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Old Master is finally blooming. I really like it. It's a single and the blooms don't last long but the color is really lovely. A nice red and it's slightly ruffled so looks soft and fluffy. A bit more informal than your standard hybrid tea. I might try to cross it will Champagne Cocktail or Little Artist if I ever learn how to hybridize roses. All of my cuttings have died. Some of them looked like they might make it but no. At least my Champagne Cocktail survived the repotting. It has some great new growth. I'm not sure about my Rosie O'Donnell. It's possible all of the new grown are suckers and the original rose died. It's hard to tell. I'll have to wait for a bloom to see.
Have just identified mystery rose from Rogue Valley Nurseries. Lord Penzance. Out of stock with them but I have one and for free. Very pretty but might get big. 6-8 feet tall and just as wide. Not sure where I'll put it but it's so small it will live in a pot for a while.
Not very happy with "For the Love of Roses". I placed an order with them in January and they never shipped. I finally contacted them March 26 and they said they're not shipping anything due to Covid-19. While I understand that why didn't they ship before the lock down? The weather is just fine here. Was it really that bad in Tennessee? I paid top money too, almost double what they cost elsewhere. $220 worth of miniature roses. I got all of my other roses. I don't want them telling me it's too late to ship when this is over, then later that what I want is out of stock. Some of those roses are only available from them. And several of them I need to complete my landscaping plan. From now on I may have to stick to growers in California which would be a shame as the varieties available in California are limited.
My "Perfume Breeze" plant didn't lose any of its leaves this winter, but it was an extremely mild one in Baltimore, MD. I gave Perfume Breeze a haircut a couple of weeks ago. I just pruned the dead canes and sheared the ends a little, like I do with other bushy roses (like the polyantha The Fairy, the mini Sweet Chariot, and the China Mutabilis). I noticed today that it's pushing up many new green sprouts. At this point its habit reminds me of my tall, bushy HM, "Darlow's Enigma" when it was still young. I'll tie up some of the longer canes on the obelisk it's growing against. Even last year's leaves look healthy.
Transplanted small C.Mas to exterior brick wall. 4/3: Transplanted Quietness. Brought out of pool room eight (8) roses: Ballerina x2, Viking Queen, Purple Skyliner, VictorianMemory, TeasingGeorgia,The Fairy & FelixLeClerc.4/4: Marion cutting $5.35: 13xLady Ashe planted by Aloha,7xPinkDonJuan planted behing Setina,7xQuietness planted under SH(4) and Nahem(3).4/6:Pruned, granuled and toned S&SE upper beds.Granuled and toned roses until Bolero. Must drench &Tone MW, NDx2 and all remaining roses.4/7:Toned all remaining Rose's on upper level. Need to drench and 10-10-10 MW,Ndx2 & all remaining upper roses. 4/8: mowed lawn 1st time. Fertilized and finished pruning roses to fountain.Still need to drench. Buds on SR, MP,DB, Egl, ND,etc!!!