Roses

I’ve a small backyard, typical for Chicago, but there’s room for 14 roses. Here they are, starting at one end of the yard and working our way around to the other.

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Opening Night

Opening Night, Hybrid Tea

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Queen Elizabeth II, Grandiflora

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Black Baccara 2

Black Bacarra, Hybrid Tea

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Honor

Honor, Hybrid Tea

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Honor, Hybrid Tea

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Double Delight 2

Double Delight, Hybrid Tea

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Tahitian Sunset

Tahitian Sunset, Hybrid Tea

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Peace Rose

Peace Rose, Hybrid Tea

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Mystery Rose

Unknown, Hybrid Tea

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Midas Touch

Midas Touch, Hybrid Tea

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Burgundy Iceberg 2

Burgundy Iceberg, Floribunda

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Sterling Silver, Hybrid Tea

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Sunset Celebration

Sunset Celebration, Hybrid Tea

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Bella’Roma, Hybrid Tea

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Chrysler

Chrysler, Hybrid Tea

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In Memoriam

Unfortunately, particularly in a climate with winters as severe as ours, not every rose will return in the spring. I’m a stubborn type, however, and will often replant the same variety hoping for a better outcome. (Yes, I’m familiar with that definition of insanity that involves repeating the same unsuccessful behavior again and again.) The plants that follow are those that are no longer in my garden. Their replacements are depicted above.

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Helen Hayes, hybrid Tea

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Judy Garland, Floribunda

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Marilyn Monroe, Hybrid Tea Rose

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Elizabeth Taylor, Hybrid Tea Rose

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Don Juan, Climbing Rose

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Lady Slipper, Orchid

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9 thoughts on “Roses

    • Thanks, Charley Jo. I have had some good luck with mine — and some bad, mostly because I didn’t pay close enough attention to where the roses should be grown. I’ve 14 now and 9 have started to bud. Fingers crossed for the other 5, though it’s still early. I hate the suspense. 🙂

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      • We have two rose bushes that were here when we bought the house, and yesterday I ordered a special one for the front yard – Francis Dubreuil, an old garden rose, I think. It’s supposed to be quite fragrant! 🙂 I am hoping to learn more about how to take good care of them.

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        • That’s a beauty! (Thank you, Google.) If you’ve a good garden center/nursery nearby that has a nice selection of roses, they normally have a “rose person”. Get to know that person, for he/she can be a great source of information and very helpful suggesting roses well-suited to your area’s climate. Mine has helped me to avoid the mistakes I made early on, buying roses that weren’t meant for here. Our climates are opposite. You have torrid Summers and we have horrid Winters. Choosing the right roses makes all the difference in the world. Good luck, Charley Jo!

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    • Welcome! Yes, I, too, love roses. This winter was pretty tough on mine, all of their canes having died. I had to trim all away and am now waiting to see if “my” roses return or the root stock to which they were grafted. It’s looking good so far. Fingers crossed for the rest. I’m going to have a visit at your place. 🙂

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