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OMG, Eugène!

OMG, Eugène!

Hybrid China, Uncategorized
This is Eugène de Beauharnais. As I explained in the main entry for this variety, it's the oldest living critter on the property, but wow, that age apparently in no way contributes to weak performance. This is Gene starting it's second season here. None of these are large blooms, but they are astonishingly well formed -- all of them -- and in two or three more days this little plant seems likely to take on an almost supernatural appearance. There is broad skepticism on the interwebs about whether this variety truly has much China rose in its ancestry. Until now I tended to agree, but I think I'm starting to see it in the wispy growth and strong repeat. Meanwhile it clearly gets its intense, nose tingling scent from the…
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Late seasons, more anticipation, and lots and lots of rain…

Late seasons, more anticipation, and lots and lots of rain…

Planting
Being halfway or more through May, I would normally expect to see more going on in the garden. This is clearly a weird year. With most of my shrubs preparing for their third year since planting, this should be when the real displays begin. And likely they will, but the oddly late onset of spring (after two weeks of it in February) have much in a state of confusion. I enjoy talk of "berries" because at this point many of the roses really do show their shared ancestry with their fruity cousins. [caption id="attachment_3935" align="alignnone" width="640"] An Abraham Darby bud...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3936" align="alignnone" width="640"] My cluster planted box... Charles Darwin to the left, Claire Austin in the rear, and Lady Emma Hamilton in front. LEH is especially beautiful even before…
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Introducing Fair Bianca

Introducing Fair Bianca

David Austin
...And fair the critter is so far. The latest addition to my David Austin collection. Since it shipped already in bloom, a few were banged up in transit, and I haven't had time to take some better photos. To see what I have so far, see Fair Bianca. (more…)
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Now this is a happy hybrid tea!

Now this is a happy hybrid tea!

Hybrid Tea
Papa Meilland begins its second year with a big push, climbing past six feet in height, despite being confined to a 17" pot. [caption id="attachment_3891" align="alignnone" width="640"] Papa Meilland. The red tufts mark the tips actively growing -- most of which have well formed buds. [/caption] Again, as was the case last year, I struggle to understand why this cultivar has such a bad reputation. Yes, it's leggy, but certainly not a weak grower here. [caption id="attachment_3892" align="alignnone" width="640"] We have a hint of color![/caption]
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Welcome, The Poet’s Wife!

Welcome, The Poet’s Wife!

David Austin
Impulse purchases are rare for me, but this one I couldn't exist. It was already in bloom, which meant I could smell it... With Lady Hillingdon sadly deceased (through my own negligence), there was an open space on the deck... Since there are a whole buncha buds on this one, stay tuned for more photos.
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Spring Finally Arrives

Spring Finally Arrives

Planting
Firstly, I must apologize for the lack of recent posts. I returned from a work trip to Asia (which went extremely well -- I could have happily spent six months there) only to end up deeply immersed at work. But at last, signs of spring are upon us. Now that the days are long enough for me to walk around the yard after work/the gym, I can finally inspect the plants on a more regular basis. The last few days have been the biggest change, with nearly all of the roses at various stages of leafing out. Eugene is in the lead, with multiple buds already formed and growing (in all honesty, this is stunning performance, as it had already leafed out three weeks ago with snow on the ground).…
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