Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Meet the Diva

Gertrude Jekyll is the most contrary rose in the world.  She's also a rose of many moods.  Sometimes she sulks and trashes out getting rid of all her pretty leaves and wearing only ugly blackspotted ones.  She also can be vicious and has the most thorns of about any rose there is.  She meanly tries to stick and poke any man, woman, or child who passes by.  But at other times she will put on the most beatiful show you will ever see with haunting, deep pink blooms and perfumed fragrance that will waft around the entire yard.  I've said before that I think this is the most fragrant rose of all.  Currently, GJ is in a good mood.  She is pillared up a rebar teepee blooming up a storm, all her leaves are healthy and green, and the scent is heavenly. 

Here is a single bloom.

Here is a cluster of blooms.

Another cluster of blooms

A picture of the whole bush

Anothe picture of the whole bush

I don't recommend this rose to people because it's such a primadonna.  If you are willing to put up with its problems, then go ahead and plant you one.  It will get gigantic and want to grow as a climber in the South, but I hear it's more bush-like up North.  It will get blackspot unless sprayed every 10 days.   


Becca's Dirt said...

Lots of work for some gorgeous blooms. Wish it was scratch-n-sniff. Beautiful.

Jeannie B. said...

Beautiful. It looks like a David Austin rose.

Davy Barr said...

It IS a David Austin rose - a fairly old one.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Another rose I added last year. I don't think mine will get that big since I'm in the Seattle area. I know she can be picky, but those flowers are worth it.