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Rose Buds

Rose Buds: So Close to the Grand Opening!

Rose buds. Over the winter I showed you some rose hips and some spent blooms, but now first bloom is very close! Most of the rose buds in my yard are now showing some color, a promise of a riot of color in a few days. Last week, with the one night of freezing temperatures at my house and close to freezing the night before slowed the process just a bit. But, the nights are warmer now, and many of these should be open this week. These images are just a sampling of my roses getting ready to bloom in a very small Albuquerque yard.

Miniature rose, ‘Yoyo.’

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Miniature rose, ‘Yoyo,’ covered with buds

Bud of miniature rose, ‘Yoyo,’ about to open.

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Close up of bud of ‘Yoyo’

Bud on small spray of shrub rose ‘Flower Girl,’ about to open. ‘Flower Girl’ can make huge sprays, and some seem to be developing for a little later.

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Bud of shrub rose, ‘Flower Girl’

Tis large flowered climber, ‘Royal Sunset,’ makes long and elegant buds.

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The elegant bud of the large flowered climber, ‘Royal Sunset’

I hope later in the week to show a lot of colorful blooms!

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Rose Sprays Developing

Rose Sprays Developing

Rose sprays, collections of roses in almost bouquet-like form, can present a magnificent appearance. Some roses present sprays more often than others, and some present them more often than single blooms. ‘Flower Girl’ is a shrub rose known as a spray producer, although every now and then a single bloom can be seen. ‘Dream Weaver,’ a climbing floribunda, produces single blooms, but the sprays it can produce on new growth can be breath-taking.

‘Dream Weaver’ is the mother of one of my registered sports, ‘Misty Moonlight.’

This week has seen remarkable growth on the roses, as well as other plants in the yard. Buds are forming, and so far, everything is looking healthy. It will be a bit before actual blooms are seen, but I enjoy the fresh foliage in spring. These are two of my favorite roses, and they bloom well throughout the entire season. They will have beautiful sprays when they do bloom this spring.

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Developing spray of shrub rose, ‘Flower Girl’

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Developing spray of climbing floribunda, ‘Dream Weaver’


‘Flower Girl,’ A Wonderful Rose for the Desert Southwest

Flower Girl, a shrub rose  Susan Brandt Graham, photographer

Flower Girl, a shrub rose Susan Brandt Graham, photographer

‘Flower Girl’ is one of my favorite roses to grow in Albuquerque. It blooms early, continuously, and well into the fall. As you can see, it makes huge sprays of delicate flowers. It is disease-free, and requires little more than an occasional feeding and the addition of iron once a season to keep its fresh pink look.

This rose was grown by Lois Brandt.