I would like to spend the next few blogs on the roses themselves, sharing with you my experience in growing certain class and varieties. For the true lover of roses, I think it would be more interesting to read and to see the roses rather than all my gardening chores. The first one is one of my all time favorites - I do have many favorites - Souvenir de la Malmaison.
This is a rose of quiet beauty. When you first come upon it, it seems like a very plain pink rose with lots of little petals. A closer look reveals a very delicate pink color at first blush that fade into a light pale pink to almost ivory color. It is heavily scented with a tea like fragrance. It's blooms can be as large as 5" across, cupped to flat, quartered form. It blooms all year round. I have four of these gems, planted quite close together. They intertwine around each other and give continuous bloom throughout the year. A truly delightful rose to have in your garden.
The rose is Bourbon class and is officially considered an OGR - Old Garden Rose. It was first brought into commerce in 1843.
|This close-up photograph won a Best of Class award at the California Coastal Society rose show recently.|
The rose does not like wet weather and the blooms will tend to ball up, and mildew will easily set in. Plant them in a very sunny and somewhat arid location of your garden. They do much better in this type of environment where they produce beautiful blooms and healthy leaves. Next blog will be about Duchess de Rohan - another one of my OGRs however, little known rose.