Though it would be nice to introduce this rose in July, I can't seem to wait that long. Fourth of July (FOJ) is finally in my collection and I must share this jubilation with the world.
FOJ is a well-known rose, a climber (mawar memanjat) with blooms stripy white and red.
Classed as large-flowered rose, it is named after America's Independence Day. The bloom is 3 to 3.5 inches in diameter. Like many striped roses, no two blooms are the same.
|5 March 2011|
First bloom. Diameter 2 inches.
Still a baby plant but bloomed readily.
What's so exciting, it bloomed again this week on its 4th cycle. For the first time it showcased its true beauty and habit I longed to see. Whatever good reviews I've read about this rose, I finally have proofs to say that most claims are true.
|6 April 2011|
Bloomed on 2nd cycle.
Though slightly chlorotic I am quite happy with the progress in leaf size.
At this point this rose has 3 arching 1.5 feet long canes.
One minus point - it does take a while to repeat flowering. On average a cycle per month is slower than a snail in a race. I hope the period will get shorter as the plant matures.
On the plus side, it seems to start flowering quite early and throw up new stems with even more flowers topping them. A trait of a true climber. The flowering energy must had been used for greater good building the needed stems, after all. Hence, the sluggish bloom cycle (kitar pembungaan) for the last few months.
Here's to show you...
FOJ blooms semi-double, opens fully showing its disk of golden stamens and a center of bright cheerful yellow. Any bees would surely not to miss such an inviting stop.
| Single bloom. Stripes were completely omitted from this bloom.|
Solid red with only 5 petals was visited by a 'Kelulut' (Trigona Bee)
|Bee's work. Hip formed fast. Probably just in a week's time.|
A note to always deadhead this rose right after it finishes flowering.
|10 May 2011|
Almost perfect bloom was finally here.
The petals were not as ruffled as I would expect,
but reflexed petals are common to roses adapted to here.
|Stripes were back though the bloom was still heavy on the red.|
Petals were of layers this time.
|19 May 2011|
It was late afternoon when I captured this image.
It was one of those days when the sun is like an orange pinned on grey sky,
and red ray seemed generously splashed everywhere.
This was not kind to my point and shoot camera.
|This time there were more buds to enjoy.|
Less singles but sprays of blooms would soon be here.
|This rose is bred by Caruth (1999) and characterized as having bright green foliage.|
|21 May 2011|
Yes, the tree in full view.
The laterals you've seen earlier were now with blooms (canes on the left).
Each ended with a spray.
The canes on the right produced single blooms and shorter.
If you can see, more basal breaks arrived at the base at the same time.
|The first bloom in a spray somehow always a 3 inches. |
Above, aged while the companions were still in close buds.
|Just bloomed. Simply gorgeous.|
Blackspot is one of the worst nightmares to rose gardeners in the tropics besides thrips, spidermites and scales.
FOJ can grow to 10-15 feet tall in temperate climate.
I think one FOJ is not enough in my garden that I must have at least two. I simply just love it. Especially when I need 2 plants for the arbor. An excuse to add more of this lovely rose... aight?
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|Fade to magenta/purplish as the bloom aged.|
|A fair 4-5 blooms in a single spray.|
|24 May 2011|
|24 May 2011|
If cut, it would be a nice bouquet as half opened blooms were nice too.
|25 May 2011|
Displayed a great spray of gorgeous ruffled blooms when all fully opened.
|The colors were so vibrant!|
|Golden stamens make wonderful contrast to white and red.|
|I must say FOJ here is unwilling with white. |
I hope to see more of stripes in future,
though I have a feeling that this
wonderful trait wouldn't be FOJ strongest here.
|Thorny - not dense but very thorny. |
Very-very long and sharp hook, pricked me couple of times.
It can be grown stunningly on pergola or trellis. When trained on fences or against high walls, it too would show a spectacular effect.
Once mine grows stronger and dense, I'll have this rose move to ground and attached to an arbor painted white to match the white stripes. It's going to be quite a garden project and a new rose-adventure for me.
For now, it sits on my fence (the main gate) in a container with a task of greeting me daily.
|Garden arbor in the making. |
It took me a considerable amount of time to design and draw this 2-post arbor to ensure
measurements are right before we purchase the lumber.
I think it's gonna be great.
|Placed next to my pink moss rose (Portulaca Grandiflora 'Sundial Fuchsia').|
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