A Rose (Rosa banksiae) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living

 

Rosa Banksiae

Class: Rose Species

Syns:   R. banksiana, Banksian rose, Banks’ Rose, Lady Banks’

Cultivated since 1796

 

Rosa banksiae is one of the best shrubs for a wall and in a few years will reach the top of most houses. It produces an abundance of pretty small roses with the sweetest fragrance you can imagine. The flowers are borne on last year’s wood and so it is well-advised not to prune in the spring. Only dead or useless branches have to be trimmed. The date of introduction is not known but the double white form was first described in the Botanical Magazine for 1818 as Lady Banks’ Rose and one of the sweetest of roses. It has also been known as a native of China and had been introduced in 1807 by William Kerr. The double yellow was introduced in 1824.

 

Definitely not for the small property, this vigorous species rose offers a spectacular spring show in warm-climate gardens that can accommodate its rampant growth habit. There are four different forms of R. banksiae, varying by flower color and flower form.

·        R. banksiae normalis is considered to be the “wild” form, with single white flowers.

·        R. banksiae banksiae (also known as ‘Banksiae Alba’, R. banksiae alba, R.banksiae alba-plena, White Banksia, or White Lady Banks’ Rose) offers exceptionally fragrant, double white flowers.

·        R. banksiae lutea (R. banksiae lutea-plena, Yellow Lady Banks’ Rose) is the most well-known form of Rosa banksiae in cultivation with small, fully double, bright yellow flowers that come in clusters. They are only slightly fragrant.

·        R. Banksiae lutescens has single light yellow blooms.

 

All four have small, oval buds that open to clustered, 1-inch wide, rosette-form flowers, usually blooming in early or midspring to late spring. Slender, thornless canes carry semi-evergreen to evergreen, shiny, dark green leaves with narrow leaflets. They are rarely bothered by diseases.

 

All four forms of this specie rose have a vigorous, rambling habit and can grow up to 30 ft, so they’re usually used as 20 to 30-foot climbers. They need a sturdy support, such as a well-built pergola or arbor; they also like to scramble into trees. It is a great rose for zone 8 to 10.

 

I saw Rosa banksiae in Charleston, SC on my first visit there in 1989. We went on a House and Garden Tour and at one of the gardens we visited, ‘Yellow Lady Banks’ was growing almost to the roof of the house against the wall. We wandered along some tiny street and I saw ‘Yellow Lady Banks’ rose by the gate and I took the above photo. Fast forward to 2011 – when I joined the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society, I discovered the owner of that rose is one of our members.

 

Tip of the Day – Learn to be cheerful even if you don’t feel like it.

 

Until next time. Stop and smell the roses.

 

Rosalinda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Rose (Peggy Martin) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living

Peggy Martin

Photo Credit – Chamblee’s Rose Nurseries

 

The Peggy Martin Rose symbolizes the tenacious survival skills of the rose.  One of only two plants in the garden of its owner, Peggy Martin, to remain alive after immersion in 20 feet of water due to Hurricane Katrina.  It is a ‘found’ rambler, virtually thornless, with a small prickle at the beginning of leaf growth, a profusion of dark pink blooms remontant after maturity from spring to hard frost.  The entire story of its selection as a symbol of garden rebirth can be found in an article by Dr. William Welch  at http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/southerngarden/PeggyMartinrose.html.

 

The Peggy Martin Rose is very hardy, can survive a below zero degree temperature and is disease-resistant, fast growing, and after established will bloom again in the Fall along with intermittent flower flushes through the year. Every year in spring, The Peggy Martin Rose will show a spectacular display of flower explosion bigger and more spectacular than the year before.  In the south, it stops blooming in the hottest months of Summer but up north it will bloom continuously.  The Peggy Martin Rose is a very vigorous plant so give it room to grow to show its full potential.  It is great planted on a garden entrance arbor or structure.  It is not a once bloomer!!!

TIP OF THE DAY:   Live your life so that your epitaph could read “No regrets”.

 

Until next time. Stop and Smell the Roses

Rosalinda

 

 

 

A Rose (Rosa Foetida Bicolor) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living

Austrian Copper

Class:   Species

Date of Introduction:   Before 1590

Common Name:   ‘Austrian Copper’

 

Not until late nineteenth century when a French breeder named Pernet-Ducher introduced ‘Rosa foetida persiana’ as a pollen parent to breed the first yellow and orange colored large-flowered rose called ‘Soleil d’Or’ did gardeners take notice of this rose coloration. That was a significant event.

‘Austrian Copper’ is a sport of ‘Rosa foetida’ that has been cultivated as early as the 12th century in the Arab world. It is native to Iran and Afghanistan and it is not Austrian in spite of its name. It has single blossoms, 2” in diameter of bright coppery red with yellow reverse and bright yellow stamens. Its color is eye catching. The rose is so beautiful when the sun is shining behind it. It gives such luminescence that’s so magnificent. The petals are very fragile and heavy wind will knock the petals off easily. It is not fussy about soil and can be grown in poor soil as long as there is good drainage. It is winter hardy and requires little care. It is a vigorous grower and it suckers. It can take over a large area if not controlled. It has long, arching canes that can reach up to 8 ft. and can be trained to climb trellis, pergola, fence or even trees. It only takes a couple of years for the plant to reach 6 to 7 ft. high and can grow as high as 20 ft. When trained horizontally, they develop lateral shoots which will be covered with flowers the following season. Flowers arise from old wood so pruning should be done after it finishes flowering. It is a once bloomer, in late spring or early summer for 2 to 3 weeks.

Most often, ‘Austrian Copper’ will sport back to ‘Rosa foetida’. It is a stunning plant and every garden should have it. The only downside is it is susceptible to black spot so separate it from the rest of your roses. For rose exhibitor, this rose is eligible for Genesis Award.

 

Tip of the Day:   Eat your veggies. They are good for you. 

 

Until next time. Stop and smell the roses.

 

Rosalinda

A Rose (Bow Bells) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living

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Class:   Shrub

Date of Introduction:   1991

Hybridizer:   David Austin

Parentage:   [(‘Chaucer’ x ‘Conrad Ferdinand Meyer) x Graham Thomas]

Registration Name:  AUSbells

 

In my garden, I am always surprised that in spite of the weather, heat or cold, some roses did remarkably well when most of the others were stressed out. One of them that’s a survivor is ‘Bow Bells’, a great David Austin Rose. ‘Bow Bells’ has a rich deep-pink high -centered blooms with 15 to 25 petals and about 2.75” in diameter that are produced in clusters. The blooms stand out well against the dark green foliage. It will even grow in the semi-shade area of your garden. If you want constant color and easy care rose in the garden, this rose is a good candidate. ‘Bow Bells’ is not an exhibition rose but a very good garden rose that’s superbly healthy and blooms non-stop even in the heat of the summer.

I had one in New York in a semi-shaded spot and it bloomed constantly. In August when every rose in my garden took a breather, this rose was still blooming its head off. In Charleston, I planted one on its own root and it grew up to six feet tall in its first year. I cut it back after each flush of blooms otherwise it gets too tall. It can grow to 8’ tall by 4’ wide. While ‘Scentimental’ which grows next to it was completely defoliated during the summer, ‘Bow Bells’ green foliage is intact, no blackspot. I don’t spray and have only used one application of Bayers All-In-One for the season.

Few roses will thrive in partly shaded sections of the garden. ‘Gruss an Aachen’ a floribunda and ‘Bow Bells’, a David Austin Rose will do quite well in dappled shade. ‘Bow Bells continuously blooms in the shade. When some of my roses take a break in the summer, my two Bow Bells are still blooming their hearts out.

Tip of the day – Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.