Monday, July 20, 2009

Summer in our garden - Vol II

Today, I'd like to share my passion for roses with you.
Last summer, I started with 1 rose plant (read here: )
I promised to tell if the first rose plant survived the winter and was still alive also in summer 2009. And yes - I'm proud to tell that it hibernated really well and is blooming even more beautifully than I expected. Here it is - my first rose "Palmegarten Frankfurt" in summer 2009: Photo: Rose "Palmegarten Frankfurt"
Photo: Rose "Palmegarten Frankfurt"
It seems that when you give your finger to the beauty of roses, it surely takes the whole hand. And it has taken mine! The number of roses in my garden has grown from one up to 0ver 40... Most of them I bought in the start of the summer when Erik and I designed our rosarium. But it accommodates only 21 roses; all others are planted around the garden. I have several rose types - park roses (rugosa roses), polyanth roses, floribunda roses, shrub roses, hybrid tea roses...
I'd like to share some of them with you now.
My absolute favourites
No 1 - "Leonardo da Vinci" (a new "english" floribunda rose). The Leonardo da Vinci rose was introduced by Meilland in 1994.
Photo: Rose "Leonardo da Vinci"
Photo: Rose "Leonardo da Vinci"
Photo: Rose "Leonardo da Vinci"

No 2 - "Ingrid Bergmann" (hybrid tea rose) and "Aspirin" (floribunda rose). In my garden, they supplement each other - one having a very deep dark-red colour ("Ingrid Bergmann") and another mother-of-pearl white colour. Aspirin rose was developed by Jans Jürgen Evers in 1997 and Ingrid Bergmann hybridized by Poulsen in 1984 (has won several awards such as Belfast Gold Medal - 1985; Madrid Gold Medal - 1986; Golden Rose of The Hague - 1987).
Photo: Roses "Ingrid Bergmann", "Aspirin" and Red-twig dogwood (Cornus alba) "Elegantissima"
Photo: Rose "Ingrid Bergmann"
Photo: Rose "Aspirin"
Photo: Rose "Aspirin"
Other beautiful roses
A very cute, fragile polyanth rose is called "Bride rose" and has been developed here in Estonia (by Eichveld, 1950):
Photo: "Bride rose"
Photo: Bride rose
A very popular rose in Estonian gardens (among polyanth roses) is "The Fairy". In my garden, I have all three versions: pink, white and red:
Photo: Rose "The Fairy"
Photo: Rose "The Fairy"
Photo: Rose "The red fairy"
Photo: "The white fairy"
Polyanth rose "Scarletta" has blood-red blossoms which are always outstanding:
Photo: Rose "Scarletta"

An old portland rose, which I have started to like very much, is called "Rosa de Rescht" - a wonderful Portland Damask rose that is was rediscovered in Persia in 1945 by an English gardener Nancy Lindsay, who brought it back with her and introduced it into commerce. Its blossoms are double, pompon-like and the scent is very strong.
Photo: Rose "Rosa de Rescht"
Photo: Rose "Rosa de Rescht"
A hybrid rugosa rose - "Pink Grootendorst" - is different from my other roses because its blossoms are very similar to dianthus blossoms. It is bred by Bred by F.J. Grootendorst (1923) in the Netherlands.Photo: Rose "Pink Grootendorst"
A floribunda rose "Schneewittchen" is a lovely white rose (introduced in 1958) which is loved by Estonian gardeners because of its longlasting blooms and a light and pleasant scent.

Photo: Rose "Schneewittchen"


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