Monday, April 6, 2009
MY ROSES - "Eb to Ev"
EBB TIDE: Floribunda. Bred by Tom Carruthers in the United States.2006. Strong fragrance - unusual colour of mauve also described as deep smoky purple. I guess in the rose world of "blues" this is a good description, bearing in mind that there is no such thing as "blue" in a rose, so the more blue a pink or red rose contains, then usually this is extremely sought after, it seems! Anyhow, new to me last season, I am sure looking forward to this rose this season when it has matured a little. This too looks wonderful in a vase with other roses - very complimentary, in my opinion. I am very happy with it. EDEN ROSE: (aka Pierre de Ronsard) Climber. The first Rose of the "Romantica" line, bred by House of Meilland in France. 1985 Cream with pink dominance. What can I say, it is just beautiful. My own is really just starting off, (in comparison to some of the spectacular specimens I have seen) but getting the hang of training climbers a little better, I am really looking forward to it this year. One of the most romantic looking roses for sure, it takes your breath away. The flowers are quite large when fully open but look just as beautiful when not - a true cup shaped rose for sure. Sadly, the down side is, it has little fragrance, BUT, I would not want to be without this rose. Also very floriferous when it puts on it's main show. Repeats throughout the season, but with less abundance. I highly recommend this climber. Which too by the way, is not rampant, so it fits nicely over a walk-though rose arch. EVELYN: English Rose bred by David Austin in the UK. 1992. A beautiful very popular Austin - lovely fragrance from which David Austin and French perfumiers got together to produce the perfume in one of Crabtree and Evelyn's line. I am fascinated with the colour range of this rose. You can have a perfect peach bloom and a perfectly clear pink bloom on the same stem - so charming. It is great in an arrangement for a special occasion, but it really does not last long in a vase. But that does not stop me - if it fades after two days, then I replace it with a different rose, still it is beautiful to see in an arrangement. Moderately floriforous in my garden.