My two favorite roses are doing well and blooming despite the heat and the lack of rainfall. My other roses seem to have less blooms and bloom less often in the heat of summer. These summer roses are a treat to both my eyes and my nose.
Julia Child was planted this spring and seems to be happy in her spot against the back fence. This area is full sun and is irrigated only by me and my trusty hose. As often as possible that hose is attached to the rain barrel, but lately rainwater hasn't always been available.
This rose starts out a deep butter yellow that fades to light yellow. My bush is only about eighteen inches tall and about as wide. I have read that I should expect her to get to be a very round, bushy three feet in all directions. So far, her leaves have remained a deep green and don't seem to be bothered at all by the heat.
The other rose that is doing super this June is my favorite, Belinda's Dream. She is just so beautiful to me. Her fragrance is very sweet and drifts on the breeze so I can enjoy it while I work near her.
This rose is a really big bush. She is about five feet tall and wide and blooms in continuous flushes. She does get brown leaves when not watered regularly. She doesn't have any pest problems though other than last fall she had a little blackspot; but just a little on the backside of the bush.
These are my favorite roses because of the shape of their blooms and the fact that they bloom so often. When in bloom each bush is covered with roses. They both have a light fragrance. Julia Child is a bit spicy scented while Belinda's Dream has more of an old rose fragrance. I do not want to spray pesticides or use chemicals in my garden and these roses are doing well without those things. I love all my roses, but in the heat of summer these two really shine.