Thursday, May 12, 2016

Lovely Olivia

Olivia Rose

I wanted to share some photos of one of my recent additions to the garden. You may remember the rose give-away  I hosted this winter. I won five roses from one of our sponsors for the Garden Blogger Fling, David Austin Roses. I chose two roses for myself and offered up three to my readers. I had a wonderful liaison to work with from David Austin, Sally Ferguson. Thanks Sally!

Since I live in South Carolina, my bare-rooted roses arrived March 10th, earlier than those who live further north. I had a nice new container for 'Olivia' Rose and a spot chosen for 'Lady of the Lake'. Both are doing well. 'Olivia' is a little bit ahead of 'Lady of the Lake' and I needed to share some photos.  Both are new David Austin introductions this year. 'Olivia' is perfect for a container, disease resistant, repeat bloomer and wonderfully fragrant.

Isn't she the most delicate shade of pink? Such a pale pink. 

This rose will grow to approximately 3 1/2  feet by 3 feet. (as long as the deer leave it alone) 

Slowly, these pretty petals unfurl, opening a little more every hour, revealing more and more petals. Its fragrance is lovely, to me it is an old fashioned rose fragrance...but I am not a rose official. I just know this sweet rose's fragrance is just what a rose should be. 

I can't wait for more blooms to open, its fragrance drifts on the breeze as you walk up the driveway.

As for 'Lady of the Lake', she is full of buds. a rambler, poised to grow over an old iron railing. I can't wait to see her blooms as well.

Thinking about roses for your garden? I have to say that I am enjoying my 'Janet' rose and now 'Olivia' and looking forward to 'Lady of the Lake'. David Austin roses are lushish. 

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