After having skipped the regular monthly rose feature of my blog for a while I would like to pick it up, again. My garden is still severely neglected, but at least I managed to water and fertilize a few roses and those roses were blooming very lovely last month. Please, have a look at the photos that I have taken of some flowers of my roses in the month of October.
The most beautiful rose was with no doubt 'Moonstone', a Hybrid Tea rose.
Each rose flower seemed to be just perfect. Quite unusual for a Hybrid Tea rose, which can be a little finicky to grow, especially in an organic no spray garden.
And the rose bush itself also did look remarkably good for this time of the year. Unfortunately the rose mildews in my garden, but somehow it wasn't too bad last month.
Another bloom of 'Moonstone'. As the flowers age the pink center becomes more soft, which has its own charm.
But I personally like the darker pink center best.
'The Prince', a David Austin rose, that was planted not too long ago in the front yard also gave me a few very lovely flowers. The scent of this rose is truly captivating.
'Marie Pavie', one of the roses that I didn't take good care of at all, deserves to be shown and mentioned because this rose just kept going anyways and produced a never ending show of charming little white flowers with a pink hue.
'Frederic Mistral' is a rose that I have mixed feelings about, because I am never completely happy with the flower shape. The rose has a great fragrance, though. I am growing it still in a large container and hope once it is in the ground that the flower form also will improve.
Another rose that I am going constantly back and forth about is 'Mister Lincoln'. I feel that the rose is simply too red in the beginning to fit with all my other roses, but the intense rose-red color fades quickly into a blue-red, which is more agreeable with the other color of roses in my garden. This rose also has an outstanding fragrance, which is a big plus and not so often to find in Hybrid Tea roses.
The delicate blooms of 'Georgetown Tea' were a delight to watch unfold. The rose had a few flowers all month long. I am curious if this year I can keep her going over the winter. Since this is a Tea rose theoretically she has the potential to flower throughout the winter months, but never did so far in my garden.
Another outstanding rose last month was 'Pope John Paul II'. Perfect blooms with hardly any blemishes...
'Belinda's Dream' surprised me with some nice flowers, too. She seems to do very well in my garden and deserves a spot in the ground. So far I grow her for evaluation purposes still in a big container, but I hope that will change soon. The foliage of 'Belinda's Dream' is very clean and the blooms are huge and sumptuous.
October was a good month for the roses here in Southern California with nice, warm, sunny autumn weather, but also some rain. The roses certainly appreciated those conditions. I am curious what the November will bring!
See you in the garden!