It has a single but glorious flush of bloom from May through June, some years a bit of July.
It's planted against my back fence and arches over the sidewalk and spills into the alley on the outside of the fence perfuming the air all around. It has a very strong old rose scent and on the day I took these the sun was beginning to dry the rain from the night before. The still moist air carried the fragrance right to my back door and beckoned me to get closer and enjoy swimming in the olfactory delight.
Really we were in the alley loading up a bunch of yard waste and I had my camera with me so I snapped some pictures but that doesn't sound quite as nice, does it?
It gets black spot annually but I do nothing and the bush flourishes. Since it's mostly in the alley, I pay little attention to it once it's bloomed.
The vigor of growth, volume and fragrance of blooms make this rose my favorite plant this week. Begging the forgiveness of our favorite plant this week meme host, Loree of Danger Garden who is not a huge fan of roses. It's thorny and bacteria lurking about can infect a wound and cause sporotrichosis or rose thorn disease so they're kind of dangerous... Click on the link above to check out other favorites this week!
Do you have any idea what this charmer of a rose might be? It's similar to Rose de Rescht but faster growing and more on the red side of pink while Rose de Rescht is a bit bluer.
A bit like Zephirine Drouhin but it isn't Zephirine Drouhin either.
What's your favorite plant this week?