Wednesday, June 18, 2008


These are a few of the roses we're attempting to grow this year. We've never had much success with roses before but this year we are making a concerted effort to try to grow them well.


Blogger joco said...

Hiya Ki,

Yes, well ...I hope you read portuguese (?) and tell us what this is all about .

Anyways, Ki, my friend, you are giving me a serious inferiority complex.

I have a post on one Rose, and the others out are slightly dodgy, eaten, blackspotted, greenfly..

I thought you wouldn't have any. AFter all those gorgeous trees, poppies, shrubs, spring flowers, I would finally have something to crow about.
And there you go again: it's a marvel. All totally unblemished by insect, gastropod or virus. I said it before, I don't believe you or your garden exist ;-)

6:40 AM  
Blogger joco said...

Or maybe you'd better not tell us...

6:42 AM  
Blogger Cinj said...

WOW! Gorgeous roses. I have 5 planted here, but still no blooms to show for it. I just brought a refuge rose back with me. I got it planted today along with clematis and phlox. I can't wait until mine are blooming in all of their glory.

Good luck with your roses, I've never had much luck with roses either.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

That is just gorgeous, what an array of colors! I am beyond envy.

6:06 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Joco,
I removed the Portuguese comment because it was gibberish something about buying meat, tomatoes, bananas and eating chouricao of donkey whatever that is? I used babelfish to translate the comment.

Anyway, back to roses - if you look closely, you'll see aphids, blackspot and burnt petal edges.

I am a figment of the internet :)


Hi Cinj,
A kindred soul, saving plants. We've had such bad luck with roses, chafer beetles, black spot and other fungus and deer chewing the plants almost to the ground. Seems like so much work but as an incentive, we planted mostly fragrant varieties hoping that would spur me to make a better effort in their cultivation.

I too wish you luck with the roses and clematis. The phlox is like a weed and won't need any luck ;) Thanks for your very nice comment.


Thanks Nicole. What a nice and generous thing to write. I will say that some of the roses can rival the bright colors of hybrid hibiscus (but not comparable in size) and bougainvillea. I must make an effort to stop by for a visit ...soon I hope.

6:32 PM  
Blogger joey said...

Your concerted effort obviously payed off, Ki. Your roses are lovely! Except for my miniature 'Popcorn Rose', I only grow simple 'Carefree Beauty' shrub roses that I adore.

5:50 AM  
Blogger Yolanda Elizabet said...

Wow, what a lovely collection of roses you have Ki. The blooms look great, regardless of the trouble you've been having.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Joey,
So far so good. We've weathered the aphid attack but have to be vigilant for black spot and other fungus. The brown chafer beetles love one of the roses but seems to leave the others alone and I don't think the Japanese beetles were ever a problem so ... Being a worry wart, I'm waiting for some disaster to befall the roses.

What emboldened us to try roses again were those knockout and homerun roses we picked up from the past bloom racks last year. They are so tough and disease/pest resistant and are actually thriving even when planted in a less than ideal location. I hope the run of good luck continues. Thanks for your comment.


Hi Yolanda Elizabet,
Thank you. Coming from rose grower that's high compliment indeed. I promise I'll visit your wonderful blog soon... I've been swamped with work lately. Thank you for stopping by.

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anthony said...

I never really got into growing roses because I wasn't sure they were worth the effort. But this display definitely proves me wrong.

I bow before your awesome rose growing skills. :)

6:33 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

beautiful! Is the second-to-last rose 'Angel Face'?

9:48 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Anthony,
So far, so good but I'm awaiting a disaster. Roses are definitely worth the effort especially when you have the ones that have a scent. We sought out the ones that had a perfume like the old time roses. Thanks for stopping by.


Hi Jessica,
I don't think it's 'Angel Face', at least the name doesn't sound familiar but I think we kept the tag so I'll look it up. This was a rose we planted last year and it's had the most flowers of the four scented ones we planted. I noticed that these dusky purple pink roses usually have a strong perfume. For some reason they remind me of grandmas and old ladies.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Miranda Bell said...

Another site with beautiful roses - have just visited Heirloom Gardener's site too! Roses obviously do very well in your part of the world - it's also been a good year for them here in France too... Love the pictures...


1:38 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Miranda Bell,
Thank you. I've seen some very nice roses grown here in less than ideal conditions - I don't know how they do it. We've had difficulty growing roses especially a few years ago when we first tried them. It was difficult to see our 'Betty Boop' in such bad condition. This time we've planted them in a place we pass by daily so I hope we'll be able to do something as soon as we detect any insect or fungus damage. I'll have to take a look at Heirloom Gardener's site. Thanks for your comment. I'm sure they grow wonderful roses in France!

5:51 PM  
Blogger kate smudges said...

That is an impressive collection of roses. I had no idea you had so many. The blooms are all so different, each beautiful in its own way.

8:18 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kate,
Unfortunately or fortunately our penchant for collecting is great and we end up with many different varieties of the same plant. After several disastrous starts in years past, mainly because of neglect, the roses seem to be doing fine this year which I am greatly thankful for. Agreed, they are beautiful flowers and even more so because they have a wonderful scent. Thank you for visiting.

7:27 AM  

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