Monday, April 18, 2011

Climbing Cecile Brunner - the view from above

Climbing Cecile Brunner is glorious at the moment. Unfortunately, the best way to see it is from the roof of our house. Planted at the back entrance, it quickly overcome the little roof-top over the back door, so we built a big 10-feet tall arbor to grow it on. It is so high up that, unless you look up, you'll miss the blooms. This evening I decided to get up on the roof and photograph it from above.

First, the view from below, the way we normally see it:




 The view from standing on the roof:





Now, there are two windows upstairs that overlook this rose but they are small and we are rarely upstairs. Maybe this view will lure me upstairs more during the next several weeks. Quite a difference!


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

33 comments:

  1. Wow! You're brave! Great shots. Now get down from there before you hurt yourself! :)

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  2. So beautiful! I just placed an order for six new antique roses at a local nursery....and I'm really KICKING myself I didn't check the availability of Cecile Brunner. Ahhhhh!!!!

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  3. She's magnificent, that's for sure. Is she very thorny? Do you prune her or just let her be? I've loved your website in the past, and now I'm one of your blog followers.

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  4. Gorgeous! Mine is just beginning to bloom. This is such a lovely rose with wonderful fragrance that I will always grow it even if it takes up half of my entire back yard!

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  5. Wow. This is magnificent. Do you have any issues with BS?

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  6. Beautiful blooms! I have this rose also but not as big. That is a real show stopper.....Julian

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  7. M.A., you can always place another order!

    Sherryocala, it is a thorny rose. I don't do much pruning on it because it is so hard to reach (even with a ladder).

    Jess, I've not noticed BS on this one but, as you can see, it is hard to monitor it. I do have many other roses that are fairly resistant to BS.

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  8. Your rose looks like the one I had except mine had 7 or 8 blooms together like a bouquet. It sure was thorny. It was very pretty. It got so big I gave it away but they have come out from the roots. It could take over.

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  9. That is beautiful! I had one of those roses years ago and it quickly outgrew it's spot no matter how much I pruned it. It now lives at my friend's where it has more space to grow, but I don't think it has ever had that many blooms.

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  10. I revel in your photos as I prepare for 6-10" of snow flattening our gardens tomorrow... L

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  11. That view from above is stunning and you are quite the brave sole to clime on the roof for those pictures.

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  12. That is beautiful. It is really performing. What a great view from upstairs.

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  13. So, so beautiful....you be careful!

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  14. Thanks for risking your neck to show us. They are gorgeous!

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  15. Holy moly, Phillip! That's one plant? Amazing! Thanks for risking your life on the roof so that we could catch a glimpse :)

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  16. Lovely - all that bloom & fragrance too? Doesn't get any better than that.

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  17. Magnificent! That rose is amazing. Such a profusion of blooms.

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  18. An ariel perspective is something to see indeed. What a gorgeous rose. You have captured her in all her glory.... Great photos

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  19. hahaha...you're so right, it really is amazing from above...then again, the view from below is pretty good too ;-)

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  20. what an amazing rose. We cannot get quite the lush growth on our hill, but some of the roses certainly do their best. In June, not April.

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  21. This is the stuff of gardener's dreams! Great aerial shot! You have great pergolas and trellises to hold those monsters/beauties!

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  22. That is one happy rose! Phillip, it's gorgeous! gail

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  23. Mine has just finished. A windy day this past weekend ended what has been one of the most beautiful flowering times for roses in our location.

    Looks like yours has been beautiful as well!

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  24. OH my goodness Phillip! How wonderful! Yes get upstairs and enjoy!

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  25. Hey Phillip,

    Beautiful roses!

    Why is UNA closed today?

    We went the other day and Z had a great time using the microfilm machines. I enjoyed reading from the Thoreau Quarterly, I think it's called.

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  26. Hello. I followed your post from the Redneck Rosarian. I am having a nice 12' by 16' pergola built over part of the deck behind my house and am trying to decide what sort of climbing plant to put on it. My question was if a climbing rose would work and from the pictures of your Cecile Brunner it appears that a climbing rose would work just fine. I have a climbing New Dawn that has swallowed half my garage and your rose looks even bigger. I have 2 questions. How old is your Cecile Brunner, and does it just bloom once in the spring or does it repeat? I like your blog.

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  27. Wonderful shots, Phillip. I, for sure, would be motivated to live on the roof for weeks for that view. :D

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  28. Wow! Thank you for climbing on the roof so we can fully appreciate your rose! It is gorgeous. I have heard rave reviews of this rose, and I can see why. I also enjoyed the previous post on your garden in April. it is a glorious month for flowers!

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  29. It still looks good from the lower view but the top is amazing.

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