Roses in the Springtime

Perfect Moment, hybrid tea roseJanice Kellogg, hybrid tea roseYves Piaget, hybrid tea roseJames Galway, David Austin English roseI love roses, though in my early days, was concerned about their maintenance. In particular, I’d always hold my breath after pruning them, just hoping that this time, I didn’t deliver a fatal cut. But they’ve soldiered on, thriving and rewarding these efforts with reliable and gorgeous flowers. I took these photos earlier this afternoon. Clockwise, from left to right:

(1) Yves Piaget -a hybrid tea rose. It is also known as a “romantica” rose, a French hybrid. It has a very strong fragrance and the color is very deep pink. The flowers are moderate in number, but they bloom each year and the flowers are fairly large.

(2) Janice Kellogg – a floribunda rose. A gorgeous crimson rose with lovely form and nice fragrance. There’s an interesting but unknown green spider lurking in the upper left of the rose itself!

(3) Perfect Moment – a hybrid tea rose. What is very interesting about this rose is that the colors of the flower change over the course of its brief life. The color in the photo are of a young flower, when the colors are most intense, described by a friend as reminiscent of a sunset. As the flower matures, the colors lighten. Because the plant has roses that bloom at different times, I’ll find flowers with different-colored intensities on the same plant, making for a truly unique presentation. A knock-out!

(4) James Galway – this is a climbing David Austin English rose. It appears to be relatively young and has reliably bloomed each year, getting taller each year. I love the number of petals tightly packed into each flower, a thing of great beauty.

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