Thursday, March 31, 2011

March Roses

We were getting plenty of rain this month for Southern California circumstances and it was relatively cold, too, but since yesterday the weather has changed and today we had 86 F! That was giving the roses a big boost and now many of them are blooming. Below I show you my most beautiful roses that flowered in the month of March in my garden.

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'Grandmother's Hat' produced my absolute favorite bloom this month. I am totally in love with this rose!

'Reine des Violettes' just starts to open. I guess the flower is a little bit blotchy from the rain and the cold. I assume, in warmer weather it would look a little different.

'Purple Pavement' is the only Rugosa rose that I grow. The rose is still in a pot, but did not seem to like our alkaline water. Still it was able to crank out some blooms. 

Bud of 'Sutter's Gold', very elegant looking.


I picked the same bloom of  'Sutter's Gold' later in a more open stage for indoors before the rain ruined it and find that it has a quite interesting coloration, even though it is almost a little bit too bold for my taste.

This is the first bloom that I ever see from 'Vi's Violet', a beautiful lavender miniature rose. It almost died after being eaten by rabbits twice, and now slowly recovers. I am still very new to miniature roses, but I start to like the small delicate flowers more and more. I think, they will be very cute for small indoor bouquets.

'Vi's Violet' again in a more open stage and wet from the rain. As you can see the rose has blackspot and rust, but I hope it will grow out of it as the weather warms up and gets more dry.


'Sweetness', this rose you already now from my previous post, wet, but this time not from rain but the sprinklers.  The rose truly amazes me, what it endures and still being able to look so pretty.

'Bewitched' loves the heat and produced yet another one of her perfect Hybrid Tea style flowers.

Fully open bloom of 'Baronne Prevost'. The flower was measuring 4.5" in diameter. I adore the Old Garden Rose form.

'Mme. Alfred Carierre'. Another rose that just loves the heat, producing effortless one picture perfect rose bloom after the other. Here it is really a no-brainer to grow.

The last rose for today, 'William Shakespeare 2000'. This is the first rose that the one gallon rose that I got from Chamblee's is producing for me. I love the form, but would like to see the color to be a little bit darker the same way it came with blooms from Chamblee's on it. Maybe I have to put down a little bit of soil sulfur and find out, if that changes the color in the direction that I would like it to be. 

I am dedicating the roses of the month March to the people of Japan. My heart goes out to you!

See you in the garden!



  1. Your garden must be looking fabulous. I just love grandmothers hat. so scrumptious. madame alfred carierre is also mmmmm delicious. I can not remember how this one smells. All your roses must be smelling amazing with the humidity.

  2. Oh my gosh. I love them all, but the lavender hued ones really nab me. I also love the old lace coloring of Mme. Alfred Carierre.

    Thanks for sharing more of your lovely roses.


  3. meemsnyc, thanks, I am glad you like them!

    Stephanie, yes the garden starts to look its best right now, except the areas that are more reminiscent of a construction sides :-). I am happy that you share my love for 'Grandmother's Hat'. When the rose is a little bit more mature I can give you a cutting, if you like. Since I am growing GH in plenty of shade and it seem to love it, it might do very well in your garden, too. Unfortunately I only can detect a faint smell on 'Mme. Alfred Carierre'. But since the rose is so beautiful this is forgiven.

    Flowerlady, thanks for your comment. There is something special about the lavender roses, isn't it? Too bad that these roses are often very disease prone. "Old lace coloring" perfect description for 'Mme. Alfred Carierre' bloom color. Wouldn't have occurred to me, but may I borrow the term from you in the future?


  4. I can't believe how many roses are blooming in your garden! Mine is full of buds but almost nothing open yet. Grandma's Hat looks wonderful, I have one bloom on Tina Marie, and it is striped! I love the fragrance though... Baronne Prevost looks perfect, I hope it does well for you, and I don't see any signs of chlorosis on Purple Pavement. Gorgeous roses!

  5. Christina, what a gorgeous batch of blooms caught at just the perfect times. They liked the rain.

  6. Masha, being a little bit more South seems to make all the difference. The roses in San Diego have started to bloom like crazy, not only in my garden, especially after the last two very hot days.
    I am delighted that you like my 'Grandmother's Hat'. The rose is not long enough in my garden, to make final judgment yet, but since she is planted in the ground she is doing very well. Can't wait to see a picture of your 'Tina Marie'! Wasn't aware that this rose is producing striped blooms?!

    Sherry, thank you! My roses for sure loved all the rain that we were having last month.


  7. gorgeous, gorgeous!

    I agree, MAC is so great. It's quickly becoming my favorite. I can't wait to see what it will do this year. It grew a LOT last year (it's first year)! I want it to cover the front of my house. :3

    I love your Baronne Prevost bloom. Mine is covered in buds right now, so I'm really looking forward to it's blooms this year. I hope it's as pretty as yours. I was a little underwhelmed with the blooms last year, but "people say" that first year blooms aren't indicative.

    Also really looking forward to Grandmother's Hat. your's is gorgeous. :) :)

  8. Hi Aimee, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment! It is interesting that we partly grow the same roses so maybe we can exchange experiences how they are doing for us in the future.
    MAC is a great rose and I hope that she will cover the front of your house with her beautiful blooms.
    As lovely as the flower of 'Baronne Prevost' was it fried later when we had a heat spell, even though the roses is not planted in full sun :-( !