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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19 comments:

  1. I have a few roses and they are beauties, I think all roses are beauties. Fragrance is a big plus. I like your two new treasures.

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    1. Thanks Terra, I have enjoyed the two new roses, though briefly as the deer have enjoyed them as well.

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  2. Beautiful! If she remains disease-free, let me know. I take out more roses every year because of blackspot.

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    1. I will let you know Tammy, right now it is the deer I am fighting.

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  3. I love it when you can smell a rose without having to bury your nose in it and imagine that it smells like a rose.

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    1. I love the fragrance of old roses Kylee. These are nicely fragrant.

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  4. Now that's a gorgeous rose. So romantic!

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  5. Oh what a beautiful pale pink and flower.....I would love to smell them too. On a side note, with the warm weather, the rose I won came in April....I had intended to get it out in April but the weather kept me from the garden so I just got it out last week. It was growing already, and I hope it stays happy and blooms for me. I will share it once it grows more! Thanks again Janet!

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    1. Donna, these are so wonderful. Definitely think about adding these two!

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  6. Olivia is a beauty. So very classic-looking and I can imagine her scent from your description. I love the sequence of photos allowing us to see her unfurl all those layers of delicate petals.

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  7. Love all your wonderful roses! Gardening is a delight!

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    1. Bernideen, thanks for stopping by! These roses are wonderfully fragrant and full of petals.

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  8. Olivia is a real beauty! Such a delicate pale pink. I don't grow any roses other than Knockouts and one climbing rose because I'm afraid I'll kill them, but photos like these make me want to re-think that.

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    1. I would rethink it Rose, as long as you can keep the deer away...I am having a terrible time with them eating the buds!

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  9. I love your photos. I'm in a new garden, and planted new roses, but no David Austin. I've avoided them because they didn't last long in my old, colder, garden, but I think DAs might be possible in my new garden. Thanks for the reminder. Also, looking forward to meeting you in Minneapolis.

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    1. Pat, it was great to meet you in Minneapolis! I can heartily recommend Olivia, though winter temps here are quite mild. She is a beauty!

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  10. That is a lovely rose! Pink is one of my favorite colors, and I love the old fashioned rose aroma too.

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