Miriam's Old Roses Garden
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Monsieur Tillier- Rose of the Month

Monsieur-Tillier-Rose--Photo 'Monsieur Tillier's' spectacular fall bloom span earned him a few special blog posts, including Rose of the Month. It's December 2009 and this Tea rose thinks it is spring or mid-summer.

Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea' glows red from the rising sun as a fitting backdrop for a rose that Gregg Lowery says, "blooms in quantity and surprises the gardener over and over again." My shrub is only three-years old, planted from a 1-gallon plant on its own roots.

Many blooms make arranging a pleasure. Nice long branching canes were harvested for the bouquets shown below.

I often think I'm working on a puzzle as I place branches, one-at-a-time, to fit nicely up against one another. It's really a go-with-the-flow, don't-stress process.

I've always thought that the similar colorings of 'Madame Antoine Rebe', 'Mutabalis', and 'Monsieur Tillier' would look gorgeous planted together in the garden. It turns out they look pretty good together in a vase (below). The photo, above, gives you an idea of what the branching stems looked like. It is imperative, in bouquets like these, to remove lower leaves and thorns.

This is a Leroy Parker (artist husband) raku pot with an Italian hill town design. The pot has a wide neck, which would be difficult for arranging, because the stems would scatter. It would also be way too heavy, if filled with water.

So I opted to use an insert. I have to apologize for this picture - it's supposed to amaze you, that I got all those roses in a narrow gardening bucket. I know I took better pictures of the two containers, but can't find them (oh my filing). Hopefully, you can get the idea that the bucket is really small to hold such a big bouquet. That's the beauty of cylindrical containers- they are the easiest to work with. The fairly narrow stems on these roses were also a help.

Monsieur Tillier in Bud VaseThis shot is a friendly reminder of how food containers (olive oil here) sometimes make nice vases. 'M. Tillier' blooms in clusters as well as one-to-a-stem, as shown here.

As a Garden Shrub


For those of you with plenty of room in your garden, 'M. Tillier'* reaches colossal proportions- 8-feet and way more! You do have a choice in the matter though. The guy doesn't mind being pruned and certainly can be held in check. My friend, Carolyn Sanders, has a respectably contained 'Monsieur T' growing in the narrow side yard of her urban garden. Of all the Teas I have (something like 7 or 8), this is the only one that has almost no mildew. Bottom line- as a stunning landscape specimen, and bloom producer, this rose gets the highest marks in my book.

*In Europe, this rose goes by the name, 'Archiduc Joseph'.

One more thing

Click if you'd like to see a fancy mixed bouquet with 'Monsieur'.