Today I would like to show you how roses can transform from little shrubs to much bigger, beautiful and abundantly blooming plants. As princesses and queens of the gardens they usually require more tender care than other perennials.
I will feature here 2 of our roses and right now we have it total 11 roses in our garden and 10 varieties. I have written about roses in the past and I will add links to them under this post.
I have purchased it in June 2015, about 2,5 years ago, along with the Memorial Day rose, you can see beside it on the right. Both of them were already blooming, but at this time were pretty small. Here I am just trying out how they will look beside each other and deciding if it is the right spot for them. In fact they were both planted right there. In a moment you will be able to see how much they have grown and changed from this day and their transformation from just a small shrubs to big, mature plants.
Here is Othello rose 2 years later, in June 2017. You can see how much it has grown and it would have been much bigger if I wouldn’t trim it each year.
Othello Rose was hybridized by David Austin, 1986, so more than 30 years ago. It has beautiful, very full, rounded shape, dark pink colour and strong, Damascus rose scent. This year it was one of the best blooming roses in our garden and it still had many blooms when I was wrapping it in burlap to protect it from winter.
Memorial Day Rose
This rose, hybridized by Tom Carruth, 2001, has also some other, perhaps more suitable and nicer names – “Millie Rose” (Thousands of Roses) and “Parfum de Liberte” (The Scent of Freedom).
As I have already mentioned, I have purchased our Memorial Day rose at the same time as Othello rose. Beside smaller Abbotsford rose, it is the best blooming and one of the biggest roses in our garden. For the second year, I have given it the title of the Queen of our garden. I think it well deserves it because of its beauty, as well as height, almost continues bloom, abundance and size of the flowers and a beautiful scent. I have already showed you in one of the pictures above how it looked when I have purchased it. Here it is soon after I have planted it in the Summer of 2015.
It kept growing much bigger and taller in the following year and continued to bloom very abundantly almost all the time during the warmer part of the year from the beginning of June till I had to wrap it in burlap before winter, usually around the middle of November.
In the picture below you can see it as it looked in October of 2016, so more than a year later since I have introduced it to our garden. Isn’t it a huge transformation? See how big is has grown and notice the enormous size of its blooms. Isn’t it amazing?
Here is our Memorial Day rose in July 2017, about 9 months later since the previous picture visible above was taken. I have cut this rose a bit in the meantime because it was getting too big.
Even despite a lot of rain and very little sunshine we had here this summer, and being neglected by me for two months when I was away, Memorial Day rose was blooming beautifully in September of this year, 2017. It continued to bloom when I was wrapping it in burlap around the middle of November of this year.
Here in the picture below it looks a bit beaten up because of the bad weather we had this Spring and Summer. As a result of it, and perhaps because of the neglect due to my long absence, it got some black spot and I had to remove many of its leaves. Nevertheless, it continued to bloom and to be one of the biggest roses in our garden. To find our more about Memorial Day rose, you might also like to read my other article about it here.
To learn how I protect our roses from winter you can read this article.
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