Sheeny Petals

Close up of a double apricot rose with sheeny petals

I loved these petals with their soft, complimentary colours and mix of light and shade. I took the picture at Farmer’s Branch, Texas a couple of years ago and know that someone is going to ask me which rose it is, which gives me a problem. The form reminds me of Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’, and the colour of Rosa ‘Jubilee Celebration’, but I believe it’s Rosa ‘Lady Of Shalott’, which was looking so good during our visit that I later persuaded my sweetheart to plant one in his garden.

I’d never seen Rosa ‘Lady Of Shalott’ growing in the US before or since, so am not sure how well this picture represents the way the rose looks in a warmer climate than the UK.

Roses’ forms, colours and scents vary when grown in differing climates, some varieties more than others. Colours tend to soften in strong sunlight while heat intensifies fragrance and helps it linger in the air. In hot, dry climates, I’ve noticed some roses producing smaller flowers, as if they are conserving their energy and deeply cupped shapes opening out to reveal more of their centres.

Peachy apricot peony

While I’m on the subject of plant identification, I can’t resist adding in a picture of a peony in the same colour group. Roses and peonies are often mistaken for each other, and I can see why. If you find them difficult to tell apart, you might enjoy this post.

I’m sharing them for Becky’s SquareTops, because these flowers are in tip-top condition.

21 Replies to “Sheeny Petals”

  1. Lovely pictures – I so agree, colours change with the heat. I have a plant of ‘Pierre de Ronsard’ (apparently France’s ‘favourite’ rose). Last summer it bloomed first with the classic, chocolate box, dark centre. Later it was simply pink – someone visiting suggested I had my name wrong. I don’t grow ‘Lady of Shalott’, but it’s one I have in mind to plant and unfortunately I get these rose obsessions when I look at other people’s blogs!

    1. I didn’t know R. ‘Pierre de Ronsard’ was France’s favourite rose, but it is a romantic climber. England’s is R. ‘Gertrude Jekyll’, or at least it was… I’m not sure how fickle nations are about their roses.

  2. Of course I had to look at the other post, and I’m glad I did because now I know to look at the leaves. I think I would never be very good about identification, but I’d be very good about ooooh-ing. What splendid colors! The light on and through that peony is mesmerizing. And I think that rose captures every nuance of pink there is, and maybe adds a few. Thanks for the warm colors — especially lovely today!

    1. Ooooh-ing is just as acceptable to flowers, if not more so, I’m sure. Peach and apricot always surprises, then delights me in a flower, no matter how many times I see it.

  3. Beautiful colour. I love close-ups of flowers, especially roses.

    Thanks for sharing, Susan 🙂 Just the sort of beauty we need to see since most of us are stuck indoors.

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