Yellow rose center

Yellow rose

Yellow rose

This is a closeup of the center portion of one of this summer’s yellow roses. It had light edging of pink on the petals, and, as you can see, quite graceful petals and shapes. I don’t know the exact type, but there are many roses listed for these colder zones.

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Pretty in Pink

Pink Rose

Pink Rose

This is a pretty little pink rose and another bud getting ready to bloom.  Roses are popular as a cut flower as well as used to make tea, dried potpourris and decorations.

A Red Rose

A Red Rose

A Red Rose

A red rose is a classic flower that is commonly recognized. Growing a classic red rose can be a little bit of a challenge – especially here – but it is possible, as the photo testifies. This is from the Duluth, MN Rose garden taken late this summer (September, 2014). I think it is a “Champlain” rose. It had many, prolific, blooms. In this area, some people “tip” their roses to help them endure the cold winters. But there are multiple approaches. In any case, it is essential for the plant to be hardy in USDA zone 4 .

Knockout Rose

Knockout Rose

Knockout Rose

I’ve had this Knockout Rose for about five years. It has survived some bitter winters. While it has frosted several times this month, this rose has six buds. It is hardy. “William Radler is responsible for many of the easy-to-grow new roses that are extremely disease-resistant, drought-tolerant and ever-blooming.” He spent the early years of this life in Wisconsin.  The Knockout Rose is a profuse bloomer. I usually prune the rose hard in the spring and it seems to like it. I look forward to even one more bloom.

Iceberg Floribunda Rose

Iceberg Floribunda Rose

Iceberg Floribunda Rose

I think this is an Iceberg Floribunda Rose  [Rosa Iceberg (‘Korbin’)  rose Iceberg (bush floribunda)] – at least that’s what I bought it as. It has been growing since about 2000 and flowers profusely over the summer months with a perfect rose fragrance. It’s making a grand last stand for blossoming. It’s buds appear as a gentle pink and explode the next day into these bleached-white voluptuous petticoats of roses. They are short-lived as individuals, but there are so many and for so long, it seems to be ever blooming during the summer. It has wicked thorns and will spread if allowed. I have it planted with a red weigela and it is quite beautiful when both bloom simultaneously. Iceberg Floribunda is described as disease resistant – although, the Japanese beetles do like it – and hardy to grow in MN.

Rugosa Roses

Rugosa Roses

Rugosa Roses

Native to the coasts of Japan, Korea and Siberia, Rugosa Roses are hardy in zones 3 and 4. They are extremely disease resistant. Rugosa is from the Latin word “rugose,” meaning wrinkled. Rugosa leaves are textured with a fine quilting that gives the foliage depth and richness.

Orange Rose

Orange Rose

Orange Rose

I haven’t seen many orange roses.  This rose was growing, today, in Leif Erickson Park & Rose Garden in Duluth, MN. The garden has a beautiful arrangement of more than 3,000 rose bushes.