Friday, May 25, 2007

I am lovin' Therese Bugnet

This is my species rose. It was open earlier today - a single that opens up fairly flat. But I was working on containers this afternoon, and didn't get out to take photos until almost 7. Thought the sun shining on it like this was kind of pretty. (think the orange thing in lower right is my finger - I had to hold it steady in the wind to get the photo)Therese Bugnet is stealing my heart! I apologize that these photos aren't exactly color perfect, but not too far off. It's a very pretty pink with blue or purple undertones - but not lavendar (like the next photo) at all.
The blooms are just gorgeous - whether they're just opening or halfway or full blown.

Each one that was open today looked just a little different from the next.

This is a really poor photo - but had to show you how many opened up today - yesterday there were only a couple with a ton of buds. Today it was covered with beautiful blooms. There are still lots of buds too.

I am really looking forward to seeing how this performs the rest of the summer.
Wanted to show you the hanging baskets on the gazebo. My gazebo has 3 windows and 3 doors and I hang baskets in each window. This year I bought some ivy geranium for the baskets. I hope you can see the foliage - it's a gorgeous variegated white and green. Very fun.


Laurie & Chris said...

I looked up this rose ans it would be ok for our zone now I just have to find it. i really want one after seeing your photos.:)

violetlady said...

Kris, love your blog. I am just now getting to it since you stopped by mine a few weeks ago. I love anything to do with France and I have a crazy brown min. Poodle. I don't know much about roses, but yours are spectacular. I do have one feeble looking plant that was to have been the beginning of a little rose garden. It should be cut down, but it does manage to give me a few very fragrant yellow blossoms each summer. I'll check back again. "A bien tot"

the second-time-arounders said...

Kris, we decided we would leave our two cents worth from time to time. Love your blog and am enjoying seeing your garden's story unfold and bloom!

Kitt said...

Oooh, that's a beautiful rose. I've never had much luck with roses, but that one is tempting.

Zoey said...

Very beautiful rose. I don't grow roses, but I enjoy seeing other people's.

Those hanging baskets are the very same ones I use. Did you plant directly in the coconut liner? I used to, but now I plant in a plastic pot and drop it in. It's so much easier to get it out in the fall and the liners last longer.

Anonymous said...

How old and tall is your Therese Bugent? Does it take few years before you see any blooms?


kris said...

Hi Laurie & Chris
I think this rose might be a winner. I've read very good reviews of it and this year it's finally looking really promising in my garden.

Hi violetlady - thanks for visiting my blog. We'll have to compare notes on France and crazy poodles!! I haven't had any luck with yellow roses - they bloom really well the first year and then don't come back. Too bad because they're so pretty.

Second-time-arounders: comments are always welcome! I'm glad you're enjoying the blog.

Hi Kitt - when I first got into gardening, I didn't know roses were supposed to be hard - so I treated them like other perennials. They've responded pretty well to being neglected and moved around a lot!!

Hi Zoey - I've had these planters and the original liners for 5 years, I think. I do plant directly in the liner, but I like your idea of dropping plastic pots in instead. Some years I feel like I'm going to competely destroy the liners trying to get the plants out in the fall. Thanks for the tip!

Hi D - thanks for stopping by. I planted Therese Bugnet 3 years ago this spring. The first two years I had a few blooms, but the plant just seemed to be struggling. There's a slight slope to the garden where it's planted, so I've thought maybe it wasn't getting enough water - or maybe too much stress from a cold winter - or maybe transplant shock or ?? (Just remembered, the second year the rabbits ate it to the ground - so it has had kind of stressful life here!) This year - the third year - it is just doing great. The plant is full and healthy (knock on wood!) and I have blooms and buds galore. I'll be sharing how it's doing throughout the summer, but right now I'm really having good feelings about it. I'm thinking it's about 3 feet tall this year - but I'll measure it today and put that info in my next post, if you want to check back. I'm thinking the height range listed for it is 3-4 feet.

Maybe the best part of Therese Bugnet is that it has hardly any thorns! So really nice to work with and would be great for cutting too. And it has red stems. I'm loving it!

Kitt said...

Sounds like it just followed the general maxim for perennials: First year sleep, second year creep, third year leap.

kris said...

Kitt - very true. I'm sure most, if not all, of my roses really start to look their best at 3 years. Last year I put in 2 Gallica roses that I had high hopes for - hopefully the third year will be a charm because they are sure struggling this year!

Anonymous said...

Kitt, I just purchased a Therese Bugnet from Tyler Roses in Tyler ,Tx. Very excited to see how beautiful (hopefully) mine will be!Since moving to Texas from Missouri I have had a challenge growing all the things I love in the garden. This will be my first rose growing test here. Wish me luck!

kris said...

Hey Anonymous - I hope your Therese Bugnet does well in Texas - check back in and let me know!! My mom lives in south Texas (Alamo) and her roses are absolutely gorgeous - so hopefully where you are will be equally as good. She had a hard time at first not being able to grow her favorite Minnesota plants, but she can grow some fabulous things that I only get to drool over now. Good luck!