Sunday, July 24, 2011
Look at Louis
Known as the "Cracker Rose," Louis Philippe is perfectly suited for a Florida garden. The sprawling bush is virtually black-spot free and still blooms profusely no matter the heat and humidity.
My rose was given to me as a rooted cutting last summer. It was tiny, having only two canes, but it bloomed constantly. Soon those two canes became many. A year later it is about three feet tall and wide.
It blooms in flushes that cover the bush in sweetly scented crimson flowers. As the rose opens, more of the light-colored center is revealed. During the sweltering July heat, my other roses are taking a break from blooming. Louis Philippe keeps showing he deserves his nickname, "Cracker Rose."
The term, Florida "Cracker," refers to the hard-working Florida cowboy of the 19th century. These cowboys used bullwhips to herd the cattle, thus the name "Cracker." The Louis Philippe rose is as able to withstand the harsh conditions of Florida as those early pioneer cowboys. But, Louis is not only tough, he's pretty.