Rose Test Garden

By: BriarCraft , 1:01 AM GMT on August 07, 2012

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Portland, Oregon, is not the only city to claim the title of The Rose City, but residents do take their roses seriously. In early June, they celebrate roses during the Rose Festival. It is common to see bush or old fashioned roses lining the freeways in central Portland. With the mild climate, roses blossom from June to November. During some winters, when there is no killing freeze, a few hardy roses can be seen blossoming in mid-winter.



The biggest claim to fame for Portland's rose enthusiast is the International Rose Test Garden located in Washington Park. While the number and variety varies from year to year, currently, the 4.5 acre garden contains 9,525 roses in 610 varieties.

Portland’s identity with roses began in 1888. Georgiana Burton Pittock, wife of pioneer publisher Henry Pittock, invited her friends and neighbors to exhibit their roses in a tent set up in her garden. Thus began the annual rose show for the Portland Rose Society. Jesse A. Currey, a former Rose Society president, chose the site and convinced City officials to inaugurate a rose test garden in 1917 with the support of the American Rose Society and civic–minded citizens. At that time, Portland had 22 miles of rose-bordered streets -– a strategy to draw attention to the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial celebration. As a result, Portland was dubbed the "City of Roses".



The International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park is the oldest official continuously-operated public rose test garden in the United States. In 2006, the Garden of Excellence Award was presented to Portland Parks & Recreation by the World Federation of Rose Societies. This is currently one of 20 rose gardens in the world that has achieved this distinction.

The display consists of modern hybrid tea, grandiflora, miniatures, and landscape roses with a smaller collection of old garden shrub roses. Continuous deadheading (removal of old blooms) by volunteers keeps the roses blooming into the fall. The majority of roses in the garden are commercially available. About 10-20 varieties are replaced each year with some of the best new roses released on the market. Most of the roses removed are given to local rose societies for pruning demonstrations.

Each year, the Portland Rose Society awards honors for Portland's Best Roses including the people's choice for best fragrance. The Portland Rose Society's website also contains valuable information about the care and feeding of roses.

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44. BriarCraft
8:13 PM GMT on August 26, 2012
Bogon: foozling??? Actually, you're quite a good poet, as evidenced by verse I've seen on (if memory serves, and that's always doubtful) Pros's blogs, and I think elsewhere, too. I believe the heart of a renaissance man lurks inside that nerdish exterior with the backwards cap.

Ylee: Not the sunlight-challenged or the occasionally-furry! Then again, anything that helps prevent molehills.
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43. Ylee
10:51 AM GMT on August 26, 2012
Well, at least you can keep the vampires and werewolves at bay! :)

Maybe you can stuff the spent cloves in the molehills!
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42. Bogon
11:21 PM GMT on August 25, 2012
Hey, Briar. I did wax poetic again. Wife left out a book of poems, which I picked up while I was sitting in the, uh, reading room. I think I read one or two before inspiration struck. I said, "Hey, I can do this!" Then I spent most of the afternoon foozling with words.

I guess I was still in that mode when I came by with the cooking comment. Didn't realize it showed.

Boy, yeah, garlic ought to do it!
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41. BriarCraft
6:12 PM GMT on August 25, 2012
Bogon: You're waxing poetic again. Piscean perfume. You make it sound better than it smelled, but house smells all better now. BTW, I did learn, contrary to advertising claims, that Febreeze is not up to the task. Incense worked better by covering up/camouflaging the "perfume".

Sandi: There you go! I did get a tasty garlic fix yesterday -- a garlic-marinated pulled pork sandwich topped with roasted garlic. Yum! Unfortunately, I saw way more garlicky delights than fit in my tummy or my pocketbook. It is amazing the uses for garlic that some creative people come up with.
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40. sandiquiz
6:14 AM GMT on August 25, 2012
Now that's what you remove the delicate aroma of fish with .... cook up some garlic!

Hope you have a lovely weekend!
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39. Bogon
11:36 PM GMT on August 24, 2012
After reading your account of the albacore adventure, I went googling for tips on how to treat a house for cooking odors, such as from fish. Most of the suggestions involved covering up the smell with something more recent and hopefully more appealing, such as coffee or spicy tea. A couple of folks recommended leaving a cup of vinegar by the stove. I don't know whether that works because vinegar is really stinky, or whether there is actually some kind of chemical reaction. If I had to choose between odors of fish and vinegar, I might choose the fish.

Anyway, I doubt there is anything in that list that you haven't already tried. By now the problem of the Piscean perfume should be a fading memory.
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38. BriarCraft
7:06 PM GMT on August 23, 2012
BFH: I'm not surprised you could smell the canning aroma past the dairy, past the chicken farm, all the way to your place. A propane burner might not be a bad idea, although maybe a bit expensive to run for 4+ hours.

Sandi: I'm not a fan of canned fish either, with that one big exception. I love tuna sandwiches and tomatoes stuffed with tuna salad. It's a great source of omega-3, which is good for cholesterol.

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The dentist's office called yesterday to say that my crown came in early and would I like to come in this morning, rather than next week to have it put in. I did. And I did some grocery shopping while in town.

Tomorrow, DH and I will head for the Garlic Festival in Chehalis at the county fair grounds, where we'll load up on garlicky food for supper and buy 3-4 pounds of garlic to use in cooking for the next year. While in Chehalis, we'll also stop at a produce stand that specializes in produce from Yakima in central Washington where I'll pick up about 60 ears of corn for freezing.

I picked the last of the blueberries yesterday -- not nearly as big a crop as last year. Weedwhacking of the ditches is about half done. About another 2 hours will see the current round of mowing done. The grass is starting to turn brown, but the dandelions are blossoming like crazy, so this is mostly about taking down the weed tops. Moles have gone nuts where I recently did some watering of lilacs and herb bed. Our Siamese cat, Wally, has been digging in the mole hills and I've got a trap set. We'll see which of us manages to catch the varmint.

I'll try to get around to visit some WUfriends later on, after the mowing.
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37. sandiquiz
6:27 AM GMT on August 23, 2012
Albacore?

I had to look that one up, it was a new word for me.

I am not a fan of canned fish, of any kind, and really the only fish I eat is fresh salmon occasionally.

You are such a wonderful home maker, a veritable "good housekeeper". I remember all the fresh vegetables you stored last year, and you bake and cook in large quantities as well!

Have a great end of week :)
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36. BFH
5:32 AM GMT on August 23, 2012
Briar, for "next year" ya might consider one of the propane burners, normally used for deep frying turkeys. Placed outdoors, it would help keep the house smelling like home, instead of a fish cannery...

P.S. thought I smelled something besides the chicken farm. (Jus' jokin")
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35. BriarCraft
11:42 PM GMT on August 21, 2012
WTS: Your Mrs. picked a good time to visit: morning marine layer that she's used to and pleasant, mostly sunny afternoons.

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Albacore canning is done!!! 200 mile round trip to fetch some home. 3 hours to clean jars and fill 29 half-pints. 110 minutes processing time in the pressure canner, times 2 canner loads. You'd think I liked this stuff or something. Yeah, I do. The difference between chuck steak and rib steak is about comparable to the difference between commercially canned tuna and fresh-off-the-boat home-canned albacore.

The only down side is, thankfully, temporary: I've scrubbed the canner and the outside of all the jars, burned incense, opened all the windows, and the place still smells fishy. Time to go outside and clear my sinuses while I water some flower beds.
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34. WatchinTheSky
4:26 PM GMT on August 20, 2012
Have fun canning! Mrs. WTS is up near you (Long Beach) this week, visiting family and doing some business. I see the heat is gone, Am envious of the cool weather you all are having. Our above average temps are running into two weeks now, ish..

She says fresh caught home cooked salmon was on dinner menu last night, yumm..


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33. BriarCraft
6:11 PM GMT on August 19, 2012
I'm on my way out the door to head for Westport and 30 pounds of fresh albacore. I'll be canning it and stinking up the house tomorrow. Catch up with WUfolks in a couple of days, okay?
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32. sandiquiz
9:12 AM GMT on August 18, 2012
Oh, Briar, that joke you left in GG's blog made me "groan"!!!! lol

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31. Ylee
4:56 AM GMT on August 18, 2012
Flying through the blogs on my way to working on my new one! :)

Glad you're on the mend!
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30. Proserpina
1:11 AM GMT on August 18, 2012
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29. BriarCraft
2:42 AM GMT on August 17, 2012
Ggrrl: A parakeet? An escapee from some "stinkin' cage" no doubt. As to the dentist: over $1000. Yikes. At least he gives me a 5% discount for paying by check instead of credit card. Yeah for your rain! I hope some of it got a chance to soak in and didn't all run down the storm drains. We only had 0.32 inches the whole month of July and none so far in August.

Sandi, and Bogon, too: Made it to 96F (35.6C) this afternoon and tomorrow is supposed to be hotter yet. The marine layer is supposed to start edging in on Saturday bringing more comfortable temps. With this heat, my first 2 tomatoes finally ripened, proving there's always a bright side to just about anything. I ate one like an apple, still warm from the sun. Yum!

Ylee: Dental Diva? Not a diva, for sure, but too-well-acquainted with the dental part. A mouthful of childhood fillings gradually turning to crowns and bridges. No fun. Every time I bent over today, my face throbbed, so I quit trying to accomplish anything worthwhile after picking some blueberries this morning. The face and jaw are starting to feel better this evening, so I should be back to regular tomorrow. I would say "normal" but I'm never that, even on my good days. >8-}
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28. Ylee
10:01 PM GMT on August 16, 2012
I reckon you've made it to the select group of WU's Dental Divas! I would say congratulations, but I'll pass! :)

Hope you are doing well!
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27. sandiquiz
10:32 AM GMT on August 16, 2012
Hi ho - I read you plan to stay in and read all your gardening books rather than go out gardening, mind you, your temperature at the moment is just 60f, so you are fairly tepid - but it is still early!

We are set to get up to 32f, high 80's, on Saturday, but after all the rain we have had, and are still due to get, the humidity will also be high 80's!! Not good for the roses, it causes mildew :(

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26. GardenGrrl
8:42 PM GMT on August 15, 2012
fresh from Flickr, the photos I took this morning,



He is a new visitor to the yard.
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25. GardenGrrl
5:19 PM GMT on August 15, 2012
Hey Briar, hope they are gentle with your pocketbook at the dentist. We finally got some rain!!! About 2" worth.
It is still grey and overcast outside but today I'm happy to see it.
So are all the plants. My yard is filled with life today.
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24. BriarCraft
4:50 PM GMT on August 15, 2012
Bogon: You visited on the one coolish day this week. Today is supposed to reach 92F and tomorrow 97F. Here in western Washington, that's really hot, especially since more than half the population doesn't have a/c. Thankfully, we've got a window a/c unit that keeps most of the house comfortable.

Karen: Thanks for rating and commenting on my rose pics! We live about 70 miles north of Portland, so it's just a little more than an hour's drive. I go to Portland about once a month to visit my parents and do some sales-tax-free shopping, and sometimes a detour to the rose garden.

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A couple of weeks ago, while at the dentist for an exam, it was discovered I have a cracked molar that needs a crown. Yesterday, I got a call from the dentist's office about a cancellation they have for this afternoon, so I'm off to get a crown done today, instead of having to wait until the 29th. I may just have to pick up some Chinese take-out while in Longview. I don't like to heat up the kitchen during this hot weather, so that will be a nice alternative to standing over a hot grill outside.

Except for picking berries and some strategic watering, I'm going to pretty much stay inside and sit in front of the air conditioner the next few days. I have made some good progress with weedwhacking the ditches along our private road recently, but that's off the calendar until it cools down a bit.
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23. SBKaren
1:27 AM GMT on August 15, 2012
Briar - I just got to your blog today, so if you have more photos of roses, I'm going to have to go look. Like everyone else, I think they are all gorgeous! It is very hard to pick a favorite, but I'm partial to the purple one!

How close to Portland are you? My cousin lives up there. We are planning a family reunion with her and her siblings and another set of cousins over Thanksgiving. I'm really looking forward to it!

We really do have the heat down here as WTS stated. We've been in the upper 80s for over a week. That's too hot for me. I've either been in the pool or in the ocean. Our ocean water has really heated up. It was 69º today. I went boogie boarding today (3rd time in 6 days), while hubby surfed. Lot's of fun in my book!
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22. Bogon
12:38 AM GMT on August 15, 2012
Hey, Briar.

You've been complaining about the heat, so summer must have arrived in Toledo. Tonight I made a point of visiting your blog at the end of the day in order to check the temperature in your sidebar. It says 79° at 5:00 pm.

Here in the east the sun has gone down already. By eight o'clock our temperature had dropped to 81°.

That actually represents an improvement. Since the heat wave moved west, things have cooled down here somewhat. Working in the yard is gradually becoming a more attractive proposition. I sprayed a gallon of Round-Up this afternoon. I'm hoping the next rain will hold off long enough for the chemical to do its job.
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21. BriarCraft
6:32 PM GMT on August 11, 2012
Pros: Looks like maybe my rose blog inspired you to make a graphic of your own roses. Very nice.

Sandi: What a nice miniature. It would just as well be a true-to-size English bush variety.

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I've made some good progress on some fronts recently. So far, I've loaded my 2-gallon sprayer with Round-Up three times and killed the weeds and grasses coming up in the gravel walkways, parking area, and driveway. In the weedwhacking department, I've done the east side fenceline, around the many free-standing conifers, and about a third of the length of the private road. With the long-handled grass clippers, I've done around the caneberries and blueberries and orchard trees.

The forecast shows hotter weather this coming week, which will slow down my progress outdoors. I'm still debating when to go get albacore. A hot day would be fine for the trip to the coast, but I don't want a hot day for doing the canning. With the amount I plan to can this year, I'll need to run the pressure cooker twice, at 110 minutes each time. Don't want to do that on a hot day. When canning, the fish smell really stinks up the house and I have to open all the windows, which means no air conditioning, so it's definitely preferable to have a not-hot day for canning. At this point, it looks like I won't be canning for at least another week. That's all right. The season will continue at least until late September.

Blueberries are starting to come on, so they're all now under floating row covers to keep the birds off. It looks strange, but it's the only way to keep the berries intact for human consumption. And...

I finally picked my first ripe tomato of the year! Only about three weeks behind schedule, due to the cool days of May, June, and early July. Also, there are blossoms on my lone zucchini and cucumber plants. Hope springs eternal for this year's mini-garden.

I've been watching with interest, a farmer's gamble nearby. He didn't plant his corn until the last week of June. It's a big field by local standards, I'm guessing it's around 40-50 acres. There's a saying around here that corn should be "knee high by the 4th of July", but his was only just sprouted by then. It is now about 12-15 inches high. I don't see how he can hope to get a crop in before October, and that will require a lot of cooperation from the weather. I think hopeful thoughts to his corn every time I drive by.
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20. sandiquiz
11:52 AM GMT on August 11, 2012
I took this photo yesterday for you - it is one of my miniature roses, the size of the flower head is about 1.5" across.




Thanks for your comment in my blog.... pity you are not just down the road, we could venture out together!

Have a lovely weekend.
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19. Proserpina
1:14 AM GMT on August 11, 2012
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18. BriarCraft
8:15 PM GMT on August 10, 2012
Sandi: That's a great poem -- and a new one to me. Thanks!

YCD: Yep, that's me. If I'm not sure I'll be able to do something, I won't say anything about it. If I do say I'm going to do a thing, you can bet I will unless unless the power goes out or a meteor hits.

Pros: That rose looks like a match for Sandi's poem. Lovely!

Ylee: As luck would have it, the community college catalog arrived yesterday. They are offering a class on digital photography. Also a class on tai chi for seniors, which seems like it might be good rehab for the hip. I don't want to spend my life driving back and forth to Centralia, so I'll mull it over and pick just one class to attend this fall.

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I think it's time to reduce the number of photos in this blog, to make it load easier. The photos will remain in the WUalbum; I'll just remove some from the blog, based on the ratings they've gotten.
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17. Ylee
7:55 AM GMT on August 10, 2012
The photography class at the college would be a good idea, Briar! IMO, modern cameras can be easy to use, but they are look complicated to a beginner!

Good luck!
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16. Proserpina
1:47 AM GMT on August 10, 2012
Sandi, I love the poem!
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15. Proserpina
1:46 AM GMT on August 10, 2012
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Hi, this is the photo of the rose I refer to on my blog.

Well, we have gone to the Moon and to Mars, so I believe that someday someone will figure out how to send 'scents' over the net? Perhaps build in scents in the computer! The person sending a message can activate the scent with the push of a button! What do you think?
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14. ycd0108
12:14 AM GMT on August 10, 2012
Wow! When you say you are going to do something you just do it (re: comments on my photos)?
Too simple for me. I say I'm about to do something and then I get totally distracted.
Thanks for the comments. And I read the Rose Garden blog a day or so ago and enjoyed the views. What do I know about roses though?
Maybe I could learn but at this point I'm a regular in the audience.
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13. sandiquiz
8:30 PM GMT on August 08, 2012
After reading your blog and your reply to me about which is your favourite, a few words of a poem I had read filtered into my mind. After a few abortive attempts I found what I was looking for.

"The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
Oh, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.
But I send you a cream-white rosebud,
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips."

John Boyle O’Reilly
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12. BriarCraft
6:45 PM GMT on August 08, 2012
Ylee: Glad to give you a chuckle. Talking about the time it takes to maintain such a garden, I read the maintenance schedule in a PDF file at the Portland Parks website. I was amazed that they manage to prune all 9,525 plants in one day. They must have an awesome number of volunteers to manage that fete.

WTS: "I knew you were off day tripping again!" You've got me pegged! And you can keep that 97F all to yourself. We had 94F here last Saturday -- 338 days since the last 90+ day on Sept. 11, 2011. Would you believe the locals, myself included, were all complaining about the "heat wave" and were so happy to see marine layer clouds and 70F yesterday.

BFH: You're right that there's a lot of info in the photo's properties, but it still takes more knowledge than I've got to translate ISO-100, exposure 1/250th, F-stop f/4, into something that's meaningful to me. In addition to all sorts of manual settings, my camera has a bunch of bundled settings to help dummies like me do better quality point-and-shoot. I really should take one of those adult education classes on photography at Centralia College to learn what those settings mean. Might be something to consider come wintertime.

Ggrrl: Isn't it something what hybridization can do in the hands of determined horticulturalists? The harsh summers in your area would be too much for most roses to endure. And now someone has tackled the problem and put in a test garden. That's really something.

Pros: I thought of you and your roses when I was putting this blog together. Now, if only someone would invent a scent-recorder to attach to a digital camera.

LowerCal: I'm with you, even without any dogs to walk. With the couple of exceptions noted in #5, I've chosen not to not to fight the War of the Roses here. My mother hasn't given up yet, but she's starting to think about it. Just when her blackspot-free roses are about to blossom, the deer come through and nibble off all the flower buds. I'll stick with enjoying others' roses.
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11. LowerCal
6:12 PM GMT on August 08, 2012
BC, thank you for the virtual trip to the rose garden. I'm enjoying gradually working my way through all the wonderful photos.
Quoting Skyepony:
Your blog title made me think warmly about a few rose bushes that I've killed. All roses die here within a few years.
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When I lived in Southeast Florida I tried growing some of the most fragrant of the old varieties. The insect problems were relentless and the pungent scent of the remedy rendered the effort pointless. Southern California seems to be much more rose friendly and some of my neighbors have many varieties in their landscaping. I'm content to let them (or their landscapers) do the work while I simply enjoy their roses when I'm walking the dogs.
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10. Proserpina
10:34 AM GMT on August 08, 2012
This blog is rose heaven! Love the photos, I can almost smell their lovely scent! Thank you for sharing so much beauty with us.
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9. GardenGrrl
9:53 AM GMT on August 08, 2012
Hi, had to come back and look at the roses again before I head off to work. It reminds me of our rose garden here which is too hot to visit right now.
They put it in about five years ago as a display and test garden for EarthKind roses and ones that do well in our extreme heat and humidity.

There are sooo many roses and so little garden space :)
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8. BFH
5:23 AM GMT on August 08, 2012
Briar, Re: "trouble is, now I can't remember which settings I used to get those shots. :-(" Most digital cameras record quite a bit of information in the file along with the picture. If you right click on the file name (in the "library") then click on properties you may be surprised at the information stored there...

BTW, I liked the pictures! I've been there a few times...
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7. WatchinTheSky
8:31 PM GMT on August 07, 2012
I knew you were off day tripping again! And another excellent blog. I'll have to agree with Ylee, no way to choose, all nice photos.
Looks like we are keepers of the hot weather for a while down here. Slight monsoonal flow over south county, even a bit of rain in Pine valley, just hot and dry in North County - 97 degrees whooee! What is this Llano? Hi calpoppy!
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6. Ylee
7:11 PM GMT on August 07, 2012
I had to laugh when you wrote this reply to Sandi: "I can never pick a favorite; whenever someone asks, I tend to say it's the one I looked/smelled most recently."

That's similar towhat I was thinking when I was scroling through your pictures! The next picture was nicer than the previous one, and so forth! :) My favorite, after going through them a couple of times? Impossible, lol!

I think we take for granted the millions on man-hours necessary to create such beauty!

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5. BriarCraft
6:50 PM GMT on August 07, 2012
Sandi, Pros, Ggrrl, Ylee, Bogon, WTS: Thanks for your comments in my previous blog. I got distracted with other things for a couple of days, then a trip to Portland, where I took way too many photos. After that, I'm afraid I got obsessed with cropping photos, editing out blemishes on some blooms, and narrowing down the selection to post here. I can't believe how much time I spent on that, but I have to admit it was fun.

Poppy: I, too, am partial to the old-fashioned single roses, but for a different reason. For me, the main attraction is that they aren't prone to black-spot or aphids, so they're low maintenance (my favorite kind for any flower).

Ggrrl: I wish I could have managed more photos of the broader view. The gardens are terraced on the hillside, each with a different theme, and were spectacular to see. Unfortunately, my photography skills were not up to the challenge of dealing with glaringly bright sunshine right next to deep shade caused by those old-growth trees. I tried several settings and got just two (at top) that were any good; trouble is, now I can't remember which settings I used to get those shots. :-(

Sandi: Oh yes, the perfumes! Halfway down the flight of steps from the parking lot to the first terrace, the bouquet of sun-warmed roses wafting up was wonderful, beyond words to describe. Many of the prettiest roses don't have much scent, but those that do more than made up for the others' lack. Wandering around the gardens, the visitors were about equally divided between note-takers, picture-takers, and sniffers. It was fun to watch, especially the sniffers -- so respectful of the gardens that they didn't want to step into the beds, which meant precarious leaning in some cases and even a few who came close to tumbling into the bushes. And I have to say Whisky Mac is gorgeous. I can never pick a favorite; whenever someone asks, I tend to say it's the one I looked/smelled most recently.

Skye: Yes, "rose test garden" takes on a whole new meaning at my house, too. For you, it's roses that live more than a year or two. For me, it's roses that don't get covered with blackspot. I've got a couple of climbers, an old-fashioned rugosa (for huge rose hips), and the native Nootka that grows wild around here. I gave up on tea and grandiflora roses, but I have been thinking about trying a few miniatures as they can take a lot and still keep blooming.
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4. Skyepony (Mod)
6:39 PM GMT on August 07, 2012
Your blog title made me think warmly about a few rose bushes that I've killed. All roses die here within a few years.

That is a beautiful place. Such happy history.
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3. sandiquiz
10:35 AM GMT on August 07, 2012
Your photos are lovely. Thank you for them. I just love roses, from the smallest miniatures to the biggest, tea-plate sized, blooms!

I also find the perfumes so evocative, they transport me back fifty years to the garden of our house when I was a child. Dad was a self-confessed rose expert, and filled half the garden with his specimens.
That was why, when he died, I bought myself a rose in his memory. I was able to get a rose popular in the 60's and 70's, which had gone out of fashion, but had been one of his favourites. It is called "Whiskey Mac" and I found it, much to my amazement, in a local nursery.

Whisky Mac Rose

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2. GardenGrrl
9:53 AM GMT on August 07, 2012
Roses! Great blog pics. That is a garden that would be great to visit with all the old growth trees and new flowers. Has to smell wonderful strolling through there.
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1. calpoppy
1:23 AM GMT on August 07, 2012
First, maybe!! Beautiful blog Briar! Many of the roses look like camellias. Love the lavenders. I am partial to single roses, probably because they fit in well with perinnials. I know there is a problem with black spot up there, they would have to spray alot to keep that away.
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