The Backyard

The Backyard

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Pics of the Week - Roses are Fading in the Heat

A couple Pics... this will be the last few decent shots of the roses as the heat and humidity affects them terribly. They are rotting in the buds, thus not much of a bloom. It was hard to get these couple pictures.

My favorite: "Charles de Mills" A Gallica shrub rose.

The striped rose is "LEDA", one of the few multi-colored varieties.

The Red rose is ironically, "The Red Rose of Lancaster" reported to be the original "Apothecary Rose" used extensively in the olden days for a variety of herbal remedies. And you can't see it well, but the purple flower next to it is "Cat mint" and in it is honeybees! Honeybees are supposedly dying off from an unknown disease/sources...but not on the catmint!

This is an "Eglantine" shrub -- reported to be one of the oldest species of roses dating prior to the 1500's. You can't see it real well, but there's a mockingbird nest smack dab in the middle of it. She made a nest last there too. The rose isn't popular for its 5-petal blooms, but the hips are incredible in the fall -- I've even used them in Christmas decorations.

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