Fragrant rose in full bloom captured on an early morning walk. At first glance this looks like a Camellia. Unlike rose bushes, Camellia bushes have no thorns, no fragrance and much larger waxier leaves. Old roses seem to have the most fragrance with many new varieties having little or no scent at all. Iceberg roses grow abundantly in our neighborhood, with massive amounts of white flowers from Spring through Autumn, but they deliver a very faint scent. I’m partial to these audaciously fragrant blooms even though they don’t produce nearly as many flowers during the year.
Here are some links you may find useful if you are considering adding roses to your garden. Roses love water. One gardener we know calls them drunkards because of their heavy water consumption!
You may also enjoy viewing these photos captured along the way. We are always watching for Encino in bloom.