The big show right now is being put on by Maggie, who is also wonderfully scented. Weirdly, her scent is very changeable from day-to-day, but usually rich and rosy. However, on one bizarre occasion– and I am not making this up– her flowers smelled like Miller Lite. (I made two friends smell the flowers in question to make sure I wasn’t insane, and yup, lousy American beer. )
Here’s Louis Philippe, who is doing wonderfully in part-shade. Check out the lighter petal reverse– I love the depth it gives to the bloom. L. Philippe’s flowers start off cupped, and stay that way if it’s cold:
This bush is rather leggy, so I recommend planting in groups of three or at the back of the border. The Antique Rose Emporium does this too.
The Pink Double Knockout. I take back what I said about this bush lacking charm, because unlike the other Knockouts, it’s actually scented! And it’s scented enough that I, with my lousy sense of smell, could smell it from two feet away! I would describe the scent as a sort of spicy tea rose, very pleasant.
And now I think it’s time for the first lawn mowing of the season. A few days ago I had a ribbon-cutting ceremony like Carol, but mine was quite literal, as I fired up my electric mower and then promptly ran over the power cord and sliced it to ribbons. Oops? Or rather: Welcome to spring!