I have to say, the hands-down winner of “best blooms of the season” goes to all four of my “Double Delight” roses. Wow! Not only do these guys require very little maintenance, but they produce a ton of blooms, each of which is beautiful, smells amazing, and is a little bit different than the one that came before it. I have so many, I keep giving them away to anyone and everyone who comes by my house.
I have taken a zillion photos of all of the double delights this season, and here are some of my favorites–
No exclamation point today, although I was pretty excited when this one decided to come back to life and bloom finally. This is a “Blue Girl” rose, and it is much fussier than it’s direct neighbor the “Double Delight.” I have probably gotten a total of 5 full-size blooms off of this one this whole season, as compared to the five zillion I’ve gotten from the double delight (photos to follow).
Yes, I know– I should have cut this one before, but did I mention how fussy these plants are? Wait one day too long and they start to wilt! Over-water and they don’t like that! Under-water and they don’t like that either! I’m going to have to read up on what they DO like so I can do a better job with them next season. I don’t think I would fill a whole garden with these, but I love the color and I’m glad to have the variety in the garden.
I know, all of my posts lately have exclamation points, but I get SO EXCITED when I see actual flowers outside!
It rained a ton here in Seattle last winter/ spring, then the summer has been super warm. I guess these were ideal conditions, because one day I went out into my backyard to find two huge, old-growth hydrangeas I had never noticed before! After I got over my initial shock and joy, I trimmed the back a little, fed them, and have been watering and shading them consistently to make sure they don’t get too hot. Now they are happy and sprouting more flowers than ever! I kid you not, this is an un-enhanced photo of their actual color. I have no idea how they got this way, and I don’t even know if you can tell the real scale of them from this photo. Each one is the size of a human head.
My roses are going crazy this year! I’m getting new blooms almost every day, so you’ll have to bear with me as I post up a zillion photos. Being that I’m a beginning gardener, I’m super excited and proud every single time I see a new bloom!
In case you’re curious, these are “Double Knock Out” roses from Star Roses & Plants, and I got the plant on super-discount sale at Lowe’s after most of it had dried up. I love rehabilitating almost-dead plants, and it makes me even more excited when I see them come back to life like this!
We now interrupt the flower photos and stories about my gardening adventures to bring you this public service announcement– ALWAYS wear gloves when you are out tending to your roses, ok? Not only that, but be sure to put on enough sunscreen and wear long sleeves and a hat. If you don’t, you might end up like this!