When the folks at Biltmore announced that they were releasing a rose named for famed Country music superstar Loretta Lynn, I knew I’d have to get one. Hybridized by Brad Jalbert, this rose is a real charmer. This rose was selected from the roses entered in the Biltmore International Rose Trials to be a part of the Biltmore Collection of roses. This prestigious rose trial attracts hybridizes from around the globe.
My shrub was purchased bud and bloom at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Spring Plant sale and I rushed home to plant it. The buds began to open this week and I couldn’t be more pleased.
As I do with all the roses in our garden, I will be tracking growth habit, bloom cycles and disease resistance. Early days yet, but this far Loretta’s namesake rose is a winner!
Van Leer – Loretta Lynn Rose
The long awaited bloom season has arrived. Slowly at first, but now with the days advancing more and more of our cherished roses are beginning to shine.
First Bloom of Climbing Pinkie – Climbing Polyantha – Earth Kind
First Blooom of Mutabilis – China Rose – Earth Kind
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We wait the great anticipation each year for the first bloom. Last year, Climbing Pinkie took that honor on April 14, and the year before, Mary Rose bloomed on March 16. That was the year we had no winter to speak of. But this year, Old Blush takes this honor. Curious that all are Pink roses.
Old Blush has been around for hundreds of years and is a favorite of gardeners everywhere. So glad we have one and so glad she has graced us with her blooms.
April 17, 2014
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‘Climbing Pinkie’ is full of hundreds of tiny buds… Can’t wait for the bloom show
If you remember from a previous post, I cut these shrubs of ‘Benjamin Britten’ to prevent wind rock back in the winter. They have bounced back and buds are forming.
Could not resist posting a bloom pic… The morning after I planted this rose already full of buds, this beautiful bloom appeared. I have long wanted a ‘Graham Thomas’ rose and am so very happy to add it to my collection of David Austin roses that grow in our garden.
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Spring finally officially arrives today. And I can say that I am mighty glad to see it come. The past winter has been especially cold here in Alabama and the arrival of warmer days gives me hope for the growing season ahead. The signs are everywhere:
Daffodils are revealing themselves all over town
Glads are surfacing yearing to make their presence known
Early blooming daylilies & iris are putting in an appearance
Our shrubs of “Julia Child” floribunda are leafed out and raring to go! (as are the other 150+ roses in our garden)
A new look for our screened porch to sit and enjoy the spring weather
It wouldn’t be spring in Alabama without bright yellow daffodils to herald spring’s arrival
I hope this spring finds you happy and blessed and if not, that you will allow the sights and sounds of spring to renew and refresh your mind, body and spirit.
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