The fence where the Mermaid rose is growing (and tearing the fence down) has been neglected this summer, so the past couple of days I've been working on clearing next to it. This process was not as much fun as you might think. If I had a nickel for every time I was pricked by blackberry branches and stabbed by cantankerous roses I'd be rich. There was a lot of "Bleep!" "Bleep!" "Bleepety bleep!" being uttered. There were mosquitos too. Frances wasn't kidding about 'Alberic Barbier''s long arms... several had snaked down to the ground, across the ditch and just kept going. I felt like I was performing some sort of mime/ clown act; pulling and pulling and pulling.... it reminded me of a video I saw in an anthropology class of a family of Eskimos getting out of a canoe. They just kept coming and coming! In self defense I wound the runners around the fence planks to get them out of the way. AB has extremely pliable canes so this was easy to do. The finished arrangement looks like spaghetti thrown into a sink; I should probably try to place them more artistically, later.
The following roses are not nearly as big, bold and bloodthirsty as the ones growing on the fence. Fall roses are always a delight. Little can compete with the beauty of a rose, especially when it's sparkling with dewdrops.
'Aloha' is the only Hybrid Tea that I have, because all of the others died. 'Double Delight' literally lasted about two weeks, which is about what I expected, but husband really wanted to try it because of the fragrance. (I spared him the I told you so, btw.) Even the 'Radiance' roses died and I've tried them twice. I think 'Aloha' is such a good doer because it's the offspring of 'New Dawn' and a very disease resistant Cl. Hybrid Tea named 'Mercedes Gallart'. The little blur above the rose is a hover fly zipping away.