13 buds plus more

5/20/2011 Midnight Blue Rose with at least 13 bloomsFor this current flush of blooms our rose bush produced 13 roses, all rich dark purple with exposed golden eyes. Sadly these flowers were small compared to what the Midnight Blue normally produces. The previous flush were few and more of a rose-violet color, but with inwardly curled petals. I suspect our flip-flopping weather has been wreaking havoc with the blooms. Since we’ve planted it, we’ve experienced highs of 90 and lows of 40s, Texas weather being what it is.

Situated perfectly among the compact white Ballerina gaura and the purple salvia greggii, the Midnight Blue provides punch to the color echoes of the purple bed.