"Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. " ~Lindley Karstens

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Rose Update

I love roses, but with no growing experience at all.  

Last year I dedicated one  corner of my flower bed to be "Rose Corner", and planted six roses there.  Four of them are those bare root roses sold at Costco every spring.  One is 'Double Delight' on Fortuniana rootstalk, and another one is "First Prize".  Along with another two roses in other area of my garden, I had total eight hybrid tea roses in my garden one year ago.  For those experienced Florida gardeners, you may  already see the problem when you read to this point.  

Yes, tea roses usually do not agree with hot humid weather of Florida, especially Central and South Florida.  In this environment, they develop black spots so easily, and are subject to nematodes in the soil.  Only hybrid rose could survive in this weather are those that grafted on Fortuniana rootstalk.  So, out of eight roses, I really only had one that meet this criteria.

Before the weather got really hot, all my roses grew beautifully, and bloomed one by one.  Here was a collage I made with all those rose excitement last year.

From top left clockwise: First Prize, Paradise, Double Delight, Queen Elizabeth,
'Burgundy Surprise', Perfume Delight and Peace (Click to enlarge to see detail)
Now one year later, I lost three out of four bare-root roses.   Their leaves lost and eventually died.  I am still not very sure what exactly caused their death. The one bare-root rose left is "Peace", but only has one branch green, and I have the feeling that it won't last long either.

The  remaining four are: 'Double Delight', "First Prize","Queen Elizabeth", and "Perfume Delight".  They continue producing the flowers sporadically through out the year, but never have more than three flowers opening at the same time. 

I have learned from other Florida Gardeners that some Old Garden Roses or Antique Roses can thrive in Florida very well.  

Here is one Antique Rose called "Josephine Land" sold by one Nelsons' Florida Roses retailer locally. It was recommended by the owner for its fragrance. For me,  the fragrance is nice, but since the bush is still low and the flowers are not prolific yet, I need to be close to enjoy the scent.

I love how delicate looking of the flowers.  They start simple and small...

gradually reveal their beauties...

After fully opened, they only last two to three days before their pedals fall off themselves.

Since I could not find much information about Josephine's Land over the Internet, I don't know how well it will react to Florida's summer yet.  We shall see. Anybody grows this same rose, please share your experience with me.

Here is the other rose that lots of Florida gardeners are raving about:  Belinda's Dream.  I have been searching for this rose for quite a while, above Josephine's land was discovered by accident when I went for Belinda's Dream.  Finally, recently I found it from Bah's Nursery, my favorite nursery.  I guess "Dream" does come true!

The flower has the look of Tea roses, and quite fragrant and big.

I heard it is a prolific bloomer.  Looking forward to it...

Just lovely!

I have not put it into the ground yet.  One candidate spot I am considering for it got the full sun, almost from sunrise to sundown, which means 12+ hours in Summer.  Will it be too much for it?  I know Roses love full sun, just don't know if it also loves South Florida summer's blazing full sun.

While I am enjoying my new roses, here are some old roses recently flowered.  They look so pretty with rain drops.

Hybrid tea rose 'Perfume Delight'

'Double Delight'

'Double Delight'
I love roses, and wish can gain some experience to be successful growing roses in South Florida.  Next on my wish list is: Louis Phillipe, or Florida's Cracker Rose.  Can not wait the day I find it!


  1. Your roses both old and new are looking lovely. I'm so glad you found the antique rose and Belinda's Dream. I can't really give you any advice about planting in full South Florida sun, but with plenty of water I think they would be fine. Just remember to give BD plenty of room. She gets big! Your photos with the raindrops are just beautiful!

  2. Hi Ami...You won't be disappointed with Belinda's Dream...it is truly a dream rose. You'll also love Louis Philippe...a favorite of the hummers in my garden. It's all a learning experience...especially here in Florida.

  3. Belinda's Dream is a good choice. Growing roses is sometimes trial and error to see what is happy in your situation. Floribundas work for me in South Georgia sun.

  4. I don't have any advice for you Ami, but I have to say -- those roses are gorgeous! I'll be interested to read more about them as summer progresses. I hope you will have some good news to share about them.

  5. NanaK: thanks for the advise about BD. I will make sure to give her plenty of space :) Love your new ID picture. You and your grandkids look all so lovely in the picture.

  6. Susan: I am still searching for LP. The nursery I bought BD promised me that she will find some LP for me. Yes, it's all a learning experience, and I hope I won't pay too much of price before I learned the way to grow roses in Florida.

  7. NellJean: Glad you are reassuring that I made the right choice of BD. You are so right about trial and error to grow roses. Hopefully, this process won't be too long before I gain some stability.

  8. Jayne: Yes, I am also interested to see what summer will do to my new roses. Hope this time they won't disappoint me. Will keep you updated!

  9. all China and antique teas do well in Florida! Some have to be graphed on Fortuniana root stock. Louis Philippe, Old Blush, Mrs. BR Cant, Cherokee,Fortuniana, Gardenia,Spice, Pink Pet,and some others do not. The roses to grow in all of Florida come from China over a hundred years ago. The Hybrid Teas dislike Florida because they are crossed with the Europe bred roses.Some Hybrid Teas do well here on Fortuniana rootstock.They HATE Round-up! This is my Email if anyone has more questions. rosetiquewqay@gmail.com. I have been growing antique roses organically for 20 years.


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