Friday, March 30, 2012

Oh, My!

Abraham Darby has only been in my garden for a couple of years.  He's stuck in the back, where I have to go behind the main rose garden to see him.  The plan is for him to eventually grow high enough as a climber to bloom over the other roses in another year or two.

Seeing a flash of color, I decided to travel back there to see if he was blooming.


Oh, my!  


Gorgeous.  Huge (every bloom is 3-1/2" across!).  Fragrant. 


So many petals stuffed into one bloom!


Don't look for me in the garden - this year I'm going to be behind the garden.  Enjoying Abe.  

Abraham Darby

Watch out, Tamora!  If you don't start blooming soon, Abraham Darby just might knock you off your throne as my favorite Austin rose.

I'm joining Chris at The Redneck Rosarian for Fill the Frame Fridays.

69 comments:

  1. That is surely a beauty. I'd be back there all the time just to look at that guy.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. I walk around my garden every day. The walk around behind the garden has now become part of my routine - just so I can see him!

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  2. This is a favourite Austin of mine as well. The poor thing in my garden has however, not been given enough room to flourish. Your pictures ( which are glorious by the way) have reminded me that I MUST get out there soon and move it to a better spot. Abraham Darby is too lovely a rose to have to suffer in such crowded conditions.

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    1. Good luck moving yours. I hope he takes off with more room. I can't imagine it not being a favorite - I had no idea this rose was going to be so gorgeous!

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  3. Oh my gosh, Holley, your 'Abraham Darby' is beautiful! You got some great shots of him! It is so nice that the roses are blooming again, isn't it?
    Christina

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    1. Oh, it's fabulous. Not a lot flushing right now, but soon!

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  4. If only I could grow and maintain roses ... son of a ... Stunning blooms.

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    1. I think there's a rose for every garden! Surely there's a perfect rose for you, too! :)

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  5. O please! This is just Garden Porn! ...and I'm having a serious case of rose envy. Beautiful post.

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    1. Garden Porn - you're right! But I had such a willing and sexy model! :)

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  6. I simply love this rose. such wonderful colors and charm. Thanks for joining in today!

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    1. If this had been the first rose I had grown, I would have a garden filled with only Abe!

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  7. What a gorgeous one! I would love to have this kind of roses in my garden! Fabulous! 8)

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    1. He really is a pretty one. If you like lots of petals!

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  8. UNBELIEVABLE! Just absolutely gorgeous! Too beautiful for words…I’m speechless!

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    1. That's exactly how I reacted when I walked back there and saw him!

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  9. Such a beautiful shade of apricot, and what beautiful form! It looks unreal. I suppose it's fragrant as well?

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    1. Yes, it smells just like a rose should! Which is wonderful, because when you see it, you just have to take a sniff!

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  10. This is so beautiful Holley!

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    1. I am impressed with him. I hope he grows up in a hurry - I want to be able to see him from the front of the garden, not just the back!

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  11. I love this one...what a gigantic bloom with fragrance...wow!

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    1. I was amazed how big the blooms are. Purchasing roses is always a surprise. Rarely do I see a bloom on them before I put them in my garden. This was a wonderful surprise!

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  12. Never seen such a fluffy rose, it almost looks like a camellia!

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    1. You're right! It does have a lot of petals like a camellia would. Some people might actually get some roses and camellias mixed up! ;)

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    1. He really surprised me with his beauty!

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  14. That looks amazing!

    Can I request a picture of the entire plant? I'd love to see what his "frame" is like.

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    1. I'm sorry I didn't post a bush shot. I've been trying to do that more often than not. For what it's worth, what I've read is that he is very bare on the bottom, so if you grow one, be sure to plant something in front to hide his legs. That's why I've got him growing as a climber behind some other roses (as soon as he gets old enough!). I hope that helps.

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  15. Twoja róża ma prześliczna kolor i niech się pnie wysoko. Pozdrawiam.*** Your rose has a lovely color and then let up. Yours.

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  16. Nice...my favorite thing about your blog and one in So Cal are your love for good roses. Perfect oasis plants in my area...just regular irrigation and pruning, since mildew, cold, and heat rarely a problem El Paso to Abq. Though I'm more into smaller, tighter rose blooms, that Abe is not shabby...and fragrance would push it over the edge into acceptability to me!

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    1. I'm surprised more people don't grow roses in the desert. But I guess that irrigation part could become costly. However, roses on patios in pots sounds like a wonderful compromise.

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  17. Abraham Darby is one of.my absolute favourites SENSATIONAL!

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    1. I think he just became one of my top favorites, too!

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  18. Wow, those pictures make me want to buy it all over again! Mine was not a great rose, but I am glad yours looks so fantastic.

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    1. Sorry yours was not a great rose. I think hiding mine behind other roses may turn out to be the best plan for this rose!

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  19. Abe Darby is a keeper, Holley... Gorgeous!!!!

    Can you believe that we have an Iris in bloom today? AND--it's only March 30.... Goodness!!!!

    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. And iris in bloom! I love when they bloom! I always think spring must really be here when the irises bloom. I hope spring has found your place early.

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    1. I think so, too. I wouldn't mind have several of these!

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  21. I am so envious! Roses already? Mine have barely broken bud! What a joy it must be to have them so early and for so long a season!

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    1. Oh, yes - roses! That's why I have so many - they bloom all summer, and summers are very long here!

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  22. Holley, I can see why you'll be spending time admiring this beauty, wow! Your roses are just amazing, I can almost smell their fragrance from here.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. I think summer will be coming soon this year! I kept thinking I should cut off some of the blooms for in the house, but never got out there with scissors.

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    1. I think so, too! I'm very happy with him so far.

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  24. How can one have a favorite Austin rose?

    One thing for sure.... the ones I have wonderful fragrance.

    I just wish there was a way to photograph my roses in HIGH SPRING bloom without the weeds showing?

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    1. Just photograph the roses - no one cares about the weeds! Everyone that gardens knows the weeds are just a part of the garden. :)

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  25. Stunning...sigh...envy...
    pulling out the Davids' catalogue to drool and dream

    glimpsesofglory-karen.blogspot.com/

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    1. That's a great read - happy dreaming!

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  26. What a beautiful bloom. Lovely pictures too.

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    1. I love big, fat, full blooms like this!

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  27. Beautiful rose in that coral color. It is big and full too.

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  28. Just drop dead gorgeous! I have always wanted to try Austin roses but just not sure which would be the right one for my climate. I am afraid they would either ball or black spot or both in my area. I would love a garden filled with just that rose too!

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    1. Some of the Austins do better than others. I hope you can find one that would do well in your area. They are lovely.

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  29. Yes Yes Yes - Abraham Darby does smells heavenly! Such beautiful pictures. Mine are in the bud stage.

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    1. Oh, enjoy yours! It's amazing that the buds can hold all those petals!

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  30. What a handsome fella! I have serious rose-withdrawals at the moment, as I cut down all my roses 4 weeks ago. Not too long to go now before my first ones are in bud, but this time of year is the only time I don't have roses.

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    1. What a great growing season you have! We don't have any blooms in winter, and most go dormant in our very hot summers, too. I would love to have roses year round!

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  31. This is a lovely rose, one of which I am not familiar. The depth and abundance of petals is amazing...and I love the color. I can see why you would want to hang out with Abe....just beautiful! Thanks for introducing me to this lovely variety.

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    1. I was amazed at the abundance of petals, too. I wasn't expecting the blooms to be so big! So nice to not be disappointed with a rose when you buy them bloom sight unseen.

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  32. I grow this one aswell though I'm about to prune out some of the dead wood tommorrow. He flowers for such a long time in my garden and normally can cope with the early frosts aswell.......blooms the size of saucers too!

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    1. Sounds wonderful about the early frosts. Maybe he'll bloom for me well into the winter here!

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  33. Absolutely beautiful, what a lovely colour.

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    1. I love that peachy color. It's always been a favorite color of mine.

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  34. Oh how beautiful!! The salmon colour and the shape is so delicate! A wonderful addition to any garden.

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    1. I can't wait for him to grow a bit so I can see him over the other roses!

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  35. what a wonderful collection of roses you've got there! They're simply gorgeous! Thank you for sharing them with us!

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