It’s the beginning of summer rose season in New York City, and several varieties have started to bloom in the beautiful neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn. I took a stroll through the brownstone-lined streets this week and snapped photos of the two-toned hues, vivid reds, and luscious pinks seen in recent blooms. And I probably don't need to tell you this, but they all smelled amazing.
A gorgeous set of peace roses sat among a cluster of rose bushes. A world-famous rose, this pink and yellow variety has won awards for its exquisite double flowers. Names the "Rose of the 20th Century" in 1976, this hybrid's origin dates back to the 1930s.
A vivid deep pink rosebush on the corner of 6th avenue and Garfield Place. I think these might be a Polyantha variety known as "Lady Ann Kidwell" roses because their petals formed into a distinct shape, unlike a common rose garden.
At first I thought these were "buff beauties" poking their faces out from the fence at this 8th avenue home, but their pale color makes me think they might actually be Rosa "Sangerhäuser Jubiläumsrose" also known as a "Floral Fairy Tale" or an "Afternoon Delight."
Beautiful pink roses in the same garden as the pale ones above. The Google Lens app on my phone thinks these might be Rosa "Queen Elizabeth" flowers. However, judging by the color, I think they might be some kind of China Roses.
These dark red hybrid tea roses known as "Mr. Lincoln" were swaying in the breeze, along with the American flags in the background.
French roses like the ones above were spotted in several locations in Park Slope.
A close-up of another red garden rose. You can see some pink roses in the background, too.
A full red rose bush nicely draped over the walkway to this Brooklyn brownstone.
These pale pink roses look like a rugosa rose, or beach rose. This variety tends to be on the smaller side, known to spread out. The ones I saw were spilling out from the front garden, extending into the street through the metal gate.
If your neighborhood lacks these stunning beauties, head over to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden sometime between now and mid-June during the roses’ peak. The Cranford Rose Garden has tens of thousands of blossoms, arranged along lattices and atop arches, or formally displayed in voluminous bushes. The photos below were taken at the BBG rose garden on June 18, 2016.
Did you know that the rose is the official state flower of New York? Have you seen (or smelled) any of these lovely flowers lately?