It's the Plants, Darling

Red on red

Interesting how some years are perfect for roses. That is what I’m hearing about 2013. We had a “normal” winter, with no premature heat wave, and we’re having a fairly wet late spring.

That equals rose success, apparently. Here (above) is a red climber that came with the house. (There is some clematis mixed in.) At a recent party I had to commemorate fellow Ranter Amy Stewart’s annual book talk in Buffalo, I got a lot of questions about it, but I have no idea what it is. It has bunches of medium-size double blooms, about 4-6 to a cluster, which bloom in succession, and the flowers age rather well. There is a light fragrance, and I am sure it is not an antique/heritage rose. Any ideas? There are just too many damn varieties of roses.

Posted by on June 18, 2013 at 9:07 am, in the category It's the Plants, Darling.
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5 responses to “Red on red”

  1. Tibs says:


  2. Beth says:

    Maybe Don Juan?

  3. Sandy in TX says:

    Who cares . . . you had me at “light fragrance;” I like rose scent but some of the really heavily-scented ones can smell like Avon perfume and give my allergies fits.
    It looks really gorgeous against that brickwall, too – the color looks warmer that it would against white, I think.

  4. Rachelle says:

    It’s Blaze.

  5. claire says:

    I would agree with your other comments that it is Blaze. The only reason I think I know, I have it growing up my fence right now and it looks like that. The perplexing part is I don’t remember planting it! I did plant some about 10 years ago, they disappeared, but that is just too weird that it would be growing back now