Roses-The Vote

Perusing the web site of these three climbing roses called out to me. The criteria were, over ten feet tall, repeat blooming, fragrant, not so thorny, and of course, in stock. It seems the Noisette class fit the bill. Below are the selections, Madame Alfred Carriere, Crepuscule, and Reve d’Or.

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Though classed as a Noisette, the full blooms of this rose are more of a Bourbon or Hybrid Tea in shape. The flowers are intensely fragrant, cupped, and double opening the palest of pinks, then cooling to creamy white. Vigorous to about 20 feet and easy to work with, “Madame Alfred” will create a vertical focal point in any garden. Its nearly thornless canes make it a very easy rose to train. We have had flowers from it in January, when it was the only plant in the garden to bear a bloom.

This rather late Noisette has large, loosely double flowers that open nearly orange, fading to a rich apricot-yellow. The dark canes have light green leaves and few thorns, and are best trained as a climber. It never fails to attract attention everytime it flushes into bloom. 309Reve d’OrNoisette1869
French for “dream of gold”, this lovely, graceful climber lives up to its name with ease. Nearly thornless it is useful in close quarters. It is especially recommended for use on porch pillars, where the pendulous, globular flowers can be seen and appreciated more easily. Once trained up and established ‘Rêve d’Or’ will display for its admirers a wealth of large, loosely double, buff yellow roses with a rich Noisette perfume. It blooms all season, but we enjoy its fall performance best.

What do you think about these choices? Please vote in the poll on the sidebar and leave a comment if you have any other ideas in the way of roses that meet the above characteristics. You may vote for more than one. May the best rose win!



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15 Responses to Roses-The Vote

  1. chickenpoet says:

    Elie Beauvillain. Since Blue Girl was not an option this was my choice that adhered to the criteria. I am not ususally much for pink, but it had a good pik and liked how it called it a coppery pink. Much love.

  2. Pam/Digging says:

    Frances, when you and Heathcliff come to the Spring Fling on April 5, I highly recommend staying through Sunday and making a pilgrimage to the Antique Rose Emporium near Brenham, TX. In April, with all those roses blooming, it’ll be gorgeous. Check out our Garden-Related Day Trips page for more info.

  3. Frances says:

    chickenpoet…thanks, I’ll have to check that one out.

    pam…we used to live about an hour’s drive from Brenham and have been there numerous times. We have seen the April abundance of rose blooms and were blown away by the beauty of the place. But alas, Heathcliff must return to work Monday. Anyone who can get over there should try and go. It is so worth the trip.

  4. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    To me Madame looks the best. I can just see the big blossoms hanging down spewing a lovely fragrance over you as you walk by.

  5. Frances says:

    lisa…The yet to be built arbor will have the path enter and exit within it . Blossoms, fragrance and no thorns will make the experience of following this path memorable, it is hoped. Madame has been grown before in our Texas garden and was wonderful there.

  6. brokenbeat says:

    i vote for Madame as well, though i favor a darker, more velvety color, because the fragrance is what appeals to me most. during the blooming season, i will visit and you will have to pull my nose out of the flowers, if indeed Madame turns out to be the victor.

  7. Frances says:

    brokenbeat…It seems the combination of criteria eliminated the dark roses. Fragrance is number one. More may be added if the arbor turns out to be a long as is wished for. You may sniff as long as you want however.

  8. mashley says:

    Sounds like Madame would have the greatest impact in the garden. Ilove the way the blooms look down from above- perfect for the arbor. They look like they’re gossiping about their neighbors and giggling qirlishly. Can’t wait to smell their perfume…

  9. Frances says:

    mashley…another vote for the girlish Madame. Remember, you can vote for all three if you wish, or suggest another to add to the group, like chickenpoet.

  10. heirloomgardener says:

    I love noisette roses and have several with which I am very happy, so I vote for Madame Alfred Carriere.

  11. Frances says:

    heirloomgardener…another vote for the Madame. She is very popular. Are the noisettes as wonderful as they sound?

  12. Salix Tree says:

    Have you seen David Austin’s English Roses? They are bred especially for beauty and fragrance. And they also have several climbing varieties.
    I voted for “Dream of Gold” as I love yellow roses myself, and the name is lovely too.

  13. Frances says:

    salix tree…Yellow roses are my favorites also. Austin’s Graham Thomas, a handsome yellow was grown in a previous garden. The roses for this arbor need to be thornless, or nearly so, for it is envisioned that the canes and flowers will hang down for the path followers to enjoy the sweet scent. Thanks for your suggestions, more research will be done before the purchases are made.

  14. Phillip says:

    Frances, I have the Madame and Reve D’Or and they are among my favorite roses. I find it very difficult to choose one over the other. Both are exquisite roses. If you want brighter color, choose Reve D’Or but Madame Alfred Carriere is such a satisfying rose as well. Have you seen my page on noisettes?

  15. Frances says:

    phillip…Thanks for that testimonial. Maybe all three would look good? I will check out your post to learn more about noisettes.

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