I went outside around 1:00 p.m. today. Rosa Mundi and the Red Rose of Lancaster are in full bloom. 'Maiden's Blush' has a good amount of flowers. 'Ispahan' still has many flowers. 'Konigen von Danemark' is in full bloom. 'General Jacqueminot' has a couple more buds, and I'm very excited about that. 'Fantin-Latour' still has a few flowers. 'Mme. Zoetmans' is nearly gone by, but I enjoyed it while it lasted. I'm sure it had more than fifty flowers over a few weeks. 'Ispahan' may have had a hundred or so flowers. The bush is about seven feet tall and probably six feet across.
The Tumblrs I've been following for Glee news have people marveling over the 'Osiria' rose. I am wondering what all the excitement is over a bicolor rose. I wrote to four_tens saying that bicolor roses are found in nature. Rosa foetida, an ancient yellow rose that may be a species rose, has a bicolor sport, 'Austrian Copper' (Rosa foetida bicolor). The petals of 'Austrian Copper' are red on the inside and yellow on the outside. It's hardly a new phenomenon. The existence of 'Austrian Copper' was recorded in 1590.
I also mentioned the Jackson & Perkins grandiflora rose 'Love'. It was one of a series, 'Love', 'Honor', and 'Cherish', introduced the same year. The roses in that series all won prizes. I looked up 'Osiria' and found that it was a few decades old, introduced in 1978 by the German rose breeder Kordes. As I thought from the flower form, it's a Hybrid Tea. I'm sure it's older than most of the people who are amazed by it. I guess I'm jaded in a way about roses. I'm pretty sure I'm more familiar with them than the average person in the U.S.
I wonder what those Tumblr folks would think about Sam McGredy's "hand-painted" roses. They have splotches on the insides of the petals. I offered to send four_tens pictures of the striped rose I have, Rosa Mundi. Striped roses are nothing new either. Rosa Mundi was known of by 1659. The rose it sported from, Rosa gallica 'Officinalis', may have been around since Roman times.
The second season of the Glee Project starts tonight. I'm sure I'll have things to say about that.
Later: My secret love child called. He'll be in [borough] Thursday, and we're talking about getting together for dinner. S. works until 5:00 p.m. I know a spot where I can (hopefully) park to pick him up. He knows what my car looks like, having ridden in it plenty of times.