First and last blooms

Chapeau de Napoleon (AKA Crested Moss) just finished its bloom, making it the last of my once-blooming roses to complete its show. And what a show it was!

Buds of Crested Moss or Chapeau de Napoleon rose

Buds of Crested Moss or Chapeau de Napoleon rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crested Moss unfurling its petals

Crested Moss unfurling its petals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crested Moss or Chapeau de Napoleon

Crested Moss or Chapeau de Napoleon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapeau de Napoleon rose has gorgeous cupped pink flowers, a little lighter on the outside petals than on the center ones, and a scent that wafts across the garden. It also has those interesting “Napoleon’s hat”-shaped buds and a healthy, vigorous bush that stands up to heat and cold and is well-behaved even in a smaller garden with a bit of summer pruning. The petals retain their scent when dry, fading to a nice lavender-pink color. The only downside, really, is that it’s once blooming, but it consistently has one of the longest bloom periods of any of my once-blooming roses.

Chapeau de Napoleon isn’t the first of my roses to bloom. This year I was surprised to find that Marie Bugnet produced the first rose blossom in my garden (neighbors with Austrian Copper got roses before I did, though).

Marie Bugnet bud

Marie Bugnet bud

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marie Bugnet rose

Marie Bugnet rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marie Bugnet (boo-nay, not “bug net”) is a rugosa hybrid, not as well-known as her sister Therese Bugnet. I’ve had both in my garden for a year now, and neither are very vigorous for me, but Marie Bugnet seems to be the stronger and hardier of the two. It’s a nice white little rose with a pleasant scent, and it bloomed a couple of days before any of my other roses. The buds aren’t super pretty, but it appears healthy, and it’s a rebloomer, though the summer heat seems to have shut it down this year.

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About eabwheeler

Freelance writer mainly working on projects about history, historic preservation, and children and nature. I'm also venturing into historical fiction and fantasy. I have graduate degrees in history and landscape architecture. I like gardening, sewing, folk music, and rainy afternoons with a good book. My debut novel, a Victorian paranormal mystery, THE HAUNTING OF SPRINGETT HALL, will be available in print and ebook July 14, 2015 from Cedar Fort Publishing.
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