What I expected was just another rose bush. One that took a year or two to settle in before it started blooming profusely. One that suffered in last year's record heat and drought. I expected just another rose bush.
What I got was completely different.
I got a rose that walked through the heat and drought of last summer like it was a camel. A rose that wouldn't stop blooming. It wouldn't even slow down.
A rose that took a pretty picture, looked good with companions, and was cheerfully pink.
A rose that stole my heart.
Only slightly fragrant, it's smooth, almost thornless stems make me swoon.
I walk around to this side of the garden and I can't keep my eyes off of lovely La Marne. It is definitely the star of the show in this new garden area.
Would I recommend this rose to you? You bet! La Marne is designated an Earthkind rose, grows in zones 6 to 9, can grow to 6 ft tall (or kept at around 3 ft), and will steal your heart, too.
She looks like a keeper! What a beautiful bush! I'm always trying to find a spot for more roses and so far have only found spots for a Graham Thomas climbing rose and an Abraham Darby rose that's going in a giant pot.ReplyDelete
I've always wanted a Graham Thomas. I'm going to have to put in ANOTHER area for all the roses I want! :) You will love Abraham Darby!Delete
Ah Yes---another beauty!!!!! La Marne is indeed a beautiful rose... Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
I'm getting spoiled by these easy roses. I couldn't believe how well it did in the drought!Delete
Isn't it nice when you have a plant that exceeds your expectations? A very garden worthy rose!ReplyDelete
Yes, it's wonderful to have a plant do so well. I guess none of us really know how a plant is going to act in our own gardens, until we try it!Delete
She's a beauty. Love the fact that there's not much in thorns also.ReplyDelete
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The more I get scratched up, the more that feature is appealing to me!Delete
I got La Marne last year and can't wait to see her strut her stuff!ReplyDelete
I bet you'll fall in love! :)Delete
You really have some beautiful roses. How many varieties do you actually have? I am always amazed seeing different ones each visit.ReplyDelete
That's like a moving target! ;) I'm getting rid of some, and of course, I usually add more every year. Right now I have around 80 different varieties.Delete
Seems like a wonderful rose. Love the camel reference!!!ReplyDelete
It was like a desert here last year!Delete
It seldom happens too see such a glowing pink in roses. I love when some of my plants exceed my expectations! I'm playing catch up with you because I've noticed my rosa chinensis odorata is covered in buds this morning, soon I'm going to have some roses to sniff too!!!!ReplyDelete
Oh, how exciting for you! I hope your roses have the most beautiful perfume!Delete
Wow, an almost thornless rose that shrugs off heat and drought? Definitely a winner! So pretty too!ReplyDelete
I couldn't believe how much it bloomed last year in such adverse conditions. And it started off blooming its head off this year! Yes, it's definitely a winner!Delete
Love this rose!ReplyDelete
It's a winner!Delete
Oh how exquisite! If only it were hardy a bit further north for me...ReplyDelete
Sorry. :( Maybe you should move a little farther south! :)Delete
How lovely!! It is welcoming to see lovely fresh spring flowers! Especially roses. Mine did not do so well this year!ReplyDelete
Sorry yours didn't do so well this year. It usually takes mine a couple of years to settle in. I think mostly it's because the growers spray them, and since I don't, they have to adjust to being tough. This one just came here tough!Delete
Beautiful Rose's! I added my first rose last year. Only a simple Knockout but a Rose just the same. It did well with being planted during a drought time and survived the winter months. Well, what winter we had anyway. It has been blooming for a month now and give me some beautiful colors. Not the prettiest rose in a garden but a start for me...ReplyDelete
So glad you've added a rose! You just might get addicted! :) My Knock Outs are truly putting on a beautiful show this year. I hope you end up very pleased with yours.Delete
So odd to see so many lovely roses in bloom on your site. We're a long way behind, I fear. DReplyDelete
Summer comes early here in hot Texas. It usually gets so hot everything goes dormant for a while, so I'll be enjoying yours when mine are sleeping!Delete
Hi Holley, 'La Marne' looks like a wonderful rose in your garden. It is always so great if a rose is surprising us and exceeding our expectations by far. Thanks for the bush shot, I really appreciate it! Have a wonderful weekend!ReplyDelete
I do think the bush shots are important. Not always so easy to get, though, as I place my roses a little too close together. I actually had to go around to the "back" to get this one. It's hard to tell, but I have roses placed in front of it and on either side!Delete
Beautiful! Love the lovely pink color. That rose sounds like a real winner.ReplyDelete
It is! This bed has a lot of whites in it - the pink really stands out. It's one of those shades of pink that just makes me smile.Delete
This one is beautiful in the photos, and sounds like a great rose to have. 'La Marne' is going on my Earthkind list. Roses that think they're camels are exactly what I need around here. :-)ReplyDelete
I planted this bed not long before the drought hit. And I actually lost several roses in this bed due to the drought. But these roses (I have two of them), just kept blooming even through the worst of it! Amazing!Delete
It is a beauty. I love the brilliant shades of pink.Have a lovely weekend.ReplyDelete
It is a cheerful color! And a pink that seems to blend well with other colors.Delete
That is the experience I had with my Hyde Hall english rose. It bloomed non-stop and grew nice and tall making a fabulous hedge along my back garden wall. Loved it, we moved and now I need to get myself some more.ReplyDelete
Oh, that Hyde Hall hedge sounds fabulous! Really fabulous! Now you have me thinking I need a hedge like that! Just where to put it....Delete
La Marne..what a beautiful rose and love that its an Earthkind Rose since I donot spray my roses in my garden. Thanks for the share.ReplyDelete
I've had really good luck with the Earthkind roses. And a lot of times I will pick up a rose that I think is pretty, and later on find that it's an Earthkind. So glad that these tough roses are also beautiful!Delete
What lovely photos! I put in three rose bushes last winter thinking that would be enough. Now I'm realising I was wrong and I actually need more roses. I'm hoping to get some with autumn colour too - what are your favourite roses for pretty rosehips?ReplyDelete
You can never have too many roses! ;) As for hips - I have Carefree Beauty that has pretty hips, Ballerina is always loaded with them. And even Julia Child will put on hips. But you may want to research rose hips a little more - I don't grow mine for that, so it's just a bonus for me.Delete
Oh darn a zone 6...oh well I can swoon from afar!!!ReplyDelete
So sorry, Donna!Delete
Oh how I wish I had a bigger garden to accomodate all the lovely roses I see on your beautiful blog! I shall just have to enjoy the virtual versions, excuse me while I stay & stroke your blog a while xReplyDelete
haha - Too bad you can't reach down into the computer and pull the roses up to your nose! Isn't that what everyone does when they see a beautiful rose? :)Delete
I love roses like that. I felt that way about one of my English Roses in our last garden. I had at least half a dozen different varieties, most of which did alright, but one, Kathryn Morley, I swear was made of steel. I love your Camel analogy, she too would keep blooming even with weather in the 90s+. I think I might have liked La Marne even better though, a it looks more compact (Kathryn was over 8 feet tall at the end of summer). A similar beautiful pink though.ReplyDelete
Wow! Kathryn Morley sounds like a winner! I bet she was quite a beauty being so tall and covered in blooms! The roses that are made of steel are my kind of rose! :)Delete
Oh wow! Yes that looks like an all round winner. LOVE the colour!ReplyDelete
Isn't it a sweet color? I love pink blooms. It doesn't go so well with our brick color, but I plant pink anyway! :)Delete
Very impressive! Unfortunately, I stopped planting roses, since their blooms get eaten by a deer. Love your pictures!ReplyDelete
Most of my roses are fenced in, but there's a new area that is open and easily accessed by the deer. I'm wondering when they are going to start nibbling on mine. I may have to figure out how to keep them out of that area!Delete
So very beautiful. I wonder how it would do in Canada.ReplyDelete
I don't really know, Carol, but I think it's worth a try! :)Delete
What a lovely rose. Great bloom shape and great color. It looks like it should also have great scent, though. Some rose picture ooze scent, and it always surprises me when they aren't so pungent. Add some tea to the bed. It's supposed to enhance the rose scent ... old wives garden lore I picked up somewhere and will be trying shortly. :) Love your blog, by the way.ReplyDelete
I bet the roses would love the tea! I had a friend that would always pour the last of her coffee on her fern. It was the biggest, most lush fern I've ever encountered! I know it was the coffee that made it so beautiful. It would be interesting to know if the tea really affects a rose's scent!Delete