Bye Bye Bulbs…

Apr 24, 2008

So the transition from spring to summer begins...it's sad but also exciting for me. I'm such a bulb fanatic and my spring garden is always so pretty that I hate to see the season fade. The Dutch Iris were stunning and my bearded Iris bloomed gangbusters this year. The tulips and daffodils put on a great show. I believe there is one last lone white tulip still holding on to its petals, but I'm sure after last night's heavy rainstorm, it has expired. I wish I'd had time to get photos up of all the lovelies, but just didn't get to it quickly enough. Sigh. Ah well....ON TO THE ROSES!!!

For those of you who've read my blog in season's past, you may know I'm obsessed with peach colored roses. Now most varieties that fall into that color category are not always the best types for growing in my area (lots of English Austin hybrids, etc.). The Texas climate, with its heavy clay soil, scortching sun, but lots of spring and fall humitidy, doesn't really suit these daintier specimens. But what does any professional horticulturist do? Well, we break the rules of course! Now there are a few better suited antiques that fall into my favored color range, so I have a fairly decent mix of the dainties and the hardies at this point. They've all started popping into bloom in the last two weeks. The garden has smelled just lovely...here are a few photos. Addendum: you can scroll over the photos to see the variety names, but per request I'll provide ID 1. 'Abraham Darby' 2. 'Abraham Darby' 3. 'Perle d' Or' 4. 'Mutabilis' 5. 'Mme. Fraziska Krueger' 6. 'Pegasus' 7. 'Pegasus' 8. 'Tamora' 9. 'Pat Austin' 10. 'Ebb Tide'

Rose_abraham_darby

Rose_abrahamdarby_trellis Rose_perledor

Rose_mutabilis Rose_franziska_krueger

Rose_pegasus Rose_pegasus_flower

Rose_tamora Rose_pat_austin Rose_ebb_tide

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Terri
Apr 25, 2008
10:56 pm

Leslie, those are great photos of your peachy roses… care to identify them?  I think I recognize Abraham Darby, Mutabilis, and Perle d’Or?  I would love to know what they all are, just in case I’ve missed spotting a great one for my Houston area yard.

BTW, I was in Dallas the other day and visited NHG (and old, happy habit from the years living in Flower Mound)... I took home a lovely ‘Beverly Sills’ iris that I hope will do well here… she will look so good with all the peachy girls!

Thanks for your blog… very well done!

Regards,

Terri
Cypress, TX

Terri
Apr 26, 2008
11:46 am

Thanks for ID’ing the roses… I see a trip to the Antique Rose Emporium coming up (only about an hour from here).

Enjoying your blog!

Terri
Cypress, TX

Leslie Halleck
Apr 26, 2008
11:52 am

Hi Terri! No problem. Thanks for visiting here…and NHG! ‘Beverly Sills’ is a really nice variety of iris. I’m sure it will look great for you. YES - you’d love the Antique Rose Emporium. Worth the drive…but be forewarned…pack a lunch and have a picnic there. There is NO WHERE to eat around it within 20 miles. Seriously! Leslie

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