Thursday, October 20, 2011

Autumn Roses on Parade

Those darn roses. Just when I think I'm not ever going to plant another one and am considering yanking some of them out, they charm their way back into my good graces. Thanks to the cooler fall weather, my roses have managed to make me forget (sort of) the ugliness of black spot that I had to deal with all summer.

We had a very wet May - over 10 inches of rain - which gave black spot the opportunity it needed to get a good start before I realized what was happening. I'd never had a problem with it before.  I ended up with many rose blooms at the top of leafless stems.

But all is forgiven now. Here's why:

'Cinco de Mayo'

Yellow miniature

'Senior Prom'


'Morning Magic'

Miniature red

'Gourmet Popcorn'


'Kordes Perfecta'

'Kordes Perfecta'

'Jubilee Celebration'

'Topsy Turvy'

'Joseph's Coat'

'Glamis Castle'

'Glamis Castle'

'Ebb Tide'

'Diana, Princess of Wales'


Lisa at Greenbow said...

I can see why you would forget all that black spot. This is their time to shine.

myomyohi said...


Anonymous said...

So beautiful Kylee! My roses are still lovely, but many are almost completely lacking in foliage. It was a bad summer for blackspot here too. All is forgiven when I see the beauty of the flowers though.

Daricia said...

'glamis castle' looks like a peony! oh to have enough sun to grow lots of roses. yours are beautiful.

Kylee Baumle said...

Lisa ~ They always seem to look good in fall! Thanks for always being such a good reader and commenter! You're amazing. :-)

myomyohi ~ Thanks!

Msrobin ~ Yes, that wet May did a number on them, didn't it? They loved the rain and bloomed well, but oh, that blackspot. UGH! Oh well, that's gardening, right?

Kylee Baumle said...

Daricia ~ I think it looks like that, too! But then, it's an English rose and they tend to look that way. If you have an area that gets just six hours of direct sun, you can grow roses!

Commonweeder said...

I just bought a book called The Sustainable Rose Garden. One of the editors (and author of one chapter) is Peter Kukielski of the New York Botanic Garden's sustainable rose garden. You should look at EarthKind roses which were tested at Texas A&M and you will find some tough beauties.

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