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Fragrant Cloud is a very nice hybrid tea, with a very heady old-rose scent. Its color is more orange than the picture shows; the catalog photo shown in the Rose News shows the color more accurately. Fragrant Cloud has bloomed in 1999 -- using the digital camera, here's a much better representation of what the rose really looks like.
Fragrant Cloud repeat blooms throughout the season; here it is in late July.
In mid-September 1999, Fragrant Cloud is putting on quite a show!
It's finishing off 1999 in fine style!
Mid-November, and Fragrant Cloud comes up with one last, glorious blossom!
Fragrant Cloud has bloomed -- late May, 2000.
Fragrant Cloud is into its second flush -- mid-June.
July the Fourth, and still going strong!
Late October, and Fragrant Cloud has produced one last gorgeous bloom.
I underestimated this rose. It's mid November (!) and this was waiting outside for me.
Fragrant Cloud has begun its 2001 bloom - Memorial Day weekend.
It's mid-May, 2002, and Fragrant Cloud has begun to bloom with a half-dozen beauties!
Fragrant Cloud has begun to bloom, early June, 2003.
It's mid-October and Fragrant Cloud has been one of the best performers this year.
November second -- still in bloom!
Fragrant Cloud was damaged by the severe winter of 2003-2004 but has come back and has begun to bloom in late May.
Fragrant Cloud once again scared me after the miserable winter of 2004-2005 but has come back again and has bloomed in early June, 2005.
It's 24 May 2006; Fragrant Cloud has begun to open its first bud.
It's mid-July and Fragrant Cloud has begun to open more blossoms.
It's Memorial Day 2007 and Fragrant Cloud has joined the other roses in bloom.
Just one day later ....
The first of June 2008 brings the bloom of Fragrant Cloud. The poor thing is being totally overshadowed by her giant neighbors, Melody Parfumee and Lagerfeld, which I shall have to cut back (once the blooms are faded) to give Fragrant Cloud some room to grow.
Given its poor growth last year and the miserable winter of 2008-2009, it's sad but little surprise that Fragrant Cloud has passed on from my garden.
Talk about a surprise! More like a shock! As I said above, Fragrant Cloud didn't grow last year. After the abysmal winter of 2009-2010, what with the spruce tree falling on the rose garden and all, the last thing I expected was a miracle. Yet, in the space between Melody Parfumee and Lagerfeld, a rose popped up from under the cedar mulch. I let it grow, figuring it for probably a Dr. Huey rootstock. Lo! and Behold! It grew a bud that opened today, 6 July 2010, and what should appear? FRAGRANT CLOUD!! It was 104 degrees today, totally unbearable, yet I had to run outside like a lunatic to get a photo before it faded.
Apparently there will be no repeat miracle. Fragrant Cloud tried to put out new growth in 2011 but it then withered and died. Given the size of the neighbors, I'm not going to replant the spot.
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