February is Rose month and a good time to feature my roses in a post. All except two bushes have had at least a few blooms lately. All the pictures were made in January or February. None of my rose bushes are ever just loaded down with blossoms like some I see in magazines. I never have much success photographing all the bush. In fact, they aren't all that impressive to look at as a bush, but I love individual close-ups of the blossoms.
First up is Old Blush (1752) a China with continuous repeat blooming but no fragrance and is not especially good for cut arrangements.
Louis Philippe - 1834. As with all roses it does best with lots of sun but, this one will still bloom in part shade. It is a twiggy bush with sparse foliage. Beautiful crimson color and keeps its cupped shape.
Clair Matin, a newer rose but I don't remember the year. It is a sprawling bush and repeat blooms in big clusters. I love this one with its flowers that reminds me of fruit tree blossoms.
A delicate beauty.
La Marne from 1915
La Marne is a Polyantha and both the bush and flowers are small.
This is a "found" rose and has an interesting story. It was recently named after a lady by the name of Peggy Martin from Louisiana. Peggy lost her house, both her parents and their property in the flood from storm Katrina. After the water dried up the only living thing on Peggy's property was this rose which was still blooming. She gave a presentation to our rose society meeting and brought tiny Peggy Martin roses started from her bush. I am happy to have this rose.
It is a climber with small cluster roses. This is intertwined with a bottle brush tree. I love the lichen growing on the tree.
This is Cramoisi Supe'rieur with blooms much like Louis Philippe except for the little bit of white on the petals and mine is a much smaller bush.
One of my best bloomers, Ducher - 1869
A great performer and seldom has black spot. By the way, I don't spray any of my roses.
G. Nabonnand , another favorite of mine with its beautifully formed blooms and it is nearly thornless.
Marie Van Houtte. A beautiful cream color tinged with pink on the edge of the outer petals.
Knockout. The only modern rose that I grow. It is problem prone and not a favorite for growing in Florida weather.
Mutabilis. A single five petal rose with interesting color variations, starting with a creamy color changing to pinkish and then almost salmon. Sometimes called the butterfly rose because full of blooms it looks like a bunch of butterflies has descended on it. I have had to whack mine back so much that it does not have a chance to bloom as well as it should.
I have two more small roses that have not bloomed lately. I will show those when I get some new pictures.
Thank you for staying to the end with so many pictures this time.