June 2013 can be summed up in four words: fire(s), wind, allergies and ROSES.
Most of all, ROSES.
Afterall, it's *their* month and this year they've totally outdone themselves.
My favorite ~ the David Austin residents (of course.)
Above & below 'Abraham Darby.'
'Abraham Darby' was the first David Austin to grace the garden and, if it's the hour of truth-telling, still my all-time favorite.
Which doesn't mean the others are anything short of first rate ~ case in point: 'Golden Celebration:'
and 'Teasing Georgia:'
'Jubilee Celebration' added last year:
Still getting it's roots set and not (yet) as prolific a bloomer ~ but every bit a looker.
I broke my self-imposed rule of buying only one new rose per season by also adding 'Princess Alexandra of Kent' in 2012:
Just because it was such a luscious shade of pink! :)
This year, 'Lady Emma Hamilton' standards were purchased to flank the fireplace urns. (overview photo to follow later)
Their bold coloring is definitely a deviation from my "norm" choices.
A prime example of why it's good to get out of the "comfort zone" and try something different...
Which could explain why I broke that same "rule" two years in a row by also purchasing 'Pat Austin:'
Looks like I have a thing for Orange this year??!!
Tho I'd like to have every David Austin in his catalog, I'm running out of room and I only have ten!
Only ten you say??? Sounds spoiled put that way!
Above: 'Charles Darwin'
I confess, I've been willing to invest because of how well they perform even in our harsh climate. Colorado has temperature fluctuations that are as hard on plants as anything. During the winter, it can be zero one day then five days later in the 50's or 60's. With all the wild weather, I've only had one casualty ~ 'Jude the Obscure' ~ who was planted in a raised bed.
'Crown Princess Margareta'
It's nice to know roses this beautiful can also be just as hardy!
Now, who wants to bet there will be another variety next spring that I'll just "have to have??!!"