Martha Gonzales rose, FTW.
All of my roses are antiques, and we've pretty much left them alone, with almost no maintenance. Last fall, I decided that this was the year to give them a good pruning. Since I'm being cheap this year, I also decided to root cuttings of my favorites to hand out as Christmas presents for some of my family. I took extra cuttings of the Martha Gonzales, to plant in a side garden that is hard for us to get to, in hopes that we can get the rose to out-weed the weeds. We planted these about 6 weeks ago. This is one of the cuttings we planted, only a couple of weeks after we had planted it. What you may not be able to tell from the smaller version is that I took this picture after it had already bloomed! It surprised me, at least. We planted 8-10 cuttings, and almost all of them have not only made it, but bloomed as well. (And that's including some that looked like sticks when we planted them!) Here's the mature rose, plus one who's name I've forgotten: The blooms on both of these are a little larger than a quarter. Last year, the Martha Gonzales was trying to bloom after we had snow! Here's my kitty watching us through the window: More pictures from my garden this year: The iris bed - this was the first round of blooms, which were all the same color. After these faded, I started getting a bunch of different colors: Closer: A Madame Antoine Mari rose: Another iris, which I tried to 'shop to make it look like an O'Keefe painting: Finally, this makes me really happy. We found this guy hanging out in our rosemary plant one day. He's a pretty big guy, and this makes me think we're doing something right in our minimal chemical gardening: