Sunday, August 10, 2008

May roses

Belinda's Dream

Belinda's Dream was bred by Dr. Basye of Texas, whose goal was to produce thornless, hardy, drought tolerant and disease resistant roses. Many of the roses that he produced on the way to reaching his goal are highly valued today. His crosses usually have rugosa or R. wichurana in their pedigree to add vigor and disease resistance. Belinda's Dream is the product of a cross between Jersey Beauty, a R. wichurana hybrid, and the hybrid tea Tiffany. It has been designated an Earthkind Rose, which is a rose that has passed vigorous testing for toughness and disease resistance by the Texas A&M University Agriculture program. It's a beautiful rose that thrives in hot climates. It does however have thorns.

Belinda's Dream with Gulf Coast Penstemon (Penstemon tenuis)

My husband bought me this bourbon a few years ago. It's not very vigorous but it produces beautiful flowers that have a strong damask rose fragrance.

Mme Ernest Calvat

Even if Reine des Violettes (a Hybrid Perpetual) isn't the most disease resistant or remontant rose in the world, it's purple(ish) and it's fragrant and so it has a place in my garden. I just got it this spring and am looking forward to see how it will perform.

Hansa is an outstanding rugosa. The velvety dark purple/ pink flowers, the very strong fragrance and beautiful wrinkled deep green foliage make it a real stand-out in the garden. I have 4 that were just added to the garden last year.

The flowers look more purple at dusk than during the day.

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