Rose Pr0n: Charlotte Brownell

There are some Phailbin shenanigans that I’ll get to in my next post, but first, I wanted to post a couple of pictures of one of my roses.  It’s a hybrid tea that came with the house.  Why the previous owner planted so many hybrid teas is beyond me, since they generally don’t do all that well in this USDA zone.  The poor thing had a really rough summer, between the deer, black spot, and powdery mildew, but when it blooms, it’s a nice one — and I don’t even like yellow as a rule.  It has a classic rose fragrance, with no citrusy or vanilla notes.

Normally, I’ll plant OGRs or climbers, with an occasional shrub rose, all of which do fine here, but I inherited a bunch of hybrid teas that were planted way too close to the house.  Charlotte Brownell is one of them.  I’ll have to wait until next Spring to transplant them, but so be it.  In the meantime . . .

Woo-hoo — Two New Galleries

. . . are available on The Orchid Place.  I have a new “Garden 2009” gallery uploaded, as well as a “Roses 2009” gallery.

I’m really beginning to love the Jalbum software I use to compile these galleries.  At least Jalbum doesn’t force me to store them on their servers and link over to them.  I compile and store them locally, modify the relevant index page footers to add my own copyright, FTP the suckers up to the right subdirectories at my web host, and bingo-bango, it all works.

For direct links to those two galleries, click on the one(s) you want to view:

Alright — enough pimping my flower porn.  Until my next batch of roses bloom over the next week or so, that is . . .

I love roses.  So, sue me.  😉

First Rose of the Year

As much as I dislike orange, this one’s not so bad.  It was just there among the foundation plantings the previous owner had.  Judging by all the other roses, some I planted, and others that were already there, it should only be another week or two before the place starts to pop with blooms.

The previous owner had a thing for hybrid teas, which are nice, but generally are hit-or-miss in terms of hardiness for this USDA zone, and some are really susceptible to black spot.  I prefer antique roses — Reines des Violettes, Cécile Brünner, Sombreuil, Grüss an Aachen, etc.  Most of the ones I like in the catalogs are mosses or gallicas.

Let’s hope the damn deer don’t get them.  A deer already munched one of the roses that had been planted perhaps a foot from the house.  The telltale sign it was a deer is the clean 45 degree angle bites, roughly waist height.  I put some wind chimes out there, after I saw that, and there hasn’t been any further damage to it.  It never should have been planted that close to the house, but it’s too well established by now to easily transplant, and this isn’t the time of year to attempt it, anyway.