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Apr 20, 2010 5:46 AM CST
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I never seem to have a block of free time long enough to post a long thread of photos, but now I've amassed more than a hundred for March and April, so I'll start posting them in installments.

This is Abraham Darby, an Austin shrub.


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Apr 20, 2010 5:47 AM CST
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Alpine Sunset, a hybrid tea:


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Apr 20, 2010 5:48 AM CST
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Archduke Charles, a china rose:


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Apr 20, 2010 5:51 AM CST
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Audrey Hepburn is a hybrid tea. As you might be able to see in this photo, this poor rose has rose mosaic virus and chronic black spot, but in spite of those afflictions and in spite of the fact that I bought it from Michigan Bulb, it has been blooming happily for almost 20 years in my garden.


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Apr 20, 2010 5:52 AM CST
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Here's Autumn Sunset, a climber:


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Apr 20, 2010 5:52 AM CST
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Here's the striking bud on Autumn Sunset:


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Apr 20, 2010 5:53 AM CST
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Baby Darling is a mini.


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Apr 20, 2010 5:55 AM CST
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Name: Zuzu
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Baby Talk, a floribunda, is one of the first roses I bought when I moved here in 1984. There was a whole line of "Talk" roses, but the best ones, in my opinion, were Baby Talk and Pillow Talk.



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Apr 20, 2010 5:57 AM CST
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Here's one of the Banksias:


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Apr 20, 2010 5:58 AM CST
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The Banksias are great big monsters. Here's a photo of one of them from a distance. Not a great picture, but it gives you an idea of the size. It's draped across four arbors.


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Apr 20, 2010 6:01 AM CST
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Here's a long shot of another one. It's covering a gazebo, and I've only included the neighbor's ugly tree so you can see how the Banksia is climbing way up into the tree. I'm hoping it will completely obscure the tree in another year or two.


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Apr 20, 2010 6:01 AM CST
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Here's a closeup of the tiny blooms. Each of these adorable clusters is only about the size of a ping pong ball.


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Apr 20, 2010 6:04 AM CST
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Big Splash is one of the prettiest climbers I've ever grown. It has huge blooms. Unfortunately, the crazy rose hates the sun. After a couple of hours of sunshine, the blooms turn brown and icky. The first flush usually happens in the rainy season, luckily, when there's not enough sun to ruin the blooms. Here's the bud.


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Apr 20, 2010 6:06 AM CST
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Here's a side view of the open blooms. If they had bloomed a few weeks later, the centers would be scorched and brown.

I keep meaning to move it into the shade...



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Apr 20, 2010 6:07 AM CST
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Blue River, a hybrid tea:


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Apr 20, 2010 6:08 AM CST
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Break o' Day, a hybrid tea:


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Apr 20, 2010 6:09 AM CST
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Breath of Life, a climber, is pink at this time of year and apricot in later flushes.


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Apr 20, 2010 6:09 AM CST
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Buffy Sainte-Marie, a hybrid tea:


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Apr 20, 2010 6:10 AM CST
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Butterfly Wings, a floribunda:


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Apr 20, 2010 6:11 AM CST
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California Dreamin', a hybrid tea with enormous blooms:


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