Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Rose Inventory A-Z - The "A's"

So here goes with the rose inventory. I didn't realize how much work this was going to be. Of course, getting photos is the hard part. I'm sure I will miss some along the way but hopefully I can catch them in the end.

Roses A

Altissimo - This poor rose is squeezed into a tight spot - in between a Colorado Blue Spruce and a red maple tree along the front fence. It blooms every year and I really should consider moving it - where, I'm not sure. This is one of the deepest reds I've seen in roses. It is a climber although the canes are very stiff. They stand straight up in the air and I think they would be hard to work with.

Aloha - I planted this rose a few years ago so it is one of the newer ones in the garden. It is classified as a climbing hybrid tea. The blooms are full, pink and very lovely. It is planted in one of the lower borders among other roses and perennials.

Close-up of Aloha bloom
Abraham Darby - One of David Austin's exquisite English roses. They are simply stunning but I've had mixed results growing them. They are prone to blackspot and are not as carefree as the older roses. I've learned that some Austin roses do very well in our hot and humid climate and others simply sit and mope. 'Abraham Darby' is kind of in the middle. It is a strong grower and needs a support to grow on.

Abraham Darby

Alba Meidiland - We planted these roses on the bank in front of our house the first year we moved in (1992). We also have 'Scarlet Meidiland' which is just as good. I recommend the Meidiland roses highly. They are great shrub roses an do well as a hedge or covering banks. There was a Rose Rosette episode in the garden a few years ago and a few of these were affected. I managed to destroy the infected ones and the rest are fine. 'Alba' easily makes more plants when the long canes fall on the ground.

Close-up of Alba Meidiland bloom
(the pink bloom in the bottom left corner is Climbing Fairy)
Alba Meidiland on the bank in front of the house
Another view of the Alba Meidiland roses, looking up the street

 Stay tuned for the B's!

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

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