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This is the hybrid tea rose Peace. It is perhaps one of the most beloved roses in the world. It has a very pleasant, delicate, fresh fragrance, and is an exceptionally healthy rose bush. Here are a few more shots of Peace, taken in the spring of 1998, one of which gives away the secret: my Peace bush is actually a three-foot standard.
Peace has once again bloomed. Here are the first few blossoms of 1999.
Peace has begun its millenial bloom in fine fashion.
Mid-October, 2000 -- Peace just doesn't know when to quit! This is just one example of what this rose is doing now.
Here's another - late October, 2000.
It's mid-May, 2001, and the Peace standard has begun its bloom in fine fashion!
The Peace standard has surprised me by blooming seemingly overnight -- May, 2002.
It's the first week of June, 2003, and Peace has begun to bloom with this extraordinary blossom!
It's 2 November and Peace is still blossoming!
Peace made it through the severe winter of 2003-2004 in fine form, in contrast to many of the other roses. It's now late May and it has begun to bloom.
After the horrid winter of 2004-2005, Peace failed to awaken. Examining it revealed damage to the bud union and, alas, for the first time since having the house built and having the rose trees planted, I'm without the Peace tree. This being one of my 'special' roses, I called J&P but they were out of Peace trees, so I've purchased a Peace bush at the local nursery and put it into the ground near where the Peace tree grew. Here it is, just after planting.
It's early June and a few of the bud have begun to open.
The Peace shrub did not do well last year and did not survive the winter. This year, calling Jackson & Perkins early got me a new Peace tree to replace the old one and it's been planted not too far off from where the other one stood. Hopefully it will give me many years of pleasure as the first one did. Here it is, just after planting.
It's the last day of May and Peace has leafed out nicely.
Fast forward to 18 June and we have our first Peace bloom!
27 June -- the new Peace tree is doing very well!
It's the beginning of August and Peace has given us this beautiful bloom.
Late August and here's another.
September and yet another.
Mid-October brings a stunning blossom!
It's November now and the Peace tree has taken off!
Late November, the first frosts are just a few days away, and yet Peace just won't quit.
Memorial Day weekend 2007 brings the bloom of Peace.
Mid-July has Peace back in bloom.
A day later and the other two buds have opened, four exquisite flowers on a single stem.
September and no end in sight.
It's the end of September and the Peace tree has done beautifully this year!
Fast forward to just after Memorial Day, 2008. Peace has once again begun to bloom.
There's a little sun flare in the following shot, but it shows the Peace tree as it is at the beginning of June.
I normally shoot Peace from outside the garden looking in, with the sun over my shoulder to light up the flowers. Here's a very different shot from inside looking out against the bright sky so the flower is backlit.
Mid-July finds more blossoms on the tree.
Around Memorial Day 2009, the Peace tree has opened a bunch of blooms seemingly overnight.
It's the end of July and Peace has started to bloom again. Probably no surprise with all the rain we've had, but the tree has snapped her stakes and I need to restake her.
Early May 2010 brings the first opening bud on Peace.
One day later ....
An early July surprise!
Late May 2011 brings with it the bloom of Peace.
The winter of 2013 to 2014 was horrendous. I have never experienced the kind of losses in the garden that I did this past winter. This past spring, I waited and waited but the Peace standard never awakened. I don't know what it was that did it in, but it was quite dead and it broke my heart to have to pull it out of the ground. I don't know that I'll replace it.
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