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This is the grandiflora rose Lagerfeld, named after the fashion designer. It is a very pale lavender fading to off-white, with a very strong old-rose scent. The bush appears to be quite vigorous and healthy. The roses compare favorably with the picture that was on the J&P box. Here's another shot.
In 1999, Lagerfeld took its time in blooming. Here's the first blossom, from early June -- well formed and intensely fragrant. The lavender hue is very hard to mistake!
Here's the bush in bloom, the second week of June, 1999.
In mid-September 1999, Lagerfeld has a number of blossoms; here's one just opening.
Lagerfeld has begun its 2000 bloom, one of the last of my roses to do so in late May.
Lagerfeld is into its second flush, mid-June.
Lagerfeld continues the tradition of being one of the last roses to bloom -- the second week of June, 2001.
It's Memorial Day weekend, 2002, and Lagerfeld once again is one of the last of my roses to bloom.
Lagerfeld seems content to bring up the rear. It's one of the last to bloom, June, 2003.
It's now the middle of October and Lagerfeld is still in bloom.
November the second and still no sign of let-up!
Lagerfeld was badly injured by the severe winter of 2003-2004 and though it put out strong growth during the 2004 growing season it produced no blooms. I left it in the ground (I am nothing if not an optimist when it comes to my roses). We then got the even worse winter of 2004-2005. ::sigh:: This spring, Lagerfeld was slow to awaken and I figured it was dead. To my surprise, it did awaken, from an area of the bud union heretofore not active. I pruned off the dead wood and to my delight it has taken off and has begun to bloom in early June of 2005 and it is, indeed, Lagerfeld, with the same sweet fragrance and the same misshapen buds and blooms that it has always had!
Lagerfeld has come back in great shape in 2006. It's Memorial Day weekend and it has begun to bloom with it's characteristically misshapen buds.
All the rains of early June have left the flowers somewhat brown around the edges.
It's now mid-July and Lagerfeld has begun to bloom again.
Late August brings another flower.
It's now early October and Lagerfeld is trying to give us another flower, assuming the frost holds off.
A few warm days have allowed the bud to open. The fragrance is heavenly!
Memorial Day weekend 2007 brings the bloom of Lagerfeld.
2007 is turning out to be a great year for Lagerfeld!
Early July once again finds Lagerfeld in bloom.
Now late July -- Lagerfeld is still going strong!
Early August in what is clearly the best year Lagerfeld has ever had.
Late August and still going strong!
September has arrived and Lagerfeld shows no signs of slowing down.
Now late September; this is clearly the best year that Lagerfeld has ever had!
After last year, I can understand why Lagerfeld might be a tad, uhm, fatigued, which might explain why it waited until 2 June 2008 to start opening its buds. Judging from the number of them, this is going to be another banner year.
After it rains, Lagerfeld tends to get a tad brown around the edges of the petals, but they remain beautiful and fragrant flowers.
Mid-July brings another flush of Lagerfeld. Unfortunately, most fell prey to the Japanese beetles.
27 May 2009 has Lagerfeld opening its first blossom.
Early July, and the damned japanese beetles have arrived.
At the end of July, Lagerfeld is at it again!
It's early May 2010 and Lagerfeld is now opening its first bud.
Unfortunately, most of the very promising buds on Lagerfeld got eaten by vermin (deer). Fortunately, a few survived.
It's now mid to late June and Lagerfeld responded to the deer pruning by producing many more buds!
We actually have a flush!
Late May 2011 brings with it heat, humidity, and the first bloom of Lagerfeld.
It's the fourth of July weekend and Lagerfeld is once again in bloom.
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