🙂 Rose growers, you know what I mean!

Bill Warriner
Carefree Wonder
Julia Child
Carefree Wonder
Comte de Chambord … SOOOO fragrant!

Some of the companions are looking pretty good too since we’ve had so many wonderful rains!

Hope you have a super great week!

Bloom Thyme Friday: It’s A Wonder

I don’t know about your grocery store, but many of our grocery stores have potted plants for sale. One that does it best is Kroger. They seem to pick all of my favorites and place them right by the door so I won’t miss them. This year I avoided gorgeous lavender plants, tall, fragrant phlox, a stunning butterfly bush or two, and others … But, the one I just couldn’t pass up was the Carefree Wonder rose. It was in full bloom, had a sweet fragrance and promised disease resistance and even shade tolerance. What rose gardener could pass that one by! Actually, I did pass it by but when I mentioned it to Mr. G, he turned around and went back and bought it for me. Who wouldn’t love a man like that!

Carefree Wonder … being wonderful!

As soon as I planted it, we went into drought mode. Actually I don’t think it has rained since I planted it. And, it is planted in an area I don’t water very often.

Today it became my favorite rose (for now) when I walked by it and it had 2 beautiful blooms. What a trooper!

Here are the facts about Carefree Wonder….

  • USDA zone 4b through 9b
  • Shade tolerant
  • Very disease resistant
  • Pink blend
  • Mild fragrance
  • Blooms in waves throughout the summer.
  • Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom.
  • Small wonders.

Next year it will be a show stopper I am sure! Do you grow this rose? Any tips?