Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Key to Growing Roses



I assume the keys are to make the rose droop attractively.

Etoile de Hollande, one of my favourites.

These photos were taken in Chédigny on 9 May, when the roses were just starting to come into bloom. Their rose festival is the weekend of 28-29 May.

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  1. And...yet again ....the forecast for the w/e is dire!!
    Dire I tell you.... Dire!!

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  2. Susan, we won't get to Chedigny, but we are enjoying the roadside flowers in the Orne. I wish we had you with us to identify some of the plants. I always think I'll look them up when we get home, but I never do. We were told of a small patch of purple orchids with black-spotted leaves and dark stems. I was sure you would be able to cite chapter and verse for this plant. No white orchids have appeared yet but we will check back in a few weeks. The roadside hedges are full of hawthorns and laburnums in bloom. And in every yard, lilacs at their peak. I always like a long cool spring because flowers last so long...but this is a little too long and too cool for me!

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    1. The purple orchids with spotted leaves are undoubtedly Early Purple Orchid Orchis mascula (Fr. Orchis mâle). There is nothing else that has that combination.

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  3. If you can draw down the branches roses bloom more abundantly. Those keys are a lot more attractive than my Heath Robinson arrangements of stones and string...

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    1. I guess that's the same idea as training fruit tree branches horizontal because they send up more fruiting spurs that way.

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