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Mini Roses

While most of the roses I grow are full-size shrubs, I do grow a few minis in pots, as shown.  While they are small and without fragrance, they do help to liven up the deck.  With the proper care, these go on for years, as do the full-size roses.  The white mini is called Summer Palace, and the red-orange one is called Orange Rouge (or so said the tag in the pot).

1997 Mini Roses

The photo below shows the second pot of mini roses on the deck.  I purchased these due to the unusual colors -- lavender on the left (Blue Cupido), and an orange blend fading to pink on the right (Sunrise Cupido).

1997 Mini Roses

With the exception of Summer Palace, the minis did not survive the winter of '97-'98.   This is how Summer Palace appeared in June, 1998.

1998 Summer Palace

The second pot has been replanted with the mini roses shown below.  On the left is Debut; on the right is Orange Sunblaze.

1998 Mini Roses

Joining Summer Palace in its pot in 1998 was it's sibling Palace, a very nice mini rose similar to Summer Palace, but pale yellow to its blush white.

1998 Palace

Palace has bloomed again in 1999, having made it through the winter unscathed.  Summer Palace looks as though it will follow in a few days.  Here's a close-up shot of the first Palace blossom of 1999.

1999 palace

Summer Palace has started to bloom, as expected.   Here's the first blossom.

1999 summer palace

Here they are in full bloom during the spring of 1999.

1999 mini roses

Having survived the winter with no protection, Orange Sunblaze has started off 1999 in a grand way!

1999 Orange Sunblaze

1999 orange sunblaze

1999 orange sunblaze

Debut also survived the winter in fine form, and has begun to bloom in 1999.

1999 debut

Here they are together in full bloom (1999).

1999 mini roses

Both Palace and Summer Palace bloom pretty much continuously throughout the season; here's Summer Palace in late July.

1999 Summer Palace

In mid-September 1999, the minis continue to amaze; here's Palace.

1999 Palace'

As mentioned in the Rose News, none of the minis survived the winter of '99-'00, which was a surprise to me since it wasn't a terribly bad one.   I will especially miss Palace and Summer Palace.  However, I did manage to snag a set of four bare-root minis from Jackson and Perkins.  They've come out of dormancy nicely, grown, and have now (late June, 2000) started to flower.  The first is called Crackling Fire, and is a very nice orange.

2000 Crackling Fire

2000 Crackling Fire

The second to bloom is Tropical Twist, a coral-pink, with cream reverse.

2000 Tropical Twist

The third to bloom is Bedazzled, a brilliant red.

2000 Bedazzled

2000 bedazzled

The last of the new mini roses to bloom is Lemon Gems, a brilliant yellow.

2000 lemon gems

2000 lemon gems

The minis have continued to bloom on-and-off throughout the season -- here's Lemon Gems in mid-October.

2000 lemon gems

Having lost all the minis during the winter of 2000-2001, I obtained a new set of three from Jackson & Perkins. The first to bloom is Bedazzled (a repeat from last year).

2001 Bedazzled

The second to bloom is Hugs n' Kisses, a simple yet lovely mini.

2001 Hugs n' Kisses

Both Bedazzled and Hugs n' Kisses share the same pot, and are in full bloom; Bedazzled in in the foreground.

2001 Mini Roses

The third (and last) of the minis to bloom is Tropical Twist, also a repeat from last year.

2001 Tropical Twist

2001 Tropical Twist

In 2002, Hugs n'Kisses has taken the prize for the first bloom of the year (actually, the first two).

2002 Hugs n'Kisses

Tropical Twist is now getting into the act!

2002 Tropical Twist

2002 Tropical Twist

2002 Tropical Twist

Bedazzled has finally joined the other minis in blooming, June 2002.

2002 Bedazzled

2002 Bedazzled

2002 Hugs n'Kisses

As noted in the Rose News, all of the container roses did not survive the horrible winter of '02-'03.  I've replanted the containers with two new J&P mini roses -- Small Miracle and Petite Perfection.  Small Miracle is a beautiful snow white rose.

2003 Mini Roses

2003 Mini Roses

Petite Perfection is a lovely red with a yellow reverse that shows toward the center of the blossom.

2003 Mini Roses

2003 Mini Roses

2003 Mini Roses

2003 Mini Roses

2003 Mini Roses

2003 Mini Roses

2003 Mini Roses

2003 Mini Roses

2003 Mini Roses

2003 Mini Roses

It's mid-October and the mini-roses continue to bloom.

2003 Mini Roses

2003 Mini Roses

It's now November the second and the mini roses are still going strong!

2003 Mini Roses

2003 Mini Roses

2003 Mini Roses

In 2005, I planted a pair of nameless mini roses that I picked up at Home Depot.  They were pleasant and I thought that I'd treat them as annuals.  Much to my surprise, they're coming back in 2006 and now, in late May, they're beginning to blossom.

2006 Mini Roses

2006 Mini Roses

2006 Mini Roses

2006 Mini Roses

2006 Mini Roses

2006 Mini Roses

2006 Mini Roses

2006 Mini Roses

2006 Mini Roses

2006 Mini Roses

It's now September and the mini-roses continue to open occasional blossoms.

2006 Mini Roses

November! brings another blossom.

2006 Mini Roses

2006 Mini Roses

The last day of November sees this in the planter!

2006 Mini Roses

The mini roses did not survive the winter of 2006-2007 and I allowed the pots to lie fallow during 2007.  It's now early June 2008 and earlier in the spring I noticed that the two smaller planters had deteriorated and cracked badly so I disposed of them.  The large one is still OK, so I stopped off at Home Depot and got a new small rose to plant in it.  It's called Caramba.  Here it is just after planting, complete with a bloom.

2008 caramba

2008 caramba

Caramba has done very well.  It's now mid-July and, as you can see, it's grown well and provided many blossoms.

2008 caramba

2008 caramba

2008 caramba

2008 caramba

2008 caramba

2008 caramba

2008 caramba

I had thought that the miserable winter of 2008-2009 had done in Caramba.  Much to my surprise, growth sprang forth and now, in late June 2009, it's doing quite well and has begun to bloom.

Given the even worse winter of 2009 - 2010, Caramba did not survive and even the pot is now gone.



Last Updated: 08 Jan 2015

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