Thursday, May 14, 2009

Eye-candy Thursday



This climbing rose is known as Jacob's Coat. I think the folks who named it are a little shy on their Biblical scholarship -- I'm pretty sure it should be Joseph's Coat. In any case, it fits the description of a "coat of many colors" -- starting out with lemon yellow flowers that turn deep rose with exposure to the sun. You can see that the buds are intensely red on the outside, but that color is not visible once the rose is open. A few hours after I took these photos today, the roses were mostly rosy with only the deepest part of each petal remaining yellow.



I don't usually publish my photos, but I've decided that in this case anyone who wishes to use these photos (or part of them) is welcome to borrow the images. I simply ask that you credit me with the source photo if you do paint from them.

16 comments:

  1. What a lovely post to see first thing in the morning. My mother used to have these; I always thought they were spectacular.
    Glad you are back posting, hope all is well with your folks -

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  2. Thanks, Terry. Glad you liked the roses. My dad is in a very nice nursing/rehab facility now, doing as well as can be expected. At 88, he's outlived the doctor's predictions by several years, but he is on a slow decline from cancer.

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  3. Step brother Jacob probably had the coat of 'lesser colors'. Love the photos.

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  4. We had a rose named 'Josephs Coat' a number of years ago (not the strongest grower for our climate, sadly), which looks suspiciously like this one. Maybe it was mismarked?

    These are marvelous photos and I may have to take you up on painting them. What a generous offer.

    Thanks for sending your business card image! I love it and will post (probably tomorrow).

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  5. Thanks, R. Maybe my rose was mislabelled -- I only have a few roses in my limited garden space, so I'm not an expert on varieties by any means. For all I know, this is a knock-off that was intentionally renamed to avoid patent issues (or whatever applies to roses). Regardless, the color is fantastic, isn't it?

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  6. Hi Chris!!! What a lovely photo. I'd like to see your painting...:-)...Maybe I 'll borrow your photo and ...If I post the finished painting I'll link your blog with credits, etc.May I? Thanks for sharing!

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  7. These roses are amazing. Gorgeous color whatever the name.

    I'm sorry to hear your Dad has cancer. I didn't realize that from your earlier post. He sure does sound like a fighter, that's for sure. my best to you.

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  8. Go for it, Fabio!! I'm not much of a rose painter, although I may give this a try sometime. You're one of the people I thought of when I put this photo online. So be my guest!!

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  9. Thanks, Liz. Like you, I have a hard time bringing family matters into my professional world. We're just caught in that mid-life place where we cannot control what's happening but have to deal with it anyway. Thanks for your support.

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  10. Oh what beauties what ever their name. Are they growing on a trellis of some sort or are they a free standing bush . I'd love to see a pic of them at a distance . It must be radiant the whole thing. I'm glad your dad is doing as well as can be, and You. Blessings

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  11. Chris!

    Thanks for sharing your pictures. I love the bottom one the best.

    What beautiful roses! So many colors pumped into those flowers.

    All the pinks, yellows, and oranges......obviously this would make an awesome painting.

    Thanks again!

    -Dean

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  12. Thanks, Dominique. This rose is only a year old and I have so little space for garden -- just a narrow strip along my driveway -- that I have kept it pruned as more of a low bush. I would like to add a trellis this summer so I can let it grow a little taller.

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  13. A follow-up on the roses: I asked my spouse, a rosarian, about the Jacobs/Josephs coat name and the Jacob's did ring a bell; after some research, I found it online. "Jacob’s Robe – Considered an improvement on Joseph’s Coat, this floriferous re-blooming climber promises more natural vigor, lusher glossy deep green leaves, better hardiness and disease resistance." Jacob is a new rose, introduced in 2008; Josephs' coat dates to 1964. The roses do not have common parentage; that is, other than the pun in the name they are not closely related.

    This is probably more information than you wanted, but it sounds like you have a good rose! It will be interesting to hear how it performs for you.

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  14. Thanks for the info, R. This rose does seem hardy and disease resistant. I have very limited sunny spots in my yard, so this rose is planted in a narrow bed between the driveway and a fence. Despite the less than perfect conditions, it bloomed through the summer and well into the fall last year. No bug problems, no mildew, tolerated the pruning I had to do to keep it in bounds -- a star in my book!!

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