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With the winters having taken some roses from me over the last few years, and with the tree falling in the winter of 2009 - 2010 (see my Garden Journal), I had some space in the side yard rose garden where another rose could live, a little over from where Moon Shadow used to reside. While at the nursery, I completely by chance noticed that they had some Old Garden Roses and, in looking over their stock, grabbed Comte de Chambord. This Portland rose, with lots of pink flowers that pack a very strong fragrance, was bred in 1860 in France. It's my first Portland and my fourth Old Garden Rose (after Zephirine Drouhin (1868), Louise Odier (1851), and Mme. Isaac Pereire (1881)). I've planted it and have high hopes for it. Here's a photo of the new rose just after planting.
It's now early May and Comte de Chambord already has buds!
A particularly noxious form of vermin -- deer -- invaded the garden and ate most of the buds off Comte de Chambord. (If I catch it, it will become venison.) It's recovered nicely however, and today (2 June) surprised me with the first blossom!
Comte de Chambord is turning out to be quite floriferous.
Memorial Day weekend 2011 brings the first bloom of Comte de Chambord.
It's late June and Comte de Chambord is once again in bloom.
Comte de Chambord is doing quite well this year!
Early July brings more blossoms.
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