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Getting there, but so far to go.

Will make this more presentable over the winter. Listed in no particular order.

Inventory (Rose name, Date installed, Comments)

* Souvenir du Docteur Jamain, Aug.2003, Planted as a very tiny baby, growing like crazy and getting established this year (2004) in morning sun. Survived the winter as a virtual fetus, in a place where the snow doesn't accumulate much and melts sooner than other spots in the yard. Shaded from 2:00 pm on. No blooms yet. No blackspot this year. About 3 feet tall.

2005 Update -- SdDJ is now almost 6 feet tall. He put on a decent spring display. Like his parent, GJ, a stingy rebloomer. I must remember to feed the HPs more. They are far from the hose and fertilizer, so they do get ignored. Very little winter dieback. So far, so good.

* Ballerina. Early May 2003. Dubbed "dies-back, comes-back". Died to the ground in winter, grew like crazy in the spring. By June it was almost constantly in bloom. You get an occasional whiff of light fragrance, but nothing exciting. It's pretty on the front fence, though. By the end of the season, it's 4-5 tall and sprawling. Very healthy. Cute little hips. No disease problems.

2005 update: Still a trooper. Died back almost to the ground in winter, but stormed right back. A nice bloom machine.

* Mutabilis. July 2004. Bolstered by the success of our Ballerinas, a handful of us locals are experimenting with other musks, expecting them to be nothing more than herbaceous perenniels. That's ok. We'll see how that works out.

2005 update: A tiny, little dwarf, maybe 6 inches high, but the plant is healthy looking even if it is small. Blooms occasionally. Died completely back to the ground over winter. It will be replaced next spring.

* Harison's Yellow. About 100 years ago. Not mine, but my neighbor's. (Is that cheating?) Pictures of the property, dating to circa 1900, show this rose as an already-unruly mass in the photo. Spectacular in the spring. What a survivor, even through years of neglect.

* General Jacqueminot. Late April 1999. The rose that the japanese beetles love most. I don't blame them. I love the color and fragrance of this rose. Gangly, lanky, hardy, it's planted in a less than ideal spot. Continuous sun in the summer, in a sandy loam that just isn't friendly to roses. Out in the open, cold, wind in the winter. 6 foot canes that usually suffer about 50% dieback in the winter, then grow back like crazy in the spring. It is a slow starter though; usually the last to green up in the spring. Just when you think it's dead and you're planning the replacement, it starts to turn green and put up leaf buds. Then it grows with a vengeance.

2005 update: Still lanky, even with pegging. Stingy rebloomer, but maybe if I remembered to fertilize it....
Continues to fool me every spring; I think it's dead and then it greens up. Again, about 50% winter dieback. Once it breaks dormancy it grows really quickly to 5 feet tall by early July. Now, in mid-September, it's a good 7 feet tall. Pegging doesn't help it all that much; it's still all arms and legs. Some occasional blackspot, but not bad. Never defoliates, unless those voracious green worms find it. But fungus won't defoliate it.

*Ville de Bruxelles. July 1996 or 1997. If I could have only one rose this would be it. Oh, the fragrance. My very first OGR. Rescued as a body bag from Home Depot, labeled as Rose de Recht, planted with naivete. It had one bloom that year and, with the first smell, I was a goner. By the third year, it had fat canes, some of which were 7-8 feet tall. During the spring flush I stopped counting buds after reaching 400. Did I mention that I fed it? A lot.

If underfed it's a blackspot magnet. Feed it a lot and often to forestall blackspot. You really have to supplement with one of those quick and dirty feedstuffs, like Miracle Grow. I know that's heresy, but it does keep the fungus away. A few sprayings of a fungicide helps too, but I'm not religious about it.

Big spring flush, a small autumn flush every 2 to 3 years, an occasional afterthought bloom or two -- "late arrivals" -- after the first flush. On a humid summer day, 3 blooms will perfume the air all around. You just want to stay outside and enjoy the aroma.

Remove canes when they get to be about 5 years old, as they lose vigor.

* Tuscany. April 2003. A very lush, healthy shrub. A sight to behold when in bloom with those dark purpley-red blooms highlighted by yellow centers/stamens. Striking up close and from a distance. Nice hips too. Foliage stays healthy all season, even if it's boring once the bloom period is over. Blooms for several weeks. Gets a touch of blackspot -- literally a few black spots on the leaves, but they rarely turn yellow and/or fall off. Not bothered by sawfly larvae as much as other roses.

2005 update: Tuscany now has about 20 8-foot canes. This fella would make a reasonable substitute for a climber in this zone. The canes take over the entire planting area, trying to intimidate the roses on either side of it. I've had to trellis and tie it into place. Nice, but mild, fragrance this year. Absolutely no winter dieback.

* Cramoisi des Alpes. April 2004. Received as a well-rooted 2-year-old plant from ARE. Planted it, it grew for a bit, and bloomed for 5 or 6 weeks. Eyecatching from a distance, but not garish. A slight spicy fragrance, which I hope gets stronger with age because it has nice sweet-spicy notes. Clear purplish-reddish pink blooms, flecked with white. Foliage is graceful and elegant, with an interesting silver and pinkish cast to the leaves of the new growth. Both the bloom and the color of new growth catch the eye. As of this year, no disease. As with the other gallica, the sawflies just weren't terribly interested. I think this one will be a keeper.

2005 update: Oops. This one wasn't CdA. It couldn't have been. It rebloomed later and didn't survive the winter. Perhaps it was some sort of China? I must contact ARE and let them know that I don't believe this to be the gallica they think it is.

*Roseraie de l'Hay. April 2003. I didn't think I would like the rugosas. I was wrong. They bloom well and reliably, and they are bulletproof plants. Not bothered by disease and insects. Pretty purple blooms that smell lovely. Fragrance similar to General Jack. No winter dieback. You can dig them up and replant them and they never miss a beat. What a great invention.

*Hansa. April 2003. I find it hard to distinguish Hansa from Roseraie de l'Hay. Hansa seems to rebloom more frequently, but it's only been a year so it's hard to make a firm observation. RdlH has a slightly stronger perfume to my nose. Still, they are both so cooperative and easy to live with, that it doesn't matter. Hale, hearty, fragrant, no disease, no insects. Is there anything more one could wish for?

2005 update: Both plants are huge, healthy, and bulletproof. I wish the blooms lasted longer, but they sure are spectacular in bloom. Smell great too. They get lots of kudos from neighbors. Great "anchor" roses, making nice landscape specimens.

*Blanc Double de Coubert. July 2004. I liked the other 2 rugosas so much that I purchased this one. A few fragrant blooms, but we'll have to wait for next year to see what happens.

2005 update: Ho-hum. Blooms don't last long; if you blink you'll miss them. Too bad because this is a hardy, healthy plant. It gets one more year to show its stuff.

*Empress Josephine. April 1999. Feminine and prissy. Tidy, mannerly, and beautifully shaped. A cascading vase shape, with canes that come up from the middle, rise for 6-10 inches then branch out laterally and cascade downward. Really nice. Pretty, fully double, light pink blooms form all along the canes. Delicate blooms; not small, not large. More like tissue paper roses, but not blowsy. Drawback -- no fragrance. Once bloomers must have fragrance for me. SP'd in July 2004, but I kind of regret doing that now. It got occasional blackspot, more than the other gallicas, but not terrible.

*Ferdinand Pichard. April 1999. I liked the concept of this rose, but it was not that rugged and had no fragrance. When it didn't die back completely over winter, the blooms themselves were reasonably pretty, albeit stingy. Even the first flush was more like a trickle than a flush. Winter 2003-2004 took a toll. It grew back, but I didn't have the patience to put up with it any longer. SP'd July 2004. Too bad, but there are better roses.


Pleasant Valley -- Purchased from Heirloom in 2003. It's now (2005) established and makes a good cold zone substitute for Mutabilis, with single pink and yellow blooms. Lost some canes over winter, but the canes that survived had very little dieback. Bounced back nicely. It's 5-6 feet high. "Pleasant" is the word for it. No big fragrance, just a very interesting plant. Tuscany keeps trying to show it who's boss, so I tied up Tuscany and now PV gets to make its own statement. If I was short on room, I probably wouldn't keep it. But it's ok where it is.

Queen of Denmark, summer 2004, what a nice rose! I purchased this from a zone 4 eBayer who was sharing suckers. Yes, it suckers readily. I'm quite certain it's Queen of Denmark. Nice, somewhat strong rose fragrance, long lasting blooms, long bloom period of at least several weeks. Once bloomer, of course. No winter dieback, no disease, and the plant stays healthy all summer.

Banshee, summer 2005, purchased a well rooted plant from an eBay seller who was offering rooted suckers from her own Banshee. I've been trying to get my hands on this one. Put it in the ground in August 2005 and it's growing well. Not much to add to this right now, but I can say that it doesn't sulk at all, even after making the trip and being unceremoniously plopped into the ground during the dog days of summer. I can tell that this one is an adaptive survivor.


Autumn Damask, 2005, I finally surrendered and bought this from Ashdown's this spring. I'm glad that I did. What's not to like about the Damasks? Ok, they can be difficult, but the fragrance always saves them from the shovel. I grow more and more fond of the Damasks as the collection grows. They can take up space in my garden any time. I will do their bidding as long as they give me even one fragrant bloom. :-)

Rose de Rescht, 2005, Yippee! Great color, great fragrance, needs blackspot protection. Damask-y. 'Nuff said.


Coquette des Blanches, Spring 2003, A great smeller, pretty pinkish-white flowers, almost constantly in bloom from late June through the first hard frost (about mid-October here). A well-shaped and well-mannered shrub, about 5 feet tall. Blooms will ball with wet weather, and the blooms tend to get botrytis if there's a long stretch of wet weather. No need to treat if dry weather is around the corner. Not much blackspot.

Phil's Hot Pink Perpetual, Autumn 2004, Love the color and the fragrance. It lost some ground over the winter and is still quite small. Will give it some more time.

Mike's Old-Fashioned Pink, Spring 2005, A terrific rose. Beautiful plant, gorgeous blooms, pretty good fragrance. Pictures do not do it justice. Repeats very well. I thought this might be a boring rose. It is NOT. Let's see how it does after winter.

Pretty Jessica, Late Summer 2005, I caved. It's pretty, it's a lovely shade of pink, smells great, and I have a daughter named Jessica. Yep, emotional appeal. It's small, but it's a bloom machine, repeating quickly and vigorously. Another one for studying winter effects.

Paul Neyron, Summer 2004, Eh. Not much fragrance, it didn't like winter, and it was not purchased from a reliable vendor. The blooms are pretty....when they actually happen. I'm not impressed. It will probably be replaced next year.

Robert le Diable, Spring 2005, growing like crazy. I expect it to be winter hardy. A once bloomer, but young and new, so there was only one bloom this year. It was pretty and smelled good. Spring 2006 should be great.

Nancy Sue Gallica, Late Autumn 2004, an unidentified Gallica. Could be Tuscany Superb or something similar. Purchased from an eBay-er who found this plant and propagated cuttings. A little rooted cutting, planted in late November, when the nights are below freezing and have been for a while. I stuck it in the ground and pulled some mulch over it. It's a Gallica, but I still didn't expect it to survive. In the spring the leaves started and it's growing quite well. Might have some blooms next year. I have a whole new respect for the cold hardiness of Gallicas.

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My zone is: z5 NY

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