The Weekly Gardener 1


Roses in Bloom

Leda the Painted Damask - Part Two

Leda Rose

First of all, this is why the Leda rose is not red. It magically dilutes its ruby stain and pushes it further and further out towards the edges until it is no more. These roses spend most of their bloom time simply white.

Second, I was wrong, it is a little fragrant, if you really really want it to be.

I'm not sure if this rose was supposed to be trained on a trellis or a pole or something, it's plopped all over the flower bed, kind of shapeless and crushing everything under its hefty weight. I managed to pull it out of the delphiniums and found a full grown perennial I had forgotten about agonizing underneath.

How can you get mad at something that blooms like this, you ask? You're right, I shouldn't. I am spoiled, it is one of those roses you can't mess up, it doesn't need pruning, feeding, or winter protection, so, as far as it is concerned, I am superfluous. I guess this is why it insists on growing every each way it pleases, with absolutely no regard for landscape design.

The only thing that saddens me is that it is a once blooming rose, and May's the month!

If you are tempted to discipline its revolting growth, wait until after it blooms and remember, its kin bears flowers on old wood, which means at least two year old canes. Also, the pruning is just so the gardener maintains his or her sanity, the rose certainly doesn't need any!

After almost two weeks of waiting all the flower buds opened at once, on all the roses, peonies, delphiniums and sages, the garden is a sight for sore eyes, I don't even want to go back inside anymore!


Gruss an Aachen

Gruss an Aachen

First year in the garden, and they arrived in bloom. I hope I can provide to allow them to maintain the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed. For now the shrubs are relatively small, or maybe they seem small to me because I'm used to the Land Before Time landscape (I tend to overdo the fertilizing a little, organic only, of course). I know it is just a matter of time until they grow over my head, every other rose bush did.

This perpetual blooming rose is believed to have started the Floribunda class, and it was bred in 1909, so by all means propagate it if you so wish. It is the daughter of the Hybrid Perpetual Frau Karl Druschki and its pollen parent, the Hybrid Tea, Franz Deegan. It looks nothing like its mother, a pure white semi-double with an open yellow center and I couldn't find any pictures of the dad to ascertain similarities.

From what I could gather, it isn't clear whether it's classification is Hybrid Perpetual or Floribunda, but you don't have to worry about how to properly prune it because it doesn't need it and won't grow bigger than three by three feet. I'll believe that when I see it. This feature, together with the perpetual bloom, makes Gruss an Aachen a perfect landscaping rose for hedges, it even tolerates a bit of shade.

The flowers are anywhere between butter yellow and light salmon pink, which reminds me of my dearly departed "Peace" rose and makes me a little sad, but such is life.

I can hardly wait to see how it behaves over the summer, especially when the temperature rises significantly.

The name of this rose is an homage to Medieval History, so when you see it in bloom, remember that the capital of the Carolingian Empire salutes you. In German.