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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).
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).
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.
The second pot has been replanted with the mini roses shown below. On the left is Debut; on the right is Orange Sunblaze.
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.
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.
Summer Palace has started to bloom, as expected. Here's the first blossom.
Here they are in full bloom during the spring of 1999.
Having survived the winter with no protection, Orange Sunblaze has started off 1999 in a grand way!
Debut also survived the winter in fine form, and has begun to bloom in 1999.
Here they are together in full bloom (1999).
Both Palace and Summer Palace bloom pretty much continuously throughout the season; here's Summer Palace in late July.
In mid-September 1999, the minis continue to amaze; here's 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.
The second to bloom is Tropical Twist, a coral-pink, with cream reverse.
The third to bloom is Bedazzled, a brilliant red.
The last of the new mini roses to bloom is Lemon Gems, a brilliant yellow.
The minis have continued to bloom on-and-off throughout the season -- here's Lemon Gems in mid-October.
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).
The second to bloom is Hugs n' Kisses, a simple yet lovely mini.
Both Bedazzled and Hugs n' Kisses share the same pot, and are in full bloom; Bedazzled in in the foreground.
The third (and last) of the minis to bloom is Tropical Twist, also a repeat from last year.
In 2002, Hugs n'Kisses has taken the prize for the first bloom of the year (actually, the first two).
Tropical Twist is now getting into the act!
Bedazzled has finally joined the other minis in blooming, June 2002.
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.
Petite Perfection is a lovely red with a yellow reverse that shows toward the center of the blossom.
It's mid-October and the mini-roses continue to bloom.
It's now November the second and the mini roses are still going strong!
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.
It's now September and the mini-roses continue to open occasional blossoms.
November! brings another blossom.
The last day of November sees this in the planter!
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.
Caramba has done very well. It's now mid-July and, as you can see, it's grown well and provided many blossoms.
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.
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