After 6 months of withdrawal pains, the time has finally come: My roses are beginning to bloom! The next 6 month I will be able to experience, the intense joy and happiness it gives, to bury my nose in the petals of a rose and inhale. Somehow my brain have forgotten how intoxicating the smell of roses can are. One sniff and I am hooked again!
It is a positively orgasmic experience to smell the first roses. The first roses to bloom were.
Gruss an Teplitz. Rudolf Geschwind. 1897:
Listed as a China Rose, Others claim it is a china/Bourbon hybrid, but most agree that is one of Geschwinds best roses. It is a rose that is very hard to grow well, since it so prone to fungal diseases. Most grow it as a small shrub rose, but it can be trained to grow as a low climber, reaching 7-8 feet. The fragrance is strong and spicy and the flowers are cup shaped and velvet red, fading to magenta red:
Climbing Devoniensis. Pavitt. 1858
A climbing sport of the bush form. Also known as "The Magnolia Rose". One of the very few tea roses that can survive our often very cold winters. Grown on a south facing wall against the tool- and storage shed, it trows long canes, that bloom in flushes. It has a light pleasant tea rose fragrance, not as strong as my favorite climbing tea (Lady Hillingdon). The flowers are rose pink and sometimes have shades of tan and lavender, but fades to white with a pink and yellow hue:
Jacques Cartier s. Marchesa Boccella.
The origin of this rose is disputed, but it is one of the very best Old Garden Roses belonging to a class of Roses called Portland roses or Damask Perpetuals. The fully double, quartered rosette shaped flowers, often have a button eye. They are blush pink and have a strong damask fragrance. The rose (Like many other old garden roses) often seems to be a weak grower the first few years, but builds up to a nice 4-5 feet tall shrub roses, with an upright growth habit in 5 or more years:
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