Monday, February 16, 2009

My Spotted Old Garden Roses


I was going through some of the photographs I took of my garden last year and came across these photos I took of some of my spotted roses. These roses are once blooming old garden roses that I grew from seed about 15 years ago from the gallica Alain Blanchard. Alain Blanchard is also quite spotted and passed this characteristic on to my seedlings, although one of my roses ended up being even more spotted that Alain.

These roses behave as gallicas, they are short and sucker like crazy. They are also quite winter hardy with very little cane death even when winters go down to -20 Fahrenheit.


I really like the starry effect the spots have on this dark double bloom. The spots are quite variable - some blooms have quite a few more spots than others.

12 comments:

Fin said...

Those roses are really lovely!

C. J. Netter said...

Sticky!!! Yuck!!!

twenty pound tabby said...

Hah! You're only saying that because you have to prune them!

Mishkat said...

These are so beautiful. I don't know much about old garden roses, but every time I see them, I want some - and then I think about the thorns...

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Your spotted roses are positively gorgeous! I have never seen a spotted rose, very cool.

Naija said...

I love roses

~ Charlene S Noto said...

Roses...two of my favorite flowers. I had not seen these before. They sound wonderful! And you grew them from seed? Impressive!

lunaticg said...

Hi!
Two thumbs up from me for your roses!
See you around.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Those are gorgeous!

Beth said...

You grew them from seed? I am very impressed! They are beauties.

Raj Khatri said...

What is rose.. Should give gifted on valentines day.

elf said...

Unbelievably pretty! Thanks for sharing,never knew they existed!