Disneyland Roses - Blooming And Growth - October 2020

We have three rose bushes in our yard.  Two in our sideyard - with southern exposure and one planted in a rear bed outside of our kitchen.  They are all the same cultivar:  Disneyland Roses.  I don't know much about roses, but I'm learning.  It turns out, Disneyland Roses are Floribunda Roses.  There are a bunch of varieties of roses including tea, hybrid tea, Grandiflora and - what the Disneylad Roses are - Floribunda Roses. Sunnyside Nursery has a post titled "What The Heck Is The Difference Between Hybrid Tea, Grandiflora & Floribunda Roses?" that lays out the basics.

Knowing I only have this one cultivar, I've begun to educate myself on the care of Floribunda roses.   According to HeirloomRoses.com, Floribunda Roses give you "Minimum upkeep with maximum color".  They detail what makes a Floribunda Rose unique here:

The Floribunda Rose is a crossbred flower that is loved for its hardiness in harsh climates, minimal upkeep, and its ability to have continual blooms. They are recognized for their familiar traits of stocky and rigid shrubbery with an abundance of color, fragrance and beauty. With these qualities, rose lovers will easily recognize this class of rose gracing landscapes in housing communities and public parks.

We first planted a Disneyland Rose in the fall of 2017.  I put it in the bed outside of our kitchen window.  Now that some of the other material has grown up, I now realize this is the wrong spot for the Disneyland Rose.  At first, it was doing fine - here's the first year in 2018.  But by Summer of 2019, it was already getting cramped.  But, it still put on a nice, colorful show that Summer.  That picture kinda shows how full (and lush) the area was at the time. It has only gotten worse as things matured. 

This past Summer, I took some action in this bed to dig up, divide and transplant some of the teardown hostas to give everything a little more room to breath.  

That first rose bush looks like this today:

My plan is to transplant that one to the sideyard next year.  Get it out of this location and free up teh space for the hostas to stretch out.

I posted a photo of these Disneyland Roses at, ummm....Disneyland.  You can see that they have the spaced out a few feet each way.  

The other two Disneyland Roses that we have (#2 and #3) are, as I mentioned, in the sideyard.  They get southern exposure and don't have to deal with a lot of shade.  They were planted a year later than the first one in the Fall of 2018.  

After their first full season in the ground, they were still blooming in September of 2019.  And, I've watched them more closely this year - first in May and then again in August of 2020.   One of them (the Western one) has always lagged behind the other and that's still the case.  But, they both have put on a lot of growth this season.

First up, the 'smaller' one of the two.  It is blooming and kind of splaying outward in two directions.  Maybe grew 4x the size of a year ago.

And here's the (historically) larger one.  This one, too, grew 4x this season.

Up next in my education is how to overwinter them, prune them and the best time and manner to transplant them.  I'm going to be a little more proactive this year with winter protection like I am with our young Canadian Hemlock trees.


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