Monday, February 16, 2009
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.