hybrid musk rose: Buff Beauty
Hybrid musk rose ‘Buff Beauty’. 2004-04-23. Austin, Texas.

April 26th, 2004
Rose ‘Buff Beauty’

Dateline: 2004-04-23
Yesterday two flowers open on ‘Buff Beauty’ finally. She and the other hybrid musk roses (‘Prosperity’ and ‘Penelope’) suffered the most from the attack of the spring cankerworms. If not for that, I think she would be covered with flowers this spring. I planted ‘Buff Beauty’ three years ago, and although she’s produced the odd flower or two, she’s yet to prove her worth in my garden. But I really like the apricot color of the flowers. ‘Gruss an Aachen’ has flowers somewhat similar in both form and color, but has only been in my garden six months and has already out-performed ‘Buff Beauty’. She’s highly-rated by many other gardeners, so she might just be in an incompatible location. I’ve also heard that she’s a slow-starter.
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Plant Profile.
Bearded iris. Night Game.
Black self. Keppel. 1996. ML 42 inches.
photo: Night Game
2004-04-22. Iris ‘Night Game’.

April 24th, 2004
Iris ‘Night Game’

Dateline: 2005
‘Night Game’ opened its first flower on April 16th making it the first named iris to bloom this year. However, the stalk is quite short, only about 18 inches tall. The first flower opened on the bottom and is also rather small.
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photo: rose New Dawn
2004-04-23. Austin, TX. First flower on rose started from a cutting.

April 23rd, 2004
Rose From a Stick

Last November, when I was pruning roses, I noticed that some of the canes seemed very, well, lively. I hated cutting them or throwing them out. So I decided to see if I could get them to strike.

Following the instruction in Rayford Clayton Reddell’s The Rose Bible, I made cuttings about a foot long and stripped off all but the topmost set of leaves. Then I planted them, putting two of the bud eyes underground and two above.
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photo: rose 'Madame Alfred Carriere'
2010-04-10. Rose ‘Madame Alfred Carriere’ blooms pretty consistently this week every year.

April 13th, 2004
Rose ‘Madame Alfred Carriere’

Dateline: 2004

2004-04-13. Noisette rose ‘Madame Alfred Carriere’.

The cold snap that came last weekend has dropped nighttime temperatures into the 40s and ‘Madame Alfred Carriere’ is loving it. Her flowers hold their shape better in cool weather. Under normal April conditions they open and fade in an afternoon and looking, sadly, like crumpled tissues. The flowers are larger than ‘Madame Joseph Schwartz’ and more of a peachy pink than ‘Souvenir del Malmaison’.

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Louisianna irises (foreground) at the Iris Society of Austin’s annual show.

April 11th, 2004
Iris Show

The Iris Society of Austin held it’s annual show today at Zilker Botanical Garden Center. For the first time in several years, I didn’t have a single iris blooming, so I wasn’t able to enter. Apparently I’m not the only one with that problem in Austin this year. There were probably only half the normal amount of entries. The one group of irises that looked good, however, were the Louisianna irises. AJM likes these bog plants and if we ever get around to building a pond, I’ll get some for him.

This bearded iris won best “space-age” iris.

photo: Souvenir de St. Anne's
2004-04-05. Bourbon rose ‘Souvenir de St. Anne’s’

April 5th, 2004
Rose ‘Souvenir de St. Anne’s’

The semi-double sport of ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’ has a cinnamon-scented center. I can’t always smell it, but I did today.

Need to hunt down the dates for these photos.
photo: Souvenir de St. Anne's
photo: Souvenir de St. Anne's
photo: Souvenir de St. Anne's

photo: Rose Madame Joseph Schwartz
Rose ‘Madame Joseph Schwartz’ 2004-04-02. Austin, Texas.

April 2nd, 2004
Rose ‘Madame Joseph Schwartz’

Dateline: April 2, 2004
This week, the Tea rose ‘Madame Joseph Schwartz’ is trying to steal the spotlight from ‘Ducher’ and ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’. Now into her third year in the garden, she is a mass of rosebuds. The Tea roses, first bred in the mid-1800s by crossing China roses with Bourbon and Noisette roses, are popular in the south. As a rule, Teas are considered “delicate”; that is, they are not roses for cold climes. But they stand up well to Austin’s heat and humidity.

‘Madame Joseph Schwartz’ is often described a “white” sport of ‘Duchesse de Brabant’, but is actually more creamy pink. Her color varies from flower to flower and season to season. The loose cabbage-shaped flowers are not individually arresting. They have weak necks an. the flowers dangle like bells. They have a casual, blowsy look that is at home in the wildflower border. On warm days (highs above 85) they open and fall quickly. But when in flower, there are always a lot of them, and they are nicely scented.

photo: Rose Madame Joseph Schwartz

‘Madame Joseph Schwartz’ is a great landscape rose because she forms a dense shrub which is attractive even when not in flower, so dense that the thin flexible canes droop under the weight. She can get to six or seven feet tall although after three years in my garden is is only about three feet tall and wide. I’ll be glad when she reaches her full height and I can look up into her flowers, rather than kneel on the ground to see them. In my yard, she blooms best in cool weather. This is her second flush of buds this year; the first was at New Year’s. She blooms so early in my garden, that her buds are frequently nipped by frost. She also holds up well under our summer heat. She hasn’t had any problems with mildew or black spot.
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