Formal Rose Gardens – Part II

ELEMENTS OF A FORMAL ROSE GARDEN Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden - 2012 winner of Award of Garden Excellence from World Federation Rose Societies – NYTimes Photo   Strong Axis – Paths of some nature be it grass, pebble or other materials provide visual axes that lead to a focal … Continue reading Formal Rose Gardens – Part II

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A Rose (Mutabilis) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living

Stay Healthy and Stress free - Stop and Smell the Roses

Mutabilis

Rose:   Mutabilis

Class:   China

Date of Introduction:   Before 1894

Mutabilis was probably introduced to Italy from China, and then introduced to commerce in 1934 by way of a Swiss botanist Henri Correvon of Geneva who got his cuttings from the garden of Italian Prince Ghilberto Borromeo at Isola Bella. Otherwise known as the “Butterfly Rose” because when the plant is in full bloom with the multi-flowered flowers, Mutabilis appears to be covered with butterflies fluttering on the plant and this China rose is so easy to spot.

Mutabilis sports different colored blooms unlike those of any other rose, ranging from soft yellow as it opens with an orange blush on the underside, slowly turning into shades of peach, then pink, then eventually darkest pinkish red. Each color usually lasts for a day. All different colors can appear on the same bush at the same time. Its blooms have…

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Scentimental

Scentimental ‘Playboy’ x ‘Peppermint Twist’ Hybridizer – Carruth, 1997   This spicy scented floribunda was the first striped rose to win the AARS award. With burgundy and creamy white stripes on a vigorous plant with shiny, dark green foliage, Scentimental hardly needs its wonderful fragrance to attract attention, but that's what made it an award … Continue reading Scentimental

Winners of the 3rd Annual Biltmore International Rose Trials

Winners of the 3rd Annual Biltmore International Rose Trials   Biltmore’s trials are a sustainable trial using natural fertilizers and no spray. They are judged for growth habit and vigor, buds and flowers, recurrent bloom, resistance to disease and fragrance. The 2015 winners are:   Photo from HelpMeFind ‘Queen Elizabeth’ a grandiflora rose bred by … Continue reading Winners of the 3rd Annual Biltmore International Rose Trials

DICK CLARK

DICK CLARK - 2015 ARS Members' Choice Award (‘Fourth of July’ x unknown); Introduction: Weeks Roses, 2011. The American Rose Society Members’ Choice Award honors a rose receiving one of the highest national garden ratings in the annual Roses in Review survey, one that is widely grown, and one that does well in most parts … Continue reading DICK CLARK