neyronrose (neyronrose) wrote,

more about the Old Garden Roses

Over the last few days: 'Reine des Violettes' bloomed.  Lovely fragrance.  'Mme. Ernst Calvat' (yes, that's where I got my e-mail address from) has been blooming.  Picking more flowers from the more fragrant damasks and albas.  Small cluster of buds just about knocked off of 'Ispahan' -- something must have hit it.  Brought it inside to see if at least the central bud would open.  It ended up opening partway, rather like a half-open Hybrid Tea effect at that stage, actually.

Yesterday: Raining.  Ventured out to cut a few blooms and buds from 'Mme. Zoetmans'.  Moved the vase off the kitchen table when I noticed the thrips.  (And wiped down the table!)  Old Garden Rose buds do open completely if picked when the sepals are fully lowered.  (Thank you for that tip, Ray Reddell.)  'Kazanlik' (a.k.a. 'Trigintipetala') has another bloom.  There are other summer damask roses I think smell sweeter.  I'm certainly not getting out there at dawn, the traditional time they're picked to make attar of roses.  I'm sure the concentration process has a lot to do with it, too.  In my opinion, the summer damasks 'Mme. Zoetmans' and 'Mme. Hardy' have a stronger scent, and so does the alba 'Maiden's Blush.'  Even some types of autumn damask are more fragrant.  (There are apparently several different roses floating around called autumn damasks, some more nicely scented than others.)

Today: Still raining.  'Morning Has Broken' shrub rose blooming.     
Tags: flowers, gardening

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