Blooming Rose

Blooming Rose

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Maybe You Can Solve The Mystery!

I wandered out to the backyard this morning after a night of rain.  I was delighted
to find that the roses against the back wall are still in bloom.  It certainly brought a
smile to my face and heart.

But, the mystery is that no one knows the name of this pretty rose.  I have six of
this variety in the back and four in the front yard.  My neighbors have told me the
bushes were planted sometime between 1946 and 1950! 
It certainly is a hardy rose.

Now, here’s the other mystery.  They are very fragrant but no one can define
the fragrance. When the roses first start opening they have a somewhat fruity
scent but once they are fully open the scent is of a strong floral.
My entire neighborhood loves the roses but no one knows the name or can
accurately define the scent.

Here are pictures right after the rain...

Some of the buds appear darker at first...

You can get an idea of the foliage...

As I was about to post this I noticed the sun had come out briefly so I ran out
to take a few more pictures of the rose with a little less moisture..  I know I'm
showing you too many pictures of the same roses but I really want to solve this

I have taken the roses with the foliage to a nursery(well, actually two)and the
only thing they have said is "it's definitely an old rose"...well, I already kind of
knew that!

If you have any idea as to the name of this rose, I am open to suggestions.


Olive Cooper said...

I have no idea and I cannot grow anything but knock outs and Lady banksia but this is a gorgeous rose. I hope you find out.

Kathysue said...

I have no idea but it sure is gorgeous and it smells good too? Sounds like a keeper to me!!! Enjoy,Kathysue

Beach House Living said...

Sorry not a clue, but it sure is lovely.

Donna said...

What gorgeous roses! I hope you find out their name! Wish that I could grow them:)

Drawn to The Sea said...

Not a rose grower here, but it looks & sounds like you have something very special there. A rose with an unusual scent surely has a strong spirit... perhaps a rose society or club can identify it.

Love of the Sea said...

Beautiful. What amazing roses. You sure have a green thumb. I have no idea what they are - but they are gorgeous. Amazing that they have been growing since the 1950's. I wish we could grow roses here in Miami - no such luck!!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

They are beautiful, but I have no idea. I love roses that have scents....that is the only kind I will plant.

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

They sure are beautiful, but I have absolutely no idea what they would be called.

Anonymous said...

Try this forum Blooming Rose:

What are the leaves like, and it's habit, thorns, size, hips etc. I knew a lot about English roses but I'm at a loss over here, sorry~

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Not sure what kind, but they look beautiful and sound like they smell divine. Have you tried the American Rose Society?

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Not sure what kind, but they look beautiful and sound like they smell divine. Have you tried the American Rose Society? said...

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Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

They look beautiful and I love that they have a nice scent. Do you have a botanical garden or a college with an agricultural division nearby that may have a horticultural expert on its staff that could help you?

Privet and Holly said...

Check out this
blogging friend
of mine.....She
owns a rose nursery
and will most likely
be able to help you!
I am such a big rose
fan but we don't live
in the best climate for
them, so I just have one
white shrub rose. I
love visiting my folks
in Washington State, as
my dad has a big rose
garden and they always
have a big bouquet waiting
for me!! I like 'em hardy
and fragrant, so I'd love
to know what this is, too.
Keep us posted!
xx Suzanne
PS: Hope you get some
hooky time, soon...And
Happy Thanksgiving!

Hartwood Roses said...

I'm popping over here at Suzanne's suggestion ... maybe your rose is Chrysler Imperial. Its introduction date is 1952, which is close enough to your target date range to be a possiblility, it was a super popular rose in its time, and it grows really well in California. (Sometimes folks mis-remember exact dates, so I tend to use them as a guideline, not an exact window.) Super fragrant, large flowers, nice dark green, round leaves ... Chrysler Imperial is definitely my first guess.

Trouvais said...

Reminds me of a Hybrid Perpetual that I tried: Prince Camille de Rohan c.1882. Are the bushes upright rather than shrubby? You could sort through photos at this Northern California old rose nursery, and/or call the owner Gregg Lowry to see if he could identify.
Will let you know if I stumble over more info. You must have a very sunny yard...the roses look very happy! XO Trish

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry I do not know the breed of rose but the drops of water on the petals are really nice.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love big beautiful red roses! I don't know the type either but I love all roses! Happy Thanksgiving! ♥

Kathysue said...

Hi!! I had to come by and say thank you for your sweet comment on my Thanksgiving table. I agree ! I am so thankful to have met so many wonderful ladies, as yourself!! Definitley something to be thankful for. Sending you a hug for Thanksgiving day!!! Kathysue

pretty pink tulips said...

What a wonderful it American Beauty???

xo Elizabeth

chateau de fleurs said...

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving! It was so thoughtful of you to stop by my blog.Christie

French-Kissed said...

Hope you are enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I think master rosarian Dan Bifano might be able to help you identify your rose. You can contact him through the Santa Barbara Rose Society or Google him. Let me know if you are successful getting in touch with him...he lives around the corner from me and I sometimes can catch him working in his garden.


Rene said...

What a beautiful treasure you have. And isn't is nice to have stuck around all these years. Leave to Hartwood Roses to recognize the variety. She knows her roses.


shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, I wish I could help you! It certainly is gorgeous, though! XX!

Cindy Adkins said...

I think it's "the perfect rose!" Not the real name, of course, but it sure fits, doesn't it? How beautiful!

Cindy Adkins said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog--I've got to tell you--I love all those awesome bathtubs...amazing!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what they're called, but they sure are beautiful! I hope you find out... I like to know the names of my plants and bushes, too. :)
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
~ Jo :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful roses!!

Karen said...

I should know this---but I don't! :-)
I love the color---good luck.

Love roses and am surprised that my Southern California roses are still blooming.

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Vittle me this... said...

WOW, what beautiful photos!