The folks over at Gardening Gone Wild are hosting another photo contest. This time, the subject is roses, and we are limited to entering three pictures. After a great deal of contemplation and hours of sifting through the images of roses in my gardens I have collected over the years. What this process has taught me is that I really need to go through and assign key words to my image collection.
However, I shall begin with the image I captured of a Peace rose many years ago. This rose was a birthday present from my mother-in-law, and I loved it so much that when we moved from San Francisco to the Seattle area, I dug it out of the SF garden and toted it along with me to Bremerton, WA, where I potted it in half a whiskey barrel. Sadly, it did not survive the Pacific Northwest winter, but it did provide me with a positively magical photo when it bloomed. I call this image “Guardian of the Peace.”
Another rose that I love dearly is the one depicted in the following image. I am sorry to tell you that I have no idea what the name of this rose is. It is quite possible that it is an un-named rose. My mother-in-law had a wonderful hand with roses, and was selected as an amateur tester by Jackson and Perkins many years ago. Over the years she received and grew many roses that were beautiful, but for whatever reason never were “good” enough to be named and marketed. When she died, her children dug her roses up and transplanted them to their own gardens, and we chose this one because of its spectacular scent. It also has a beautiful habit of blooming mostly ivory white and then developing the scarlet edging as it matures.
Finally, my attempt to show a rose bush in a garden setting. This has been a frustrating exercise, due to the Knockout Rose’s habit of on-going and sequential blooms. I did tidy this young lady up considerably, as she has just passed her first flush of bloom. However, I like this image because it shows the bloom form, the color, the structure of the plant, and there are also branches of spent flowers as well as branches of buds. The background is a yarrow “hedge” that edges this bed and separates it visually from the Rain Garden that lives behind it.
I like this Knockout because it actually has a scent, and it seems to be pretty much trouble free. That is a blessing in the humid hot zone 5 area we live in, where roses have to contend with Japanese beetles, fungi of all sorts and be winter cold hardy to boot. Not an easy assignment.