Elizabeth Harkness

 

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Day 3

It’s rose season, again, and the first off the rank for this year is Elizabeth Harkness.

Looking at how beautiful this rose is, I wondered why I hadn’t noticed it before.

My reading revealed a few reasons.  Firstly, I read that this rose is best in cool climates which the summer in the South West of Western Australia is not.  Secondly, its beautiful blooms tend to fade to an ivory (read “off”) white as the temperatures rise.  So, during the heat of the previous summers when I have been seeking a pretty rose to photograph, Elizabeth Harkness would not have been at her best. Continue reading

Adolf Horstmann

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Adolf Horstmann is not a rose I can recommend.  I am not sure whether Adolf Horstmann doesn’t like the Western Australian climate (hot and dry), needs a bit more pampering than mine gets, or whether it is just that my bush is a dud.  Whatever the reason, my Adolf Horstmann is the most miserable of all my roses.  It is small (about 20cm tall) spindly and regularly sports dead wood and black spot. Continue reading

Pandemonium – in more ways than one

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I have started this post three times and each time it has been titled something different.  The first version was Orange Silk (which is what this rose is labelled in my garden) but Orange Silk is not a variegated rose and this rose most certainly is.    Continue reading

Make a Wish

067copyOoh … it has been so long since I did a rose post.  These posts are called Rose of the Week and it has been more than a week since my last one.  Sorry, I have been a bit slack.

Back to the task at hand … Make a Wish, as you most certainly would have guessed, is named for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Australia which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.  $1.00 from the sale of each rose in Australia is donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Continue reading