Rose, so perfect (for now)

A couple of weeks ago my one remaining rose (Zephirine Drouhin) was just about perfect.

That foliage, those blooms -- complementing the support quite nicely I must say.


The combination with the almost golden leaves of the fresh Pleioblastus viridistriatus bamboo...

...well, it's eyecatching to say the least.

In fact that rose was just magnificent, even from all the way across the front yard:

I just had to stop working and enjoy. Ah.

Even the white alliums were blooming at the right time, as if they knew that they'd look so much better while the rose provided a backdrop:

Alas, this is a rose with a short blooming time, and it will soon be back to a wall of foliage -- if I'm lucky and I can prevent the blackspot this year.

Why do I keep this rose around if it only blooms for a few weeks a year? For one thing it's the only rose I have that has not succumbed to rose rosette disease. For another, it's 99% thornless -- a requirement when planted next to the driveway. Finally, the deer don't eat it for whatever reason.


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outlawgardener  – (June 7, 2018 at 8:59 AM)  

It's a beautiful rose even though it's season of bloom is short. The ephemeral nature of such exquisite moments makes them even more divine!

Salty Pumpkin Studio  – (June 7, 2018 at 9:01 AM)  

Beautiful! I love the trellis you made.

chavliness  – (June 7, 2018 at 9:29 AM)  

The magic words: the deer don't eat it. Thank Goodness for that!

Hoover Boo  – (June 7, 2018 at 4:29 PM)  

What a gorgeous Zephie D.! The fragrance must have been wonderful, too.

Alan  – (June 11, 2018 at 10:11 AM)  

We just don't have a great climate for roses I think. A storm turned all the blooms upside down and removed lots of petals, and now the blackspot fight is ongoing (I'm spraying regularly with the milk solution) due to our humid summers. Add rose rosette disease and deer into the mix and it's almost a miracle that you see any roses around here at all!

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