Friday, May 27, 2011

Rose Bloom Clusters

I love the perfect, large, single blooms put out by many hybrid tea types of roses.  They stand out so well alone in a vase.  However, nothing in the plant world moves me more than a cluster of fragrant blooms on a rose bush.  They are natural bouquets to delight the heart of any passerby.

Many of my roses bloom in clusters.  Above is just one of many.  This is Compassion who is out-doing herself this year.  This cluster is so fragrant that it begs to have a nose buried in it.

Belinda's Dream is yet another rose that blooms in cluster profusion.  The blooms are also huge and fragrant.

Earthsong also often has nice clusters of bloom that are a much deeper pink than this photo looks on the computer.

Mrs. B. R. Cant makes clusters of these cabbage-like globes of color.  My newer camera just doesn't capture the color of these very well.  These flowers are such a deep rose color tinged with silvery pink that they really stand out.

Super Dorothy makes tight, grape-like clusters of small and frilly flowers.  You almost feel like you can cut a cluster off and eat it.

Dublin Bay also makes velvety-red bunches of blooms that are extremely long-lasting on the plant.  This plant is putting on a stellar show this late spring.

Cramoisi Superieur also puts out sweet little groups of bloom with a hint of cloves in the fragrance.  I love this little rose because Paw-paw had them planted all around his yard.  As a kid, I remember picking blooms off and smelling them and then giving them to Maw-maw.  Fragrances are such nostalgic things for me and bring back many wonderful memories.


Jeannie B. said...

I especially like Earthsong. I planted Cramoisi Superieur and the first and second year I had tons of buds but they either didn't open completely or at all. I thought they were balling because of the humidity. Now I wonder if it wasn't thrips. I pulled it up out of frustration. Have you had any trouble like that?

Davy Barr said...

I haven't had any trouble with my Cramoisi Superieur blooms balling in the the heavy humidity where I live. I've been told that you should give your roses three full years of growth before you "shovel prune" them. Many roses don't really come into their own till they have really been established a while.

sherryocala said...

Hi, Davy, I just found your blog. I love southern rose gardens and gardeners. They're great overcomers. You're roses are looking healthy and beautiful. I'll link your blog to mine.

Davy Barr said...

Thanks, Mrs. Sherry. I've been following your blog for quite some time as well as seeing your comments on the antique rose forum on Gardenweb. I too love seeing and reading the experiences of rose gardeners from the Southeast who live in similar climates to me.

Nicole said...

I agree, a cluster of fragrant blooms on a rose bush is one of the most delightful things! Your roses are particularly lovely.