Red on red


Interesting how some years are perfect for roses. That is what I’m hearing about 2013. We had a “normal” winter, with no premature heat wave, and we’re having a fairly wet late spring.

That equals rose success, apparently. Here (above) is a red climber that came with the house. (There is some clematis mixed in.) At a recent party I had to commemorate fellow Ranter Amy Stewart’s annual book talk in Buffalo, I got a lot of questions about it, but I have no idea what it is. It has bunches of medium-size double blooms, about 4-6 to a cluster, which bloom in succession, and the flowers age rather well. There is a light fragrance, and I am sure it is not an antique/heritage rose. Any ideas? There are just too many damn varieties of roses.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. Who cares . . . you had me at “light fragrance;” I like rose scent but some of the really heavily-scented ones can smell like Avon perfume and give my allergies fits.
    It looks really gorgeous against that brickwall, too – the color looks warmer that it would against white, I think.

  2. I would agree with your other comments that it is Blaze. The only reason I think I know, I have it growing up my fence right now and it looks like that. The perplexing part is I don’t remember planting it! I did plant some about 10 years ago, they disappeared, but that is just too weird that it would be growing back now

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