Monthly Archives: July 2013

My Favorite Roses

Summer is going way too fast.  I am having a hard time keeping up with the gardens, let alone finding the time to write blog posts.  As I have mentioned before however, I still grab my camera often and snap pictures outside…usually in the evening after supper.

My climbing roses were absolutely stunning this year. I have four William Baffin climbing roses:  two climbing up the porch and two on an arbor by the vegetable garden.

I planted these two roses by the porch the summer after we completed constructing our home, in 2001.  They are 12 years old and still going strong.  They are zone 2 or 3, depending on what you read, and are a perfect match for our frigid Minnesota winters.

rose3The plants were so loaded down with buds this year that the branches were drooping under their weight.

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I absolutely love the color of these pink beauties and the blooms just keep unfolding over a couple of weeks.  Even after the initial heavy blooming period there are still scattered flowers to enjoy all summer long.

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My only wish is that these roses were more fragrant.  Surprisingly, they have very little smell, even though they are often described as having “fragrant deep-pink blossoms.”

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In the spirit of full disclosure, these climbing roses do not come without a fair amount of work.  I battle the thorny growth each spring to thin it out, cut out dead canes, and to tie it up and keep it focused.  I usually have to deal with it at least one other time during the summer to continually train the new canes to grow in the right direction.

From my porch I can look out and see more climbing roses by the vegetable garden.  I planted these roses later than the porch ones, some time after we built the fence.

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They are finally getting close to the top of the arbor.  I am hoping they eventually will reach over the top.

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If you are looking for a prolific climbing rose, give the William Baffin rose a try.  You will not regret it!

-Lynell

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