2015 Top 5 Roses

2015 was a beautiful rose year in my neck of the woods. To pick only 5 roses from this year provides quite a challenge. But, I do want to get down to some of the top performers in my Zone 5 garden and share some standouts with you.

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Dick Clark – Grandiflora: This was the 3rd year in my garden and it was a blooming machine. Staying healthy all the way to October. Very little disease. I have to say the first year this rose was not impressive in the blooming department but that was all forgotten this year! Many roses do not show their best self until the third year. Maybe you’ve heard this about perennials and shrubs…

1st Year: Sleep
2nd Year: Creep
3rd Year: LEAP!

So, it is best to give them 3 years in your garden to prove what they can do and be for you. This rose was hybridizing giants Tom Carruth and Christian Bedard.
More information @ http://www.weeksroses.com/_Roses/DickClark.html

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DIck Clark in the garden…
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DIck Clark in a vase…

Petit Pink – Shrub: This easy care shrub from the Proven Winners OSO Happy series bloomed all summer with no sign of disease. Looks good up close and from far away. The long-lasting blooms are small—about an inch in diameter.
More information @ https://www.provenwinners.com/plants/rosa/oso-happy-petit-pink-landscape-rose-rosa-x

Petit Pink...
Petit Pink…

Little Mischief – Shrub: (Easy Elegance Collection) These adorable deep pink sprays look amazing in the garden as well as in arrangements. I should know… arranging these little blooms put me in the winners circle at our local district rose show!

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Music Box – Shrub: (Easy Elegance Collection): This is a shrub rose with a pretty little bud and a hybrid tea like bloom. True to the series name, this rose is easy and elegant and completes the package with a lovely fragrance.

More information @ http://www.easyeleganceroses.com/roses  I bought mine the last two years from my local Lowes.

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Music Box…

Moje Hammerburg – Rugosa: This rose could not be easier or prettier or more fragrant. A medium size Rugosa — some of them can get quite large! If you are not familiar with Rugosas, let me tell you there is not a more hardy, disease resistant family of roses.

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Moje Hammarburg

There were so many beautiful roses this year. Look at some of my recents posts and you will see many more!


THE 2016 LIST

Like many of you, I am now beginning to make a list of wants and needs for next year. One that is already on the list is my second Tahitian Treasure from Star Roses and Plants. She was a late bloomer and it took the 3 years for her to really show off. But this rose was fabulous this year. Pretty, fragrant, disease resistant and very long lasting in a vase!
More information @ http://www.starrosesandplants.com/plants/grandiflora-rose/tahitian-treasure

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Tahitian Treasure in the garden…
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This rose was on my potting shed desk for more than a week when I took this picture!

AND, JUST ONE MORE…

Honorable Mention for 2015…

Belinda’s Dream: A rose from the Earth Kind Rose collection. This floriferous rose has beautiful form, is disease resistant and has a beautiful fragrance.

More info @ https://www.chambleeroses.com/order.php?id=25.

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Belinda’s Dream…

This picture show’s Belinda’s Dream growing in a large pot on my deck. She will over winter in her pot in our dark, slightly heated garage. Fingers crossed she will emerge in April ready for another wonderful year! Note: All my roses that I over-wintered in the garage last year did very well!


WHAT ABOUT YOUR GARDEN?

If you have roses that have done particularly well for you this year, please share the name and your growing zone in the comment section below. We learn best from each other!

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Bloom Thyme Friday: The Winner’s Circle

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking at the INDIANA/ILLINOIS Rose Society district meeting. Also on the program that day was Richard Anthony of For Love of Roses. Richard shared with us a presentation of his beautiful roses but, more than that, he brought many roses for us to see in person. Believe me, he has some beauties! And, I just had to share a few of those beauties with you.

If you are not familiar with Richard, let me introduce you…

Richard J. Anthony is a national level exhibitor with 106 Queens of Show (Yes, 106!!!) to his credit after 13 years of exhibiting roses. He has 4 National Queens and 9 District Queens as of the fall of 2014 rose season.

Richard and his partner, Brenna Bosch, work very hard to bring the best of the best miniature and miniflora roses which includes Richard’s own rose hybridizing efforts as well as several new roses from other hybridizers.

For some growing tips from Richard himself, read on.

Thanks to Andrew Hearne for the beautiful pictures on the For Love of Roses website.

Whether you are just interested in growing these lovely roses or are ready to throw your hat in the ring and try your hand at exhibiting, here are some of the top performers…

TOP 5 BEST SELLING MINIATURES

BEES KNEES

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Bees Knees by Keith Zary

An exceptionally fine rose and a prolific bloomer; it is not uncommon to have 40 to 50 blooms on a mature own root bush. READ MORE

DADDY FRANK

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Daddy Frank by Robbie Tucker

This rose is the best miniature red rose available today. Blooms will last on the bush and for exhibition purposes longer than most. READ MORE

TATTOOED DAUGHTER

Tattooed Daughter (Photo Credit:  Bryan Sherman)
Tattooed Daughter (Photo Credit: Bryan Sherman)

A beautiful orange miniature rose with darker orange stripes that was named by Bob Martin after his daughter. This rose will definitely win miniature open bloom with regularity and also best miniature spray due to its unique coloration. READ MORE

DR. GARY RANKIN

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Dr. Gary Rankin

Named after a gentleman, scholar, birder and good friend, this miniature rose is as close to perfect as you are going to find in a miniature rose. READ MORE

EMMA GRACE

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Emma Grace by Whit Wells

A rose that takes two or three years to mature but is well worth the wait as the sprawling characteristics eventually disappear and disease resistance improves considerably. READ MORE


TOP 5 BEST SELLING MINIFLORAS

MEMPHIS MUSIC

Memphis Music by Whit Wells
Memphis Music by Whit Wells

A striking dark red sport of Memphis Magic that has bright yellow flecks throughout each petal. The rose definitely exhibits as evidenced by several queens of show. READ MORE

ABBY’S ANGEL

Abby's Angel by Whit Wells
Abby’s Angel by Whit Wells

One of the most beautiful colored roses you can grow. It has great form, substance and well defined centers.  READ MORE

BALDO VILLEGAS

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Baldo Villegas by Whit Wells

Named after one of the nicest and most helpful rosarians. The rose is a beautiful red blend. It is a star in the garden due to the beautiful red and white coloration. READ MORE

DR. JOHN DICKMAN

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Dr. John Dickman

A work horse on the show table and in the garden as well as the dark purple color draws everyone’s attention to it. There is not much you can’t do with this rose from an exhibitors’ perspective. READ MORE

FOOLISH PLEASURE

Foolish Pleasure by David Clemons
Foolish Pleasure by David Clemons

This rose is a great garden rose and throws near perfect quality exhibition blooms that win Queen of Show and work well in all Challenge Classes. READ MORE

With so many pretty ones, I’m not sure how I am going to make my selection for next year! But, it will be fun pouring through my options! For a complete list, read on.



IN THE GARDEN THIS WEEK…

Leaves are falling like crazy and November is fast approaching but there are many roses in my garden that don’t seem to be affected by those facts at all. I can certainly understand why … while I was working in the garden Saturday, the temp skyrocketed to 80 degrees. This week has not been nearly that warm and today I don’t think we are going to get to 50 and the night time temps are dipping to the mid 30s. Burrrrr!

I seriously don’t remember having so many buds and blooms at this time of year before, and bringing in vases of roses at the end of October is FUN! As far as I’m concerned, winter can take it sweet time. Speaking of sweet, look at what’s blooming this week…

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Wishing you a wonderful week….

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Bloom Thyme Friday: Exchanging Plants

This week at our rose society meeting I made out like a bandit. Many members brought plants to share! Either their old roses had sent up suckers that are easy to share or they were thinning their rose or rose companion “inventory.”

Either way, while we were looking over the plants being offered, I observed that it doesn’t matter whether my fellow rose society members are 30 something or nearly 90, they are equally “over the moon” excited about getting something new for their garden. I love that!

Here are the lovelies that were shared with me… 
Theresa Bugnet ... picture courtesy of Dammann's Gardens.
Theresa Bugnet … picture courtesy of Dammann’s Gardens.
Theresa Bugnet (Rugosa)
 
 
Belle Poitevine courtesy of marysplantfarm.com
Belle Poitevine courtesy of marysplantfarm.com
Belle Poitevine (Rugosa)
 
 

As you know I am smitten with Rugosas in general, so getting to add 2 more fragrant blooming machines to my garden makes me very happy. I wrote about my other rugosas a few weeks ago when they were in full bloom and you can see the pictures here.

Baldo Villegas pic courtesy of forloveofroses.com
Baldo Villegas pic courtesy of forloveofroses.com

Baldo Villegas (Mini Flora)

This beauty is named for my good friend and favorite “bug man” This rose is often seen on the awards table at rose shows. Very pretty. If you are interested in purchasing this rose, check with ForLoveofRoses.com.

Laguna Climber pic courtsey of http://EdmundsRoses.com
Laguna Climber pic courtsey of http://EdmundsRoses.com

Laguna Climbing Rose

I am told this rose is disease resistant and blooms all summer! Add to that old rose beauty and fragrance and I know this is going to be one of my very favorites! Read more about Laguna here.

Reblooming Iris
Reblooming Iris

Reblooming Yellow Iris

While I was visiting a friends garden last fall, this iris was blooming like it was spring. I just knew then I had to have it! So glad he remembered and brought them to me!

Our rose society  doesn’t have an “official” plant exchange, but we just may change that next year. Do you participate in plant exchanges?

THIS WEEK IN THE GARDEN…

We are getting much cooler temperatures and rain most days!

Grande Amore dressed up for the holiday!
Yesterday’s unexpected but very welcomed rain!

I wish you a very happy BLOOM THYME FRIDAY and THE LADY is helping me wish you a HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

Let Freedom Ring!!
Let Freedom Ring!!

The Indianapolis Rose Show

The Indianapolis Rose Show was today. I have to say that when I woke up and looked at my extremely hot and dry garden, I wondered if there would be many roses at the rose show.

I love roses but have never been a rose exhibitor. However, I do love to see the perfect blooms on display! I shouldn’t have been concerned, the room was filled with beautiful roses. Since I know what our weather has been like, I could all the more appreciate each amazingly beautiful bloom. As visitors, we were allowed to vote on the most fragrant rose … don’t tell, but I voted for Double Delight. It is hard to beat that rose for fragrance! But, there were many tempting ones on the table!

Local rose shows are a great way to see beautiful roses, find out what grows well in your area, learn about rose culture and meet people who truly love roses. While at the show, I fell in love with two blooms … Marilyn Monroe and Hot Cocoa. Those were two roses I had never even considered before. They are now on my “2013 LIST!” And, I am looking for places that I might add them to my garden along side the other 95 or so.

On the way home from the show we stopped at a garden center. Not the best timing… kind of like going to the grocery store when you are hungry! Most of the roses they had left were less that desirable looking unless you were me in a weakened state where every rose looks desirable. I managed to make it out of the center with only one rose–a Tropicana who was also in a weakened state. We were meant to be together. I had Tropicana many years ago and have missed it. I am very glad to have this rose back in my garden.

She is now lovingly planted and has had her first dose of Moo Poo Tea. She will be on the mend and flourishing very soon.

Here are some beautiful roses…

Marilyn Monroe … Amazing Color & Sweet Fragrance

Hot Cocoa

This was just stunning!