Bloom Thyme Friday: Roses on Trial

This weekend I am heading to the Biltmore Estate as a juror for the 2nd Annual Biltmore International Rose Trials. YAY!!!


”The trials are a valuable way for the home gardener to learn what roses do well and what may be potential candidates for their own gardens,” said Paul Zimmerman, coordinator of the trials. “Trials of this type are usually open to all rose breeders around the world – from professional to beginner.”

I so appreciate all the hard work that is done to bring backyard gardeners the very best in beauty, health and fragrance!

Roses ARE plants too!

PAUL ZIMMERMAN: Whether it is writing his amazing book, Everyday Roses, his articles for the Fine Gardening blog or leading the way in rose trials, Paul keeps us informed and entertained!

Summer 2013

LUCAS JACK:  As rosarian for the magnificent Biltmore Estate, Lucas brings a wealth of information and inspiration to the world of roses and to the next generation of gardeners.


Both Lucas and Paul have joined us on Rose Chat several times to chat about the Biltmore garden, rose trials and gardening in general. Below are links to those podcasts. Listen and learn whenever it is convenient for you! 🙂

2014 Episode…
2013 Episode…

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For additional information on this year’s trial … read on.

Want to see more pictures of the beautiful garden, read on.

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Last night at our rose society meeting we each gave a report on what’s  going on in our gardens. There were reports of outstanding iris, peonies and roses — that seem to be stronger because of the Polar Vortex. (Who knew????) Right now the big winners in my garden are the Rugosas and clematis. Love em! Every garden is so individual … what’s making a statement in your garden this week?

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Bloom Thyme Friday: Top 10 2011

In looking over all the pictures I took this spring and summer I decided to pick my favorites. When I made that decision, I had no idea how many pictures I had taken. Right this minute I have over 800 pictures on my iPhone and most of the pictures are of my garden. That does not include all the pictures I took with my “real” camera. Am I obsessive? Maybe.

It took me a little while to pick my favorites, but it sure was fun going through all of them!

My 2011 Top 10…

The spring got started with the addition of a flagstone patio to fill the space left when lightning took our 60 ft maple tree (Click for details.). Most of our meals this summer were eaten in our new outdoor room. We couldn’t be happier with it!

I have several day lilies but the Mauna Loa Daylily was a real standout.

In the early morning my rose garden has a mystical look. Especially when the sun is just right! I never tire of this look!

When I dug some iris from a garden area that was being turned into a parking lot (no joke), I had no idea they would be this beautiful chocolate color. Stunning.

The Bourbon Queen was so beautiful this year, but she bloomed during “the rainy” season and I didn’t get to enjoy her enough. Probably should frame one of her pictures so I can enjoy all winter.

Bill Warriner — a blooming machine — didn’t let the hot, dry conditions stop him. Bloomed all summer with very little down time. I am glad I have more than one of these beauties.

These beautiful Stargazer Lilies were very generous with their fragrance. When they were blooming there was little rain, so we had the pleasure of these lovely blooms for a long time. I wanted to put them in a vase but just couldn’t cut them.

Black-eyed Susans in mass are always a show stopper. I love it when they peak through the fence.

This container was beautiful all summer. The coleus grew to be 3’tall and very beautiful. The lite green variegated trailing plant is a dorotheanthus (Mezoo Trailing Red) and I highly recommend it! Also in the container are lantana, wave petunias and small dahlias. We weren’t the only ones who love it … so did the hummingbirds.

The herbs shared their space with veggies and flowers this year. We packed a bunch of stuff in this space! You can’t see them but there were yummy tomatoes, peppers, swiss chard and a bounty of cucumbers. On the back fence is a bumper crop of McCaslin pole beans.

Honorable Mention #1: My first garlic crop… I was so proud!

Honorable Mention #2: Roseraie De L Hay … amazingly fragrant

What was your favorite plant of 2011? Or are you like me … you can’t pick just one!