Monday, July 7, 2008

New at Our Little Acre - The Roses

When I bought two new roses in 2006, they were the ones that made me fall in love with roses. Prior to that, I could take them or leave them. They were for people who were 'mature' gardeners, because you know, they're hard to grow! (I've since learned that they really aren't that difficult.) And I never really was wowed by that rose fragrance. It reminded me of a funeral home.

That was the year that Mom took me with her to The Greenhouse Effect to buy some roses and I came home with 'Chihuly'® and 'Hot Cocoa'™. Since they've been in my garden, they have made a rose lover out of me. I even love the smell of roses now. Funny how your tastes change like that.

I made a trip over to The Greenhouse Effect again this year, just to look. Oh, sure. Just to look. Every gardener (and gardener's spouse) knows what that means. More often than not, looking turns into buying, and this trip was no different. The Greenhouse Effect carries Weeks roses and theirs are always big and healthy. Each one costs $25, no matter which one it is, and they're worth every penny.

I nearly bought a dark purple climber, but over in the corner was an unnamed Floribunda that kept luring me back for a second and third look. It reminded me a bit of 'Hot Cocoa'™ in that smoky sort of way, but the color wasn't quite the same.
I walked away from it again and looked down through the other roses. There were several that I could have taken home - 'Gentle Giant', 'Ink Spots', 'Burgundy Iceberg', 'What A Peach'.

'Lavaglut' - This is not an accurate rendition of its color. It's a deep, almost black red.

I ran into a deep dark red one with clusters of small blooms - a Floribunda called 'Lavaglut' (a.k.a. 'Lava Glow'). The small blooms in large clusters reminded me of some of the old roses and I decided to set one aside for my garden.

That unnamed one was still on my mind, and being the only one in the place like it, I wondered if it was even for sale. I walked back to the main building and asked Earl about it. He knew just which one I was talking about. He told me when they order their roses from Weeks, there's always two random roses that get sent along with the order and this was one of those. He agreed to sell it to me.

I took both of my roses home and decided to do some investigating on the mystery rose. It had a tag with a Weeks coded number on it
(WEKcobeju), so I Googled it and found out it was 'Cinco de Mayo', a 2009 AARS Winner.

I also found out that it has 'Topsy Turvy'
as one of its parents. That's one that I bought last year. Both roses are now planted and blooming away, as is 'Topsy Turvy'. 'Chihuly'® and 'Hot Cocoa'™ have finished with their first blooming and have small buds starting for the second flush.

'Topsy Turvy'

Earlier this year, I'd mentioned that I wanted 'Ebb Tide'
and I had purchased it from Dutch Gardens. It's small, but it's been performing well, producing several blooms despite its size. I love its unique deep purple color and I have yet to take a photograph that accurately depicts that.

The foliage on some of my roses isn't the best this summer, but I figure some years it's going to be like that. Depending on the weather and other factors, the insect pest issues change from year to year. But I've not run into anything that poses a huge threat to the plant, and no powdery mildew, black spot, aphids, or Japanese Beetles. Yet.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your roses are just gorgeous Kylee. Thinking about how we change our minds about different flowers and plants I used to hate gladiolas since they were mostly used in funeral arrangements. Then I saw a kind old man's garden who had rows of different colors of glads. Just watching the bees going in and out of them and the beautiful colors all swaying in the wind was magical. I still don't grow them but I do appreciate them now.

Rose said...

Lovely roses! I've always been afraid to grow them, too, afraid I'd kill them. But I'm getting a little braver and thinking about starting a small rose garden next spring. I do hope the Japanese beetles aren't headed your way--they're thick in central Illinois right now.

I really wanted to comment on your hydrangea post from Thursday, which I just now read. Thanks so much for the tips! My Endless Summers always turn pink after the first year. I've been afraid to try too much with them other than some acidic plant food, and then they usually turn lavender:) We have LOTS of pine needles; I will definitely try this with them.

Anonymous said...

I love roses and yours are gorgeous! I want an entire garden of them one day!

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Did you say roses? Yes, you did, didn't you? And how lovely they all are. That Lavaglut is pretty wonderful and that was quite an adventure you had with rosa anonymous. ;-) BTW I've bought a few roses too and will introduce them on my blog one of these days.

Happy smelling the roses Kylee!

Nancy J. Bond said...

Your roses are all spectacular, Kylee, but the one in the very first photo (Chihuly? or is that the Hot Cocoa?) is truly gorgeous! What a wonderful combination of colors!

Unknown said...

I love the 'Lavaglut'! And next year when it's an award-winner officially, it will probably be all settled in at your place and blooming its head off. :)

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

Such gorgeous roses, Kylee! I put Hot Cocoa in earlier this year and love it. I haven't had the privilege of seeing a Cinco de Mayo in person yet but I'm sure I'll love it too. Your Ebb Tide is so pretty with its ruffly edges. I can almost smell the photographs. ;)

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Shady Gardener said...

I'm just going to admire your roses, which are beautiful! I'm not very good at being diligent with them... they have to be pretty hardy and able to take care of themselves. ;-)

Unknown said...

Whooo! I love the floribunda called 'Lavaglut'. Very very nice indeed.

Jessica said...

just beautiful!!!! I love Ebb Tide...such a soft spot for any lavender/purple flower!
I just noticed Japanese Beetles yesterday here in Central OH...blast!

blogger templates | Make Money Online