Wednesday, November 11, 2015

October Roses

Sorry for coming in a little late with the post about the roses that bloomed in October. My recent trip has delayed the writing and publishing of this post.

In general October is a good rose month here in San Diego. Because of the cooler autumn temperatures the roses are often able to produce very beautiful blooms. This year October was an unusual warm month though, but some roses still managed to flower generously.



In my eyes 'Pierre de Ronsard' beat all other roses by far with the extraordinary beauty of his blooms.



Each flower of this rose seems to be a masterpiece.



The blooms are huge, I would guess four inches (about 10 centimeter) in diameter.  



Here is the rose in her full glory last month. I would estimate that the bush is twelve feet wide (about 3.5 meters) and eight feet high (about 2,5 meters). No wonder that is it able to produce these good size flowers. I can't image how big the rose would be, if it wouldn't be growing in severe root competition with my Queen Palms from the right and the Pygmy Date Palm from the left. I also think that in addition to that our very humble annual rain fall in the last four years and the drastic water restrictions limit the ultimate size of the rose. 



The first set of close-up pictures of the blooms of 'Pierre de Ronsard' in this post was taken in the morning light and the colors of the rose blooms are much more muted at that time of the day, but when our intense sun hits them fully later the pink can take on a wonderful warm glowing hue like in the photo above.



I just love my 'Pierre de Ronsard'!



'The Prince' has been a very reliable rose for me in the last couple of months and was also not letting me down in October. 



With the cooler temperatures the color of the rose becomes darker and the blooms take on this royal dark red, which can even turn into a very dark purple red.



My favorite Tea rose 'Rhodologue Jules Gravereaux' gave me some of its perfect Tea rose formed blooms. What is not to love?



'White Meidiland' becomes more and more comfortable in its dark spot in my front yard. I am still amazed that the rose is able to bloom in so much shade and also that it is completely healthy there. I can't imagine how well it would do in more sun. You really look for such good disease resistance in a rose like in this one.



'Belinda's Dream' pleases with picture perfect Hybrid Tea bloom form. Unfortunately the Queen Palm close by seems to stunt the growth of the rose bush.



'Marie Pavie' always makes me happy with her delicate small blooms.



A rose of which I can post photos every month because it is so floriferous: 'Our Lady of Guadalupe'.



'Pink Pet' seemed to especially like the October weather and bloomed extra opulent.



The delicate porcelain like beauty of 'Heritage'.



Last but not least a stunningly beautiful flower of 'Lavender Crystal'. This miniature seemed to have settled in into its new spot in the front yard and bloomed a little more. You can't call it profusely yet, but I hope it is getting there.

That was it from my roses from last month. I hope you found some that were appealing to you!

See you in the garden!

Christina



24 comments:

  1. Ganz wunderbar, die letzte Rose gefällt mir extrem gut, obwohl sie sicher keiner Fernwirkung hat. Wenn ich Rosen sehen will, schaue ich gerne bei dir, wir haben ja fast keine mehr.

    Sigrun

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    1. Sigrun, thanks, I am always happy if you come over and take a peek at my roses :-)! Interesting question how 'Lavender Crystal' looks from a distance and if she is loosing her appeal. I have to go out and check it out.

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  2. Son todas preciosas, no puedo decidirme por ninguna por que todas me gustan. Besitos.

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  3. So beautiful, I like the flower of Lavender Crystal, but your Pierre de Ronsard cq. Eden Rose is my favorite too. So specials to see this rose grow and bloom in palm trees, while mine is growing in a dovecote.

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  4. As always, another post filled with beauteous roses from your gardens. They are always a delight to see.

    Happy November ~ FlowerLady

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  5. Beautiful roses, beautiful pictures. Thank you for posting the update. :)

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    1. Sharrieboberry, a warm welcome to my blog! Thanks for you nice words about my roses and photos!

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  6. Wow Christina, absolutely spectacular! Need to swing by for a garden tour!

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    1. Geeta, thank you so much for your comment! You are welcome to stop by for a garden tour any time!

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  7. 'Pierre' is gorgeous ... and huge! Wow! I also like 'Our Lady ....' Believe it or not, some people still have roses blooming here in S. Wisconsin. It has been so mild this year. I still have Impatiens and Fuchsias blooming, even though we've had a little frost. But nothing like your incredible display of roses. Thanks for sharing them!

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    1. Beth, thanks for your nice comment! 'Pierre de Ronsard' is huge indeed. I wonder how tall he will get next year.
      That is a surprise that roses are still blooming in S. Wisconsin. I am very happy for you that it has been mild so far in your neck of the woods, since your winters always seems to be particularly harsh.

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  8. You have lots of beautiful roses! I really admire about that.

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  9. Gorgeous one and all! That 'Pierre de Ronsard' is indeed a masterpiece.

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  10. Beautiful, beautiful roses--well done!

    November promises to be better--October was far too hot this year.

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    1. Thanks Gail! Yes, October was way too hot for our climate and November, even though temperatures have come down, seems to be warmer than normal to me. Interestingly I got more roses in October, even though the weather is more suitable for them now. I think they are running out of fertilizer...

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  11. Dear Christine, I am always surprised to see how heathy your roses are. No blackspot whatsoever. The colours are great. Here I see not many roses flowering. Lucky you! Groetjes,
    Hetty

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    1. Hetty, we don't have a lot of blackspot pressure here in Southern California. Somehow in our climate that is hardly an issue. But we get quite a bit of powdery mildew, especially at this time of the year and some of my roses are anything but healthy :-(.
      I am glad that you like my color selection, I am pretty finicky when it come to colors, so I am glad someone enjoys my taste.
      By now my roses have slowed down a lot in their ability to bloom, but there are still some nice blooms to admire.

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  12. Liebe Christine,
    wundervolle Rosen.
    So wunderschön nach diesen schrecklichen Dingen die auf der Welt geschehen ...
    Ganz viele liebe Sonntagsgrüße sendet dir die Urte

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  13. You spoil us with your October roses Christina. It must be a real treat seeing so many magnificent blooms and my how those plants are looking very healthy. Your efforts in selecting the ones that should do best are really paying off now. I could not for the life of me say which from the above would be my favourite - I love them all!

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  14. Oh, Christina, 'Pierre de Ronsard' truly is a masterpiece! I also love your 'Pink Pet.' It forms such sweet bouquets.You have a wonderful selection of roses, and I am especially amazed because I know you grow these roses organically. Black spot is a huge problem in my humid climate, though there are some roses that will grow well even here.

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  15. Chère Christina, tes rosiers m'émerveillent par la beauté des fleurs et la santé et le brillant des feuillages. En effet, ce rosier Pierre de Ronsard développe des fleurs d'une belle tenue et d'une excellente qualité. L'arbuste est remarquable dans ces dimensions. Les autres rosiers sont aussi délicieux à découvrir. Lavender cristal se pare d'un coloris sublime.
    Belle soirée....Jocelyne

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