Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Driff Roses–Green Thumbs UP!

Let me start by saying...I adore roses! Any shade, any type. I can never have enough roses.

Always on the lookout for a new rose, we stumbled upon Driff roses this spring. Mr. Dumpling found them at a local farm store. He came home raving about them and off we go for the boss, er, I meant me, to give an opinion. How do you decide what to plant? We always make the decision together...then we have no one to blame if it is a fluke!

We had already determined our Knock-out roses had outgrown the front beds. Don't get me wrong. They are gorgeous! They are actually TOO gorgeous! They have grown and grown and then grown some more. They were covering my front porch which I never wanted.

Sooo, we (meaning Mr. Dumpling) moved the roses to different locations in the yard. My contribution was trimming them back about a week before “we” moved them. I don’t let Mr. Dumpling trim. Look what he did to Mrs. B. R. Cant.
Before Mr. Dumpling trimmed it:

b r can't driff post before

After he attacked it:

mrs b r cant chopped down

So, as we move along, you now know why Mr. Dumpling isn’t allowed to hold clippers.

We planted the Driff Roses in April and added more a little later for a total of over 20. We planted two types: the Apricot and the Peach.  And how are they doing in the hideous heat of July and August? It’s over 100 here daily…and no rain. My Driff roses are just blooming away!! I love these things!

Driff roses post

The Apricot Driff blooms in a solid pinkish/coral color. It makes a fuller bush and has not browned in the heat.

driff bed 6.7.11driff rose bloom 6.7.11driff roses to courtyard 8.2011

But my very favorite is the Peach Driff! Oh  my, it does everything! It has a gorgeous variation of color. The flowers form little bouquets on the shrub rather than an all over bloom. I could just see a little flower girl with bouquets of these.

driff bouquet 6.7.11

These are all the Peach and just look at the variations of color on one bush.

driff rosepeach driff roses 1

Boudreaux just begged to be in the post as usual. It’s so hot, he cut a quick trail for the house after he had posed.

boo with driff 8 2011

The purple periwinkle came up wild from a previous year. I love the colors together.

driff and periwinkles

So here’s a few pics from today. They’re hanging in there and I hope we plant some more in another bed. I love continuous color and can highly recommend these!

driff have spread 8.2011
driff roses to courtyard 8.2011 
I love continuous color and can highly recommend these! Look for them if you do Fall plantings. They will be gorgeous in the Spring.

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Jan@southernjunkin' said... Best Blogger Tips

Hello there lovely lady! I just love roses...heirloom, knockout, climbing, etc. Your drift roses are beautiful! Hope you can drop by and visit me sometime soon!!

Mary @ Framed and Tagged said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your flowers!! especially the roses, I need to find some Driff roses. It has been so hot and dry here that nothing is doing well.
Love your gives me hope!!

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Have a wonderful day!!

LindyLouMac said... Best Blogger Tips

Calling by to visit another Outdoor Wednesday participant, you have some beautiful roses in your garden.