This morning I dug out some photos I took last June of ‘Charles de Mills’, a hybrid Gallica rose growing in the Rose & Fragrance Garden at PSU. What you’re looking at here is 3 plants grouped in the shape of a triangle, but even singly these plants can get pretty sizable. They do tend to sprawl a bit (and sucker) but don’t you think it looks pretty with the blossoms flowing over the ground sprinkled with fallen petals? Very romantic. Charles de Mills is a classic Old Garden Rose, having been cultivated for well over 200 years. Fragrant, very full flowers bloom once in late spring on a disease-resistant, cold-hardy shrub. It’s also top-rated…if I’m not mistaken it’s an 8.4 in the ARS handbook. The flowers are a deep crimson/wine color and I apologize because I didn’t quite capture it correctly with these photos. Like Henri Martin, it can be a tricky color to photograph but I’ll try again this spring. 😉
Thank you for being here as we celebrate roses this month. More to come!