At Gardening Gone Wild, they’re holding another Picture Perfect contest, and this month’s entries are roses, so you know I had to participate. I can submit up to three photos. Above is ‘Frontier Twirl’, one of my favorites, although it does get blackspot in early summer. However, it is such a rampant grower that it seems to outgrow the disease. I just clean up the debris and hit it with some copper spray. I don’t have another rose with this precise coloring, and the petal configuration of the fully open blooms is something to behold. Being from the Midwest, Dr. Buck nearly always named his roses cheery names like ‘Hi Neighbor’, ‘Aunt Honey’, and ‘Country Dancer’. I like the fact that most of his roses don’t suffer much from blackspot and also are extremely cold and heat hardy.
What I love about ‘Graham Thomas’ is its free form habit. In the United States, it can even be trained as a mannerly climber. Here, I also love the interplay between yellow ‘Graham Thomas’ and Black Lace™ Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’ (elderberry) in front. To me, for dramatic impact, there is nothing like purple and yellow together. ‘Marie Pavie’, with its semi-double, creamy white blooms, also provides good contrast in that dark corner of the border.
People often tell me Knockout roses are boring. I don’t agree. I own most of the Knockout series, and they are very, good, disease-free, landscape roses. They are almost foolproof. Their only caveat is don’t coddle them. They resent being sprayed and fed. They just want good, basic, well-drained, garden soil to perform to their utmost. Also, give them a good shearing between bloom periods to help them look their best.
Those are my three entries. It was very difficult for me to choose, but that’s what’s blooming best in my garden right now.
I want to thank everyone at Gardening Gone Wild for the chance to go back through my rose photos. It was a pleasurable way to spend a rainy afternoon.