Old Blush, The Iris Parade & Georgia On My Mind

The past two weeks of warm temps have really brought our garden to life.  I divided our irises last fall and the early bloomers are bursting forth with blooms.

Tall Bearded Iris

Tall Bearded Iris

The second rose in my garden to bloom this year is a China rose called  ‘Old Blush’. It dates back to the 1700’s and is an awesome rose to have in any garden. It’s also very easy to propagate.

'Old Blush' China Rose

‘Old Blush’ China Rose

We also had a surprise in the garden. I have never remembered having or planting yellow irises. Yet, this week several have appeared in our garden bed. Lovely blooms, just not sure how they got there…..  Do you ever have surprise flowers appear in your garden?

Surprise Iris Bloom

Surprise Iris Bloom

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I spoke at the Greater Atlanta Rose Society last night and I must say that this was a very welcoming bunch of folks! I even met on of my blogging buddies: Mia of Modern Mia Gardening. It’s been an eventful week! What’s happening in your garden this week?

About RedneckRosarian

For Chris VanCleave aka "The Redneck Rosarian", growing roses has become a passion. An American Rose Society Accredited Consulting Rosarian, Chris is an active member of the Birmingham Rose Society and most recently served two terms as President. He is a member of the American Rose Society serving on the Marketing and Membership committees. His writing appears at About.com, on his popular blog, RedneckRosarian.com where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. Creator and host of Rose Chat Radio, the only broadcast dedicated to growing roses, Chris is a tireless advocate of our national floral emblem; the rose. He and his wife tend a rose garden of over 150 roses just south of Birmingham, Alabama.
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6 Responses to Old Blush, The Iris Parade & Georgia On My Mind

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  2. Lona says:

    What a lovely rose. And I always look forward to see the irises blooming. Love the yellow Chris. My roses are really leafing out now and I can hardly wait. :)


  3. ĽAdelaide says:

    What a gorgeous old rose. I think all iris will eventually revert to yellow but that may not be true… old wives tale I hope!! beautiful blues!


  4. I really like that yellow iris! Usually, surprise flowers are ones I thought had died but then reappear, sometimes after a year or more.


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