November 25, 2003

Winter on the doorstep

Starhawk over at Freedom Lives posted a picture of his beautiful Arizona rose which, incredibly enough, is blooming right now.

I've already pruned back my roses and put them to bed for the winter, but in the extended entry is a shot of the first bloom we had this past spring. Enjoy. climber01.jpg

This climbing rose sits next to our front door. Blooms start out deep salmon, and fade through peach with yellow tints until finishing out a pale pink. By autumn, the vines go up and across the top of our doorway, and we get waves of blooms all summer long. The fragrance is very delicate.

Here's another shot of the same rose later in the season after it really gets going.

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Posted by: Ted at 12:22 PM | category: Square Pegs
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1 Wow! That's a beautiful rose! I used to try to grow tearoses, but no matter how much I mulched and "coned" them, they always ended up reverting to their root stock...so now I have some shrub roses, which are hardy enough to take our winters...

Posted by: Susie at November 25, 2003 01:35 PM (0+cMc)

2 That is gorgeous! Do they have a strong perfume to them?
I just dropped a ton of questions into poor Starhawk's lap concerning roses...*grin* I want one of those in my yard by this coming Spring or I swear I'll just SCREAM! ;-)

--TwoDragons

Posted by: TwoDragons at November 25, 2003 08:44 PM (yv+Dg)

3 That is a great rose, do you know what kind it is? It looks a little like the Joseph's Coat I had that died ealier this year. I am so glad we don't have to winterize our roses like you do.

TD,
I hope I answered all your questions? If not feel free to ask or re-ask whatever you still have questions about.

Posted by: Starhawk at November 25, 2003 09:26 PM (JSfgi)

4 I don't remember the name, but I may have it written down in one of my old gardening journals. If I can find it, I'll let you know. We got it as part of a set bought from QVC, back when I was first getting into gardening. We got two climbers and five others, and this was by far the most successful. I've given away all the others, and think I'm going to go with simple boxwoods and a fire bush in the old rose bed.

One thing that worked great for us was to plant daffodils all over the place in the rose beds, that way you get early spring color and interest until the roses get going. Crocus would work great too.

Posted by: Ted at November 26, 2003 07:09 AM (Qj620)

5 It looks great. If you can't figure out what it is and I can't, I may have to come out there next year and take some cuttings.

Posted by: Starhawk at November 26, 2003 08:47 AM (JSfgi)

6 I posted a picture of my Granada here. It was still blooming a few days ago but the temperature got down below freezing for a couple of nights so I think that's it for this year.

Posted by: Lynn S at November 26, 2003 11:08 AM (EhDj0)

7 That's a nice one Lynn.

Posted by: Starhawk at November 26, 2003 12:56 PM (JSfgi)

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