I was headed out of town when I glanced over and caught sight of the roses blooming in one of my flower beds by my front door. I just had to stop the car and snap a few pictures before going on my way.
I have no idea what rose this is. It was present when we bought the house. I do know that it is a floribunda which means that there are clusters of blooms on each branch. I love the bright cherry red color and how the roses look like red velvet. I like to cut a bunch of these and put them in a clear pitcher on my table. They really make a nice bouquet for my kitchen.
This pink tea rose was also present when we bought our house. I would guess it to be a Tiffany but I can not swear to it. It has a fragrance like Tiffany and the roses look very similar to other Tiffany roses that I see. It is one of my very favorites because pink is one of my favorite colors. The scent is dreamy.
Roses are heavy feeders and so if you feed them on a regular schedule the re-bloomers will reward you with roses all summer long. I like to feed my roses with alfalfa pellets or powder. I also like to spray them every couple of weeks with fish emulsion. Sometimes my summer gets really busy and in that case,I switch my fertilizer to Osmocote which is a time released fertilizer to help with my time crunch. I like to use organic methods but I am definitely not above using other methods when necessary.
I get blackspot sometimes, so I try to trim off the worst of it and don't let it make me crazy because I know it won't really harm your roses it just looks ugly. I could probably keep it away if I were willing to spray my roses with antifungals on a regular schedule but I just don't want to spray that stuff unless it is absolutely necessary and I don't want to be a slave to the roses. I prefer to enjoy them instead. I try to not water at night especially the roses and I dip my clippers in some bleach water after using them on the roses where there is blackspot. Using these methods helps me keep it down to acceptable levels for me.When I was out shopping yesterday I found this beauty and just had to buy 2 of them. Have I mentioned that I really like pink? I also picked up a really gorgeous hot pink geranium also. I will try to post some pictures of that one next time.
Until Next Time