When I asked Gregg Lowery suggestions for a good red rose, he opened new learning and the possibilities for a thrillingly sophisticated color/texture story in my garden.
He mentioned Madame Antoine Rébé as a possibility. I soon ordered the rose and eventually moved it from where I first planted it, because I noticed how its coloring was similar to the red in Mutabalis. (Mutabalis is in the background next to Monsieur Tillier in the first image).
Here's a better shot of Monsieur Tillier.
Color is one thing, and in roses, shape can definitely be another. For several years I admired Dr. Rouges growing on the fence in the Rose Garden at the Sacramento Old City Cemetery. And this year, at the Open Garden, the fascinating Doctor R. was featured in the silent auction. It was my first attempt at such an auction and I shamefully outbid Kristina Osborn. My beautiful red roses needed Dr. Rouges in their midst, with those outrageous scrolled petals!
I planted my treasure on metal fencing near Monsieur Tillier. To my surprise my new rose produced a bloom rather quickly, and I couldn't wait to see the scrolls, but there were none when it opened. It looked like a normal Tea rose, however the next day the petals had curled. Yay! All along, I thought these blooms would make an amazing visual statement with . . .
the globular shape of Monsieur T and . . .
the semi-double shape of Madame Antoine Rébé, who grows nearby. I love creating family-style scenarios amongst my roses. All the roses in this post have genes from China roses, and Mutabalis is a China rose, the others are Tea roses.
Here's M. Antoine Rébé nestled in her first planting.
Kristina really let me win the rose and asked for a cutting once it got going. I'm happy to let you know Kristina that it is doing really well, and hopefully you'll have it in your garden soon.