As I talk to more people about growing roses, I was amazed at most of the answers I got: “Roses are hard to grow. You have to spray constantly.” It’s most likely the main reason why we are not attracting more members into the rose society. Spraying scares some people. I noticed even … Continue reading Is Rose Hard to Grow? Not if you use Eco-Friendly Method.
May is a rose month in the lowcountry and it keeps me very busy this month. First we had our rose show at Johns Island library. I meant not to get involved with some of the activities of the rose society this year since I finished my four-year term as president last December. But unknowingly … Continue reading Rose Month in the Lowcountry
I have heard people say they want a blue rose. How many do you think really want a blue rose? Count me out. I am a traditionalist. I want a red Hybrid Tea and a pink or white Old Garden Rose. I'm not a fan of blue rose if there is such a … Continue reading Blue Roses
On a recent visit to Lowe’s, I encountered a whole shelf of bagged roses. Then the following week, a whole shipment of container roses appeared on the display areas. If you are a novice rose gardeners, you’ll wonder which roses to buy. Buying roses should not be a great challenge. … Continue reading Tips on Buying Roses
As the weather warms up, there are certain things rose gardeners do to get ready for the season. While our fellow gardeners in the North are still hibernating, gardeners in the South are already in full swing of activities in the garden. Depending on where you are on the Hardiness Zone Map, … Continue reading Spring Forward to a New Rose Gardening Season
Why do you want to grow roses? We grow them because of their beauty and their fragrance. Florist roses for the most part do not have fragrance. My two sons will never buy me roses for Mother's Day or my birthday or even Valentine's Day. I got See's chocolates yesterday, my favorite. They think … Continue reading WHY DO WE GROW ROSES?
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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