Thursday, October 12, 2017

September Roses

I am trying to pick up my habit to blog monthly about the roses that have bloomed in my garden the previous month. So here come my rose babies that have delighted me in September.

Sadly, overall I have a feeling that I am getting less and less rose flowers over the last couple of years. I am not entirely sure why that is so but my best guess is that my roses are not fertilized enough to bloom to their full potential. So far I have been gardening entirely organically in my San Diego garden, but usually organic fertilizers are not as potent as the synthetic ones and I have not had the time to fertilize my rose on a regular schedule, which means a couple of times a year.

Therefore I have decided as an experiment, to feed them the same amount of organic fertilizer that I usually do, but in addition to that add a scoop of synthetic slow-release rose fertilizer and see if that makes a difference.

This decision was difficult for me because I am convinced that organic gardening is the best way to go when it comes to the environment, but I became so frustrated with the few rose blooms that I got lately, that I simply couldn't stand it anymore. Otherwise, my garden will continue to be no-spray and I will use the synthetic fertilizer very responsibly, meaning using as little as possible.

That being said, I hope you enjoy to take a look at my September roses!

I think rosa 'The Prince' was the most beautiful rose last month in my garden. By chance, I got lucky and for once I was able to photograph the color of this stunningly beautiful rose properly and to capture the velvety texture of the rose petals.

Rosa 'Snowbird' is relatively new to my garden, but starts to get going. The blooms have a very elegant, a little bit old-fashioned Hybrid Tea form and I am liking it more and more.

Rosa 'Pink Pet' is a very healthy, easy going rose in my garden with a cottagey appeal.

Completely the opposite of  'Pink Pet' is the ambiance of rosa 'Neptune'. Very elegant, a diva that commands respect. I love the fact that you can find so much diversity among the roses. There truly is a rose for everyone!

Even though very susceptible to powdery mildew and even black spot, rosa 'Nimbus' has won his place in my heart because of the absolutely unique color. The rose is very willing to bloom and the color is constantly changing but always in the fascinating mauve, tan, brown color range.  

As usual, rosa 'Our Lady of Guadalupe' is blooming her head off, but even though it is a very floriferous pretty rose, I have decided to take my last specimen out. I just don't want to put up with its very regular infestations of powdery mildew anymore and believe that I can find a healthier floribunda rose in the light pink color range. 

Rosa 'Rhodologue Jules Gravereaux' is my most favorite Tea Rose. I think it is also one of the most elegant roses in this class. Look at the beautiful shape of the buds with the unfurling outer petals. Just magical!

Rosa 'Pope John Paul II' is almost an old standby in my garden. The blooms are very pretty, it gives me four to five good flushes a year and the fragrance is to die for. I wouldn't want to be without it!

The classic Hybrid Tea rose bud of 'Bewitched' certainly is enchanting. When you see this rose, you can understand why most people favor Hybrid Tea roses above all other rose classes.

A second flower of 'Bewitched', this time a little bit more open. 

Another diva in my garden, rosa 'Souvenir de la Malmaison'. This rose has died on me once already and this specimen was also very close to death at least two times. But it survived so far and the extraordinary beauty of the blooms keeps me trying to get this rose established in my garden.

I end this post with a look into the heart of 'Nimbus'. The color gets me every time. So special!

Are you still able to enjoy roses from your garden? Do you have a favorite rose right now?

I just want to mention, that even though I can't find the time to blog very often, I am posting almost daily on Instagram. If you want to take a peek, just click on the link. I would be happy to meet you there! 

Wishing everyone a nice rest of the week and a very enjoyable weekend! 

Warm regards, 


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  1. Wonderful post!Your instagram is breathtaking!Thanks for sharing.

    1. Louca por porcelana, thank you so much! I am so glad you like my post and my Instagram feed!

  2. Hi Christina!
    Beautiful roses, I have only one in bloom. The weather is getting cold, we have had a lot of rain. But today we had a fantastic sunny day. I agree with you, Nimbus has a very special colour, it is beautiful.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend /Marika

  3. 'The Prince' is certainly a winner, Christina. I'm sorry to hear that 'Our Lady of Guadalupe' wasn't able to redeem herself. My roses have all done terribly this year, which was a bit of a surprise given all the rain we received this past winter, but then I don't fertilize much either.

  4. Liebe Christina, biologischer Dünger ist sicher gut für Natur und Umwelt, aber zu Höchstleistungen bringt man die Pflanzen damit wohl nicht.

    LG Kathrin

  5. Lovely roses !Isn't it funny how climate changes things? Our Lady of Guadalupe is one of my top 5 performing roses, with never a hint of disease of any kind. On the other hand, I had to take out The Prince a few years ago because the flowers(what there were of them) turned to little black crispy blobs any time the temp went over 80.

  6. Gosh, that would be a hard decision. I don't grow enough roses to give you advice about the organic options, but I remember hearing something about heavy pruning and mulching increasing the blooms. I wonder if might have a rose fertilizer that would help. Your roses look great, as always--I'm so glad you'll be featuring them regularly. :)

  7. Always such a treat to see your beautiful roses, Christina. Each one more lovelier than the last. I love the frilly 'pink pet'. xx Karen

  8. All of them are so beautiful Christina. What a pity they are not as abundant as you'd like. Thank you for sharing their beauty at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring this post at tonight's party and pinning too.
    Hugs - Kerryanne

    1. Kerryanne, thank you so much for featuring my post at your party and also for pinning! I feel really honored and I am very happy about it!

  9. These are stunning Christina! Roses are not to be found any longer in my garden until next spring. I truly enjoyed seeing your beauties! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  10. Liebe Christina,
    so herrlich blühen deine Rosen noch!
    Am besten gefällt mir ja die "Pink Pet"
    Ganz liebe Grüße von der Urte
    PS: Du hast übrigens bei mir gewonnen :-)
    Melde dich doch bitte bei mir.

  11. Nimbus has a very unique color and makes me look more than twice. Souvenir dela malnaison I would mistake for a different kind of flower being it has so many pedals...amazingly full and beautiful.

  12. You have such beautiful collection of roses that even if one of them blooms in my garden, I will be happy :-). Did the synthetic help? I have read that synthetic might help initially but then after couple of years, it does not help as the salt in it destroys the soil. I have also heard that dog kibbles are very good for roses. Have you tried fish fertilizers and sea weed?

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