Saturday, 6 June 2015

The beauty of old Roses, a winter's tale;

Old china rose Irene Watts can quickly become a favourite.

 Everything about this rose is lovely. Its double, luscious pink blooms fading to a soft ivory, a fine fragrance, dwarf, twiggy growth with healthy foliage, double, pale pink flowers with deeper centers and a pleasant fragrance. Fairly dwarf and hardy,  disease resistant. Continuously flowering, nearly thornless, Breeder  Guillot, 1896.

Roses must be fragrant.  Ts

China Rose Old Blush

Rosa 'Old Blush', derived from Rosa chinensis, and is generally accepted as the first East Asian rose cultivar to reach Europe. It is recorded in Denmark in 1752 and England in 1793, but was probably cultivated in China for several centuries'Old Blush' has light silvery pink semi-double flowers of medium size. They have a nice   fragrance, The red buds appear in clusters almost continuously, here in the subtropics  throughout the year, and can develop to small, red rose hips.
The shrub has an arching from, few prickles and mid-green leaves that have a crimson colour when young. It grows 100 to 150 centimetres tall and about 90 to 120 centimetres wide,tolerates half shade,  and poor soils.

A rose as beautiful as it might be, without scent  is dead,  just colour and matter, no heart nor soul. Ts

Perle d’Or
Rosa 'Perle d'Or a cultivar bred by Joseph Rambaux in 1875 and introduced by Francis Dubreuil in France in 1883. Its parents were a double-flowered R.  multiflora seedling and the tea rose 'Madame Falcot' (Guillot 1858). It is sometimes considered to be a china rose and sometimes considered a polyanthus.

Small shrub, height and with 1.2m

Successive flushes of bloom spring, summer, autumn and winter. Lovely 
Water to establish and then very drought tolerant. Will not tolerate being watered too often. 

Perle d’Or (pearl of gold) is a highly regarded old garden rose that is well suited to many growing conditions even alkaline clay soil and hot dry weather. It blooms from spring until fall replacing spent flowers quickly with new flushes of bloom. 

Feelings are fragile like the petal of a rose, easily bruised, unable to recover, curl up and die. Ts

Crépuscule is a reliable, strong rose bred by Francis Dubreuil in France in 1904. It is classified as a Noisette, one of the Old Garden Roses.

Flowering throughout the season in decorative small clusters, Crépuscule creates a beautiful rose display with intense, sweet, musk Old Rose fragrance.

Crépuscule can grow into a very large tall shrub rose up to 4m high and 2 to 4m wide. It is also capable of a semi-climbing habit and can be trained against a trellis or along a fence. 
Quick to repeat flower, richly fragrant and very disease resistant;  a wonderfully easy to grow rose in the garden.

Sophie's Perpetual
China. Beautifully shaped, fragrant, double silver and pink cupped flowers adorn this old rose of unknown origin. If left unpruned it will climb, otherwise it will grow into a medium-sized shrub.
Pleasant fragrance 
Height: Medium: 90–120cm 

  in June you can smell roses in the sunshine.Ts

Monsieur Tillier

a large, upright shrub bears flowers that are a mixture of pale rose, salmon and purple. Fully open flowers of Monsieur Tillier are compact and attractive, flat and very double with petals that are often imbricated. Its unique fragrance is rich and spicy.

A favourite rose in my garden since many years.

Apricot Nectar
The Apricot Nectar Rose, is a very fragrant,and quite beautiful
 Floribunda rose. 
These Floribunda roses have been a favorite for over 30 years.
giving you lots of roses for the vase. This is a nice rose for growing in the back of the garden. 

Hybridizer Boerner 1965 
 Growth Habits  Plant is vigorous, upright and bushy,  up to 1.5 m

Bred by Francis Meilland (France, 1951). 

Iceberg a firm favourite for the subtropics. Flushes of flowers throughout the year after pruning off the spend blooms. 

Believe it or not:

The world would be a desolate place without a flower.

©Photos my garden/Text Ts Lavender & Vanilla


  1. Hello, T! It's been a while since I've visited my garden/blogger friends. Hope all is well.

    Perhaps disappointing to us was finding the climber R. "Eden" which we planted in front of the house many years ago had practically no fragrance. But we made up for it over the years with beautiful and fragrant heirloom roses, i.e 'Rambling Rector'.

    1. Hi Diana; yes time flies. All is fine. this is funny because I just saw your blog on my bloglist and thought I want to visit; see you soon.

  2. Ja, du hast Recht liebe Trudi Rosen sollten duften. Ich glaube in meinem Garten gibt es bloss zwei, drei Sorten bei welchen meine Nase nichts riechen kann. Interessant zu sehen wie die Farben deiner Sophies Perpetual und Old Blush aussehen. Viel dunkler und intensiver als hier bei uns. Was die Bodenbeschaffenheit ausmachen kann.
    Tzigane sieht meiner Westerland sehr ähnlich. Perle d'or würde mir auch sehr gefallen in unserem Garten. Aber jetzt fehlt der Platz und meine Pflanzwunschliste darf nur noch in Gedanken wachsen :-) !
    Herzliche Grüsse zu dir,

    1. Sali, liebe Barbara, so schoen von dir zu hoeren oder besser zu lesen. Ja, wenn ich mich recht erinnere musstst du den Garten einschraenken, aber er ist sicher immer noch gross genug. Ich mochte auch gerne mehr Rosen, es ist nicht der Platz der fehlt aber aes hapert mit meiner Arbeitskraft, seid ich nur mehr zwei Haende habe, geht alles ein bisschen langsamer. Habe diesen Winter viel Arbeit mit Aenderungen im Garten, da viele Pflanzen wuchern und raus muessen, speziell viele Bromeliads die es zu bunt treiben. Nun muss viel neues gepflanzt werden. Habe auch viele neue Taglilien Kreuzungen gemacht letzten Sommer und die sollten jetzt auch ausgepflanzt werden. Sonst geht alles gut,Hoffe bei dir auch, Dein Enkeli folgt dir sicher schon mit dem Spritzkaentli? Wann ist deine Au Reise faellig? Waere schoen wenn wir uns dann treffen koennten, falls es dir moeglich ist.
      Enjoy einen schoenen Sommer und deinen wunderbaren Rosengarten. Viele Gruesse Trudi.

  3. Danke für Deinen Kommentar bei mir im Guildwood Garden Blog.
    Ja,, mein Leben steht auf dem Kopf und ich versuche das Beste daraus zumachen.
    Bewunderte Deinen Garten und die herrlichen Rosen.
    Take care,