Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Vibrant Pink 'Zephirine Drouhin'

Rosa 'Zephirine Drouhin'

Like a celebrity at the peak of her stardom,  'Zephirine Drouhin' was the most photographed subject in my garden yesterday.  The warm sun seemed to have pulled the sepals away from the buds giving way to the petals to explode into beautiful cerise pink flowers. 



'Zephirine Drouhin' roses flank our garage doors - adding a romantic look to the otherwise drab section of the house.  When in bloom, they command a great deal of attention to passers-by.  Visitors who get close to them also notice the pleasing fragrance of the flowers. 


Technically speaking, climbing roses are not climbing plants.   When I say climbing plants - these are the plants that are naturally capable attach themselves to structures as they grow such as clematis and ivy.  Climbing roses on the other hand, have long canes that can be trained to grow upwards on structures.  This is the case with my 'Zephirine Drouhin' roses.   The canes are supported in place by thick wires that hang under the gutter.   


This rose has pale green leaves (I used to think that it was always in need of nitrogen fertilizer).   They seem to be tolerant to shade; my roses are plated on a north-facing side of the house which allows only the afternoon sun.    

 

 
This bourbon rose is a repeat bloomer.  But my observation is that is susceptible to aphids and sometimes black spot and leaf rust.  It could be attributed to the shorter period of exposure to sunlight. 


 'Zephirine Drouhin' - old fashioned, thornless, vibrant pink, and shade tolerant.

8 comments:

Kate/ Beyond the Brambles said...

What a lovely entryway plant, especially against the white house. Thanks for introducing me!

HolleyGarden said...

How pretty! And what a great idea to train it around your garage doors like that!

Helen Lewis said...

Kate - Thank you. Before I purchased these roses, I only have seen pictures of them. I was struck by the description of the rose - 'thornless'. So when I saw it in the nursery I got three of them. :)

Helen Lewis said...

HolleyGarden --

You know how the facade of a three-car garage can be very boring... These roses were planted to add something other than the 'big hole' on the wall. :)
Thanks for stopping by.
~Helen

Donna said...

Such a lovely stand out rose...and the scent is so wonderful too

Kimberly said...

Helen, I don't think you could ask for much more in a rose! Beautiful!!

David P. Offutt - The Gastronomic Gardener said...

Lovely roses! Thank you!

Arati said...

lovely!
thank you for identifying the forsythia on my blog.

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