The five roses you COULDN'T do without!

ilovemyroses(8 Dallas TX)March 31, 2012

The opposite thread has been so much fun.

For me? (today!)

Heirloom. Love love love the color. Makes me look like I know what I'm doing!

Lamarque. Love the lemony white..and I have blooms at Christmas!

Mrs. B.R. Cant. Big ole buxom gal!

Eden.. Beauty! Cuts well and lasts forever!

Mrs. Dudley cross. Love the faded coloration. And grows anywhere!

Tomorrow may be different! You?

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alameda/zone 8

Old Gardens:
Sally Holmes
Grandmother's Hat
Old Blush
Blush Noisette

Crimson Glory
Dorcas - a Buck
Carding Mill
Fragrant Apricot

This is just what I think of at the moment. Actually....they are all my favorites, though I favor apricots.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 11:57AM
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strawchicago 5a IL

Whatever survived zone 5a winter, best scents, and likes my alkaline heavy clay soil: Radio Times (all green and bushy in early March), Christopher Marlow, Golden Celebration, Lady Emma Hamilton, Mary Magdalene.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 12:19PM
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altoraMA(5/6 MA)

Nymphs Egeria-I just LOVE this rose, the blooms are beautiful, fragrant, the form of the bush is lovely, and it's a Geshwind.
Edmond Proust-a Barbier rambler-probably the most beautiful rose I've ever seen.
Reine des Violettes-prolific, exceedIngly fragrant, beautiful, cooperative!
Prinz Hirzeprinzchen-my first Geschwind, hardy, beautiful, I love it.
Blush Hip- just love it, can't explain...just love it.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 2:24PM
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canadian_rose(zone 3a)

Betty White - my all time fav
Yves Piaget - my 2nd all time fav
Oklahoma - blooms are plentiful and last forever on the bush - and the color is so deep and lovely (we are colder here so that may keep the darkness of the red from going lighter)
Paradise Found - such a unique scent

Can't wait for summer!!!

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 2:53PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

'Golden Celebration'
'Pink Gruss an Aachen'
'Belindas Dream'

all consistently superb here.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 6:59PM
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rosetom(7 Atl)

Crimson Glory
Queen Elizabeth
Color Magic

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 8:49AM
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rosetom(7 Atl)

Mister Lincoln is at 5-1/2

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 8:50AM
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dove_song(WA State Z6b)

�� The velvety, dark red HT BLACK MAGIC. Oooohhh the color and form on that one!!!

�� SIGNATURE-ditto on this HT's outstanding color and form!!!

�� Barbra her fragrance & purple coloring.

�� BRIGADOON-lots & lots of pretty blooms.

�� NEPTUNE-because I'm a space case. ;-) Ha, ha, just kidding. Really I love this rose for it's fragrance and purple coloring.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 10:28AM
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Due to lack of winter chill and long hot summers, I am living without:
Felicite Parmentier
Fantin la Tour
Mme Hardy
R. rubrifolia
Roserie de l'Hay

I grew them in their full glory up in Ohio and I'm glad I did. Now I'm loving my teas, noisettes and Chinas here.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 11:41AM
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It's not couldn't; it's WOULDN'T do without;

Madame Hardy
Jeanne Lavoie
Hope for Humanity

(at least till now; some others wil bloom this year for the first time in my garden.

Here is a link that might be useful: Garden Musings Blog

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 10:45PM
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One of the first roses I ever bought was Abraham Darby (back in the 80's, I believe). Covered with blackspot, awkward, thorny canes, but the most beautiful flowers! It so reminded me of the old roses, I started studying them, and thus started my wonderful hobby of growing Antique Roses. The same day I also bought Tropicana, still have it to this day.

Also, just love G Nabbonand, Souv de le Malmaisan (sp), Duchesse de Brabant and my Cl Pinkie!

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 12:25AM
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strawchicago 5a IL

Hi Ogrose: What's DFW next to your planting zone means? I wonder what state you are in. Abraham Darby is so photogenic, but the fragrance doesn't agree with me. Too bad I can't plant the low-thorn ones you mentioned - won't survive in zone 5a.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 1:02PM
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chickadee_42us(8a Tx)

Strawberryhill -

DFW is Dallas/Fort Worth in Texas.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 1:16PM
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Campanula UK Z8

Mme Gregoire Staechelin - one of my very first roses and still one of my all time favourites.
R.moyessi - the only red I had for years (remedied this lack with Scharlachglut and a couple of old red climbing hybrid teas)
R.Primula - the first wildling I ever bought and still one of the best despite having been trawled around the garden and allotment, even spending a couple of years in a shopping trolley. Has resisted all efforts at propagation so I hover nervously over it every time I have shunted it around - it may sulk for a season but always recovers.
Moonlight - my favourite Pemberton hybrid musk.
Leontine Gervaise - I love, love, love Leontine - the star and anchor of my rose 'fedge'.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 4:10PM
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