Thursday, February 26, 2009

Roses are pink and Tips on Growing Beautiful Roses #3

I'm fond of fresh fresh pink roses, pink roses with strong fragrance in the garden always get my attention, you could say I'm naturally drawn to them. The St. Cecilia blooms(David Austin rose) are in the most gorgeous freshest shade of pink at the moment. Depending on the time of year, they sometimes can appear to be a light apricot colour, but my bush has been producing light pink flowers most of the time, which I'm pleased with. St. Cecilia is one of my favourite David Austin roses, she is around 1.5 to 2 m and so she's quite a tall grower. I like the way she's able to keep her shape well in that she doesn't get lanky or leggy with her branches and she flowers non-stop in the flowering season, the shapely cupped blooms are with many petals. Her scent is strong and old rose, a very beautiful fragrance I assure you. She is highly recommended if you like a fresh pink rose with a heavenly scent. Another good David Austin rose is Abraham Darby. I love Abraham Darby for his many petalled look and his colour. The scent is also lovely and strong. His blooms are large and heavy. My experience with Abraham Darby is that he needs good pruning to guide the way the bush grows. He doesn't just keep his bush round like St. Cecilia does. However, that can be a nice feature which makes it all the more attractive and cottagy in appearance.St. Cecilia (light pink), Abraham Darby (apricot pink) and Sir Edward Elgar (hot pink) Tips on Growing Beautiful Roses #3--You need a good sunny spot for your roses to reach their potential and to do well. Roses generally need at least 6 hours of sunshine per day and if the spot you're planning to plant roses in is a shady one, you'll be better off planting Azaleas, Camelias and Hydrangeas there! Enjoy your weekend, my lovely Blogville friends.


Tracy said...

Beautiful! I can't decide which is my favorite rose as they are all so lovely.

BTW, I love your blog header. :)

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

My goodness, your roses are just so incredibly beautiful! What a treat for the eyes!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful & Brilliant. Simply gorgeous. I can almost touch the softness of the petals or blow into them and see them flutter a bit. Lovely.

Pink Slippers said...

Your house must smell divine.
I have a Abraham Darby and sure do love it.
I must buy the other one you mentioned.
Pink roses are my favorite!

Any tips on rust and mildew?
I live at the coast in Southern California and we have lots of fog here.


Rose Haven said...

Oh my...your roses are always sooooo beautiful!!! I love the color of the St Cecilia Roses.

And, by the way, I LOVE Pavlova - your recipe in the previous post sounds delicious. The other it is called Pavlova, rather than a has vinegar in it. That's the true signature of a Pavlova!!!


Riet said...

You have the most beautiful roses and so many different. It must snell like heaven in your home.
There are one or two awards waiting for you in my blog.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Your roses are wonderful! I can just imagine the fragrance from them. What a beautiful array you have in your garden; must be heavenly!


Carolyn said...

I will never get tired of lookig at your beautiful roses!!! I grow roses in my perennial beds and they don't bloom as profusely as I would like-I am wondering if they would bloom a lot better with more space or if it is our cold winters.We are a zone 5b here.I fertilize with compost and alfalfa tea or fish emulsion.What do you think?
I am definitely going to make your pavalov recipe-looks delicious! Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

The soft pink roses are just soooo soft. I went outside to check on my Jude this afternoon... I really don't know if it survived the devastating ice storm we had.

Carolyn said...

Thank you so much for visiting me and answering my questions once again.I will try harder to get potassium to them this year.I really love roses and want to improve my skill on growing them.I do have quite a few David Austin's but also hardy shrub roses(easier in our cold Canadian winters).
Thanks again,

Wanda said...

Your roses are breath taking. I can't wait for sping so mine will start to put on bloom bud. Right now I need to do some serious garden clean up to get the rose beds ready for summer.

Alison Gibbs said...

As always your roses are sensational.

Regina said...

Loveley roses!!!! I love roses.too.
Have a nice day!

Spanish Princess said...

Your roses are absolutely beautiful! I too am drawn to them though it's a bit hard to have some when you live in military housing. {Sigh} One day I'll have my own rose garden.

Bill and Mary Glidden said...

Oh how you are making me so homesick for my over 40 roses that I left behind a few years ago when we moved.

I especially miss my David Austin roses- so beautiful and so fragrant!

Your roses are lovely- as is your blog!


Donna Lynn said...

Boy have I missed visiting your beautiful blog!!!!!! I have had so much going on these past months since the passing of my father in law, I just hadn't been blogging. You inspire me everytime I visit, seeing your beautiful roses has also inspired me to do another rose and pink post! I am longing for Spring here, we do have some bulbs coming up, but that is all, the roses won't be budding for another two months, boo hoo! But, now I can come visit your garden and get my rose fix.
Take care and blessings,
Donna Lynn