Sunday, August 17, 2014

July Roses

My apologies for coming in late with my monthly rose post. Summer just seems to fly by in a blink of an eye. I can't believe that we are having already the 17th of August. Anyway, lets have a look back at the roses that were flowering last month.

July has been a notoriously difficult month for growing roses in my garden over the last couple of years. It is simply too hot here in San Diego inland for the roses to thrive and bloom well and I never seem to be able to keep up with all the deadheading, watering, and fertilizing that is needed to satisfy them.

This July many of my roses were between their second and third flush already. So far I was better than last year with fertilizing the roses, which means I did it more on a regular basis and it has paid off. Last year I had only two flushes on many roses whereas this year I seem to get at least three or even four on most of my repeat flowering varieties. In my garden there seems to be more and more evidence that fertilizing the roses regularly is key to keep the bloom production going. Just feeding them once in spring is simply not enough for continous blooms way into autumn!

Following are some shots of the roses that were blooming in my garden in the last month:

'Belinda's Dream' was by far the most floriferous rose in my garden in July. 

This rose seems to like the heat that this month brings with it in our climate and the blooms look very pretty. 

'Irresistible' was gracing me with one of her perfect flowers. 

From my Hybrid Perpetual roses 'Grandmother's Hat' was the only one, which was able to flower in the heat. The blooms crisp quickly at the edges, though. In general I am getting the impression that this class of roses is not best suited for our Southern California climate. 

The soft pink blooms of 'Scepter'd Isle' are always special to me.

'Moonstone', a Hybrid Tea, produces certainly some of the most beautiful blooms out of all of my roses. 

It likes the heat and flowers well, but it continuous to mildew like crazy in my no-spray garden.

The foliage looks really bad for that reason and I am thinking of getting rid of this rose,...

...but because of the pretty blooms I didn't have the heart to shovel prune it. 

'The Ingenious Mr. Fairchild' has incredible lovely flowers. I grow this rose still in a two gallon container only, where it can't develop its full potential, but so far it looks very promising.

'Heritage' is not too long ago planted into the ground, but so far I am rather underwhelmed by this rose.

It blooms take on a muddy, washed out, pale apricot color and shatter very quickly in the heat, the bush mildews a lot and it throws out the famous octopus canes that some David Austin roses are known to produce in a warm climate. Maybe not a keeper, but I will give it some more time to get established.

'Bewitched' is showing off the perfect Hybrid Tea bloom form. 

As in June 'Chandos Beauty' was putting on a show in July as well. 

Each bloom is perfect and...

...they come with a quite strong fragrance.

'Chandos Beauty' is a good cut rose...

... and flowers with the warm apricot center just make my heart sing.

I haven't shown 'Lavender Crystal' for quite a while.

I believe that this rose has stayed so tiny because it is growing in a small container.

Nonetheless the flowers are quite something with their pale cool lavender-blue color.

Another rose that I didn't show photo off for a long time is the Mini-Flora 'Overnight Scentsation'.

As the name indicates the fragrance of this rose is quite strong and lovely.

'Marie Pavie' is blooming in the heat with no complains, but...

... in these temperature the flowers are spent pretty quickly.

One rose that I find very interesting is 'Cymbaline', one of the earlier David Austin shrub roses, bred in 1983. It is supposed to bloom in a light pink color, but the heat brings out more brownish-apricot tones in this rose. It comes with a strong myrrh fragrance.

This photo is taken of the same flower as above but later in the day. You can see that the color has changed from this dusty, brownish-apricot to a more warm clear apricot. I find these subtle changes in the coloration quite fascinating.

Before I end, I would like to thank all of you, who left a comment on my last two posts. I can hardly find the time to blog anymore, so I made the decision to rather work on my next post than replying to comments. I hope you can understand that. But even though I didn't respond anymore, please know, that I love reading what you have to say and that I appreciate your comments very much! In the future I will try to continue to answer to comments, which contain questions and hopefully chime in here and there from time to time.

See you in the garden!



  1. I think I'm guilty of not feeding roses enough, must try harder next year. I love 'The Ingenious Mr. Fairchild'.

  2. Better late than never, and you arrived with a beautiful lot of rose blooms! :)

  3. The firs rose is gorgeous ! It's on my wish list from today :) Thank you, for all those beautiful photos, Christina !

  4. love your roses and your commentary on each one. it's winter here in Australia so missing my roses..

  5. Your roses are lovely as always. Since seeing your Marie Pavie, I've done some Googling and want to get one to celebrate what would have been our 45th wedding anniversary in Sept. You mentioned in the rose forum about having the full petaled one.

    Thank you for sharing all of your beautiful roses through the year. They are a joy!


  6. Christina, your roses are beautiful as usual! Jeannine

  7. Meine Güte, was für Schätzchen - und eine schöner als die andere. Ich kenne viele gar nicht.


  8. Liebe Christina,

    wieder so schöne Rosenbilder - und wie gesund sie alle aussehen ( kein Mehltau, keine Läuse, kein Rost) !

    Liebe Grüße

  9. Christina you have so many lovely roses, I wanted to choose the most beautiful one of this post but I cannot, I like them all, but Cymbaline, Chandoz Beauty, The Ingenieous Mr. Fairchild and Irresistable are more than beautiful.

  10. I adore your roses especially the peachy colored ones and that lavender rose just doesn't seem real.

  11. Being a recent convert to roses, in particular apricot coloured ones, I absolutely adored Cymbaline. Of course, all are beautiful in their own right.
    Whilst I am envious of your collection I am not so envious of all the work you have to put it to getting them looking so good.

  12. Beautiful! Your roses are so gorgeous, and the colors are so stunning. Your Lavender crysta looks so amazing! The only one roses that still blooming in my garden right now.
    Thanks for sharing the beauty.

  13. Dreamy, just dreamy Christina! I'm so jealous of your perfect climate and conditions for Roses. I do have a few Rose bushes here, but I so enjoy viewing garden bloggers' spectacular Rose collections. And I can't resist Rose gardens!

  14. All of your roses are just gorgeous Christina!!! I thought of you as I looked out my window and I thought...hmmm....maybe I should grow a rose right there as I don't have many areas that get a lot of sun and that little spot does. I just love seeing all of the beauty in your garden as it inspires me! And how wonderful that you are seeing the rewards of all of your hard work with your roses repeating blooms! Now I have to do my research for my little spot and go back up through your post and see which ones work best in my zone!!! Wishing you outstanding days in the garden...I too have a hard time keeping up with responding by the way!!! Life just gets so busy!! Have a great week friend! Nicole xoxo

  15. Christina, Your roses are beautiful. You have made some excellent selections. 'Heritage' is one of my favorites. In my garden, it does have a tendency to fade to almost white, but I love it anyway! And it does shatter, but I even like the look of the fallen petals. It has a nice fragrance too so I forgive it of any faults!

  16. Finaly my computerproblems have been solved. Great to see the beautiful photo's of your roses.
    Have a wonderful day Christina. Warm wishes

  17. La prestation de toutes tes roses est parfaite. J'ai remarqué des petites merveilles en boutons qu sont délicieuses et le coloris de Lavender Cristal est sublime. Je t'encourage à le mettre en terre pour qu'il s'établisse, il devrait dans le temps t'offrir un beau rosier, sa couleur est vraiment attractive.
    Je te souhaite une belle soirée et à bientôt pour d e nouvelles découvertes.

  18. Liebe Christina,
    ich stecke noch immer irgendwo zwischen deinem Rosentraum mit der Nase an einer Blüte und offenen Augen und Mund. Sie sind eine wahre Pracht! So üppig, so wundervoll! Beneidenswert!!!!
    Hab traumhafte Tage und eine wundervolle Zeit

  19. Your roses look beautiful! You'd never know they were struggling in the heat.

  20. Your roses look lovely in spite of the current challenges.

  21. Your roses are wonderful! I was interested in which roses tolerated the heat, as my climate also has a very hot summer, though I suspect we are much more humid. Most roses want to sleep through our summers! 'Belinda's Dream' is fabulous, and so is 'Chandos Beauty.' I was amazed at the color of 'Lavender Crystal.' I have never seen a rose with such strong lavender coloration!

  22. hallo Christina,

    es macht großen Spaß, Deine Fotos anzuschauen, da ist ja wirklich eine Rose schöner als die andere.

    Liebe Grüße

  23. What an amazing range of roses! They are all incredibly beautiful, but Chandos Beauty is so lovely. Your garden must smell wonderful!

  24. Ahhh, seeing your roses is always such a treat, I’d love to have them all! I know what you mean about octopus canes, but I had not heard the expression before. Both 'Wildeve' and 'Scepter'd Isle' produce them in my garden but especially 'Wildeve' – I have 6’ long thin, flimsy canes just leaning on other plants around it at the moment even though 'Wildeve' is growing in semi-shade in the ground. Not sure what to do with it, do you know if there is any way I can prune it to promote bushier growth? Have a lovely week, take care, Helene.

    1. Helen, thanks for your nice words about my roses! I am seeing a tendency to grow octopus canes on my 'Scepter'd Isle' as well even though it is still growing in a container. I don't have any personal experience how to "treat" octopus canes of David Austin Roses, yet, but I can tell you what I will do with my 'Heritage' rose: After the blooms on the long canes are spent I will prune these canes back to the length of the majority of canes of the rose bush and see what the rose does next. I have read about "this problem" and some people say that some varieties respond well to this treatment and other varieties just want to look like an octopus ;-). I guess it is a matter of trial and error! Sorry for not being able to be more helpful here!

    2. Thanks, that's what I planned to do too, once they are both finished flowering, at the moment I don't have the heart to prune them down. Let's compare notes next summer :-)

    3. Helene, it would be great to compare how our roses will be responding to the same treatment, but in different climates!