Most of the time, I plant a rose without knowing exactly what it will look like in bloom. I have an idea of what the color and form the blooms will be, all based upon a picture on the tag, a website, or google image. But to really know whether I will love the rose is a mystery.
I had seen enough pictures of Buff Beauty to know I was already infatuated. All the pictures I've seen show it to be a heavy bloomer. Plus, the color of the blooms are an unusual dark yellow to apricot color. I am a sucker for an apricot bloom. And a buff colored yellow seemed unusual enough to make me want this rose in my garden.
So, I got Buff Beauty, and placed it in a corner of the main rose bed. A corner to which I rarely venture. This spring was the first it had bloomed in my garden, and yes, I was pleased. But I was not enchanted - until yesterday.
Yesterday I experienced Buff Beauty in a new way. I was behind the main rose bed, checking on the small hedge that I've been babying all summer. Two of the hedge plants had almost died due to the drought, and I had been worried that I would have to replace part of even possibly all of my hedge. Walking down the row, I reached the corner where Buff Beauty was planted. I would not have stopped, except there was a weed that needed pulling. That was not acceptable. This called for immediate action!
I stepped into the hedge row, reached far into and under Buff Beauty, wrapped my fingers around the offending weed, and pulled. As I did, I inhaled. And I experienced the scent of Buff Beauty's soft, sweet fragrance for the first time. That's all it took. I was enchanted. I should thank that weed for being there. But that is below my dignity as a gardener.
Walking to the far back corner will now be a regular venture for me. A beautiful color, lovely form, and a sweet scent. Buff Beauty has it all.
It is a beautiful rose. If it has a sweet fragrance that makes it double wonderful. The different shades of the color in the blooms looks so pretty.ReplyDelete
Holley, I truly enjoy that you post more about your roses, lately. Buff Beauty is surely doing well for you. I have never seen this rose in person, but your photos certainly have made me more acquainted with it. Now I just have to find a way to experience its fragrance...ReplyDelete
The best things in the garden seem to be stumbled upon by accident, don't they?ReplyDelete
I love the antique old lace color of Buff Beauty. She sure is lovely. Yours are beautiful.ReplyDelete
What a great roses. They are my favorite flowers.ReplyDelete
The only problem I have is that my garden is to small. I have the Buff Beauty as a climber. And I love her smell.
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Such a pretty old-fashioned looking rose. Love it!ReplyDelete
Lona - I love the different shades, too. You just never know exactly what color it will be, but I love each shade of yellow/apricot.ReplyDelete
Christina - The roses are blooming more, now that it's a bit cooler, so I've been able to take more pictures. I hope you get to see Buff Beauty in person some time - it's a really great rose.
Cynthia - I agree. It's funny that I never thought to smell this rose before!
FlowerLady - What a great way to describe it - like antique lace. I agree!
marijka - How wonderful that you grow Buff Beauty, too. Isn't she just beautiful?
Egretta - It is beginning to look like the many pictures I've seen. I, too, love the looks of its frilly petals.
She is a beautiful girl! I'm so happy you gave her a post! Buff Beauty needs more attention ~ You and your readers are right on with the comments~ReplyDelete
Cydney - I agree that Buff Beauty needs more attention. Such a beautiful rose.ReplyDelete
There's no other scent like that of a rose. You described her so perfectly.ReplyDelete
Mmmm...I'm smelling it virtually. Thanks! And what an enchanting name...Buff Beauty. :)ReplyDelete
I did not know Buff Beauty had a fragrance. Good to know! Now it is not all about the pretty color.ReplyDelete
She is a beautiful rose. I must find a place for her too...ReplyDelete
Lovely roses! I can almost smell their frangrance while reading your post! ;)ReplyDelete
Holley how wonderful to frind a plant that had you excited and then to show you all it had is truly enchanting...wonderful...I can almost smell that rose!!ReplyDelete
StoBlogger - I agree! It's the most intoxicating smell - I can't get enough!ReplyDelete
PlantPostings - I love the name, too. But that unusual color drew me in - I couldn't resist!
GWGT - Oh, I agree that fragrance really enhances a rose's appeal. I find it more and more necessary!
Tufa Girl - I hope you do! I've always loved the look of this rose, and she is becoming more and more a favorite of mine.
Malar - Isn't it wonderful to have roses to smell in the garden?
Donna - I agree. To pick out a rose through a picture is one thing, but for it to be even more than expected is wonderful!
Definitely a beauty... so glad you got to expereince her fragrance at last! That has often been a dealbreaker for us... we try to avoid roses with little or no fragrance. I love the double blooms AND the buff color!ReplyDelete
Cathy and Steve - I have so many roses with no scent, it never crossed my mind that this would become a characteristic I would cherish. But now I do. There's just nothing like smelling a rose - and getting a wonderful rose smell!ReplyDelete
There's nothing like fragrant flowers! And to be led to a discovery in an unexpected way!ReplyDelete
I like the color of the rose, very unusual. I feel like it would be a perfect flower to complement something else - what I am not sure, though. It looks like it belongs in an old, stately heirloom garden!
Indie - I agree with everything you said. I love its color, and the way it changes does look like something that would go well in an old setting. I wish more roses had this coloring. It really appeals to me.ReplyDelete
This is a beautiful rose. The fragrance is indeed intoxicating.ReplyDelete
redneckrosarian - I'm really glad this rose has exceeded all my expectations. And I had quite a few, since the pictures I've seen of it have always been beautiful.ReplyDelete