Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Favorite Rose - This Winter

As I wander through the house, I look out the windows.  I look for sunshine.  I look for shoots springing from the earth.  I look for weeds that will need weeding.  I look at my garden's design.  I look at the places garden areas will be added this spring.

I look forward to my garden's awakening from its sleep.

And I have realized that I have a favorite rose this winter.

Prosperity rose

This picture of Prosperity rose was taken in December.  There are no blooms to be seen now.  Still, it has become my favorite rose this winter.  Why?  Because I can see it from my bedroom window.

And when I see it, I begin dreaming.  I dream of how this rose will look this spring.  I dream of its branches filled with creamy white blooms.


And then, I walk around the house, and my dreams include the rest of my garden.

But this particular rose is in my dreams every morning as I awake, and every night as I close the drapes.  Therefore, it has become my favorite rose - this winter.




Prosperity is a hybrid musk rose.  If you put this beauty in your garden, be sure to give it lots of space.  It will grow to a large mounding shrub, around 8 ft tall and wide, or you can grow it as a climber.  It needs no pruning, repeatedly blooms, and is hardy in zones 6 (possibly 5) through 10.  Prosperity will also grow in a semi-shady position, and is fragrant.


Wouldn't it be lovely growing along a fence?  Ah, there I go... dreaming again.


62 comments:

  1. I too have a view of my garden out my bedroom window and also out the exercise room window so as I'm doing those exercise dvds I'm thinking and planning and anticipating the return of warmth and the start of the new cycle of growth.

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    1. It won't be long now! I think dreaming gets me into trouble, though! Every winter I seem to dream up a new garden area! :O

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  2. Hi Holley! I have a soft spot for hybrid musk in general, they are as tough and versatile as plants as the flowers are soft and simple. I am looking forward for some spring too, my brain needs to relax after a winter of planning and dreaming... :-)
    PS what are those purple leaved little bushes on the background of the second pic? I like the colour and leaf shape...

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    1. Those are dwarf nandinas! I can see those out my window, too, and I love that they turn this bright reddish purple in winter!

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  3. Holley,you can dream about looking out of the window of your bedroom - this means that your soul is young!
    Rose is beautiful and I love it, can it be ideal for 5th zone?

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    1. I saw where some sites only said to zone 6, some said to zone 5, so I'm not sure it would be ideal, but if you had a warm spot in your garden, it might be worth a try!

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  4. This sounds like my kind of rose! Sceptre d'Isle tolerates a bit of bright shade, too. I wish I had room for more roses. :o)

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    1. That's always the problem - not enough room for all the roses we want! :)

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  5. That'll look good growing on a fence. Love the pure white blooms!

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    1. Wouldn't it look fabulous? I may have to see if I can come up with a fence to put one on!

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  6. Prosperity is a favorite rose of mine too. That reminds me, I should take some cuttings of her to see if they will root for me, a couple others too.

    Enjoy Prosperity and all of your other beauties.

    FlowerLady

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    1. I'm going to try to take a cutting of this rose for a friend. I hope we both have great success with them!

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  7. Prosperity sounds like a brilliant rose, if I just had room for it, I think it might be a bit big for my garden, but I wish I could have it :-)

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    1. It is a big rose! I may have to move a few plants myself in order to give it the room it's going to need!

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  8. That 'Prosperity' looks gorgeous. i think I can use another white rose but where to plant it. I have about 100 different roses but I need room for 500. I love the big rose bushes.

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    1. It seems we can never have too many roses - if only we had the room to grow them!

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  9. I love a rose that doesn't need pruning, but I think it would take up too much space in my garden. Lovely flowers though. Hybrid teas and austins are better for me.

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    1. Isn't it wonderful that there is a rose for everyone? Big or small - there's a rose that will fit in that space!

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  10. One of my favorites is Penelope, but instead of dreaming, I struggle to arrange its long and thick canes so that give me more bloom. I still love it :). Can't wait to see your Prosperity in spring...

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    1. I've seen pictures of your Penelope - and she is stunning! I love her coloring, too. I guess that's why we rose growers want them all! :)

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  11. I love how seeing a plant even not in bloom can inspire dreams of spring and summer (or even December!). Lately I have been having imaginary conversations with my favorite garden writers about various garden beds. They haven't all gone well. Prosperity is beautiful. Does she have a smaller sister, do you know?

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    1. Stacy, if you're interested, you might want to check into the hybrid musk rose 'Daphne'. She should stay a reasonable size. :)

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  12. Hi Holley, this rose would make me dreaming, too! What a beauty! But when I read about the size it reaches in your garden, I stopped dreaming immediately :-(. This won't work in my small garden! Do you think it has even reached full maturity, yet? I guess, I better start dreaming about roses that have a chance to fit into my little paradise ;-)!
    Christina

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    1. I am afraid I'm going to have to move a few plants so this rose can stretch out! It is starting to take over that corner of the bed. But, I knew she was going to be a big one when I placed her there. Still, for some reason that I can't quite name, I am genuinely infatuated with this rose.

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  13. This is such a pretty rose... and the white shades are my favourite. No pruning and has a fragrance is a winner too :-)

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    1. Yes, every February when I go around and prune, I am thankful for the ones that don't require any. The bad thing is that I mix my roses so much, one year I accidentally pruned on one that didn't like that! I think it has finally forgiven me. I'll never forget and prune it again!

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  14. Very pretty Rose. If I had room that is one that would fit in nicely here also.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. It's amazing to see those big rose bushes, especially in bloom, but they are hard to find a spot for sometimes!

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  15. I would love it against a fence or trellised through an obelisk...but sadly I would not risk here in my 5b garden...ah the dreams we are all having these days!

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    1. I am thinking my dreaming days will soon be over - it will be back to work for me before long! I can't wait! :)

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  16. Love that rose! Best way to plan a garden is from the inside out! What we can see from our kitchen window or sitting room window - these are so important to how our garden works for us!

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    1. You are so right! Especially during these winter months!

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  17. I love white roses, they're my favorite. They look so beautiful!

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    1. I started with bright colored roses, but eventually, the pastels won me over. White is a new favorite of mine.

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  18. Ok lady...you are the expert...do you think zone 5 is possible or is that pushing it???? This is such a beauty! It would look stunning on my fence!!! You are one lucky lady to have a view of this gorgeous rosé from your window!!!

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    1. Most sources I found say it is hardy to zone 5, but you have to be aware that an unusually cold winter one year could kill it. You know your own garden. I have areas that are warm and spots that are much, much colder in the winter. So, placement is key. Also, I would be a bit reluctant to grow this rose as the main attraction in my garden in that zone. I would be devastated if it were to die in one extremely cold arctic blast and it was the main attraction. But if it was along a fence (say along the back or sides, etc.) where I could replace it if it ever became necessary, then I would give it a try. Good luck!

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  19. Sounds like my kind of rose. I love white roses.

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    1. White roses are such a classic. Every garden should have one!

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  20. Any Rose you can see from a window has to be a favorite. I can see my favorite, Double Delight, from the window in our Computer Room/Office... Love it.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. How thrilling to see such a beautiful rose from the place you blog about roses!

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  21. I've added it to my list of must haves....now to find a place that it will like.

    Jen

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  22. Good job planting that rose right in your window where you can see it all year long. I've read a number of times that you should garden so you can see it from inside your house but this post is a real reminder of what a wonderful design idea that is.

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    1. You are so right that views are very important - especially, I think, in the winter when we're stuck inside!

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  23. SOOOOOOOOoooo pretty! As for the dreaming....I think that is my favorite part of gardening...getting lost in it all....

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    1. It really is fun to dream and plan, and then dream some more!

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  24. Aw, very pretty! 'Tis the season for us gardeners to dream!

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    1. In the winter, our gardens are always perfect! (in our dreams, of course) ;) I hope they will be just as lovely in the spring when they truly begin to bloom!

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  25. Prosperity is a beautiful rose, I can see why it is your favorite, for now! I've been dreaming of spring, too, and we've been really busy in the studio whipping up stained glass which satisfies my color cravings for the time being. But nothing substitutes for the garden itself, does it?

    Still hard at work on Callanetics...I have a copy of the Evolution DVD, did you ever try that one? I alternate between classic Callan and the new one, and hey, things are looking better. Thank you so much for suggesting this workout.

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    1. I don't have Evolution, although I may get it later on. Right now, I'm happy with just doing the same old regular Callanetics routine. Although, when I get bored with it, I'll remember that you like Evolution! Thanks!

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  26. I had to laugh at your looking for spring to get here. I wish I had the same amount of wait time you do. Still, I look forward to seeing spring unfold in the warmer zones, as I wait for our turn in SE Nebraska. That rose sure is a beauty!

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    1. Spring will be here soon - for both of us! I just feel it!

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  27. Good tips. This winter has been mild enough to work outside most of the time. The trick is to keep the garden from waking up too fast and getting surprised by a late freeze.

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    1. I, too, worry about a late freeze. February is always so unpredictable!

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  28. I love the corner bed. I think it looks fabulous

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    1. Thanks, Janie! It's been a long saga with that bed! Hopefully, I will actually complete it sometime! :)

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