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.