Baronne Prévost rose, an update

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Baronne Prévost

This hybrid perpetual rose was purchased at the Red Butte Garden plant sale in the spring of 2015, the plant was a very small, rooted by High Country Roses in Colorado. Like all small cuttings they take many years to get going in the heat/cold of Utah but this one was always vigorous. I first spotted the shrub at Red Butte Garden just above the scented garden. It has a great shape and flowers all the summer there. Mine gets more shade but flowers very well on the first flush, late summer gave me more blooms as well. Continue reading “Baronne Prévost rose, an update”


English Roses, an update

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Queen of Sweden

After having left this space blank for over a year I am jumping on the way-back wagon. These pictures were mostly taken in late May this year. We had a very wet spring with some roses suffering from powdery mildew for the first time. I am looking at you Crocus rose, Gertrude Jekyll and Iceberg. All the others did not seem to mind.

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Les Jardins du Prioré Notre Dame d’Orsan

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After falling off the blogging wagon it seems impossible to get back on but I have worked so hard the last two years on transforming our garden into a more cohesive and drought tolerant space that it seems a shame not to document it at all. I will start with small steps including pictures of some well known French gardens I was lucky to visit this summer.

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In Utah roses that are elsewhere more or less everblooming really only have a spectacular show of blooms in the spring before the temperatures climb into the 90’s. By the summer the blooms are rare and if we are lucky fall sees another flush, rarely as spectacular as spring’s. This seems to be true of English or Hybrid Tea roses but less so of shrub roses. The Iceberg rose, often mocked for being too ubiquitous is splendid in our climate.  Continue reading “white”

roses and the Utah gardener part 3

picture credits: Ruby Voodoo Rose.
picture credits: Ruby Voodoo Rose.

Which rose to choose for drought tolerance is not necessarily a guessing game. Horticulturists in Texas have done a lot of work for us on that subject and created a list called Earth-Kind Roses. These shrubs are selected to survive drought, cold and disease with minimal intervention. My favorites on the list are pink: The Fairy (polyantha), Cecile Brunner (polyantha), New Dawn (large flowered climber). Continue reading “roses and the Utah gardener part 3”