January’s Celebration of Roses

Celebration-of-Roses-via-Hedgerow-RoseHere in the N Hemisphere, we celebrate a month of roses in June, which makes sense since they tend to look their best then. But between you and me, I’m very busy in June not just thinking of roses, but enjoying them, live and in person. A celebration of roses in June is all very well, but it’s like piling abundance on top of abundance if you catch my drift. Fellow gardeners, I think you understand me when I say January has to be the most tiresome and bleak time of year. That’s why I’ve decided to make this month a celebration of roses here on the blog. That’s right, ROSES ROSES ROSES because the only thing better than roses is more roses. Just looking at these photos cheers me up as I hope it will do for you, too! So let’s get this party started, shall we? Here’s a bit more info on the collection of roses you see above going clockwise from top. Incidentally, this is one of my favorite photos from last season–couldn’t tell you why, exactly, except that I just feel summer when I look at it, which is often since it hangs by my bed. 😉

Julia Child via Hedgerow Rose - 1 Julia Child via Hedgerow Rose - 2Julia Child flowered reliably all summer, each blossom followed by globe-like hips reminding me of paper lanterns. For a yellow rose, she is remarkably disease resistant (although not immune.) Most of the flowers ended up in photo collages but I did manage to take a couple of individual shots like these. More can be read about this Floribunda rose HERE.

Marie Pavié via Hedgerow Rose - 1 Marie Pavié via Hedgerow Rose - 2Marie Pavié, a Polyantha rose, bloomed steadily for us all summer from the confines of her 3 gallon-sized container. As part of my downsizing program, I tried to give her away at the end of the summer but no one would take her (!!) which was once again a reminder of how nice it would be if you and I, as fellow rose lovers, were neighbors. Anyways, I found a cozy spot for her in the garden and I hope future tenants enjoy the fresh, pale pink-white blossoms.

Strawberry Hill via Hedgerow Rose - 1 Strawberry Hill via Hedgerow Rose - 2 Strawberry Hill via Hedgerow Rose - 3 Strawberry Hill via Hedgerow Rose - 4Strawberry Hill came back from last year’s incredibly cold winter beautifully, but over the summer was heavily stricken from the rose midge, again. It’s such a disappointment to see so many new shoots/buds destroyed, especially knowing how gorgeous they would have been having seen that first flush in late spring. I really adore this rose and recommend growing her on her own roots. There is something about SH that reminds me of Celsiana, one of my favorites, although the scent is entirely different. I think it’s the graceful, arching habit and the porcelain-like open blossoms. Read more about Strawberry Hill HERE.

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The Mayflower via Hedgerow Rose - 1 The Mayflower via Hedgerow Rose - 2 The Mayflower via Hedgerow Rose - 3Ah, The Mayflower. Flowers so full of scented, frothy pink goodness…when she isn’t balled up, which isn’t often. It’s a sad irony: a rose that would otherwise be so perfect for our climate, hardy to zone 3b with completely disease-resistant foliage, but the blossoms simply can’t open in our humid summers. Boo. Autumn seems the best time for this rose when her flowers look best. All summer I was on the fence as to whether to dig this one up or not but I think I’ll probably just leave be for now.

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Heritage via Hedgerow Rose - 1 Heritage via Hedgerow Rose - 2Few roses in our garden match Heritage for scent. To me, it’s like sugared lemons, and if you stand in the garden when one is in full bloom, it’s quite delightful to catch a whiff on the breeze. It’s a shame that the flowers shatter so quickly, but I make do by planting them along a path where they can be enjoyed al fresco. I forgive Heritage for her legginess and susceptibility to blackspot because she is such a reliable bloomer! Read more about Heritage HERE.

Lady of Shalott via Hedgerow Rose - 1 Lady of Shalott via Hedgerow Rose - 2Lady of Shalott, so delighted to have made your acquaintance last summer. What more can I say? Check out THIS POST to get the deets and lots more eye-candy!

Royal Jubilee via Hedgerow Rose 1 Royal Jubilee, a recent introduction by David Austin was a real charmer but sadly couldn’t hack the midge pressures of our garden, unlike her neighbor, Lady of Shalott. I got only a few blooms last season (still beating Abe Darby which gave me nothing at all due to the midge) and ended up giving her away. It’s a shame, too, because I really love Alba roses and you can definitely see those traits in Royal Jubilee. Maybe I’ll try again in a future garden?

Belinda's Dream via Hedgerow RoseBelinda’s Dream, a modern shrub rose, one I wanted so badly to love but couldn’t bring myself to because of her problems with balling up, just like The Mayflower. I will say, though, that her disease resistance was stellar as was her re-bloom. So many HUGE buds formed but only a small percentage opened up properly. This seems like it would be a great rose if you live in a drier climate.

Today's Roses ThumbnailHope you enjoyed these rose photos and see you soon for more!

12 thoughts on “January’s Celebration of Roses

  1. So beautiful! I totally agree with you that we should be celebrating roses right now. I’m feeling so rose deprived, though, after having had a summer with very few flowers. At least I have your blog and all the photos from my old garden.

    Thanks for sharing all these lovelies!

  2. Fantastic idea – thanks for doing this, it’s super encouraging to see roses right now. Blessings to you and your family as you prepare to move. Can’t wait to see your next garden down the road.

    1. Thank you Cole! 🙂 I am looking forward to having a blank slate to work with….and hopefully lots of new stuff to share this year.

  3. Oh, yes. I always enjoy looking at floral magazines and gardening catalogs so much more in January than I ever do in June. So good of you to share these delightful photos. You really should be a photojournalist for gardening periodicals. xxx ~ Nancy

  4. Quick question about Royal Jubilee – we’re thinking of adding RJ next year, do you have a source for own root for this one, or is it too new for that yet? Also wanted to know how large the flowers are? Thanks!

    1. Hi Cole! I’ve never seen this rose offered in the states other than on David Austin’s website and they haven’t made it available as an own-root yet. As for size, I’d say the flowers are about 3″ – 3.5″ across but I’m guessing from memory here… This is a photo I took of one with my hand in the background if it helps give you an idea of scale. 🙂

  5. i have grown roses for more than 25 years and last year I dealt with midge for the first time … Truly the worse pest I have ever encountered. Sad to lose so many blooms. Loving your January rose celebration! And your dreamy pictures!

    1. Hi Teresa! I’m so sorry to hear you’ve had midge problems, too. It really is becoming quite epidemic in the eastern US, from what I hear. My organic measures didn’t do diddly squat to slow them down nor did last winter’s record-breaking cold so I’m really at wit’s end with them. I hope you have had better success! Thank you for your visit and kind words! 🙂

  6. Lovely, lovely, lovely! How sweet of you to provide this info and gorgeous photos! Now if Ma Nature would just get with the program and realize TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING and stop with the snowing!

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