Friday, May 27, 2011
Hurry up and grow!
This is our newest rose. We were flying by a display of climbing plants at the nursery when this one caught my eye. Not because of the flower, since there were none then. No, it was the name: Dublin Bay. Knowing nothing of this rose, I had to have it in our garden. It was a climber so that was good. It was red - a lot more scarlet than my photos can capture. It's not really pink at all. Another big plus: the tag said it was a scented rose. OK...I'm buying this one.
While we were away, the two earliest buds decided to open up. The flowers are huge and I rushed out between rain showers to get a photo. I can hardly wait for it to climb up beside the white clematis that we planted last year. However, I've since read differing opinions on its scent: either it has none, it's slight or it's lightly perfumed. My opinion? I think I can smell these flowers. Just wishful thinking?
I have no idea why it's called Dublin Bay. Maybe the original rose breeder, Sam McGredy, was homesick...he lived in New Zealand.