There are a few other roses that I could have gotten pictures of in order to submit a complete set of six, but I wanted to show off just these four that bloom in what is known as the ‘rose bed’. A fifth purple cultivar was not blooming when I got these pictures. What seems to be a sixth cultivar that I did not get a picture of is really suckers of ‘Doctor Huey’ understock that appeared far enough away from the original plant to not be a problem.

There are several rose shrubs and standards (trees) in the rose bed, but they are limited to these five and a half distinct and mostly unidentified cultivars. They are the most prominently located roses that I work with. The other roses are in other landscapes, or at the yard of the maintenance shops. Two of the larger groups of roses are uniform beds of carpet roses, which I am really none too keen on.

1. The few rose standards (trees) seem to be floribundas. This one looks familiar, but not familiar enough for me to guess the name of it.P90525

2. I would guess that this hybrid tea rose that grows in a shrub form is ‘Double Delight’. It does happen to be quite pleasantly fragrant.P90525+

3. This one seems to be a floribunda like the standards (trees) but grows in shrub form like #2 above. I do not believe it is notably fragrant.P90525++

4. I would guess that this one is the common floribunda ‘Iceberg’, growing as a standard. One is a double graft with a purple floribunda.P90525+++

5. Well, that was it. The fifth purple cultivar is not blooming, and ‘Doctor Huey’ bloomed only once for the year. This nearby yellow calla is irrelevant.P90525++++

6. This piece of dead madrone is just as irrelevant, but I though it was amusingly sculptural. I probably should have been more careful while cutting it apart.P90525+++++

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:

https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/

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25 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Abbreviated Rose Parade

    1. You know, I really dislike these sorts of ‘bi-colored’ roses, and never would have selected them; but they are so perfect for this confined space. Monochromatic colors like those I would have selected would not have been so interesting. As much as enjoy working with roses, I am no good with color.

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    1. I only got this picture, but have no plans for it. One of the guys of the maintenance staff will likely neaten it up and do something with it, even if it just gets left as sculpture in one of the lounges. I should have been more careful with it when cutting it up. My priority was to just get rid of it.

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      1. The Santa Clara Valley happens to be one of the best places in the World to grow roses, even better than Portland (the ‘Rose City’). Consequently, they are very common here. Their main problem is that almost none get pruned aggressively enough in winter.

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  1. A lovely group of roses — I think double delight is my favorite of these. And I particularly like the sculptural piece of madrone — it should go into a yard design somewhere (maybe one of Brett’s?)!

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    1. Thank you. I only maintain the roses. I did not select them. ‘Double Delight’ is one that Brent and I still disagree on. It has been one of his favorites since we were kids, but I still dislike the ‘bi-colored’ roses. It just happens to be an excellent choice for this situation.
      One of the guys on the maintenance staff will likely neaten up the sculpture and put it on display in one of the lounges. It would rot if left outside.

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  2. Of course beautiful roses, especially the yellow and the white for me but I have fallen for the dead madrone this week! You could probably sell it at the famous Chelsea flower show for a fortune. The ever helpful web search suggest arbutus tree – is that correct?

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    1. Arbutus menziesii is the native madrone. It is very difficult to grow in cultivation, but has a way of growing where it is not wanted. This one grew where it was not wanted, and then died suddenly. They are naturally contorted into weird positions, although not often as contorted as this.

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      1. How unfortunate. I like it because I grew up with it. Diego Rivera painted those harvesting them in San Mateo County. I summered in Montara when I was kid, which is where those that Diego Rivera painted were.

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