Saturday, October 12, 2013

Cloud on the Ground

When my Iceberg rose blooms, it reminds me of a cloud.  A cloud on the ground.

Iceberg rose

Since this rose is so light and airy, it would probably benefit from a solid background.  Unfortunately, I don't have enough room for that.  But on my to-do list is to plant something in front of it to hide its bare legs.



Some Texans won't have Iceberg in their garden.  It has a tendency to get blackspot.  I love it anyway.


Mine seems to drop her leaves every spring, but she grows them back quickly, and she's as good as new.  I can live with that.  She doesn't bloom with bare stems, and she doesn't keep ugly leaves for all to see.  I have come to accept her spring leaf-dropping quirk, and she accepts my laissez faire gardening.


Iceberg rose grows in zones 5 (maybe 4) through 9 (maybe 10) and is resistant to mildew and rust.  She grows to about 3 ft x 3 ft in my garden.  This was one of the first roses I ever purchased, and I moved it three times before deciding to just leave it alone and let it be.  I felt like she had been tortured enough!


In return, she has turned into a beautiful white, shimmering cloud on the ground.


38 comments:

  1. A beautiful white cloud - not a miserable dark grey one!
    A gorgeous rose Holley.

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    1. It's raining a bit today, so this white cloud of blooms really stands out in the grey weather!

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  2. Nice, I've heard the name but didn't know it was smaller in stature. I should pay a visit to the rose garden here...this is rose primetime, mild after the end of our "wet season"!

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    1. I would love to see a post from you on a rose garden!

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  3. I love white roses - that is a beautiful one to be sure! Is it fragrant at all?

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    1. It's raining, so I'm not going to go outside and smell it, but I think it has a slight scent.

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  4. Lovely white clouds on the ground. White roses are always beautiful!

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    1. They really do shine, don't they? Always calling attention to themselves! ;)

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    1. Oh, I love that! :) I'll remember that when we get fog around here (which doesn't happen often).

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  6. Beautiful white clouds on the ground they are!

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  7. I have a climbing Iceberg Rose :) Have to say it's the only one of my white roses that doesn't sulk and rot after a heavy rain.

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    1. I bet the climbing version of it is really pretty. Linda, I tried to go to your blog, but kept getting sidelined to a different website. I can read it through my email subscription, but can't comment. Your adirondack chair looks fabulous!

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  8. It is a beautiful Rose. One I would have liked to have but like with so many I just have no space for them. Something lower is a great idea also.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. That's the problem with gardens - eventually we run out of room! ;)

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  9. We grow the Iceberg- I love it. They are such heavy bloomers. Great photos!!!

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    1. They really are heavy bloomers. And my photo doesn't do mine justice. It really is covered in white!

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  10. Vert pretty. Is your ground-level cloud fragrant too?

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  11. Holley, I've read about Iceberg rose that it can grow in zone 5. But nobody near my garden grows this rose so I have no experience. Would like to plant it! Nice cloud in your garden!

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    1. I think it would be worth a try in your garden. Good luck with it! :)

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  12. That white really pops!!! So pretty. Nice to have all those blooms come in at once.

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    1. It is! I love it when the roses flush!

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  13. I'm glad to hear this is a prolific bloomer. I don't have much room for flowers...yet, so whatever goes in has to produce.

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    1. I understand! I think we all are on the quest for heavy producers!

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  14. With the heat you have, I would think any Texan would be happy to have an iceberg in their garden! It is a pretty bloomer, and it is refreshing to the eye.

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    1. haha - Yes, we need an iceberg that doesn't melt! ;)

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  15. Love love love this one...the white against that dark foliage is stunning

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    1. The white really does show off against the foliage. Mine would look much better with something planted behind it - it's stems are quite thin, and the bush is almost see-through. But, walking down the pathway, it looks nice.

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  16. Hi Holley! It is lovely! I am starting to appreciate more white flowers in my garden.

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    1. I am, too! Seems once I got started with a few, I wanted more and more! Maybe one day I'll have a white garden - somewhere!

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  17. Gorgeous rose!! I agree about how white flowers need a solid background, and a dark background too. I'd paint my house a darker color if I could, because light colored flowers are washed out against my light tan house.

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    1. Oh, I just got a mental image of some dark red roses against your tan house! You're right - I think roses need some contrasting background!

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  18. Such a beauty! I always love reading about your roses - we can't grow most of the ones you can and it's a treat to find out more about them and see your great photos.

    Sheryl @ Flowery Prose

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    1. What I love about roses is that there is a rose for every garden. :)

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