Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Yackety Yak!

"Psssst!"

"You!"

"Over here!"

"Look at me!"


"Wouldn't I look good in your garden?"

Oh, yes!  But I have no where to put you! 

"You're not going to leave me here, are you?"

"Just look at me again!"


Alright!  I'll find a place for you - somewhere!




"Hey, I like your garden!  Thanks for the prime location!  Sunny mornings, shade late afternoons.  Fairly good soil.  You could have done a little more to the soil, you know."

Be quiet!

"I know I'm one of your favorites!  I can tell by the way your eyes get wide when you look at me.  And how you come over, and caress my blooms."

Yes, you're one of my favorites. 

"It's the color, isn't it?"


Yes, I admit, your coloring is mesmerizing.  Pink on reverse, making a beautiful pink bud that opens wider every day until the bloom turns almost white.  Just a touch of yellow.  Not too much, but just enough to give your coloring a little extra interest.  Plus, your bloom is full.  You're certainly not stingy with the petals. 

"And my foliage?"


Are you just fishing for compliments?  Your foliage has been perfect.  And you are supposedly disease resistant.  Still, I've only had you since spring, so I try not to jump to conclusions.  I usually won't evaluate foliage until I've had a rose in my garden for several years.

"I like where you've placed me.  I'm next to some moderns, some Austins, some antiques, and of course, I'm a hybrid tea!"

Yes, you're an old hybrid tea.  One of the first in that class.


"One of the first in my class?  I must be smart!"

Can you see me rolling my eyes at you?  Be quiet!

"Aren't you going to tell everyone my name?  They might want one for their garden!"

All right!  Anything to shut you up!  You're name is Antoine Rivoire.  You've got a delicate fragrance. You grow in zones 6 through 10.  You grow around 3 ft to 5 ft tall.  You're also known as Mrs. William Howard Taft.

"What?!!  I'm also known as Mrs. William Howard Taft?!!"

Well, you were quite popular as that name, during a certain period.  Don't be upset!  You've been around since 1895!  So you've reinvented yourself a few times - so has Madonna!  Now be quiet!



"You know, if you were going to show a bush shot, the least you could have done was weed this grass out!"

I'm trying to get to that!  Instead I'm having ridiculous conversations with roses!

36 comments:

  1. Such a pretty rose in each of it's stages! I love it's soft color. I love the 4th photo, the beauty of the half opened rose on the left, so pretty and delicate.

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    1. I love its color, too. I'm so glad I made this unplanned purchase!

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  2. Enjoyed the post and that Rose is beautiful. Her blending colors are perfect and she is very full and perfect.
    Cher Sunray Gardens
    Goldenray Yorkies

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    1. She really is a delight to see in the garden. One of my favorites to see in bloom.

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  3. Love that rose, blooms constantly here in zone 8b. Maybe with your posting, folks will become more acquainted with her.

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    1. You're right - mine has been in constant bloom - even in our 100+ degree temperatures we've been having lately! I hope more people will add this rose to their gardens. They will be happy with her.

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  4. Cute post, I always enjoy when the plants have a say.

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    1. haha - Some of mine aren't nice to me! ;)

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  5. I would love to know what my plants, and dogs, would say to me if they could talk! If roses begged me to take them home, I'd have knocked down the house by now and would have nothing but roses!

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    1. Well, I hadn't thought of knocking down the house, but roses do beg me to take them home! I usually oblige! ;)

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  6. Nice conversation! The "face" of a rose begged to take it to your garden is so beautiful. It's sad that this rose won't grow in my 5a zone, too cold for it.

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    1. Too bad, Nadezda. I think this rose is quite lovely. I guess it just likes warm weather!

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  7. Your post made me laugh Holley! A fab post about a fab looking rose! There's always room for more in your garden I'm sure. Pleased to see you didn't resist in having this rose :)

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    1. I'm glad I didn't resist, either. It usually makes me smile as I walk around to that side of the garden. And yes, I always seem to be able to squeeze one in somewhere! :)

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  8. Holley it is amazing the conversations I have with my roses...too funny. I love this rose especially the gentle pink.

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    1. I talk to all kinds of things while I'm in the garden - roses, weeds, butterflies, etc. This is one of the nicest to have a 'conversation' with! :)

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  9. What a lovely gal! And wow! what a compliment for a hybrid tea that the foliage is still good at the wane of Summer! I gave up on hybrid teas because most need to be sprayed for diseases and I wont use chemicals. And she is much too delicate for my zone 6, but more like a 5, garden! Love that you gave "her" a voice!!

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    1. You're right - most hybrid teas are very hard to keep around unless they are sprayed. But this one is different - because it's such an old variety. I don't spray, either, so the fact that the foliage has been perfect on this rose says a lot about its disease resistance. Too bad your microclimate is just a little too cold for her.

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  10. The most gorgeous color nature provides us!

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    1. I love this color. Very delicate. It's what drew me in and became irresistible to me. And, really, I'm glad I didn't resist! :)

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  11. going to get my missing rose tomorrow, a striped one, red and white and yellow and pink!

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    1. Oh, Diana! I can't wait to see pictures of it blooming! It sounds fun!

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  12. Oh do your flowers talk to you too? I was always to embarressed to tell anyone. They might think I'm wacko or something. Glad to see such a brave kindred spirit...you make me braver too. She looks somewhat like Madam Antoin Mari? That's who I thought she was. Mari is like the Everready Bunny!!! Thanks for such a cute blog!!

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    1. There's a few differences between this rose and Madam Antoin Mari, but I think they are both prolific bloomers! Glad to know you talk to your roses, too! And that they also talk back to you! :)

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  13. What a creative way to tell us all about this beautiful rose! You may tell her she has at least one new fan. And it's good to know I'm not the only one who has personal relationships with her plants!

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    1. Glad you became a fan! I love roses that immediately make you look, but are glad in the long run, too, that you put them in the garden!

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  14. She is a beauty! And so well spoken :)

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    1. haha - She does seem to talk a little more than some of my other plants! ;)

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  15. Beautiful! Your roses knock me out! Very creative and funny post!

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    1. I can't imagine a garden without lots of roses!

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  16. Your roses are just beautiful!!!! Bright and healthy looking - what do you feed yours?

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    1. I keep it simple - I usually throw out a time-release fertilizer (like Osmocote Plus) a couple of times a year. This year I experimented with Miracle Gro, but I didn't keep it up. I've been thinking about putting out manure next year. I'm sure I could get a lot more blooms if I really worked at it, but I am too busy putting in new garden areas!

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  17. Very creative post; I enjoyed listening in on it!

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    1. For those of us whose roses talk to us, the garden can be very loud! ;)

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  18. Loved seeing this rose no matter what she is called (although wasn't Taft the guy who got stuck in the bathtub?) Anyway as I say in the Dirt Diaries, Wild Thing, You Make My Heart Sing!!

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    1. Yes, I think Taft was that guy! :) And now I'm going to be having that song run through my head all day! :O

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