Roses

One of the original and most stunning roses outside the Chapel. Best bet so far is Chicago Peace.

One of the original and most stunning roses outside the Chapel. Best bet so far is Chicago Peace.

Another one of the original roses on the other side of the house. Yet to be identified.

Another one of the original roses on the other side of the house. Yet to be identified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve mentioned a number of times that roses have been an integral part of the Convent and the nuns were known for there carefully tended roses with rose beds and trestles. A number of these old bushes still remain and have been tended by kindly neighbours whilst the Convent was vacant for some years.

Given the roses will remain important members of the garden, I thought it worth setting up a page that listed the Convent roses that I would keep updated and add photos as the roses develop. It also is a good discipline for me so I can keep track of the increasing variety. I’m a novice rose grower. I’ve had a few roses from time to time but nothing serious and never the right environment for them. There are now no excuses and I’m not holding back.

Below are the current varieties, most of which are very newly planted:

  • Good Samaritan – deep crimson and obviously the signature rose for the Convent. There are two standards at the step of my back porch that I planted and two of the older original roses out front also seem to be the same. I’ve now added another four down the bedroom verandah bed as it continues to extend.
  • Pierre de Ronsard – blowsy dusky pink with large prolific flowerers. These two should look great against the original unpainted cement block garage wall. I had them in a previously life and miss them. They are a beautiful rose and climb well. I also have a newer variety of Burgundy in a Floribunda out the front of the Chapel as well as a Blushing Pierre de Ronsard – very pale, with tinges of pink as it ages, to climb over the Grotto, and a red climber on the side cyclone fence.
  • Duchesse de Brabant, bought under the advice of L and a lovely very old pink rose species. Planted next to the cyclone fence on Sister Kath’s side – I hope it climbs.
  • Climbing Icebergs x 2. Both on the back wall which in time should be covered with Passionfruit and climbing roses, if the grand plan works out.
  • Six standard Icebergs as sentinels lining the front path to the entrance.
  • Crepuscule – a gorgeous and voracious climbing pale apricot. It has already outpaced all the other roses, despite being a victim of the artist fence accident. Now has a new climbing home on the recently built cyclone fence section in the back corner. A second has been added on the back fence as well as one along the old galvanised iron fence.
  • Lamarque – a gracious old rambling white rose in the back garden bed – yet to kick in and I have great expectations of. A second has been planted at the front corner of the building
  • Cecile Brunner – pink buttonhold climber of course, on the back wall and already taking off, as well as one on the Grotto.
  • Pinkie – an old fashioned favourite and prolific climber that is one of the Grotto roses.
  • Cottage White Climbing Multiflora, to partner the other side of the Grotto.
  • Chameleon roses – Miniatures that change from yellow to tinges of pink – in pots on the Chapel verandah.
  • The Fairy – a pink groundcover that loves to trail and strike itself along the back porch area. This has been so successful that I’m extending the bed and repeating Fairy roses down the side of the house along my bedroom verandah.
  • Dream Weaver – hopefully true to its name as a rambler – pink, on the front garden wall.
  • Atomic Blonde – a newer white variety from Swanes that I hope will be a wanderer along the newly replaced cyclone fence out the back.
  • Mme Alfred Carriere – another pale climber on the back wall, another along the front wall and one along the old galvanised fence.
  • David Austen Molineux – a yellow in the back garden bed.
  • David Austen Pat Austen – deep yellow/apricot along the old galvanised iron fence.
  • David Austen Graham Thomas – a yellow climber on the back wall which is supposed to be one of the lovelier yellow roses as well as one along the old galvanised iron fence.
  • Brunonii – a white rambler along the galvanised iron fence.
  • Two climbing Mister Lincolns in deep red on the front wall. Another two have been planted on the Church side of the wall to add some startling deep red to the ivy.
  • An Albertine – classic pink on the front wall.
  • Mme Isaac Perriere – supposedly a rampant deep pink rose and named after a rather buxom aristocrat. I tend to think she may be one of the “personality” roses and is planted in an area on the front wall that could do with some cheering up.
  • The Tennis Court Rose – obviously a climber and what an evocative name – on the front wall.
  • R California Plena – a Species rose. An old fashioned original wild rose.
  • Rose Rubifolia – another original species wild rose.
  • Peace – a classic in a hybrid tea rose out the front of the Chapel.
  • Chicago Peace – joining the original Chicago Peace out the front of the Chapel.
  • Fruitee – a deep orange Floribunda planted at the front of the house with the old roses.
  • Jude the Obscure – a lovely pale creamy apricot yellow arching David Austen bush.
  • Julia’s Rose – a pale yellow/apricot hybrid tea rose
  • Elina – A cream hybrid tea rose.
  • Renae – a pink thornless climber on the front wall.
  • St Cecilia – a pink David Austen bushy shrub in the front garden bed.
  • Pope John Paul II – a whiter than white perfect shaped flower in the back bed and now two flanking the front gate entrance
  • New Dawn – a pale climber on the front wall
  • Charles De Gaulle – a pale blue/mauve out the front of the Convent near the building
  • St Therese de Lisieux – a pale rose in the front garden bed
  • Dorothy Perkins – a bright perky little climber at the front wall
  • Sea Foam – a pale pink climber for the front wall
  • St Patrick – a yellow bush rose, planted near the back gate garden
  • Mary McKillop – yes, another Saint rose, this time a pink bush rose, in the front wall garden bed.
  • Winchester Cathedral – a classic cream climber at the front wall.
  • China Doll – a small low growing rose in the circular front bed.
  • Jens Munk – an old fashioned rose grown for its rose hips out the front of the Convent near the Chapel
  • Rugspin Rugosa- another old fashioned rose hip bush in the front wall bed.
  • Both white and yellow Banksia roses flanking the two corners of the old galvanised iron fence.
  • A plethora of little carpet roses and tiny garden roses from Bunnings – white, red and yellow, all of which are nameless but work hard at flowering.
  • About half a dozen lovely old rose bushes that have survived for many years. Best guess at identifying these (and I have sought expert help) is: Chicago Peace (the pink/yellow tinge rose), Papa Meillard (the two that are a little similar to Good Samaritan), Mermaid (the yellow/apricot) and Pascali for the white. These seem pretty close looking at photos in books and judging by the popular period for these roses.
  • I wasn’t great with the bare root stock, so some have been relocated (and some replaced) to a more remote and protected hospital area:
  • Renea
  • Burgundy Iceberg

Head count of 96 in August 2014.

My two Good Samaritan standards either side of the back porch steps

My two Good Samaritan standards either side of the back porch steps

Another of the originals - and there appear to be two of these. I like to think they are Good Samaritans, named after the nuns here.

Another of the originals – and there appear to be two of these. I like to think they are Good Samaritans, named after the nuns here.

Doing some serious research. So many beautiful roses and still not enough space!

Doing some serious research. So many beautiful roses and still not enough space!

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