An Unexpected Pleasure

I picked these roses in mid December in Bill and Lydia Fontenot's garden near Carencro, Louisiana.

I’m always delighted in late autumn when the antique roses come forth with one last burst of bloom.  It happens every year but I am usually distracted by the fall foliage, the autumn berries, the sasanqua and aster blossoms.  And suddenly I look up and am dazzled to see all the roses in bloom.

Today – out on a Halloween stroll, I realized that my ‘Cramoisi Superieur’ rose was in full bloom.

‘Cramoisi Superieur’ is one of my old friends.  It is one of the first antique roses that I ever planted in the garden.

I simply could not resist a rose with a French name that meant Superior Crimson!

My lovely specimen has bloomed dependably for an average of 10 months each year for the past 20 years.

As my landscape has matured, shade has encroached.  In response this rose started to climb onto an adjacent titi.

Cramoisi Superieur is loaded with Halloween roses.

What can I say?  She is a survivor.

Like many other old roses, her blooms demurely nod.  They are heavily laden with rose red petals and cannot hold their heads upright.

Cramoisi Superieur is an old China rose (from 1832).  Blossoms are two toned with  rich red petals that are lighter on the reverse side.  They emit a wonderful fragrance.

The stems are pea green and practically thornless.

Foliage is deep green and healthy.

It’s all good.

Cramoisi Superieur is perfect for every garden… except for those people who insists that a rose hold its head proudly upright.

I think that Cramoisi Superieur is a proud rose with a modest demeanor.   Her blossoms nod and as I pass by, I nod back.



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6 Responses to“An Unexpected Pleasure”

  1. yardflow says:

    Cramoisi Superieur is one of the first antique roses I planted and is still one of my favorites, Glenda.

  2. Glenda M. Patton says:

    I love your blog. Found it when looking for info on Cramoisi Superieur roses. I inherited a 100+ year old specimen last year — nearly dead but she has bounced back to life and bloomed like crazy all season, last year and this year as well. I rooted more than a dozen prunings and the little ones bloomed as well. I live in NW Georgia and love gardening all year long.

  3. yardflow says:

    It’s really an easy rose – long blooming and fairly free of pests.

  4. yardflow says:

    One of my favorite climbers is the American pillar rose and it can really hurt. Those with fewer thorns like Climbing Cramoisi Superieur, Lady Banksia and Zephrine Drouhin are great for areas with lots of foot traffic.

  5. Humble Earth Garden says:

    Cramoisi Superieur was also one of the first roses I planted as well. I planted three of them, in fact, at the same time and they all bloom for me as you describe. And, the smell, well it’s just heavenly!

  6. fhpmas says:

    Love the idea of a practically thornless stem. The climbers I have have many thorns which makes it necessary for me to put them in areas where there is not much foot traffic. The blooms are beautiful, but the scratches are painful! 🙂

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