If you are new to roses, you may not know that there are different classes of roses. I won't go into all the different types, but one class is the Antiques, or old garden roses. I grow all types of roses, but I love the Antique roses because they usually require less pruning, have a history (I love a good story), and most are quite fragrant.
Way back in September (September 20th, to be exact), Chris of The Redneck Rosarian asked for a list of our favorite top 5 old garden roses. My answer was (in no particular order):
|Mrs. Dudley Cross|
An old garden Tea, she's a lovely lady, starting out yellow and blushing to pink. The way her petals change colors makes her quite charming. Want more information? I've done a post on her HERE.
Another old garden Tea, she's quite the radiant beauty. Her blooms are quite big, almost floppy, with a golden color that really stands out in the garden. She'll grow up to 6 ft, in zones 5b through 10.
A china/polyantha with tiny little blooms, she makes me smile each time I see those ribbon-like petals. Considered thornless, or almost so. Zones 6 through 9. Will grow to 6 ft tall, or can be kept small as a container rose. She's also designated an Earthkind rose.
|Souvenir de St. Anne's|
A Bourbon, this was one of my very first roses. Her scent wafts through the air, and I am charmed by her loose form and clear pink color. You can read more about her in my garden HERE.
Either an old garden Tea or possibly a Hybrid Tea named Barcelona (there is some dispute), Francis is a sentimental favorite of mine, and a favorite, too, for its scent. One whiff and I was hooked. Read more about this rose HERE.
It was fun to look through past pictures of the roses now that they're dormant. I can't wait to see their faces this spring!
Roses are my fav. flower in my own garden!I'm here in the sunshine of AZ and see roses blossoming already! I buy a dozen at Safeway to admire in my home. The last bunch have lasted over 10 days and are bigger than a china tea cup!ReplyDelete
How wonderful to already have roses blooming! Who wouldn't have roses in their garden if they blooming in January! Fabulous!Delete
I would rather have roses on my table that diamonds on my neck Emma GoldmanDelete
What beautiful roses. So many lovelies and so little room.LOL! I really like the color shades in the Mrs. Dudley Cross. Have a wonderful weekend!ReplyDelete
Yes, that's the problem - running out of room. Mrs. Dudley Cross turns prettier as she ages.Delete
Gorgeous! I just got my shipment from David Austin this week. 17 English roses, can you imagine my excitement? :)ReplyDelete
Oh, I'm so excited for you! 17 Austin roses! I hope they all perform perfectly for you.Delete
I LOVE roses and you have some real beauties. I used to have Perle d'Or.ReplyDelete
Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady
We each have to find which rose is right for our own garden. Other than that, roses are the best!Delete
Gorgeous roses, Holley.... Can't wait til spring when ours bloom... Hope we don't have an early spring followed by a killer frost this year.ReplyDelete
I can't wait until spring, either. And yes, I'm really worried that February may get tricky! I hope not.Delete
Beautiful roses, I really love the 4th one. Too bad I'm too shady to grow any.ReplyDelete
That's one thing I have plenty of - sun! I have only two spots in my garden that are shady. It's like a whole different world!Delete
Oh my gosh you had this gardener's heart at "Antique Roses". Thank you for sharing them with everyone. If more folks realized how easy and carefree most of them are, they would hit the switch button in a heartbeat! Would love to see your next five selections to round out your Top Ten!!!!!ReplyDelete
Sending you lots of rosie wishes,
I agree that once people realize how easy to maintain the Antique roses are, they love them. They're more like regular shrubs, but with rose blooms. It takes all the fear of growing roses away.Delete
Hi Holley, I decided to nominate you, congratulations!ReplyDelete
Take care :-)
I can see why you cannot wait to see them again. They really brighten a dreary winter day. We have been having rain and I saw today that my rose standard has new BUDS.ReplyDelete
Yes, the rose garden looks pretty sad when they're not in bloom. Buds already? That's almost scary. What's funny is that my spring bulbs are not blooming, yet up north a lot are, and now you have buds on your roses. I'm not quite sure what to think about that.Delete
It has been a crasy fall and early winter.Delete
Thanks for the refreshing dose of Rose images to brighten my January day! They are all lovely. Imagining the sweet scent of the old garden Roses... mmmmmm!ReplyDelete
It was nice to go back and look at some summer pictures. Oh, no wonder we gardeners long for spring to hurry and get here!Delete
wonderful roses although I enjoy all the things you blog about...remember the title is Roses and Other Gardening Joys....once those beauties start to bloom I will be having rose envy all over again....ReplyDelete
Thanks, Donna. I decided to throw in the "other joys" because I knew my mind would never stay on one subject for too long! :)Delete
I love this post! I am also very sentimentally attached to the old garden roses. I currently think that I have found a spot to add two more roses this spring. Just the thought of adding a new rose is like finding a new best friend. I’m so happy to find another gardener that loves roses as much as I do!ReplyDelete
Nice to find another old garden rose grower. How exciting to find more places for more roses! I need to add a few more this year, but their spots are not quite ready for them yet. I need to get busy!Delete
Holley - I have roses in my garden but I don't know their names. Of your top 5, I would pick Souvenir de St. Anne's. I like the way the colour changes as the bloom opens up.ReplyDelete
I think the way the petals are different colors on each side gives it such a beautiful, delicate coloring that is hard to capture in photos.ReplyDelete
I do not buy Tea rose, I do have two, Carrle transplanted Mr lincoln over to my garden the loudest scent I have ever smelled in a rose. When it blooms it is perfect but it does not bloom enough. I also have the Peace Rose, a tea, almost got rid but I am glad I kept it bought it at Wal-Mart for three dollars fifty cents buy any thing for that. I almost dug up my Peace rose after two years slow starter or a bad beganing Carrel talked me into keeping it. I wrote a blog page about it wonderful history. I have one old rose from my Mother-in-law"s garden blooms only once smells heavenly. I plant florabundas and grandafloras. My "Dream Come True" had a bloom every day after April even Jan.1 it is pink and yellow combination the longer it is open the more pink it becomes. Yor roses are lovely. Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
If you love Hybrid Teas and Grandifloras, you would love Betsy's blog, Joyful Reflections. I have Peace, too, and had to have it for a few years before I decided it was worth keeping, too!Delete