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!
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 (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.