Tuesday, 8 June 2010

A Few Roses



This is the second season for the roses growing along the pergola and finally they're getting some height. In rude health is 'Rambling Rosie', one of those rarest of things, a repeat flowering rambler. Introduced in 2006, this modern scrambler is unique to Peter Beales Roses in the UK.




I appreciate her saucer shaped flowers, not overly blousy unlike some of the roses I have, just a bit more subtle. That said, when she achieves maturity growing to some three metres or so, I'm hoping that the blooms en-masse will be really something.





Another multiflora rambler though non- repeating is 'Mrs. F.W. Flight'. It was a toss up between this one and 'American Pillar', but mildew fears and ultimately the quirky name led to the choice. She's slowly travelling skyward at either end, patience is a virtue.



Below is 'Danse du Feu' a rose which struggled for a couple of years. Entirely my fault, I planted her in place of an old rose which had been growing exactly where she is now, along side the tobacco drying barn and she almost didn't make it. Rose replant sickness I'm sure, but last year she started to pick up and growth has accelerated this season. Hooray.



The blooms are descibed as solid brick red, but in reality they're darker than that and have an almost 'crepe' paper quality to them.



Finally, growing through a gap in the terrace (really) is an as yet to be identified stunner. This is another rose, along with 'Golden Showers' that's been here for at least twenty years and is glorious in late May, early June.

Last year she'd started to succumb to powdery mildew and I feared the worst. Back in February I cut her back hard. Literally there were just three twiggy stems when I finished pruning and although most reliable wisdom dictates I'd done the right thing, still there's always doubt.



The blooms are profuse and in clusters. Very delicate, highly scented and a perfect blush. The show will be over soon as the vine thickens up, it's canopy limiting the light and things will get leggy underneath. Such is the way but then I'm always glad of the welcome shade on hot Summer days.



In many ways this rose resembles 'White Pet' excepting that she's at least double the size. I wonder.

35 comments:

  1. The 'Dense du Feu' is absolutely stunning.

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  2. That's just stunning, the unidentified with the shutters.

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  3. Spectacular photos love rambling roses!

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  4. Ramblin' Rosie looks mighty like a Dortmund, which has the petal count and white center, which is interesting to me. I really like the Danse de Feu! I planted a Courageous, which named after the courageous airmen of both the Royal Air Force and the U.S. Army Air Corps who served in WWII, which is not the reason I chose it- it's supposed to be highly fragrant- have you heard of it?

    I also like your mystery rose- it kind of reminds me of Seafoam, which I love for its profusion of blushing blooms.

    Please take more pictures- you live in such a beautiful place where probably some of us will never be able to visit! And thank you for sharing what you have!

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  5. All your roses are simply beautiful. I'm particularly drawn to the white rose ... it's a stunner! Your pergola is going to look drop dead gorgeous when it's covered in those two beauties. The fragrances on the breeze must be heavenly.

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  6. Your roses are beautiful. It must be a good year for them as I have noticed stunning roses around in the Charente. Diane

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  7. Waw Rob. Beautiful roses and a repeat flowering rambler what a gem. I dress mine up with clematis to make up for their only having one flowering.

    The red roses against the stone wall look really good.

    The pergola is getting very well dressed with al these roses.

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  8. Gorgeous, gorgeous roses. And look at all the pretty catmint! I have aphid-covered buds on several of my roses. Maybe I'll have blooms starting next week? That's probably too optimistic, two weeks is more likely. But I'm so excited for rose season!

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  9. Wow! I got so excited looking at the beautiful blooms, I forgot to read the text! Need to go back and read! Rob, roses are stunning, and I also like the pergola itself. Such a massive structure, but it looks not heavy at all. Thanks for looking at my nameless plant. Everyone agrees that it's some type of yucca. It'd be helpful to see its flowers to make a final conclusion.

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  10. All so beautiful! I love Danse du Feu.

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  11. I'm loving those roses against those red/burgundy shutters of yours.

    Jo

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  12. Delighted to see we both have roses in bloom, Rob ... wow, your red beauty is breathtaking!

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  13. What beauties Rob and if I can say, very intelligent and thoughtful choice.

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  14. Another vote here for the Dance Of Fire, although I know this is not a contest. Looking at every photo so carefully, it fills us with a longing for more red roses. I do like the singles and smaller flowered ones best. They seem to be more floriferous overall. Your pergola is a dream. :-)
    Frances

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  15. Gorgeous roses. I can't pick a favorite, they are all too beautiful. Carla

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  16. Your roses especially the climbing roses are tres tres jolie!
    -marie

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  17. I love all your roses. Those reds are magnificent. I have yet to manage to acquire a true red rose - but I don't mind the hunt. Beautiful photographs.

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  18. That red rose against the stone wall...sigh. Beautiful! The shutters...the seating...what a haven.

    PS Richard always looks over my shoulder when I'm on your blog. He says "it isn't fair" (you live in France and we don't)! LOL

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  19. Love the red "Feu" against the stone wall:-) Very dramatic!

    Have a nice week!

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  20. I love roses and yours are spectacular. Of all of them, which are the most fragrant? Don't you just love how each has its own fragrance?

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  21. I'm not really a great rose lover, but the 'Dense du Feu' could convert me - it's glorious!
    I have to confess to loving the yellow rose that frames Brian too!

    Your garden has matured a lot since we saw it last summer - the pergola area looks great ....in spite of your worries!

    Is that Savon Noil stuff available by mail order Rob? I've got a problem with blackfly - well, not me personally you understand, me broad beans and currants!!!

    Have a great weekend :)

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  22. Breathtaking is all I can say.

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  23. A recent rose lover, I am really learning to appreciate their beauty. My how wonderful they look in your garden.

    Jen

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  24. They are beautiful roses. There is a rose in the gardens here that I'm sure would do with a good hacking back but I chickened out this Spring! Maybe next year I will have more courage.

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  25. OH YUM, these are delicious photos and words.

    I too love the cool shade of my arbor, but oh the blossoms are so beautiful and fragrant.

    Thanks from one gardener to another,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  26. Rob, I love your pergola... your roses are lovely and especially the ones in your next to the last photo. As always your place looks so fabulous!

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  27. Absolutely stunning photographs! Made my day!

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  28. Your roses are all beautiful. Growing along the stone walls or pergolas gives them such a nice back drop. They definitely look very happy.

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  29. Really love the Danse du Feu, it is a beautiful rose...wonder if we can get it here state side. You should check out the rose I put on my blog today. The clusters look like a bridal bouquet! As always everything in your post looks gorgeous!
    Ulrike

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  30. All are lovely but the dark red Danse du Feu is particularly eyecatching. I love red roses mixed with purple perennials in the garden.

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  31. You have a lovely website and beautiful photos! I feel inspired to come and stay in one of your cottages - would make a wonderful gift to our children (now adults) who were in French immersion here on Vancouver Island. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos. Love the red shutters. I lived in Mallorca and Ibiza many years ago and certainly miss the European atmosphere. Thanks. Michelle.

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  32. Hi Rob yours series of roses is amazing, great varity and colors, many compliments

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  33. Have fallen for the mystery rose - she's a beauty :)

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