The delphiniums may be a bust this year, but the roses are really looking nice and *no* JB's (hope I'm not jinxing myself)! Thought I would share a few pictures of the ones I call "the workhorses". There are really a lot of disease resistant, winter hardy, unfussy roses out there if you look for them:
This old world that we're livin' in
Is mighty hard to beat.
You get a thorn with every rose
But - ain't the roses sweet?
- Frank Stanton
William Baffin may be my favorite climber....so hardy and disease resistant and I *love* the color:
Carefree Delight & William Baffin:
The flowers on 'Carefree Delight' are only single and not huge....but its so floriferous that it stands out in the garden anyway and probably the most disease resistant of all my roses:
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
- Abraham Lincoln
New Dawn is still looking good, though not flowering as much as she might have if hubby had gone out there and pruned her *before* she was full of buds. She is a sentimental favorite and almost as old as my son:
Awakenings is a sport of New Dawn). I think IÂm going to like this one. The color is paler than my New Dawn, but it may be more floriferous and sure is a fast grower. It's only two years old and almost reaching the other side of the arbor:
Ruby Meidland I really like the color of this one...a rich ruby color, it does seem to be a bit of a slow grower though:
'The Fairy' being next to the compost heap has nothing to do with what I think of her...LOL! What a hardy....totally "no work" rose:
'Knockout' has been great, though I do think it suffered from the drought last summer. Still, totally winter hardy, disease resistant and repeat blooming. In the background you can see my only delphinium that looks good.
They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.
- Ernest Dowson, 1867 Â 1900
Wish they would be blooming when you all come...I would love for you to see them. Can't wait to meet you all though! :-)