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Clair Matin

Every season I wait to see which one of our roses will bloom first. Traditionally, it’s usually our big climber, Clair Matin. Despite the cold, rainy, dank, dreary, dismal, sunless weather we’ve experienced over the past few weeks (just a few days ago the temperature topped out at 49º), Clair Matin began its June Bloom right on schedule at the end of May, with its first bloom.

3-Clair-Matin-bush-6.4.17Clair Matin on June 4 above. Clair Matin on June 9 below. What a difference a few days make!

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Not so with our other roses that opened almost a week later than last year. While our Yellow Brick Road rose bush was full of buds ready to burst for days, the  first bloom finally opened on June 5. But it was worth waiting for because, atypical of its normal deep yellow, this first bloom had a more intense yellow more commonly found in autumn roses.

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Yellow Brick Road

The Earth Song Mike propagated and has growing in a pot bloomed the beginning of this week. As you can see in the photograph, Clair Matin, in the background, is full of blooms while the rest of our garden is still in the bud stage.

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Earth Song

A few other roses were “early” bloomers.  I found one Macy’s Pride while I walked through the garden with my camera.

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Macy’s Pride

Just yesterday Mike took a photo of Playboy.

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Playboy

The garden is finally starting to show more color and I am hoping that with a few warmer, sunny days, the rest of the garden will bloom in time for the RI Rose Society Rose Show on June 17.

You’re all invited to attend the Rose Show which is open to the public from 1:00 to 3:30 PM. Admission is free and there’s plenty of parking at the North Kingstown Community Center, 30 Beach St. Wickford, RI.

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Yellow Brick Road

What a difference a week makes. On Memorial Day weekend we had a garden full of buds. Now we have a garden full of roses with more opening daily. In another week, our garden will be at its peak and we’ll have the long awaited June Bloom.

One of the first roses to bloom in our sustainable garden is Super Hero, an Easy Elegance rose that is super easy to grow and very disease resistant. Here is a picture of it just starting to bloom on Memorial Day weekend.

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Here it is a week later.

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Another rose in Ping Lim’s Easy Elegance Series is Yellow Brick Road. Its ruffled, lemon yellow flowers set against a backdrop of dark green, disease resistant foliage make it a great addition to any garden

Last year Mike replaced the Knock Out roses we had growing around our flag pole with Party Hardy. It was bred in Canada by Weeks Roses hybridizer, Christian Bedard, and is hardy to Zone 3 which means it needs no winter protection here in southern New England. It has bright pink blooms with lighter pink/white accents and has over 40 petals. Look at all those buds waiting to bloom.

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Party Hardy

Here is Earth Song surrounded by yellow yarrow and I love the combination of the pink, green and yellow. Earth Song, also winter hardy to Zone 3, is just getting started and will produce these luscious saturated pink blooms all season.

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Earth Song & Yarrow

Scarlet Sensation, aka Everblooming Pillar #73, was the first Brownell rose in our collection to bloom this year.  It’s a large flowered climber that grows to about 8 feet tall. Scarlet Sensation has been around since 1954 and is one of Walter Brownell’s Sub-Zero roses, making it winter hardy to Zone 5.

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Scarlet Sensation

If you’re looking for sustainable, easy to grow roses that can thrive without the use of pesticides, you may want to give some of these varieties a try.

 

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Yellow Brick Road

Yellow Brick Road

What is Yellow Brick Road?
One answer would be, “Follow this three-word rose that ostensibly works well as a ground cover.”
This was the answer that Alex Trebek gave on last night’s (September 26) episode of the Jeopardy game show under the category of “A Rose Garden.” The visual clue was our photo of Yellow Brick Road and we were excited to see a photo of one of our favorite roses on Jeopardy.
2.-Jeopardy-BoardOur involvement began when the producers of Jeopardy contacted us in early June and requested permission to use our photo of Yellow Brick Road that they had seen on our blog. They said it may be used on the show and, if so, we would receive an on-air photo credit. We, of course, agreed, signed the release, and sent along several other photos of Yellow Brick Road, which happened to be in full bloom in our garden at that time. And as luck would have it, on August 1st we received confirmation from our contact at Jeopardy that the photo had indeed been used and she provided last night’s play date.
Jeopardy CreditsWe were a little puzzled by the answer indicating that Yellow Brick Road “works well as a ground cover.” Yes, it could, but it displays more of a short, bush-type growth habit – that’s how we grow it – than a low growing, shrubby ground cover habit.
Regardless, Yellow Brick Road has a cast iron constitution with very high disease resistance. Rose gardeners, unlike Dorothy and her friends in The Wizard of Oz, don’t have to travel to The Emerald City in search of one of the best yellow roses on the market today.

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