Sunday, August 30, 2009

Today's Flowers #55 - Rose

Rose - the queen of cut flowers. There must be thousands of varieties of roses; so many to choose from; one for every taste and size. Pictured below are my miniature roses. They are only about 1-1/2' tall, with tiny leaves and flowers and are excellent for potted plants. I bought these at an end-of-season sale 2 years ago for $2.49 each ... not bad for years of enjoyment! ;)
All photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.










This one is a climbing rose. I don't know what I did wrong this year, but it only gave me about 3 blooms!


This is an old-fashioned rose. It has very tiny thorny stems but the flowers are very fragrant! I believe their rose hips can be used for tea.


Here's another old-timer. The seven sisters rose, it's a cluster of beauties and every rose has a different shade of pink. It is an antique rose variety.



The two roses below were given to me by a friend who was re-arranging her garden beds in the early spring, and I was surprised to see it bloom the same year! I think these type of roses are known as "wild" roses.


... my friend told me that they are not only very hardy but resistant to disease as well. She even demonstrated how to propagate, which I want to try next summer.



The roses below are not from my garden but from a friend's garden.
I read it somewhere that if you want healthier roses, bury banana skins just below the surface of the soil. They provide calcium, sulfur, magnesium, phosphates, sodium and etc. to the soil. And if you plant garlic, and parsley by your roses, it will increase their scent and repel aphids.












I highly appreciate them in flower arrangements ... classic and elegant, don't you think?




To see more exotic and gorgeous flowers, please visit Today's Flowers hosted by Luiz, Denise, Valkyrien and Laerte.

18 comments:

chubskulit said...

I have a variety of roses in my garden too...

Ebie said...

Hi Nance, you have a magical rose garden! And a green thumb you are! Thanks for the tips on the banana skins, all gardeners would be very delightful! I will remember this when I will own one. Have a great weekend!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful Nance... As you know, we are rose lovers here too. We grow Hybrid tea roses --and we have a big compost pile where we put left-over banana skins and all kinds of left-overs, etc. George uses the compost for our roses. We have 48 different bushes and they bloom from spring til late fall. You can see more roses on my blog site by clicking on the label marked ROSES on my sidebar.

Yours are GORGEOUS. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

Rosamaria said...

You have a beautiful garden, Nance and I loved your roses!

Good week for you, dear!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Nance: Your roses are beautiful, I thought that first one was special.

napaboaniya said...

Lovely variety of roses you've cultivated in your garden :)
Been a pleasure viewing all the different kinds of roses :)

April said...

Your roses are amazing, especially the miniature ones and the seven sisters rose. Thanks for the great tips, too. Beautiful photos!

Mari said...

Wow, Nance, you work magic with your plants. You probably just stick them on the ground and they'll grow without even watering or fertilizing them.

Thanks for the banana peel tip.

Mia N said...

So many roses. Thank you for sharing.

Tulip said...

wow what a wonderful shot of a beautiful colorful roses.

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Arija said...

Miniature roses are great for brightening up a small garden, Your climbers are lovely. Just be a little careful with the double dark pink one, it layers very easily and can easily go rampart. Mine is enormous and has blue wrens nesting in it. The pale ink yor friend described as a wild rose is a cultivar. Wild roses only have five petals.

Norm said...

Hello Nance! I love those lovely roses of yours. We have in our backyard also very beautiful, thanks for sharing Nance, I enjoy viewing your gorgeous roses.

sweetnorms said...

by the way Nance, thank you also for visiting my sweetnorms blog.

Tracy said...

Your roses are a dream, Nance...such romantic, color blooms...*sigh*...I dream of a rose garden like yours. :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

lynn'sgarden said...

Nance, your roses are just beautiful! I love the reds! You've been tagged for a Meme on my blog...no pressure!
Lynn

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

wow! iba't ibang klase ng rose ^_^
ang gaganda ^_^
very nice garden ^_^

Chowhound said...

My mom loves roses, she used to grow different colours (varietals that's what she used to call them) and I love the scent of them. Gorgeous photos.

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

ganda ng mga garden flowers mo.

nice ang mga pics mo rin.

i enjoy viewing your pics, posting here.

thanks for sharing..............